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Aug 25, 2015

Sewage spill caused by rain flows into Honolulu’s Waikiki Beach

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Heavy rain caused a 500,000-gallon sewage spill in Honolulu that sent dirty water streaming into the city’s famed Waikiki Beach, and officials warned people to stay out of the water or risk infection.

Brown water flowed into the popular tourist spot after more than 4 inches of rain fell in Honolulu between Sunday night and Monday morning.

Aug 22, 2015

Smoke blankets parts of Washington state as firefighters guard town from flames

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Firefighters battling a group of fierce wildfires in central Washington state labored on Saturday to expand containment lines outside a lakeside resort town, as large blazes scorched dry land in other parts of the U.S. West.

The continuing fight against a complex of fires near the town of Chelan came a day after President Barack Obama signed a federal declaration of emergency for Washington state to coordinate relief efforts in 11 counties and several Indian reservations hard hit by wildfires.

Aug 22, 2015

‘Wrong place, right people': heroes of the French train shooting

LILLE, France/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A day ago he was just another tourist on a train. On Saturday, U.S. Airman First Class Spencer Stone was treated for knife wounds in a hospital in France and applauded by world leaders for foiling what officials called an attempted terrorist attack.

Stone was touring Europe with two friends he grew up with in California. The three men in their 20s helped overpower a Kalashnikov-toting suspected Islamist militant on a high speed train heading for Paris from Amsterdam.

Aug 20, 2015

Study finds climate change makes California’s drought worse

LOS ANGELES, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Climate change has
aggravated California’s devastating drought, causing between 8
and 27 percent of the dry conditions afflicting the nation’s
most populous state, a study released on Thursday has found.

The study, published this week in Geophysical Research
Letters, is the first paper to estimate how much climate change
has exacerbated the state’s drought by sending moisture from
plants and soils into the air, according to Columbia University,
where the lead author works.

Aug 20, 2015

Former NFL quarterback Erik Kramer tries to commit suicide, NBC News reports

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Former National Football League quarterback Erik Kramer tried to commit suicide by shooting himself at a motel in the Los Angeles area, NBC News reported.

Kramer’s former wife, Marshawn Kramer, told NBC News late on Wednesday that he suffered from depression, which she thought was linked to his playing days in what could be another case of a retired player being plagued by head injuries after retirement. She could not be reached for further comment.

Aug 19, 2015

Former Los Angeles sheriff’s captain pleads guilty to lying at trial

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A former Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s captain charged in a probe of jail abuse pleaded guilty on Wednesday to lying on the witness stand, officials said.

Under his plea agreement, William Thomas Carey, 57, must cooperate with U.S. prosecutors in the case against a retired second-in-command at the department.

Aug 18, 2015

Family sues over death of hostage in California police shootout

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – The family of a California woman taken hostage by bank robbers and killed in a shootout with police filed a lawsuit on Tuesday accusing officers of causing her 2014 death by indiscriminately firing hundreds of bullets at the suspects’ vehicle.

The filing of the lawsuit came a day after the release of an independent report that found Stockton police fired too many rounds without a clear target during the gun battle when they accidentally killed the hostage.

Aug 18, 2015

California teenager dies after rave, following two similar deaths in state

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A 15-year-old girl has died of a suspected drug overdose after attending a rave party in Central California, police said on Tuesday, marking the third fatality in the state this month tied to an electronic dance music festival.

The latest rave death occurred as electronic dance promoters in California come under increased pressure to change how they operate their events, which authorities say too often result in participants suffering overdoses after taking the party drug ecstasy.

Aug 13, 2015

Neighbors of Seattle girl file lawsuit seeking to stop crow feeding

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – The neighbors of a Seattle girl who gained international media attention for feeding crows and collecting small objects they leave behind have filed a nuisance lawsuit against her parents, an attorney said on Wednesday.

The lawsuit accuses the girl’s parents of running a large-scale feeding operation in their backyard that draws dozens of crows, seagulls and pigeons.

Aug 9, 2015

Plume from Colorado mine spill reaches New Mexico

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A contaminated plume of waste water accidentally released from a Colorado gold mine by U.S. environmental agency workers has spread downstream and reached northern New Mexico, officials said on Saturday.

Utilities for the New Mexico towns of Aztec and Farmington have shut out river water from their systems to prevent contamination from the plume, which reached the state line between Colorado and New Mexico on Friday, said Michele Truby-Tillen, spokeswoman for the San Juan County, New Mexico, office of emergency management.