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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 25, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Ben Sherwood has the kind of resume that could make even a high achiever jealous. A Harvard graduate and a Rhodes scholar, Sherwood has been a reporter, producer, author and executive. On Monday, Sherwood added the title chairman to his curriculum vitae when Walt Disney Co.  elevated him from president of ABC News to co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney/ABC Television Group. He will succeed Anne Sweeney, who is stepping down to try her hand at directing television.
March 25, 2014 | By Veronica Rocha
A 27-year-old man was found guilty Monday of fatally stabbing his on-and-off girlfriend 19 times in her neck at a Studio City park. A jury in a Van Nuys courtroom found Stephen Joanou Jr. of Burbank guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Patrina “Trina” Sabella, who was found dead on March 20, 2012, the Burbank Leader reported . Sabella, 32, was discovered in the early-morning hours lying in a pool of blood behind a shed in...
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.
March 25, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A 36-year-old man was shot to death in Downey early Tuesday, authorities said.   Downey police received a call around 1:32 a.m. about shots fired in the 11600 block of Bellflower Boulevard, officials said in a news release. Responding officers discovered Wayne Patrick Cooper with multiple gunshot wounds inside a vehicle, they added. Cooper was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, police said. Authorities said Cooper is a known gang member, and the homicide is believed to be gang-related.
March 25, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
A 22-year-old Sylmar man was arrested Tuesday afternoon in connection with the stabbing death of his mother, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.   Officers responding to a call at a home in the 13900 block of Herron Street found a 55-year-old woman with multiple stab wounds lying on the living room floor, a department statement said. The woman, identified as Matilda Sanchez, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her son, who has not been identified, was found covered in blood.
March 24, 2014 | By Carol Starr Schneider
Even in the emergency room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at 5 a.m., while waiting to be seen after a fall, my 92-year-old dad knew a straight line when he heard one. "Are you comfortable?" a nurse asked, propping him up with a pillow. "I make a living," he said without missing a beat. My father, Ben Starr, was the son of immigrants who fled Russia with their senses of humor intact, and he put that cultural inheritance to good use throughout his life. Growing up in Brooklyn, he was known as "Peanut" because of his size.
March 24, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Our bones are remarkable feats of engineering; strong and yet light, shot through with holes and yet able to bear incredible loads. This super-strong natural material is built as cells incorporate hard minerals like calcium into living tissue. Now, scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are borrowing this idea from nature: They've created living cells that incorporate inorganic matter like gold and quantum dots. These bacterial factories, described in the journal Nature Materials, could one day help create fully functional hybrid "living materials" that could be integrated into everyday objects and devices, from solar panels to adjustable furniture.
March 24, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
A 33-year-old man was killed and three other people injured in a shooting outside a Long Beach restaurant, authorities said Monday. Long Beach police officers arrived at 6 th street and Long Beach Boulevard after the 2:55 a.m. shooting to find Charles Bell, of Compton, lying in the restaurant's parking lot. Bell was declared dead at the scene by Long Beach fire paramedics, who took the three other shooting victims to the hospital....
March 23, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
Authorities on Sunday were investigating the circumstances of a fire that swept through a South Los Angeles home and left one man dead. The blaze erupted in a single-story home in the 300 block of East 106th Street about 10:40 p.m. Saturday, said Cecil Manresa of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The victim's age and identity were not available. Coroner's officials said the body was burned beyond recognition. At least one smoke detector was present in the home, but whether it was functioning is unknown, Manresa said.
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