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Jul 19, 2013

Firefighters hold line against Southern California wildfire

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Firefighters on Thursday held back a wildfire in the mountains of Southern California that forced the evacuation of the resort community of Idyllwild after flames engulfed seven homes and numerous other buildings.

The so-called Mountain Fire has charred more than 22,800 acres of drought-parched chaparral and timber, much of it in steep, remote wilderness terrain inside the San Bernardino National Forest, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

Jul 18, 2013

Mountain fire in Southern California forces 6,000 to flee

LOS ANGELES, July 18 (Reuters) – A wildfire that chased some
6,000 people from homes, vacation cabins and campgrounds in the
mountains of Southern California roared through dry brush and
timber for a fourth day on Thursday as crews battled to keep
flames away from popular resort areas.

The blaze erupted on Monday afternoon about 100 miles (161
km) east of Los Angeles in the scenic but rugged San Jacinto
Mountains overlooking Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and several
smaller low-lying desert towns.

Jul 18, 2013

Southern California wildfire forces evacuation of mountain resort

LOS ANGELES, July 17 (Reuters) – A fast-growing wildfire in
the mountains of Southern California forced the evacuation on
Wednesday of the popular resort community of Idyllwild after
flames engulfed seven homes and numerous other buildings.

The blaze erupted on Monday afternoon about 100 miles (161
km) east of Los Angeles in the scenic but rugged San Jacinto
Mountains that overlook Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and several
smaller desert towns.

Jul 17, 2013

California protests at Trayvon Martin verdict peaceful

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hundreds of protesters staged boisterous but peaceful protests in Los Angeles and San Francisco late on Tuesday against the acquittal of a neighbourhood watch volunteer charged with murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

Police and civic leaders appealed for calm but braced for more unrest after nearly two dozen people were arrested in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area late on Monday in a second night of protests over a case that has captivated and polarized the U.S. public on race, gun and self-defence laws.

Jul 16, 2013

Zimmerman verdict under scrutiny from U.S. attorney general, protesters

/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Attorney General Eric Holder renewed hints the federal government may pick up where Florida authorities failed in their prosecution of George Zimmerman, as demonstrators continued to protest his acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman, 29, remained in hiding on Tuesday after a jury of six anonymous women on Saturday found him not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter, ending a Florida state prosecution of a case that has captivated and polarized the U.S. public on issues of race, gun and self-defense laws.

Jul 16, 2013

California officials brace for more unrest after Trayvon Martin verdict

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police and civic leaders braced for unrest while appealing for calm on Tuesday after nearly two dozen protesters in Los Angeles and Oakland were arrested during a second night of civil disturbances sparked by the Trayvon Martin trial in Florida.

Police in Los Angeles said the lawlessness was committed by about 150 people who broke off from an otherwise peaceful prayer vigil held in memory of Martin, the unarmed black teenager who was shot to death last year by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida.

Jun 30, 2013

Supreme Court petitioned to reimpose California gay marriage ban

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Opponents of gay marriage petitioned the Supreme Court on Saturday to immediately reinstate a 5-year-old ban on same-sex matrimony in California, saying a federal appeals court had acted prematurely in removing the prohibition on gay nuptials.

Supporters of the gay marriage ban, known as Proposition 8, which California voters approved in 2008, asked the high court to overrule a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals order on Friday lifting a stay that had kept same-sex unions outlawed.

Jun 27, 2013

Supreme Court ruling sets stage for more legal wrangling in California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California’s attorney general said same-sex weddings would resume statewide within weeks, if not sooner, despite further litigation threatened by opponents after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday paved the way for gay marriages in the state.

The high court refused to hear an appeal by gay marriage opponents of a lower-court opinion overturning a 2008 voter-approved state constitutional amendment, known as Proposition 8, that defined marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman.

Jun 25, 2013

Pneumonia outbreak threatens bighorn sheep in California, Nevada

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A pneumonia outbreak is threatening hundreds of bighorn sheep in California’s Mojave National Preserve, and wildlife officials said Monday they see no promising options for saving the state’s biggest herd or protecting a nearby population in Nevada.

The disease is believed to have killed 20 bighorn sheep during the past month in the 1.6-million-acre (650,000-hectare) desert preserve, which lies 50 miles southwest of Las Vegas, National Park Service spokeswoman Linda Slater said.

Jun 21, 2013

Los Angeles police see no sign of foul play in journalist’s death

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police said on Thursday there was no sign of foul play in the fiery car crash near Hollywood that killed journalist Michael Hastings, whose 2010 magazine article led to the ouster of the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan.

Hastings died when the car he was driving slammed into a tree and burst into flames early on Tuesday in a wreck that stirred unsubstantiated conspiracy theories on the Internet suggesting he was the victim of government efforts to silence the reporter.

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