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May 19, 2013

Winning ticket for $590.5 million Powerball lottery sold in Florida

By Karen Brooks and Steve Gorman

(Reuters) – A single winning ticket for a record U.S. Powerball lottery jackpot worth $590.5 million was sold in Florida, organizers said late on Saturday, but there was no immediate word about who won or where in the state the ticket was bought.

The winning numbers from Saturday night’s drawing were: 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52, with a Powerball number of 11, and the odds of winning were put at one in 175 million.

May 17, 2013

Los Angeles ranked worst U.S. city for dog attacks on mail carriers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles has earned the dubious distinction for the second year in a row as the U.S. city with the most dog attacks on mail carriers, the U.S. Postal Service said.

California’s biggest city accounted for 69 such attacks in fiscal 2012, which ended in September, compared with 42 attacks each in Seattle, Washington, and San Antonio, Texas, which tied for second place. Chicago ranked third with 41 attacks.

May 2, 2013

Hundreds of California homes evacuated in brush fire threat

LOS ANGELES, May 2 (Reuters) – A wind-driven brush fire
raging northwest of Los Angeles prompted the evacuation of
hundreds of homes and a university campus on Thursday as flames
engulfed several recreational vehicles and crept toward housing
subdivisions.

A second, smaller blaze some 80 miles to the east destroyed
two homes and damaged two others before firefighters managed to
quickly halt its spread.

Apr 25, 2013

Los Angeles retains notorious rankings for worst smog, traffic

LOS ANGELES, April 24 (Reuters) – Los Angeles may boast some
of the best weather among U.S. cities while scoring high in
celebrity sightings, but the Southern California metropolis
remains unable to shake off its more notorious No. 1 rankings
for worst smog and heaviest traffic.

Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest city, again topped
the charts for ozone pollution, and finished fourth for
particulate pollution such as dust and soot, in the American
Lung Association’s annual national air quality report card,
released on Wednesday.

Apr 25, 2013

Accused Los Angeles child kidnapper-rapist arrested in Mexico

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A convicted felon suspected in the kidnapping and rape of a 10- year-old California girl who was snatched from her bedroom last month was arrested early on Wednesday in Mexico and returned to Los Angeles, FBI officials said.

Tobias Dustin Summers, also a reputed member of a white supremacist street gang in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, was wanted on 37 criminal counts stemming from the March 27 kidnapping, the FBI said.

Apr 13, 2013

College student charged with double shooting at Virginia campus

By Steve Gorman

(Reuters) – A community college student who graduated from a police department “citizen academy” program last year was charged on Friday with shooting and wounding two women at a shopping mall-based campus in southwestern Virginia, police said.

The suspected gunman, Neil Allen MacInnis, 18, is accused of driving to the shopping center on Friday, walking into a satellite campus of the New River Community College inside the mall and opening fire on the two women as bystanders scrambled for cover.

Apr 4, 2013

Second missing California hiker rescued from mountain canyon

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A college student lost since Sunday in a California mountain canyon was rescued and flown to a hospital on Thursday, a day after her hiking companion was found dazed and dehydrated in a nearby ravine, authorities said.

A member of the Orange County sheriff’s search team fell and suffered a severe head injury as rescuers scrambled to reach 18-year-old Kyndall Jack in the rugged, heavily wooded canyon, sheriff’s Lieutenant Jason Park said.

Apr 4, 2013

California hiker still missing after companion found dazed, dehydrated

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rescue teams scoured a California mountain canyon on Thursday for a college student missing since Sunday as police questioned her hiking companion, who was found dazed and dehydrated three days after the pair reported themselves lost, authorities said.

Nicholas Cendoya, 19, was found Wednesday evening, conscious but “highly disoriented,” in a ravine about a half milefrom where he and 18-year-old Kyndall Jack had parked their car in the Cleveland National Forest, about 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles, a spokeswoman for the Orange County sheriff said.

Mar 21, 2013

Former California city officials convicted in corruption trial

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Five former elected officials from the scandal-plagued California city of Bell were convicted on Wednesday of misusing municipal funds by collecting exorbitant salaries in a case that drew national attention as a symbol of public corruption.

The trial stemmed from an explosive scandal in Bell, a small, mostly blue-collar municipality near Los Angeles, following revelations in 2010 that its city manager, Robert Rizzo, was paid a salary of $787,000 – or nearly twice that of President Barack Obama.

Mar 20, 2013

Showbiz magazine Daily Variety goes out of print after 80 years

LOS ANGELES, March 19 (Reuters) – The venerable Hollywood
trade magazine Daily Variety published its last printed edition
on Tuesday, ending an 80-year era by beckoning readers to a
recently revamped website and announcing plans to launch a new
weekly version of the publication.

The glossy magazine, under new ownership since last autumn,
bid farewell to its daily paper-and-ink audience in a front-page
inset headlined: “VARIETY ANKLES DAILY PUB HUBBUB,” using the
Variety-coined verb it typically uses to report departures of
studio executives.

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