LOS ANGELES (AP) - City Councilman Eric Garcetti has defeated Controller Wendy Greuel (GROOL) to become next mayor of Los Angeles. Garcetti had 54% of the votes while Greuel notched 46%, capping a caustic campaign in which he depicted his fellow Democrat as a pawn of powerful labor bosses. Garcetti promised voters to increase jobs and patch up the city's battered streets and sidewalks.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles voters have approved a proposition limiting the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. Proposition D had around 63% of the votes in yesterday's election. Proposition D caps the number of pot clinics in the city at 135, far below the roughly 1,000 that operated several years ago. It also increases taxes on the dispensaries and sets rules about their hours and distances from schools and parks. The measure was backed by both mayoral candidates.
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) - The U.S. Air Force launched an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile from Vandenberg Air Force in California today, a month after the test flight was scrubbed because of tensions with North Korea. The Minuteman 3 lifted off at 6:27 a.m. and splashed down less than 30 minutes later and 4,000 miles away in the Pacific Ocean.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Blake Shelton and NBC are putting together a benefit for Oklahoma tornado victims. The Oklahoma native told reporters about the fundraising effort after last night's episode of "The Voice." Shelton paid tribute to the thousands affected by Sunday and Monday's tornadoes by performing an acoustic version of the hit "Over You" with wife Miranda Lambert. Toby Keith, a native of Moore, also is planning a benefit. His sister's house was hit by the tornado.
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