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September 24, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - An Arizona city that led the nation in its aggressive stance on panhandling reversed course Tuesday night, setting in motion the apparent demise of a century-old state law that criminalized begging. The Flagstaff City Council voted to settle a lawsuit launched this summer by the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona on behalf of a 77-year-old woman who had been arrested after asking an undercover police officer for bus fare. The ACLU argued that the state law and Flagstaff's enforcement of it were unconstitutional.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2013 | By KTLA
Drivers in Los Angeles County were warned this week to be on the lookout for scam artists who stage collisions to collect insurance money. The so-called “swoop-and-squat” crashes, in which two vehicles work together to force a rear-end collision, endanger motorists and lead to millions of dollars in insurance rate increases each year, according to Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey. Lacey joined California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones to announce nearly $7 million in grant money to be earmarked for additional staff dedicated to cracking down on the phony claims, KTLA-TV reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
As state air pollution officials step up inspections of diesel exhaust from big rigs, some of their best allies are truckers themselves. They are pushing the Air Resources Board to enforce pollution rules more aggressively for trucks in advance of a Jan. 1 deadline. Truckers are also the No.1 tipsters, placing anonymous calls and sending emails to finger competitors they say are gaining an unfair advantage by not upgrading their engines or installing expensive filters that capture harmful diesel particulates before they are released into the air. Diesel exhaust is the worst remaining pollution source on roadways.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2013 | By Jason Wells
An 18-day crackdown on drunk driving across Los Angeles County resulted in 2,313 arrests, authorities said. That total was up compared with the same period last year, when 2,098 DUI-related arrests were made, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The latest crackdown saw increased DUI patrols and a ramped-up schedule of checkpoints in cities across the county starting Aug. 16 and ending on Labor Day, officials said. Beefed up anti-DUI efforts are also planned for the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
More than 150 people were arrested and 25 weapons were seized in a three-week operation against gang violence in Pomona, authorities said Tuesday. The weapons confiscated during "Operation Triple Beam" included assault rifles and handguns, the Pomona Police Department said. Officers working with the U.S. Marshal's Service arrested 165 people, some of them wanted on warrants for violent felonies, according to police. The crackdown focused on several locations in the city about 30 miles east of Los Angeles, police said.
BUSINESS
September 2, 2013 | By Walter Hamilton
Despite working 18-hour days, including part time as a waitress at a strip club, Hope Arnold was on the verge of losing her Silver Lake home. Then she discovered Airbnb, a website that links vacationers seeking an alternative to hotels and homeowners with rooms to rent. Billing her place as an "artsy and rustic 1927 treehouse," she started renting out her master bedroom, while she slept in the den. It paid off. Arnold has made $39,000 on Airbnb in the last 12 months, and the site now accounts for as much as 70% of her monthly income.
WORLD
August 23, 2013 | By Raja Abdulrahim
CAIRO -- A week after Egypt witnessed its bloodiest days of unrest, protesters against the military-backed government came out across Cairo and other provinces Friday amid tension but relative calm. Cairo was under tight security with additional tanks deployed in the streets and Friday prayers banned at several mosques where protests denouncing the July 3 military coup were planned. The Anti-Coup Coalition, an alliance between the Muslim Brotherhood and others groups that oppose the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi, reported that one man was killed when “thugs and MoI" -- agents of the Ministry of Interior -- attacked a demonstration.
WORLD
August 22, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
CAIRO - As supporters cheered former President Hosni Mubarak's release from prison, Egypt's military-backed government pressed ahead with its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, taking steps to ban religious movements from forming political parties and weaken the influence of Islamic law on the constitution. The release of Mubarak on Thursday suggested that remnants of the police state he built during his 30 years in power were resurfacing two years after the autocrat was ousted in the "Arab Spring" uprising.
WORLD
August 21, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
GAZA CITY - The homemade YouTube video features four masked men in matching T-shirts, standing like soldiers as one reads a statement lambasting Hamas for killing civilians and calling for the overthrow of the Gaza Strip's Islamist government. They call their new Palestinian youth group Tamarod Gaza - using the Arabic word for "rebellion" - after the similarly named Egyptian protest movement that helped bring down Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and Hamas' mentor, the Muslim Brotherhood.
WORLD
August 19, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Raja Abdulrahim
CAIRO - Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who is on trial on murder-related charges in the deaths of hundreds of protesters in 2011, may be released from prison soon, after a judge set aside a corruption case against him. Mubarak faces another legal challenge, and there is also the possibility that prosecutors could file new cases against him to continue holding him. Nonetheless, the prospect of his release could incite fresh unrest at...
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