LOS ANGELES (AP) — A fourth Los Angeles-area hospital in less than three years has settled a lawsuit over a chronic problem in the nation's second-largest city — turning homeless patients out on the streets after they have been discharged, sometimes while still needing medical attention.
Costumed characters, painted women and anyone else working for tips in New York's Times Square will soon have to stay in special zones after New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday signed a bill to bring more order to the bustling tourist attraction. The law gives the city's Department of Transportation the authority to designate a handful of areas, each likely to be about 50-feet by 10-feet, where the legion of Elmos, Batmen and other mascots can solicit tips for posing for photographs. Other areas of the Times Square pedestrian plaza will be off limits to them.
A member of the regulatory commission that controls coastal development in California was fined by the state's ethics watchdog on Thursday for voting on an expansion of SeaWorld's San Diego theme park while his wife owned stock in the company. Gregory Cox, who is also a longtime member of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, said in a statement Thursday he did not know that his wife had purchased 500 shares of SeaWorld stock in January of 2015 for her personal retirement account, according to the California Fair Political Practices Commission.