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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison
Elevated levels of lead have been found in the soil of homes and a preschool near a battery recycling plant in Vernon, prompting officials to issue health warnings and order more testing in adjacent neighborhoods. State toxic waste regulators said the initial results from 39 homes as well as two schools concerned them enough that they have directed Exide Technologies to create a plan to protect children and pregnant women living in affected homes, as well as perform the additional testing.
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BUSINESS
March 7, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
California loves Tesla Motors. The Palo Alto electric car maker's Model S sedan is the state's new eco-luxury status symbol. Californians bought more than a third of Teslas sold globally last year. Residents of the state pack the order list for Tesla's next offering, a sport utility vehicle. California pollution-control policies enable Tesla to rake in tens of millions of dollars each year from selling environmental credits to other automakers - a key source of Tesla's revenue.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Tesla Motors Inc. wants to raise almost $2 billion to help fund a giant battery factory in the Southwestern U.S. to supply its electric vehicles. The Palo Alto automaker said Wednesday that it plans to build a "gigafactory" that would slash the cost of the battery packs for its cars, allowing Tesla to introduce a less expensive vehicle. "Tesla is riding on its success to tell a bigger story than just being a car company," said Thilo Koslowski, an analyst at Gartner Inc. "The batteries will attract a whole new group of investors.
OPINION
February 10, 2014 | By Bruce Friedrich
Egg Industry magazine predicted that 2015 will be "the year of the lawsuit" in the U.S. egg industry - and it was referring specifically to California. But the court battles have already begun. On Feb. 3, Missouri filed a federal lawsuit alleging that California regulations infringe on Missouri's sovereignty. The two California laws at issue go into effect Jan. 1, 2015. The first is Proposition 2, a 2008 initiative passed overwhelmingly by California voters, which requires cages large enough for egg-laying hens to stand and spread their wings.
AUTOS
February 6, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Kia went electric at Thursday's 2014 Chicago Auto Show, by introducing the brand's first all-electric vehicle, the Soul EV. Based on the boxy Soul hatchback crossover that has long been one of Kia's most popular vehicles, the EV version ditches the gas engine for an electric motor with 80 to 100 miles of range. “The Soul EV retains the fun and funky style as well as the packaging efficiency and utility that have made the gasoline-powered Soul such a huge hit with consumers,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning at Kia. “And to that winning combination it adds usable real-world range and multiple charging options, making it the perfect EV for everyone.” PHOTOS: 2015 Kia Soul EV In many ways the Soul was the perfect fit for an electric drivetrain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 | By Jack Leonard
A Van Nuys jury acquitted a Los Angeles County judge of battery Thursday following a weeklong trial in which he was accused of shoving a woman to the ground after a dispute over a bag of dog waste. Jurors deliberated less than three hours, bringing a speedy end to a contentious case in which a city prosecutor raised a question about Superior Court Judge Craig Richman's mental health and a defense lawyer compared the case to the Salem witch trials of the late 1600s. Richman's attorney, James Blatt, applauded the verdict and faulted the city attorney's office for bringing the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 | By Jack Leonard
A Van Nuys jury acquitted a Los Angeles County judge of battery Thursday following a week-long trial in which he was accused of shoving a woman to the ground after a dispute over a bag of dog waste. Jurors returned the not-guilty verdict Thursday morning after deliberating for about three hours. The case against Superior Court Judge Craig Richman hinged on the testimony of Connie F. Romero, who testified that the judge pushed her from behind during the encounter near his Chatsworth home in July. Romero, 51, suffered minor injuries including a cut above her eye and scrapes on her wrist and knee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 | By Jack Leonard
A Los Angeles County judge acquitted Thursday of battery in a trial that revolved around a dispute over a bag of dog waste will return to his old assignment handling felony trials, the county's presiding judge told The Times. Superior Court Judge Craig Richman will resume his post Monday in the same courtroom in the downtown criminal courts building, Richman's attorney, James Blatt, said. Richman, who was transferred to the Chatsworth courthouse after the battery charge was filed in October, heard the news about his assignment soon after Thursday morning's not guilty verdict, Blatt said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2014 | By Richard Winton
No charges will be filed against rapper Kanye West for allegedly punching a person at a Beverly Hills chiropractor's office, the L.A. County district attorney's office said Friday. The alleged incident occurred Jan. 13 in the 8800 block of Wilshire Boulevard after West's fiancee, Kim Kardashian, entered the office at the same time as the alleged victim. The alleged victim held the door open for Kardashian,"words were exchanged, and both parties report victim used a racial epithet," the district attorney's office said in a statement.
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