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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer and Kate Mather
A man accused of deliberately running over his estranged wife's Chihuahua pleaded no contest Friday to an animal cruelty charge. Michael David Parker, 45, of Sherman Oaks, pleaded no contest to one felony count of cruelty to an animal and admitted to using his car as a deadly weapon, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. Judge Keith Schwartz is expected to sentence Parker to 16 months in state prison and dismiss the remaining felony charges of petty theft of a dog and animal cruelty, the D.A.'s office said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
  Emma Stone has a new 'do to go along with her new film.  "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" star debuted a bob-like haircut and blunt bangs for  the film's world premiere  Thursday night at New York's Ziegfeld Theater, where she was the picture of elegance in a a cream-colored cut-out gown by Prada. The Italian fashion house also supplied her with the shoes and clutch, and she wore Sidney Garber jewelry, according to  Just Jared . The 25-year-old slipped into a shorter Victoria Beckham frock for the premiere's after-party at Skylight at Moynihan Station.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Yes, he even falls with grace. Mikhail Baryshnikov doesn't get much opportunity to dance in "Man in a Case," a performance piece that has been adapted from the Anton Chekhov short stories "The Man in a Case" and "About Love. " The most he offers is a few moves wreathed in air quotes. But there's a point in the production, which opened Thursday at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, when he slides down a steep flight of steps that is more revealing of his character than anything thus far in his portrayal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
A 52-year-old man found dead by the 110 Freeway in Highland Park has been identified, authorities said. Ruben Castaneda, 52, was discovered Tuesday night in a dirt area near the northbound lanes of the freeway with a single gunshot wound, said Lt. David Smith of the Los Angeles County coroner's office. Castaneda's city of residence hasn't been identified, Smith added. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim Witnesses told police they heard four or five gunshots that night, but they could not provide a description of the attacker.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - DMG Entertainment, the Beijing-based company that co-produced Hollywood films including "Iron Man 3" and "Transcendence," is in the process of going public on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. The move will see DMG enter the exchange through a reverse takeover with meat-processing company Sichuan Gaojin Foods. The deal still needs regulatory approval. According to DMG and Sichuan Gaojin, the deal values DMG at $970 million. That's three times the value of Gaojin at the end of 2013.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Police said officers shot and wounded a man who charged at them with a 24-inch sword in South Los Angeles. The confrontation took place around 4:30 p.m. Thursday after the officers responded to a radio call regarding an assault with a deadly weapon in the 6600 block of South Main Street , the Los Angeles Police Department said. The officer fired a Taser at the suspect, but that failed to stop him, an LAPD spokeswoman said.  At least one officer opened fire. The suspect was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2014 | By Ruben Vives and Laura Nelson
A man appeared to have jumped in front of a Metro Red Line train bound for North Hollywood on Thursday afternoon, causing service delays, according to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The incident was reported around 1:41 p.m. at the Civic Center/Grand Park station in downtown Los Angeles, where a man appeared to have jumped in front of a train heading to North Hollywood, said MTA spokesman Luis Inzunza.   The man was pronounced dead at the scene, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
NEWS
April 24, 2014 | By Brady MacDonald
Don't get your hopes up, Marvel fans. The new Iron Man ride coming to Hong Kong Disneyland in 2016 won't be easily replicated at other Disney theme parks around the world. PHOTOS: Iron Man Experience at Hong Kong Disneyland The $100-million Iron Man Experience will be similar to Star Tours, a simulator ride based on another of Disney's tent-pole properties: Star Wars. Recent updates to the Star Tours attractions at Disneyland in California and Tokyo Disneyland in Japan mean Tony Stark won't be replacing Darth Vader anytime soon.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
The documentary "Cesar's Last Fast" covers much the same ground as the dramatized "Cesar Chavez" released last month. Both center on the labor leader who in the 1960s helped to form the United Farm Workers union, organize the California grape workers' strike and foment a nationwide boycott of table grapes. Although "Cesar's Last Fast" extends the coverage by two decades, the same criticisms lodged against "Cesar Chavez" are applicable here: Richard Ray Perez's documentary concerns the myth more than the man. Perez has made a commendable effort rounding up archival footage, photographs and interviewees.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
It should be incredibly dull, just a man in his car on the phone. Yet the new British film "Locke" is gripping in its simplicity, wringing deep, suspenseful drama from a man making difficult decisions from which there will be no turning back. As he drives in his car while on the phone. Ivan Locke - played by Tom Hardy, the only character seen onscreen - is a construction site foreman who is preparing for the largest job of his career, as the next morning he is to oversee the pouring of a massive concrete foundation for a skyscraper.
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