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Jun 20, 2013

Actor James Gandolfini, star of ‘The Sopranos,’ dies in Italy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – James Gandolfini, the burly actor best known for his Emmy-winning portrayal of a conflicted New Jersey mob boss in the acclaimed HBO cable television series “The Sopranos,” died on Wednesday while vacationing in Rome, the network said.

Gandolfini, 51, who began his career in theater in New York, making his Broadway debut in a 1992 revival of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” died of a possible heart attack, HBO spokeswoman Mara Mikialian told Reuters.

Jun 14, 2013

Farewell note found on body of California gunman who killed five

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A three-page farewell note was found on the body of a California gunman who shot five people to death last week in Santa Monica, apologizing for killing his father and brother, who were among those slain, police said on Thursday.

Police also revealed that the assault-style rifle carried by John Zawahri, 23, whose rampage last Friday ended when he was shot to death by police in the library of Santa Monica College, had been assembled out of component parts he ordered from out of state.

Jun 10, 2013

Gunman in California rampage once held for psychiatric evaluation

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The California gunman who killed five people in a rampage through Santa Monica last week before he was slain by police spent at least three days as a teenager in the psychiatric unit of a hospital, police said on Monday.

John Zawahri, who was shot and killed at Santa Monica College on Friday, the day before his 24th birthday, had been taken into custody and placed under a 72-hour “psychiatric hold” in 2006, when he would have been 16 or 17 years old, Santa Monica police spokesman Sergeant Richard Lewis said.

May 22, 2013

Los Angeles voters choose from two Democrats for mayor

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Voters in Los Angeles went to the polls on Tuesday to choose a new mayor in an election between two liberal Democrats seeking to lead America’s second-largest city as it faces an increasingly gloomy financial outlook.

City Councilman Eric Garcetti, 42, and Controller Wendy Greuel, 51, are vying for the city’s top spot in a race shaped by dire fiscal constraints, the political clout of its public employee unions and a largely disinterested electorate.

May 21, 2013

Los Angeles mayoral race between two former allies nears climax

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Voters head to the polls on Tuesday to choose between two longtime fixtures of Los Angeles politics in a mayoral election shaped by the dire financial outlook of America’s second-largest city and the political clout of its public employee unions.

City Councilman Eric Garcetti and Controller Wendy Greuel, both Democrats, advanced to the final stretch of their campaign after a flurry of weekend get-out-the-vote appearances in a race expected to draw one of the lowest turnouts in modern Los Angeles politics.

May 19, 2013

Winning ticket for $590.5 million Powerball lottery sold in Florida

By Karen Brooks and Steve Gorman

(Reuters) – A single winning ticket for a record U.S. Powerball lottery jackpot worth $590.5 million was sold in Florida, organizers said late on Saturday, but there was no immediate word about who won or where in the state the ticket was bought.

The winning numbers from Saturday night’s drawing were: 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52, with a Powerball number of 11, and the odds of winning were put at one in 175 million.

May 17, 2013

Los Angeles ranked worst U.S. city for dog attacks on mail carriers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles has earned the dubious distinction for the second year in a row as the U.S. city with the most dog attacks on mail carriers, the U.S. Postal Service said.

California’s biggest city accounted for 69 such attacks in fiscal 2012, which ended in September, compared with 42 attacks each in Seattle, Washington, and San Antonio, Texas, which tied for second place. Chicago ranked third with 41 attacks.

May 2, 2013

Hundreds of California homes evacuated in brush fire threat

LOS ANGELES, May 2 (Reuters) – A wind-driven brush fire
raging northwest of Los Angeles prompted the evacuation of
hundreds of homes and a university campus on Thursday as flames
engulfed several recreational vehicles and crept toward housing
subdivisions.

A second, smaller blaze some 80 miles to the east destroyed
two homes and damaged two others before firefighters managed to
quickly halt its spread.

Apr 25, 2013

Los Angeles retains notorious rankings for worst smog, traffic

LOS ANGELES, April 24 (Reuters) – Los Angeles may boast some
of the best weather among U.S. cities while scoring high in
celebrity sightings, but the Southern California metropolis
remains unable to shake off its more notorious No. 1 rankings
for worst smog and heaviest traffic.

Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest city, again topped
the charts for ozone pollution, and finished fourth for
particulate pollution such as dust and soot, in the American
Lung Association’s annual national air quality report card,
released on Wednesday.

Apr 25, 2013

Accused Los Angeles child kidnapper-rapist arrested in Mexico

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A convicted felon suspected in the kidnapping and rape of a 10- year-old California girl who was snatched from her bedroom last month was arrested early on Wednesday in Mexico and returned to Los Angeles, FBI officials said.

Tobias Dustin Summers, also a reputed member of a white supremacist street gang in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, was wanted on 37 criminal counts stemming from the March 27 kidnapping, the FBI 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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