SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego will pay $250,000 to a woman who claimed she was sexually harassed by former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner. The settlement announced Monday ends a lawsuit filed by Irene McCormack Jackson, but harassment suits by two more women are pending. Jackson was the disgraced mayor's former communications director and the first of nearly 20 women to go public with harassment allegations last year. She claimed that Filner asked her to work without panties, demanded kisses, told her he wanted to see her naked and dragged her in a headlock while whispering in her ear.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two chefs have pleaded guilty to serving whale meat at a Southern California restaurant that has since closed. City News Service reports Kiyoshiro Yamamoto and Susumu Ueda entered pleas Monday to conspiracy and other charges involving meat from endangered sei (say) whales. Each faces up to three years in federal prison, along with fines and community service. The chefs served it as whale sushi to activists posing as customers at The Hump restaurant in Santa Monica.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Filming permits show that the "Dumb Starbucks" coffee shop generating buzz in Los Angeles is tied to a comedy production company. The store opened Friday and has been giving away free drinks while getting lots of attention. Permits obtained today by The Associated Press show that filming was authorized at the location three times in the weeks before the store opened. The permits were taken out by Abso Lutely Productions. The company is run by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, a comedy duo known as Tim & Eric who have done movies and television shows.
HONOLULU (AP) — Authorities say there was something unusual about three mannequin heads found inside a UPS parcel being mailed from San Bernardino, Calif., to Hawaii: They each had two pounds of methamphetamine stuffed inside them. Now, three men in Hawaii face drug charges. One of the men, Anthony Buzio Sanchez, is expected to plead guilty in federal court in Honolulu on Monday.