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Porn industry faces third shutdown this year after another actor’s positive HIV test

GUARDIAN NEWS SERVICE The pornographic film industry in Los Angeles is facing its third production shutdown in a year, after another performer tested positive for HIV. The news rounds off a difficult year for the industry in LA, in which a law mandating the use of condoms on film sets…

Fourth porn actor reportedly diagnosed with HIV

Calls heighten in California for moratorium on new productions and mandatory use of condoms A fourth American porn actor has reportedly tested positive for HIV, fuelling fears of a significant outbreak in California’s adult film industry. A male performer told a Los Angeles-based advocacy group he had been diagnosed with…

Coroner says Canadian tourist found in hotel water tank died of natural causes

Coroner’s officials say that a Canadian tourist whose body was found in a Los Angeles hotel’s water tank died from an accidental drowning. According to the Los Angeles Times, medical examiners found no signs of trauma on the body of Elisa Lam, and toxicology reports returned clean. Lam’s body was…

75-year-old woman finds childhood essay in used bookstore’s Bible

A 75-year-old woman from San Clemente, California recently made an astonishing discovery inside a used Bible she purchased from a local store: an essay she wrote as a Girl Scout in Kentucky, at the tender age of 10. Marion Shurtleff still has not figured out how the letter managed to…

L.A. councilman to turn ‘Grease’ drag racing site into river for kayaking and fishing

A river runs through it? Kayaking, fishing come to downtown Los Angeles. (via The Christian Science Monitor) City Councilman Ed Reyes stands in front of the Los Angeles River in this 2003 photo. He has spearheaded an effort to reclaim parts of the river and turn them into recreational areas.…

Firefighters still battling raging California wildfire

Firefighters deployed ground and air crews Saturday for another day battling a raging southern California wildfire that threatened 4,000 homes. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity were helping efforts against the Springs Fire, and firefighters said they had contained 30 percent of the blaze, which erupted Thursday near Malibu, 40 miles…

Lindsay Lohan violates probation by ditching rehab behind prosecutors’ backs

Troubled US actress Lindsay Lohan faces fresh legal problems after failing to check into a California rehab center for 90 days of court-ordered treatment, reports said Friday. Santa Monica City Prosecutor Terry White was quoted by local media as saying that Lohan was in violation of her probation after spending…

No damage reported after Los Angeles shaken by 4.7-magnitude earthquake

A 4.7-magnitude earthquake Monday shook buildings in Los Angeles, with US seismologists saying it was the strongest to hit the area since 2010, but there were no reports of damage or casualties. The epicenter of the quake was some 11 miles (19 kilometers) southeast of Anza, California — about 100…

Poll worker shot three times outside Los Angeles elementary school

An argument at a Los Angeles elementary schools serving as a polling location ended on Tuesday with an election worker reportedly being shot multiple times. According to KCBS, a 35-year-old poll worker was shot by a woman three times at 92nd Street Elementary School during voting for the Los Angeles…

Christopher Dorner case rekindled distrust and resentment of police

One strange, sad, but telling aspect of the recent manhunt for Christopher Dorner, the fired Los Angeles cop who pursued a fatal vendetta against the city police department, is that many African-Americans in Los Angeles and elsewhere cheered him on via Twitter and Facebook and in public online forums…  …

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