In brief: Mayor arrested over purse theft
A suburban Los Angeles mayor has been arrested after a purse-snatching incident and a wild ride through streets with a woman clinging to his sport utility vehicle.
Lt Ariel Duran of San Gabriel police said Albert Huang (35) was in custody on suspicion of felony assault, felony robbery and misdemeanour battery after his arrest early yesterday. He said the mayor had been arguing with the woman over money.
Filming to start on The Hobbit
It's time to celebrate again in Middle Earth.
Peter Jackson is set to direct The Hobbit, the two-part prequel to the popular Lord Of The Rings trilogy and start shooting in February, Warner Bros said.
The movies, based on JRR Tolkien's books, had been delayed by union issues and the ongoing restructuring of flailing Hollywood studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc, which owns half the project.
Clinton talks on drug violence
Speaking in San Francisco, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reiterated her support for helping end "the brutality and barbarity" of Mexico's drug violence.
Clinton spoke last night at a meeting of the nonpartisan Commonwealth Club. She said it is in the US' interest to crack down on drug cartels that have taken on attributes of terrorists and insurgent groups elsewhere around the world.