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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.

May 15, 2014

Pipeline breaks, spills crude oil into Los Angeles neighborhood

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A malfunction at an oil pipeline pump station spewed crude as high as 40 feet over an industrial area of Los Angeles on Thursday, covering an open lot and the roof of a strip club beside it, and sickening people at a nearby medical building.

The spill was 10,000 gallons and covered a half-mile area, according to Captain Jamie Moore of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The pipeline runs from the San Joaquin Valley in California to Long Beach, Moore said.

May 14, 2014

Magic Johnson shrugs off criticism from embattled Clippers owner

LOS ANGELES, May 13 (Reuters) – Basketball great Earvin
“Magic” Johnson shrugged off the latest character assault
leveled at him by Donald Sterling, calling the Los Angeles
Clippers owner “delusional” and suggesting Sterling acted out of
desperation to keep the NBA from seizing his team.

“He’s reaching. He’s trying to find something that he can
grab on to help him save his team, and it’s not going to
happen,” Johnson told CNN on Tuesday, a day after Sterling
accused him of being a poor role model for children and of doing
little to help the black community.

May 12, 2014

Clippers owner apologizes, says was ‘baited’ into racist comments

LOS ANGELES, May 12 (Reuters) – Two weeks after he was banned by the NBA for racist comments, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling broke his silence with a televised apology for his “terrible mistake” while insisting he was “baited” into making the remarks.

In an interview to be aired in full later on Monday by CNN, Sterling, 80, also seemed to express resignation about moves by the National Basketball Association to force a sale of the team he has owned for more than three decades.

May 9, 2014

Former Time Warner chief named interim CEO of Los Angeles Clippers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Former Time Warner Chairman Richard Parsons was named on Friday to serve as interim chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Clippers while the National Basketball Association prepares for an unprecedented bid to force out the team’s owner, Donald Sterling.

Parson’s appointment came three days after Sterling’s top lieutenant, Andy Roeser, was placed on indefinite leave as team president and more than a week after the NBA banned Sterling over racist comments that sparked outrage from players, fans and commercial sponsors.

May 9, 2014

Kellogg to drop ‘All Natural’ from some Kashi product labels

LOS ANGELES, May 9 (Reuters) – Kellogg Co has agreed
to stop using terms such as “All Natural” and “100% Natural” on
some of its Kashi and Bear Naked brand product labels and to pay
more than $5 million to settle a class-action consumer fraud
lawsuit.

The settlement by the world’s No. 1 maker of breakfast
cereal marks the latest such outcome in a recent wave of
litigation challenging nutrition claims in food labeling.

Apr 25, 2014

Rebellious Nevada rancher’s slavery remarks dim Republican support

By Jennifer Dobner and Steve Gorman

(Reuters) – Two Republican U.S. senators who voiced support for a Nevada cattleman in his showdown with federal agents over grazing rights on public land condemned the rebellious rancher’s remarks about whether African-Americans would be “better off as slaves.”

A day after Cliven Bundy’s comments about “the Negro” and government subsidies were published in The New York Times, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky issued a statement saying the rancher’s “remarks on race are offensive and I wholeheartedly disagree with him.”

Apr 24, 2014

Rebellious Nevada rancher’s racist remarks dim Republican support

By Jennifer Dobner and Steve Gorman

(Reuters) – Two Republican senators who voiced support for a Nevada cattleman in his showdown with federal agents over grazing rights on public land condemned recent remarks by the rebellious rancher musing about whether African-Americans would be “better off as slaves.”

A day after Cliven Bundy’s comments about “the Negro” and government subsidies were published in The New York Times, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky issued a statement saying the rancher’s “remarks on race are offensive and I wholeheartedly disagree with him.”

Apr 23, 2014

Sriracha hot sauce makers head for next showdown in California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Southern California makers of the popular Sriracha brand of hot sauce faced another potential showdown on Wednesday with the city of Irwindale over a peppery smell emitted from the company’s chili-processing factory in town.

The city council was expected to vote on a resolution formally declaring the factory a public nuisance unless the sides reach an agreement to resolve resident complaints of tear-inducing fumes from the plant.

Apr 23, 2014

California congressman woos Sriracha pepper sauce factory after odour complaints heat up

LOS ANGELES, April 22 (Reuters) – A U.S. congressman from a
Los Angeles community is seeking to lure the factory that makes
the bestselling Sriracha-brand hot pepper sauce to his district
after residents in its current location complained about the
smell.

U.S. Representative Tony Cardenas, a Democrat whose district
includes much of the San Fernando Valley, wants to convince
David Tran, the owner of Huy Fong Foods company which makes the
hot sauce, to relocate rather than continue to fight with the
residents of the city of Irwindale, California.

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