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Feb 23, 2015

U.S. lawmaker seeks congressional hearing on ‘superbug’ outbreak

LOS ANGELES, Feb 23 (Reuters) – A U.S. lawmaker on Monday
called on the Congress to investigate the medical scopes blamed
for an outbreak of a bacterial “superbug” at a University of
California, Los Angeles hospital that has infected seven
patients.

Representative Ted Lieu, a Democrat from California, said in
a letter asking for a congressional oversight committee hearing
that the outbreak of the drug-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or
CRE, bacteria posed “both health and national security” risks.

Feb 21, 2015

Suspect in Vegas road rage killing confessed to friends: police report

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – The 19-year-old man charged with killing a mother of four following a confrontation on the streets of Las Vegas excitedly told friends hours later that he had shot some “kids” who had been after him, arrest warrants made public on Friday show.

According to the documents, Erich Milton Nowsch told the two friends he fired 22 times at a green car after a cat-and-mouse car chase through his neighborhood just a few miles from the famed Las Vegas strip, and knew that he had shot someone when it was over.

Feb 20, 2015

California health officials say may not find source of measles outbreak

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A senior California health official said on Thursday the source of a measles outbreak that has sickened 119 people in the state may never be identified, despite a finding that the same strain of virus had led to a wave of illness in the Philippines.

More than 150 people across the United States have been diagnosed with measles, many linked to an outbreak that authorities believe began when an infected international traveler visited Disneyland in late December.

Feb 19, 2015

California confirms 119 cases of measles in state

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Public health officials said on Wednesday that six more cases of measles had been confirmed in California, bringing to 119 the total number of people infected by a strain of the virus that has also been linked to a large outbreak in the Philippines.

More than 150 people across the United States have been diagnosed with measles, many of them linked to the wave of illness that authorities believe began when an infected person from out of the country visited Disneyland in late December.

Feb 18, 2015

California health officials urge measles vaccine before spring travel

LOS ANGELES, Feb 17 (Reuters) – California public health
officials, grappling with a measles outbreak that has already
sickened 113 people statewide, urged residents on Tuesday to
vaccinate themselves and their children before traveling
internationally over spring school break.

More than 150 people have been diagnosed with measles across
the United States, many of them linked to an outbreak that
authorities believe began when an infected person from out of
the country visited Disneyland in late December.

Feb 17, 2015

Police search for suspects in fatal shooting of Las Vegas mom

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – Police were still searching on Tuesday for one or more suspects who fatally shot a Las Vegas woman as she headed home from a driving lesson with her teenage daughter, in an apparent road-rage incident.

Tammy Meyers was shot in the head on Thursday morning by the occupant of another vehicle minutes after a near-collision that touched off an argument, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Feb 13, 2015

California has three new measles cases, Arizona says outbreak winding down

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California public health officials have confirmed three more cases of measles in an outbreak that began in late December, bringing to 113 the total number of people believed to have been infected in the state.

Health officials in Arizona, where seven cases of measles have been documented, said the outbreak would likely be considered over in that state if no further infections were reported over the weekend.

Feb 13, 2015

Stan Chambers, Los Angeles TV journalism institution, dies at 91

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Stan Chambers, who joined KTLA-TV news in Los Angeles in the late 1940s, at the dawn of the television age, and spent six decades as a local TV journalism institution, died on Friday at the age of 91, the station said.

Chambers, who retired from KTLA in 2010 after 63 years as a broadcast journalist in America’s second-largest city, passed away at his home in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, surrounded by family members, according to the station.

Feb 12, 2015

Commuter infected with measles is San Francisco LinkedIn employee

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Northern California commuter who health officials say may have exposed tens of thousands of people to measles while riding San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit system while infectious is an employee of LinkedIn Corp, the social networking company said on Thursday.

The passenger, who commuted to and from LinkedIn’s offices in San Francisco on three days last week and also spent time at a San Francisco restaurant and bar, represents the first case of measles confirmed in Contra Costa County during an outbreak of the disease that began in December.

Feb 11, 2015

California cancer patient sues for right to doctor-assisted death

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A 53-year-old California woman suffering from leukemia sued the state’s attorney general and San Francisco’s top prosecutor on Wednesday seeking the right for physicians to aid the terminally ill in taking their own lives.

The lawsuit asks San Francisco Superior Court to “clarify” that a California law making it illegal to aid, advise or encourage someone to commit suicide does not apply to doctors assisting a dying, mentally competent patient.