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December 10, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Actor Paul Walker's body was released Tuesday by the Los Angeles County coroner's office to Forest Lawn Mortuaries to make arrangements for his final resting place. Ed Winter, assistant chief of coroner's investigations, said the "Fast & Furious" actor's remains were turned over to Forest Lawn, where many of Hollywood's most famous stars are buried. Walker, 40, died Nov. 30 from a combination of traumatic injuries and burns after the Porsche crashed in Santa Clarita and erupted in flames, the county coroner's office reported last week.
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December 10, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
It seemed like the right place to meet: the Polo Lounge, home of the power lunch for Hollywood's elite. But when Paul Walker and first-time director Eric Heisserer showed up at the Beverly Hills Hotel haunt in 2011, they quickly felt out of place among the sea of suited studio executives picking at elaborate bread baskets. "Both of us were a little awkward," recalled Heisserer. "We ordered beer. " Perhaps the setting should have felt more natural to Walker - after all, he'd made millions from starring in the "Fast and the Furious" franchise and had certainly been to his fair share of stuffy meetings after a decade in the business.
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December 9, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Joseph Serna
Two men accused of stealing part of the wrecked Porsche in which "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker died have been charged with felony grand theft, prosecutors announced Monday. Jameson Witty, 18, and Anthony Janow, 25, each face one felony count of grand theft of personal property, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. They each also face misdemeanor counts of destroying evidence and resisting, obstructing and delaying a peace officer. Janow was expected to surrender to authorities Tuesday at the L.A. County courthouse in San Fernando, prosecutors said.
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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 8, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
By 10 a.m. Sunday, dozens of fans could be seen walking up Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia toward the site where “Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas, were killed on Nov. 30. Thousands of people were expected to participate in a memorial rally and car cruise in honor of Walker. Vehicles Walker drove in several installments of the “Fast and Furious” franchise were lined up on display in a church parking lot near the site. Just up the hill, a thick wall of people stood along the curb to look at the site on Hercules Street where Walker and Rodas were killed.
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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 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 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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