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November 19, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
A former Lancaster apprentice embalmer charged with taking gold crowns from human remains pleaded no contest Tuesday and was sentenced to seven years in state prison. Pete Jacob Lara, 39, pleaded to seven felony counts -- one count each of possession of methamphetamine and removal or possession of dental gold from human remains, and five counts of commercial burglary, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. He will serve his term in local custody and was ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution to the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides services to veterans wounded in combat.
July 24, 2012 | By Bill Plaschke
The song suddenly cut through the steamy humidity of London's Olympic Park on Tuesday like a familiar breeze. Somebody inside Olympic Stadium was singing "Hey, Jude. " Touring the park with the Chicago Tribune's Phil Hersh on Tuesday, I stopped outside the gigantic venue and openly wondered. Why would the Olympic folks be blaring the most iconic Beatles song in the middle of a weekday afternoon? Or was some cover band actually in the stadium singing it? We walked up to an Olympic worker and asked, "Where is that song coming from?"
July 31, 2013 | By Janet Stobart, This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details.
LONDON -- The Bank of England facilitated the transfer of Nazi-plundered gold from Czechoslovakia to the German central bank in the run-up to World War II, according to documents published online. Extracted from an unpublished history of the Bank of England written in the 1950s and posted on the bank's website for the first time Tuesday, the faded, type-written pages explain its role in the Swiss-based Bank of International Settlements, which authorized international transactions at the time.
September 20, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien and Andrea Chang
Apple's most hard-core fans were out in force at stores around Los Angeles and the Bay Area on Thursday night, hours before the iPhone 5s and 5c were scheduled to go on sale at 8 a.m. Friday. About 55 people were waiting outside the Apple store on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica by 10:30 p.m., with the first arriving at 2:30 p.m. Photos: Top 11 hidden, cool features in Apple's iOS 7 Friday marks the first day customers can buy the new high-end iPhone 5s, which features a new fingerprint scanner, an upgraded camera and a much faster processor.
August 11, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON---OK, what are U.S. Olympic swim star Ryan Lochte and Star Trek icon Patrick Stewart doing in a video together? It is strangely bizarre --- well, isn't that the point? -- yet it works. The good folks from "Funny or Die" put this sketch together , starring Stewart, front and center, as a grubby-faced con artist specializing in Olympic ticket scalping. Stewart: "This year I've got a plan to put me in the scalping history books. " Lochte appears, later, as the "victim," and incredibly, gets through his star turn and doesn't utter his favorite word, "Jeah!"
July 28, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Life isn't going to be the same for 12--year-old Justin Campbell, a pitcher from Simi Valley who led the USA 12U national basebal team to an 8-1 win over Chinese Taipei on Sunday in the gold medal game of the International Baseball Federation World Cup before a near capacity crowd of 10,500 in Taipei City. He was named to the all-tournament team as the best starting pitcher after going 2-0 in the tournament with one save. He pitched 5 2/3 innings on Sunday, allowing one run on six hits while striking out four.
August 8, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON -- The serve of April Ross kept on going and going, landing long on match point. Kerri Walsh Jennings watched it hit the sand and thrust her arms in the air, child-like delight on her face on this electric night. Three-peat achieved. The enduring duo of Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor won gold for the third time, beating Ross and Jennifer Kessy, 21-16, 21-16, in the London Olympics women's beach volleyball final Wednesday. It was an all-American meeting, a volleyball finale that could have been played in Huntington Beach or Manhattan Beach, not London.
September 27, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
When buying items on EBay, be careful how you type. A typing mistake caused a user to bid $10,100 for a gold iPhone 5s earlier this week -- more than 50 times the item's regular price of $200 with a two-year contract -- and got the person worldwide attention. But while the gadget is listed as sold on EBay, the item's seller said Friday that he has canceled the transaction at the request of the buyer, who apparently typed in one too many zeroes when bidding for the popular smartphone.
April 5, 2010 | By Richard Burnett
At least one-third of Kimberly Sterling's clients have sought advice in the last year about investing in gold. The Orlando financial planner has successfully discouraged all but one from doing so. That one investor insisted on having some gold in his portfolio, she said, despite her warnings. Eventually she referred him to a gold-commodities exchange-traded fund that has done well during the metal's decade-long run-up in price. But her firm, Resource Consulting Group, still wouldn't buy in. "Our bottom line is this: Gold is a bubble now, and it is too late to get in," she said recently.
October 10, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
M23 rebels in the lawless eastern reaches of the Democratic Republic of Congo have built alliances with local gangs to gain control of lucrative gold mines and smuggle out $500 million a year of the precious metal to finance their brutal attacks, a Washington-based human rights group reported Thursday. Despite M23 leader Bosco Ntaganda's surrender to war crimes investigators in The Hague this year, his co-commander has succeeded in reviving a brisk trade in "conflict minerals," according to the report by Enough, which bills its mission as ending genocide and crimes against humanity.
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