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Man's Murder Conviction Tossed After 32 Years in Prison

Andrew Wilson plans to fly to St. Louis immediately to visit his elderly mother

(Newser) - After 32 years behind bars, Andrew Wilson had his murder conviction thrown out Wednesday by a Los Angeles County judge. His first plan as a newly free man? Fly to St. Louis to visit his 96-year-old mother, who never doubted his innocence. Wilson, now 62, was convicted in 1986 of... More »

Sheriff Criticized for Spending $300K on New Belt Buckles

Sheriff says a well-dressed deputy is a well-respected deputy

(Newser) - Giving new meaning to "fashion police," the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is drawing criticism from its own deputies over the decision to replace their uniforms' silver-colored belt buckles for gold-colored ones. The Los Angeles Times reports the department is spending $300,000 to replace belt buckles,... More »

What LAPD Found When They Visited Richard Simmons

That he's 'perfectly fine,' they say, though some remain unconvinced

(Newser) - Tales about Richard Simmons that portray him as a weak, scared captive kept prisoner by his own housekeeper are a lot more dramatic than what the LAPD says is the real story: that he's simply living quietly at home out of the public eye. Detective Kevin Becker tells People ... More »

Body of Magician Found in Closet at the Magic Castle

Police say the death at the private magicians' club was a suicide

(Newser) - The body of a magician was found in a closet Friday night at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, the Hollywood Reporter reports. According to ABC7 , the body was identified by police as 61-year-old Daryl Easton. In a statement, the Magic Castle called Easton a "beloved illusionist." Easton had... More »

10 Worst Cities in World for Traffic Congestion

Los Angeles drivers fare the worst

(Newser) - Los Angeles is a world leader in an unwanted way: traffic congestion. In a study by analytics firm Inrix, the city topped all others in terms of how much time people spend stuck in gridlock traffic, reports USA Today . In LA, it broke down to 104 hours per person in... More »

Alanis Victim of 2nd Multimillion-Dollar Theft

Thieves made off with $2M from LA home

(Newser) - More bad luck for Alanis Morissette: Police say burglars broke into the Canadian singer's Los Angeles home and stole a safe containing $2 million in jewelry, the Los Angeles Times reports. Morissette, her husband, and their two children weren't home at the time of the Feb. 9 break-in... More »

Hundreds of Thousands Enter Drawing for Decent Job

The ILWU is hosting lottery for 2,400 part-time longshoreman gigs

(Newser) - It's Willy Wonka's golden ticket but for adults desperate for a blue-collar job in America. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union is holding a drawing for 2,400 part-time jobs loading and unloading shipping containers at ports in the Los Angeles area, the Los Angeles Times reports. While... More »

Is Elon Musk Boring?

The Tesla CEO may or may not be joking about tunneling under Los Angeles

(Newser) - Say what you will about Elon Musk, he's not boring. But apparently that could change next month. The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX tweeted last month about traffic in Los Angeles "driving me nuts" and said he was going to make a tunnel boring machine and "just... More »

Renowned Hair Stylist Murdered in LA

Police say Fabio Sementilli was stabbed by men who stole his Porsche

(Newser) - One of the most renowned hairstylists in Los Angeles was murdered on Monday by intruders who made their getaway in his Porsche, police say. Fabio Sementilli was stabbed several times and was found on his home's patio by his wife and daughter, CBS Los Angeles reports. Paramedics were called... More »

How a Major US Airport Has Become an Intel Jewel

LAX counterterrorism unit's capabilities could 'rival agencies of small nation-state': 'Atlantic'

(Newser) - A suicide car bombing killing dozens hasn't ever hit LA's airport, and if Anthony McGinty and Michelle Sosa have anything to do with it, it never will. In the Atlantic , Geoff Manaugh tells the story of McGinty (a Marine vet who looks like JK Simmons) and Sosa (a... More »

This Could Be the Most Expensive Home in US

It's listed for $250M

(Newser) - "No one has built homes for billionaires," developer Bruce Makowsky tells Bloomberg . Until now, apparently. According to the Hollywood Reporter , Makowsky has built and listed a $250 million mansion in Bel Air that—if it gets the asking price—would be the most expensive home ever sold in... More »

George Lucas Picks Site for His $1B Museum

The force was not with San Francisco

(Newser) - The force, it seems, was with Los Angeles. And San Francisco was left on the dark side. Star Wars creator George Lucas and his team were on the side of the City of Angels over the City by the Bay on Tuesday, choosing LA as the home of a museum... More »

For Whopping Fee, You Can Ring in the New Year Twice

PrivateFly's 12-hour flight from Sydney to LA makes it possible

(Newser) - It's that time of year again when most of us swill cheap champagne from plastic glasses and the ultra-rich board the world's fastest long-range private jet so they can ring in the New Year twice. For a measly $184,500, you and 17 of your nearest and dearest... More »

Obama Freeway Coming Soon?

Calif. state senator sure hopes so

(Newser) - Barack Obama may soon have more in common with Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln than his soon-to-be former residence. If Resolution SCR8 is passed by the California Senate and Assembly, Obama—like his aforementioned predecessors—will have a road named after him in Los Angeles, specifically a section of the... More »

Cops: Gold Flakes Thief Is Hiding Out in LA

He swiped $1.6M bucket from truck in NYC

(Newser) - New York City police say they believe the opportunistic thief who swiped an 86-pound bucket of gold flakes worth nearly $1.6 million off an armored truck in Manhattan is hiding out on the West Coast. Detectives say the man fled to Orlando, Fla., after the Sept. 29 theft before... More »

Missing Reality-TV Contestant Found in Shallow Grave

Lisa Marie Naegle disappeared early Sunday

(Newser) - Cops searching for a missing nurse who appeared on the reality show Bridalplasty made a grim discovery at a Los Angeles County home Tuesday. The body of 36-year-old Lisa Marie Naegle, who was last seen leaving a birthday party Saturday night, was found in a shallow grave at the Lennox... More »

Cops: Student Fatally Stabbed USC Professor

Police believe killing was personal dispute

(Newser) - A student stabbed a psychology professor to death on the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles on Friday in what authorities say was a personal dispute. An LAPD spokeswoman says the professor was killed inside the Seeley G. Mudd building in the heart of campus, the AP reports.... More »

10 Pricey Cities, and the Salary You Need to Live in Them

California claims the top 3—and you'll need a 6-figure annual paycheck there

(Newser) - Buying a home has always been a big-ticket purchase, but as CNNMoney notes, a seller's market has made being able to afford one increasingly difficult. HSH.com looked at median house prices from the National Association of Realtors for the third quarter of this year, plus the average interest... More »

Fake Catholic Priest Sentenced to Jail...Again

'You can't go into a church and pretend you're a priest'

(Newser) - Good thing Catholics have a fairly relaxed forgiveness policy. The Los Angeles Times reports a 60-year-old man convicted last February after posing as a priest was arrested earlier this month for slipping back into the vestments. When Erwin Mena was originally arrested, he had been acting as a priest at... More »

NASA, FEMA Simulated Asteroid Strike on Los Angeles

In their scenario, city had 4-year warning

(Newser) - A 330-foot asteroid on a collision course with downtown Los Angeles. Four years to try to stop it—or carry out mass evacuations ahead of certain devastation. That's not the plot of an unoriginal new movie, but the scenario behind a recent NASA-FEMA exercise, the New York Times reports.... More »

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