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Feb 18, 2015

Hawaii tropical fish collector spared jail after scuba scuffle

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A Hawaii diver who was catching tropical fish when he faced off underwater with a conservationist and ripped the breathing apparatus from her mouth pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a charge stemming from the scuba diving scuffle, a prosecutor said.

Jay Lovell was diving when he was caught on camera on May 8, 2014, off the coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, pulling the regulator off Rene Umberger, director of the coral reef conservation group For the Fishes.

Feb 14, 2015

Labor secretary to help reach West Coast port deal

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Labor Secretary Tom Perez will travel to California to help broker an agreement between shipping companies and dockworkers in a dispute that has led to a partial shutdown of ports along the U.S. West Coast, the White House said on Saturday.

The move by the Obama administration came after shippers vowed to prevent the loading and unloading of freight through Monday from container ships at the 29 ports, barring a settlement in talks with the dockworkers’ union.

Feb 14, 2015

U.S. labor secretary to help reach West Coast port deal

LOS ANGELES, Feb 14 (Reuters) – U.S. Labor Secretary Tom
Perez will travel to California to help broker an agreement
between shipping companies and dockworkers in a dispute that has
led to a partial shutdown of ports along the U.S. West Coast,
the White House said on Saturday.

The move by the Obama administration came after shippers
vowed to prevent the loading and unloading of freight through
Monday from container ships at the 29 ports, barring a
settlement in talks with the dockworkers’ union.

Feb 13, 2015

Two more women accuse Bill Cosby of drugging them

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two women accused Bill Cosby on Thursday of drugging them decades ago when they met him as young models, and one said he sexually assaulted her, as more of his performances were shelved amid an outcry from activists over similar allegations.

More than a dozen women have publicly accused Cosby of sexual misconduct in recent months, in a controversy that has tarnished the image of the actor and comedian best known as the lovable father figure on the 1980s sitcom “The Cosby Show.”

Feb 11, 2015

California boy who beat leukemia urges near-universal measles jabs

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A 7-year-old cancer survivor has made a public plea in Northern California for near-universal measles vaccinations, following a rare outbreak of the contagious disease that began in December at the Disneyland resort.

Elementary school student Rhett Krawitt spoke before the board of the Reed Union School District north of San Francisco on Tuesday night, before the panel voted 4-1 to support any statewide effort to eliminate personal belief exemptions for vaccines.

Feb 8, 2015

Ex-Olympian Bruce Jenner in car crash that killed one, police say

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star Bruce Jenner was involved in a four-car crash on a Southern California highway on Saturday that left one person dead, police said.

Jenner was an occupant in one of the vehicles that crashed in the beachside celebrity haven of Malibu on the Pacific Coast Highway, killing one person, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

Feb 7, 2015

Bob Dylan chronicles roots of his music at gala in his honor

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Bob Dylan, known for playing concerts with barely a word spoken to his audience, gave a lengthy speech on Friday at a gala in his honor where he chronicled the roots of his music while also praising and ribbing famous figures.

The 73-year-old Dylan, considered by many musicians and critics to be the best singer-songwriter of his time, spoke for 40 minutes at the Los Angeles event tied to this weekend’s Grammy Awards, as he was named “person of the year” by the MusiCares charity.

Feb 5, 2015

U.S. college students focused on studies, not partying, survey says

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. college freshmen these days are a serious lot. A survey released on Thursday said first-year students report spending a record low amount of time partying and socializing compared to previous generations and that many are highly focused on their education and planning for graduate studies.

The survey produced by the University of California, Los Angeles, which detailed students’ high school habits and their initial perspectives and experiences at college, also found the lowest self-reported rates of alcohol and cigarette use in 30 years among first-year students at four-year colleges and universities.

Feb 5, 2015

Daily pot use not associated with brain shrinkage: Colorado study

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Daily marijuana use is not associated with brain shrinkage when using a like-for-like method to control for the effects of alcohol consumption on those who both drink and toke up, a new study from Colorado has found.

The study, led by neuroscientists at the University of Colorado at Boulder and published Jan. 28 in the Journal of Neuroscience, points to continued uncertainty about how pot use alters the structure of the brain. Even so, other studies have found the drug has short-term effects on learning and memory.

Feb 3, 2015

Imprisoned shoe bomber says attack on U.S. plane OK under Islamic law

Feb 3 (Reuters) – More than 13 years after his failed
attempt to blow up a passenger plane with explosives hidden in
his shoes, Richard Reid told U.S. researchers he believes his
actions were permissible under Islamic law, according to
correspondence released on Tuesday.

Reid, who is serving a life sentence in a federal prison in
Colorado because of the attack, was foiled in his 2001 bid to
blow up an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami when
passengers and crew overpowered him as he tried to ignite
explosives in his shoes.