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March 28, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
A 57-year-old Lake Forest City Council member has pleaded no contest to driving under the influence of alcohol after he was spotted driving on the wrong side of the road, authorities said. Peter Alan Herzog pleaded to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence after he was suspected of driving with a blood alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit. On Nov. 17 around 8:15 p.m., Herzog made a left turn from Portola Parkway onto Lake Forest Drive onto the wrong side of the road, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.
November 7, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
WASHINGTON -- In a race seen as a test of the strength for the tea party movement, Democrat Patrick Murphy appeared poised to defeat freshman Rep. Allen West, a top tea party figure, in Florida's 18th Congressional District. The race was one of the tightest House contests in the country, with Murphy receiving 50.4% of the vote to West's 49.6%. With all precincts reporting by Wednesday morning, Murphy's .8-point lead was greater than the .5-point margin that would trigger a recount, but West had not conceded.
January 31, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
Newt Gingrich, facing a double-digit loss to rival Mitt Romney that some predict will doom his presidential bid, sought to turn the results of Tuesday's critical Florida primary into a victory, arguing that the contest is now defined as between himself and the former Massachusetts governor. "Florida did something very important coming on top of South Carolina. It is now clear this will be a two-person race between the conservative leader Newt Gingrich and the Massachusetts moderate," Gingrich told a few hundred people in a half-empty ballroom here.
August 29, 2012 | By David Ng
Plácido Domingo will create his 140th operatic role when he debuts next month in Verdi's "The Two Foscari" at Los Angeles Opera. To note the occasion, the company is hosting a Twitter contest in which it will give away a performance package that includes two orchestra tickets. L.A. Opera is asking contestants to tweet a description of an operatic character that Domingo has played using 140 characters or less. Entries must include the hashtag #PD140.   The winning contestant, decided by L.A. Opera, will win two orchestra tickets for opening night, a pair of backstage passes to meet the cast and a pair of tickets for the opening-night party.
December 13, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
A mother who got into a fight with two special education teachers at a Los Angeles middle school was sentenced Friday to 180 days in jail, authorities said. Kiki Lolita Fowler, 34, pleaded no contest to one count of battery on a school employee in the March incident at John Muir Middle School. She will serve 180 days in jail, serve three years of formal probation and one year of anger management sessions. As part of her probation, the court ordered Fowler to stay away from both teachers and the South L.A. school grounds.
January 21, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Think you can guess the winners of all 67 games in this spring's NCAA men's basketball championship tournament? Warren Buffett is betting a fortune that you can't. The Omaha investing guru is insuring a Quicken Loans promotion that will award $1 billion (yes, with a B) to anyone who can correctly guess the winners of every game of this spring's NCAA men's basketball championship tournament. PHOTOS: Top 10 Southern California companies Detroit-based Quicken, the nation's fourth-largest mortgage lender, and Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway will pay the prize in 40 annual installments of $25 million.
November 26, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
A Florida man who collapsed after winning a bug-eating contest accidentally choked to death on the cockroaches he gobbled down, the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office announced Monday. Edward Archbold, 32, of West Palm Beach won the eating contest at the Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach on Oct. 6. He then began to retch violently and collapsed, raising questions about how he died and whether he had been poisoned by what he had eaten. In a posting on its website, the medical examiner's office said the death was accidental and ruled out poisoning.
June 18, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
SHANGHAI - When you're competing for a role in a Hollywood blockbuster against 70,000 other people, the gloves have to come off. Or in Ludi Lin's case, on. Given the chance for some major media exposure at the Shanghai International Film Festival, the muscular 28-year-old fledgling actor didn't hesitate. He donned a gray tank top, a jaunty charcoal vest - and a matching pair of stretchy, long fingerless gloves that stopped halfway between his elbow and his armpit. Left bare: just his rounded deltoids and bulging biceps and triceps.
August 28, 2011 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
In yet another sign of hard times, officials are looking to a contest sponsored by Coca-Cola for funds to keep a popular coastal park open. Without $500,000 to replace an aging sewer line, McGrath State Beach, a camping spot just down the coast from Ventura Harbor, will shut down after Labor Day . With less than two weeks left and no check in hand, local and state officials on Friday urged people to head for ...
January 8, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A retired Los Angeles County Fire Department captain pleaded no contest to child sex abuse charges, authorities said Wednesday evening. E dward John Cervantes, 62, of Whittier, was charged with committing a lewd act upon a child and continuous sexual abuse, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said. He entered his plea during an arraignment Wednesday at the Pomona courthouse. Cervantes was arrested Sept. 19 after the victim told authorities she had been repeatedly molested when she was in the fifth and sixth grades.
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