November 13, 2013 |
Scotland Yard on Wednesday reversed a coroner's finding of foul play in the 2010 death of British spy Gareth Williams, concluding that an accident was likely responsible for the death of the code-breaker whose naked, decomposing body was found stuffed inside a zipped and padlocked gym bag. London Metropolitan Police investigators had undertaken a review of evidence in the case 16 months ago, after initial restrictions on homicide detectives' access...
October 30, 2013
Re "Boy who killed neo-Nazi dad poses challenge," Oct. 26 Of course there's conflict and confusion about what to do with the Riverside County boy who killed his neo-Nazi father. The process has been flawed from the beginning. Only 10 years old when he acted, his lawyers say the boy had been abused by a father consumed with vitriolic hatred. Child Protective Services had contact with the boy or his family 23 times yet failed to intervene effectively. As a psychologist contracted by the boy's attorney's testified, "You could have predicted" the shooting.
October 30, 2013 |
Attica Locke has been named the winner of the 2013 Ernest J. Gaines Award. The award for literary excellence is given to an emerging African American author and comes with a prize of $10,000. Locke , an L.A.-based writer, won the prize for her 2012 novel "The Cutting Season," which was published by Dennis Lehane's imprint. That and her debut, "Black Water Rising" (2009), are both literary thrillers that have hit bestseller lists as well as garnering critical acclaim. She has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize and was an L.A. Times Book Prize finalist.
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October 26, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown has decided to allow freedom for a woman whose punishment for killing her pimp became a call to arms against the practice of locking up juveniles for life. Sara Kruzan, 35, was incarcerated at 16 after she killed the man she contended had groomed her since age 11 to work for him as a child prostitute. She was sentenced to life without parole for her crime, and her case became a high-profile example used by lawmakers and advocates for juvenile offenders seeking to soften such harsh sentences.
October 23, 2013 |
Hit the brakes! Former "Smash" actress Katharine McPhee has been caught locking lips with someone who appears to be former "Smash" director Michael Morris. In public and in daylight, no less. Photos obtained by TMZ definitely show something going on. And why is that a big deal? Well, McPhee and Morris are both married to other people -- though TMZ sources say McPhee, 29, and her husband have been separated for six months and are living apart. No word yet on Morris and wife Mary McCormack's relationship status.
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October 22, 2013
Noel Harrison British singer-actor and skier Noel Harrison, 79, the British actor-singer best known for his recording of the Academy Award-winning ballad "The Windmills of Your Mind" from the 1968 film "The Thomas Crown Affair" and for his role as secret agent Mark Slate in the 1960s TV series "The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.," has died in England. Harrison suffered a heart attack after a performance Saturday in Devon and died at a hospital, his wife, Lori Chapman, told British media Tuesday.
September 30, 2013 |
Among the many questions about the Lakers' lineup: Who's going to play power forward? Pau Gasol will take over at center, leaving a gap down low that might be filled by Jordan Hill . Might. The eighth pick in the 2009 draft worked on his outside shot during the off-season but hasn't necessarily held off several other candidates, Coach Mike D'Antoni said. None of them are perfect fits, including Hill, for decidedly different reasons. Chris Kaman has played center his entire career, though D'Antoni didn't rule out starting him at power forward on opening night.
September 28, 2013 |
We all expect our skin to change with the decades. But who knew that time takes a toll on our tresses in much the same way? While some changes are inevitable, some are the result of the insults we hurl at our hair every day: coloring, curling, straightening, taut ponytails. Want to make the most of what you've got? A few tips: -- The 20s Your crowning glory This is as good as it gets: The 100,000-150,000 strands that cover your scalp are the healthiest they'll ever be. "Most damage at this age comes from experimentation with color and using too much heat," says Rona O'Connor, a Beverly Hills-based stylist who tends to the lush locks of celebrities, including Blake Lively and Brooke Shields.
September 27, 2013 |
ARLINGTON, Texas - The plot thickened in the American League wild-card race Friday night, as the Texas Rangers beat the Angels, 5-3, to move to within one game of Tampa Bay and Cleveland for the final two playoff spots with two games remaining. Run-scoring singles by Alex Rios and A.J. Pierzynski snapped a 3-3 tie in the seventh, and relievers Jason Frasor, Neal Cotts, Tanner Scheppers and Joe Nathan retired the final 11 batters, assuring that the Angels (78-82) will finish with their first losing record since 2010 and only their second losing mark in 10 years.
September 25, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- A gunman walked into a lighting company Wednesday and shot two workers, one fatally, before fleeing and prompting the lockdown of a massive shopping mall, schools, and some highway exits east of New York City as police searched for the shooter. Nassau Police Chief Steven Skrynecki said at a news briefing the suspected shooter was believed to be a “disgruntled ex-vendor” of Savenergy Inc., who had shot the company's owner and an employee. He did not say which of the victims had died.