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Dec 19, 2014

Massive Los Angeles construction fire was arson, authorities say

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A construction fire that gutted an entire city block of downtown Los Angeles and caused up to $30 million in damages was an act of arson, authorities said on Thursday.

Los Angeles Fire Department officials have previously said the blaze, one of the largest structure fires in the city’s recent history, was likely arson but no suspects have been arrested or charged.

Dec 18, 2014

Fraternity closed at California university over anti-rape march harassment

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – (This story corrects headline, first paragraph to show that fraternity agreed to close but was not banned by university)

A San Diego State University fraternity whose members were accused of harassing people taking part in an anti-rape march has been closed, the school said on Tuesday, a move that comes amid a renewed debate over the handling of sexual assaults on U.S. college campuses.

Dec 17, 2014

California university bans fraternity over anti-rape march harassment

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – San Diego State University on Tuesday banned a fraternity whose members were accused of harassing people taking part in an anti-rape march, a move that comes amid a renewed debate over the handling of sexual assaults on U.S. college campuses.

The university said on its website that the national offices of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity had agreed to close the Gamma Alpha chapter at San Diego State at least until the fall of 2016.

Dec 10, 2014

California braces for high winds, heavy surf ahead of storm

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A major winter storm moved across the Pacific Ocean into Northern California on Wednesday and was expected to pummel the state with torrential rainfall, high winds and dangerous heavy surf over the next few days, the National Weather Service said.

Authorities issued flood warnings, high surf and wind advisories ahead of the storm and said they feared that predicted heavy showers could cause mudslides in wildfire scarred foothills across the state.

Dec 10, 2014

L.A. man accused of killing, eating ex-girlfriend’s rabbit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Southern California man accused of killing, skinning and eating his ex-girlfriend’s pet rabbit and saying he would do the same to her has been charged with cruelty to an animal and making criminal threats, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Dimitri Diatchenko, 46, killed the rabbit belonging to his former girlfriend on Sunday after she said that they should no longer be roommates, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Lou Holtz said in a written statement.

Dec 9, 2014

U.S. couple formerly held in Qatar sues husband’s ex-employer

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An American couple convicted and later cleared in the death of their adopted African-born daughter in Qatar has sued the husband’s former employer, saying the engineering company essentially abandoned them after they were arrested.

Matthew and Grace Huang also charge that MWH Global asked them to relocate to Qatar in 2012 to work on an infrastructure project related to the 2022 World Cup without warning them of hostility they could face as an interracial family living in the tiny Gulf Arab state.

Dec 5, 2014

L.A. man charged after son, 14, takes loaded gun from home

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Los Angeles man was charged with multiple criminal counts on Friday after prosecutors said he allowed his 14-year-old son to take a loaded gun from the family’s home to confront three other teenagers in the neighborhood.

The case marked only the second time that the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office has ever charged a defendant with failing to properly secure a gun at home.

Dec 5, 2014

U.S. couple released by Qatar in child death return to Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An American couple convicted and later cleared of wrongdoing in the death of their adopted African-born daughter in Qatar returned to Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon, a family spokesman said on Twitter.

Matthew and Grace Huang left the tiny Gulf Arab state on Wednesday after a ban on their travel issued by that government was lifted, ending a nearly two-year ordeal.

Dec 3, 2014

Rain still falling in California after major storm breaks records

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A major Pacific storm that broke records across Southern California and delivered a small measure of relief to the drought-stricken state brought more rain on Wednesday but the danger of major mudslides in wildfire-scarred areas appeared to have passed, officials said.

The sub-tropical storm, which originated in the Pacific Ocean south of Hawaii, was the strongest to hit Southern California since at least February and poured at least an inch (2.5 cm) of rain across a wide swath of the region, and up to four inches (10 cm) in some mountain and foothill areas.

Dec 3, 2014

Pacific storm brings much-needed rain, danger of mudslides to California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A major Pacific storm hammered California on Tuesday, bringing desperately needed rain to a drought-parched state that has seen very little precipitation over the past year but also carrying the threat of flooding and mudslides.

The sub-tropical storm, which moved onshore before dawn after barreling across the eastern Pacific Ocean, had dropped 3 inches of rain on some areas by mid-afternoon, prompting the National Weather Service to issue flash flood watches for mountain and foothill areas left scarred by wildfire.