SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea says it has deported an elderly U.S. tourist and war veteran detained for more than a month. The North's state media says it did so because 85-year-old Merrill Newman, of Palo Alto, Calif., had apologized for his alleged crimes during the Korean War and because of his age and health. Newman was taken off a plane Oct. 26 by North Korean authorities.
MERCED, Calif. (AP) - Fire officials say a Merced woman who survived a blaze that killed her husband and two of her children was released from the hospital yesterday. The Merced Sun-Star reports 31-year-old Ignacio Figueroa-Bautista died after getting the woman and an infant out and returning for two 5-year-olds. A Merced fire spokesman says the infant is in critical-but-stable condition at a Fresno burn unit.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles city attorney is suing Bank of America for mortgage discrimination it claims led to a wave of foreclosures that cost the city a fortune. The suit, filed yesterday in federal court, claims B of A redlined minority neighborhoods for years, then gave blacks and Hispanics predatory home loans they couldn't afford. The city attorney has filed similar lawsuits against Wells Fargo & Co. and Citigroup Inc.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - An appraiser told a jury yesterday an Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett currently held by actor Ryan O'Neal is worth an estimated $12 million. O'Neal is being sued by the University of Texas at Austin, which claims Fawcett left the school all her artwork upon her death.
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