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October 7, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Instagram turned 3 years old over the weekend, but the young social network still has some growing up to do. The Facebook-owned app is one of the most popular social networks, and it shows. Recently, Instagram surpassed 150-million active monthly users, and it announced last week that it will begin displaying photo and video ads. PHOTOS: Top 11 hidden, cool features in Apple's iOS 7 But there's still room for improvement. So to celebrate Instagram's 3rd birthday, here are three things we want to see. 1. Clickable links Instagram is an excellent place to share visual content with friends.
October 2, 2013 | Paige St. John
Video footage of naked, screaming inmates being drenched with pepper spray was aired in federal court Tuesday as evidence in a lawsuit to force California to improve its treatment of mentally ill state prisoners. For nearly an hour Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton's Sacramento courtroom was filled with panicked screams from videos showing prisoners in pain, begging for help and pleading for the spraying to stop, while guards shouted over and over, "Cuff up!" In one case, the inmate had been playing with his feces and refused to take medication.
October 2, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A brazen motorcycle rider led law enforcement authorities on a pursuit on the 101 Freeway on Wednesday afternoon in the San Fernando Valley and then on surface streets across downtown Los Angeles and into the Eastside. A man was detained at an Auto Zone store about 5:30 p.m on Whittier Boulevard near Indiana Avenue, according to television news footage. CRAZY CAR CHASES ACROSS L.A. At one point, the motorcyclist was riding along sidewalks as authorities followed him. News footage showed the man cutting across lanes and darting between between vehicles.
September 26, 2013 | By Robert Abele
L.A.-based musician-filmmaker Ariana Delawari's very personal documentary "We Came Home" chronicles the frequent trips she made to her father's homeland, Afghanistan, in its alternatingly hopeful and turbulent years following the initial routing of the Taliban after 9/11. Her father, a prominent banker-activist, had moved back to help rebuild the country's economy. Delawari's main focus, however, is a 2007 trip in which she and two colleagues recorded songs at her parents' Kabul house in collaboration with a handful of elder Afghan musicians.
September 19, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - Video footage inside Building 197 at the Washington Navy Yard shows Aaron Alexis "calmly" walking down the hallways of four floors and stepping into offices, firing indiscriminately at people and reloading from shotgun shells he had stuffed inside the pockets of his black cargo pants. The footage, disclosed Thursday by FBI Director James B. Comey in a news briefing, makes clear the 34-year-old civilian contractor on Monday morning was not targeting any individuals but rather was intent on shooting as many people as possible, even shooting a security guard and grabbing his weapon to continue the killing.
September 6, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
Audiotape of a casual phone conversation in the new documentary "Our Nixon" reveals a startling fact about President Nixon and his staff: that they were unfamiliar with the most popular television program in America at the time, "All in the Family. " In the call, White House chief of staff H.R. Haldeman seemed to think the influential sitcom was a panel show, and Nixon thought it was a movie that villainized a "square hard hat" (Archie Bunker). Forty-one years after the Watergate scandal first broke, the seemingly prosaic detail about the Nixon White House's lack of pop culture awareness provides the kind of context that often gets lost when the first draft of history is written.
September 5, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Richard Winton and Ruben Vives
Surveillance video taken from a Long Beach business shows police striking a man at least six times with batons, which was not captured in a YouTube video of the interaction that has drawn scrutiny in recent days. The video, which Long Beach police released to The Times, begins at an unknown time before the 4 1/2-minute YouTube clip . The surveillance footage shows the man--identified as 46-year-old Porfirio Santos-Lopez--appearing to punch at officers before he falls to the ground, apparently after being Tasered.
August 28, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Perhaps Olivia Munn should have paid more attention in elementary school.  If she had, "The Newsroom" actress might not have had to learn the hard way that it's dangerous to get too high on a swing.  Munn, you see, was recently staying in Prague at an apartment outfitted with an indoor swing (no, not that kind; get your mind out of the gutter!). Like many a playground daredevil before her, she decided it would be fun to see if she could propel herself high enough that she was parallel with the ground.  PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments That's when her swing broke, sending Munn crashing to the floor -- an accident that left her with a dislocated shoulder and a case of whiplash that was still very much in evidence Tuesday on "The Late Show," where, in what amounted to a PSA about the perils of swing set tomfoolery, she shared footage of the mishap.  David Letterman seemed to get a kick out of the video, which he played repeatedly (and once in slow motion)
August 22, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
People of America, Tina Fey needs your help. The woman otherwise known as Liz Lemon paid a visit to “Late Show With David Letterman,” where she gave viewers a glimpse into her post-“30 Rock” life which, she joked, consists mostly of going to her new Manhattan office and making toast.   But Fey's pleasantly uneventful daily routine was shaken up recently when her office was burglarized, with a devious furniture mover (allegedly) stealing a computer full of her ideas for new TV shows.
August 15, 2013 | By Robert Abele
For anyone voyeuristically curious about the annual desert bacchanalia Burning Man but not enough to join the exhibitionist, live-for-art multitudes in person, the documentary "Spark: A Burning Man Story" offers plenty of skillfully designed Black Rock City footage of the nude, nutty and neon-colored set to lulling, ambient music. Unfortunately, a tourism ad for the increasingly populous festival is mostly how "Spark" plays, even with the access directors Steve Brown and Jessie Deeter got to capture the internalized hand-wringing over last year's lottery ticket fiasco, which alienated longtime attendees.
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