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Jul 24, 2015

Wildfire at Montana’s Glacier National Park rages for fourth day

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A wildfire in Montana’s Glacier National Park raged for a fourth day through heavy timber on Friday during peak visitor season, while another blaze in Northern California charred the mountains above Napa Valley wine country, officials said.

The 4,000-acre (162-hectare) Reynolds Creek Fire in northern Montana broke out on Tuesday and forced the closure of the main road through the eastern half of the park, which receives more than 2 million visitors a year.

Jul 24, 2015

Los Angeles woman who picked up police baton could get 25 years

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A homeless Los Angeles woman who picked up a police baton during a chaotic scuffle between officers and another transient faces a possible prison sentence of 25 years to life on charges of assault and resisting arrest if convicted at trial, a spokesman for prosecutors said on Thursday.

An attorney for Trishawn Carey, 34, whose prosecution has been criticized as excessive by local activists, said on Thursday he expects his mentally ill client to be released on $50,000 bail by Friday.

Jul 23, 2015

Los Angeles police officer sentenced to 16 months in jail for assault

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Los Angeles police officer was sentenced on Thursday to 16 months in jail for assaulting a handcuffed black woman who was complaining that she could not breathe and later died, prosecutors said.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Sam Ohta, in sentencing Officer Mary O’Callaghan, 50, suspended another 20 months of her jail term, meaning she will not have to serve that portion if she avoids violating her probation, prosecutors said.

Jul 22, 2015

California panel proposes guidelines for legalizing marijuana

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California should set clear guidelines for legalizing marijuana to stop the pot trade being dominated by powerful interests similar to Big Tobacco, a report from a panel overseen by the state’s lieutenant governor said on Wednesday.

California voters blazed a new trail in 1996 when they approved a ballot measure that made the most populous U.S. state the first to allow medical marijuana.

Jul 22, 2015

Armed man arrested in LA where Biden was due to speak

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A man with a loaded handgun was arrested in Los Angeles on Wednesday as he tried to drive through a security checkpoint outside a business where U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was due to speak a few hours later, police said.

Biden was not at the venue when the man was taken into custody at about 9:15 a.m. in the city’s North Hollywood area, just west of the Bob Hope Airport in neighboring Burbank, according to Los Angeles police Sergeant Kyle Kirkman.

Jul 21, 2015

Police find 1,200 guns at dead man’s Los Angeles house

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police uncovered a cache of 1,200 guns and more than 2 tons of ammunition in the Los Angeles home of a man found dead nearby, and investigators are checking if he legally owned the weapons and whether any were used in a crime, officials said.

Officers made the discovery after the man’s body was found in a car in West Los Angeles on Friday, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement.

Jul 19, 2015

Bill Cosby testified he was adept at picking up on romantic cues: New York Times

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Comedian Bill Cosby, who faces accusations that he drugged and sexually assaulted women in incidents dating back years, described himself in a deposition from a decade ago as adept at picking up on cues about sex, the New York Times reported.

The newspaper obtained the record of Cosby’s testimony over four days in 2005 and 2006 and posted excerpts on its website on Saturday, with the former star of television’s “The Cosby Show” providing descriptions of methods he used to pursue women and how he obtained Quaaludes.

Jul 17, 2015

NASA scientist Claudia Alexander, last Galileo project manager, dies at 56

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – NASA scientist Claudia Alexander, who was a project manager for the Galileo spacecraft mission to Jupiter and worked on the European Space Agency’s Rosetta comet chaser, has died at age 56.

Alexander died on July 11 after a 10-year battle with breast cancer, NASA said on its website this week. The post did not say where she passed away.

Jul 17, 2015

Requiring condom use in porn films gets enough signatures for California vote

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A campaign to require condom use in pornographic film productions in California has collected enough signatures to put a ballot measure before state voters in 2016, organizers said.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation said in a statement late on Thursday it had amassed more than 371,000 signatures, above the 366,880 threshold set by the state.

Jul 16, 2015

Los Angeles airport to become largest air hub with ride-sharing pickups

LOS ANGELES, July 16 (Reuters) – Los Angeles International
Airport is set to become the largest U.S. airport to allow
popular ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft to pick up
passengers at curbside, following a vote by a local commission
on Thursday.

The Board of Airport Commissioners adopted the rule changes
by a vote of 5-0, said Jeff Millman, a spokesman for Los Angeles
Mayor Eric Garcetti who had pushed for allowing greater
ride-sharing at the airport known as LAX.