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Sep 3, 2015

FBI has kept tabs on Nevada’s Burning Man festival, documents say

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – The annual Burning Man counterculture festival now taking place in a Nevada desert is known for attracting scantily clad revelers, bike lovers, artists, musicians and as it turns out, even attention from the FBI.

According to documents posted this week at MuckRock.com, the FBI monitored the event in 2010, finding that it carried risks associated with crowd control and illegal drugs.

Sep 2, 2015

California woman rescued in wilderness after nine days describes ordeal

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A 62-year-old hiker stranded for nine days with broken bones in the Sierra National Forest in California said on Tuesday that when she blew her whistle to draw rescuers to her, she felt it was her last chance at survival.

Miyuki Harwood, who remains in a hospital following her rescue on Saturday, also said in her statement on the website of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office that she regretted leaving the rest of her hiking group, a decision that led to her being stranded by herself.

Sep 1, 2015

Climate change could alter key ocean bacteria: study

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Climate change could put a type of oceanic bacteria into evolutionary overdrive in a way that could pose a threat to its long-term survivability and its important role in the food chain, according to a study published on Tuesday.

The research published in the journal Nature Communications focuses on trichodesmium, a cyanobacteria found in tropical and subtropical waters such as the Red Sea, the Great Barrier Reef off Australia’s coast, areas around Hawaii and the Caribbean.

Aug 31, 2015

Los Angeles police hand out body cameras to first patrol division

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) handed out body cameras to its first patrol division on Monday, putting hundreds of the devices on the streets of the nation’s second-largest city in a roll-out of technology seen by proponents as key to building public trust in law enforcement.

The move by the LAPD, following smaller pilot programs in New York City and Chicago, came a day after the mayor of Milwaukee proposed spending $880,000 to equip his city’s entire force of 1,200 patrol officers with body cameras by the end of 2016.

Aug 30, 2015

Man faces capital murder charge in killing of Houston deputy

By Kevin Murphy and Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Sheriff’s deputies on Saturday arrested a 30-year-old man who will be charged with capital murder in connection with the shooting death of a deputy at a suburban Houston gas station, a killing the sheriff tied to anger against police.

Shannon Miles was picked up for questioning early on Saturday following the Friday night shooting, which was captured on surveillance video, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman told reporters. He noted that Miles is black and has a history of prior arrests for trespassing and resisting arrest.

Aug 30, 2015

Man arrested in killing of Houston deputy, faces capital murder charge

By Kevin Murphy and Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Sheriff’s deputies on Saturday arrested a 30-year-old man who will be charged with capital murder in connection with the shooting death of a deputy at a Houston gas station, a killing the sheriff tied to anger against police.

Shannon Miles was picked up for questioning early on Saturday following the Friday night shooting, which was captured on surveillance video, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman told reporters. He noted that Miles is black and has a history of prior arrests for trespassing and resisting arrest.

Aug 29, 2015

Los Angeles committee gives support to bid to host 2024 Olympics

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A committee of the Los Angeles City Council voted on Friday to support an effort to bring the 2024 Summer Olympics to Los Angeles, ahead of a deadline next month for U.S. Olympic organizers to decide on an American city to bid for the games.

The U.S. Olympic Committee has turned to Los Angeles after dropping Boston in July, after that city’s mayor said he would not expose taxpayers in the Massachusetts capital to assuming possible cost overruns.

Aug 27, 2015

Bison gores man working on picturesque California island

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A bison gored a man working on an island off the Southern California coast, puncturing his lung and leaving him to stagger hundreds of yards until he found hikers who called for help, the spokesman for a conservation group said on Thursday.

The bison is one of about 150 of the large, horned bovine animals that live on picturesque Catalina Island, less than 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Los Angeles.

Aug 26, 2015

EPA lacked view of pressure buildup at Colorado mine, internal report says

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency team working to address seepage at an abandoned Colorado gold mine underestimated water pressure at the site before triggering a blowout that sent toxic waste into rivers, according to an internal report released by the agency on Wednesday.

The Aug. 5 blowout at the Gold King Mine located on a creek outside Silverton in southwest Colorado sent more than 3 million gallons (11,360 cubic meters) of acid mine sludge into the nearby Animas River, with the plume later flowing from the Animas into the San Juan River in New Mexico.

Aug 25, 2015

Los Angeles city leaders approve ride-hailing pickups at airport

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to let ride-hailing services such as uberX and Lyft pick up passengers at the city’s international airport, which will become the largest U.S. air hub to allow the practice.

The 9-6 vote affirmed an action in June by members of the local airport commission, aides to council members said.