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Feb 28, 2014

Memorable Oscar night high points and faux pas

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The job of hosting the Academy Awards telecast, one of the most prestigious and demanding assignments in Hollywood, falls for a second time on Sunday to comedian and talk-show star Ellen DeGeneres, who made her debut as Oscar emcee in 2007.

DeGeneres, only the second woman to fly solo as Oscar host – Whoopi Goldberg was the first – will be judged against a wide range of previous performances, including her first, when she drew mixed reviews for a low-key, breezy, daytime-TV style.

Feb 28, 2014

Factbox: Memorable Oscar night high points and faux pas

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The job of hosting the Academy Awards telecast, one of the most prestigious and demanding assignments in Hollywood, falls for a second time on Sunday to comedian and talk-show star Ellen DeGeneres, who made her debut as Oscar emcee in 2007.

DeGeneres, only the second woman to fly solo as Oscar host – Whoopi Goldberg was the first – will be judged against a wide range of previous performances, including her first, when she drew mixed reviews for a low-key, breezy, daytime-TV style.

Feb 22, 2014

Federal water allocation to California farms hits record low

LOS ANGELES, Feb 21 (Reuters) – The worsening drought in
California is expected to force a first-ever complete cutoff of
federally supplied farm water to most irrigation districts in
the state’s Central Valley heartland this year, the U.S. Bureau
of Reclamation said on Friday.

The projected zero allocation to most agricultural districts
supplied by the federally run Central Valley Project comes three
weeks after forecasts of similarly drastic cuts were announced
by managers of a separate, state-operated water delivery system.

Feb 21, 2014

Feds to end water allocation for most drought-stricken California farms

LOS ANGELES, Feb 21 (Reuters) – The worsening drought in
California will for the first time force a complete cutoff of
federally supplied irrigation water to most farm districts in
the state’s Central Valley heartland this year, the U.S. Bureau
of Reclamation said on Friday.

The projected 2014 zero allocation to all but a handful of
agricultural districts supplied by the federally run Central
Valley Project comes three weeks after forecasts of similarly
drastic cuts were announced by managers of a separate
water-delivery system operated by the state.

Feb 19, 2014

Minimum wage hike urged for Los Angeles hotel workers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Three Los Angeles City Council members have launched a bid to nearly double the minimum wage for hotel workers in the U.S.’s second-largest metropolis to $15.37 an hour, among the highest rates proposed for any of the country’s private-sector workers.

The “living wage” proposal would apply to about 11,000 workers at hotels in Los Angeles with more than 100 rooms, helping to lift employees out of poverty and spur the city economy, supporters of the proposal said.

Feb 17, 2014

Lofty Los Angeles office tower launched with record concrete pour

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Construction workers in downtown Los Angeles finished laying the foundation on Sunday for a planned 73-story skyscraper expected to be the tallest west of the Mississippi River as they completed the world’s largest continuous pour of concrete.

The 21,200 cubic yards of concrete weighing some 84 million pounds (38,200 metric tons) was hauled to the site by a fleet of over 200 trucks making a total of 2,120 trips in a continuous 19-hour operation ending at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, said project spokesman Sean Rossall.

Feb 13, 2014

Comic great Sid Caesar of “Your Show of Shows’ dies at 91

LOS ANGELES, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Sid Caesar, who pioneered TV
sketch comedy during the 1950s as the star and creative force of
“Your Show of Shows,” a launch pad for the likes of Mel Brooks,
Carl Reiner and Woody Allen and an inspiration to generations of
comedians, died on Wednesday. He was 91.

Caesar, in failing health for at least a year, died at his
home in Beverly Hills, where he had continued to receive
visitors, reminisce and tell jokes, according to friends and
collaborators, including Reiner.

Feb 12, 2014

Comic legend Sid Caesar dead at age 91, says friend Carl Reiner

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Comic showman Sid Caesar, a pioneer of American television sketch comedy as the star and creative force of “Your Show of Shows” during the 1950s, died on Wednesday at age 91, according to his friend and former collaborator Carl Reiner.

Reiner told Reuters he learned of Caesar’s death from a mutual friend, actor and writer Rudy De Luca, who had recently visited Caesar at his Los Angeles-area home. He said the veteran entertainer had been ill for at least a year.

Feb 12, 2014

Longtime NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw diagnosed with cancer

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Veteran news anchor Tom Brokaw, the face of “NBC Nightly News” for more than two decades, has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow, but is hopeful about the outcome of his treatment, the network said on Tuesday.

Brokaw, 74, stepped down as anchor in December 2004 but has remained with the network as a special correspondent, currently covering the Winter Olympics coverage in Sochi, and has continued to work on NBC projects during his treatment, NBC News said in a statement.

Feb 10, 2014

Pacific storm eases California drought, but state has long way to go

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The most powerful winter storm to hit California in more than a year dumped several feet of snow in the high Sierras and soaked lower elevations with rain over the weekend, easing drought conditions but leaving the state thirsting for more, officials said on Monday.

The Pacific storm doubled the moisture content of the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, a key gauge of the state’s principal source of surface water, said Dave Rizzardo, the chief of snow surveys for the state Department of Water Resources.

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