October 23, 2013 |
Former KPMG auditing partner Scott London should spend three years in prison on his insider-trading conviction for selling secret information about the accounting firm's clients to a stock-trading friend, the federal probation office in Los Angeles recommended. The tips to Encino jeweler Bryan Shaw resulted in nearly $1.3 million in profitable trades, prosecutors alleged. The probation office, in a confidential report, recommended the prison term, and the information was disclosed in court papers filed recently by London's attorney, Harland Braun.
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October 23, 2013 |
Angela Spaccia, the former second-in-command in the scandal-plagued city of Bell, went on trial Wednesday in a case that could establish who was the mastermind of the wrongdoing that made the working-poor city a symbol for municipal graft. In opening statements, Deputy Dist. Atty. Max Huntsman told jurors that the extreme salaries in Bell were based on a "secret formula the public could never find out. " Spaccia has pleaded not guilty to 13 counts of public corruption. FULL COVERAGE: Corruption in Bell The former administrator is the last of eight onetime city leaders and elected officials in Bell to go on trial in the sweeping corruption case, which exploded in 2010 when the city's huge salaries and generous benefit packages were exposed Spaccia has said that her former boss, Robert Rizzo, was behind the wrongdoing in the Los Angeles County city.
October 21, 2013 |
Think you can keep a medical condition secret from life insurers by paying cash for prescription meds? Think again. A for-profit service called ScriptCheck exists to rat you out regardless of how diligent you are in trying to keep a sensitive matter under wraps. ScriptCheck, offered by ExamOne, a subsidiary of Quest Diagnostics, is yet another example of data mining - using sophisticated programs to scour databases in search of people's personal information and then selling that info to interested parties.
October 16, 2013 |
Candice Swanepoel is the newest Victoria's Secret Angel to don the lingerie brand's Fantasy Bra, which this year is said to be worth $10 million. The 23-year-old South African model will strut down the New York runway wearing the jewel-encrusted Royal Fantasy Bra designed by jeweler Mouawad. She'll also be featured wearing the bra in the Victoria's Secret Dreams & Fantasies Catalog, according to the Daily Mail. "4200 gemstones. 1 royal fantasy. Your 1st look at this year's #VSFantasyBra, worn by @angelcandices.
October 14, 2013 |
Iran and six major powers have been at odds for a decade over the Islamic republic's development of nuclear capabilities, at the heart of negotiations set to resume Tuesday in Geneva. Hopes of budging the high-stakes diplomatic standoff from impasse have been raised by the conciliatory words of Iran's recently inaugurated President Hassan Rouhani. But many in the West point out that Iran has yet to match its hopeful promises with verifiable deeds to show its nuclear programs aren't aimed at building atomic weapons.
October 10, 2013 |
Disney World can be a nightmare for many visitors, but it's rarely a sexual hell. Yet in "Escape From Tomorrow," that's the experience of Jim White (Roy Abramsohn), a grouchy father of two who spends his last day in Mickey's playground stalking a pair of Parisian jailbait. They titter and "ooh la la" to his predatory delight. But Jim later awakens to find himself in bed with a bug-eyed, evil-stepmother type (Alison Lees-Taylor). Worse than the idea of sleeping with an age-appropriate woman - he compares his own thirtysomething wife (Elena Schuber)
October 7, 2013 |
In a fish-eat-fish ocean filled with sharks and other fierce swimmers, how has the delicate jellyfish survived - and thrived - through hundreds of millions of years of evolutionary culling? A team of biologists and engineers says it has discovered the "jelly's" secret: They're incredibly efficient swimmers. Jellyfish don't look like they're built for speed. Less than 1% of their body mass is devoted to muscle, compared with more than 50% in fish. But they're competent predators - and perhaps even too successful.
October 6, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Can "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" turn its dreams into reality? That fraught question about the Ben Stiller fantasy picture saw the first hints of an answer on Saturday at the New York Film Festival, where the pricey Christmas release had its world premiere. "I want to thank the Film Society of Lincoln Center for having the courage to show a Ben Stiller movie," the director quipped as he took the stage before the Saturday night debut at the festival's upscale Alice Tully Hall.
October 3, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - As Twitter Inc. opened itself up to public scrutiny for the first time, it did not limit itself to 140 characters - not even to 140 pages. Twitter on Thursday made public 240 pages of documents it filed secretly over the summer, starting the countdown to one of the most hotly anticipated technology stock offerings since Facebook. The financial world was all atwitter as prospective investors pored over the filing that offered the first detailed look under the hood of the privately held company.
September 30, 2013 |
West Hills Chaminade is 3-1 and plays a tough game against Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (4-1) on Friday at home. The Eagles have been working on some "secret plays," Coach Ed Croson said. But don't expect to see any of them. Those plays are mostly being prepared for unbeaten Gardena Serra, which Chaminade plays on Oct. 18 in a Mission League game and could end up facing twice this season. "We have some stuff we've been working on specifically for them," Croson said. "We'll unleash as needed.