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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.

Feb 4, 2015

California lawmakers seek to end ‘personal belief’ vaccine exemptions

LOS ANGELES, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Responding to an outbreak of
measles that has infected more than 100 people, two California
lawmakers said on Wednesday they would introduce legislation to
end the right of parents in the state to exempt their children
from school vaccinations based on personal beliefs.

California public health officials say 92 people have been
diagnosed with measles in the state, many of them linked to an
outbreak that they believe began when an infected person from
outside the country visited Disneyland in late December.

Feb 3, 2015

Rap mogul Suge Knight charged with murder in hit-and-run case

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was charged with murder and attempted murder on Monday in connection with an incident in which prosecutors say he ran over two men in a Southern California parking lot last week, killing one of them.

Knight, the 49-year-old co-founder of the hip hop label Death Row Records, was charged with one count each of murder and attempted murder, and two counts of felony hit-and-run, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.

Feb 2, 2015

California day care center shuts down after baby contracts measles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A day care center at a Southern California high school has been closed after a baby enrolled in the program was diagnosed with measles amid an outbreak that has already infected more than 100 people nationwide, the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday.

The infant was enrolled at the child-care center at Santa Monica High School, where a freshman baseball coach contracted measles last month, the Times reported. It was not immediately clear if the two cases were related.

Jan 31, 2015

More than 100 cases of measles now confirmed in U.S

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – More than 100 people in the United States have been confirmed as infected with measles including 91 in California, most of them linked to an outbreak that began at Disneyland in December, public health officials said on Friday.

The California Department of Public Health said at least 58 of the cases of the highly infectious disease in the state have been epidemiologically linked to the Disneyland cluster. More than a dozen other cases have been confirmed in 13 other U.S. states and in Mexico.

Jan 30, 2015

CDC urges measles vaccinations amid Disneyland outbreak

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans on Thursday to get vaccinated for measles amid an outbreak that began at Disneyland in December, saying that 2014 saw the highest number of cases in two decades.

So far more than 90 people have been diagnosed with measles in California and elsewhere, most of them linked to an outbreak that public health officials suspect began when an infected person from outside the United States visited Disneyland in Anaheim between Dec. 15 and Dec. 20.

Jan 27, 2015

Mr Incredible convicted of attacking Batgirl on Hollywood Boulevard

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A man who dresses as the comic superhero Mr. Incredible has been sentenced to 3 years probation after pleading guilty to attacking a woman costumed as Batgirl in a Hollywood Boulevard turf dispute, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Muhammet Bilik, 35, was also ordered to attend anger management therapy, perform 20 days of roadside cleanup and stay away from the so-called Hollywood Entertainment District where the spat erupted.

Jan 27, 2015

Six more measles cases reported in California after Disneyland outbreak

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Six more cases of measles have been confirmed in California following an outbreak at Disneyland that began in December, public health officials said on Monday, raising to 74 the total number of people in the state who have been infected.

Previously, 68 people in California had been confirmed to have the measles, along with 14 others elsewhere: five in Arizona, three in Utah, two in Washington state, one each in Oregon, Colorado and Nevada, and one in Mexico.