SEOUL/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – When North Korea dragged an elderly American tourist off a plane and detained him four weeks ago, they may have got the wrong man.
Pyongyang may have thought they were detaining a highly-decorated U.S. Korean War veteran, but it may be a case of mistaken identity due to the two men sharing almost identical names.
By Sharon Bernstein and Alex Dobuzinskis
(Reuters) – The United States on Thursday signaled North Korea could improve its strained ties with Washington by releasing U.S. citizens, as former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson became involved in the case of an 85-year-old American held by Pyongyang.
North Korea last month detained Merrill Newman, a veteran of the Korean War and a retiree from Palo Alto, California, taking him off a plane as he was about to leave the reclusive Asian country, which he had been visiting on a tourist visa.
LOS ANGELES, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Del Monte Fresh Produce has
agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle a federal lawsuit
contending Thai workers in Hawaii were stripped of their
passports, denied pay and given substandard living quarters,
officials said on Monday.
Proceeds from the settlement will be split among roughly 150
Thai workers for Del Monte on whose behalf the lawsuit was filed
in Hawaii in 2011 by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity
Commision, or EEOC, the commission said in a statement.
(Reuters) – Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney entered the fray between his daughters over gay marriage on Monday as he rose to defend Liz Cheney, a Republican Senate candidate from Wyoming whose stance against same-sex nuptials has drawn barbs from her lesbian sister.
Liz Cheney said in an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” that she believes in “the traditional definition of marriage.” She said she loves her sister Mary, who is in a same-sex marriage, but that “this is an issue in which we disagree.”
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles school board, in the middle of a troubled $1 billion plan to equip each student with an iPad, has voted to try laptops at some high schools before deciding whether to give all its 650,000 pupils a tablet.
The Los Angeles Unified School District technology rollout is the largest of its kind for any U.S. public education system. It comes as education officials in other parts of the country experiment with ways to give students mobile computers.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Larry Flynt, the publisher of the porn magazine Hustler who was shot and paralyzed in 1978, has gone to court to object to the pending execution in Missouri of a convicted serial killer he says fired the bullet that put him in a wheelchair.
Flynt opposes the death penalty and wants Joseph Paul Franklin, who has been convicted of killing eight people from the late 1970s to 1980 in racially motivated attacks, to spend the rest of his life in prison.
LOS ANGELES, Nov 10 (Reuters) – The Los Angeles school
district is putting the brakes on a project to give an iPad to
each student, a $1 billion initiative that is the largest
rollout of its kind in the nation and has been plagued by
students hacking the devices’ security features.
District officials have already provided their devices to
over 25,000 students, and under their original plan would have
finished distributing tablets to the last of its 650,000
students in late 2014.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Pinkberry co-founder Young Lee, who brought a sleek design to the international yogurt chain, was found guilty on Friday of assault with a deadly weapon for beating a homeless man with a tire iron at a Los Angeles freeway off-ramp in 2011, prosecutors said.
The attack occurred in June 2011 when Young, a South Korean kick boxer-turned-architect who parted ways with the frozen yogurt chain in 2010, got out of a Range Rover at an off-ramp of a Los Angeles freeway and beat the transient with a tire iron.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California high school’s decades-old use of an Arab mascot to promote its sports teams has drawn the ire of an Arab-American rights group that says the mascot is an offensive caricature, portraying Arabs with a large nose, beard and head-covering.
Coachella Valley High School sports teams are dubbed the “Arabs,” which the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee complained in a letter to the school this month plays on harmful stereotypes.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The 23-year-old man accused of opening fire at Los Angeles International Airport, killing an airport security officer and wounding three other people, could face the death penalty after being charged with murder on Saturday, a federal prosecutor said.
Paul Anthony Ciancia was charged with murder of a federal officer and committing violence at an international airport, U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte told reporters a day after the shooting that touched off panic and chaos at the world’s sixth busiest airport.