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Jul 3, 2014

Measure to repeal Seattle $15 minimum wage moves closer to ballot

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A Seattle business group has submitted signatures to try to force a public vote to repeal a municipal measure that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, a leader of the organization said on Thursday.

Forward Seattle, which represents restaurants, retailers and other businesses, handed in just under 20,000 signatures to the Seattle City Clerk on Wednesday, more than the 16,510 needed to qualify for the November ballot, said group co-chair Angela Cough.

Jul 1, 2014

U.S. to move some Central American immigrants to California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Some 140 illegal immigrants, many of them women with children, will be flown from Texas to California and processed through a San Diego-area U.S. Border Patrol station as federal officials deal with a crush of Central American migrants at the border, a local mayor said on Monday.

Murrieta Mayor Alan Long, whose community of 107,000 people is 60 miles (97 km) north of San Diego, said at a news conference that he was told by federal officials the immigrants will arrive on Tuesday and many will be released to live with friends or relatives in the United States.

Jun 28, 2014

U.S. court puts ruling overturning Indiana’s gay marriage ban on hold

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A U.S. federal appeals court on Friday put on hold a judge’s two-day-old ruling striking down Indiana’s ban on gay marriage, pending an appeal of the case.

The decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals followed a request by Indiana’s attorney general for an emergency order to place the ruling on hold until the Chicago-based appeals court can hear the case.

Jun 26, 2014

Father of California mass killer says rampage came as surprise

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The father of a man who killed six people in a California college town said in a television interview that his son’s rampage came as a surprise, despite contentions by some victims’ families that the attack might have been prevented.

Peter Rodger, a Hollywood film director, told Barbara Walters in an interview set to air Friday on ABC’s “20/20″ that prior to the shooting he did not believe his son, Elliott, 22, could “hurt a flea.”

Jun 26, 2014

Arizona education official cries in apology over Web comments

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Arizona’s top education official broke down in tears on Wednesday as he apologized for his anonymous comments on Internet blogs that included comparing a birth control activist to Adolf Hitler and calling for an end to Spanish-language media in the United States.

John Huppenthal, a Republican who is scheduled to compete in an Aug. 26 primary and would if successful run to retain his post as superintendent of public instruction in a November general election, told reporters at a news conference in Phoenix that he would not resign.

Jun 20, 2014

‘Sexy and dreamy’ mugshot of California felon goes viral

LOS ANGELES, June 20 (Reuters) – The mugshot of a convicted
felon arrested in California went viral on a police Facebook
page this week, making him an instant celebrity with Web users
who have called him “handsome” and clicked “like” on his picture
more than 64,000 times.

Jeremy Meeks, 30, was arrested on Wednesday in a gang
crackdown in a crime-ridden area of Stockton, in Northern
California, according to Stockton police spokesman Joey Silva.

Jun 19, 2014

Coast Guard seeks prankster who made fake distress calls in Washington state

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – The U.S. Coast Guard is working to track down a prankster who called in fake distress calls in Washington state that led agency officials to launch two rescue efforts that cost over $200,000, an official said on Thursday.

The suspect made his first call over VHF radio on May 31, reporting he was on a burning fishing vessel in Puget Sound and that he and four other people were grabbing life jackets and jumping off, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

Jun 19, 2014

Immigrant rights groups sue Arizona sheriff over workplace raids

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Immigration rights groups in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday accused Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio of overstepping his bounds as a local official by using anti-identity theft laws to target undocumented immigrants in workplace raids.

Puente Arizona, an immigrant rights groups, filed the lawsuit in federal court, along with two women who were arrested by Arpaio’s deputies last year and a local minister who contends the sheriff is squandering his tax dollars by conducting the operations.

Jun 13, 2014

Bumped from flight, Georgia man’s airport lipsync video an instant hit

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – When he got bumped from his flight, traveler Richard Dunn never imagined that a video he made of himself lipsyncing to a Celine Dion hit while killing time at the Las Vegas airport would turn him into an instant celebrity.

But since the 43-year-old lighting designer from suburban Atlanta posted the video of himself lipsyncing to the song “All By Myself” online on Sunday, the clip has received more than 13 million views.

Jun 13, 2014

U.S. cautions Central American parents against sending children alone to border

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – The U.S. Homeland Security secretary sought to discourage Central American parents on Thursday from sending their children to join a wave of unaccompanied migrants from the region flooding across the U.S. border.

But officials also said they are deploying the full resources of the U.S. government, including three military bases, to humanely house the young migrants in a response similar to how federal agencies handle natural disasters.