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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
emissions.

Jun 2, 2014

Grieving fathers linked by California massacre meet privately

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A grieving father calling for tougher gun laws since his son was shot dead in a recent California killing spree spoke face to face over the weekend with the anguished father of the young man who committed the slayings and took his own life.

Richard Martinez, whose 20-year-old son, Christopher, was one of six college students slain by Elliot Rodger on May 20 near Santa Barbara, met privately on Sunday with the gunman’s father, Peter Rodger, according to a person who was present.

May 22, 2014

Woman behind Clippers scandal calls team owner ‘father figure’

LOS ANGELES, May 21 (Reuters) – The woman who recorded Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist remarks that got him banned from the NBA insisted on Wednesday she was never his mistress but rather an employee, friend and caretaker who saw him as a “father figure.”

Appearing on the nationally syndicated “Dr. Phil” television show, the woman, V. Stiviano, 31, denied repeatedly and emphatically that she had ever had been physically intimate with the 80-year-old billionaire.

May 21, 2014

NBA commissioner signals willingness for deal with Clippers owner

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver said on Tuesday he would prefer to let Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling sell his team “on a reasonable timetable” rather than proceed with trying to forcibly terminate his ownership.

The comments from Silver, signaling a willingness to strike a deal to avoid a showdown in his efforts to oust Sterling, came a day after the league formally charged that racist comments by Sterling have so seriously damaged the league that he should be removed.

May 18, 2014

California fire crews subdue San Diego-area wildfires

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California firefighters have largely subdued a swarm of blazes that gutted dozens of homes and forced evacuations of thousands of dwellings in and around San Diego, but Governor Jerry Brown said on Sunday the state was still bracing for its toughest fire season yet.

Diminished winds and cooling temperatures over the weekend helped crews completely or mostly encircle nearly a dozen fires by Sunday that have charred at least 26,000 acres of drought-parched brush in San Diego County since the middle of last week.

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