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.
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.
/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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LOS ANGELES, June 20 (Reuters) – James Gandolfini, the burly
actor best known for his Emmy-winning portrayal of a conflicted
New Jersey mob boss in the groundbreaking TV series “The
Sopranos,” died on Wednesday vacationing in Italy. He was 51.
Gandolfini, whose performance as Tony Soprano made him a
household name and ushered in a new era of American television
drama, had been scheduled to attend the closing of the Taormina
Film Festival in Sicily on Saturday.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – James Gandolfini, the burly actor best known for his Emmy-winning portrayal of a conflicted New Jersey mob boss in the acclaimed HBO cable television series “The Sopranos,” died on Wednesday while vacationing in Rome, the network said.
Gandolfini, 51, who began his career in theater in New York, making his Broadway debut in a 1992 revival of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” died of a possible heart attack, HBO spokeswoman Mara Mikialian told Reuters.