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March 25, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The prosecution concluded its murder case against South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday after introducing additional evidence on cellphones and messages. Pistorius shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through the door of an enclosed toilet at his home in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year. He pleaded not guilty to murder, claiming he mistook her for a burglar when he fired four expanding bullets through the door. He also pleaded not guilty to two charges of recklessly firing a firearm, relating to discharging a gun in a crowded restaurant and firing into the air from a speeding car, and one charge of possession of ammunition without a license.
March 25, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Twitter users are reporting that numerous tweets have begun to disappear, including the most retweeted picture of all time: Ellen DeGeneres' Oscars selfie. Users of the popular microblogging service began tweeting the disappearance of various tweets Tuesday afternoon. Twitter issued a statement saying that it has begun looking into what is causing some tweets to not display properly. VIDEO: Unboxing the Rocki music streaming device The DeGeneres selfie, which previously could be found here , broke the record for most retweets after being posted by the entertainer during the 86th Academy Awards this month.
March 22, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
In the next few months, Liza Minnelli will bring her new musical show, "Simply Liza," to Vienna, London, Paris and Amsterdam, among other places. There's one stage, however, on which this Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe and Tony winner has never set foot: Walt Disney Concert Hall. That'll change on Tuesday night, when "Liza With a Z" heads to downtown L.A. for a one-night-only performance of some of her favorite songs. Minnelli recently chatted about the show from her home in New York, on the eve of her 68th birthday.
March 22, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Dorothy's pinafore and ruby red slippers, Darth Vader's helmet and cape and Austin Powers' blue velvet suit are just a few of the treasures on display in "Hollywood Costume," the monumental exhibition celebrating 100 years of costume in the movies opening Wednesday at the Phoenix Art Museum, its only stop in the West. Originally organized by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, where it had a sold-out run in 2012-13, the exhibition is curated by Deborah Landis, the David C. Copley chair and the director of the David C. Copley Center of Costume Design at UCLA's School of Theater, Film & Television.
March 19, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- A police ballistics expert at the murder trial of South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius on Wednesday rejected the athlete's assertion that he fired two sets of rapid gunshots when he killed his girlfriend, testifying that her wounds made such a claim impossible. Pistorius fired four gunshots through a closed bathroom door, but Reeva Steenkamp's wounds were not consistent with the results of so-called “double taps,” said Capt. Chris Mangena, a prosecution witness.
March 15, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Frozen Disney/Buena Vista, $29.99; Blu-ray, $44.99 Available on VOD beginning March 18 Disney's clever, heartwarming Rapunzel riff "Tangled" was a surprise smash back in 2010, setting the stage for last year's billon-dollar-grossing, multi-Oscar-winning Snow Queen revamp "Frozen," and - if all goes well - a renewed emphasis on animation at the studio synonymous with the medium. At the least, between the grosses and the accolades, it's pretty clear that "Frozen" will have lasting impact on the generation of children who are going to grow up watching it over and over, while belting out the hit song "Let It Go" into their bedroom mirrors.
March 14, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Police investigating the shooting of model and lawyer Reeva Steenkamp by her boyfriend, South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius, had to open another investigation into themselves -- over the disappearance of a valuable watch from the scene when only police were present. The embarrassing revelation that police apparently stole a watch valued at $5,000 to $10,000, part of Friday's testimony in Pistorius' murder trial, came with South African newspapers complaining of police ineptitude.
March 13, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa - The pistol, cocked and ready to fire, lay on a mat on the bloodied bathroom floor in the home of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, just where he left it after shooting his girlfriend to death, according to police. In an eerie virtual tour of the Pistorius house Thursday, seen via crime scene photos taken just after her body was removed, Pretoria's high court followed the trail of blood leading up the marble staircase and inexorably into the bathroom where Reeva Steenkamp was killed.
March 12, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- A broken, bullet-pierced bathroom door was introduced as evidence Wednesday in the murder trial of South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius -- the same door Pistorius shot through when he killed his girlfriend last year. There were four bullet holes visible and a long crack with a missing section next to the handle, where a cricket bat broke open the otherwise largely intact door. Police forensic expert  Lt. Col. Gerhard Vermeulen told Pretoria's High Court that, according to his analysis, Pistorius was not wearing his prosthetic legs when he hit the door with the bat. Pistorius, a double amputee who made history competing in the Olympics in London in 2012, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year.
March 11, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- In court testimony during the athlete's murder trial Tuesday, a friend of South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius offered a portrait of a young man who “loved weapons” and shouted angrily at a policeman who picked up his gun and ejected a bullet from it. The friend, Darren Fresco, recounted Pistorius' angry reaction when questioned about his gun by police who had stopped Fresco for speeding. Pistorius and the athlete's then-girlfriend were passengers.
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