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February 3, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
AT&T announced big savings on family plans over the weekend, the latest wireless company to slash prices amid a brutal carrier war. The No. 2 carrier said a family of four could now get unlimited talk and text and share 10 gigabytes of data for $160 a month.  Each additional line is $15 more; so for example, a family of three would pay $145 a month and a family of five would pay $175 a month. For current customers, the household savings amount to $40 to $100 a month, depending on their existing plan.
February 19, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
The family of a Tustin man who was shot and killed by police last week say he was unarmed and suffering from depression and an anxiety attack when they called for help, an attorney for the family said. Tustin police received a call about a family disturbance at an apartment about 11:30 a.m. Feb. 10. When they arrived, police spokesman Sgt. Andy Birozy said, they were "immediately confronted with an adult male armed with a knife” -- later identified as Robert Villa, 23. The knife was recovered at the scene.
January 10, 2014 | By Jason Wells, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
The attorney who successfully fought in court to keep 13-year-old Jahi McMath on a ventilator at an Oakland hospital for weeks after she was declared brain dead defended his actions this week, calling the case a fight for family rights. Christopher Dolan has been widely criticized as having fed false hope to the McMath family that somehow their daughter -- declared brain dead by at least three neurologists and issued a death certificate by the Alameda County coroner -- will recover.
July 4, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - As a boy, Mandla Mandela wanted nothing more than to be a disc jockey in the city. But his grandfather, former South African President Nelson Mandela, picked him to live in the rolling hills of Eastern Cape as leader of the family and chief of its clan. It's a family now engulfed by an acrimonious feud, even as the elder statesman lies critically ill in a hospital. The bitterness spilled out Thursday as Mandla Mandela accused a half-brother, Mbuso, of impregnating Mandla's wife, called another brother, Nbada, illegitimate and said Nelson Mandela's oldest daughter, Makaziwe, was sowing “divisions and destruction” in the family.
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.
June 6, 2012 | By David C. Nichols
It's hard to imagine a more peculiar mix of canny and canned than “The Addams Family,” which opened Tuesday at the Pantages Theatre. Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice and Andrew Lippa's 2010 musical adaptation of Charles Addams' celebrated New Yorker cartoon clan stitches together shrewdly maneuvered, innately mismatched elements, and still causes audiences to lose their collective heads. This had already been the case throughout “Family's” trek from Chicago to Broadway, where original director-designers Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch of “Shockheaded Peter” fame had given way to director Jerry Zaks.
November 16, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Confirmation that two members of the McStay family who went missing in 2010 were found buried in the desert outside Victorville brought a small measure of peace to family members. But they said they are determined to know who killed them. While confirming the identities of Joseph McStay, 42, and his wife, Summer, 45, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon would not say whether the two other sets of skeletal remains discovered at the site were that of the couple's children, Gianni, 4, and Joseph Jr., 3. PHOTOS: Mystery over a family that disappeared "It gives us courage to know that they're together and they're in a better place," said Joseph McStay's brother, Mike McStay.
August 13, 2013 | By Rachel Miller
"Doomsday Castle," the new unscripted National Geographic Channel series premiering Tuesday from the producers of the hit "Doomsday Preppers," is looking to put a whole new spin on the phrase "family bonding. " Forget board games and Sunday night dinners -- American prepper Brent Sr. and his children Brent II, Ashley, Lindsay, Dawn Marie and Michael are coming together to build a self-sufficient, medieval castle to protect themselves from the chaos that the apocalypse will bring. Although many predicted end times dates have come and gone, Brent Sr. and his family are on a mission to assure the world that there will be a doomsday -- it's just a matter of when.
November 29, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times
Amira Williams was 3 years old when fire swept through her home and burned more than 95% of her body. Children so young and so badly burned normally aren’t expected to live. This Baltimore Sun story describes what happened in 2007 when her mom was awakened by smoke and flames in a second-floor hallway: "She ordered Amira's father to jump out of the window so she could drop her older daughter, then 4, to him. She positioned herself on the sill, the window propped open on her shoulder, but as she reached for Amira, she fell.
June 19, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Mention the sucking, gravitational pull of the smartphone to a mom and you'll probably get a strong reaction. She may admit to being addicted to the phone herself, or she'll cop to handing it over to the kids to get some quiet time a bit more frequently than she'd like. Perhaps she has a partner who seems more interested in what is happening on Facebook or Twitter than what is happening around the house, or, if she is the parent of a teenager, she will describe that telltale lap glance at the dinner table that drives her insane.
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