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.
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.
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.
(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.
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
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.
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.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Palestinian filmmaker on his way to the Academy Awards said on Wednesday he was held at Los Angeles International Airport and threatened with deportation before being allowed into the United States.
Emad Burnat, whose “5 Broken Cameras” is competing for an Oscar in the Best Documentary Feature category, said U.S. immigration officials took him, his wife and 8-year-old son aside when they arrived in Los Angeles from Turkey on Tuesday evening.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – When Los Angeles Police Sergeant Emada Tingirides first got a call from her husband telling her something was wrong, what struck her most was the fear she heard over the phone.
She soon learned her husband, Captain Phillip Tingirides of the Los Angeles Police Department, and their family were named as enemy targets in a manifesto that former policeman Christopher Dorner, 33, posted to Facebook.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Keiko Fukuda, the Japanese-born granddaughter of a samurai who learned judo from its founder and became the highest-ranked woman in the martial art, has died at age 99 in San Francisco, her friend and caregiver said on Saturday.
Fukuda passed away of natural causes at her home on February 9, said Shelley Fernandez, 82, who lived with Fukuda, helped her run the Soko Joshi Judo Club for women in San Francisco and referred to the woman as her adopted older sister.