Beverly Hills

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The Mansion Was Vacant, So Who Was Throwing the Parties?

'Curbed' unpacks the movie-like controversy that took place on a ritzy, Beverly Hills cul de sac

(Newser) - The realtor first knew something was hinky about the vacant mansion he had listed for $5 million near Beverly Hills when the pool guy called. It seems someone had pulled up in a U-Haul and moved in, and the pool guy wondered if he'd be kept on. Which was...

Beverly Hills Students Are Expelled Over AI Nude Photos

The images were made to look like classmates

(Newser) - Five "egregiously involved eighth-grade students" have been expelled from a Beverly Hills middle school after AI-generated nude images of 16 classmates were created and circulated. The California school board approved the expulsions on Wednesday night, CBS News reports. Beverly Hills police also are investigating. School officials said the scandal...

Beverly Hills Targets Young Vandals Prepping for Halloween

City bans those under 21 from possessing shaving cream, Silly String on Oct. 31

(Newser) - Beverly Hills has placed a ban on young people possessing everyday products abused by vandals in an effort to create a "safe, family-friendly environment" on Halloween. The city council voted 5-0 Tuesday to ban people under the age of 21 from possessing Silly String, shaving cream or gel, and...

Check Out the $61M Digs J.Lo, Ben Affleck Just Bought

Couple splurges for 12-bedroom, 24-bathroom (yes, 24) home in Beverly Hills

(Newser) - When nature calls, it's good to know your new home has 24 bathrooms to choose from. We're not sure if that feature is what ultimately sold Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck on their new $61 million mansion, but it's the one the Daily Mail homes in on...

Man Gets 190 Years for Murdering Jacqueline Avant

He'll spend the rest of his life in prison, DA says

(Newser) - Aariel Maynor was on Tuesday sentenced to 190 years behind bars for the murder of a beloved Beverly Hills philanthropist . Maynor, 30, pleaded guilty last month to first-degree murder, attempted murder, and two counts of burglary in the slaying of Jacqueline Avant, NBC News reports. The attempted murder charge has...

Aariel Maynor Arrested in Jacqueline Avant Murder

29-year-old accused of breaking in and fatally shooting the beloved philanthropist

(Newser) - A suspect has been arrested in the slaying of Jacqueline Avant , well-known philanthropist and wife of legendary music producer Clarence Avant, in her Beverly Hills home early Wednesday . Aariel Maynor, 29, allegedly shot himself in the foot during an attempted burglary at a different home in the area hours after...

Oprah on Beverly Hills Murder: 'World Is Upside Down'

Jacqueline Avant's shooting death follows string of robberies targeting the rich and famous

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey is among the celebrities in shock at the killing of Jacqueline Avant , a philanthropist with ties to the rich and famous who called Beverly Hills home for half a decade. The 81-year-old wife of legendary music producer Clarence Avant and mother of former US ambassador to the Bahamas...

Official on Killing of Music Exec's Wife: Probably Not Random

Tyler Perry pledges 'every available resource' to find killer of Jackie Avant, wife of Clarence Avant

(Newser) - Update: The home invasion that led to the killing of a well-known music executive's wife may have been a targeted one, at least according to the chief of the Beverly Hills police. "I don't think that it's a random attack, but I can't speculate on...

Shooting Occurs at Well-Known Beverly Hills Eatery

Woman injured during robbery

(Newser) - A woman was shot Thursday afternoon as she ate at the well-known Beverly Hills eatery Il Pastaio. The shooting took place as three men accosted and robbed another diner, the Los Angeles Times reports. The suspects fled on foot. The woman was taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, and...

Eatery Sorry for 'Discreet' Dinner Invite Amid Dining Ban

La Scala in Beverly Hills says it never intended to violate rules

(Newser) - A celebrity hangout in Beverly Hills is apologizing after inviting customers to an "inside" dinner party on New Year's Eve. The invitation from Italian restaurant La Scala, dropped into customers' takeout bags, teased a "discreet" speak-easy-themed soiree. "We are considering taking reservations for New Year's...

After Year From Hell, Actor Flees Hollywood
Flees LA

Hollywood Heartthrob Flees LA

James Van Der Beek and his family find a new home in Texas

(Newser) - "And... we've landed." So wrote James Van Der Beek after he and his family relocated from Beverly Hills to Texas, CNN reports. The Dawson's Creek star also explained on Tuesday why he and his wife, Kimberly, and their five kids were finding a new home in...

Patriots Star Is Under Arrest
Patriots Star
Is Under

Patriots Star Is Under Arrest

Julian Edelman is accused of vandalism

(Newser) - New England Patriots star Julian Edelman was arrested in Southern California on suspicion of misdemeanor vandalism after jumping on the hood of someone's car, authorities said Sunday. Police say Edelman, 33, caused unspecified damage when he jumped on the vehicle Saturday night on a commercial block of Beverly Hills,...

Billionaire's Son Is Found Dead
Billionaire's Son Is Found Dead

Billionaire's Son Is Found Dead

Andrew Burkle was only 26

(Newser) - A California billionaire experienced what must be a living nightmare Monday when he rushed to his son's home and found him dead, People reports. Andrew Burkle, 26, was unresponsive and declared deceased Monday at the Beverly Hills property. His father, Ron Burkle—who co-owns the Pittsburgh Penguins and has...

Stunning $1B Property Sells for Just $100K

But the Mountain of Beverly Hills has a sketchy financial history

(Newser) - A sprawling LA property once listed at $1 billion sold Tuesday for just $100,000—and that's not the worst of it, the Guardian reports. The so-called Mountain of Beverly Hills was repurchased by its former owner along with an estimated $200 million in debt. "This is the...

Beverly Hills Makes a Novel Move Against Tobacco

In 2021, most sales will be banned

(Newser) - Beverly Hills has become the first US city to end most tobacco sales. The City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to snuff out sales of cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, and other tobacco products beginning in 2021. The ban covers sales at gas stations and pharmacies as well as convenience and grocery...

In This City, Tobacco Sales Are About to Become Illegal

Beverly Hills would be America's first to do so

(Newser) - The smoke hasn't cleared yet, but Beverly Hills is poised to become the first US city to end most tobacco sales, the AP reports. The City Council in the world-renowned enclave of the rich and famous unanimously indicated Tuesday that it's ready to snuff out most sales when...

ZIP Code 94301 Has a No. 1 Distinction

Palo Alto area is the priciest in the nation

(Newser) - Some ZIP codes are pricier to live in than others, and 24/7 Wall St has crunched data to determine the priciest in the nation. It's likely no surprise that ZIP codes in California show up frequently on the list of the top 50, but perhaps a little more surprising...

Surprise Front-Runner in Golden Globes: Cheney Biopic

Lady Gaga also earns a nod for 'A Star Is Born'

(Newser) - Adam McKay's Dick Cheney biopic Vice swooped in to lead nominations for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards, narrowly edging Bradley Cooper's tear-jerking revival A Star Is Born, the interracial road-trip drama Green Book, and the period romp The Favourite. Vice topped all contenders Thursday with a surprising...

Pitcher Gets Charged $1M at Beverly Hills Hotel

But Justin Verlander took it all in good fun

(Newser) - Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander is likely no stranger to big bills, but this? The 35-year-old was dining at the Cabana Cafe at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Friday with ex-tennis player Mardy Fish when the bill came—including a $42 salad, $30 pancakes ... and $1 million for "Open...

Price of Beverly Hills Parcel Has 9 Zeroes
$1B for 157 Acres: It's
a Mind-Boggling LA Listing
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$1B for 157 Acres: It's a Mind-Boggling LA Listing

'The Mountain,' still undeveloped, has the most expensive asking price in LA history

(Newser) - What do Merv Griffin, the founder of Herbalife, and the sister of the late shah of Iran have in common? They all owned (and failed to develop) a 157-acre property that sits in the hills high above Los Angeles. Now, the "crown jewel of Beverly Hills" as it is...

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