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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.

May 1, 2015

California port truckers end strike after four days

LOS ANGELES, May 1 (Reuters) – Southern California port
truckers seeking recognition as employees rather than
contractors ended a strike of freight-hauling companies on
Friday after four days of picketing that drew attention to their
cause but did little to disrupt cargo shipments.

Several hundred drivers, backed by the Teamsters union,
struck four trucking firms they accuse of defying federal and
state labor enforcement decisions and a court ruling that the
truckers were victims of wage theft through misclassification.

May 1, 2015

Olympic champion Bruce Jenner sued for wrongful death in car crash

LOS ANGELES, May 1 (Reuters) – Olympic champion and reality
television star Bruce Jenner has been sued for wrongful death by
relatives of the woman killed in a car crash involving the
former athlete on a Malibu highway in February, a Los Angeles
court spokeswoman said on Friday.

Spokeswoman Kathy Roberts said the 16-page lawsuit was
brought by two stepchildren of Kim Howe, who died in the Feb. 7
four-car collision on the Pacific Coast Highway that sheriff’s
deputies said at the time left five other people injured.

Apr 30, 2015

Striking L.A. port truck drivers take picket line to rail yard

LOS ANGELES, April 29 (Reuters) – Striking port truckers
seeking recognition as employees rather than as independent
contractors for their companies picketed a rail yard on
Wednesday as they called again on the mayors of Los Angeles and
Long Beach to weigh in on drivers’ behalf.

Hundreds of drivers launched a strike on Monday against four
trucking firms they accuse of defying federal and state labor
enforcement decisions and a court ruling that found the truckers
had been victims of wage theft through misclassification.

Apr 28, 2015

Bumble Bee and managers charged over pressure cooker death of worker

LOS ANGELES, April 28 (Reuters) – Bumble Bee Foods and two
former managers of the San Diego-based tuna fish company have
been charged with criminal safety violations after an employee
burned to death inside a pressurized steam cooker.

The company, along with its former safety manager and
director of plant operations, were each charged with three
counts of willfully violating worker safety rules in a felony
complaint filed on Monday by the Los Angeles County District
Attorney’s Office.

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