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Celebrity birthdays for Sept. 27-Oct. 3

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 27-Oct. 3:

Sept. 27: Director Arthur Penn is 87. Actress Sada Thompson is 80. Actress Kathleen Nolan is 76. Actor Wilford Brimley is 75. Producer Don Cornelius ("Soul Train") is 73. Singer-guitarist Randy Bachman of Bachman-Turner Overdrive is 66. Singer-actor Meat Loaf is 62. Actress Liz Torres is 62. Actor A Martinez ("LA Law," "Santa Barbara") is 61. Sax player Greg Ham of Men at Work is 56. Singer-actor-director Shaun Cassidy is 51. Singer-guitarist Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind is 45. Actor Patrick Muldoon ("Melrose Place") is 41. Singer Mark Calderon of Color Me Badd is 39. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is 37. Singer Brad Arnold of 3 Doors Down is 31. Bassist Grant Brandell of Underoath is 28. Rapper Lil' Wayne is 27. Singer Avril Lavigne is 25.

Sept. 28: Actor William Windom ("Murder, She Wrote") is 86. Actor Arnold Stang is 84. Actress Brigitte Bardot is 75. Singer Ben E. King is 71. Actor Joel Higgins ("Silver Spoons") is 66. Actor Jeffrey Jones is 63. Writer-director-actor John Sayles is 59. Actress Sylvia Kristel ("Emmanuelle," "Private Lessons") is 57. Actress-comedian Janeane Garofalo is 45. Country singer Matt King is 43. Actress Mira Sorvino is 42. TV personality Moon Zappa is 42. Actress Naomi Watts is 41. Country singer Mandy Barnett is 34. Rapper Young Jeezy is 32. Actor Peter Cambor ("NCIS: Los Angeles") is 31. TV personality Bam Margera ("Jackass") is 30. Actress Hilary Duff is 22.

Sept. 29: Actor Steve Forrest is 85. Actress Anita Ekberg is 78. Singer Jerry Lee Lewis is 74. Actor Ian McShane is 67. Jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty is 67. TV theme composer Mike Post is 65. Actress Patricia Hodge is 63. Guitarist Mike Pinera of Iron Butterfly is 61. Singer-guitarist Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad is 61. TV personality Bryant Gumbel is 61. Country singer Alvin Crow is 59. Actor Drake Hogestyn ("Days of Our Lives") is 56. PBS newswoman Gwen Ifill is 54. Child actor Ken Weatherwax (Pugsley on "The Addams Family") is 54. Singer Suzzy Roche of The Roches is 53. Comedian Andrew "Dice" Clay is 52. Singer-bassist Les Claypool of Primus is 46. Actress Jill Whelan ("Love Boat") is 43. Bassist Brad Smith of Blind Melon is 41. Singer Devante Swing of Jodeci is 40. Actress Emily Lloyd is 39. Actress Natasha Gregson Wagner is 39. Actress Rachel Cronin ("Ed") is 38. Guitarist Josh Farro of Paramore is 22.

Sept. 30: Actress Angie Dickinson is 78. Singer Cissy Houston is 76. Singer Johnny Mathis is 74. Actor Len Cariou ("The Four Seasons") is 70. Singer Marilyn McCoo is 66. Singer Sylvia Peterson of The Chiffons is 63. Actor John Finn ("Cold Case") is 57. Guitarist John Lombardo (10,000 Maniacs) is 57. Country singer Deborah Allen is 56. Jazz singer Patrice Rushen is 55. Actor Barry Williams ("The Brady Bunch") is 55. Actress Fran Drescher is 52. Country singer Marty Stuart is 51. Actress Crystal Bernard ("Wings") is 48. Actor Eric Stoltz is 48. Rapper-producer Marley Marl is 47. Country singer Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry is 46. Singer Trey Anastasio of Phish is 45. Bassist Robby Takac of The Goo Goo Dolls is 45. Actress Monica Bellucci ("The Passion of the Christ," "The Matrix Reloaded") is 45. Actor Tony Hale ("Arrested Development") is 39. Actress Jenna Elfman ("Dharma and Greg") is 38. Actor Ashley Hamilton is 35. Actress Lacey Chabert ("Mean Girls," "Party of Five") is 27. Actor Kieran Culkin is 27. Rapper T-Pain is 25.

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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.

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FTC, 23 states act to stop sham loan consultants

AP | JACOB ADELMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Prosecutors nationwide are filing 189 lawsuits and cease-and-desist orders against loan modification consultants accused of bilking desperate homeowners.

Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz and California Attorney General Jerry Brown announced the legal actions Wednesday in Los Angeles. They are part of a nationwide sweep of sham consultants conducted by the FTC and 23 states.

The California attorney general's office says the five Superior Court lawsuits it filed in Orange and Los Angeles counties include allegations against 21 individuals and 14 companies.

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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 Tuesday.

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.

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.

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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.

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