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Apr 9, 2014

Gunman who opened fire at L.A. police had applied to join department

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A gunman who opened fire in a Los Angeles police station, shooting an officer seven times in the arms and torso as he returned fire, had previously applied to join the department, a police spokesmen said on Tuesday.

The wounded officer remained hospitalized in good condition a day after the attack, while the suspected gunman, who also was struck by multiple bullets, was listed in serious but stable condition at a hospital, said Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Officer Sara Faden.

Apr 8, 2014

Officer, gunman wounded in Los Angeles police station

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A gunman opened fire in a Los Angeles police station on Monday night, shooting an officer seven times in the arms and torso as he returned fire, leaving both men badly wounded, Los Angeles Police Department spokesmen said.

The shooter walked into the lobby of the West Traffic Division at about 8 p.m. local time and told two officers at the desk that he had a complaint, then pulled a semi-automatic handgun and fired repeatedly at one of the officers, Los Angeles police officials said on Tuesday.

Apr 7, 2014

Rescued sailboat family set to return to San Diego on Wednesday

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A family of four rescued from their sailboat after the youngest of two children became seriously ill are due to return to California on Wednesday aboard a U.S. warship that picked them up over the weekend, Navy and Coast Guard officials said.

Military officials declined on Monday to give any details on the medical condition of 1-year-old Lyra Kaufman except to say that she, her 3-year-old sister, Cora, and their parents, Eric and Charlotte Kaufman, were all safe as they headed back to port in San Diego.

Apr 4, 2014

California court revives suit claiming woman frozen alive in morgue

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California appeals court has revived a malpractice suit brought by the family of an 80-year-old grandmother they claim was prematurely declared dead by doctors then frozen alive inside a body bag in the hospital’s morgue.

A lower-court judge had dismissed the lawsuit brought in May 2012 by relatives of Maria de Jesus Arroyo against White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles over the woman’s 2010 death, on grounds that the statute of limitations had lapsed.

Apr 3, 2014

David Letterman to retire from CBS ‘Late Show’ in 2015

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Comedian David Letterman, who brought a sardonic, offbeat wit to late-night television, along with bits such as “Stupid Pet Tricks” and his “Top 10″ list, will retire as host of “The Late Show” on CBS in 2015, he said during the taping of his show in New York.

Letterman, 66, whose contract expires next year, began hosting the CBS show in August 1993, after leaving the rival NBC network, where he originated his late-night TV persona and much of his program on the “Late Night with David Letterman” show for many years.

Mar 10, 2014

Northern California unscathed by 6.8 offshore quake

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A series of small aftershocks continued to rattle the extreme northern coast of California on Monday, hours after a magnitude 6.8 earthquake shook the town of Eureka and an area extending into Oregon and Nevada with no reports of damage.

The main tremor, which struck at about 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, was centered in the Pacific about 50 miles west of Eureka and 10 miles beneath the ocean floor, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Mar 5, 2014

California third-graders caught smoking pot in school bathroom

By Steve Gorman

(Reuters) – Three third-graders were caught smoking marijuana in the boys’ bathroom of their northern California elementary school last week in what the local police chief says marked the youngest pot bust he has ever encountered.

The three boys – two 8-year-olds and one 9-year-old – were caught last Thursday by another student, who informed school administrators, who in turn alerted local law enforcement, said Sonora Police Chief Mark Stinson.

Mar 5, 2014

Los Angeles moves to ban e-cigarettes, joining NY, others

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to ban the use of electronic cigarettes, also known as “vaping,” from restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other public spaces in the nation’s second-largest city.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Eric Garcetti confirmed to Reuters that he would sign the measure into law in the coming days.

Mar 3, 2014

Ellen DeGeneres brings pizza and deadpan affability to Oscars

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Comic and talk show star Ellen DeGeneres returned as Oscar host on Sunday, bringing a deadpan affability, and free pizza, to the Academy Awards show while still poking fun at Hollywood royalty.

The star of her own daytime TV talk show, DeGeneres earned an Emmy nomination for her first Oscar hosting stint in 2007 although some critics complained she was too playful for the traditional decorum of the Academy Awards.

Mar 3, 2014

Ellen DeGeneres brings deadpan affability back to Oscars

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Comedian and talk show star Ellen DeGeneres returned as Oscar host on Sunday in an appearance many saw as calculated to project a lighter, more affable tone for Hollywood’s biggest night after the provocative performance of her immediate predecessor, Seth MacFarlane.

While veering away from the ribald streak that marked MacFarlane’s widely-panned stint as emcee last year, DeGeneres showed in her opening monologue she was not above poking fun at some of the film industry’s biggest names.

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