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May 22, 2015

California water officials approve voluntary cutbacks by growers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California water regulators on Friday approved a plan by some of the state’s most senior water rights holders to voluntary cut water use by 25 percent in exchange for assurances that they would not face further curtailments during the growing season.

So-called riparian growers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta who participate in the program have agreed to either reduce water diversions by 25 percent or fallow one-quarter of their land, said Felicia Marcus, chair of the State Water Resources Control Board.

May 22, 2015

California water board approves voluntary cutback program by growers

LOS ANGELES, May 22 (Reuters) – California water regulators
on Friday said they had approved a plan by some of the state’s
most senior water rights holders to voluntary cut back water use
by 25 percent in exchange for assurances that they would not
face further cuts during the growing season.

So-called riparian growers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin
River Delta who participate in the program have agreed to either
reduce water diversions by 25 percent or fallow one-quarter of
their land, the State Water Resources Control Board said.

May 20, 2015

California Medical Association drops opposition to doctor-assisted suicide

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The California Medical Association on Wednesday dropped its three-decade opposition to physician-assisted suicide, possibly paving the way for already-introduced legislation that would make the practice legal for terminally ill patients in the state.

The CMA said its change to neutral on the issue marked the first by a state medical association. It comes amid renewed debate over doctor-assisted suicide following the death of brain cancer patient Brittany Maynard last fall.

May 20, 2015

Man tasered, arrested at Los Angeles International Airport

LOS ANGELES, May 20 (Reuters) – A man who was not
cooperating with Transportation Security Administration officers
in a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport was tasered
and arrested on Wednesday, an airport police spokeswoman said.

The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment
following the incident, Sergeant Belinda Joseph of the Los
Angeles Airport Police said in a statement.

May 18, 2015

California lawyer tried to help maternity tourism witness flee: prosecutors

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An immigration attorney accused of
agreeing to help a woman flee the country after she was
designated a material witness in an investigation into so-called
maternity hotels in Southern California has been arrested on
federal charges, prosecutors said on Monday.

Ken Zhiyi Liang, 38, was taken into custody on Friday after
accepting a $6,000 fee from the woman, a Chinese national who
was cooperating with federal agents, U.S. Attorneys spokesman
Thom Mrozek said in a written statement.

May 12, 2015

Suspects arrested in shooting near California college campus

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two young men were taken into custody in an attempted robbery and shooting at the apartment of two University of California students, less than a year after a violent rampage at the Santa Barbara campus, police said on Tuesday.

James Joshua Taylor, 22, was arrested after being subdued by residents of an apartment in the community of Isla Vista on Monday night shortly after the 7 p.m. incident, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

May 11, 2015

Names of deputies involved in beating of California horseman released

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials on Monday released the names of 10 deputies involved in the videotaped beating of a man following his failed getaway on horseback.

The footage of Francis Pusok’s beating and arrest surfaced on April 9, just two days after a video emerged of a South Carolina policeman fatally shooting a man as he ran away after being stopped for a broken tail light.

Apr 24, 2015

Material witness in ‘maternity tourism’ case arrested at L.A. airport

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A woman considered a material witness in an investigation by U.S. immigration authorities into so-called maternity hotels in Southern California has been arrested while trying to flee the country, prosecutors said on Friday.

Ying Wu, 31, was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at Los Angeles International Airport last week while attempting to board a flight to China with her husband and newborn child, U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Thom Mrozek said.

Apr 23, 2015

Investigation into California city centers on consulting firm

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California city that saw its government offices raided by FBI agents and local prosecutors this week has confirmed that the investigation centers on a relationship between officials there and a private consulting company.

Investigators for the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office and FBI agents descended on Beaumont City Hall and the offices of Urban Logic Consultants on Wednesday, carting off hundreds of boxes along with more than a dozen computers.

Apr 22, 2015

Posh Beverly Hills approves water restrictions, fines amid drought

LOS ANGELES, April 21 (Reuters) – Beverly Hills, the
southern California city renowned for Hollywood-tinged glamour
and luxury, approved stricter water restrictions on Tuesday,
including bans on filling new swimming pools and $1,000 fines
for water violations.

Faced with an order from the governor to cut water use
dramatically as the state reels from a three-year drought, the
five-member city council approved the measures at the end of a
three-hour afternoon meeting.