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Jul 13, 2013

Participation falls in California prison hunger strike, officials say

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The number of California prison inmates on hunger strike to protest against conditions in some high security units fell off sharply on Friday, prison officials said a day after they warned prisoners that strikers could face disciplinary action.

The striking inmates, some of whom are also refusing work assignments, are protesting what prisoner advocates describe as inhumane confinement practices, which can include locking inmates in isolated cells for up to 23 hours a day.

Jul 11, 2013

Saudi princess accused of holding Kenyan servant captive in California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Prosecutors in Southern California charged a Saudi Arabian princess on Wednesday with human trafficking and accused her of bringing a Kenyan woman to the United States and holding her against her will as a servant.

The accused woman, Meshael Alayban, 42, brought the Kenyan to the United States in May and paid her $220 a month while holding her passport and keeping her confined to an apartment complex in Irvine, California, where Alayban lived, Orange County prosecutors said in a statement.

Jul 5, 2013

California fireworks accident hurts dozens, probe under way

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A major accident at an Independence Day fireworks show in Simi Valley, California, left dozens of spectators injured, police said on Friday, as suspicion fell on a collapsed launching platform as the cause.

“What we understand is potentially one of the launching stations fell over, resulting in ignited fireworks going into the crowd,” Simi Valley police spokesman Sergeant Tom Meyer said.

Jun 30, 2013

Supreme Court petitioned to reimpose California gay marriage ban

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Opponents of gay marriage filed a long-shot petition on Saturday with the Supreme Court asking the justices to immediately halt same-sex weddings taking place in California since Friday, when an appeals court lifted a 5-year-old ban on gay matrimony.

Marriage ceremonies of gay and lesbian couples went ahead after a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco removed its stay of a trial judge’s order striking the gay marriage ban, known as Proposition 8, as unconstitutional.

Jun 27, 2013

U.S. military court overturns Marine’s conviction in Iraqi’s death

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The highest U.S. military appeals court on Wednesday overturned the murder conviction of a Marine sergeant found guilty in 2007 of leading a squad in Iraq that was accused of killing a civilian they had captured, bound and gagged.

Three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces found Sergeant Lawrence Hutchins gave a statement to a U.S. Navy investigator while in custody that should have been ruled inadmissible and tainted his court-martial.

Jun 26, 2013

Suit up! I’m here to win says new Clippers coach Rivers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Newly-appointed Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers arrived at his team’s practice facility on Wednesday in casual attire that showed just how surprised he was to be there.

Rivers, one of the most successful active coaches in the National Basketball Association, was wearing low-top sneakers and a short-sleeved shirt at his introductory news conference a day after he was acquired from the Boston Celtics.

Jun 24, 2013

‘Family Ties’ creator Gary David Goldberg dies at age 68

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Gary David Goldberg, whose hit 1980s television sitcom “Family Ties” gave a warm portrayal of generational conflict and launched the acting career of Michael J. Fox, has died at age 68, his son-in-law said on Monday.

Goldberg died of a brain tumor on Saturday at his home in Montecito, California, said his son-in-law Rob Dubbin.

Jun 21, 2013

Food Network to drop Paula Deen amid racial slur controversy

LOS ANGELES, June 21 (Reuters) – The Food Network said on
Friday it will drop celebrity chef Paula Deen after the Southern
food doyenne was sued for racial discrimination and admitted in
a legal deposition to using a racial slur in the past.

“Food Network will not renew Paula Deen’s contract when it
expires at the end of this month,” the network said in a
statement.

Jun 21, 2013

Food Network to drop Paula Deen amid racial slur controversy

LOS ANGELES, June 21 (Reuters) – The Food Network said on
Friday it will drop celebrity chef Paula Deen after the Southern
food doyenne was sued for racial discrimination and admitted in
a legal deposition to using a racial slur in the past.

“Food Network will not renew Paula Deen’s contract when it
expires at the end of this month,” the network said in a
statement.

Jun 21, 2013

Celebrity chef Paula Deen apologizes on video after racial slur

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. celebrity chef Paula Deen, who is being sued for racial discrimination and has admitted in a legal deposition to using a racial slur in the past, apologized on Friday for “the wrong that I’ve done” and begged for forgiveness.

Deen, who has two popular shows on The Food Network featuring Southern cooking, made her statement in a video that was released after she failed to make a scheduled appearance on the NBC morning TV show “Today” to discuss the issue.