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Aug 2, 2013

Supreme court backs order that California reduce prison crowding

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Supreme Court refused on Friday to excuse California from a lower-court order demanding that the nation’s largest state prison system reduce its inmate population by about 10,000 convicts this year to ease crowding.

The state’s petition to the high court, denied by the majority without comment, said conditions had improved in the 33-prison system in recent years despite federal court rulings that overcrowding caused problems with mental health and medical care for inmates.

Jul 28, 2013

California prisons, hunger-strike backers clash over inmate death

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Supporters of California prison inmates staging a prolonged hunger strike said on Saturday that one of the prisoners who had been refusing meals has died, but state corrections officials said the death was under investigation as a suicide.

The inmate, identified by mediators for protesting inmates as Billy Sell, died on Monday at the Corcoran State Prison in central California, where he was serving time in a “security housing unit” for prisoners held in solitary confinement, according to the Prisoner Hunger Strike Solidarity Coalition.

Jul 26, 2013

Massive California wildfire sparked by faulty electrical gear

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Faulty electrical equipment sparked the 10-day-old forest fire that had threatened the scenic mountain resort of Idyllwild in Southern California before cooler, rainy weather helped crews largely subdue the blaze, fire authorities said on Thursday.

The so-called Mountain Fire charred 27,000 acres in mountains near Palm Springs, forcing the evacuation of several communities and destroying seven homes.

Jul 19, 2013

Thunderstorms could hamper efforts to subdue California wildfire

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Firefighters raced against time on Friday to buttress defensive lines against a fierce blaze threatening the scenic mountain resort of Idyllwild in Southern California, as wind and storms threatened to hamper efforts to subdue the flames.

The so-called Mountain Fire has already burned across more than 24,800 acres of dry brush and timber and forced the evacuation of Idyllwild in the rugged San Jacinto range after destroying seven homes and other property, authorities said.

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.

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