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Feb 13, 2015

California has three new measles cases, Arizona says outbreak winding down

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California public health officials have confirmed three more cases of measles in an outbreak that began in late December, bringing to 113 the total number of people believed to have been infected in the state.

Health officials in Arizona, where seven cases of measles have been documented, said the outbreak would likely be considered over in that state if no further infections were reported over the weekend.

Feb 13, 2015

Stan Chambers, Los Angeles TV journalism institution, dies at 91

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Stan Chambers, who joined KTLA-TV news in Los Angeles in the late 1940s, at the dawn of the television age, and spent six decades as a local TV journalism institution, died on Friday at the age of 91, the station said.

Chambers, who retired from KTLA in 2010 after 63 years as a broadcast journalist in America’s second-largest city, passed away at his home in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, surrounded by family members, according to the station.

Feb 12, 2015

Commuter infected with measles is San Francisco LinkedIn employee

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Northern California commuter who health officials say may have exposed tens of thousands of people to measles while riding San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit system while infectious is an employee of LinkedIn Corp, the social networking company said on Thursday.

The passenger, who commuted to and from LinkedIn’s offices in San Francisco on three days last week and also spent time at a San Francisco restaurant and bar, represents the first case of measles confirmed in Contra Costa County during an outbreak of the disease that began in December.

Feb 11, 2015

California cancer patient sues for right to doctor-assisted death

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A 53-year-old California woman suffering from leukemia sued the state’s attorney general and San Francisco’s top prosecutor on Wednesday seeking the right for physicians to aid the terminally ill in taking their own lives.

The lawsuit asks San Francisco Superior Court to “clarify” that a California law making it illegal to aid, advise or encourage someone to commit suicide does not apply to doctors assisting a dying, mentally competent patient.

Feb 10, 2015

‘Hit-and-run’ capital Los Angeles launches alert system, rewards

LOS ANGELES, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Seeking to make a major dent
on Los Angeles’ reputation as the “hit-and-run capital of the
nation,” city leaders on Tuesday approved a package of measures,
including rewards and an alert system, designed to catch drivers
who flee traffic crashes.

Out of 40,000 car accidents in America’s second-largest
city, nearly half are classified as hit-and-runs, well above the
national average, according to the Los Angeles Police

Feb 10, 2015

California warns against intentional measles exposures

LOS ANGELES, Feb 9 (Reuters) – California health officials
on Monday warned parents against intentionally exposing their
children to measles, which could worsen an outbreak in the

In response to media inquiries about so-called measles
parties, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) said
it did not have information on the parties or their frequency.

Feb 10, 2015

California confirms 107 cases of measles, 39 from Disneyland outbreak

LOS ANGELES, Feb 9 (Reuters) – A total of 107 cases of
measles have been confirmed in California, more than a third of
them linked to an outbreak that began in Disneyland in late
December, state health officials said on Monday.

More than three dozen additional cases of the highly
infectious disease have been reported in 19 other states and in
Mexico, including three new cases diagnosed in Cook County,
Illinois. Seven of the eight cases so far found in Cook County
are associated with a daycare center in the city of Palatine.

Feb 7, 2015

‘River of rain’ begins falling on drought-stricken California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A so-called “atmospheric river of rain” began falling on Northern California on Friday, bringing worries about flash floods, high winds and mudslides but offering little relief to a state that has been left parched by several years of drought.

The storm, also known as a “Pineapple Express” because it develops from a ribbon of moist air moving across the Pacific Ocean, was forecast to dump as much as 10 inches (25 cm) of rain in coastal mountains.

Feb 5, 2015

‘Atmospheric river’ bringing heavy rain to Northern California

LOS ANGELES, Feb 5 (Reuters) – The National Weather Service
issued flood watches and warned of potential mudslides on
Thursday in Northern California foothills already ravaged by
wildfires and drought, saying an “atmospheric river” could bring
up to 10 inches (25 cm) of rain to some areas.

The storm is the result of a ribbon of moist air from the
tropics, sometimes known as a “Pineapple Express” that has
churned across the Pacific Ocean to take aim at the West Coast,
National Weather Service meteorologist Brooke Bingaman said.

Feb 5, 2015

Rap mogul Knight still hospitalized a day after court hearing

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight remained hospitalized on Wednesday, one day after he was admitted for treatment after pleading not guilty to murder and other charges in a fatal hit-and-run incident, authorities said.

A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman said he did not know what medical condition Knight, 49, was suffering from or when he might be released from the hospital.