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Mar 18, 2013

‘The Bible’ producers dismiss resemblance between devil character and Obama

LOS ANGELES, March 18 (Reuters) – The popular U.S. TV
miniseries “The Bible” has plunged into controversy over what
some viewers see as a physical resemblance between an actor
playing Satan and President Barack Obama, but producers on
Monday dismissed any likeness as coincidental.

The controversy began after the History Channel aired the
latest episode of the popular series on Sunday evening, with
Moroccan actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni playing the part of the
devil.

Mar 17, 2013

Two killed in race car crash in northern California

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A race car struck and killed a teenage boy and a man at a northern California speedway during warm-up laps on Saturday, and authorities are investigating what led to the fatal mishap, a sheriff’s official said.

The 14-year-old boy and 68-year-old man were standing in the maintenance pit area alongside the dirt track of a sprint-car race at Marysville Raceway Park, about 100 miles northeast of San Francisco, said Yuba County Sheriff’s Captain Ron Johnson.

Mar 16, 2013

Singer Morrissey cancels rest of U.S. tour due to health problems

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – British singer Morrissey has canceled the remainder of his U.S. tour for medical reasons, after suffering a number of ailments in recent months including a bleeding ulcer and double pneumonia, his spokeswoman said.

The former front man for the alternative rock band The Smiths has pulled out of the last 22 concerts on his itinerary, starting with one scheduled for Monday in Lawrence, Kansas, his publicist, Lauren Papapietro, said late on Friday.

Mar 14, 2013

Shark brought to Los Angeles for Kmart commercial dies

LOS ANGELES, March 14 (Reuters) – A white tip shark shipped
from New York and placed into an outdoor pool for a Kmart
commercial in Los Angeles died after showing signs of distress,
an official from the animal welfare group that monitored the
production said on Thursday.

The American Humane Association (AHA), which certifies film
and TV productions with animals, had a representative at the
scene of the shoot on March 6 and it says everything possible
was done to ensure the 5-foot (1.5 meter) shark’s safety.

Mar 11, 2013

California judge vacates Max Factor heir’s 124-year prison term

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California judge threw out a 124-year prison term handed down a decade ago to an heir to the Max Factor fortune for raping three women and related crimes, ruling on Monday that the original sentencing had been improper.

But the judge declined to give 49-year-old Andrew Luster a new trial. Luster was convicted in 2003 in absentia of 86 counts including rape of an intoxicated person, rape of an unconscious person and sexual battery. He fled to Mexico during the trial.

Mar 5, 2013

Los Angeles mayoral candidates square off in primary

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles voters head to the polls on Tuesday in a primary election to choose a new mayor, with the top candidates trumpeting the need to reduce business taxes to grow the economy.

The non-partisan primary election in the mostly liberal southern California city is expected to end with the top two contenders advancing to a May runoff vote, because no candidate is likely to secure a majority of the electorate.

Mar 4, 2013

Court backs block on Arizona law aimed at day laborers

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday on the side of day laborers seeking work in Arizona, upholding an injunction that bars the state from enforcing part of its immigration law that prohibits motorists from stopping traffic to pick up workers.

In the unanimous ruling, a three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found the state law, by criminalizing certain interactions between drivers and day laborers, went too far in restricting commercial free speech rights.

Mar 4, 2013

U.S. court backs block on Arizona law aimed at day laborers

March 4 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday on
the side of day laborers seeking work in Arizona, upholding an
injunction that bars the state from enforcing part of its
immigration law that prohibits motorists from stopping traffic
to pick up workers.

In the unanimous ruling, a three-judge panel of the San
Francisco-based U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found the
state law, by criminalizing certain interactions between drivers
and day laborers, went too far in restricting commercial free
speech rights.

Mar 2, 2013

Candidates for mayor of Los Angeles take aim at business taxes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Leading candidates for mayor of Los Angeles are trumpeting the need to reduce business taxes to grow the city’s economy, even as the nation’s second-largest metropolis scrounges for new revenue to plug a budget hole set to top $1 billion over the next four years.

A non-partisan primary will be held on Tuesday, and if no candidate secures a majority, the top two will advance to a May runoff to decide who will replace Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. One of the nation’s most high-profile Latino politicians, Villaraigosa has held the office for eight years and cannot run for re-election due to term limits.

Feb 27, 2013

Lawsuit accuses Anheuser-Busch of watering down beers

LOS ANGELES, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Beer consumers have filed a
proposed class-action lawsuit accusing Anheuser-Busch InBev
of watering down so-called “King of Beers” Budweiser
and other alcoholic beverages to boost profits, attorneys for
the plaintiffs said on Tuesday.

The lead lawsuit, which the company dismissed as groundless,
says the alcohol content is mislabeled on the brands Budweiser,
Michelob, Michelob Ultra, Hurricane High Gravity Lager, King
Cobra, Busch Ice, Natural Ice, Bud Ice, Bud Light Platinum and
Bud Light Lime.