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Jan 8, 2015

California health officials link measles outbreak to Disneyland

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Nine cases of measles have been confirmed in people who visited Disneyland or its adjacent California Adventure park in late December, state health officials said on Wednesday, urging anyone who may have been exposed to contact a doctor.

All nine of the confirmed cases are in people who visited at least one of the two amusement parks in Anaheim between Dec. 15 and Dec. 20, said Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health.

Jan 6, 2015

Los Angeles sets records for tourists, passengers at LAX

LOS ANGELES, Jan 6 (Reuters) – The city of Los Angeles set
new records for tourism and for passengers arriving at Los
Angeles International Airport in 2014, reaching levels that were
hailed by the mayor as crucial to the region’s economy.

Mayor Eric Garcetti said 43.4 million tourists visited Los
Angeles in 2014, marking the fourth consecutive year of
record-breaking tourism for America’s second-largest city.

Jan 6, 2015

Federal mediator arriving to join U.S. West Coast ports talks

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A federal mediator was expected to arrive in southern California on Tuesday to take part in negotiations over a new contract between employers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports and the union representing some 20,000 dock workers.

Negotiators for employers and the union opened talks in May and agreed to keep talking after the old contract expired on June 30. The parties said in August they had reached a tentative deal on healthcare benefits but remained at odds over other issues ranging from wages to work rules.

Jan 5, 2015

California prison guard sues, says he was harassed for being Muslim

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California prison guard who says
he was relentlessly harassed and mocked by his co-workers
because he is black and Muslim has sued the state of California
and its corrections officials, an Islamic civil rights group
said on Monday.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Sacramento last
week, marks the latest blow to California’s troubled corrections
system, which is struggling to meet court-ordered demands to
improve medical and mental healthcare in its overcrowded
prisons.

Jan 2, 2015

U.S. prosecutors to seek death penalty for accused L.A. airport gunman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors said on Friday they would seek the death penalty for a man accused of opening fire in a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport in November 2013, killing a security screener.

Paul Anthony Ciancia was taken into custody after the shooting rampage, in which three other people were also wounded. He is charged with murder and attempted murder of federal officers as well as committing an act of violence at an international airport and firearms offenses.

Dec 29, 2014

L.A. police officers shot unarmed black man three times: autopsy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An unarmed 25-year-old black man slain by Los Angeles police officers in August suffered three gunshot wounds, including one to his back, a long-awaited autopsy report into the killing showed on Monday.

Police have said two officers shot Ezell Ford, described by a family lawyer as mentally challenged, on Aug. 11 after he struggled with one of them and tried to grab the officer’s holstered gun.

Dec 29, 2014

Autopsy shows three L.A. police bullets hit unarmed black man

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An unarmed 25-year-old black man slain by Los Angeles police officers in August suffered three gunshot wounds, including one to his back, a long-awaited autopsy report showed on Monday.

Police have said two officers shot and killed Ezell Ford, described by a family lawyer as mentally challenged, after he struggled with one of them and tried to grab the officer’s gun during an Aug. 11 scuffle in a poor neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Dec 19, 2014

Massive Los Angeles construction fire was arson, authorities say

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A construction fire that gutted an entire city block of downtown Los Angeles and caused up to $30 million in damages was an act of arson, authorities said on Thursday.

Los Angeles Fire Department officials have previously said the blaze, one of the largest structure fires in the city’s recent history, was likely arson but no suspects have been arrested or charged.

Dec 18, 2014

Fraternity closed at California university over anti-rape march harassment

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – (This story corrects headline, first paragraph to show that fraternity agreed to close but was not banned by university)

A San Diego State University fraternity whose members were accused of harassing people taking part in an anti-rape march has been closed, the school said on Tuesday, a move that comes amid a renewed debate over the handling of sexual assaults on U.S. college campuses.

Dec 17, 2014

California university bans fraternity over anti-rape march harassment

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – San Diego State University on Tuesday banned a fraternity whose members were accused of harassing people taking part in an anti-rape march, a move that comes amid a renewed debate over the handling of sexual assaults on U.S. college campuses.

The university said on its website that the national offices of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity had agreed to close the Gamma Alpha chapter at San Diego State at least until the fall of 2016.