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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
Much of the adult film industry was halted over the weekend after the third performer in a month tested positive for HIV. And on Monday, an advocacy group said a fourth performer had come forward as HIV-positive, although adult industry officials dismissed the report as a "rumor. " The Free Speech Coalition, an adult industry trade group, called a weeklong filming moratorium last month after actress Cameron Bay tested HIV-positive. A second performer, Rod Daily, who is romantically linked to Bay, announced his status on Twitter and to the Daily News shortly after filming resumed - but that case was not officially reported to the industry group and did not result in a new moratorium.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles City Council members Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin are calling for a moratorium on the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” which is used by energy companies to extract hard-to-reach oil. In a prepared statement Tuesday, the councilmen called fracking and its related processes a “major threat” to the city's local water supply, air quality and private property. During fracking, oil companies add a chemical mix to pressurized water to improve oil and gas production in wells.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
An adult-film trade group has lifted an industry-wide production moratorium that was prompted by an actress' positive HIV test. Free Speech Coalition, a Canoga Park-based association for the industry, said Wednesday that all on-screen partners of the affected actress, who uses the screen name Cameron Bay, had been tested and cleared and that a panel of three doctors concluded that it was safe to resume filming. The coalition called the moratorium last Wednesday after the actress received a preliminary positive test result, later confirmed by follow-up testing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
An adult-film trade group has lifted an industry-wide moratorium on porn production that was prompted by an actress' positive HIV test. Free Speech Coalition, a Canoga Park-based trade association for the porn industry, called for the moratorium a week ago. The group said Wednesday that it lifted the moratorium late Tuesday and that filming could resume. The group said that all performers who worked with the affected actress, Cameron Bay, were tested and cleared and that a panel of three doctors concluded that it was safe to resume filming.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Citing the growing interest but limited understanding of electronic cigarettes, the small Orange County city of Seal Beach has adopted a moratorium that will prevent any new stores from selling the devices. After a brief discussion late Monday, the City Council agreed to a 45-day moratorium on any new e-cigarette and smoke shops, as well as drug paraphernalia vendors. Seal Beach officials said they needed time to study the effects of e-cigarettes before making a recommendation to the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
The adult film industry has called for a nationwide moratorium on production after an actress tested positive for HIV. Free Speech Coalition, a Canoga Park-based trade organization for the adult film industry, said Thursday that a 28-year-old actress who uses the screen name Cameron Bay tested conclusively positive for HIV. The coalition had issued the call for a moratorium a day earlier, after preliminary test results came up positive....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
The agent for an adult film actress who has tested positive for HIV said his client is “distraught” and is working with medical professionals to notify her past sexual partners. Mark Schechter , owner of Adult Talent Managers LA and agent for the 28-year-old performer whose screen name is Cameron Bay,  told The Times the actress went in Monday for her regular screening for  sexually transmitted diseases  and the results came back inconclusive. She went in for a second test Tuesday with a new blood sample.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
A porn performer has tested positive for HIV, leading an industry association to call a moratorium on shooting. Free Speech Coalition , a nationwide trade association for the adult entertainment industry, confirmed the positive HIV test but would not say when or where it took place. The group also did not give any details about the affected performer. The group said in a statement that it is working with a doctor affiliated with Adult Production Health & Safety Services "contact and treat performers for any possible exposure involving the primary patient" and that additional confirmatory tests are being done on the performer who tested positive.
WORLD
July 24, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - After years of building massive and lavish new government office buildings - including ones inspired by the White House, Versailles and the U.S. Capitol - China is saying enough is enough. Central authorities have issued a five-year moratorium on the construction of new government offices, training centers and hotels, the latest step in a frugality drive that also includes cutbacks on banquets, travel and other perks for bureaucrats. According to the State Council, China's cabinet, the new policy issued late Tuesday is important for “building a clean government and … maintaining the image of the Communist Party.
SPORTS
July 9, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
In celebrating their agreement with free-agent center Dwight Howard, the Houston Rockets said too much. According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com , the Rockets have been fined $150,000 by the NBA for "unauthorized comments made by team personnel about Howard during the league's annual moratorium on player business. " For the first nine days of July, the league office finalizes their year-end accounting for the previous season and determines the salary cap for the coming year. During that time, teams can come to verbal agreements with players but are not permitted to comment publicly.
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