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Mar 2, 2013

Great white sharks off California gain more protection

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Great white sharks off the coast of California gained new protection on Friday as regulations took effect designating them candidates for listing under the state’s Endangered Species Act.

The world’s largest predatory fish, whose fossil record by some estimates dates back some 16 million years, has been off-limits to commercial and sport fishing under California law since 1994.

Mar 1, 2013

Great white sharks off California given greater protection

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Great white sharks off the coast of California gained protection on Friday as regulations took effect designating them candidates for future listing under the state’s Endangered Species Act.

The world’s largest predatory fish has been off-limits to commercial and sport fishing under California law since 1994. But great whites, particularly as juveniles, are still caught as unintentional “bycatch” in gill-net fishing for halibut, swordfish and white sea bass off California and Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.

Mar 1, 2013

Actress Bonnie Franklin of TV’s ‘One Day at a Time’ dead at 69

LOS ANGELES, March 1 (Reuters) – Actress Bonnie Franklin,
best known as a single working mother in the hit CBS comedy “One
Day at a Time” in an era when U.S. television was redefining
families in pop culture, died on Friday at age 69.

She died at her Los Angeles home of complications from
pancreatic cancer, surrounded by relatives and friends,
according to a statement issued by the CBS network on behalf of
her family.

Feb 26, 2013

California couple vanishes during cycling trip in Peru

By Laila Kearney and Steve Gorman

(Reuters) – Authorities in Peru have launched a search for a California couple reported missing while on a cycling trip through the Andean country in an area where U.S. citizens have been warned of kidnapping risks, U.S. Embassy officials in Lima said on Monday.

Families of the couple, Garrett Hand and Jamie Neal, said they last heard from the pair on January 25, a day before they were expected to arrive in Lima after a journey of several hundred miles from Cusco, in the country’s mountainous interior southeast of the capital, the embassy said in a statement.

Feb 25, 2013

Rookie Oscar host Seth MacFarlane lives up to edgy image

LOS ANGELES, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Rookie Oscar host Seth
MacFarlane casually slung a string of zingers at some of
Hollywood’s biggest names, including a musical tribute to female
frontal nudity in the movies, as he launched the Academy Awards
show Sunday on a decisively edgy note.

First-time Oscar producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan
recruited MacFarlane in a bid to inject a greater sense of the
unexpected, and hopefully bigger television ratings, a year
after veteran host Billy Crystal performed his ninth stint at
the helm of the live broadcast.

Feb 25, 2013

Rookie Oscar host Seth MacFarlane lives up to provocative image

LOS ANGELES, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Rookie Oscar host Seth
MacFarlane casually slung a string of zingers at some of
Hollywood’s biggest names, including a musical tribute to female
frontal nudity in the movies, as he launched the Academy Awards
show on Sunday on a decisively provocative note.

In an opening monologue and package of song-and-dance
numbers obviously calculated to live up to, and even lampoon,
his own reputation for pushing the boundaries of taste,
MacFarlane put his biting, edgy brand of humor front and center.

Feb 15, 2013

California authorities identify remains of fugitive ex-cop

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Medical examiners on Thursday positively identified the remains of a fugitive former Los Angeles policeman wanted for a grudge-driven killing spree, formally ending the largest manhunt ever conducted by Southern California law enforcement.

The remains, charred beyond recognition, were removed from the burned-out ruins of a mountain cabin where Christopher Dorner, 33, made his last stand on Tuesday in a deadly shootout with authorities that ended with the cabin going up in flames.

Feb 13, 2013

Fate of fugitive ex-LA cop unknown after fiery standoff; deputy killed

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A gunman thought to be a fugitive ex-cop shot and killed one police officer and wounded another in a gun fight with sheriff’s deputies who tracked him down to a mountain cabin northeast of Los Angeles on Tuesday, police said.

Authorities said they presumed the shooter to be former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner, 33, who is suspected of a revenge-fueled killing spree targeting police and their families. Television news footage showed smoke and flames engulfing the cabin in a heavily wooded area of the snow-covered mountains of the San Bernardino National Forest. The fate of the gunman who led California authorities on a six-day manhunt was unknown.

Feb 12, 2013

Fugitive ex-Los Angeles cop in shootout with police

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A fugitive former police officer accused of a revenge-fueled killing spree barricaded himself in a cabin in the mountains northeast of Los Angeles on Tuesday after a gunfight with police that left at least two officers wounded, police said.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said Christopher Dorner, 33, opened fire as police closed in on him. An intensive manhunt for Dorner has been underway for six days.

Feb 8, 2013

Manhunt on for ex-California cop accused of vendetta shootings

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police swarmed a California ski area on Thursday in their search for a fired Los Angeles policeman accused of killing three people and declaring an all-out war on law enforcement officers and their families in a rambling Internet manifesto.

Police were drawn to the area after the discovery of a burned-out pickup truck belonging to the suspect Christopher Dorner, 33.

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