By Steve Gorman

Brush fire prompts evacuation of 700 people east of Los Angeles

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A "human-caused" brush fire flared quickly out of control and prompted the evacuation of some 700 people on Tuesday from a mobile home park and nearby community in Southern California's Riverside County, state fire officials...

Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 8:19 AM

Washington state begins killing wolf pack for preying on livestock

By Steve Gorman (Reuters) - Wildlife agents authorized to eradicate a group of 11 wolves for repeated attacks on cattle in Washington state have hunted down and killed six animals from the condemned pack and are searching for the rest, a state game official said...

Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 3:35 AM

Social media adds to panic over 'gunfire' at L.A. airport: police

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A security panic that crippled Los Angeles International Airport and sent hundreds of passengers fleeing from terminals was triggered by reports of gunfire that proved false but were amplified...

Monday, August 29, 2016, 10:07 AM

'Birth of a Nation' filmmaker reflects on his 2001 rape trial, acquittal

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor-director Nate Parker says he never gave another thought to his trial and acquittal on rape charges in 2001 until forced to confront the issue again as the promotion for his film "Birth of a Nation" was gaining steam...

Sunday, August 28, 2016, 8:08 PM

Stanford University tightens campus alcohol restrictions

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Stanford University has tightened campus drinking restrictions, banning large liquor bottles from undergraduate student housing and barring hard alcohol from being served altogether at parties for undergrads...

Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 4:50 AM

California wildfire prompts weeklong closure of Hearst Castle

By Steve Gorman (Reuters) - The historic Hearst Castle, a major tourist attraction on California's central coast, will be closed to the public through the week as a safety precaution due to a wildfire in...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 6:18 AM

Two dozen structures destroyed by eastern Washington wildfires

By Steve Gorman (Reuters) - Emergency officials confronting a cluster of wildfires with limited resources in eastern Washington state enlisted the help of local farmers to help battle flames that have destroyed about two dozen buildings near Spokane, authorities...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 2:52 AM

California mayor pleads not guilty in strip poker scandal

By Steve Gorman (Reuters) - The mayor of Stockton, California, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to criminal charges stemming from a strip poker game he is accused of playing while furnishing beer to minors at a summer camp he hosts for underprivileged children...

Friday, August 19, 2016, 8:46 AM

California mayor charged in youth camp strip poker scandal

By Steve Gorman (Reuters) - The mayor of Stockton, California, was arrested on Thursday on a felony eavesdropping charge stemming from a strip poker game he is accused of surreptitiously recording at a summer camp he hosts for disadvantaged inner-city children,...

Friday, August 5, 2016, 7:18 AM

California mayor charged in youth camp strip poker scandal

By Steve Gorman (Reuters) - The mayor of Stockton, California, was arrested on Thursday on a felony eavesdropping charge stemming from a strip poker game he is accused of surreptitiously recording at a summer camp he hosts for disadvantaged inner-city children,...

Friday, August 5, 2016, 5:56 AM

California mayor charged in youth camp strip poker scandal

By Steve Gorman (Reuters) - The mayor of Stockton, California, was arrested on Thursday on a felony eavesdropping charge stemming from a strip poker game he is accused of surreptitiously recording at a summer camp he hosts for disadvantaged inner-city children,...

Friday, August 5, 2016, 2:47 AM

California wildfire near Big Sur coast steered away from homes

By Steve Gorman (Reuters) - Crews battling a deadly wildfire burning well into its second week near California's Big Sur coast have carved buffer lines around a quarter of its perimeter, steering flames...

Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 2:50 PM

Mental exam ordered for accused serial killer of San Diego homeless

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A San Diego man charged with attacking five homeless men by driving railroad spikes into his victims' heads, killing three of them, was ordered on Tuesday to undergo a psychiatric exam to determine if...

Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 5:56 AM

Mental exam ordered for accused serial killer of San Diego homeless

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A San Diego man charged with attacking five homeless men by driving railroad spikes into his victims' heads, killing three of them, was ordered on Tuesday to undergo a psychiatric exam to determine if...

Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 5:25 AM

California crews battle Big Sur blaze for eleventh day

By Steve Gorman (Reuters) - Crews battling a deadly wildfire that has gutted dozens of homes near California's Big Sur coast looked forward to cooler weather to help them slow the flames on Monday as the blaze raged for an 11th day,...

Monday, August 1, 2016, 9:05 PM

California crews battle Big Sur blaze for 11th day

By Steve Gorman (Reuters) - Crews battling a deadly wildfire that has gutted dozens of homes near California's Big Sur coast looked forward to cooler weather to help them slow the flames on Monday as the blaze raged for an...

Monday, August 1, 2016, 9:05 PM

Chelsea Manning faces discipline for prison suicide attempt: lawyers

By Steve Gorman (Reuters) - U.S. soldier Chelsea Manning, imprisoned for passing classified files to WikiLeaks, now stands accused of misconduct stemming from her suicide attempt earlier this month and could land in solitary confinement indefinitely, her...

Friday, July 29, 2016, 6:58 AM

California wildfire displaces exotic animals, horses, cats and dogs, too

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Crews battling a deadly wildfire in rugged drought-stricken terrain north of Los Angeles faced a return of brutal heat on Tuesday after a day-long respite of cooler weather and diminished winds that helped them gain...

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 10:03 AM

Instigator of California meat-cleaver murder gets six years in prison

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A former Swiss university professor who pleaded guilty to instigating the 1995 meat-cleaver murder of a man who she claimed raped her while she was a college student in California was sentenced on Friday to six years in prison...

Friday, July 15, 2016, 11:37 PM

Illinois man agrees to plead guilty in celebrity hacking case

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An Illinois man accused of breaking into the Apple iCloud and Gmail accounts of celebrities to obtain their private photos and videos has agreed to plead guilty to a felony computer hacking charge, prosecutors said on Friday...

Saturday, July 2, 2016, 5:49 AM