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Voters in bankrupt San Bernardino sweep old guard from power

By Tim Reid (Reuters) - Residents of bankrupt San Bernardino, California on Tuesday voted to complete a rout of the city's pro-union old guard, electing business-friendly pragmatists who have pledged to try to reduce pension costs and take on vested interests. As San Bernardino enters into a fourth month of mediation with its creditors, the biggest of which is Calpers, California's giant retirement system, voters on Tuesday elected Carey Davis as the crisis-hit city's new mayor.

Bankrupt San Bernardino in showdown with California pension fund over arrears

By Tim Reid RIVERSIDE, California (Reuters) - The bankrupt city of San Bernardino and its largest creditor, the California Public Employees' Retirement System (Calpers), are set for a showdown over the city's $17 million in pension arrears, a important milestone in a case the bankruptcy judge says could set a national precedent.

Residents of bankrupt California city launch council recall

By Tim Reid LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Up in arms against the leadership it blames for San Bernardino's bankruptcy, a group of business people and residents on Thursday launched a campaign to recall the California city's council, mayor and city attorney. The group, looking for a "clean sweep" inside crisis-hit San Bernardino, presented its initiative on the steps of City Hall before a crowd of residents and local media.

Ex-cop thought dead in charred US cabin

A fugitive ex-cop accused of four killings was believed to be have been cornered in a California mountain cabin engulfed in flames, police said, but remains found inside have not yet been identified. Police found human remains inside the charred cabin where an hours-long standoff had unfolded but have yet to identify them, local media reported early Wednesday, citing a statement from the San Bernardino County Sheriff.

Remains examined for tie to fugitive ex-cop in California

Authorities on Wednesday examined human remains found in a burned out mountain cabin to determine whether they belong to Christopher Dorner, a fugitive ex-cop wanted in at least three murders. Police discovered the remains in the cabin's charred ruins after a chase ended in a shootout with police and fire near Big Bear in the snow covered mountains east of Los Angeles where Dorner was thought to have taken refuge. A police officer was reported killed and another wounded in the gunfight Tuesday.

CORRECTED-UPDATE 5-Fugitive ex-LA cop believed dead after gun battle, fire

(Corrects day of standoff in sixth paragraph) By Dana Feldman SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Feb 13 (Reuters) - A cabin in the mountains above Los Angeles where fugitive and former cop Christopher Dorner is believed to have died following a gunfight with police was not purposely set on fire by law enforcement, the San Bernardino County sheriff said on Wednesday.

Ex-cop thought dead in charred US cabin

A fugitive ex-cop accused of four killings was believed dead Wednesday after being cornered in a California mountain cabin that burned down, but human remains found inside have yet to be identified. Police found remains inside the charred cabin where an hours-long standoff had unfolded but no identification has been made, local media reported early Wednesday, citing a statement from the San Bernardino County Sheriff.

Ex-cop hunted over California vendetta killings

* Suspect declared war on police in online manifesto * Dorner sacked from Los Angeles force in 2008 * Accused of 3 murders, at least 40 people being protected By Brandon Lowrey BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif., Feb 8 (Reuters) - A massive manhunt was under way in Californian mountains for a sacked policeman accused of three murders who declared war on law enforcement officers and their families in a rambling Internet manifesto.

At least 8 killed in California bus accident

At least eight people were killed and more than 30 were injured in a multiple vehicle accident in southern California that involved a passenger bus from Mexico, officials said. The accident occurred at about 6:30 pm local time (0230 GMT Monday) in a rural area north of of the town of Yucaipa. The bus, operated by InterBus Tours, a Tijuana, Mexico-based company, apparently hit two other vehicles and rolled over, local fire department chief Ronald Walls told reporters.
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