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June 21, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- For animal lovers in China, the week seemed to bring one discouraging headline after another. First, tourists in a southern resort reportedly manhandled a stranded dolphin and took photos with it rather than immediately call for help; the mammal later died. Then, customs authorities announced that they had caught two men trying to smuggle more than 200 bear paws into the country from Russia; the feet are considered a delicacy in some parts of China.  On Friday, the southern city of Yulin went ahead with a dog meat festival, over the objection of activists who complained many of the table-bound canines were abducted strays and pets being slaughtered at unlicensed butcheries.
April 21, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Finn, a large Irish wolfhound, spends some of his time cheering up travelers at Los Angeles International Airport. One day after a gunman opened fire at Terminal 3 and left a Transportation Security Administration officer dead last November, Finn was on the job. A member of LAX's Pets Unstressing Passengers, or PUPS program , Finn moved in and out of boarding gates, stopping for some petting and love from passengers. "I think after the shooting, Finn attracted attention because he represented something comforting," owner Brian Valente said in an airport statement.
December 10, 2011
How the Dog Became the Dog From Wolves to Our Best Friends Mark Derr Overlook/Duckworth: 287 pp., $26.95
April 20, 2014 | By Stacey Leasca
Just a few blocks from the Boston Marathon finish line, people were lined up Saturday, awaiting the arrival of a quartet of unusual healers. The foursome is part of a corps with an amazing ability to calm and comfort people deeply shaken by violence or disaster just by being themselves -- dogs. People milled around the entrance to the First Lutheran Church of Boston, which sits close to the end of the race route, the site of last year's bombings. The church remained open throughout Marathon Monday 2013.
July 2, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
A video showing a Hawthorne police officer fatally shooting a dog is drawing outrage on the Internet, and its owner claims he was targeted because of pending claims against the department. The shooting Sunday occurred after a standoff between police and armed robbery suspects near the intersection of 137th Street and Jefferson Avenue. Officers handcuffed bystander Leon Rosby, 52, after he walked close to the scene with an 80-pound Rottweiler on a “long leash-line," creating “an increasingly dangerous situation,” the Hawthorne Police Department said in statement.
July 14, 2010 | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
When a man walked down the street today, he was introduced to a dog. For some reason he bit it.
October 12, 2012 | By Melissa Rohlin
After spending 18 months in federal prison in a dogfighting case, Michael Vick has decided to get a dog as a family pet. "I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family's decision to care for a pet," Vick said in a statement. "As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals. I want to ensure that my children establish a loving bond and treat all of God's creatures with kindness and respect. Our pet is well cared for and loved as a member of our family.
October 31, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A man who was angry that a dog had sniffed his leg proceeded to kill the dog's owner in front of the victim's teenage daughter, authorities in the Bay Area said. Dereak Turner, 24, of Vallejo, Calif., was arrested and charged with fatally shooting the man in Hayward, according to the San Francisco Chronicle . Police said Turner allegedly shot and killed 38-year-old Thomas Cunningham outside a liquor store in November 2009. Cunningham, who was with his 13-year-old daughter and two dogs when they encountered Turner on their way home from buying ice cream.
July 19, 2012 | By Christopher Hawthorne
A Labrador retriever named Chewy attacked her owner, Jennifer McArfer of South Pasadena, and chewed off portions of McArfer's arm, shin and neck while the woman slept off four glasses of wine. "What can I say," Chewy said. "I was really hungry. "    
February 9, 2012
How is it that more rock fans aren't talking about Dr. Dog ? The Philadelphia group possesses an encyclopedia's worth of knowledge of '60s and '70s pop and rock. Its expert "Shame, Shame" was an underrated gem from 2010, and its follow-up, "Be the Void," scuffs up the edges of the group's well-crated sound for jangly instrumentation and a raucous, feel-good core that's awfully tough to resist. Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway, L.A. 8 p.m. Fri. $22.50. .
April 7, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Miley Cyrus may have a new dog in her pack, but that doesn't mean she's over the death of her favorite pup, Floyd, who passed away last week.  The 21-year-old singer has been publicly mourning on Twitter for days now, since she announced Floyd's death Tuesday. On Friday she tweeted the arrival of Moonie, a gift from her mother.  "my mama knew my heart was broken & this morning I woke up to Moonie kisses," Cyrus wrote, including a picture of Moonie.  The picture was retweeted more than 20,000 times and marked a favorite by about 46,000 fans.  But while the new pup has offered comfort, she hasn't replaced Floyd in the singer's heart.
April 5, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
ARLINGTON, Texas - Well everyone had it wrong - you, me, the postman and the NCAA selection committee. All that teeth-gnashing over tournament seeding has produced an NCAA championship game between a No. 7 and No. 8. Let's hear it for a collective No. 15! Monday night, though, Connecticut and Kentucky will be playing for the only number that counts No.1. No. 8 Kentucky dramatically capped Saturday night with a 74-73 victory over No. 2 Wisconsin in the second NCAA semifinal game before a Final Four record crowd of 79,444 fans at AT&T Stadium.
April 4, 2014 | By David. L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Barbara Ehrenreich never meant to write a memoir. "It seems very self-involved," she says by phone from her home in Arlington, Va. "I have anxiety about it. " That anxiety is heightened at the moment because her new book, "Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth About Everything" (Twelve: 240 pp., $26), is as personal a piece of writing as she has ever done, built around a journal from her teenage years that traces both a spiritual quest and a youthful mystical experience, each having to do with "an impression of intention" - the sense that there is some underlying shape or meaning to the universe.
April 2, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Miley Cyrus' dog Floyd has died, and the singer mourned her loss publicly Tuesday night on Twitter. Her plaintive tweets were peppered with broken-heart and sad-kitty emojis, and by Wednesday the hashtag #RIPFloyd was trending on the site in the U.S. "Today is the 2nd worst day of my life," she posted Tuesday afternoon, offering no explanation until she returned to Twitter seven hours later.  "I don't wanna say it because I don't want...
March 30, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
An Iranian man parks his car in a guest spot behind his apartment. He heads inside the building and comes back out about an hour later to walk the dog. Across the street, parked in a rental car, private investigator Sam Nassrouie tucks away his surveillance gear - a camera pen and a hidden tape recorder that looks like an MP3 player - and retrieves his cellphone. "Your husband doesn't seem to be cheating on you," Nassrouie reassures his client, an Iranian woman, over the phone.
March 26, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A San Pedro man was sentenced Tuesday to four years in state prison after prosecutors say he was caught on camera climbing a backyard fence and sexually assaulting a neighboring family's dog. Christopher Caceres, 22, pleaded guilty to one count each of cruelty to an animal and first-degree burglary, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. In a statement, prosecutors said that from August to November 2013, a family reported their dog would continuously yelp at night.
March 22, 2013
"Twlight Saga" star Ashley Greene's West Hollywood condominium was gutted in a fire Friday morning. The star, her boyfriend and her brother were in the third-floor unit of Granville Towers when the fire broke out, according to KTLA News. Witnesses told the station that they saw black smoke coming from the building and ran outside. Three people were treated for smoke inhalation, KTLA said. Flames engulfed the unit in the building at 1424 Crescent Heights Blvd. about 9:30 a.m. Fifty-five firefighters responded to the two-alarm blaze, which was doused in under half an hour.
April 19, 2009
"Fire, Bed & Bone" Henrietta Branford I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes history books. A dog's masters are taken to jail and the dog ventures out to help and protect his masters' family. The story takes place in 1381, so it is not exactly the best time. I believe that those who love history and dogs will love this book.
March 25, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
An Anaheim police K-9 handler has been reunited with his German shepherd partner, Bruno, after the dog was shot in the face last week by a suspect. Officer R.J. Young and his newborn daughter visited Bruno for 30 minutes at Yorba Regional Animal Hospital late Monday. Young had postponed seeing Bruno because of the dog's weak lungs and concerns that would be too excited during a visit. “The best part of my day was when I got to lay down with him for 10 [minutes],” Young said, in a statement posted on the Orange County Police Canine Assn.'s Facebook page . Bruno suffered a shattered jaw as a result of the bullet's impact, but the association said he was making substantial progress.
March 25, 2014 | By Kate Mather
A man  accused of stealing and killing  his estranged wife's Chihuahua by deliberately running his car over it in a Hawthorne alley pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony animal cruelty and other charges. Michael David Parker, 45, of Sherman Oaks, also faces one count of felony animal neglect and a misdemeanor count of petty theft of a dog, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. The animal cruelty charge carries an allegation that he used his car as a deadly weapon.
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