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March 4, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The death of Canadian tourist Elisa Lam, whose body was found in a water tank atop a Los Angeles hotel, has inspired the plot of a Hollywood horror movie. Lam, 21, was found dead  in a water tank on the roof of the Cecil Hotel on Feb. 21, 2013. Her odd behavior in the hours before her disappearance sparked fears and  conspiracy theories  about how she died. Deadline Hollywood reported that Sony Pictures Entertainment and Matt Tolmach Productions acquired rights to the screenplay “The Bringing,” speculatively written by Brandon and Phillip Murphy, which focuses on a detective's mysterious encounters as he investigates Lam's death.
March 3, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Authorities are investigating a dead body discovered Monday in Lincoln Heights along the Los Angeles River. The body, reported to authorities at about 7:20 a.m., was on the riverbed near the 1700 block of North Spring Street, said Los Angeles police Officer Rosario Herrera. The victim's gender had not yet been determined, Herrera said. The Los Angeles Fire Department, along with L.A. County sheriff's and coroner's officials, was assisting the LAPD with the investigation. ALSO: California storms did little to ease drought conditions Video shows huge wave crashing into Santa Barbara restaurant Disney to cut funding to Boy Scouts over ban on gay adult leaders Twitter: @AdolfoFlores3
March 3, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a 21-year-old man whose body was discovered Monday morning alongside the Los Angeles River in Lincoln Heights. The body, found facedown in the riverbed near the 1700 block of North Spring Street, was reported to police about 7:20 a.m., said coroner's and LAPD officials. It was identified as Pearson Kim Taing of Los Angeles. The cause of death has not been determined, said L.A. County Department of Coroner Lt. Larry Dietz. Sgt. Barry Montgomery of the Los Angeles Police Department said detectives don't know if Taing was the person reported to have fallen into the river near Fletcher Drive during the weekend storm.
March 2, 2014 | By Tony Perry
Searchers on Sunday recovered the body of a 55-year-old man who disappeared while apparently fishing at Lake Sutherland Dam in Ramona, officials said. The man, whose name was not released, had gone missing Saturday. His upside-down kayak was found on the shoreline. A search Saturday by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and the San Diego Lifeguard Service had been suspended due to stormy weather. Lake Sutherland is 45 miles northeast of downtown San Diego. ALSO: Fight over school's American flag T-shirt ban likely to continue California couple's gold-coin find called greatest in U.S. history Former NFL player Darren Sharper surrenders to police in New Orleans rape case Twitter: @LATsandiego
March 1, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Maybe the Muppets weren't such a good idea. Toyota, for those who missed the Super Bowl ad, has enlisted the help of Jim Henson's finest to sell its all-new Highlander SUV. This would be a hoot except for one awkward fact: This thing holds Muppets a lot better than actual people. The new Highlander has less head- and legroom in the third row than the previous generation model. In fact, it has less space back there than nearly all of its SUV and crossover rivals. That's disappointing, particularly because the outside of the Highlander is actually about 3 inches longer.
March 1, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- His qualifying laps finished, Dale Earnhardt Jr. climbed from his car and walked briskly down pit road toward the garage at Phoenix International Raceway. Earnhardt moved quickly because he was instantly surrounded by a dozen fans seeking autographs or to snap his picture, and they hustled to keep pace with him. Had he stopped, the crowd would have swelled and Earnhardt would have fallen behind schedule. NASCAR this year unveiled major changes in its playoff and qualifying formats in hopes of raising the sport's popularity, which has dipped in recent years after surging in the mid-2000s.
February 28, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
Somehow, Friday became a real “Day of the Dead” day: First with the story about the gentleman in Mississippi who refused to shuffle off his mortal coil, and then with a story from Finland about a blood test that could tell you when death is near. Combined with the rain in California, it's enough to make you want to pull the covers back over your head until Monday! In Lexington, Miss., the coroner had pronounced 78-year-old Walter Williams dead Wednesday; he was zipped into a body bag and transported to a local funeral home.
February 28, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A 78-year-old Mississippi man who was pronounced dead on Wednesday was alive the next day in what officials are calling a miracle -- but is more likely a case of a pacemaker that stopped and restarted. The resurrection incident began on Wednesday night when Holmes County officials were called to the home of Walter Williams in Lexington, Miss., north of Jackson. Coroner Dexter Holmes told reporters that he pronounced Williams dead on Wednesday night and sent the body off to a mortuary for the final trip home.
February 25, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A man's body was found in the trunk of a burning car Monday night in an alley in Arleta and detectives are asking for the public's help in finding out what happened.  The man, who was not immediately identified but is believed to be between 25 and 35 years old, was found in the truck of the burning Audi A4 at about 10:30 p.m. "The fire fully engulfed the passenger compartment, but never made it to the trunk," Los Angeles Police Lt. Paul Vernon...
February 23, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
In the near future, airline passengers may be screened for weapons without having to stop walking or remove their coats and shoes. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is pushing for private contractors to create a screening machine with "screen and walk" capability for use at the nation's 160 international airports and thousands of federal facilities. The agency recently requested information from high-tech companies and other private firms about any new technology that can help speed up the security checkpoints managed by the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Protective Services.
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