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Feb 7, 2015

Bob Dylan chronicles roots of his music at gala in his honor

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Bob Dylan, known for playing concerts with barely a word spoken to his audience, gave a lengthy speech on Friday at a gala in his honor where he chronicled the roots of his music while also praising and ribbing famous figures.

The 73-year-old Dylan, considered by many musicians and critics to be the best singer-songwriter of his time, spoke for 40 minutes at the Los Angeles event tied to this weekend’s Grammy Awards, as he was named “person of the year” by the MusiCares charity.

Feb 5, 2015

U.S. college students focused on studies, not partying, survey says

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. college freshmen these days are a serious lot. A survey released on Thursday said first-year students report spending a record low amount of time partying and socializing compared to previous generations and that many are highly focused on their education and planning for graduate studies.

The survey produced by the University of California, Los Angeles, which detailed students’ high school habits and their initial perspectives and experiences at college, also found the lowest self-reported rates of alcohol and cigarette use in 30 years among first-year students at four-year colleges and universities.

Feb 5, 2015

Daily pot use not associated with brain shrinkage: Colorado study

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Daily marijuana use is not associated with brain shrinkage when using a like-for-like method to control for the effects of alcohol consumption on those who both drink and toke up, a new study from Colorado has found.

The study, led by neuroscientists at the University of Colorado at Boulder and published Jan. 28 in the Journal of Neuroscience, points to continued uncertainty about how pot use alters the structure of the brain. Even so, other studies have found the drug has short-term effects on learning and memory.

Feb 3, 2015

Imprisoned shoe bomber says attack on U.S. plane OK under Islamic law

Feb 3 (Reuters) – More than 13 years after his failed
attempt to blow up a passenger plane with explosives hidden in
his shoes, Richard Reid told U.S. researchers he believes his
actions were permissible under Islamic law, according to
correspondence released on Tuesday.

Reid, who is serving a life sentence in a federal prison in
Colorado because of the attack, was foiled in his 2001 bid to
blow up an American Airlines flight from Paris to Miami when
passengers and crew overpowered him as he tried to ignite
explosives in his shoes.

Feb 3, 2015

‘Fresh Off the Boat’ puts focus on Asian-American families

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hip-hop loving 12 year-old Eddie Huang just wants to fit in. His Taiwanese immigrant dad Louis is trying to make a go of running a country-style steak house, and mom Jessica finds little in common with her new, white, roller-blading Florida neighbors.

The Huang family is “Fresh Off the Boat” in U.S. network television’s first Asian-American family comedy in 20 years, premiering on ABC on Wednesday. And despite a title taken from a common put-down for immigrants, the Asian-American community appears ready for the program.

Feb 1, 2015

California suffers dry January, prolonging devastating drought

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California has experienced one of the driest Januarys on record, and the lack of rain during a time of year when the weather is usually wet indicates the state is likely headed for a fourth straight year of drought, officials said.

A prolonged drought could portend further economic and environmental setbacks for the nation’s most populous state, which has already lost both crops and jobs to the dry weather.

Jan 31, 2015

Actor Val Kilmer hospitalized in Los Angeles after ‘complication’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actor Val Kilmer, best-known for his roles in “Batman Forever” and “The Doors,” said on Saturday he was at a Los Angeles hospital for observation following what he called a “complication.”

The 55-year-old film and stage star posted to his Facebook page after media reports that he had been rushed to the hospital with a suspected tumor.

Jan 31, 2015

Rap mogul Suge Knight arrested in fatal hit-and-run in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was arrested on suspicion of murder on Friday after police said he ran over two people with a pickup truck at a fast food restaurant in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton, killing one and injuring the other before fleeing.

Knight, the 49-year-old co-founder of Death Row Records, was booked at about 3 a.m. (1100 GMT) and was being held in lieu of $2 million bail, the department said.

Jan 31, 2015

Stanford ex-student denies rape of unconscious woman outside frat

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A member of the Stanford University swim team charged with rape after he was seen on top of a motionless woman outside a fraternity told police she consented to being fondled and they both were drinking, according to an account presented in court.

Freshman Brock Allen Turner, 19, an Ohio native, has been charged with five felonies, including rape, rape of an intoxicated person, rape of an unconscious person and assault.

Jan 30, 2015

Rap mogul Suge Knight arrested for murder in LA after hit-and-run

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was arrested on suspicion of murder on Friday after a man matching his description ran over two people with a pickup truck in a hit-and-run incident near Los Angeles, killing one and injuring the other, police said.

Knight, the 49-year-old co-founder of Death Row Records, was booked at about 3 a.m. local time (1100 GMT) and was being held in lieu of a $2 million bail, the department said.