CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2013 |
The deaths of Ying Wu and Ming Qu, two USC graduate students from China, puzzled investigators. The two had been fatally shot while sitting in Qu's parked BMW on a rainy April night in 2012, and authorities struggled to find a motive. Both, however, were missing their phones. In the end, prosecutors said, it was Wu's stolen black iPhone that led investigators to the suspected shooters. On Monday, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled that Bryan Barnes, 21, and Javier Bolden, 20, will stand trial for the students' deaths.
October 3, 2013 |
Once they place a suspect under arrest, police in many parts of this country are allowed to search the contents of his or her mobile phone - including text messages, photos, video files and contacts - without a warrant. These searches can expose a wealth of personal detail that was inconceivable to the Supreme Court 40 years ago when it gave officers wide latitude to search people and their effects when taking them into custody. It's time for the court to adapt its doctrine to new technology.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2013 |
Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies shot and wounded a man in the 1700 block of Burnside Avenue in the Mid-City area Wednesday afternoon, according to a news release. Deputies responded to a Burnside Avenue address and saw a man who closely matched the description of a suspected felon. Upon contact with deputies, the man reached into his waistband and removed several objects, including narcotics and "a black object he held in his hand," the release said. A deputy opened fire, believing the man was arming himself.
September 20, 2013 |
Plenty of comedians crack jokes about the role of technology in contemporary life, but leave it to Louis C.K. to lace the observational humor with a little existential dread. On Thursday's "Conan," the multi-hyphenate actor-writer-director-producer-editor, who's up for approximately a million Emmys on Sunday night, explained why he won't let his young daughters have cellphones, despite their constant begging. "I'm not there to make them happy," he said defiantly.
September 10, 2013 |
Cellphone use at movie theaters is a modern etiquette dilemma that inspires heated debates and occasional popcorn throwing. But a blogger's call to 911 during a Toronto International Film Festival screening Monday has kicked the issue up a level. Alex Billington, president and owner of the movie website Firstshowing.net, said he called 911 during a press and industry screening of Ti West's horror movie "The Sacrament" to object to an audience member using his cellphone in one of the front rows.
September 4, 2013 |
During surgery at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, an anesthesiologist decorated a patient's face with stickers while the patient was unconscious - giving her a black mustache and teardrops under her left eye - and then a nurse's aide snapped her photo. The 2011 incident has prompted a state investigation and a civil lawsuit by the patient against the hospital and the doctor over the alleged breach of medical privacy. Torrance Memorial said in a statement that this "breach of professionalism regrettably did occur" and those involved "demonstrated poor judgment" while caring for Veronica Valdez, 36, who worked at the hospital for 13 years before the surgery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Lawmakers on Tuesday sent the governor proposals to further curb cellphone use by teenage drivers and to clamp down on scalpers who electronically scoop up blocks of tickets for concerts and sporting events. The cellphone measure would bar those younger than 18 from using voice-operated hands-free texting programs while behind the wheel. They already are banned from using cellphones while driving, even with hands-free devices. "Distractions from using a voice-operated device endanger not only the driver but other motorists as well as pedestrians," said the bill's author, state Sen. Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton)
September 3, 2013 |
Microsoft's $7.2-billion bid for the world's second-largest cellphone business isn't really about phones. The acquisition of Nokia's devices and services unit gives the software giant a crucial new chess piece as it seeks to reinvent itself to compete in a much bigger and more complex game against rivals Apple and Google. In this new battlefield, the ultimate goal is to see who can produce the broadest range of gadgets, software and online services that all work seamlessly together in your house or business.
September 1, 2013 |
When friends invited my husband, Tim, and me to their wedding in Occidental, Calif., I had to look up the place, even though I'm the author of a guidebook that covers much of Sonoma County. Occidental, I learned, is a postage stamp-sized hamlet (population 1,115) about 70 miles north of San Francisco and 10 miles east of the coast. As we drove in, I was surprised by its Old West flavor. In a region obsessed with all things French and Italian, Occidental is pretty darned American. It has saloons, checked-tablecloth restaurants and a white-steepled church built in 1876.
August 23, 2013 |
Consumers frustrated by robo-calls and customer service calls to their cellphones have a potential way out. A federal appeals court in Philadelphia ruled this week that people can opt out of unsolicited cellphone calls if companies are using auto-dialers to make them, regardless of any prior consent or business relationship between the parties. The decision came from a case involving Ashley Gager, a Pennsylvania woman who had financed a Dell Inc. computer purchase through Dell Financial Services.