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Nov 5, 2015

Man shot dead after stabbing four at University of California campus

By Steve Gorman

(Reuters) – A student armed with a hunting knife stabbed four people on Wednesday before he was shot dead by campus police at the University of California, Merced, in the heart of the state’s Central Valley, law enforcement and school officials said.

The four victims – two students, a campus employee and a construction worker credited with helping prevent more bloodshed – were taken to hospitals for treatment, two by helicopter, though all are expected to make a full recovery, officials said.

Oct 31, 2015

California doctor convicted of murder by over-prescription

LOS ANGELES, Oct 30 (Reuters) – A Southern California doctor
was found guilty of murder on Friday for over-prescribing drugs
that caused the fatal overdose of three patients, in a landmark
verdict prosecutors called the first such conviction in the
United States.

The case comes amid what public health officials describe as
a national epidemic of prescription drug abuse. The Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention said last year the trend was
fueling nearly 17,000 overdose deaths annually, as well as a
rise in heroin addiction.

Oct 31, 2015

Los Angeles doctor convicted of murder by over-prescription

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Los Angeles-area doctor was found guilty on Friday of three counts of murder for over-prescribing drugs that caused a fatal overdose in patients, in a case that prosecutors said marked the first such conviction in the United States.

In addition to the three counts of second-degree murder, Dr. Hsiu Ying “Lisa” Tseng, 45, was found guilty on 19 counts of unlawful prescription of a controlled substance and one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

Oct 28, 2015

Labor friction escalates between California port truckers, shippers

, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Long-simmering labor
tensions between Southern California port truckers and shipping
companies they accuse of wage theft escalated on Tuesday as a
group of drivers demanded recognition as full-fledged employees
and petitioned to join the Teamsters union.

The action, according to the Teamsters, was taken by at
least 50 drivers who work for New Jersey-based Intermodal Bridge
Transport (IBT) hauling freight to and from the ports of Los
Angeles and Long Beach, the busiest cargo hub in America.

Oct 24, 2015

Vapor cloud from Exxon refinery in California triggers alarm

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The unexplained release of a large vapor cloud on Friday from an Exxon Mobil Corp refinery near Los Angeles prompted authorities to sound public safety sirens, but no toxic fumes were detected and no one was hurt, a fire official said.

The mishap was reported around sunset in Torrance, California, at a refinery that had been largely shut down since an explosion and fire at a processing unit on Feb. 18 injured four workers and destroying emissions-controlling equipment.

Oct 16, 2015

Lamar Odom reported to emerge from coma 3 days after collapse

Oct 16 (Reuters) – Former pro basketball star Lamar Odom
remained hospitalized but was reported to be showing signs of
recovery on Friday, three days after he collapsed at a Nevada
house of prostitution where authorities said he had been using

Odom, 35, the estranged husband of reality TV personality
Khloe Kardashian, has emerged from a coma and has been removed
from a ventilator that was assisting his breathing, the E!
online and television outlet reported, citing an unnamed source.

Oct 1, 2015

Record number of threatened seals stranded along California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Guadalupe fur seals, a threatened species that breed off Mexico and normally spend much of their time at sea, have washed up dead and dying in record numbers along the California coast this year, another apparent casualty of warming ocean temperatures.

At least 80 emaciated fur seals, mostly pups, have been found beached along the central California shoreline since spring, compared with the 10 to 12 such strandings documented in a typical year, according to U.S. government scientists.

Sep 26, 2015
via FaithWorld

Dalai Lama cancels October U.S. visit on doctors’ advice


(Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama speaks at Magdalene College in Oxford, Britain September 14, 2015. REUTERS/Darren Staples)

Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has canceled a planned October visit to the United States at the advice of doctors following a medical check-up this week, his office said in a statement on Friday.

Sep 26, 2015

Idaho sues U.S. over sage-grouse habitat restrictions

By Eric M. Johnson and Steve Gorman

(Reuters) – Idaho filed suit on Friday challenging new federal land-use restrictions designed to safeguard the greater sage-grouse, breaking with other western states that backed sweeping measures to preserve the bird’s habitat in lieu of Endangered Species Act protections.

The lawsuit, which names Republican Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and the Republican-controlled state legislature as plaintiffs, accuses the Obama administration of a lack of transparency in devising its sage-grouse conservation strategy.

Sep 24, 2015

Paralyzed California man recounts re-learning to walk via computer

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – For paraplegic Adam Fritz, the thrill of the computer-assisted first steps he took five years after being paralyzed in a motorcycle crash came only after he was unhooked from the system that enabled him to walk briefly in a bioengineering lab.

During the experiment itself, Fritz recounted, he had to keep his mind focused entirely on placing one foot in front of the other as his brain waves were translated by a computer algorithm into impulses that bypassed his severed spinal cord and activated his legs.

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