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Oct 13, 2015

San Francisco man sues: Says skull crushed by giant pine cone

Oct 13 (Reuters) – A military veteran who said his skull was
crushed by a 16-pound (7-kg) pine cone as he rested in the shade
of a conifer grove at a San Francisco park has sued the U.S.
government, saying employee negligence led to his injuries.

Sean Mace was reading and napping beneath the Bunya Pines,
also known as false Monkey-Puzzle trees, during a visit to San
Francisco Maritime National Historic Park in October 2014,
according to the lawsuit filed in federal court.

Sep 29, 2015

Venezuela’s star conductor Dudamel defends silence on politics

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – Venezuela’s classical music superstar Gustavo Dudamel said on Tuesday he is deeply moved by protests in his home country and the United States, but will not take a public position or align himself with a political side in either nation.

In an op-ed article published in the Los Angeles Times, the 34-year-old director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela said joint performances by both groups starting in Los Angeles could provide a stage for demonstrations.

Sep 22, 2015

Monkey who took grinning ‘selfie’ should own copyright: U.S. lawsuit

Sept 22 (Reuters) – A rare crested macaque monkey who
snapped a well-known, grinning “selfie” should be declared the
photo’s owner and receive damages for copyright infringement
after it was used in a wildlife book, animal rights activists
argued in a federal lawsuit filed on Tuesday.

Naruto, a six-year-old macaque who lives free in the
Tangkoko Reserve on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, took the
image and several others about four years ago using a camera
left unattended by British photographer David Slater, People for
the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said in the suit.

Sep 18, 2015

Prison for man who left tons of litter in Colorado forest

DENVER (Reuters) – A 41-year-old Colorado man has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for leaving 4.25 tons of litter in a scenic national forest that took dozens of volunteers and a helicopter to remove, authorities said.

Prosecutors say that for seven months from October 2014, Benjamin Yoho lived and maintained a structure in Uncompahgre National Forest, north of the mountain town of Telluride.

Sep 9, 2015

British Airways passengers, crew escape plane fire in Las Vegas

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – A British Airways jetliner engine caught fire in Las Vegas as the plane was about to leave for London on Tuesday, forcing the pilots to abort takeoff, but all 172 passengers and crew escaped the smoke and flames that quickly enveloped the aircraft.

Several passengers and crew suffered minor injuries and were taken to the hospital as a precaution, a spokeswoman for the airline said. She did not say how many people were injured.

Sep 9, 2015

British Airways plane catches fire in Las Vegas, two minor injuries

By Daniel Wallis

(Reuters) – A British Airways jetliner engine caught fire as the airplane was departing on a London-bound flight from Las Vegas on Tuesday, forcing the pilot to abort takeoff, but all 172 passengers and crew escaped the smoke and flames that quickly enveloped the plane.

Officials at McCarran International Airport said two people suffered minor injuries, and video and photographs from the scene showed Flight 2276, a Boeing Co (BA.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) 777 bound for Gatwick Airport, engulfed in flames and thick black smoke.

Aug 24, 2015

Drug kingpin sent to U.S. prison for ‘Spice’ network

DENVER (Reuters) – A 68-year-old Las Vegas man will serve five years in federal prison for his role as kingpin of a criminal organization that distributed the so-called synthetic marijuana “Spice” for sale across the country, a U.S. judge ruled on Monday.

U.S. District Court Judge Philip Brimmer also ordered John Bowen to pay $1.8 million and forfeit three real estate properties in Florida.

Aug 8, 2015

Victims speak out after Colorado massacre trial ends in life

By Keith Coffman and Daniel Wallis

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) – Over whisky, wine and sandwiches, families of the murder victims of James Holmes reflected on the Colorado movie massacre trial and said about half of them had opposed the prosecution’s decision to seek a death penalty for the 27-year-old.

They gathered on the patio of an Irish pub hours after the stunning verdict on Friday, when the jury said they could not reach a unanimous decision on the appropriate punishment for Holmes, who killed 12 people and wounded 70 three years ago at a midnight screening of a Batman film.

Aug 5, 2015

Senator ‘alarmed’ by reports U.S. military families harassed

DENVER (Reuters) – A U.S. Senator said on Wednesday he was alarmed by reports of an FBI alert that relatives of U.S. military personnel in Colorado and Wyoming were harassed outside their homes by Middle Eastern men who may have had them under surveillance.

“I am alarmed by reports out of Denver that military members’ families have been harassed outside their homes and may be under surveillance,” U.S. Senator Cory Gardner, a Republican from Colorado, said in a statement.

Jul 30, 2015

Water parks and piano class: Colorado movie gunman’s childhood

DENVER (Reuters) – One described him as a quiet, kind boy who doted on his little sister. Another recalled his team spirit on the soccer pitch.

And many remembered the shooter as a smart, shy kid who studied music, was never in trouble, and who no one dreamed would grow up to massacre a dozen people.

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      "Daniel used to work for The Times newspaper and PA News agency in London before joining Reuters in 2003. Since then he has reported on political, general and economic news from across east Africa, Iraq and Latin America."
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