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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 David Zahniser
A 36-year-old man who died Saturday after being pulled from the water in San Pedro was trying to help others who were swept into the water, officials with the Port of Los Angeles Police Department said. 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 a man and a boy were swept away from the breakwater. He "jumped into the water to render aid and has subsequently died as a result of his efforts," Capodanno said.
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?
October 31, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- Flooding across Central Texas on Thursday morning inundated roads and buildings, stranding residents and prompting dramatic rescues after storms dropped up to a foot of rain in places overnight. Since midnight, emergency crews had responded to 81 flood-related incidents in Travis County, which surrounds Austin. Those included 32 water rescues and 46 flood assistance and barricade calls, Austin fire officials said. Hundreds of homes in Travis County have been affected by floodwater, and several shelters have been opened for those displaced, Austin fire officials said.
October 30, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
When people talk about all the new activity in downtown L.A., they probably are not referring to the 100 or so people in running gear who recently gathered before dawn at a park near Chinatown. They were there to run a mile around Los Angeles State Historic Park - some running that far for the first time - and launch a chapter of an organization aimed at helping them cast off adjectives such as "homeless" or "jobless. " The group, a nonprofit called Back On My Feet operates in 10 other cities around the country, and on Monday it began its local effort to fight homelessness with running.
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