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December 3, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- A federal jury in Sacramento after a five-week trial has returned guilty verdicts against three men who operated an Orange County-based "foreclosure rescue scam," according to U.S. Atty. Benjamin Wagner. Convicted on Monday were Charles Head, 36, a former Los Angeles resident; Benjamin Budoff, 46, of Colorado Springs; and Domonic McCarns, 39, of Irvine. Wagner described Head as the leader of the operation that extracted more than $5.7 million in equity from victims' homes, many in California.
December 2, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 28-year-old woman was rescued in Santa Ana on Monday night after she tried to jump across two buildings and became stuck between the structures when she fell, a fire official said. The woman tried to jump from a vacant commercial building to another building near Main Street and Edinger Avenue about 6:30 p.m. when she fell between the structures and became wedged in a small space, the Orange County Fire Authoritiy said. She was stuck about five feet from the ground and was rescued by 30 firefighters, including members of a special Urban Search and Rescue team, Capt.
December 2, 2013 | By James Barragan, Samantha Schaefer and Adolfo Flores
Witnesses said Sunday that there was little anyone could do to save "Fast & Furious" actor Paul Walker and another man after their Porsche crashed Saturday afternoon in Santa Clarita. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Sunday continued to investigate the single-car crash but did not reveal any details on a possible cause. Speed may have been a factor in the crash, which occurred about 3:30 p.m. on Hercules Street, a normally quiet road with a 45-mph speed limit, authorities said.
November 30, 2013 | By Carla Rivera and David Zahniser
What was intended as a peaceful morning photographing the sunrise turned frantic for Mike Czako early Saturday when he was witness to the dramatic efforts to save three people swept from a San Pedro breakwall by a large wave. A 49-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy survived. A 36-year-old man who had apparently tried to help the others was later pronounced dead after being transported to Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in San Pedro. Initial reports indicated as many as three people had been knocked off the Cabrillo Beach breakwater by a wave, but Port Police Lt. Michael Capodanno said the man who died was one of several who attempted to help after the older man and boy were swept away.
November 29, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
Nine days after a tornado destroyed Jacob Montgomery's apartment in Washington, Ill., rescue workers found his 6-month-old pit bull in the wreckage, coaxing him out with hot dogs, Illinois National Guard officials reported. Montgomery, a military police officer with the Illinois National Guard, survived the Nov. 17 disaster but couldn't find his dog Dexter after searching several times in the rubble of what used to be his third-floor apartment, the National Guard reported on Facebook.
November 22, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
We humans sure like to anthropomorphize. You know, layer human emotions onto animals. Like when you're convinced your dog is trying to talk to you , or that your cat is plotting to overthrow the dog . (Maybe the dog is trying to snitch on the cat?) A new video making the rounds has some in the blogosphere wondering whether the footage captures the moment that a young dolphin is actually trying to communicate with fishermen off the coast of Brazil - and thanking them for a rescue.
November 21, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- A supermarket roof collapsed and killed at least four people Thursday night in Riga, the capital of Latvia, the RIA Novosti news agency reported. Three bodies of customers were discovered by rescue workers, one of whom was also killed, authorities said. At least 30 people are injured, and as many as 70 more people may be under the debris, according to the mayor of Riga, Nil Ushakov. The BBC reported that the dead rescue worker was a firefighter. The store, Maxima XX, collapsed "like a house of cards," said Deputy Mayor Andris Ameriks.
November 21, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
A 9-year-old boy is the innocent pawn at the center of "All God's Children," an awkward mix of B-movie crime saga and social-issue drama. Zeroing in on the sadly familiar subject of human trafficking, Moldova's first entry for Academy Award consideration plays out as a well-meaning lesson grafted onto talky action. A number of opposing interests converge around Pavalas, who has been living in an orphanage for three years: his mother, Irina (Ina Surdu), escaping a life of forced prostitution in Italy; her bent-on-revenge pimp (Paolo Seganti)
November 6, 2013 | By Michael Phillips
If anyone ever asks you what "Thor: The Dark World" has in common with "Blondie Goes Latin" and "Bomba and the Jungle Girl," here's the answer: It's the eighth movie in its franchise. The Marvel Cinematic Universe, as "Thor's" particular franchise is known, encompasses the new adventures of Iron Man, the Hulk, Captain America and so on, worth billions around the world. (Rumor has it the next all-star "Avengers" movie will be two hours of actors in costume, counting their money.) So how's this "Thor" sequel?
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