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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,…

Hollywood gunman shot dead by policeman from movie set

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A gunman opened fire on motorists in the heart of Hollywood on Friday, wounding three people before he was shot to death by an off-duty police officer who had been working on a nearby film set. The bizarre mid-morning incident, which some witnesses initially mistook for…

AIDS group seeks Los Angeles referendum on porn star condom use

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Voters in the city of Los Angeles, home to the nation’s porn industry, could be asked next year whether condoms should be required in adult film shoots to cut down on sexually transmitted diseases. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation said on Monday it had submitted about 71,000…

High winds leave thousands without power in California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – High winds returned to the Los Angeles area early on Saturday as over 100,000 homes and businesses lost power, due to fallen trees and other damage from an ongoing windstorm. Southern California Edison said that at mid-afternoon it still had 73,600 customers affected by the outages,…

High winds batter southern California

LOS ANGELES — Winds gusting up to 140 miles per hour (160 kph) triggered power outages, felled trees and caused traffic chaos Thursday in California and blasted several neighboring states, meteorologists said. The powerful gales — expected to continue Friday — were the “strongest easterly wind event in the past…

Police dismantle ‘Occupy LA & Philly’ protest camps

Hundreds of riot police flooded into downtown Los Angeles andPhiladelphia early Wednesday to clear anti-Wall Street protest camps in mostly peaceful operations that saw dozens arrested. The latest moves targeting the two-month-old protest movement against corporate greed and inequality came days after announced eviction deadlines and did not bring the running clashes and…

Police hold off on eviction of Los Angeles ‘Occupy’ camp

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Throngs of anti-Wall Street activists hunkered down in their Los Angeles camp for another night of uncertainty early on Tuesday as police stayed largely on the sidelines 24 hours after a deadline to vacate passed. But crowds that had swelled to more than 2,000 at their…

Los Angeles set to evict Occupy protesters

Hundreds of anti-Wall Street protesters in Los Angeles were bracing Monday for eviction from a park near city hall, with some packing up to avoid confrontation and others digging in to resist police. But hours before a midnight park closure, LA’s mayor said campers would be given “ample time” to leave and appealed to them…

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