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Apr 27, 2015

Truckers go on strike at 4 shipping companies at Southern California ports

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Tractor-trailer drivers who haul
freight from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach went on
strike against four trucking firms on Monday, demanding
recognition as employees rather than contractors in a move
reviving labor tension around the country’s busiest cargo hub.

Delegations of drivers notified the companies of their
intent to strike at 6 a.m. PDT, with picket lines going up
immediately at the companies’ truck yards, Teamsters spokeswoman
Barb Maynard told reporters on a conference call.

Apr 27, 2015

Truckers to strike four shipping companies at Southern California ports

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Truckers who haul freight from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will go on strike against four ground-shipment companies on Monday, a Teamsters union official said, in a move that could revive labor tension at the nation’s busiest cargo hub.

Delegations of drivers planned to notify the companies of their intent to strike at 6 a.m. Pacific time, with picket lines going up immediately at the companies’ truck yards, Teamsters spokeswoman Barb Maynard told Reuters.

Apr 25, 2015

Truckers may renew labor unrest at Southern California ports

LOS ANGELES, April 24 (Reuters) – Truckers who haul freight
from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will vote on
Saturday whether to go on strike, organizers said, in a move
that could revive labor tensions at the nation’s busiest cargo
hub as it recovers from a crippling dockworkers dispute.

Picket lines could go up as early as Monday at various
terminal yards, rail yards and other locations around the twin
ports, said Teamsters union spokeswoman Barb Maynard, whose
group does not represent the drivers but backs their efforts.

Apr 23, 2015

Oklahoma deemed earthquake country as manmade tremors increase

LOS ANGELES, April 23 (Reuters) – U.S. government geologists
now recognize much of Oklahoma as earthquake country, accounting
for the bulk of 17 regions newly designated for seismic hazards
attributed to underground disposal of wastewater from fossil
fuel production.

The 17 regions are delineated in the first official map by
the U.S. Geological Survey documenting areas of elevated and
increasing earthquake frequency found to be induced by human
activity, namely deep-well injection of oil and gas wastewater.

Apr 23, 2015

Wife of slain California mayor charged with manslaughter

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The wife of a small-town Southern California mayor shot dead during a domestic dispute in their home has been charged with manslaughter in the slaying and pleaded not guilty on Thursday during her initial court appearance, prosecutors said.

Lyvette Crespo, 43, was arraigned before a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge who ordered her held in lieu of $150,000 bail in connection with the Oct. 1 fatal shooting of her husband, Daniel Crespo, 45, who was the mayor of suburban Bell Gardens.

Apr 22, 2015

U.S. Marshals Service reviewing incident of deputy smashing citizen’s phone

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The U.S. Marshals Service is reviewing an incident after a video posted on the Internet appeared to show one of its deputies snatching away and smashing the cell phone of a woman who was filming police and federal agents making arrests in a Los Angeles suburb.

Video taken by another bystander at Sunday’s confrontation in the South Gate suburb in southeast Los Angeles and posted on YouTube showed the woman standing on a sidewalk aiming her phone at two officers a short distance away.

Apr 16, 2015

Alleged mistress of ex-NBA owner ordered to repay $2.6 million

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The wife of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has won a court decision ordering repayment of $2.6 million in real estate and cash he furnished to his alleged mistress, V. Stiviano, the woman behind his racially charged downfall.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard Fruin ruled that Shelly Sterling was entitled to recover those assets from Stiviano because they came from marital community property that her 80-year-old husband gave away without her consent.

Apr 15, 2015

California drought renews thirst for desalination plants

LOS ANGELES, April 14 (Reuters) – California’s 3-year-old
drought has thrust seawater desalination into the spotlight as
San Diego County, Santa Barbara and other cities push ahead with
treatment plants that will soon turn the Pacific Ocean into a
source of drinking water.

Desalination has emerged as a newly promising technology in
California in the face of a record dry spell that has forced
tough new conservation measures, depleted reservoirs and raised
the costs of importing fresh water from elsewhere.

Apr 11, 2015

Californian sheriff suspends 10 officers over beating of horseman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Californian sheriff has suspended 10 officers involved in the videotaped beating of a suspect who appeared to have surrendered and was lying on the ground after making a failed getaway attempt on horseback.

John McMahon, sheriff of San Bernardino County, said at a news conference on Friday he was “disturbed and troubled” by what he saw in the footage, shot from a KNBC-TV news helipcopter on Thursday near the town of Apple Valley, east of Los Angeles.

Apr 10, 2015

Dry, warm winter leaves Western U.S. snowpack at record low levels

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Meager precipitation and a premature spring thaw caused by unusually mild temperatures last month have left the U.S. Western mountain snowpack, a key source of fresh surface water for the region, at record low levels, the government reported on Friday.

Melting of winter snows began much earlier than usual this year, from the Sierra Nevada range in California to the lower elevations of Colorado’s Rockies, leaving much of the Western snowpack greatly diminished or gone by early April, when it is typically at its peak.

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