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May 29, 2014

California top court says police must name officers in shootings

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.

May 21, 2014

California woman abducted at 15 found alive a decade later

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, 2014

Ex-football players sue NFL, claiming ‘culture of drug misuse’

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

May 14, 2014

More than 20,000 homes evacuated in path of San Diego wildfire

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.

May 12, 2014

Sriracha hot sauce plant owner vows to stay in California -report

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.

May 9, 2014

In new tape, Los Angeles Clippers owner says he was jealous: report

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.

May 7, 2014

Main highway between L.A. and Las Vegas reopens after bridge fire

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.

Apr 27, 2014

Clippers players stage protest after owner’s alleged racist comments

LOS ANGELES, April 27 (Reuters) – Los Angeles Clippers players staged a protest at a playoff game on Sunday against racist comments allegedly made by team owner Donald Sterling, turning their warm-up jerseys inside-out to hide the team name before a loss to the Golden State Warriors.

The silent demonstration came as Sterling faced a firestorm of criticism over a 10-minute recording obtained by celebrity news website TMZ in which a man reported to be the NBA owner tells a woman not to post photographs of herself with black people online and not to bring African-Americans to Clippers games.

Apr 24, 2014

Family of TSA agent slain at LAX files $25 million claim against city

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The family of a federal security screener who was killed when a man opened fire at Los Angeles International Airport last November has filed a $25 million claim against the city, alleging that security lapses contributed to the agent’s death.

Gerardo Hernandez, 53, became the first U.S. Transportation Security Administration agent slain in the line of duty when he was shot 12 times at point blank range in Terminal 3 of the airport as he stood at the entrance to a security checkpoint.

Apr 23, 2014

Ex-L.A. sheriff deputies accused of planting guns at pot dispensary

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two ex-Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies accused of planting guns at a marijuana dispensary to justify an arrest have been charged with conspiracy and perjury, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

The charges mark the latest blow to a sheriff’s department that has been beset with allegations of civil rights violations and corruption as well as a federal investigation of its jails. Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca retired earlier this year rather than seek re-election.