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May 7, 2015

Los Angeles police chief, union at odds over homeless man’s slaying

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The union representing Los Angeles Police Department officers has lashed out at LAPD Chief Charlie Beck for comments suggesting that the police slaying of an unarmed man during a scuffle in Venice Beach was unjustified.

At a news conference on Wednesday after viewing footage of the incident, Beck said Tuesday night’s shooting may have been an excessive use of force by the officers involved.

May 4, 2015

Singer Chris Brown suspected of misdemeanor battery in Las Vegas

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Grammy-winning R&B singer Chris Brown was named by Las Vegas police on Monday as a misdemeanor battery suspect, accusing him of punching a man with whom he was playing basketball during a pre-dawn altercation at the Palms Casino Resort.

Brown, who turns 26 on Tuesday, has been given the option of signing a misdemeanor citation or having the case submitted to the Clark County District Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution.

May 4, 2015

Minor earthquake rattles greater Los Angeles area

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A mild, magnitude 3.8 earthquake rattled the greater Los Angeles area early on Sunday morning, jolting many residents from sleep before dawn, but authorities said no damage or injuries were reported.

The relatively shallow quake struck shortly after 4 a.m. local time and was centered in the Baldwin Hills area about 7 miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

May 1, 2015

California port truckers end strike after four days

LOS ANGELES, May 1 (Reuters) – Southern California port
truckers seeking recognition as employees rather than
contractors ended a strike of freight-hauling companies on
Friday after four days of picketing that drew attention to their
cause but did little to disrupt cargo shipments.

Several hundred drivers, backed by the Teamsters union,
struck four trucking firms they accuse of defying federal and
state labor enforcement decisions and a court ruling that the
truckers were victims of wage theft through misclassification.

May 1, 2015

Olympic champion Bruce Jenner sued for wrongful death in car crash

LOS ANGELES, May 1 (Reuters) – Olympic champion and reality
television star Bruce Jenner has been sued for wrongful death by
relatives of the woman killed in a car crash involving the
former athlete on a Malibu highway in February, a Los Angeles
court spokeswoman said on Friday.

Spokeswoman Kathy Roberts said the 16-page lawsuit was
brought by two stepchildren of Kim Howe, who died in the Feb. 7
four-car collision on the Pacific Coast Highway that sheriff’s
deputies said at the time left five other people injured.

Apr 30, 2015

Striking L.A. port truck drivers take picket line to rail yard

LOS ANGELES, April 29 (Reuters) – Striking port truckers
seeking recognition as employees rather than as independent
contractors for their companies picketed a rail yard on
Wednesday as they called again on the mayors of Los Angeles and
Long Beach to weigh in on drivers’ behalf.

Hundreds of drivers launched a strike on Monday against four
trucking firms they accuse of defying federal and state labor
enforcement decisions and a court ruling that found the truckers
had been victims of wage theft through misclassification.

Apr 28, 2015

Bumble Bee and managers charged over pressure cooker death of worker

LOS ANGELES, April 28 (Reuters) – Bumble Bee Foods and two
former managers of the San Diego-based tuna fish company have
been charged with criminal safety violations after an employee
burned to death inside a pressurized steam cooker.

The company, along with its former safety manager and
director of plant operations, were each charged with three
counts of willfully violating worker safety rules in a felony
complaint filed on Monday by the Los Angeles County District
Attorney’s Office.

Apr 27, 2015

Truckers go on strike at 4 shipping companies at Southern California ports

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Tractor-trailer drivers who haul
freight from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach went on
strike against four trucking firms on Monday, demanding
recognition as employees rather than contractors in a move
reviving labor tension around the country’s busiest cargo hub.

Delegations of drivers notified the companies of their
intent to strike at 6 a.m. PDT, with picket lines going up
immediately at the companies’ truck yards, Teamsters spokeswoman
Barb Maynard told reporters on a conference call.

Apr 27, 2015

Truckers to strike four shipping companies at Southern California ports

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Truckers who haul freight from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will go on strike against four ground-shipment companies on Monday, a Teamsters union official said, in a move that could revive labor tension at the nation’s busiest cargo hub.

Delegations of drivers planned to notify the companies of their intent to strike at 6 a.m. Pacific time, with picket lines going up immediately at the companies’ truck yards, Teamsters spokeswoman Barb Maynard told Reuters.

Apr 25, 2015

Truckers may renew labor unrest at Southern California ports

LOS ANGELES, April 24 (Reuters) – Truckers who haul freight
from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will vote on
Saturday whether to go on strike, organizers said, in a move
that could revive labor tensions at the nation’s busiest cargo
hub as it recovers from a crippling dockworkers dispute.

Picket lines could go up as early as Monday at various
terminal yards, rail yards and other locations around the twin
ports, said Teamsters union spokeswoman Barb Maynard, whose
group does not represent the drivers but backs their efforts.

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      "Joining Reuters in 1994 as a member of the broadcast/online desk in Washington, Steve later moved to Los Angeles, where he spent 10 years covering the entertainment industry, and the past two years as a general news correspondent. Steve began his career at United Press International in Washington. He also spent three years on Capitol Hill as editor of a weekly news journal published by a congressional caucus, the Environmental and Energy Study Conference."
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