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April 12, 2014 | By Victoria Kim
Family members have received confirmation that two seniors from Animo Inglewood Charter High School were among those killed in Thursday's fiery bus crash in Northern California, according to a sister of one of the students. Ismael Jimenez and Denise Gomez, both 18, had been unaccounted for since the collision between a FedEx truck and a tour bus filled with high school students bound for Humboldt State University. The crash killed 10, including five students, but authorities said identifying some of the deceased would take some time because their bodies were badly burned.
April 12, 2014 | Chris Erskine
Called a family meeting the other day. Like conversation, a family meeting is another antiquated concept. These days, you're more likely to go on a sleigh ride or visit the Vatican than attend a family meeting. I plow ahead anyway. Our family is now one of those weird sports teams, split between players too young and too old. Our youngest is 11; our oldest, 30. In a sense, we're having our own grandchildren. So, when I call a family meeting, some of them show up in their PJs; some of them show up with hangovers.
April 11, 2014 | By Esmeralda Bermudez, Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
They were supposed to be the first - the first in their families to tour a college, to have a choice, to one day see their names in fancy letters on diplomas. One wanted to be a movie director, another a kinesiologist. Three of the adults already had careers. They boarded the bus eager to give back. Families and friends on Friday mourned the loss of five students, three chaperons and two drivers. These are some of their stories. Marisa Serrato Marisa and Marisol Serrato were born five minutes apart.
April 11, 2014 | By David Karp
DOS PALOS, Calif. - Bagged rice may look like a mundane commodity, a bit incongruous at a local farmers market. But one taste of the variety grown by Koda Farms - with attractive, uniform kernels, alluring fragrance, soft texture and a rich, sweet flavor - makes clear that rice can be a delicacy well worth pursuing. "Their brown rice is different from what is produced in Japan, but has its own unique, nutty flavor," said Sonoko Sakai, a locally based cooking teacher who frequently travels to Japan and represents traditional Japanese rice growers in the United States.
April 10, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Yellowstone National Park covers 3,472 square miles in Wyoming and parts of Montana and Idaho -- a lot to explore on a family vacation. The Yellowstone Assn. Institute and Xanterra Parks & Resorts have joined up to offer a tour with kids in mind that breaks down the vast parkland. Yellowstone for Families is designed for parents and children between 8 and 12 years old. It includes five days of activities -- animal tracking, wildlife viewing, painting, photography and hiking -- with a naturalist guide.
April 10, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Under persistent questioning from reporters, the executive officer of the Navy ship that rescued a family off its disabled sailboat 1,000 miles off Mexico said he would not have brought his own children on a similar trip. "For one thing, I don't own a sailboat," said Lt. Cmdr. Daryl Robbin, a 26-year U.S. Navy veteran. "For another, I know how big the ocean is. " Robbin was addressing reporters Wednesday after the arrival of the guided-missile frigate Vandegrift.
April 10, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Family Dollar Stores Inc. said it would close 370 under-performing stores later this year and slash prices on 1,000 products after its profit for the second quarter plunged more than 30%. The North Carolina discount retail chain, which has more than a dozen stores in the Los Angeles area, also said it would curb store openings in the next fiscal years to 350 to 400. The company planned to launch 525 new stores this year. Family Dollar has 8,100 stores across the country. The so-called strategic actions also include “reducing corporate overhead,” a move that will result in job cuts.
April 10, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Ilo Ilo" is writer-director Anthony Chen's first film, but breathtaking intimacy in storytelling is already second nature to him. Winner of Cannes' prestigious Camera d'Or for best debut feature, it quietly demonstrates that in the right hands even the familiar stuff of everyday life can move us deeply. "Ilo Ilo" is inspired, like the similarly affecting "The Maid" from Chile's Sebastian Silva, by the filmmaker's experience being raised by a maid in his native Singapore because his middle-class parents had to work.
April 10, 2014 | By Veronica Rocha
The family of  a San Pedro man whose body was found inside a suitcase dumped in a wash near Glendale described him as kind, affectionate and trusting 21-year-old. It has been more than a week since  Victor Manuel Moreno was discovered March 31 in the Verdugo wash near Glorietta and Woodland avenues,  devestating family members who have been waiting for answers. Moreno's mother had reported him missing to local police just days before the grim discovery, his aunt, Lori Rosado, told the Glendale News-Press . Desperate for answers about his disappearance, she visited the local police station only to have her worst fears confirmed: the thin body inside the suitcase was her son. “No family, no mother could prepare for this,” Rosado said.
April 10, 2014 | By Victoria Kim
Family members in a brewing legal dispute over the body of screen legend Mickey Rooney have reached an agreement on where and how the star should be buried, heading off a potentially costly and public court fight, attorneys announced Thursday afternoon. The agreement comes on the eve of a court hearing scheduled for Friday morning, at which a judge was to hear arguments from an attorney for Rooney's estranged wife on one side, and Rooney's conservator, who has the support of his stepson Mark Rooney and daughter-in-law, on the other.
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