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Apr 7, 2015

Imperiled Gulf of Mexico whales eyed for federal protection

April 6 (Reuters) – The only resident group of whales in the
Gulf of Mexico, a population numbering fewer than 50 animals off
the Florida panhandle, has moved one step closer to possible
federal protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

The National Marine Fisheries Service said on Monday there
is sufficient scientific evidence to consider granting protected
status to the Byrde’s (pronounced BROO-dus) whales, which
environmentalists say are threatened by ship traffic and energy
exploration in the Gulf.

Apr 6, 2015

Record California sea lion strandings top 2,250 so far this year

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – At least 2,250 California sea lions, mostly pups, have turned up starving and stranded on beaches from Santa Barbara to San Diego so far this year, more than half of them last month alone, marking the worst such crisis yet documented for the marine mammals.

The tally, reported on Monday by the National Marine Fisheries Service, is nearly 10 times higher than the number of strandings during the first three months of last year and more than twice the number recorded in 2013, the sea lions’ previous worst season on record.

Apr 2, 2015

U.S. televangelist, megachurch leader Robert Schuller dies at 88

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Televangelist and Crystal Cathedral megachurch founder Robert Schuller, known worldwide for his weekly “Hour of Power” broadcasts, died in Southern California on Thursday, his grandson said. He was 88.

The death of Schuller, who was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2013, marked a closing chapter for a congregation he began in 1955 when he started holding services in a rented drive-in movie theater and built into a worldwide following.

Apr 2, 2015

Autopsy in Getty oil heir’s death expected on Thursday

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Andrew Getty, the grandson of billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, died from what appear to have been accidental or natural causes, but an autopsy is not expected to be performed before Thursday, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office said.

The 47-year-old heir to the Getty oil fortune was found dead on Tuesday at his Hollywood Hills home, his parents said in a statement in which they requested privacy. Police said there was no immediate sign of foul play.

Apr 1, 2015

Cargo traffic congestion slowly easing at West Coast ports

LOS ANGELES, April 1 (Reuters) – Cargo congestion at the two
busiest U.S. container ports has eased considerably in the six
weeks since West Coast dockworkers and shippers reached a
tentative labor deal, but port officials said it would take
several more weeks for freight traffic to return to normal.

The most obvious sign of improved cargo flow through the
ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is a sharp decline in the
number of inbound freighters kept waiting at anchor for dock
space to open, Los Angeles port spokesman Paul Sanfield said on
Wednesday.

Apr 1, 2015

Getty oil heir’s death seen as likely accidental or natural

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Andrew Getty, the grandson of billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty, died from what appears to have been accidental or natural causes, but an autopsy is not expected to be performed before Thursday, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

The 47-year-old heir to the Getty oil fortune was found dead on Tuesday afternoon at his Hollywood Hills home, his parents said in a statement in which they asked for privacy for the family. Police said there was no immediate sign of foul play.

Mar 30, 2015

California’s death row faces no-vacancy situation

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California’s death row, the largest in the nation with newly condemned inmates added to the system every month but no one executed in almost a decade, has filled virtually to capacity as the state seeks money to build more cells for them.

As of last week, a total of 708 male inmates were confined to death row at San Quentin State Prison north of San Francisco, the only penitentiary authorized under state law to house men who are sentenced to death.

Mar 28, 2015

Conflicting portraits of NBA ex-owner Donald Sterling emerge as trial ends

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The woman behind the downfall of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling painted conflicting portraits of him in court on Friday, calling him a kind, generous mentor and father figure to her but a mean-spirited “con artist” and bigot toward others.

V. Stiviano, 32, also testified that the 80-year-old billionaire real estate mogul spent far more time with her and her relatives during her 2-1/2 years as his personal assistant, driver and confidante than he did with his own wife and children.

Mar 27, 2015

Woman behind NBA ex-owner Donald Sterling’s downfall paints two portraits of him

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The woman behind the downfall of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling painted two conflicting portraits of him in court on Friday, saying he was a kind, generous mentor and father figure to her but was mean-spirited to others.

V. Stiviano, 32, also testified that the 80-year-old billionaire real estate mogul spent far more time with her and members of her family during the two and a half years she spent as his personal assistant, driver and confidante than he did with his own wife and children.

Mar 27, 2015

Woman behind NBA ex-owner Donald Sterling’s downfall denies they had romance

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The woman whose recording of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist remarks that cost him his NBA franchise testified in court on Thursday that she loved him but insisted again that they never had a romantic relationship.

V. Stiviano, 32, described herself instead as a onetime confidante, personal assistant and platonic companion of the 80-year-old billionaire real estate mogul, who she said chose to give her large sums of money and expensive gifts as gestures of his love and appreciation.

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