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February 13, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A  2-year-old Weimaraner whose alleged abuse at the hands of its 17-year-old owner was posted to social media has been placed in a new home. The teen, who hasn't been named because he is a minor, was charged Wednesday with four felony counts of animal cruelty after prosecutors say he  made several videos of himself abusing the dog and then posted them on a social media site. Prosecutors did not specify the type or nature of alleged abuse. The dog, renamed Charlie, has since been removed from the teen's family and placed in an adoptive home, according ot Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
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BUSINESS
February 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
It's Valentine's Day, and I'm not celebrating. A few weeks ago my fiancee and I broke up. It was a difficult breakup, so I immediately stopped following her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and deleted her name from my iPhone address book. I thought that would be enough to disconnect her from my digital life. But I'm finding out - as many others have in the age of smartphones and social networks - that connecting is easy, but severing ties online is nearly impossible. Take even the basic task of doing an Internet search.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2014 | Lisa Zamosky, Zamosky is the author of a new book, "Healthcare, Insurance, and You: The Savvy Consumer's Guide."
Americans love their doctors. But Michele Monserratt-Ramos says love isn't always enough. When it comes to choosing a medical professional, she says, information is power. As a patient advocate and Torrance-based activist for open records, she stresses the need for consumers to look beyond a doctor's resume and consult the many sources that are available, often online. Consider, for instance, valuable information that can sometimes be found in civil and criminal court records -- typically open to the public.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2014 | DAVID LAZARUS
Chester Specht recently went online to renew his car registration. He Googled "DMV renewal" and clicked on the top listing. "Complete your vehicle registration in 3 simple steps," the website said, leading Specht through a straightforward process. He paid using a credit card. The registration tags arrived in the mail not long after. Easy peasy. It wasn't until Specht's wife, Phyllis, looked at the receipt weeks later that the Pasadena couple realized something was hinky. "The DMV bill was for $148," she told me. "But the receipt was for $183.64.
BUSINESS
February 6, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The 2014 Winter Olympics have begun, and once again people can watch the action live on the Web and through their mobile devices. NBC, which has the rights to the U.S. broadcast of the Games, is letting people watch the sporting events through NBCOlympics.com as well as the NBC Sports Live Extra app, which is available for both Apple iOS and Android devices. Live streaming of the events began Thursday and goes through Feb. 23. To watch, viewers are required to have a cable or satellite subscription with one of NBC's participating partners.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
In the dark economic times of 2009, Dan Whitmore decided to give up being a lawyer in downtown Los Angeles to sell antiquarian books. "People in the firm thought I was nuts," he says. Now he runs Whitmore Rare Books from his home in Altadena. At 33, he's one of the next generation of antiquarian booksellers - young people going against the digital tide to sell old books, the kind printed in ink on paper. "Right now, we have more younger members than we had 10 years ago," says John Thomson, president of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Assn.
BUSINESS
February 5, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Lawmakers in 10 states are considering bills that would allow or expand online gambling, according to a group that tracks such legislation around the world. Gambling Compliance said those states included California, Colorado, Hawaii and Pennsylvania.  In a research paper released Tuesday , the group said 2014 was shaping up to be a busy year for efforts to legalize online gambling.  Legislation in California is being hammered out that would allow online gambling by tribal casinos in the state.  Last year, three states legalized online gambling.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
One of the last stops on the awards-season train celebrates one of the first steps of the filmmaking process at the Writers Guild of America West Awards, which kick off in just a few hours. Comic actor Brad Garrett will host this year's ceremony, and viewers can tune in to the live webcast, which will also feature pre-awards interviews with nominees from film and TV, starting at 5 p.m. PST at www.latimes.com/envelope and www.latimes.com/wga . Included on the stream will be the WGAW's first “Mighty Pen” tweet competition, in which fans and followers will finish the sentence “The secret to great writing is…” (see www.wga.org for details)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Robert Abele
The only real response to a thuddingly unfunny vigilante satire like "May I Kill U" is, "Well, I hope that filmmaker got something out of his system. " Writer-director Stuart Urban's movie introduces us to bicycle cop Baz (Kevin Bishop), who doesn't have the best response to getting hit on the head by looters during 2011 riots in London: He quickly decides to start murdering transgressors, filming his deeds with his helmet-cam, then uploading the footage so he can become a death-wish social media darling.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Joe Flint
The National Football League is launching a new digital network that will allow fans to customize content based on their favorite teams and players. Called NFL Now, the online service will debut this summer in advance of the 2014 football season. It will be available on computers, tablets, mobile devices and televisions that can access the Internet. Live games will not be part of the service but there will be plenty of highlights to local team coverage. The network will not be a linear online channel per se, but more of a video-on-demand service that will let users tailor the programming to their needs.
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