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Apr 10, 2015

Smithsonian sending Hawaiian shipwreck artifacts to Kauai for display

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Artifacts recovered from an 1824 shipwreck of a Hawaiian king’s yacht will soon go on display at a museum on the island of Kauai.

The Smithsonian Institution in Washington is moving to the Kauai Museum some 1,250 lots of artifacts from the shipwreck which experts say open a window into cultural change in the archipelago from its period of westernization.

Apr 9, 2015

Los Angeles closes 500 medical marijuana shops, but hundreds remain

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Authorities in Los Angeles have shuttered 500 medical marijuana dispensaries since residents voted two years ago to cap the number of pot shops in the city at about 130, officials said on Thursday.

City Attorney Mike Feuer told reporters hundreds of the illegal businesses still operate, highlighting the challenges of reining in the dispensaries in Los Angeles, which is widely believed to have more pot shops than any U.S. metropolis.

Apr 8, 2015

Trio who fled after robbing L.A. store sent to prison for decades

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A man who raped a worker during an armed invasion of a Nordstrom Rack store in Los Angeles two years ago was sentenced on Wednesday to 193 years behind bars, while his two accomplices in the robbery were sent to prison for decades.

The January 2013 incident at a shopping center drew widespread attention after the three robbers forced employees of the clothing store to strip to their underwear, and then escaped before police could surround the business.

Apr 8, 2015

Rap mogul Suge Knight fires his lawyer in California robbery case

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight on Wednesday fired his attorney in a robbery case at a hearing in Los Angeles, and also complained to a judge about being taken to court in a wheelchair.

The Death Row Records founder, 49, is accused of stealing a camera in an altercation with a celebrity photographer in southern California.

Mar 21, 2015

Korean-Americans yearn for family in N.Korea after 60 years apart

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – When 82-year-old Tae Young Kim thinks about the happiest days of his childhood in Korea, he recalls spinning tops on the floor and going sledding with his younger brother.

Those are some of the few precious memories Kim has of his family before the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950 separated him, at age 17, from his two brothers and three sisters.

Mar 20, 2015

Los Angeles diner famed for ‘Googie’ architecture recommended for conservation

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A west Los Angeles diner that is celebrated as a classic example of mid-20th century Space Age-style Googie architecture has been mentioned on a record by singer Tom Waits and depicted with fiery streaks of orange by painter Edward Ruscha.

The 1956 Norms restaurant location received another mark of distinction on Thursday when the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission voted 5-0 to recommend designating it as a cultural monument to be preserved, officials said.

Mar 19, 2015

Some California winemakers accused of letting arsenic into products

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – About 30 makers of low-priced
California wines including popular brands Charles Shaw and
Sutter Home allow unacceptable levels of arsenic in their
products, private attorneys said in a proposed class action
filed in Los Angeles on Thursday.

The legal action represents a challenge to a segment of the
industry that produces wines that consumers can buy for less
than $10 a bottle, or in the case of Charles Shaw the so-called
Two-Buck Chuck product that retailer Trader Joe’s has
popularized at $2.

Mar 14, 2015

Teen turns herself in over attack video at McDonald’s in New York

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – New York police took into custody one more teenage girl on Saturday in connection with the beating and robbery of a young woman at a McDonald’s restaurant in Brooklyn that was captured on video and went viral, leaving one suspect still at large, a police spokeswoman said.

A 16-year-old girl turned herself into New York police, but because she has not yet been formally charged her name was not been released, a New York Police Department spokeswoman said.

Mar 14, 2015

Ten L.A. high school students arrested in sexual assaults

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police arrested 10 teenagers from a Los Angeles high school on Friday in connection with sexual assaults and unlawful sex acts against two fellow students, and investigators were seeking four more youths as suspects, authorities said.

Police said the case came to their attention when administrators at Venice High School, a campus in a relatively affluent community near the beach in the west of the city, reported a suspected sexual assault to detectives on Tuesday evening.

Mar 13, 2015

Japanese warship broke up as it sank near Philippines, researchers say

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Some of the first video taken of the sunken Japanese battleship Musashi, newly discovered by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s exploration team, reveals that the vessel broke apart before coming to rest on the sea floor near the Philippines in 1944, researchers said on Friday.

Footage of the wreck was shot this week by a remotely operated underwater vehicle exploring what remains of the World War Two battleship, one of the largest ever built, at the bottom of the Sibuyan Sea.