Tuesday, December 01, 2015 11:03

Washington state student arrested for making racist threats
Police have arrested a white student from a Washington state university suspected of posting a racist threat toward a peer on the anonymous social media platform Yik Yak, officials said on Tuesday. Tysen Campbell, a 19-year-old student at Western Washington University, was arrested by campus police on Monday on suspicion of felony malicious harassment over the threat posted last week, the university said in a statement...
Utility steps up efforts to plug massive California methane leak
By Diana Crandall LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The head of Southern California Gas Co said it would take at least three more months to plug a massive underground leak of natural gas that has been seeping into the air since mid-October and now accounts for a quarter of the state's entire methane emissions. The utility's president and chief executive officer, Dennis Arriola, also said on Tuesday the company would begin this week drilling a relief well designed to intersect the damaged pipeline hundreds of feet beneath the surface and inject it with fluids and cement...
US agency lowers safety rating of Thai aviation
BANGKOK (AP) — The United States has downgraded the safety rating of Thailand's aviation industry in a move that could hamper operations of Thai airlines worldwide.
Lawmaker: Planned Parenthood 'the real culprit' for violence
DENVER (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker from Denver blamed Planned Parenthood for a deadly shootout last week at a clinic in Colorado Springs.
Community helps rebuild church after thieves vandalize it, steal tabernacle
Many people pitched in to help rebuild a Los Angeles church after it was vandalized and had a revered tabernacle stolen months ago.
Torrance residents concerned about traffic from neighborhood holiday light display
Residents in a Torrance neighborhood are concerned about the hoards of traffic that congest the area because of the Sleepy Hollow Holiday Lights Extravaganza display.
Newport Beach affordable housing unit for seniors and veterans faces opposition
A new project to create affordable housing for seniors and veterans in Newport Beach is running into opposition from neighbors.
Spectacular Whittier Christmas light show benefits Special Olympics
With a remote switch, thousands of Christmas lights coupled with holiday music fill a Whittier neighborhood for a great cause.
Planned Parenthood opens L.A.-area clinic days after Colorado attack
Four days after a deadly shooting at one of its clinics in Colorado, Planned Parenthood opened a new health center on Tuesday in West Hollywood, just outside Los Angeles. Sue Dunlap, president and chief executive for Planned Parenthood's Los Angeles-area chapter, said the inauguration ceremony was aimed in part at demonstrating the organization's commitment to keeping its doors open. The new facility offers the full range of reproductive healthcare that Planned Parenthood provides in communities across the United States, including gynecological and breast exams, testing for sexually transmitted disease, birth control and abortion services...
Arkansas judge approves same-sex partners on birth certificates statewide
A state judge ruled on Tuesday that Arkansas must list both members of same-sex couples as parents on official birth certificates issued across the state, broadening his earlier finding on behalf of three married lesbian couples with children. Little Rock Circuit Judge Tim Fox held that a state law restricting parentage identification to heterosexual couples was unconstitutional in light of the U...
Prosecutors lay out details in case against state auditor
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley has been on leave and has faced calls for his resignation since the government charged him with keeping millions of dollars that should have been refunded to customers of his old real-estate services business.
Russia wants UN to tighten crackdown on financing extremists
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia hopes to circulate a draft resolution to the Security Council very soon that will tighten the U.N. crackdown on the financing of extremist groups including the Islamic State group, the country's U.N. ambassador said Tuesday.
Detroit-area priest who stole money gets 27 months in prison
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-area Roman Catholic priest who said he "stained" his profession by embezzling more than $500,000 was sentenced Tuesday to 27 months in prison.
Ex-wife says clinic suspect targeted Planned Parenthood
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — An ex-wife of the man charged with killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood said on Tuesday that he has targeted the reproductive health organization before.
Chickenpox outbreak delays detention hearing for arrested Secret Service officer
A chickenpox outbreak has prompted a Delaware judge to cancel a detention hearing for a Secret Service officer charged with trying to solicit sex from an undercover agent he thought was a 14-year-old girl.
Ex-Connecticut mayor returns to office after prison stint
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — The former mayor of Bridgeport, who spent seven years in federal prison for public corruption, was sworn in again on Tuesday as mayor of Connecticut's largest city.
SoCal Gas may take months to fix ongoing gas leak in Porter Ranch
The chief executive of the Southern California Gas Company apologized to Porter Ranch residents on Tuesday after announcing that an ongoing gas leak causing a sickening smell in the community may take months to fix.
Ex-death row inmate Mumia to get hearing over medical care
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Former death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal (moo-MEE'-ah AH'-boo jah-MAHL') has been granted a federal court hearing in Pennsylvania over the medical care he's received for hepatitis C and other health problems.
Flight attendant accused of attacks appears in court
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — An American Airlines flight attendant accused of attacking fellow crew members and two U.S. air marshals during a trans-Atlantic flight made her first court appearance Tuesday, where attorneys argued over whether she should be held in custody or released to her family.
Chicago police chief out, review launched over black teen's death
Chicago's police chief was ousted on Tuesday after days of protest over a white officer's shooting of a black teenager 16 times and the department's refusal to release a video of the killing for more than a year. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced during a news conference that he had asked Garry McCarthy, police superintendent since May 2011, to resign. Emanuel also said he was creating a new police accountability task force...
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