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Major US Airstrike Said to Have Killed 250 Isis Fighters

A series of major US airstrike near Fallujah, Iraq, is said to have killed 260 fighters. The Islamic State is believed to have about 25,000 fighters, so if confirmed, the death toll would be...

Mike Tyson Will Not Speak At the Republican National Convention, Trump Tweets

Donald Trump quashed a rumor that Mike Tyson would be among the speakers at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July. " "The media makes everything up," said the presumptive Republican ...

Bill Clinton Meets With A.G. Loretta Lynch to Resolve Hillary's Criminal Case

Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with President Bill Clinton on a private plane. A source tipped off the local ABC TV station about the meeting, which reportedly lasted about 30 minutes,...

Drake Bell from Home Improvement Arraigned on Second DUI charge.

Actor Drake Bell pleaded not guilty today to a DUI charge filed after he was arrested in Glendale late last year, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced. The complaint includes...

Bear Mauls Man then Swipes his iPad.

Update, 6/29, 5 pm PDT: Authorities report that they have killed the 120 pound bear involved in this attack. It's unknown whether or not the iPad was retrieved. Rangers hunted the hills above...

"Trump Girls Break The Internet" hashtag goes viral among Republicans and Democrats

Even though Donald Trump is way down with women in the polls, some women are posting sexy photos of themselves on twitter in Make America Great Again hats, and otherwise using their sexiest selves to ...

Beach Volleyball Will be Clothing Optional During Olympics at Rio's Abrico Nude Beach

Kanye's recent 'Famous' video features nude celebrity look alikes, e.g. Donald Trump, Taylor Swift and Caitlyn Jenner. Taking a clue from Kanye, the International Olympic Committee has decided to...

Rare Victory for Christian Group to Use Cleveland School Facilities.

A Christian group which was denied use of facilities at Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) today prevailed in a federal lawsuit that requires the school to ensure religious group have...

Doordash to Begin Delivering Alcohol This Week

Starting this week, Doordash will be delivering alcohol to anyone willing to pay and over the age of 21. Never in the history of booze has it been easier to get buzzed. DoorDash is an on-demand...

Why Ikea Is Not Legally Liable For 6 Deaths of Children

The tragic deaths of six children due to a certain type of dresser from Ikea falling over, are regrettable. No parent ever quite overcomes the death of a child. My own mother lost a 4 year old...

Beverly Hills Enjoys Dogs' Day of Summer at Woofstock 90210

Beverly Hills, Calif. – On Sunday, June 26, the City of Beverly Hills celebrated the 8th annual Woofstock 90210 with approximately 3,600 people and their pets at Roxbury Park's Wiggly Field. With...

Cool Off on a Hot Battleship: The Battleship Iowa in Long Beach

Battleships, once thought to be the ultimate weapon, are now a relic of the past. For a chance to visit this past - and enjoy 360-degree breeze-swept views of Los Angeles Harbor, the USS Iowa at...

"Future Shock" Author Alvin Toffler Dead at 87 in Bel Air

Alvin Toffler, the author of Future Shock and other works predicting social, economic and technological trends, has died at the age of 87 at his Bel Air home. Future Shock, which sold 15 million...

Interview: Amber Tamblyn – Director of "Paint It Black"

The Santa Monica Observer had an opportunity to speak with Amber Tamblyn, an over 20-year veteran of the film and television industry (Joan of Arcadia, 127 Hours, The Ring, Sisterhood of the...

Last Remaining Cast Member From "Gone With The Wind," turns 100.

Olivia de Haviland will celebrate her 100th birthday on Thursday, June 30th at 4 pm at the Spitfire Grill at the Santa Monica Airport. The event is being organized by Spring de Haviland, who is...

Filmmaker Spotlight: Dorie Barton of "Girl Flu."

The Santa Monica Observer was privileged to interview Dorie Barton, writer and director of the new hit comedy, "Girl Flu.", which premiered on June 6 at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and was so...

Microcephaly: Florida Reports First Zika-Related Birth Defect

Florida officials reported the state's first case of a Zika-linked birth defect in a baby born to a Haitian woman infected in Haiti. The woman came to the United States to give birth, because she...

Correcting the Myth of the Amercian Jaguar

I am writing to inform you that your recent article, "Amazon jaguar shot dead after Olympic torch ceremony" contains statements of "fact" that are totally inaccurate. The myth that jaguars populated...

What Bonobo and Dolphin Sexuality Teaches Us about Humans

I'm going to say it. The "s" word. Don't laugh. Please don't tell on me. It's the iron core of our flesh-and-blood universe as living beings. It's also the source of countless thousands of...

Search for an 80 foot, Entangled Blue Whale Continues Off California Coast

A rescue operation never attempted before, resumed today off the coast of Southern California as crews try to free an 80 foot blue whale from fishing lines attached to a crab trap. A whale watching...

PEOPLE

"Future Shock" Author Alvin Toffler Dead at 87 in Bel Air

Alvin Toffler, the author of Future Shock and other works predicting social, economic and technological trends, has died at the age of 87 at his Bel Air home. Future Shock, which sold 15 million...

NEWS

"Trump Girls Break The Internet" hashtag goes viral among Republicans and Democrats

Even though Donald Trump is way down with women in the polls, some women are posting sexy photos of themselves on twitter in Make America Great Again hats, and otherwise using their sexiest selves to...

NEWS

Drake Bell from Home Improvement Arraigned on Second DUI charge.

Actor Drake Bell pleaded not guilty today to a DUI charge filed after he was arrested in Glendale late last year, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced. The complaint includes...

NEWS

Major US Airstrike Said to Have Killed 250 Isis Fighters

A series of major US airstrike near Fallujah, Iraq, is said to have killed 260 fighters. The Islamic State is believed to have about 25,000 fighters, so if confirmed, the death toll would be...

HEALTH

Microcephaly: Florida Reports First Zika-Related Birth Defect

Florida officials reported the state's first case of a Zika-linked birth defect in a baby born to a Haitian woman infected in Haiti. The woman came to the United States to give birth, because she...

NEWS

Mike Tyson Will Not Speak At the Republican National Convention, Trump Tweets

Donald Trump quashed a rumor that Mike Tyson would be among the speakers at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July. " "The media makes everything up," said the presumptive Republican...

SCHOOLS

Rare Victory for Christian Group to Use Cleveland School Facilities.

A Christian group which was denied use of facilities at Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) today prevailed in a federal lawsuit that requires the school to ensure religious group have...

SCIENCE

Search for an 80 foot, Entangled Blue Whale Continues Off California Coast

A rescue operation never attempted before, resumed today off the coast of Southern California as crews try to free an 80 foot blue whale from fishing lines attached to a crab trap. A whale watching...

SCIENCE

What Bonobo and Dolphin Sexuality Teaches Us about Humans

I'm going to say it. The "s" word. Don't laugh. Please don't tell on me. It's the iron core of our flesh-and-blood universe as living beings. It's also the source of countless thousands of...

BUSINESS

Why Ikea Is Not Legally Liable For 6 Deaths of Children

The tragic deaths of six children due to a certain type of dresser from Ikea falling over, are regrettable. No parent ever quite overcomes the death of a child. My own mother lost a 4 year old...