November 21, 2013 |
It's a story so incredible, if it weren't true you wouldn't believe it. An unmarried young woman in Ireland gave birth to a boy in 1952. Sent to have the baby in a convent home, she remained there until her son Anthony was given away against her will at 3 years old, adopted by an American family. She would spend some 50 years with no idea what became of him, while keeping her secret from the family she would start in England. The new film "Philomena," opening Friday in Los Angeles, is based on Martin Sixsmith's 2009 book, "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee. " Starring Steve Coogan as Sixsmith and Judi Dench as Lee, it was written by Coogan and Jeff Pope and directed by Stephen Frears.
November 20, 2013 |
The board of the Museum of Contemporary Art on Wednesday appointed Maria Seferian, counsel to the museum since 2008, as interim director. In addition, the co-chairs of the board of trustees, TV writer and producer Maria Arena Bell and lawyer-producer David Johnson, will step down at the end of the year. Seferian, a partner in the law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson, has been involved with the museum for about five years, she said. Over the last year - a tumultuous time at the museum, with financial difficulties and former director Jeffrey Deitch's departure in September - she has worked on its fundraising campaign and the search for a new director.
November 19, 2013 |
DALLAS - Back in 1963, Dallas Sheriff's Deputy Eugene Boone rushed to the scene of the shooting of President John F. Kennedy. As the 50th anniversary of the assassination approaches, Boone, 75 and living in Abilene, Texas, shared memories of that day, including how he happened to know Jack Ruby. He also described two searches - one of a rail yard, the other of the Texas School Book Depository, where he found the rifle used by Lee Harvey Oswald. On Wednesday, Boone will participate in a panel discussion of assassination witnesses at the Sixth Floor Museum, located in the former book depository.
November 18, 2013 |
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said the company is actively removing links to suspected child porn. In an open letter published by the Daily Mail , Schmidt said a team of 200 Google staffers have been working with a new technology to prevent links to child porn from appearing on the company's search engine. "While no algorithm is perfect - and Google cannot prevent paedophiles adding new images to the web - these changes have cleaned up the results for over 100,000 queries that might be related to the sexual abuse of kids," Schmidt said.
November 15, 2013 |
Nearly 24 hours after he fell from a plane 2,000 feet in the air , rescue teams continued to search for a Key Biscayne man's body in the waters off the Florida coast Friday morning. Police identified him as Gerardo Nales, 42, who lives in the island town of the Miami coast. The Miami-Dade Police Department Homicide Bureau is investigating an incident in which a pilot reported that a man had opened the door of his small plane and fallen out around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. "I t was reported that a passenger on board jumped off or fell from the airplane while flying a couple miles offshore," said police Det. Javier Baez in a statement given to the Los Angeles Times.
November 15, 2013 |
Seven years ago, the Supreme Court rightly ruled that police couldn't conduct a warrantless search of a home shared by two people if one of the residents was present and objected. This week, the justices heard arguments in a case from California that threatens to make that decision a dead letter. The court should reject the argument that police can get around a resident's objection to a warrantless search by arresting him and then seeking permission from his spouse or roommate. That's what occurred in 2009 when police tracked a suspect in a robbery to a Los Angeles apartment.
November 14, 2013 |
Ocean rescue teams are searching for a man who fell out of a plane 2,000 feet in the air off the Florida coast Thursday afternoon. A pilot reported about 1:30 p.m. that the door of his Piper PA-46 Malibu aircraft was ajar and that somebody had fallen out, Coast Guard 7th District Public Affairs Spc. Mark Barney told the Los Angeles Times. The plane typically holds about five people, but the communications director for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, Greg Chin, told The Times that the man was the only passenger.
November 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- A 2009 police search of a Los Angeles gang member's home will be examined Wednesday by the Supreme Court in a case that could further define Americans' 4th Amendment protections. The case of Walter Fernandez vs. California is the latest requiring the court to determine when police may enter and look around a home without a search warrant. At issue is whether a consent to search provided by one resident of a private home is enough to override an objection from a spouse or roommate, if the objecting party is not present.
November 13, 2013 |
TUCSON - The mother calling from the Mexican state of Chihuahua hadn't heard from her son for days and she feared the worst. Her voice cracked. She spoke quickly. She told the young man on the other end of the phone that she needed help. In Tucson, a meticulously coiffed young operator wearing a dark tie responded calmly in Spanish. "When was the last time you spoke with him?" he asked. They last talked, she said, right before her 23-year-old son embarked on an illicit journey into the United States, trudging through the Arizona desert.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2013 |
Deputies detained three juveniles on the Metro Blue Line on Tuesday evening after receiving a report that they were armed with guns, law enforcement authorities said. The three were detained at the Willow Station while deputies searched the train, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The search temporarily delayed Blue Line service, Metro said. The deputies were assisted by Long Beach police as they searched the train with their guns drawn. No weapons were found and the three teens were released, said Lt. Barry Shapiro of the Sheriff's Department's transit unit, which patrols the train lines.