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Jan 20, 2015

Disneyland measles outbreak prompts warning at high school

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Health officials are warning parents that a student at a Southern California high school has become infected with measles from an outbreak traced to Disneyland in December, urging them to contact a doctor if their child develops symptoms.

The Orange County Health Care Agency said it had been contacting individuals who may have come in contact with the infected student from Huntington Beach High School.

Jan 15, 2015

Archaeologists find 1882 rifle leaning against Nevada desert tree

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – Archaeologists conducting a survey in Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada have stumbled upon a 132-year-old Winchester rifle propped against a tree, possibly having been left there more than a century ago.

The rifle, which records show was manufactured and shipped by the gun maker in 1882, had been leaning against the Juniper tree for so long that the wood of its stock was cracked and deteriorated from the desert sun, its barrel rusted.

Jan 15, 2015

Yosemite climbers reach top of El Capitan in historic ascent

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two climbers completed a historic 19-day ascent to the summit of Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan in California on Wednesday after scaling the rock formation’s 3,000-foot (900-metre) sheer granite face without climbing tools, a spokeswoman said.

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson made it to the top of El Capitan at 3:30 p.m. (2330 GMT), spokeswoman Jess Clayton said in an email. They were the first to climb El Capitan’s so-called Dawn Wall without bolts or climbing tools, she said.

Jan 14, 2015

Yosemite climbers make final push to top of El Capitan

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two climbers trying to scale a sheer granite face of the 3,000-foot (900-metre) El Capitan rock formation in Yosemite National Park without climbing tools made a final push toward the summit on Wednesday, hoping to reach the top by late afternoon.

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson were making “great progress” as they sought to become first to climb El Capitan’s so-called Dawn Wall without bolts or climbing tools, spokeswoman Jess Clayton said.

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.