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Mar 10, 2014

Northern California unscathed by 6.8 offshore quake

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A series of small aftershocks continued to rattle the extreme northern coast of California on Monday, hours after a magnitude 6.8 earthquake shook the town of Eureka and an area extending into Oregon and Nevada with no reports of damage.

The main tremor, which struck at about 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, was centered in the Pacific about 50 miles west of Eureka and 10 miles beneath the ocean floor, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Mar 5, 2014

California third-graders caught smoking pot in school bathroom

By Steve Gorman

(Reuters) – Three third-graders were caught smoking marijuana in the boys’ bathroom of their northern California elementary school last week in what the local police chief says marked the youngest pot bust he has ever encountered.

The three boys – two 8-year-olds and one 9-year-old – were caught last Thursday by another student, who informed school administrators, who in turn alerted local law enforcement, said Sonora Police Chief Mark Stinson.

Mar 5, 2014

Los Angeles moves to ban e-cigarettes, joining NY, others

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to ban the use of electronic cigarettes, also known as “vaping,” from restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other public spaces in the nation’s second-largest city.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Eric Garcetti confirmed to Reuters that he would sign the measure into law in the coming days.

Mar 3, 2014

Ellen DeGeneres brings pizza and deadpan affability to Oscars

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Comic and talk show star Ellen DeGeneres returned as Oscar host on Sunday, bringing a deadpan affability, and free pizza, to the Academy Awards show while still poking fun at Hollywood royalty.

The star of her own daytime TV talk show, DeGeneres earned an Emmy nomination for her first Oscar hosting stint in 2007 although some critics complained she was too playful for the traditional decorum of the Academy Awards.

Mar 3, 2014

Ellen DeGeneres brings deadpan affability back to Oscars

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Comedian and talk show star Ellen DeGeneres returned as Oscar host on Sunday in an appearance many saw as calculated to project a lighter, more affable tone for Hollywood’s biggest night after the provocative performance of her immediate predecessor, Seth MacFarlane.

While veering away from the ribald streak that marked MacFarlane’s widely-panned stint as emcee last year, DeGeneres showed in her opening monologue she was not above poking fun at some of the film industry’s biggest names.

Feb 28, 2014

Memorable Oscar night high points and faux pas

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The job of hosting the Academy Awards telecast, one of the most prestigious and demanding assignments in Hollywood, falls for a second time on Sunday to comedian and talk-show star Ellen DeGeneres, who made her debut as Oscar emcee in 2007.

DeGeneres, only the second woman to fly solo as Oscar host – Whoopi Goldberg was the first – will be judged against a wide range of previous performances, including her first, when she drew mixed reviews for a low-key, breezy, daytime-TV style.

Feb 28, 2014

Factbox: Memorable Oscar night high points and faux pas

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The job of hosting the Academy Awards telecast, one of the most prestigious and demanding assignments in Hollywood, falls for a second time on Sunday to comedian and talk-show star Ellen DeGeneres, who made her debut as Oscar emcee in 2007.

DeGeneres, only the second woman to fly solo as Oscar host – Whoopi Goldberg was the first – will be judged against a wide range of previous performances, including her first, when she drew mixed reviews for a low-key, breezy, daytime-TV style.

Feb 22, 2014

Federal water allocation to California farms hits record low

LOS ANGELES, Feb 21 (Reuters) – The worsening drought in
California is expected to force a first-ever complete cutoff of
federally supplied farm water to most irrigation districts in
the state’s Central Valley heartland this year, the U.S. Bureau
of Reclamation said on Friday.

The projected zero allocation to most agricultural districts
supplied by the federally run Central Valley Project comes three
weeks after forecasts of similarly drastic cuts were announced
by managers of a separate, state-operated water delivery system.

Feb 21, 2014

Feds to end water allocation for most drought-stricken California farms

LOS ANGELES, Feb 21 (Reuters) – The worsening drought in
California will for the first time force a complete cutoff of
federally supplied irrigation water to most farm districts in
the state’s Central Valley heartland this year, the U.S. Bureau
of Reclamation said on Friday.

The projected 2014 zero allocation to all but a handful of
agricultural districts supplied by the federally run Central
Valley Project comes three weeks after forecasts of similarly
drastic cuts were announced by managers of a separate
water-delivery system operated by the state.

Feb 19, 2014

Minimum wage hike urged for Los Angeles hotel workers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Three Los Angeles City Council members have launched a bid to nearly double the minimum wage for hotel workers in the U.S.’s second-largest metropolis to $15.37 an hour, among the highest rates proposed for any of the country’s private-sector workers.

The “living wage” proposal would apply to about 11,000 workers at hotels in Los Angeles with more than 100 rooms, helping to lift employees out of poverty and spur the city economy, supporters of the proposal said.

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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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