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Apr 24, 2014

Rebellious Nevada rancher’s racist remarks dim Republican support

By Jennifer Dobner and Steve Gorman

(Reuters) – Two Republican senators who voiced support for a Nevada cattleman in his showdown with federal agents over grazing rights on public land condemned recent remarks by the rebellious rancher musing about whether African-Americans would be “better off as slaves.”

A day after Cliven Bundy’s comments about “the Negro” and government subsidies were published in The New York Times, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky issued a statement saying the rancher’s “remarks on race are offensive and I wholeheartedly disagree with him.”

Apr 23, 2014

Sriracha hot sauce makers head for next showdown in California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Southern California makers of the popular Sriracha brand of hot sauce faced another potential showdown on Wednesday with the city of Irwindale over a peppery smell emitted from the company’s chili-processing factory in town.

The city council was expected to vote on a resolution formally declaring the factory a public nuisance unless the sides reach an agreement to resolve resident complaints of tear-inducing fumes from the plant.

Apr 23, 2014

California congressman woos Sriracha pepper sauce factory after odour complaints heat up

LOS ANGELES, April 22 (Reuters) – A U.S. congressman from a
Los Angeles community is seeking to lure the factory that makes
the bestselling Sriracha-brand hot pepper sauce to his district
after residents in its current location complained about the

U.S. Representative Tony Cardenas, a Democrat whose district
includes much of the San Fernando Valley, wants to convince
David Tran, the owner of Huy Fong Foods company which makes the
hot sauce, to relocate rather than continue to fight with the
residents of the city of Irwindale, California.

Apr 9, 2014

Gunman who opened fire at L.A. police had applied to join department

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A gunman who opened fire in a Los Angeles police station, shooting an officer seven times in the arms and torso as he returned fire, had previously applied to join the department, a police spokesmen said on Tuesday.

The wounded officer remained hospitalized in good condition a day after the attack, while the suspected gunman, who also was struck by multiple bullets, was listed in serious but stable condition at a hospital, said Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Officer Sara Faden.

Apr 8, 2014

Officer, gunman wounded in Los Angeles police station

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A gunman opened fire in a Los Angeles police station on Monday night, shooting an officer seven times in the arms and torso as he returned fire, leaving both men badly wounded, Los Angeles Police Department spokesmen said.

The shooter walked into the lobby of the West Traffic Division at about 8 p.m. local time and told two officers at the desk that he had a complaint, then pulled a semi-automatic handgun and fired repeatedly at one of the officers, Los Angeles police officials said on Tuesday.

Apr 7, 2014

Rescued sailboat family set to return to San Diego on Wednesday

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A family of four rescued from their sailboat after the youngest of two children became seriously ill are due to return to California on Wednesday aboard a U.S. warship that picked them up over the weekend, Navy and Coast Guard officials said.

Military officials declined on Monday to give any details on the medical condition of 1-year-old Lyra Kaufman except to say that she, her 3-year-old sister, Cora, and their parents, Eric and Charlotte Kaufman, were all safe as they headed back to port in San Diego.

Apr 4, 2014

California court revives suit claiming woman frozen alive in morgue

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California appeals court has revived a malpractice suit brought by the family of an 80-year-old grandmother they claim was prematurely declared dead by doctors then frozen alive inside a body bag in the hospital’s morgue.

A lower-court judge had dismissed the lawsuit brought in May 2012 by relatives of Maria de Jesus Arroyo against White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles over the woman’s 2010 death, on grounds that the statute of limitations had lapsed.

Apr 3, 2014

David Letterman to retire from CBS ‘Late Show’ in 2015

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Comedian David Letterman, who brought a sardonic, offbeat wit to late-night television, along with bits such as “Stupid Pet Tricks” and his “Top 10″ list, will retire as host of “The Late Show” on CBS in 2015, he said during the taping of his show in New York.

Letterman, 66, whose contract expires next year, began hosting the CBS show in August 1993, after leaving the rival NBC network, where he originated his late-night TV persona and much of his program on the “Late Night with David Letterman” show for many years.

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.

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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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