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December 21, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A painting turned over to Communist Party officials in Moscow on Wednesday is believed to be a 19th century French work stolen from Russia's State Hermitage Museum five years ago, officials said. Communist Party leader Gennady A. Zyuganov said a man whom he did not identify brought a package into the party's parliamentary offices. Inside was a painting that had been cut into four pieces.
December 14, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A Boeing Co. laptop computer containing the names and Social Security numbers of 382,000 employees and retirees has been stolen, putting them at risk for identity theft and credit card fraud. The theft, which was confirmed Tuesday, was the third such incident at Boeing in a little more than a year. Files on the computer also contained home addresses, phone numbers and birth dates. Some of the files listed salary information.
December 11, 2006 | Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino, Times Staff Writers
The J. Paul Getty Museum plans to announce today the return of two prized ancient masterpieces to Greece, which has maintained for a decade that they were illegally removed from the country, according to two sources familiar with recent negotiations. The objects are a rare funerary wreath and a marble statue of a woman, both dating to about 400 BC. The Getty bought both objects in 1993 for a total of $4.45 million.
November 24, 2006 | Maria De Cristofaro, Times Staff Writer
Saying it was blindsided by the decision of the J. Paul Getty Museum to end talks over disputed antiquities, Italy on Thursday lashed out at the Los Angeles institution and reiterated demands for the return of precious artworks. Culture Minister Francesco Rutelli stopped short, however, of imposing unilateral sanctions against the Getty, such as a previously threatened embargo that would in effect end all cultural cooperation.
November 21, 2006 | From the Associated Press
FBI agents in New Jersey have recovered a 1778 painting by famed Spanish artist Francisco de Goya that was stolen as it was being taken to an exhibition earlier this month, the agency announced Monday. The painting, "Children With a Cart," disappeared en route from the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. It is estimated to be worth about $1.1 million.
November 16, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Irish rock band U2 has emerged victorious in a court battle with a former stylist it claimed had taken important memorabilia without permission nearly two decades ago. Lola Cashman had told Dublin's High Court that U2 frontman Bono had given her several items as gifts during U2's Joshua Tree tour in 1987.
November 11, 2006 | From the Associated Press
At first, Larry Ladd just let it go. But after the farmer caught six thieves plundering his walnut orchard in less than a day, he knew he had a problem. He's not the only one. As prices for almonds and walnuts rise with demand, a growing black market has emboldened "nutnappers" to cut holes in fences, sneak into distribution centers and drive off with truckloads of nuts.
November 10, 2006 | From Reuters
Ending a 60-year wait, the heir of composer Gustav Mahler will finally be reunited with a painting by Edvard Munch that the family says was taken unfairly from them after they fled the Nazis in 1938. Marina Mahler, the renowned composer's granddaughter, said Thursday that the long battle had left her "totally exhausted" but "feeling a huge sense of peace."
October 25, 2006 | Veronika Oleksyn, Associated Press
Holocaust survivors and their heirs now have a powerful new tool to look for art and other belongings looted by the Nazis in Austria. It's an online database of thousands of objects -- such as paintings, books, medals, photographs, furniture, jewelry and sculptures -- that may have been expropriated from 1938 to 1945, when the Alpine country was a part of Nazi Germany. The items are now in museums and collections owned by the Austrian government or the city of Vienna.
September 16, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A California man accused of trying to supply stolen U.S. military equipment and defense secrets to Yemen was denied bail Friday after a prosecutor said the man had ties to a terrorist financier who plotted to help Al Qaeda and Hamas. The allegations emerged at a hearing for Amen Ahmed Ali, 56.
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