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LA-based gaming studio Scopely raises $200M at a $1.7B valuation

The Los Angeles-based mobile game development studio Scopely has become America’s newest unicorn thanks to a $200 million financing, which values the company at a whopping $1.7 billion. Scopely said it would use the capital to continue its strategy of developing and acquiring new games as it looks to continue its run of six consecutive mobile games that will gross $100 million or more in lifetime revenue. The new investment follows Scopely’s milestone of achieving more than $1 billion in lifetime revenue. Games in the company’s portfolio include: Looney Tunes…

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Impossible Foods will debut in SoCal grocery stores on Friday as first step in phased national rollout

Congratulations Southern California Gelson’s store shoppers, you’re getting Impossible Foods on your grocery shelves. The meatless ground meat substitute will be appearing in stores across Southern California as the first step in a phased nationwide rollout on Friday. With the step into groceries, Impossible Foods moves into direct competition with its bigger, publicly traded rival Beyond Meat, which is already selling its patties and sausages in major stores nationwide. Impossible Foods, which has had some supply chain hiccups as it began to increase its production in the wake of large deals…

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The blockbuster that wasn’t: inside an alleged $14m scam to make the next Netflix hit

A California man was charged with fraud after securing millions in funding and using most of the money on himself, prosecutors say On paper, Legends looked like a box-office hit. Adam Joiner billed his movie as an anachronistic mash-up of legendary 19th-century American figures, a steampunk Avengers tailor-made to satiate the ever-expanding appetite for big-ticket, fantasy-action pictures. With Endgame, the latest Avengers installment, Game of Thrones or the recently Disney-fied Star Wars universe have inspired an undeniable gold rush for premium content so much so that the genre has, in…

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4 People Dead, 29 Missing in California Boat Fire

Source: Ventura County Fire Department via AP Los Angeles (AP) — The Latest on a dive boat on fire off the coast of California (all times local): 1:15 p.m. The boat with 33 passengers aboard that burned while anchored close to shore of one of Southern California's Channel Islands had no recent safety violations. The Santa Barbara-based Conception was carrying recreational scuba divers and caught fire early Monday. Five crew members jumped to safety but all 33 passengers were missing. Four bodies were later recovered and the search for others…

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Four dead after gunman goes on 12-hour ‘violent spree’ in Los Angeles

Police have arrested suspect who fatally shot his father, brother and two others in the San Fernando Valley A man shot and killed his father, brother and two others on Thursday during a 12-hour rampage in Los Angeles San Fernando Valley, eluding an intense manhunt until plainclothes officers arrested him soon after he gunned down a city bus passenger, authorities said. Police said they did not know what had motivated the suspect, identified as Gerry Zaragoza, 26, in the attacks. It is obviously an individual that went on a violent…

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Why Are 96,000,000 Black Balls On This Reservoir?

Veritasium took a boat through 96 million black plastic balls on the Los Angeles reservoir to find out why they’re there. The first time he heard about shade balls the claim was they reduce evaporation. But it turns out this isn’t the reason they were introduced. The balls are made of high density polyethylene (HDPE) which is less dense than water so they float on the surface of the reservoir even if they break apart. They are 10cm (4 inches) in diameter and contain about 210ml of water. So the…

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More than 900 quarantined amid measles fears at Los Angeles universities

Students and faculty at two schools have been exposed as number of US measles cases hits 25-year high More than 900 students and staff members at two Los Angeles universities were quarantined on campus or sent home this week in one of the most sweeping efforts yet by public health authorities to contain the spread of measles in the US, where cases have reached a 25-year high. By Friday afternoon, two days after Los Angeles county ordered the precautions, about 200 of those affected had been cleared to return after…

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LA Is Doing Water Better Than Your City. Yes, That LA

wired East Porterville's situation is extreme, but it is not an outlier. If anything, it is a harbinger. "It was only an outlier in the concentration and sheer number of people who lived in a very small area that were affected by this," Jensen says. "There's approximately 300 communities in the state of California and more than a million residents who don't have reliable access to safe drinking water, and that's not even counting people who are on domestic wells." At the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility, engineers turn…

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Want to Stay Safe While Traveling? Wear a Rolex

Explorer and conservationist Philippe Cousteau is the grandson of ocean-mapping legend Jacques. Co-founder of EarthEcho International, an environmental nonprofit aimed at inspiring young people to work on sustainability, he travels the world filming documentaries from Sumatra to South Africa. In Cousteau’s latest show, the Travel Channel’s , he and his wife—former host Ashlan Cousteau—investigate stories of lost plunder across the Caribbean. He travels about 200,000 miles a year, usually on United Airlines. “I get Economy Plus for up to half a dozen people traveling with me automatically, if they’re on the same ticket,”…

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Erroneous Reports About Tom Petty’s Death Cause Confusion

Los Angeles (AP) — For several hours Monday, music lovers believed Tom Petty was dead. Courtney Love, Talib Kweli, Kid Rock, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Stanley and Lin-Manuel Miranda were among scores of fans posting remembrances on Twitter, where Petty was the top worldwide trending topic Monday afternoon. A memorial was scheduled for his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But the 66-year-old entertainer is still alive, and news outlets that announced his death Monday retracted their stories later Monday. The Walk of Fame tribute was canceled. The confusion started…

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Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine, dies at 91

American icon died at his Playboy Mansion home from natural causes, the publication announces Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine, has died aged 91. Hefner, who founded the sexually explicit mens lifestyle magazine in 1953, died at his home, the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, the publication announced. Cooper Hefner, Hefners son and the chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises, Playboy (@Playboy) American Icon and Playboy Founder, Hugh M. Hefner passed away today. He was 91. pic.twitter.com/tCLa2iNXa4 September 28, 2017 Larry King (@kingsthings) Hugh Hefner was a…

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Hipster-bashing in California: angry residents fight back against gentrification

In a state where house prices are twice the US average, artists and developers are feeling the ire of a growing movement to defend our homes and our culture Half a century after the summer of love and hippie harmony, California is experiencing a summer of loathing and hipster-bashing. Not just hipsters. Artists, techies, realtors, business owners, developers, all are feeling the wrath of a burgeoning and in some cases radicalising anti-gentrification movement. In the Los Angeles neighbourhood of Boyle Heights, protesters are targeting a new cafe with placards, chants…

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