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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 24, 2015

Ex-Los Angeles police detective charged in ‘Snowbird Bandit’ robbery

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A retired Los Angeles Police Department detective arrested after family members tipped off authorities was charged with bank robbery by federal prosecutors on Friday after he told investigators: “I’m cooked, I think I should have a lawyer.”

Randolph Bruce Adair, 70, was taken into custody this week in connection with five bank robberies in Orange County between March and July attributed to the so-called Snowbird Bandit.

Jul 24, 2015

Gunman opens fire at Louisiana theater, kills 3, injures 7

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – A lone gunman opened fire inside a crowded movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, on Thursday evening, killing two people and injuring seven others before taking his own life, police said.

The gunfire erupted during a 7 p.m. CDT (0000 GMT) showing of the film “Trainwreck” and took place almost three years to the day after a massacre at a cinema in Aurora, Colorado, that killed 12 people.

Jul 24, 2015

Gunman opens fire at Louisiana theater, kills two, injures seven

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – A lone gunman opened fire inside a crowded movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, on Thursday evening, killing two people and injuring seven others before taking his own life, police said.

The gunfire erupted during a 7 p.m. CDT (0000 GMT) showing of the film “Trainwreck” and took place almost three years to the day after a massacre at a cinema in Aurora, Colorado, that killed 12 people.

Jul 23, 2015

Ex-Los Angeles police detective arrested over 5 bank robberies

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A retired Los Angeles Police Department detective has been arrested over a string of bank robberies attributed to the so-called “Snowbird Bandit” after several of his family members tipped off authorities, police said on Thursday.

Randolph Bruce Adair, 70, was taken into custody in a parking lot near his home in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, on Wednesday on suspicion of bank robbery and an outstanding warrant, an Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman said.

Jul 10, 2015

Second major California beach to reopen after May oil spill

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The second of two major California beaches that were closed after a ruptured pipeline spewed some 2,400 barrels of crude oil will be reopened next week, state parks officials said on Friday.

Refugio State Beach, about 20 miles (32 km) west of Santa Barbara, was closed along with nearby El Capitan State Beach after they were fouled when an underground pipeline that runs along the coastal highway burst on May 19.

Jul 7, 2015

FBI seeks help in identifying 250 victims of ‘sextortion’ scheme

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The FBI on Tuesday asked for the public’s help in identifying some 250 victims of a Florida man who it says extorted teenage girls to send him explicit photos of themselves or engage in sexual behavior.

Lucas Michael Chansler, 31, was sentenced to 105 years in federal prison last year after pleading guilty to nine counts of producing child pornography.

Jun 10, 2015

FDA inspection released by union exposes potential food safety issues at L.A. airport

LOS ANGELES, June 10 (Reuters) – A U.S. government
inspection of food service facilities at Los Angeles
International Airport found dirty employee bathrooms and food
preparation issues, according to documents made public on
Wednesday by a union representing airline food workers.

The report from a Food and Drug Administration inspection
conducted in January was released by Unite Here as part of a
campaign by the union seeking higher wages and better working
conditions for food service workers at one of the world’s
busiest airports.

Jun 10, 2015

Los Angeles city council approves minimum wage hike

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles City Council on
Wednesday gave final approval to an ordinance raising the
minimum wage in America’s second-largest city to $15 an hour by
2020 from the current $9.

The measure, which still must be signed into law by Mayor
Eric Garcetti, would require businesses with more than 25
employees to gradually increase wages to meet a $15 hourly pay
level by 2020, while smaller businesses would have an extra year
to comply with each step.

Jun 4, 2015

Environmentalists sue to protect fish amid California drought measures

LOS ANGELES, June 4 (Reuters) – California environmental
groups have sued state and federal water managers, claiming that
their drought-management plan for projects below the crucial
Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is pushing some species of
fish to the brink of extinction.

The lawsuit marks the latest salvo in the battle over water
in California as the state suffers through its fourth year of a
devastating drought that has prompted strict conservation
measures.