By Dan Whitcomb
(Reuters) – A trade group sued the city of Seattle on Wednesday, seeking to block a sharp hike in the minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next seven years on the grounds that it unfairly favors small businesses over larger employers and franchises.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Seattle by the Washington, D.C.- based International Franchise Association on behalf of five franchisees, claiming violations of the commerce, equal protection and supremacy clauses of the U.S. Constitution.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Department of Justice has determined that Los Angeles County’s jails violate the Constitution by failing to provide adequate mental health services to suicidal inmates, the latest black mark to the nation’s already troubled largest jail system.
The Justice Department, making its latest report this week in a 2002 agreement with the county to monitor its jails, found that there had been 15 suicides at its lockups in the past 30 months, some of them preventable with proper mental health practices.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Alexander Shulgin, who over the course of 40 years of scientific research created some 200 psychedelic compounds, earning the nickname “Godfather of ecstasy” for his pioneering work with the drug, has died at the age of 88.
Shulgin died on Monday at his home in Northern California, “surrounded by family and caretakers and Buddhist meditation music,” according to a Facebook post by his wife and research partner, Ann.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The California Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that police departments in the state must as a general rule disclose the names of officers involved in shootings, despite claims by a police union that doing so would endanger their safety.
The court, ruling 6-1 in a case brought by union representing officers in the Los Angeles suburb of Long Beach, said that Californians’ right to assess the actions of law enforcement outweighed the individual officers’ right to privacy.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A woman abducted from her suburban Southern California home when she was 15 has been found alive after a decade-long ordeal of physical and sexual abuse, and her accused kidnapper has been arrested, police said on Wednesday.
Now 25, the woman told detectives she was kidnapped in August 2004 by a man who lived with the family at the time and held captive by him ever since, the Santa Ana Police Department said in a statement. She was not named by authorities.
May 20 (Reuters) – A group of retired pro football players
sued the National Football League on Tuesday, saying they were
illegally fed painkillers and told to play while injured to keep
massive profits flowing to the league for three decades.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco,
could turn into another black eye for the NFL, which last year
agreed to pay $760 million to thousands of former players who
filed suit claiming the league downplayed the risk of
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – More than 20,000 homes and other residences were being evacuated in and around San Diego on Tuesday as a fast-moving California wildfire driven by high winds blackened more than a square mile, fire and county officials said.
Hundreds of firefighters, assisted by water-dropping aircraft, fought to keep the flames from advancing into San Diego neighborhoods, said Lynne Tolmachoff, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
LOS ANGELES, May 12 (Reuters) – The maker of the popular
Sriracha hot pepper sauce does not intend to move his factory
out of California, despite complaints over the smell that have
prompted local officials to consider declaring it a public
nuisance, NPR reported on Monday.
Officials in the Los Angeles suburb of Irwindale sued Huy
Fong Foods, maker of Sriracha, last October after some residents
said the plant’s peppery fumes were giving them headaches and
irritating their eyes and throats.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, in a new tape that surfaced on Friday, is heard dismissing racist remarks that could cost him his pro basketball team as made out of jealousy over other men spending time with a woman he was trying to woo.
On the audio recording, obtained by the entertainment website Radar Online, the 80-year-old sports tycoon appears to tell an unidentified male friend that he made the comments while attempting to seduce that woman and never expected them to be made public.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The main highway route between Southern California and Las Vegas was fully reopened on Wednesday, nearly two days after a bridge fire and collapse forced authorities to shut it down in both directions, backing up traffic for miles.
Southbound lanes of Interstate-15 near the high desert community of Hesperia, some 70 miles northeast of Los Angeles, were reopened overnight after crews cleared away tons of metal and wood from the roadway, officials said.