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Otto Warmbier Has Died, His Family Announces, After Returning Last Week in a Coma from DPRK

CINCINNATI (AP) - Otto Warmbier, an American college student who was released by North Korea in a coma last week, died Monday afternoon. He was 22. The family announced his death in a statement...

CA Court Allows Suit to Overturn Medical Aid-in-Dying Law to Go to Trial

A California superior court today ruled that a lawsuit to overturn the California End of Life Option Act will proceed to trial to determine the merits of the case (Ahn vs. Hestrin - Case RIC1607135). ...

DWP settlement lets the Los Angeles ratepayer robbery continue

If you don't like illegal taxes, you can just fry in the dark. That seems to be the message from Los Angeles city officials to Department of Water and Power customers who are tired of being...

Playa Vista Methane Storage Nightmare Isn't Over, Allege Local Activists

Activists believe Playa del Rey gas storage facility could be the next to have a massive methane leak, following Aliso Canyon. Environmental group, Food and Water Watch, in a promotional flyer, warns ...

Vladimir Putin Gives Parenting Award to Members of "Extremist" Faith

On May 31, 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded the Order of "Parental Glory" to Valeriy and Tatiana Novik, Jehovah's Witnesses from Karelia, who are raising eight children, during a...

Universal Studios Hollywood Brings American Horror Story to Halloween Horror Nights

Universal Studios Hollywood announces the return of FX's critically-acclaimed, Award-winning television series "American Horror Story," bringing Ryan Murphy's demented "Roanoke" installment to life...

The son of a Texas sharecropper, at 5 he got pocket knife and began making toys from wood

Ray Ford has pursued art his entire life. Now in his 90th year, the artist is most known for his wooden sculptures...each piece carefully crafted and original. Born the son of a poor sharecropper in ...

Upset Hindus urge Los Angeles online retailer to withdraw Lord Ganesha socks

He is the Lord of Plenty, but apparently, that is not enough. Upset Hindus are urging Chatsworth online retailer "Hipster's Wonderland" for immediate withdrawal of socks carrying images of Hindu...

LA Zoo Looking For a Few Good Men and Women. Docent Meeting on July 15, 2017

Do you love animals? Working with children? Are you looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity? Check out the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association's (GLAZA) Docent training program at an...

Southern California Surge in Opioid-Related Diagnoses 31,897% over Ten Years

In rural areas around the country, in the period 2007 to 2016, private insurance claim lines with opioid abuse and dependence diagnoses were found in every age group from 13-18 years to over 80...

"Showsearch 2017" hosted by the Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department

"SHOWSEARCH 2017" was hosted by the Santa Monica College (SMC) Theatre Arts Department in collaboration with the Foundation for New American Musicals (FNAM). The competition to find new short...

Bitcoin Surges 10% Versus US Dollar in 24 Hours, as China Eases Capital Export Curbs

There are only 17 million of them. They started out their adoption as currency at a Papa Johns pizza parlor in 2008. Today, they are worth more than $2800 each. And if you have been living somewhere...

Santa Monica Business on List of Most Pet-Friendly Companies

At home, Fido is often the first one to greet you at the door, tail wagging and smiles abound. What if you could bring that same enthusiasm to the workplace? A new survey from Wellness Natural Pet...

I'm Too Fat For This Show: Kate Huffman rocks the Fringe Festival

In what is by far the most entertaining one person show I have ever seen anywhere anytime Kate Huffman is knocking it out of the park with her one woman show I'm Too Fat For This Show wrapping up...

Joshua Bell - The Classical Collection: Available August 18

Sony Classical announces the release of Joshua Bell – The Classical Collection, a 14-CD set of albums of classical repertoire that the internationally acclaimed, Grammy Award winning violinist has ...

Wind, Solar Power Could Overpower Political Winds

Demand for renewable energy by consumers and businesses – along with a long-term commitment to cleaner portfolios from utilities – seems to be fundamentally shifting energy attitudes and...

NY Times Blamed Sarah Palin for Gaby Giffords Attack, Then Apologized

Following the Virginia shooting which has left Rep. Steve Scalise reportedly still fighting for his life, the New York Times brought out an old blood libel. In a scramble to spread the blame for gun ...

Buy Booze for a Kid, Go to Jail. SMPD Minor Decoy Program

On June 9, 2017, officers from the Santa Monica Police Department's Vice Unit conducted a minor decoy operation targeting alcohol retail establishments within the Main Street corridor and downtown...

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