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Aug 7, 2015

Evacuees from California blaze go home as lightning threatens new fires

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Hundreds of people forced to flee California’s fiercest wildfire were allowed to return home on Friday, with firefighters gaining greater control over the blaze even as lightning strikes threatened to spark other fires in the drought-parched state.

Meanwhile President Barack Obama, at a bill-signing ceremony, remarked on the increased danger from wildfires due to climate change. Drought conditions have stoked extraordinary wildfire activity in the U.S. West this summer.

Aug 5, 2015

L.A. County vows to improve jail for mentally ill, limit force

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles County authorities will improve conditions in jails to better handle mentally ill inmates and stop excessive use of force by sheriff’s deputies under a sweeping agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice released on Wednesday.

L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, who was elected last year, called the agreement an attempt to turn the page on his department’s past failures in managing the nation’s largest jail system, which houses about 20,000 inmates.

Aug 1, 2015

California wildfires expand after death of firefighter

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Firefighters rushed to contain a pair of fast-moving wildfires in Northern California on Saturday as they mourned the death of a U.S. Forest Service firefighter killed this week in the battle against one of the blazes, officials said.

The largest blaze has forced hundreds of people to evacuate and destroyed more than a dozen homes. Experts have predicted a long and volatile summer wildfire season in California in its fourth year of crippling drought.

Jul 31, 2015

Los Angeles police return Afghan immigrants’ lost wedding album

LOS ANGELES, July 31 (Reuters) – Los Angeles airport police
used Facebook to track down an Afghan immigrant couple who
accidentally left their wedding album at the international
terminal last year, leading to a ceremonial presentation this
week of the long-lost memento, an official said on Friday.

The couple landed at Los Angeles International Airport in
September 2014 from Afghanistan, where the husband was a
military interpreter and faced threats due to his work, said Rob
Pedregon, a spokesman for Los Angeles Airport Police.

Jul 31, 2015

Katy Perry may get chance to live at disputed ex-convent in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, July 30 (Reuters) – Katy Perry, who grew up the
daughter of Protestant pastors and rose to fame with the hit
song “I Kissed a Girl,” may get her chance to live in a former
Roman Catholic convent in Los Angeles – after a judge
tentatively blocked its sale to someone else.

Attorneys for the pop singer and the Catholic Archdiocese of
Los Angeles faced off in court on Thursday against lawyers for a
group of nuns who live at the property and a restaurateur trying
to buy it from them.

Jul 30, 2015

Judge gives Katy Perry chance to live at disputed ex-convent in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Katy Perry, who grew up the daughter of Protestant Christian pastors and shot to fame with the song “I Kissed a Girl,” may get her chance to live in a former convent in Los Angeles.

Perry has sought to buy the property from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but nuns who once lived there objected and tried through their institute, Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to sell it to a restaurateur.

Jul 29, 2015

Los Angeles council votes to bar unlicensed vending in parks

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Unlicensed vendors, many of whom are
unauthorized immigrants, would be barred from Los Angeles parks
under a law that won preliminary approval from city leaders on

The Los Angeles City Council voted 12-3 to approve the
measure, which must return in a week for a final vote, said Ian
Thompson, a spokesman for councilman Paul Krekorian.

Jul 29, 2015

U.S. Coast Guard investigates oil slick off California coast

LOS ANGELES, July 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Coast Guard was
investigating a large oil sheen off the California coast west of
Santa Barbara on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the agency said.

The slick, which was about 60 feet (18 meters) wide, was
spotted about 1,000 yards (meters) offshore from Goleta State
Beach west of Santa Barbara, said Coast Guard spokeswoman Petty
Officer Andrea Anderson.

Jul 28, 2015

Conservation group finds haze, ozone problems at U.S. national parks

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A conservation group found 36 U.S. national parks had moderate or worse levels of ozone pollution in a report card released on Tuesday, with four parks in California receiving the worst grades for health effects.

The National Parks Conservation Association study singled out Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Joshua Tree and Yosemite national parks with “F” grades in the report’s “healthy air” category for ozone pollution.

Jul 25, 2015

Judge rules U.S. government should not hold immigrant children

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The U.S. government is violating a 1997 settlement by detaining unauthorized immigrant children, and an order may be forthcoming to require the release of the minors and parents detained with them, a judge in California has ruled.

The ruling on Friday by U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee follows an influx across the U.S.-Mexico border of immigrants from Central America.