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Jul 20, 2014

Actor James Garner of “The Rockford Files” dead at 86

LOS ANGELES, July 20 (Reuters) – Actor James Garner, best
known for his prime-time television roles as the wisecracking
frontier gambler on ““Maverick” and as an ex-con turned private
eye on ““The Rockford Files”, has died at age 86, Los Angeles
police confirmed early on Sunday.

Garner, who built a six-decade career playing ruggedly
charming, good-natured anti-heroes and received the highest
honor of the Screen Actors Guild in 2004, was found dead from
natural causes on Saturday night at his Los Angeles home,
according to police.

Jul 17, 2014

Marvel says the next Captain America will be an African American

LOS ANGELES, July 17 (Reuters) – An African American
character will soon strap on the star-emblazoned shield and step
into the red, white and blue uniform of Captain America in the
pages of Marvel Comics.

The character of Captain America first appeared in 1941, as
a super soldier fighting the Nazis. He was revived by Marvel in
the 1960s and became an icon among Marvel’s lineup of heroes.

Jul 15, 2014

L.A. mayor welcomes undocumented kids in need of temporary refuge

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Tuesday he is working with local charities to find temporary refuge for some of the Central American children caught illegally entering the United States even as politicians elsewhere publicly declare them unwelcome.

Garcetti said the U.S. Health and Human Services Department recently contacted him seeking assistance in its efforts to place such undocumented minors in temporary shelters while they await further immigration or deportation proceedings.

Jul 15, 2014

Giant two-pound African snails seized at Los Angeles airport

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. customs inspectors at Los Angeles International Airport seized a shipment of several dozen live giant African snails, considered a delicacy in Nigeria but also voracious pests that can eat paint and stucco off houses, officials said on Monday.

Weighing nearly 2 pounds (0.9 kg) each, including their shells, and measuring about 6 inches (15 cm) in length, the 67 snails arrived from Lagos, Nigeria, in two plastic baskets with paperwork describing them as being for human consumption, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency said.

Jul 15, 2014

Man killed in front of son in California freeway shooting

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A blast of gunfire killed an automobile mechanic and wounded a cousin who was driving him home from work as their teenage sons sat behind the two men in a Southern California freeway shooting that has left police searching for suspects and a motive.

Agustin Villegas, 32, was riding in the front passenger seat of the family pickup truck through Anaheim on Monday night when the front passenger and driver-side windows exploded in shards of glass, Anaheim Police Lieutenant Bob Dunn said.

Jul 15, 2014

San Diego City Council votes to raise minimum wage to $11.50 by 2017

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The San Diego City Council has given tentative approval to an ordinance raising the minimum wage in California’s second-largest city to $11.50 by 2017, and giving workers a chance to earn a paid sick leave benefit.

The council backed the measure on a 6-3 party-line vote Monday night, with Democrats supporting the increase and Republicans opposing it. A final vote on the measure has been set for July 28.

Jun 28, 2014

Father of California mass killer never knew ‘the monster’ in son

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The father of a 22-year-old man who killed six college students and himself near Santa Barbara, California, says he had long known his son was deeply troubled but realized too late “the monster” lurking within him.

Peter Rodger, an assistant director on the film “Hunger Games,” told ABC’s Barbara Walters in an interview televised on Friday that he initially thought his son, Elliot, was one of the victims, rather than the killer, in the May 23 massacre.

Jun 25, 2014

California clamps down on federal immigration detention requests

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California’s attorney general warned police departments statewide on Wednesday that it is generally illegal for them to honor immigration detention requests from the federal government unless the detainee has a criminal history of serious or violent offenses.

The directive by Attorney General Kamala Harris cited the recent enactment of a state law dubbed the Trust Act in outlining new limits on California’s compliance with a federal program that has helped deport hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants.

Jun 19, 2014

Lyricist Gerry Goffin, ex-husband of singer Carole King, dead at 75

LOS ANGELES, June 19 (Reuters) – Gerry Goffin, the lyricist
who co-wrote some of the biggest hit songs of the 1960s with his
former wife and longtime collaborator Carole King, died on
Thursday at age 75, King said in a message posted on Facebook.

Goffin, who died of natural causes at his Beverly Hills
home, co-wrote numerous top-40 singles with King, including “The
Loco-Motion,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” and “Up
on the Roof,” most of which were hits for other performers.

Jun 11, 2014

Hyundai’s hydrogen fuel-cell car makes U.S. debut

LOS ANGELES, June 10 (Reuters) – A Southern California
motorist drove off the lot of a Hyundai Motor Co
dealership on Tuesday in a zero-emissions car touted by the
automaker as marking the commercial debut of mass-produced
hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles in the United States.

State energy and air-quality officials hailed the occasion
in Tustin, California, about 35 miles (56 km) southeast of Los
Angeles, as a milestone in efforts to curb tailpipe pollution
that accounts for about a third of California’s greenhouse gas

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