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April 2, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Miley Cyrus' dog Floyd has died, and the singer mourned her loss publicly Tuesday night on Twitter. Her plaintive tweets were peppered with broken-heart and sad-kitty emojis, and by Wednesday the hashtag #RIPFloyd was trending on the site in the U.S. "Today is the 2nd worst day of my life," she posted Tuesday afternoon, offering no explanation until she returned to Twitter seven hours later.  "I don't wanna say it because I don't want...
March 27, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Boston was in mourning Thursday after a rare nine-alarm fire in the city's historic Back Bay area killed two firefighters who had called for help from the basement of the blaze after a shattered window appeared to cause the fire to blow back on them, officials said. Thirteen other firefighters were injured, most with burns, along with several police officers in fighting Wednesday's fast-moving blaze, officials said. The exact number of firefighters still hospitalized was not immediately known, officials said.
March 26, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, announced on her lifestyle website Goop that they are separating. [Goop] Family and friends mourned fashion designer L'Wren Scott in a private funeral service Tuesday at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Participants included Scott's brother and niece, her longtime boyfriend Mick Jagger and Scott's friend actress Ellen Barkin. [Los Angeles Times] The Kanye West-Kim Kardashian Vogue cover may have roiled the fashion world, but Barbara Walters put it all in perspective in a conversation with the Cut blog: "It's not a Medal of Honor; don't take it so seriously," she said.
March 25, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Three days after a Northern California teen was struck and killed by an oncoming train as he pushed his girlfriend out of its direct path, classmates returned to a somber campus Monday teeming with counselors. “We really don't know what to expect, experts tell me every situation is different, but we are prepared,” Tim Malone, principal of Marysville Charter Academy of the Arts,   told Fox 40 . Mateus Moore, 16, was pronounced dead at the scene Friday after both he and his girlfriend, 16-year-old Mickayla Friend, were hit by the train in Marysville, Calif., just north of Sacramento.
March 1, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Speed hasn't been ruled out as a factor in a highway crash that killed three Minnesota college juniors who were members of a nationally ranked ultimate frisbee team, authorities said Saturday. Five Carleton College students were packed into a 1997 Toyota 4Runner SUV that spun out of control Friday afternoon, sliding into oncoming traffic on the icy and undivided two-lane highway. A semi-truck smashed into the SUV. Dead at the scene  were James P. Adams, 20, of St. Paul; Paxton Harvieux, 21, of Stillwater, Minn.; and Michael D. Goodgame, 20, of Westport, Conn.
February 17, 2014 | By Scott Gold
Residents of tiny Riverdale, Calif., struggled with grief Monday over the deaths of a woman and four children in a fiery car accident that authorities said was caused by another motorist running a stop sign. The Fresno County coroner Monday identified the victims as Esmeralda Saucedo, 29; Isaac Saucedo, 1; Nikko Saucedo, 3; Jada Saucedo, 6; and Breanna Reyes-Saucedo, 11. “It's just a tragedy that can't be described,” said Kathryn Ervin, 60, said of Saturday evening's crash.
February 14, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Just weeks before South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius is due to face trial on charges of murdering his girlfriend, he posted a Valentine's Day message on his website, calling the shooting a “devastating accident.” The killing of Reeva Steenkamp, which took place on Valentine's Day last year, and the subsequent charges against Pistorius shocked South Africans. A bail hearing attracted massive global media attention. "No words can adequately capture my feelings about the devastating accident that has caused such heartache for everyone who truly loved -- and continues to love Reeva,” said the athlete, who rarely makes public statements or appearances.
January 29, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
The passing of a Hollywood executive is often greeted with pleasant industry remembrances and kind emails. But the death of Tom Sherak at the age of 68 set off a round of intensely warm reactions not just from fellow Hollywood players but also from personalities as wide-ranging as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti. Their depth of feeling and the breadth of people expressing them underscore a legacy that goes well beyond movies. Sherak, who died Tuesday at his home in Calabasas after a fierce battle with prostate cancer, served as a long-running executive at 20th Century Fox and then Revolution Studios, as an advisor to Marvel Studios and as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
January 22, 2014 | By Lee Romney
OAKLAND - A day after the first Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer was killed in the line of duty in the agency's 42-year history - gunned down accidentally by a fellow officer - the department struggled to come to terms with the loss of Det. Sgt. Tommy Smith. "We're in shock, disbelief, we're numb, we're grieving," BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey told reporters at BART's Oakland headquarters, describing the 23-year veteran who headed the detective unit as "very supportive of his personnel, just a really really happy guy, a family man. " Smith, 42, is survived by his wife, Kellie, a BART police officer who heads the department's K-9 unit, and their 6-year-old daughter.
December 16, 2013 | By a Times staff writer
Paul Walker's "Fast and Furious" costars opened up over the weekend as his ashes were interred during a private ceremony at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills. Tyrese Gibson, who reportedly attended the private ceremony along with fellow "Fast and Furious" cast members Chris "Ludacris" Bridges and Michelle Rodriguez, referred in a post on Instagram to the "13 years of laughter and grace" he shared with Walker. "For selfish reasons we all wanted you to stay, another laugh, another take, another talk, another moment," Gibson wrote.
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