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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."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man hired to clean band instruments for rural elementary school districts has been arrested on suspicion of pawning dozens of trombones, trumpets and flutes. Joseph Rogers, 42, is accused of pawning instruments from school districts in Kingsburg in Fresno County. He was also hired by the Traver school district, where officials reported missing instruments to sheriff's officials Sept. 1.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A Madrid museum said Friday it would appeal a U.S. court decision to keep open a lawsuit seeking the return of a disputed Impressionist masterpiece allegedly stolen by the Nazis from a Jewish family during World War II. The case involves ownership of "Rue St.-Honore, Apres-Midi, Effet de Pluie," a Parisian street scene painted by Camille Pissarro in 1897, which is estimated to be worth $20 million. On Aug.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Two ancient Greek artifacts that officials said had been smuggled out of the country came home Thursday as part of an agreement with the J. Paul Getty Museum. A 2,400-year-old, black limestone stele and a marble votive relief dating from about 490 BC went on display at Athens' National Archaeological Museum only hours after being flown in from L.A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2006 | Maeve Reston, Times Staff Writer
When a thief ripped off two surveillance cameras outside a Riverside dentist's office last week, he appeared to make a clean getaway. His pudgy, mustached face also appeared live, on camera, while he was taking them down. Riverside police nabbed Charles Posvar, 35, this week after more than a dozen tipsters identified him from the camera footage, which was recorded inside the dentist's office and later broadcast throughout Southern California on news programs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Dozens of bronze grave vases and markers apparently stolen from cemeteries have been recovered from a recycling center, authorities said. Police spokeswoman Monica Munoz said someone called police after seeing scores of markers bearing the name of a local cemetery at a scrap yard. No arrests have been made. San Diego-area cemeteries have reported hundreds of thefts in recent months as the price of scrap metal has gone up.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 11, 2006 | From the Associated Press
President Vladimir Putin ordered top officials to conduct a nationwide inventory of 50 million artworks at Russian museums, concerned that other treasures may be missing following the theft of $5-million worth of valuables from the famed Hermitage. Putin on Thursday told Cabinet officials to set up a commission by Sept. 1 to conduct the inventory, the president's office said.
NATIONAL
June 30, 2006 | Johanna Neuman, Times Staff Writer
Federal and local officials reported Thursday that they had recovered a laptop and external hard drive -- stolen May 3 from the Maryland home of a Department of Veterans Affairs employee -- that contained the Social Security numbers of more than 26 million veterans and their spouses.
NATIONAL
June 29, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The Veterans Affairs worker faulted for losing veterans' personal information had permission to access millions of Social Security numbers on a laptop from home, documents obtained by the Associated Press show. The department's documents raise questions as to whether top officials condoned a practice that led to a theft with the potential to affect 26.5 million veterans and active-duty troops.
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