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December 15, 2013 | By Julie Cart
Armed assailants posing as police officers forced their way into home in Diamond Bar on Sunday night, tied up the residents and fled, authorities said. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies responded about 8:45 to a report of a home invasion  in the 400 block of Charmingdale Road, Lt. Edward Wells said. Wells said multiple suspects wearing police windbreakers entered the home, but he had no information about the victims or the whereabouts of the suspects. ALSO: At Paul Walker funeral, family and celebrities bid him farewell Crash on 60 Freeway leaves woman dead; DUI suspect arrested 14-year-old girl slain in Compton in possible gang-related shooting Twitter: @julie_cart
December 15, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
A 28-year-old Commerce woman was killed early Sunday morning following a collision with a suspected drunk driver on the 60 Freeway near Montebello, authorities said. Lidia Ortega, 28, was not “properly restrained” when the 2001 Acura Integra she was riding in was struck by a another vehicle on the eastbound freeway at about 1:35 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. Upon collision, the Acura spun out of control, and Ortega and another passenger were ejected from the vehicle.
December 15, 2013 | By a Times staff writer
Family members and several co-stars attended the funeral Saturday for “Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker . The private ceremony took place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills. According to various reports , Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris and Michelle Rodriguez were among the celebrities in attendance. Rodriguez later tweeted: “I said goodbye to a great man today, a man I never got to show just how much I love his spirit and his golden heart, 'stay golden pony boy'.
December 14, 2013 | From a Times Staff Writer
“Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker was laid to rest Saturday in a private funeral service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills attended by family and close friends, according to news reports. Those attending the service included his father, Paul Walker Sr., his mother, Cheryl Walker, and his brothers, Caleb and Cody, according to . Walker's body was released to his family this week after the L.A. County coroner completed an autopsy. Walker and his friend Roger Rodas were killed Nov. 30 when a 600-horsepower 2005 Porsche Carrera GT driven by Rodas, 38, crashed into a concrete light pole and a tree on Hercules Street near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Santa Clarita.
December 13, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Hours," one of Paul Walker's last films and arriving in theaters just two weeks after his death in a fiery crash, comes as a modest memorial to the 40-year-old's career. But it is not the stirring emotional performance many hoped for, nor will it redefine the actor, best known for playing opposite Vin Diesel in "The Fast and Furious" franchise. This drama, about an ordinary guy trying to keep his infant daughter alive in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, is sincere but struggles as much as its hero.
December 12, 2013 | By Jon Healey
This post has been updated, as indicated below. A belated arrival on the streaming-music scene, Led Zeppelin quickly shot up the charts on Spotify this week despite not having released an album of new material in more than 30 years. The service made the band's first two albums (both from 1969) available Wednesday -- the first Led Zep releases to appear on any of the licensed music subscription services -- and within a day they were both in Spotify's Top 25. [ Updated, 12:15 p.m. Dec. 13: Spotify made two more of the band's releases available Thursday, and all four were in the Top 25 by noon Friday.]
December 11, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
'Tis the season when consumer companies fall all over each other trying to show their charitable sides. No one should have anything against that. What's irksome, however, is when they try to enlist us, the customers, in their marketing efforts, as though we're all just partners in helping the neediest. You know the pitch. A company will donate some pittance to charity every time a customer makes a designated purchase. MasterCard, for instance, says it will donate a cent  to the charity Stand Up to Cancer  every time a customer spends $10, using his or her MasterCard, on a restaurant meal between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day this year.  In another recent case, the Canadian airline WestJet cut a video of a surprise gift giveaway to passengers, then pledged to donate Christmas flights to a needy family if the video racked up at least 200,000 views online.
December 11, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
Los Angeles County coroner officials say a man found dead inside a Long Beach church last week died from an accidental electrocution. Jose Israel Mejias, 36, of Downey, was found dead about 8:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in the attic of Ministerio Bautista Logos at 901 E. South St. The man was the son of Jose A. Mejias Sr., a pastor at the church, according to Jose Mejias' uncle, 48-year-old Luis Galvez. Mystery had surrounded Mejias' death after authorities said they were unsure how he was electrocuted because he wasn't working with electrical wiring or electricity.
December 11, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Nicole Santa Cruz
Police on Wednesday were searching for those responsible for the drive-by shooting death of a man in Watts. The man was standing outside of a home near Compton Avenue and East 107th Street on Tuesday night when someone fired a round striking him in the chest about 7:20 p.m., said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Sally Madera. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.  HOMICIDE REPORT: Track killings in L.A. County   The man's name was not immediately released but Madera said he was in his late 20s. The suspected assailant fled the scene in a vehicle and remains at large.
December 10, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A brush fire near Moorpark spread to at least 50 acres early Tuesday, although no structures were threatened and no injuries had been reported. Dubbed the Happy Camp fire, the blaze broke out just before 2 a.m. and was burning near Happy Camp Canyon Road and east of the Rustic Canyon Golf Course north of the 118Freeway, said Bill Nash of the Ventura County Fire Department. No evacuations or full road closures had been ordered as firefighters tried to get the upper hand on the blaze's western front in the predawn hours.
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