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March 22, 2014 | By Susan King
It's shaping up to be a year in which Hollywood finds religion, and the latest example, "God's Not Dead," a small Christian-themed drama, delivered that message powerfully at the box office. The film, which opened on just 780 screens nationwide, took in more than $2.8 million Friday. It's likely to be the No. 3 movie for the weekend, behind the bigger-budget, wider-released "Divergent" and "Muppets Most Wanted. " Released through Freestyle Releasing, the drama from the Christian movie studio Pure Flix Entertainment and the Red Entertainment Group was heavily marketed in churches, on the film's website and other Christian websites, as well as social media.
March 21, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
An LAPD officer who allegedly beat a teenage relative over poor grades and behavior was charged in Orange County this week with felony child abuse and corporal injury. Prosecutors say Daniel Hun Chun, 39, was off duty March 13 when he allegedly confronted the teenager over poor grades and other behavior issues. Chun repeatedly hit the young man “with a variety of household items in the shoulders, back and buttocks,” according to an Orange County district attorney's news release.
March 21, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The firing of a Los Angeles police officer in connection with a leaked photo of Rihanna after she was beaten by Chris Brown was upheld by a judge this week, the officer's attorney said. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Luis Lavin ruled Thursday that the LAPD's firing of Officer Rebecca Reyes was justified after she photographed an evidence photo of the pop singer's bruised and swollen face. Rihanna's photo was ultimately published on the celebrity gossip site TMZ, but police and county prosecutors did not turn up evidence directly tying Reyes or other officers to the leak.
March 21, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
An Anaheim police K-9 handler is "devastated" as he waits to see if his German shepherd will fully recover from being shot Thursday during a chase of probation suspects on the run. Anaheim Police Lt. Tim Schmidt said the dog, Bruno, slept through the night after undergoing extensive surgery after he was shot in the face by a suspect on the run. Authorities have said Bruno is expected to survive, but that the 12 to 18 hours immediately after...
March 20, 2014 | By KTLA
A man was shot dead after firing on officers and shooting a police dog in the face following a probation search in Anaheim on Thursday, authorities said. The dog, named Bruno, was in surgery Thursday night. A bullet struck his face and lodged in his chest, police said. The incident began at 1:45 p.m., when two Orange County probation officers approached a home in the 1100 block of Mayfair Avenue  to do a home check. When the officers neared the residence, they saw the probationer with two unidentified men, who ran away.
March 20, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Now that the Google Barge has left the San Francisco Bay and set sail for less choppy waters, Silicon Valley needs another good mystery. And thanks to the city of San Jose, we've got one!  On Wednesday, the city of San Jose gave swift approval to a gargantuan 10-building complex to be built in the northern part of the city along U.S. Highway 101, reports the  San Jose Mercury News. It's 2 million square feet of office-cubicle goodness, just a short drive from the city's airport.  STORY: Silicon Valley is having an architectural breakthrough And because it will be able to fit up to 10,000 workers, whoever is going to occupy this baby will become the city's second largest employer, behind Cisco Systems, says the Mercury News.
March 19, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO - Heavily armed Egyptian forces swooped down Wednesday on a suspected militant arms cache and bomb factory, triggering a firefight that left two high-ranking military officers dead, officials and state media said. At least five insurgents were also killed in the hours-long shootout north of Cairo and four others were arrested, the Interior Ministry said. Officials said the hideout belonged to Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, or Partisans of Jerusalem, an armed Islamist group that has carried out a number of sophisticated attacks in recent months.
March 18, 2014 | By Dan Weikel and Laura J. Nelson
The emergency response to November's deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport was hampered by poor communications and a lack of coordination between agencies, problems that contributed to a chaotic evacuation and delays reaching victims, officials said Tuesday. A new report on the shooting found that firefighters and paramedics had difficulty determining where to go. There was a delay in setting up a unified emergency command center. Thousands of passengers spilled onto secure airport ramps where planes were parked or fled onto nearby streets, many lugging their bags along Sepulveda, Lincoln and Century boulevards.
March 17, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz, This post has been updated throughout to reflect new developments.
Seven people were injured -- four of them seriously -- in a traffic collision Monday morning involving a Los Angeles Police Department vehicle, authorities said.  An LAPD spokeswoman said that the collision occurred at 8:47 a.m. in Glassell Park at the intersection of North San Fernando Road and Fletcher Drive. “It appears there is an LAPD vehicle and possibly several officers involved in one vehicle,” said Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department. “Up to five of them are LAPD officers,” she said.
March 17, 2014 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles' top budget official Monday advised city leaders to resist the temptation to expand services, saying they should work instead toward eliminating a recurring deficit by 2018. In a 37-page report, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana said a rebounding economy and greater stability in the city's finances have created new pressure to add or expand local government. He recommended that council members focus on initiatives to stabilize the budget, such as reducing entry-level city salaries and securing new healthcare concessions from the workforce.
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