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National Lampoon CEO pleads guilty to conspiracy

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The CEO of National Lampoon Inc. has pleaded guilty to conspiracy.

Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia say CEO Daniel Laikin was part of a plot to artificially inflate the company's stock price by paying people to buy shares. The 47-year-old man, who lives in Indianapolis and Los Angeles, pleaded guilty to conspiracy Wednesday. Prosecutors dropped a count of securities fraud in exchange.

Prosecutors say Laikin and others hoped to push the price of the shares from $2 to $5 to boost its attractiveness in a strategic partnership or acquisition. The shares were trading on the American Stock Exchange at the time but prosecutors say they've since become an over-the-counter penny stock.

Defense lawyer Joseph Poluka did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Plea deal ends 'Girls Gone Wild' founder tax case

AP | ANTHONY McCARTNEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Court records show Joe Francis has agreed to plead guilty to filing false tax returns and will avoid further jail time.

Records filed Wednesday in Los Angeles show the "Girls Gone Wild" founder will plead guilty to two counts of filing false tax returns and one count of bribing Nevada jail workers in exchange for food.

The plea agreement states Francis will pay $250,000 in restitution and receive credit for jail time served. Francis was indicted by a federal grand jury on tax evasion charges in 2007 and has spent 301 days in jail.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday afternoon. A trial had been scheduled for October.

The agreement calls for any tax liabilities of Francis or his companies from 2002 to 2008 to be handled in civil or administrative arenas.

Hot, windy weather stokes S. California blaze

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Crews planned heavy air attacks Thursday at daybreak to halt the spread of a Southern California wildfire that has chewed through more than 25 square miles of bone dry brush, threatening hundreds of homes as well as a multimillion dollar agriculture industry and valuable oil production fields.

Firefighters focused Thursday on the fire's eastern and western flanks just north of Moorpark, about 40 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. The fire was 40 percent contained late Wednesday.

Helicopters on Wednesday dumped water on flames moving toward orchards. Ground crews doused burning shrubbery at the edges of avocado and citrus groves. County fire Capt. Ron Oatman said the fire likely burned some trees but could not confirm any orchard damage.

"A lot of the ranchers would rather see their homes burn down than their orchards, because that's their livelihood," he said.

Firefighters were also concerned about five major electrical transmission lines, a 36-inch natural gas pipeline and oil production fields at the top of a ridge, Oatman said.

Jaycee Dugard's Long-Lost Father Steps Forward

NBC NewYork | NBC New York | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Jaycee Dugard kidnapping investigation took a new twist Wednesday when a man claiming to be her father stepped in front of television cameras in L...

Anna Nicole Smith's lawyer facing more charges

AP | LINDA DEUTSCH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Prosecutors have brought more charges against the lawyer-boyfriend of Anna Nicole Smith.

The district attorney's office filed an amended complaint Wednesday in Los Angeles against Howard K. Stern, who is billed as an aider and abettor of two doctors charged with prescribing drugs that killed the former Playboy model in 2007.

The physicians and Stern pleaded not guilty in May to conspiring to illegally provide her with controlled substances.

The new charges against Stern include accusations he helped obtain prescriptions for opiates by using a false name. The doctors already face those charges.

Search warrant affidavits suggest Stern put his name on the prescriptions for drugs.

Pregnant Heidi Klum turns heads at Emmy red carpet | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

ASSOCIATED PRESSHeidi Klum, left, is joined by husband Seal as she arrives at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles. LOS ANGELES...

Rev. Run and Justine Simmons on Being Good Parents

Essence | Essence | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Sure they've been compared to "The Cosby Show," but this real life family has its own share of everyday struggles, especially since they live under th...

Attorney: Ruling clears way for Michael Jackson estate deal

Daily Camera. | Daily Camera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Katherine Jackson's attorney says a judge's ruling that she can challenge the administrators of her son's estate could result...

Dreamgirl Sheryl Lee Ralph Announces DIVA concert

Essence | Essence | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

For nearly 20 years, Sheryl Lee Ralph has been singing for her loved ones who have died of HIV/AIDS and this year she continues her mission in raising...

Lebowski Fest Rolls In

State Bill Colorado | State Bill Colorado | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

By GENE DAVIS, DENVER DAILY NEWS If there's ever been an event that The Dude would abide by, it's the Lebowski Fest that's rolling into gear t...

The charred aftermath of the Station fire as viewed via satellite

dscriber media | dscriber media | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Station wildfire near Los Angeles has killed two firefighters and reduced more than 160,000 acres of California forest to ash since it bega...

California Wildfire Photos: HuffPost Readers Send In Their Pics

Huffington Post | Katherine Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

To see the latest photos from California, scroll down below the map. The California wildfires continue to rage throughout Southern California, with t...

Nipsey Russell Estate Releases Volume Of Previously Unpublished Couplets

The Onion | The Onion | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

LOS ANGELES—Nipseyan scholars were jubilant Monday following the announcement that the Russell estate had consented to publish the last......

Michael Jackson Agonistes: An American Pop'era In Three Acts

Barry Michael Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Barry Michael Cooper

I believe MJ wished his ghost to Providence a long time ago for safe-keeping, long before the first trial, because he had seen how the carrion-eaters got down while he was still in grade school.

Film Adaptation Of 'The Brothers Karamazov' Ends Where Most People Stop Reading Book

The Onion | The Onion | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

LOS ANGELES—The Brothers Karamazov will also include 12 separate intermissions, in which portions of the latest John Grisham-inspired film will ...

LGBT Equality - It's About Love

Jason Mannino | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jason Mannino

"I used to think that it was anger that motivated me...Then at some point I realized it wasn't really anger that was keeping me was doing th...

"Shades of Gray": The Real Story Behind My Resignation from the L.A. County DA's Office

Robin Sax | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robin Sax

I am here to give you the down-low on my departure from the DA's office. And for those of you who know my style of "telling it like it is," I will not disappoint you now.

Monday Music Quarterback

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
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Mike Ragogna

As you're recovering from the joyful overkill that was this year's Comic-Con, take a few moments to catch-up on a handful of the more interesting new press releases.

Barneys Adds San Francisco To Warehouse Sale Circus Train

Racked | Racked | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The biannual Barneys Warehouse Sale, long a revered shopfest on the New York and Los Angeles sales calendars, is moving on to greener pastures this...

The Golden State, The Hummer and Hydra-Headed Budget

Susan Straight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan Straight

Public city colleges have raised fees, and have overcrowded classrooms and trimmed course schedules. Our best students will choose to leave the state, along with our talented professors.

Thieves target mourners at California graveyard

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Thieves are preying on mourners at a cemetery in Southern California.

Purses, laptops and other valuables are being taken from the unlocked cars of grief-stricken people attending mortuary and graveside services at Rose Hills Memorial Park in suburban Whittier.

There have been 26 thefts from cars at the 1,400-acre hillside graveyard so far this year. There were 11 in all of 2008.

Rose Hills officials and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department are warning people to lock cars and leave valuables at home. Deputies are now patrolling the cemetery and distributing warning fliers.

Rose Hills visitor services manager Richard Hardy notes the cemetery is in the sprawling Los Angeles urban area and "whatever happens outside, happens inside a cemetery."

Oldest woman to give birth dies, leaving twins

AP | DANIEL WOOLLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A Spanish woman who deceived a U.S. fertility clinic about her age and become the oldest woman to give birth has died at 69, leaving behind 2-year-old twins, newspapers reported Wednesday.

Maria del Carmen Bousada gave birth in December 2006 after telling a clinic in Los Angeles that she was 55, the facility's maximum age for single women receiving in-vitro fertilization. Guinness World Records said the 66-year-old was the oldest on record to give birth and the case ignited fierce debate over how much responsibility fertility clinics have over their patients.

Bousada told an interviewer at the time that the Pacific Fertility Center did not ask her for identification, and maintained that because her mother had died at 101, she stood a good chance of living long enough to raise her children.

Dr. Vicken Sahakian, director and owner of the clinic, said Bousada falsified her birth date on documents from Spain.

When he learned of the deception, "I figured something might happen and wind up being a disaster for these kids, and unfortunately I was right," he said.

FTC, 18 states act to stop sham loan consultants

AP | JACOB ADELMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Prosecutors nationwide filed 189 legal actions Wednesday against loan modification consultants accused of bilking homeowners who are desperate to make their mortgage payments more affordable.

The lawsuits and cease-and-desist orders announced by Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz and California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown were part of a nationwide sweep of alleged sham consultants by the federal agency and officials in 18 states.

Leibowitz used the announcement to put scam artists on notice and urged homeowners to protect themselves from being exploited.

He said fraudulent loan modification consultants are "full of hollow promises designed to fatten the pockets of criminals and con men."

The lawsuits filed by the FTC included allegations that Aliso Viejo-based Lucas Law Center persuaded distressed borrowers to stop paying their mortgages in order to pay the firm's fees of up to $3,995.

Spaniard who gave birth at 66 reported dead

AP | DANIEL WOOLLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A Spanish woman believed to have become the world's oldest new mother when she gave birth at age 66 has died, leaving behind twin toddlers, newspapers reported Tuesday.

Maria del Carmen Bousada, who reportedly died Saturday at age 69, gave birth in December 2006 as a single mother after getting in vitro fertilization treatment.

She told an interviewer she lied to a California fertility clinic about her age, and maintained that because her mother had lived to be 101, she had a good chance of living long enough to raise a child.

Bousada's death was reported by the newspaper El Mundo and Diario de Cadiz. Cadiz is the southern province where Bousada lived her whole life.

Diario de Cadiz quoted her brother, Ricardo Bousada, as confirming her death but refusing to disclose the cause. The newspaper said she had been diagnosed with a tumor shortly after giving birth.

World's oldest new mom dies, leaves twin toddlers

AP | DANIEL WOOLLS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A Spanish woman believed to have become the world's oldest new mother when she gave birth at 66 has died at 69, leaving behind twin toddlers, newspapers reported Wednesday.

Maria del Carmen Bousada, who reportedly died Saturday, gave birth in December 2006 as a single mother after getting in vitro fertilization treatment at a clinic in Los Angeles.

The births ignited a firestorm of debate over how old is too old for a new mother, and how much responsibility fertility clinics have over who gets treatments.

Bousada told an interviewer she lied to the fertility clinic about her age, and maintained that because her mother had lived to be 101, she had a good chance of living long enough to raise a child.

Bousada's death was reported by the newspaper El Mundo and Diario de Cadiz. Cadiz is the southern province where Bousada lived her whole life.