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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Dina Felix walks her sons to and from their Head Start program at the Kedren Community Health Center every day. She doesn't mind the trek across train tracks. The excitement of her 3-year-old, Kenneth, about school is worth it. But the 36-year-old Felix may not be making the trek much longer: The center could close by summer, news that prompted more than a dozen parents and children to voice their concerns Thursday. The protesters gathered at the center's administrative office on 111th Place in Los Angeles to express concern over the threat to their children's education.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Paloma Esquivel
The 19-year-old son of a San Juan Capistrano man and woman found shot to death in their mansion was charged with their deaths Friday, as well as the attempted murder of a sister and younger brother. Orange County authorities allege that Ashton Sachs, who was living in Seattle prior to the killings, entered his family's home and shot his parents, Bradford Hans Sachs, 57, and Andra Resa Sachs, 54, as they slept. Sachs is also accused of entering the bedroom of his 8-year-old brother and shooting him, the Orange County district attorney's office said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Scott Kalvert, a director who made music videos for performers such as Will Smith and Cyndi Lauper and directed a teenage Leonardo DiCaprio in the 1995 film "The Basketball Diaries," died Wednesday at his Woodland Hills Home. He was 49. His death is being investigated as a suicide, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. No other details were given. Kalvert began directing music videos in the late 1980s, scoring a massive hit with his first major assignment, "Parents Just Don't Understand," based on the Grammy-winning song by hip-hop artists DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Will Smith.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Albertsons parent Cerberus Capital Management is setting its sights on the grocery throne currently occupied by Kroger, buying up rival Safeway Inc. in a deal valued at more than $9 billion. Through its AB Acquisition arm, Cerberus said Safeway shareholders will receive $40 a share, including $32.50 a share in cash. Board members of Safeway, which is based in Pleasanton in Northern California, unanimously approved the transaction. The company runs the Vons and Pavilions chains in Southern California.
NATIONAL
March 6, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Cleaners at a vacant home in Tucson found the skeletal remains of a 3-year-old boy in a backyard toy chest, leading to the arrest of the toddler's parents this week. Martin Raymond Barreras, 45, and Raquel Marcela Barreras, 39, were both charged with child abuse and the mother faces a first-degree murder charge. They were being held in Pima County Jail.   The couple recently had been evicted from the house where the remains were found, Tucson police said . The landlords were cleaning up the messy backyard on Tuesday afternoon when they found the remains of a small child in a blue toy chest, police said.
NATIONAL
March 5, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A New Jersey teenager has lost the first round in her legal fight to get her parents to pay for college and living expenses in a case that is being closely watched because it deals with a seemingly universal conflict between parents and their teenagers. Rachel Canning left home two days before her 18th birthday in October. In a motion argued Tuesday in a court in Morristown, N.J., Canning was seeking $650 in weekly child support and the rest of her tuition at Morris Catholic High School.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Investigators on Tuesday continued to look for the parents of two toddlers found wandering alone near a South L.A. liquor store. The two boys, believed to be about 3 years and 18 months old, were first spotted Monday morning alone inside the liquor store near the 600 block of East 85th Street, said LAPD Sgt. Abe Rangel. When officers arrived they found one of the boys inside the store and another on the street. The children indicated that they lived in a nearby apartment, Rangel said, but officers couldn't find their parents after searching the area.
NATIONAL
March 3, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Well, that's one way to get back at your parents. A New Jersey high school honor student, who is also an athlete and a cheerleader, has sued her parents for school money after she says they kicked her out of their home when she turned 18, the Daily Record of Parsippany, N.J., reported . Rachel Canning's father told the newspaper that his daughter isn't telling the whole story and that she moved out because she didn't want to do chores or...
BUSINESS
March 2, 2014 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: We have a son who is a high school junior and who is planning on going to college. We met with a college financial planner who suggested we put money in a whole life insurance policy as a way to help get more financial aid. Is that a good idea? Answer: Your "college financial planner" is actually an insurance salesperson who hopes to make a big commission by talking you into an expensive policy you probably don't need. The salesperson is correct that buying a cash-value life insurance policy is one way to hide assets from college financial planning formulas.
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