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Sep 13, 2012

Actress says was duped, as anti-Islam film details emerge

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The origins of a crudely made anti-Muslim movie that sparked violent protests in Egypt and Libya began to slowly emerge on Wednesday, with an actress in the California production saying she was duped and was unaware it was about the Prophet Mohammad.

Cindy Lee Garcia of Bakersfield, California, who appears briefly in clips of the film posted online, said she answered a casting call last year to appear in a movie titled “Desert Warrior.”

Sep 11, 2012

AEG dropping insurance claim over Michael Jackson death

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Michael Jackson’s former concert promoter AEG Live is withdrawing a $17.5 million insurance claim in the 2009 death of the pop star amid revelations in leaked emails that show company executives were concerned about his stability ahead of his planned London comeback tour.

Attorneys involved in the case denied on Tuesday that AEG Live’s move was related to the publication of the leaked emails by the Los Angeles Times on September 2.

Sep 8, 2012

David Spade looks to life beyond ‘Rules of Engagement’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Comedian David Spade, wearing a sleek gray suit, slinks along the set of “Rules of Engagement,” past his character’s executive office and the greasy diner where he trades sarcastic one-liners with the rest of the cast.

Soon, the jokes will likely end.

A new season of the comedy starts on Monday on local television stations. But Spade said he expects this seventh season of the show to last 13 episodes – rather than the usual slate of 22 – and bring the series to an end.

Sep 8, 2012

Ex-DEA heads urge Holder oppose marijuana ballots

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Nine former heads of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration urged Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday to take a stand against possible legalization of recreational marijuana in three western states, saying silence would convey acceptance.

The former officials said in a letter sent on Friday that legalization would pose a direct conflict with federal law, indicating there would be a clash between the states and the federal government on the issue.

Sep 7, 2012

Former DEA heads urge Holder to speak out against pot ballots

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Nine former heads of the Drug Enforcement Administration urged Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday to take a stand against possible legalization of recreational marijuana in three western states, saying silence would convey acceptance.

The nine former officials, illustrating a likely clash between the states and the federal government if marijuana use was allowed for fun, said in a letter dated Friday that legalization would pose a direct conflict with federal law.

Jul 28, 2012

FBI says it may probe Anaheim police following shootings

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – The FBI said on Friday it will consider investigating police in the city of Anaheim, following several high profile shootings by officers that have led to protests and civil unrest in the southern California city.

The announcement came the same day Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait said he had met with representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI. Tait has publicly called for a federal review of an officer’s fatal shooting of an unarmed, suspected gang member.

Jul 24, 2012

Anaheim mayor calls for review of police shootings

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – The mayor of Anaheim called on Monday for a state and federal review of a police officer’s fatal shooting of an apparently unarmed man, an incident that sparked angry demonstrations in the Southern California city over the weekend.

After Saturday’s shooting, a crowd of about 100 people gathered near the scene that evening and angrily confronted police. Officers fired pepper spray and a police dog attacked at least one person. Police say the dog got loose by accident.

Jul 21, 2012

Former U.S. Olympians have no regrets over 1968 protest

PALM SPRINGS, California (Reuters) – Forty-four years after American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos electrified the Mexico City Olympics with their heads-bowed, arms-raised civil rights protest, they have no regrets about their controversial gesture.

They were rebuked as unpatriotic and for using the Olympic platform to make a political statement, but both men say their stand was for human rights.

Jul 21, 2012

Olympics-Former U.S. Olympians have no regrets over 1968 protest

PALM SPRINGS, California, July 21 (Reuters) – Forty-four
years after American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos
electrified the Mexico City Olympics with their heads-bowed,
arms-raised civil rights protest, they have no regrets about
their controversial gesture.

They were rebuked as unpatriotic and for using the Olympic
platform to make a political statement, but both men say their
stand was for human rights.

Jul 19, 2012

Los Angeles opens newly planted park trampled in Occupy protest

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police opened the gates to a revived Los Angeles City Hall Park Center on Thursday for the first time since November when a tent city of Occupy demonstrators turned it into a sandlot before they were evicted.

But sign-waving protesters were barred from the $1 million project while local politicians and city workers held a press conference in the park.