Tour companies booted from Hollywood Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tourists will no longer be hassled by tour bus companies on Hollywood's Walk of Fame in a move by city officials to make the area more safe and inviting.

The Los Angeles Times reports that beginning this week sightseeing bus operators will begin selling tickets from kiosks or shops on private property instead of the famed walkway.

Hollywood has seen the number of tour bus businesses increase in recent years to meet the demand of people eager to see celebrity hot spots or the homes of the rich and famous. Vendors who don't comply will be cited and ordered to move.

City officials say the restriction also will improve safety. In June, a woman was stabbed to death after she took a picture of several homeless people and refused their demand to pay $1.