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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.

Jun 20, 2013

Judges tell California to cut prisoner count by 10,000

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A panel of federal judges ordered California on Thursday to ease overcrowding in state prisons by reducing the number of inmates by about 10,000 this year, and criticized in harsh terms what they described as foot-dragging in dealing with the matter.

The three-judge panel also repeated an earlier warning to potentially hold California Governor Jerry Brown in contempt if a reduction plan is not implemented. The governor said he would seek a stay of the ruling.

Jun 20, 2013

Doctors spent 40 minutes trying to revive ‘Sopranos’ star Gandolfini

LOS ANGELES/ROME, June 20 (Reuters) – Doctors at a Rome
hospital battled for 40 minutes to try to save the life of James
Gandolfini, best known for his Emmy-winning role as a mob boss
in the TV series “The Sopranos,” before pronouncing him dead,
the emergency room chief said on Thursday.

Gandolfini, 51, whose performance as Tony Soprano made him a
household name and help usher in a new era of American
television drama, was vacationing in Rome and had been scheduled
to attend the closing of the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily on
Saturday.

Jun 19, 2013

Arizona wildfire threatens hundreds of homes, California blaze wanes

PHOENIX/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An Arizona wildfire whipped up by strong winds threatened hundreds of homes on Wednesday, even as firefighters were gaining an edge on a California blaze raging near a pristine wilderness, authorities said.

More than 500 firefighters were battling the Doce Fire, which has burned through 7,000 acres of chaparral, pine and juniper since Tuesday morning near Prescott, about 100 miles north of Phoenix, the Prescott National Forest said in a statement.

Jun 19, 2013

Vince Flynn, author of Mitch Rapp thriller series, dead from cancer

LOS ANGELES, June 19 (Reuters) – Vince Flynn, the
best-selling author of the Mitch Rapp series of political
thrillers that includes “American Assassin” and “The Last Man,”
died on Wednesday at age 47 after a battle with prostate cancer,
his representatives said.

Flynn, who turned to writing as a way of fighting his
dyslexia, died at a hospital in his hometown of St. Paul,
Minnesota, said David Brown, spokesman for Atria Books, an
imprint of Simon & Schuster that publishes the author’s novels.

Jun 19, 2013

Colorado wildfire destroys more than 500 homes, new blazes menace West

DENVER/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The number of homes destroyed by a Colorado wildfire rose above 500 on Tuesday as rain dampened the flames and allowed damage assessment teams to enter charred neighborhoods, and other threatening blazes grew in Alaska and elsewhere in the West.

Authorities said the so-called Black Forest Fire, which has burned in the rolling hills outside Colorado Springs for the past week and killed at least two people, was 85 percent contained by Tuesday.

Jun 18, 2013

Colorado wildfire snuffs over 500 homes, new blazes menace West

DENVER/LOS ANGELES, June 18 (Reuters) – The number of homes
destroyed by a Colorado wildfire rose above 500 on Tuesday as
rain dampened the flames and allowed damage assessment teams to
enter charred neighborhoods, as other threatening blazes grew in
Alaska and elsewhere in the West.

Authorities said the so-called Black Forest Fire, which has
killed at least two people and has burned in the rolling hills
outside Colorado Springs for the past week, was 85 percent
contained by Tuesday.

Jun 18, 2013

Los Angeles says yes to re-usable grocery bags, no to plastic

LOS ANGELES, June 18 (Reuters) – Step away from the plastic
bags, Angelenos.

The Los Angeles City Council took the first step on Tuesday
towars making the city the largest U.S. municipality to ban
plastic bags at the grocery store, with the goal of keeping them
out of streets, beaches and the Pacific Ocean.