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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
The father who witnessed his wife and four children die in a fiery SUV crash Saturday near Fresno made "every effort" to save his family, even as the wife tried to get out, a California Highway Patrol officer said. The 29-year-old mother, who was not immediately identified, was driving south about 7 p.m. in a 2003 Ford Expedition in the community of Riverdale, south of Fresno. In the SUV were her four children -- 1- and 3-year-old boys and 6- and 11-year-old girls -- when a Nissan apparently ran a stop sign at about 60 mph, causing the collision, authorities said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Witnesses of a fiery crash near Fresno that killed a mother and her four children over the weekend described how they had to pull the husband away from the burning wreckage as he tried to rescue his family. "My husband ran out, he saw a car engulfed in flames and a man running around the car wanting to get his family out," Lori Pierce told the Fresno Bee . "He was in such shock we just had to pull him away. " Authorities said the 29-year-old mother, who was not identified, was driving south about 7 p.m. Saturday in a 2003 Ford Expedition in the community of Riverdale, south of Fresno.
NEWS
February 7, 2014 | By Jon Healey
The disappointing January jobs report -- only 113,000 positions added, compared to 194,000 per month on average last year -- has generated much hand-wringing by policymakers, pundits and economists. Januaries are typically slow months for job growth , as employers shed a bunch of temporary workers hired for the holidays, yet last month's total still came in well short of analysts' expectations. And given that December's jobs report was even worse than January's , with a net gain of only 75,000 jobs (revised upward from the original 74,000)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2014 | By Joe Mozingo
The "chef" hunkered over a batch of hash oil he was making in a kitchen in Redondo Beach, using a common but extremely dangerous method known as "open blasting. " The 26-year-old meticulously stirred and heated the marijuana extract into the highest clarity, slowly producing "butane honey oil" that would be as clear and pure as amber. This potent type of hash, also called "wax," has taken off in the marijuana market with the rise of electronic cigarettes and other vaporizing devices.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
A principal of a Maine middle school said a student suffered second-degree burns when her green iPhone 5c burst into flames while in her pocket. Class was just about to start when the incident occurred, and the student was taken to a nearby hospital.  The school did not release the girl's name. However, in an interview with the Portland Press Herald, the girl's mother, Judy Milligan said, "I was a little bit in shock" after being told about the fire. According to the Press Herald, the girl, 14, was sitting down before class when she heard a "pop from the Apple iPhone 5c she had been given by her mother two months earlier.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Long Beach police launched a homicide investigation Tuesday after a dead body was found inside a burning motor home. Officers on routine patrol smelled smoke at about 12:15 a.m. and followed it to the motor home in the 500 block of West 17th Street, where they found the dead body, said Marlene Arrona of the Long Beach Police Department. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim The victim appeared to be an adult., Arrona said. Authorities declined to say whether the person was male or female.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
At 60, Ken Burns is just getting started. "I feel more creatively alive right now than I've ever felt in my entire life, and I think I've got the best job in the world," the prolific historical documentarian said Monday evening at the Television Critics Assn. media tour in Pasadena. Burns said he has always worked according to a 10-year plan. The current cycle, which will lead him to the year 2020, includes six upcoming projects and a soon-to-be-released documentary called "The Address.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A fire that broke out at a two-story vacant car dealership at the edge of Ladera Heights early Tuesday morning -- trapping two people on the roof -- is "suspicious in nature," authorities said. The fire began at about 2:25 a.m. in the 5200 block of West Centinela Avenue near the border of Westchester. Firefighters who arrived on the scene had to rescue two people who may have been homeless and stuck on the roof, said Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department. After they were rescued, the two people disappeared, Main said.
SPORTS
January 17, 2014 | By Bill Dwyre
  For pro golfer Patrick Reed, Friday was Groundhog Day in the Southern California desert. He woke up to blue skies, warm temperatures, minimal wind and greens as smooth as a puppy's tummy. Again. So he went out and shot 63. Again. Reed, a 23-year-old Texan, leads the Humana Challenge by two shots. In most stops on the PGA tour, a 63-63 start that is 18 under par would have sent the rest of the guys off to call the airlines for early departure. After all, what's the use?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 | By Jason Wells and Ari Bloomekatz
The Colby fire that broke out near Glendora, north of Los Angeles on the edge of the Angeles National Forest, exploded in size Thursday morning as dry brush, steep terrain and winds made for rough firefighting conditions. Nathan Judy, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service, said the fire had grown to at least 125 acres by 8 a.m. and that it was moving quickly “going up and down the hills.” The fire was reported shortly before 6 a.m. Judy said that when he arrived at the scene early Thursday morning the fire had burned only four acres.
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