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Nov 26, 2013

Family of U.S. man detained in North Korea asks for Thanksgiving reunion

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The wife of an 85-year-old American man detained in North Korea appealed to the reclusive Asian nation to free him and allow him to return home to California for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, in a U.S. television interview on Monday.

Merrill Newman, a veteran of the Korean War who had been visiting North Korea as a tourist, has been held since authorities in Pyongyang on October 26 took him off an Air Koryo plane that had been set to depart the country.

Nov 22, 2013

American held in North Korea, a case of mistaken identity?

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.

Nov 21, 2013

U.S. signals North Korea can improve ties by freeing Americans

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.

Nov 19, 2013

Del Monte Fresh Produce agrees to compensate Thai workers – commission

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.

Nov 18, 2013

Dick Cheney defends daughter Liz in gay marriage fight

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(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.”

Nov 13, 2013

Los Angeles school board looks at laptops after troubled iPad rollout

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.

Nov 12, 2013

Paralyzed porn magnate Flynt objects to execution of his confessed attacker

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.

Nov 10, 2013

Los Angeles schools slow rollout of iPads amid security concerns

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.

Nov 8, 2013

Pinkberry co-founder guilty of assault in California tire iron attack

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.

Nov 7, 2013

California high school under fire over ‘Arab’ mascot

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.