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Killer Charles Manson alive as reports swirl of ill health

LOS ANGELES — For nearly 50 years Charles Manson has been the living personification of evil, a demonic presence captured in scores of photos, each of them marked by his piercing dark eyes and the crude Nazi swastika he carved into his forehead. That personification returned to the public consciousness again this week, complete with …

Richard Anderson, popular TV actor, dies at 91

LOS ANGELES— Richard Anderson, the tall, handsome actor best known for costarring simultaneously in the popular 1970s television shows “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “The Bionic Woman,” has died at age 91. Anderson died of natural causes on Thursday, family spokesman Jonathan Taylor told The Associated Press. “The Six Million Dollar Man” brought a …

Artist David Hockney gives close up look at self in exhibit

LOS ANGELES— The aspiring artist was 17 when he took pencil to paper in 1954 and sketched a stunningly mirror-like image of himself as a student at England’s Bradford School of Art. In the 63 years since, David Hockney has become world famous, not for self-portraits, but for colorful painted landscapes, portraits of others and …

Cannabis company plans to turn desert town into pot paradise

NIPTON, Calif. — Now that one of the nation’s largest cannabis companies has bought the entire California desert town of Nipton, a question remains: Will the new owners rename the place Potsylvania? American Green Inc. announced Thursday it is buying all 80 acres of the town whose current owner likes to describe it as being …

Stay classy, USC, Will Ferrell delivers commencement talk

LOS ANGELES — One of the University of Southern California’s most distinguished alums — funnyman Will Ferrell — is returning to his alma mater to give the keynote address at this year’s 134th commencement. The question remains: Will the member of the Class of 1990 bring arguably his most famous comic persona with him to …

Social media’s 4 month old Bernie Sanders lookalike has died

LOS ANGELES—Bernie Baby, the cheerful infant who won the affections of people of all political stripes after his mom posted photos on social media of him greeting Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in a lookalike white-haired wig, oversized glasses and plaid tie, has died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Oliver Jack Carter Lomas-Davis of Los …

Calif. board rejects measure specifying condom use in porn

LOS ANGELES—One after another, scores of people who make porn films for a living pleaded their case to California workplace safety officials: Don’t force condoms or safety goggles or other devices designed to stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases on them because those devices will simply stop people from watching porn films and soon …

Getty oil heir’s death latest in string of family tragedies

LOS ANGELES — It’s a family name that has long been associated with unimaginable wealth and sometimes unspeakable tragedy. The mysterious death of J. Paul Getty’s grandson Andrew Getty is just the latest example of the latter. Andrew Getty, 47, was found dead Tuesday after authorities said his girlfriend called 911 to report discovering his …

Talent agent casts against type in filling films, TV shows with the “real people” of Hollywood

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.—You couldn’t miss Hollywood talent agent Sid Levin’s office in the old days: It wasn’t much bigger than a closet and it was sometimes filled with burglars, bank robbers and gang members, all trying to break into the movies. These days you’ll find everyone from Gulf War veterans to a 15-time world arm-wrestling …

Iconic ‘The FBI’ star Efrem Zimbalist Jr. dies at 95

Veteran actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr dies – http://t.co/MEnASzd1fk – Efrem Zimbalist Jr is known for his roles … … pic.twitter.com/BTWFzsOL6r — NewsurViews (@NewsurViews) May 3, 2014 LOS ANGELES — Handsome, debonair and blessed with a distinguished voice that reflected his real-life prep school upbringing, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. seemed born to play the television roles …

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