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May 22, 2015

U.S. issues corrective action order over oil pipeline spill in California

LOS ANGELES, May 22 (Reuters) – Owners of the oil pipeline
that ruptured in California this week must take numerous
corrective measures, including an in-depth analysis of factors
contributing to the spill, before they can restart the line,
federal safety officials said on Friday.

The corrective action order issued on Thursday by the U.S.
Transportation Department’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials
Administration is not regarded as a disciplinary enforcement
sanction against the company, Texas-based Plains Pipeline LP
, officials said.

May 22, 2015

Cleanup of oil-fouled California beach could take months

SANTA BARBARA (Reuters) – Cleanup crews labored through a third day to scoop up patches of crude oil from a pipeline spill that closed two California state beaches and fouled offshore waters, shattering an environmental balance that U.S. Coast Guard officials said on Thursday may take months to restore.

Up to 2,500 barrels (105,000 gallons) of petroleum, according to latest estimates, gushed onto San Refugio State Beach and into the Pacific about 20 miles (32 km) west of Santa Barbara on Tuesday when an underground pipeline that runs along the coastal highway inexplicably burst.

May 21, 2015

Cleanup of oil-fouled California beach enters third day

SANTA BARBARA (Reuters) – Cleanup teams labored on Thursday for a third day to remove patches of crude petroleum that stained a California beach and fouled offshore waters from a pipeline rupture that may rank as the biggest oil spill to hit the Santa Barbara coastline in more than four decades.

As much as 2,500 barrels (105,000 gallons) of crude oil, according to latest estimates, gushed onto San Refugio State Beach and into the Pacific west of Santa Barbara when an underground pipeline running parallel to a coastal highway there inexplicably burst on Tuesday morning.

May 18, 2015

New $250 million pro soccer stadium proposed for downtown Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The new Major League Soccer club coming to Los Angeles unveiled plans on Monday to build a $250 million downtown stadium for the team that could mark the first open-air professional sports arena in the city since baseball’s Dodger Stadium in 1962.

The MLS expansion franchise, due to launch its inaugural season in 2018 and currently known under the working name of the Los Angeles Football Club, said the proposed 22,000-seat facility would also rank as the most costly privately financed soccer-specific stadium in the United States.

May 15, 2015

California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez enters U.S. Senate race

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Ten-term California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez on Thursday entered the race to succeed retiring U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and will take on state Attorney General Kamala Harris, a fellow Democrat who was widely seen as the front-runner.

Sanchez said she hoped to become the first Hispanic woman elected to the Senate and the first Hispanic-American elected to that body from California.

May 12, 2015

Rare white rhino undergoes veterinary treatment in California

LOS ANGELES, May 12 (Reuters) – A rare northern white
rhinoceros, one of just five left on Earth, is undergoing
treatment at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park for what
veterinarians believe is an abscess under its skin, a park
spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

The 41-year-old female rhino, named Nola, was found last
week to have swelling on her right hip that grew larger until
veterinarians on Saturday lanced the site to drain and flush it
with saline solution, spokeswoman Darla Davis said.

May 12, 2015

Los Angeles homelessness rises 12 percent amid slow economic recovery

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles County’s homeless population has grown by 12 percent during the past two years amid a sluggish economic recovery that has left the poorest residents of the second-largest U.S. metropolitan area falling farther behind, a study released on Monday found.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s report cited stagnant or falling wages among the lowest-income earners, a local jobless rate that remains above state and national averages, and a worsening lack of affordable housing.

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.

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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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