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California Atheists Snap Up Nativity Spaces

Christians get just 2 of 21 spaces in Santa Monica park

(Newser) - Santa Monica's Christians are crying foul over a lottery system that has left 18 of the 21 park spaces that usually hold Nativity scenes in the hands of atheists. A Jewish group snagged another spot, leaving the California city's church with just two spaces and only enough room...

Beck's Favorite Gold Firm Charged With Fraud

Current and former CEO of Goldline face up to a year in jail

(Newser) - Remember Goldline, the gold dealer that Glenn Beck trusts ? Well, the company and several of its top executives—including both current CEO Scott Carter and former CEO Mark Albarian—have all been charged with fraud, the Santa Monica City Attorney’s office said yesterday. Goldline is accused of, among...

Reese Witherspoon HIt by Car
 Reese Witherspoon Hit by Car 

Reese Witherspoon Hit by Car

She suffers minor injuries while jogging

(Newser) - Reese Witherspoon suffered minor injuries yesterday afternoon when she was struck by a car as she jogged along a Santa Monica road. The car was traveling 20mph when it struck the 35-year-old actress, who was rushed to a local hospital, police told Radar. She was released later in the day...

Renters Flock to Whitey Bulger's Santa Monica Digs

Residents to want live where a fugitive escaped a decade-long manhunt

(Newser) - The simple Santa Monica apartment where James "Whitey" Bulger hid from the FBI for more than a decade could soon be one of the hotter properties in the city's rental market. The door to unit 303 remains sealed with police tape as FBI agents continue to pick the...

Homemade Bomb Found at California Synagogue

Police searching for 60-year-old suspect

(Newser) - When an explosion rocked a Santa Monica synagogue on Thursday, officials thought it was just an accidental gas blast. But yesterday they found what appears to be a makeshift explosive device—and now they say they’ve linked it to an “extremely dangerous” suspect, the LA Times reports...

Twelve-Year-Old Kills Himself in 'Choking Game'

California kid strangles himself with rope for thrills

(Newser) - Police say a 12-year-old Southern California boy is dead after he apparently asphyxiated himself for thrills in the so-called "choking game." The boy died last week after tying a rope to his neck inside his home, the Santa Monica Police Department said yesterday. Officers found him in cardiac...

Cove Oscar Winners Stage Sting at LA Sushi Joint
Cove Oscar Winners Stage Sting at LA Sushi Joint
hunting illegal whale meat

Cove Oscar Winners Stage Sting at LA Sushi Joint

Filmmakers go undercover to find illegal whale meat

(Newser) - The makers of The Cove, the Oscar-winning documentary about dolphin killing in Japan, have aimed their cameras closer to home in a sting to expose illegal whale meat served at a California sushi joint. The operation began in October, when they heard rumors that the Hump, a Santa Monica restaurant,...

Grabby Octopus Blamed For Calif. Aquarium Flood

She pulled out tank's water tube

(Newser) - A curious octopus caused a flood that soaked the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium with 200 gallons of water, the Los Angeles Times reports. A tiny two-spotted octopus “grabbed the tube that pulls out the water and caused it to spray outside the tank,” the aquarium’s education specialist...

Okla. Man Buys Santa Monica Ferris Wheel

Pier attraction brings in $132,400

(Newser) - The Santa Monica Pier Ferris wheel has been sold on eBay for $132,400—to a first-time eBayer and the son of a former Oklahoma City mayor, the Los Angeles Times reports. Grant Humphreys, a 32-year-old real estate developer who'd never set eyes on the crowd-pleaser, placed the winning bid...

Juno Scores at Spirit Awards
Juno Scores at Spirit Awards

Juno Scores at Spirit Awards

Film picks up 3 awards, along with The Savages , I'm Not There

(Newser) - Little-indy-that-could Juno won big at today’s Independent Spirit Awards, netting best actress for its star Ellen Page, best first script for writer Diablo Cody, and best feature film, the Los Angeles Times reports. The awards show, which honors only films made for less than $20 million, has drawn casually...

'My God, We Need Help,' Mom Pleads in Lohan 911 Call

Woman panicky about mystery stalker

(Newser) - A mother being tailed through the streets of Santa Monica by a mystery SUV was close to panic when she phoned police for help, according to a 911 tape of the call. Turned out her stalker was actress Lindsay Lohan; the call led to Lohan's latest arrest. "Oh my...

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