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Feb 23, 2015

Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris runs gamut, in his tux and undies

LOS ANGELES, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Love him or hate him, Neil
Patrick Harris proved to be one of the hardest-working hosts in
Oscar history on Sunday night, singing, dancing and even
sprinting in his underpants onto the stage of the Dolby Theatre.

But the 41-year-old Broadway and television talent who came
to prominence as the child star of “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” also
confronted a major elephant in the room, opening the show with a
fleeting but pointed jab at the homogenous field of Oscar
nominees.

Feb 23, 2015

Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris salutes movies, pokes Oscars on race

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – First-time Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris opened Hollywood’s biggest night of the year on Sunday with a fleeting but pointed jibe at the homogenous field of Academy Award nominees, before launching into a spirited musical salute to the magic of movies.

“Tonight we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest, sorry, brightest,” Harris enthusiastically dead-panned to hearty laughter that seemed to break the usual pre-show jitters among the movie royalty packing the auditorium of the Dolby Theatre.

Feb 21, 2015

Tentative deal reached for U.S. West Coast ports; relief for trans-Pacific trade

LOS ANGELES, Feb 21 (Reuters) – A group of shipping
companies and a powerful dockworkers union reached a tentative
labor deal late on Friday after nine months of negotiations,
settling a dispute that disrupted the flow of cargo through 29
U.S. West Coast ports and snarled trans-Pacific maritime trade
with Asia.

The agreement, confirmed in a joint statement by the two
sides, was reached three days after U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas
Perez arrived in San Francisco to broker a deal with the help of
a federal mediator who had joined the talks six weeks earlier.

Feb 21, 2015

Contract negotiators for U.S. West Coast ports reach tentative deal

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Shipping companies and the dockworkers union reached a tentative labor deal on Friday after nine months of negotiations, settling a dispute that disrupted the flow of cargo through 29 U.S. West Coast ports and snarled trans-Pacific maritime trade with Asia.

The deal, confirmed in a joint statement by the two sides, was reached after U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez arrived in San Francisco on Tuesday to broker a deal with the help of a federal mediator who joined in the talks six weeks earlier.

Feb 20, 2015

No deal yet in U.S. West Coast port dispute; talks to continue

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Shipping executives and union leaders for dock workers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports remained locked in a dispute on Friday as talks, brokered by the U.S. labor secretary, headed into a fourth straight day.

Negotiations ended late Thursday with no deal, two sources close to the talks told Reuters Friday, adding that there is more work to do in discussions set to resume in the morning.

Feb 20, 2015

Los Angeles hospital warns 179 patients possibly exposed to ‘superbug’

LOS ANGELES, Feb 19 (Reuters) – A large Los Angeles teaching
hospital has told scores of patients they may have been exposed
to a drug-resistant bacterial “superbug” during endoscopy
procedures that infected seven patients and contributed to two
deaths.

More than 170 patients who may have been infected by the
carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, are being
offered home testing kits that would be analyzed by the
University of California at Los Angeles hospital system, UCLA
officials said.

Feb 19, 2015

U.S. labor secretary presses on in West Coast port talks

LOS ANGELES, Feb 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. labor secretary
engaged in a third straight day of talks with shipping
executives and union leaders for dockworkers on Thursday seeking
to settle a contract dispute that has led to months of
disruptions at the 29 ports along the West Coast.

Labor Secretary Tom Perez joined the talks in San Francisco
at the behest of President Barack Obama, who has come under
growing political pressure to intervene in a conflict that has
reverberated through the trans-Pacific commercial supply chain
and could, by some estimates, cost the U.S. economy billions of
dollars.

Feb 19, 2015

L.A. hospital warns 179 patients possibly exposed to ‘superbug’ from endoscopies

LOS ANGELES, Feb 19 (Reuters) – A large Los Angeles public
hospital has notified scores of patients they were possibly
exposed to a drug-resistant bacterial “superbug” during
endoscopy procedures that infected seven patients and may have
contributed to two deaths.

The 179 patients who may have been infected by the
carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) are being offered
home testing kits that would be analyzed by the University of
California, Los Angeles, hospital system, UCLA officials said.

Feb 19, 2015

Pressure mounts on shippers, union to settle West Coast ports dispute

LOS ANGELES, Feb 18 (Reuters) – The U.S. labor secretary
joined congressional leaders and three governors on Wednesday in
pressing shipping lines and the dockworkers’ union to settle a
contract dispute that has led to months of turmoil clogging
cargo traffic at 29 West Coast ports.

Tom Perez, the labor secretary, was sent to San Francisco as
an emissary of President Barack Obama, who has come under
mounting pressure to intervene in a conflict that has
reverberated through the trans-Pacific commercial supply chain
and could, by some estimates, cost the U.S. economy billions of
dollars.

Feb 18, 2015

Refinery blast at Exxon refinery in Torrance, Calif., injures 3

LOS ANGELES, Feb 18 (Reuters) – An explosion and fire ripped
through a gasoline processing unit at an Exxon Mobil refinery in
Torrance, California, near Los Angeles on Wednesday,
slightly injuring three workers and shattering windows of
surrounding buildings, authorities said.

The cause of the blast, shortly before 9 a.m. PST (1600
GMT), was under investigation, but there was no evidence of foul
play, said Torrance Fire Captain Steve Deuel.

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