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Singer Morrissey convinces Los Angeles venues to ban meat

British singer and ex-Smiths frontman Morrissey has persuaded the venue of an upcoming Los Angeles show to ban sales of meat by food vendors, the vegetarian activist said. The sold-out March 1 concert will be the first time the LA concert venue has agreed to go 100 percent vegetarian, a…

U.S. offers reward for killer of Chinese students

LOS ANGELES — US authorities have offered $200,000 in reward money to find whoever killed two Chinese graduate students in Los Angeles last week, after more funds were pledged Tuesday. The male and female students from the University of Southern California (USC) were shot in the early hours of last…

LA police fire 90 rounds at fleeing, unarmed teen

A Los Angeles teen was killed by a hail of police gunfire on Wednesday night after eight officers fired 90 rounds in total as he appeared to point an object at them, according to The Associated Press. Police confronted 19-year-old Abdul Arian following a car chase that was caught on…

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…

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