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July 15, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed limiting how much arsenic can be in apple juice sold to Americans. The agency is acting in the wake of a Consumer Reports analysis on levels of the potentially poisonous metal in the popular fruit drink.  The FDA stressed  that it is confident that apple juice is safe to drink, but it nonetheless said it would limit arsenic levels in apple juice to 10 parts per billion -- the same level set...
July 9, 2013 | By Meg James, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
Hoping that the best years are not in the rear-view mirror for its Acura luxury line, American Honda Motor Co. is shifting into high gear for the introduction of its redesigned 2014 MDX sport utility vehicle. The U.S. sales arm of the Japanese automaker typically has kept a low advertising profile for Acura. But that's about to change. This week, American Honda in Torrance plans to roll out its largest-ever national advertising campaign for an Acura model, a marketing push that also is being closely watched in the Los Angeles advertising industry.
July 3, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Antonio Lopez Chaj's skull looks a pie chart with a quarter missing. He cannot speak, needs help to walk and needs 24-hour care after being severely beaten by a security guard in a Los Angeles bar three years ago, his attorneys say. After hearing evidence about the horrific April 2010 attack, a Torrance jury awarded the 43-year-old immigrant painter nearly $58 million in economic and medical losses. The Los Angeles resident's injuries were so severe that doctors had to remove a portion of his brain and skull.
May 8, 2013 | By Tony Perry
The lead singer and co-founder of the heavy metal band As I Lay Dying is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on charges he tried to hire a man to kill his estranged wife, San Diego County sheriff's records show. Tim Lambesis, 32, of Carlsbad was arrested without incident Tuesday in Oceanside while shopping. He is accused of attempting to find someone to kill his estranged wife, who lives in Encinitas. Lambesis had tried to hire an undercover sheriff's detective for the murder, authorities said.
May 7, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The lead singer and co-founder of the heavy metal band As I Lay Dying was arrested Tuesday in Oceanside on suspicion of trying to hire a hit man to kill his estranged wife, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.   Tim Lambesis, 32, a resident of Carlsbad, was arrested without incident while shopping. He is accused of attempting to find someone to kill his estranged wife, who lives in Encinitas.   Lambesis, a guitarist and member of the group since it formed in 2000, was booked into the Vista jail on suspicion of soliciting a murder.
May 5, 2013
Jeff Hanneman Founding member of metal band Slayer Jeff Hanneman, 49, a guitarist and founding member of the thrash metal band Slayer whose career was irrevocably changed after a spider bite, died Thursday of liver failure at a Los Angeles hospital, according to spokeswoman Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald. Hanneman was born Jan. 31, 1964, in Oakland and co-founded the speed metal pioneers in Huntington Park in the early 1980s. He and Kerry King played screaming guitars, vocalist Tom Araya played bass and Dave Lombardo played drums (Paul Bostaph later replaced Lombardo)
May 2, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
The quest for lusher, ruby-red lips may be exposing women to dangerous metals, including cadmium, a highly toxic element linked with renal failure, a UC Berkeley study suggests. Researchers found trace amounts of nine metals, some benign, some potentially dangerous, in 32 lipsticks and glosses used by Asian women in Oakland. None exceeded current public health exposure standards. But users of such cosmetics could be getting as much as a fifth of their acceptable daily dose of some of the metals, including cadmium, from applying the products to their lips more than twice a day, according to the study, published Thursday in the review Environmental Health Perspectives.
April 16, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali, Joe Tanfani and Richard A. Serrano, Times Staff Writers
BOSTON - The bombs that tore past the finish line of the Boston Marathon were probably made with simple kitchen pressure cookers packed with metal pellets and nails and hidden in black nylon bags, investigators said Tuesday. FBI lead investigator Rick DesLauriers said fragments from a pressure cooker and pieces of black nylon were discovered near one of the bomb sites. Physicians said they had extracted from the wounded large numbers of pellets and carpenters' nails, common shrapnel components in the elementary bombs widely used in Afghanistan and Pakistan - and also discovered in at least two previous attempted terrorist attacks in the United States.
March 11, 2013 | By David Ng
Ai Weiwei isn't able to leave Beijing because of his ongoing legal battles with the Chinese government, but the world comes to him. The artist is keeping busy with projects that include a planned heavy-metal album and a new movie. Ai's debut album will be released in about three weeks, according to a report from  Reuters. The album is expected to be titled "Divina Commedia," after the epic poem by the Italian poet Dante. The title is also a pun on the artist's  nickname "Ai God. " (In China, the word for God is similar to the Chinese for "Divine Comedy.
March 8, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
A Los Angeles jury Friday ordered healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson to pay $8 million in damages to a retired prison guard who said he was injured by the company's defective artificial hip. But in a victory for the company, the 12-member jury declined to levy any punitive damages, despite being told by the guard's lawyer that J&J's behavior warranted up to $179 million. This marks the first verdict in more than 8,000 similar suits filed against the world's biggest medical-products maker over this all-metal hip introduced in 2005 by DePuy, the orthopedic division of J&J. In this case, Loren Kransky, a 65-year-old former prison guard in Montana, claimed that he suffered metal poisoning and other health problems from the company's ASR XL hip implant he received in 2007.
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