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December 8, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Juan Coscarart is such a big fan of "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker that he spent four years building a replica of the 1994 Toyota Supra that Walker drove in the first film in the popular series. "Anybody who knows anything about cars piles around it," Coscarart said of his vehicle. "The car is a celebrity in itself. " The 31-year-old contractor for Southern California Edison was among hundreds of fans who attended a memorial rally and car cruise Sunday at the site in Valencia where Walker and his friend Roger Rodas were killed in a car crash Nov. 30. "These people have touched so many people in their lives," he said.
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December 8, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer, James Barragan and Thomas Curwen
The fast and furious became the solemn and reverential Sunday as hundreds of fans and mourners met in Valencia to pay tribute to the memory of actor Paul Walker and Roger Rodas, killed Nov. 30 in a car crash. Under cold but clear skies, a line of muscle cars and motorcycles made a slow procession through the industrial park where the accident took place. Messages honoring Walker were spray-painted on their windows. One car had a funeral wreath. Billed as a memorial rally and car cruise, the gathering gave fans an opportunity to remember Walker, 40, whose fame as an undercover detective in the "Fast & Furious" film franchise made him beloved to millions, and celebrate the high-octane culture of tuner cars.
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December 7, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
The driver of a car that crashed into a light pole and palm tree in San Clemente on Saturday, killing himself and three passengers, may having been drinking, an Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman said. Speed is also suspected of playing a role in the crash, which occurred about 1:30 a.m., according to a preliminary investigation, said sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock. The impact of the single-vehicle crash split the white BMW in half and ejected four people from the vehicle, authorities said.  The driver of the BMW was identified as Pablo Vargas Diaz, 25, of San Juan Capistrano, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
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December 7, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
Southern California Gas Co. officials are asking customers to reduce their heating usage in order to help conserve natural gas supplies as a cold snap descends across the region. Freezing and near-freezing temperatures are expected to continue into the middle of next week. The gas company, which serves about 21 million people, sends out this alert about once a year as a precaution. "There's no immediate threat of any supply disruption," said Javier Mendoza, spokesman for Southern California Gas. "These are just some simple tips for conservation.
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December 7, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Alicia Banks
Two Los Angeles police detectives went door-to-door Friday in a search for clues in the shooting death of TV writer-director James Marcus Howe at his Glassell Park home. Howe's wife was wounded in the attack that occurred the day before Thanksgiving after a man posing as a salesman knocked on their door about 10:55 a.m. When Howe and his wife approached the front door, they saw the man alone. Within seconds, another man and a woman forced their way into the home, police said.
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December 7, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
A winter storm on Saturday morning forced the closure of Interstate 5 over the Grapevine at Tejon Pass, temporarily blocking California's main north-south artery. The heavily traveled stretch of freeway was shut down shortly before 10 a.m. because of snow and ice, making the steep grade difficult to navigate, officials said. It's unknown when the road will be reopened. “That's up to Mother Nature,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Eric Priessman said. Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol shut down the northbound I-5 at Parker Road in Castaic, along with Highway 58 through the Tehachapi Pass, because of icy conditons, Priessman said.
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December 7, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
Merrill Newman, an 85-year-old Korean War veteran who was arrested in October while visiting North Korea, was greeted by his wife and son when he arrived at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday after being released following 42 days in custody. “It's been a great homecoming,” Merrill told reporters, with his wife Lee and son Jeffrey standing by his side. “I'm tired -- but I'm with my family now.” Asked what he planned to do once he got home to Palo Alto, Newman quipped: "Probably take my shoes off. " Newman's flight from Beijing landed at about 9 a.m., the San Jose Mercury News reported . A retired tech executive, Newman was pulled off an airplane about to leave the North Korean capital of Pyongyang on Oct. 26 at the end of a 10-day tour, after speaking to his guides there about his service in a clandestine anti-communist army unit during the 1950-53 Korean War. North Korean officials released a video confession in which Newman said he had been trying to contact survivors from his military unit and their families.
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December 7, 2013 | By Anh Do
A tribute to "Fast & Furious" actor Paul Walker scheduled for Sunday in Valencia is expected to draw thousands of auto enthusiasts and fans who will participate in a memorial rally and car cruise. Organizers are using Facebook to promote the gathering, which is expected to begin about 1 p.m.. They expect about 6,000 people to attend the rally at the site of the fiery car crash that took the life of Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas. Officials from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department are preparing for a large crowd, moving items placed at an informal memorial at the scene of the accident.
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December 7, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
Riverside County officials have euthanized 134 roosters found on a property near the small desert town of Oasis during an investigation into a suspected cockfighting ring, authorities said Saturday. Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department discovered the roosters, several boxes of blades, a cockfighting ring and a trophy after responding to a report of animal cruelty at the property on Thursday, said Cpl. Joshua Morales, a department spokesman. The roosters had to be euthanized because they were raised to fight and are too aggressive to enter a normal population, Morales said.
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December 6, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Authorities Friday continued their search for a teenage girl allegedly kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend in Washington state and who may be headed to Mexico, prompting a statewide Amber Alert . Police described 14-year-old Elizabeth Romero as 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing 130 pounds with brown hair and eyes. She was last seen wearing a white tank top and dark pants, and with a backpack and pink purse. “We have strong evidence today that she is endangered,” Sgt. Ken Lattin of the Kennewick, Wash., Police Department told KTLA.
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