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Jul 29, 2015

Fallen tree injures eight children outside California museum

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A pine tree that stood some seven stories tall fell onto a group of children outside a museum in Pasadena, California, on Tuesday, injuring eight of the youngsters, two of them seriously, city and museum officials said.

The tree crashed to the ground as dozens of children who were attending a daycamp at the museum were leaving the building at the end of an otherwise picture-perfect afternoon, city spokesman William Boyer said.

Jul 29, 2015

Sexual-assault accuser says Cosby didn’t realize she was gay

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The woman battling Bill Cosby to make public a 2006 settlement of her sexual-assault complaint against him said in court documents on Tuesday that she is a lesbian, despite his sworn assertions that their encounter was consensual and he has a knack for reading women’s cues.

The revelation by Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee who has alleged the comedian tricked her into taking drugs before assaulting her in 2004, came in a legal memorandum filed in federal court in Philadelphia.

Jul 23, 2015

Bill Cosby loses latest legal bid to block sexual abuse lawsuit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Bill Cosby lost his latest bid to fend off a lawsuit accusing him of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles in 1974, as the California Supreme Court on Wednesday denied the comedian’s petition to review the case.

The accuser’s attorney, Gloria Allred, said the decision cleared the way for litigation brought by Judy Huth, now in her 50s, to proceed, and that she intended to take Cosby’s sworn deposition within the next 30 days.

Jul 22, 2015

Bill Cosby seeks court sanctions against accuser over deposition leak

July 21 (Reuters) – Comedian Bill Cosby filed legal papers
on Tuesday calling for court sanctions against a woman accusing
him of sexual assault, saying she breached their confidentiality
agreement in the leak of his full deposition from a 10-year-old
civil case to the New York Times.

Cosby, 78, made the filing in U.S. District Court in
Philadelphia in opposition to recent motions by Andrea Constand,
a former Temple University employee who has alleged the comedian
tricked her into taking drugs before he sexually assaulted her.

Jul 21, 2015

Broadway’s ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ star Theodore Bikel dead at 91

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actor Theodore Bikel, who originated the stage role of Captain von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” but was best known for starring as Tevye, the poor Jewish milkman, in the Broadway hit musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” died on Tuesday at age 91.

A native of Vienna, Austria, who grew up in British-controlled Palestine and became a U.S. citizen in 1961, Bikel died of natural causes at a Los Angeles hospital, his publicist, Harlan Boll, said in a statement.

Jul 21, 2015

California irrigator faces record $1.5 million fine for drought violation

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – State regulators on Monday proposed a record $1.5 million fine against a northern California irrigation district accused of defying emergency drought restrictions by continuing to draw surface water placed off-limits for such diversions.

The penalty, if approved by the state Water Resources Control Board, would be largest ever levied against a water user for an alleged unauthorized diversion during a drought, agency officials said.

Jul 16, 2015

Cable channel cancels ’19 Kids and Counting’ after Duggar molestation disclosure

LOS ANGELES, July 16 (Reuters) – Cable television channel
TLC canceled its reality show “19 Kids and Counting” on
Thursday, citing controversy surrounding the disclosure of child
molestation in the Duggar family at the heart of the series.

But the network said it planned to work with the Duggars to
produce a one-hour documentary about child sexual abuse that
will include two of the daughters, now in their 20s, who have
publicly acknowledged they were molested by their brother Josh
about 12 years ago.

Jul 16, 2015

TLC cancels ’19 Kids and Counting’ after Duggar molestation disclosure

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Cable television channel TLC is canceling its reality show “19 Kids and Counting” after the disclosure of child molestation that occurred about 12 years ago within the Duggar family at the heart of the series, the network said on Thursday.

Since the molestation revelations surfaced, child protection advocates have accused the conservative Christian parents who starred on the show, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, of downplaying their son Josh’s abuse of four of his sisters, including a girl who was under 10 at the time.

Jul 16, 2015

California drought gives new impetus to wastewater recycling

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – In the sprawling Orange County suburbs south of Los Angeles, home to Disneyland and upscale beach towns, much of the drinking supply for more than 2 million people originates from the sewer. And that number is about to grow – on purpose.

The recycling of wastewater for human consumption is gaining greater credence in drought-stricken California, where scarce drinking supplies, changing economics and a newly proven technology has led more local leaders to embrace a concept once derided by critics as “toilet-to-tap.”

Jul 15, 2015

Solar-powered plane grounded 9 months in Hawaii by battery damage

By Steve Gorman

(Reuters) – A solar-powered plane halfway through an attempt to circle the globe will be grounded in Hawaii for at least nine months because of battery damage sustained during its record 118-hour flight to Oahu from Japan, the project team said on Wednesday.

The spindly, single-seat experimental aircraft dubbed Solar Impulse is not expected to take off on the next leg of its journey – a planned four-day, four-night flight to Phoenix, Arizona – until late April or early May 2016, the team said.

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