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Mar 13, 2013

Los Angeles archdiocese, Cardinal Mahony settle sex abuse cases

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, its former leader Cardinal Roger Mahony and an ex-priest have agreed to pay a total of nearly $10 million to settle four child sex abuse cases brought against them, lawyers for the victims said on Tuesday.

Mahony, who retired in 2011 as head of the largest U.S. archdiocese and is now in Rome taking part in choosing a new pope, was accused of helping a confessed pedophile priest evade law enforcement by sending him out of state to a church-run treatment center, then placing the priest back in the Los Angeles ministry.

Mar 12, 2013

Earthquake rattles Southern California, no damage reported

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A magnitude 4.7 earthquake struck deep beneath a mountain range in Southern California on Monday, jangling the nerves of tennis stars competing in the nearby desert town of Indian Wells and rattling urban areas as far away as Los Angeles, but no damage or injuries were reported.

Automated sensors initially reported the quake as a flurry of three tremors in rapid succession at magnitudes of 5.1 or higher, but seismic strength was quickly downgraded to between 4.6 and 4.7 before scientists determined that only a single quake of that size had actually occurred.

Mar 11, 2013

Mountain earthquake rattles Southern California desert

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An earthquake of modest intensity, measured at a 4.7 magnitude, struck deep beneath a mountain range in the Southern California desert on Monday, rattling populated areas as far away as San Diego and Los Angeles, but no damage or injuries were reported.

Automated sensors initially reported the quake as a flurry of three tremors occurring in rapid succession at magnitudes of 5.1 or higher, but the seismic strength was quickly downgraded to between 4.6 and 4.7 before scientists determined that only a single quake of that size had actually struck.

Mar 7, 2013

Two veteran Los Angeles politicians advance to mayoral runoff

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two longtime fixtures of Los Angeles politics, City Councilman Eric Garcetti and Controller Wendy Greuel, ventured into a head-to-head race for mayor on Wednesday after decisively forging past six other candidates in a non-partisan primary election.

Garcetti emerged as the top vote-getter, with nearly 33 percent of Tuesday’s tally, followed by Greuel, a onetime colleague of his on the City Council with 29 percent, as the two Democrats advanced to a runoff general election set for May 21.

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.

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