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February 15, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
What does a company do when it retrieves government-confiscated building materials? If that company is Gibson Guitar Corp., it makes guitars from it. Late last year, the 120-year-old Nashville music company released a limited series of Les Paul, Explorer, SG and Flying V six-string guitars with fingerboards made from wood that federal agents had seized in factory raids. The company produced 750 instruments for that first batch, which quickly sold out. Responding to continued demand, Gibson this year released about 1,000 more Government Series guitars, which sold out "in minutes," according to Chief Executive Henry Juszkiewicz.  PHOTOS: Daughters of rock stars   "We kept getting calls, and we had wood left over," said Juszkiewicz, 60. Those who still want to get their hands on a Government Series Gibson guitar might have to resort to EBay, though.
February 6, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
Amy Adams is scrolling through pictures on her mobile phone, looking for a selfie she sent fiancé Darren Le Gallo while making "American Hustle. " "There," she says, handing the phone off. On screen is a picture of Adams, without makeup, her eyes as red as her hair. "I sent this to him with the message: 'So this is my day. How's yours going?'" Adams took the shot midway through the 16-hour marathon she spent filming a scene in which her character, Sydney, a steely, sexy con artist, confronts her lover, Irving (Christian Bale)
February 6, 2014 | By David Colker
Clint Eastwood had a "make my day" attitude about Hollywood agents, including his own representative, Leonard Hirshan. "If he didn't return a call, he would have been history!" the screen tough guy said this week. But then Eastwood laughed and said, sadly, "I'm just joking. Lenny always returned a call. " Hirshan was Eastwood's agent for more than 50 years, perhaps a record in Hollywood for a major star. It started when Hirshan was already an established agent with the all-powerful William Morris Agency, where over the years he represented stars such as Jack Lemmon, Angela Lansbury, Walter Matthau and Sophia Loren, and also negotiated film deals for the likes of Elvis Presley.
February 5, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan and Melissa Rohlin
CLEVELAND -- Magic Johnson recently said the Lakers needed a face of the franchise, someone like Jerry West or Phil Jackson , to help sell the brand to free agents during dollar-driven summers. A volunteer stepped forward Wednesday: Johnson. He pledged to do whatever it took to turn the Lakers into a championship team, including recruiting of free agents. "I've done that in the past," Johnson told The Times. "I told [General Manager] Mitch Kupchak that last week.
February 5, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - "I'm hit! I'm hit!" U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry cried into the southern Arizona darkness that night, Dec. 14, 2010. "I can't feel my legs!" The 40-year-old Border Patrol agent, who was less than four years on the job, collapsed and died in the desert brush near Rio Rico. Terry's killing unraveled the Justice Department-sanctioned "Fast and Furious" gun-tracking operation and triggered one of the biggest political controversies of President Obama's first term.
February 3, 2014 | By Anh Do
An immigration officer who demanded that a Vietnamese immigrant pick up hundreds of egg rolls and deliver them for an office party will stand trial later this year on bribery charges. Mai Nhu Nguyen, an Irvine resident, allegedly took thousands of dollars from three applicants seeking citizenship or lawful permanent resident status, authorities contend. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employee was indicted last summer has been ordered to stand trial in June at U.S. District Court in Santa Ana. Authorities arrested Nguyen, 47, last June after she allegedly accepted a $2,200 bribe from an immigrant awaiting citizenship.
February 3, 2014 | By Paul Pringle and Abby Sewell
The FBI spoke with former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis about her role in a 2012 fundraiser for President Obama, but the candidate for Los Angeles County supervisor believes she did nothing wrong and doesn't know if the inquiry is continuing, her campaign consultant said Monday. Steve Barkan, the campaign advisor, said in a statement that Solis had a "cordial" meeting with the FBI in November 2012 - about eight months after the fundraiser at the La Fonda supper club in Los Angeles.
January 30, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before lobbying for later start times for earnings calls. The Skinny: I had to get up at 4:40 a.m. today to listen to Time Warner Cable's earnings call. How about some consideration for the West Coast when scheduling these things? Forgive the typos. I'm groggy. Today's report includes the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences taking away an Oscar nomination, and Gail Berman ending her production partnership with Lloyd Braun. Also, industry big shots remember movie executive Tom Sherak, who died earlier this week.
January 29, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - Syria has delivered less than 5% of its deadliest chemical weapons agents to international authorities a week before a deadline to surrender the entire cache, officials said Wednesday. The government of President Bashar Assad, which is fighting a bitter civil war against insurgent militias, has transferred about 32 tons of the so-called Category 1 chemical agents to the Syrian port of Latakia, where it has been loaded onto ships for destruction at sea. But about 670 tons remain in collection points, and officials say it is unlikely that Syria will meet the Feb. 5 deadline.
January 23, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Ed Hookstratten, a lawyer and agent whose powerful roster of clients made him a force to be reckoned with in the worlds of sports, entertainment and journalism, died Wednesday at his Beverly Hills home of complications related to congestive heart failure. He was 83. Known as a kingmaker, Hookstratten had a client list that included Elvis Presley, Johnny Carson, Tom Brokaw, Marcus Allen, Pat Riley and Vin Scully. He was also general counsel of the Los Angeles Rams, holding tremendous sway over the franchise for several years as well as several other National Football League teams because he represented many top head coaches, including George Allen.
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