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Weed workers join labor union as Los Angeles weighs pot shop ban

The City of Los Angeles won’t be banning marijuana dispensaries any time soon, if the United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW) gets its way. That’s because workers at 14 of the city’s pot shops have all banded together and formed the “medical cannabis and hemp division” of Los Angeles…

ICE agent killed, another injured in incident of ‘workplace violence’

One immigration agent was killed and another injured Thursday in a shooting in a federal building in Long Beach, south of Los Angeles, officials said. One agent shot and wounded another, after which a third agent shot and killed the original shooter, officials said in a late-evening press briefing, after…

F-16 fighters intercept pot-laden Cessna in Obama’s airspace

LOS ANGELES — Two F-16 fighters were scrambled Thursday to intercept a light aircraft over Los Angeles, during a visit by President Barack Obama for a fundraising trip, officials said. The military jets scrambled out of March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County, California, “to respond to a temporary flight…

Priest allegedly told rape victim: ‘This is what God’s love feels like’

A Los Angeles attorney is accusing 200 Catholic priests of sexual abuse across California. According to NBC affiliate in Los Angeles, attorney Ray Boucher has mapped out at least sixty locations of where suspected priests reside in California. “Many if not all these priests have admitted to sexual abuse,” Boucher…

Los Angeles teacher charged with molesting 23 children

A former Los Angeles teacher has been arrested and charged with lewd acts against 23 children, according to The Los Angeles Times. Authorities took 61-year-old Mark Berndt into custody Monday for allegedly tying up the children, putting large cockroaches on their face and reportedly feeding them his semen. Information on…

Gang deaths often involve youth and guns, not drugs

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Gang-related deaths typically aren’t the product of fights over drugs — as many assume — but rather result from grudges between rival gangs that erupt into violence, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Gang homicides nearly always involve guns, usually…

Los Angeles forces porn actors to wear condoms

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed into law Tuesday an ordinance requiring porn actors to use condoms, a measure welcomed by AIDS campaigners. City lawmakers voted in favor of the law earlier this month, in the latest move in a battle between AIDS activists and the California-based…

LA cars, homes ablaze in massive arson spree

Police in Los Angeles, with help from federal investigators, were searching Saturday for one or more suspects said to have set more than 30 vehicle fires in one of the worst arson sprees in city history. Fire officials said they have responded to some 30 fires, including 13 cases of…

‘Occupy’ activists look to block West Coast ports

OAKLAND (Reuters) – Anti-Wall Street protesters, hoping to briefly cripple a key supply chain of American commerce and re-energize their movement, plan to attempt to block major West Coast ports on Monday. By marching on U.S. ports from California to Alaska, organizers look to call attention to economic inequalities in…

Undercover cops spied on Occupy LA in search of ‘domestic terrorists’

By Jason Kandel LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Undercover police officers infiltrated Occupy LA’s tent city last month to spy on people they suspected of stockpiling human waste and crude weapons for resisting an eventual eviction, police and city government sources said. Authorities also used security cameras mounted outside City Hall,…

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