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Worldwide security tightened after Boston Marathon bombing

Police in Los Angeles, New York City, London, Washington and other cities worldwide stepped up security Monday following explosions at the Boston Marathon. In Los Angeles, the Sheriff’s Department activated its emergency operations center and increased patrols at transit hubs, schools and county buildings, while in New York, critical response teams were deployed citywide and […]

Object of LA police manhunt was hiding in plain sight

Object of LA police manhunt was hiding in plain sight

As police scoured mountain peaks for days, using everything from bloodhounds to high-tech helicopters, the revenge-seeking ex-cop they wanted was hiding among them, holed up in a vacation cabin across the street from their command post. It was there that Christopher Dorner apparently took refuge last Thursday, four days after beginning a deadly rampage that […]

Cash-strapped cities ask voters to approve more debt

Cash-strapped cities ask voters to approve more debt

Houston-area schools want to borrow $1.9 billion to modernize most of the high schools, while Seattle says it needs $290 million to upgrade a seawall protecting the downtown waterfront so it can withstand an earthquake. San Francisco wants to sell $195 million of debt to repair and improve worn-out parks and playgrounds that it says […]

Screwing the boss apparently wasn’t all that great

Screwing the boss apparently wasn’t all that great

Former Playboy playmate and Hugh Hefner plaything Izabella St. James isn’t too kind when it comes to talking about belly bumping with the legendary founder of Playboy Magazine. Besides saying that Hef lets his dogs poop in the Los Angeles mansion because they are not house trained and keeps his playmate girlfriends on a $1,000 […]

Into the verbal trashbins of history

Into the verbal trashbins of history

This story might be epic, and could even go viral, but not if Lake Superior State University has anything to do with it. Just sayin.’ The small college in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, released on Friday its annual list of “banished words” — terms so overused, misused and hackneyed they deserve to be sent to […]

Things get a little tense in residential rehab

Things get a little tense in residential rehab

Lindsay Lohan has been five times. Charlie Sheen is also a regular. Someone tried to make Amy Winehouse go, but she said, “No, no, no.” Rehab is practically a rite of passage in Hollywood, and Lohan is its latest poster child. Her trips to treatment and travails once there — including an alleged altercation with […]

Betty White named AP Entertainer of the Year

Betty White named AP Entertainer of the Year

What Betty White did in 2010 doesn’t usually happen: an 88-year-old actress with more than six decades in Hollywood suddenly became the object of adulation of the Facebook-connected masses, which campaigned for her to host “Saturday Night Live,” boosting the show’s ratings and helping her set ratings records for her own show. After a year […]

Doh! HIV positive porn actor now advocates condoms

Doh! HIV positive porn actor now advocates condoms

An adult film actor who tested positive for HIV says he now wishes he had known more about the risks of contracting sexually transmitted diseases in the industry and is calling for mandatory condom use in porn films. Derrick Burts, 24, identified himself to the Los Angeles Times as the performer who tested positive at […]

The mystery man in the death of a publicist

The mystery man in the death of a publicist

He was named a “person of interest” in the killing of a Hollywood publicist, and he shot himself to death as detectives tried to question him — but police say it’s still not clear if he played any role in the murder. What is certain about Harold Martin Smith is that he was an armed […]

Tiger Woods gets the Law & Order treatment

Tiger Woods gets the Law & Order treatment

Tiger Woods may want to skip this week’s episode of “Law & Order: Los Angeles.” The plot on Wednesday’s show includes a philandering golf star and his club-wielding wife. When police arrive, the bleeding athlete says his spouse was merely attempting to rescue him — in this case, from their swimming pool rather than a […]