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March 11, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
A man accused of killing his boyfriend and dumping his severed head, hands and feet below the Hollywood sign two years ago was being held in Texas with bail set at $1 million, pending an extradition hearing. Gabriel Campos-Martinez, 36, faces a single count of murder in the 2012 death of his partner, Hervey Medellin, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. Campos-Martinez was arrested by LAPD's elite robbery-homicide detectives Sunday in San Antonio, Texas. If convicted, he faces 25 years to life in state prison.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
A man   arrested in the 2012 death of his boyfriend, whose head, hands and feet were scattered below the Hollywood sign, made "inconsistent and suspicious statements" to police after his partner's body parts were found, court documents showed. A search warrant affidavit filed in connection with the killing of Hervey Medellin said Medellin's partner, Gabriel Campos- Martinez , then took a polygraph test, which revealed he was "deceitful of dismembering the victim's body and having knowledge of the victim's murder.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The man accused of killing his boyfriend and dumping his severed head, hands and feet below the Hollywood sign two years ago has been charged with murder, prosecutors said. Gabriel Campos-Martinez, 36, faces a single count of murder in connection with the 2012 death of Hervey Medellin, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. Campos-Martinez was arrested by LAPD's elite robbery-homicide detectives Sunday in San Antonio, Texas. Campos-Martinez was being held on $1-million bail in Texas pending an extradition hearing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
The head was discovered first, wrapped in a plastic 99 Cents Only Store bag along one of the hiking trails below the Hollywood sign. The right hand and feet were found a day later, this time in a Rite Aid bag buried in a 6-inch grave. The left hand was uncovered hours later. Now, more than two years after the grisly discovery in Griffith Park, Los Angeles police have announced an arrest in the slaying of 66-year-old Hervey Medellin: Medellin's boyfriend, who had long been a person of interest in the case.
HEALTH
March 7, 2014 | By Rene Lynch
What do you think about when you're working out your glutes? If you're like most, you're just counting reps, waiting for the whole thing to be over. But fitness expert Tosca Reno , author of the new book "The Start Here Diet," says you could be cheating yourself out of gains if you don't focus your mind as well as your muscles. The lower-body muscles are relatively powerful to begin with. As a result, you might be able to knock out a few sets of the bridge exercise without too much effort.
SCIENCE
March 6, 2014 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Everyone dislikes some kind of music, but are there people out there who don't respond to musical pathos? Apparently, yes, and they weren't lying when they said so, according to a study published online Thursday in Current Biology. A team of researchers from Spain and Canada was trying to develop an accurate questionnaire to gauge people's sense of reward from music when they found that roughly 5% of their study subjects reported getting no pleasure at all from music. So they followed up by testing 30 subjects, grouped by their relative affinity for music.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - The family of a hospital patient found dead in an emergency stairwell 17 days after she vanished from her room has filed a wrongful death claim against San Francisco, which owns and operates the medical facility. The claim, a precursor to a lawsuit when a governmental body is named as a defendant, was filed by the son and daughter of Lynne Spalding, 57, who entered San Francisco General Hospital on Sept. 19 and was found dead in a hospital emergency stairwell on Oct. 8. The claim describes a calamitous array of errors by the hospital and the San Francisco Sheriff's Department, which provides security for San Francisco General.
NATIONAL
March 4, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A body was found in the rubble of a natural-gas-fueled explosion that damaged or destroyed 55 units at a New Jersey condominium complex, police said Tuesday evening. Seven utility workers were injured in the Ewing Township explosion and fire Tuesday.  The body was found outside a charred structure, Ewing Police Lt. Ron Lunetta said. He declined to give any details about the victim.  “It's extensive and where it happened is devastating,” Lunetta said of the destruction that left blackened ruins amid a snow-covered neighborhood.  Flames, debris and dark smoke soared into the sky of the Trenton suburb about 12:50 p.m., and there were several 911 calls about a large explosion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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 adolfo.flores@latimes.com Twitter: @AdolfoFlores3
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