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Mar 5, 2014

Los Angeles moves to ban e-cigarettes, joining NY, others

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to ban the use of electronic cigarettes, also known as “vaping,” from restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other public spaces in the nation’s second-largest city.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Eric Garcetti confirmed to Reuters that he would sign the measure into law in the coming days.

Mar 3, 2014

California lawmaker takes leave of absence amid bribery charges

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California state senator said on Monday he would take a leave of absence, instead of resigning, while fighting federal charges that he accepted bribes from a businessman and from undercover FBI agents posing as film executives.

Democrat Ron Calderon, part of a decades-old California political dynasty, surrendered to authorities last week to face two dozen counts of bribery, fraud, money laundering and conspiracy.

Feb 28, 2014

California’s attorney general takes up court fight over gun laws

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California’s attorney general on Thursday waded into a court fight over the state’s strict gun laws, asking an appeals court to reverse itself and restore the leeway local governments had to decide who can carry a concealed firearm.

A three-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, acting on a lawsuit by gun owners, earlier this month struck down as unconstitutional a requirement by San Diego County that residents show “good cause” to carry a concealed firearm.

Feb 26, 2014

California couple finds $10 million in buried treasure while walking dog

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A trove of rare Gold Rush-era coins unearthed in California last year by a couple as they walked their dog may be the greatest buried treasure ever found in the United States, worth more than $10 million, a currency firm representing the pair said on Tuesday.

The 1,400 gold pieces, dating to the mid- to late 1800s and still in nearly mint condition, were discovered buried in eight decaying metal cans on the couple’s land last April, said coin expert David McCarthy of currency firm Kagin’s.

Feb 25, 2014

California lawmaker pleads innocent to corruption charges

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California state senator pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges he took bribes from a businessman and from undercover FBI agents posing as Hollywood film executives to shepherd legislation in their favor.

Democrat Ron Calderon, a 56-year-old politician and member of a family political dynasty going back several decades in California, had turned himself in earlier in the day to face two dozen counts of bribery, fraud, money laundering and conspiracy in connection with the allegations.

Feb 24, 2014

California lawmaker surrenders to face corruption charges

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California state senator turned himself in on Monday to face charges he took bribes from a businessman and from undercover FBI agents posing as Hollywood film executives to steer legislation in their favor.

Democrat Ron Calderon, a member of a family political dynasty going back several decades in California, was taken into custody after surrendering to federal authorities mid-morning on Friday, U.S. Attorney’s spokesman Thom Mrozek said.

Feb 24, 2014

California lawmaker due to surrender on bribery, corruption charges

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California state senator was expected to surrender to federal authorities on Monday to face charges that he took bribes from a businessman and from undercover FBI agents posing as Hollywood film executives to steer legislation in their favor.

Democrat Ron Calderon was indicted by a federal grand jury last week on two dozen counts of bribery, fraud, money laundering and other charges.

Feb 24, 2014

CNN ending British journalist Piers Morgan’s prime-time show

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – CNN has decided to end the marquee prime-time talk show hosted by veteran British journalist Piers Morgan, the cable news network said on Sunday.

A date for the final broadcast of Piers Morgan Live on CNN had not been determined and a spokeswoman did not immediately say if Morgan would remain at the network in any other role.

Feb 24, 2014

Snowmobiler dies in avalanche near Idaho-Montana border

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – A 49-year-old man has been killed in a back-country avalanche while snowmobiling near the Idaho-Montana border, police said on Sunday, becoming the latest in a string of avalanche fatalities across the U.S. West this winter.

Four men were snowmobiling in a rugged area of the West Cabinet Range about 17 miles southwest of Troy, Montana on Saturday afternoon when two of them were caught in an avalanche, the Libby County Sheriff’s Department said.

Feb 21, 2014

California lawmaker indicted on bribery, corruption charges

LOS ANGELES, Feb 21 (Reuters) – A California state senator
has been indicted on federal charges that he accepted some
$100,000 in cash bribes from a businessman and undercover FBI
agents in connection with legislation, prosecutors said on
Friday.

Democrat Ron Calderon, 56, has agreed to turn himself in on
Monday to face charges including mail fraud, wire fraud,
bribery, conspiracy, money laundering in the 24-count
indictment, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S.
Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.