Thursday, December 12, 2013
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say fire tore through an apartment building in Los Angeles overnight, killing two people and injuring at least two others. Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey says the fire broke out early today in a two-story building in Echo Park. Police say two bodies were later found in the building. The cause of the fire wasn't immediately released.
WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California city has granted a private group a permit to hold a Vietnamese new year's parade over objections that it will exclude gay and lesbian residents. Members of a gay and lesbian group pleaded with the Westminster City Council to deny the permit to the Vietnamese American Federation of Southern California at a meeting last night, but the vote to grant it was unanimous.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A day after he was sentenced to home confinement for the unwanted groping of women, former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has been sued by another city employee. City parks worker Stacy McKenzie had already come forward with allegations against Filner, but yesterday she became the second city employee to file a lawsuit. McKenzie says Filner grabbed her from behind, put her in a headlock and rubbed her breasts at a spring event at Mission Bay park.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make Apple iPhones says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months. But the group's audit released today says more must be done reduce the amount of overtime that employees work. Excessively long work schedules remain a problem.