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November 1, 2013 | By a Times staff writer
A Northern California man who allegedly brought a chain saw to a bar fight -- only to have it stall out -- has been arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon. Weston Cecil Burton, 31, of Auburn was arrested at Stinky Mulligan's Bar in Lake of the Pines on Tuesday night after he allegedly got into a fight with another patron at the bar, went out to his truck and came back with a chain saw, KOVR-TV in Sacramento reported. But the chain saw stalled, allowing other people in the bar to disarm him. “This place is so wackadoodle that only in a small town could you get something like this,” Brian Lowenthal, who runs the shopping center, told the television station.
October 29, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
Neighbors and the ex-wife of Michael Dante Guzzo, who police said shot down four members of a Phoenix family and then took his own life, believe that the victims' barking dogs were just a flash point in the life of a deeply disturbed man who had previously lashed out at them.  On Saturday, police said, Guzzo went to his next-door neighbors' townhouse with a shotgun, killing members of the Moore family: Bruce, 66, Michael, 42, Renee, 36, and Shannon,...
October 15, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Counselors will be greeting students and staff Thursday at Huntington Academy in Long Beach, closed since teacher Kellye Taylor was stabbed to death at a park across the street. A crisis unit with preachers and psychologists will be brought in to counsel students, some of whom witnessed the fatal incident Friday while they played at recess, said Taylor's sister Mary Bryant.  Police arrested Steven Brown, 50, Friday on suspicion of murder. He is the boyfriend of Taylor's daughter Tia.  PHOTOS: Long Beach teacher killed According to court records, Brown claimed that Taylor was an "informant" who told social workers he abused his children.
October 10, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Sheryl Crow reportedly witnessed Lance Armstrong receive a banned blood transfusion and told federal investigators, according to a new book "Wheelman" by Wall Street Journal reporters Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell. The book, which comes out Tuesday , alleges that the singer went with Armstrong to Belgium and witnessed a procedure in 2004. "Rather than try to hide the transfusion from her, Armstrong was completely open about it. He trusted that Crow would have no desire to tell the press or anyone else about the team's doping program.
October 3, 2013 | By John Horn
The last three movies produced by Mark Burg - a sequel to "Saw," the remake "Texas Chainsaw 3D" and a violent revenge tale called "The Tortured" - were all rated R for "grisly" and "sadistic" violence and were hardly pleasant experiences for characters trying to remain alive. But Hollywood has a habit of making strange bedfellows, and when Burg's latest project arrives in theaters on Friday, fans of the horror veteran's work may be surprised by its story: "Grace Unplugged" is a Christian drama about a church singer (AJ Michalka)
September 20, 2013 | David Ng
Walt Disney Concert Hall turns 10 on Oct. 23. Before the downbeat of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's new season, here is a look at the first 10 years, as told in the words of those who were there. First impressions: Martin Chalifour , concertmaster, L.A. Phil and the first musician to perform in the hall July 30, 2003: "The wood of the stage wasn't even there, but Frank [Gehry] and Esa-Pekka [Salonen] were too anxious to wait for the acoustical surface. They wanted to know what it would be like.
September 17, 2013 | Harriet Ryan
On a trip to Israel in 1964, Philip Berg, a high-flying insurance salesman from Brooklyn, crossed paths with an aging rabbi renowned for his grasp of kabbalah, an esoteric strain of Jewish mysticism. Neither Berg nor kabbalah would ever be the same. The organization he founded after returning to the United States, now known as the Kabbalah Centre, transformed a field once reserved for the most elite of Orthodox yeshiva scholars into a lucrative pop culture phenomenon. His new-age repackaging of the ancient wisdom of the Torah was embraced by many gentiles and celebrities, including Berg's most famous student, Madonna, but his approach was derided by mainstream Judaism as superficial and inauthentic.
September 12, 2013 | By John Horn
Although he may not be a household name, director James Wan is suddenly among the hottest filmmakers in town. His $20-million thriller "The Conjuring," released in July, grossed $260 million worldwide, and on Friday his "Insidious: Chapter 2" hits theaters and looks as if it will open a strong No. 1 at the box office. On top of all that, he started production this week on "Fast & Furious 7," taking over the blockbuster franchise from director Justin Lin. By almost any measure, that's success.
September 6, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian and David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - In July 2012, senior U.S. intelligence officials drove to the Capitol to secretly brief top lawmakers on the first indications that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons against its own people. The classified reports about a small-scale attack weren't definitive, according to U.S. officials who were privy to them. It was still a month before President Obama warned that the use of chemical weapons would cross a "red line" and "change his calculus" about taking action in Syria.
August 31, 2013 | By Gary Klein
In the weeks leading up to the season opener against Hawaii, USC Coach Lane Kiffin never stopped insisting that reigning Biletnikoff Award winner Marqise Lee had much to work on as a receiver. Lee agreed, saying he appreciated a coach pointing out areas that needed improvement. So the junior figures to be even more focused this week after dropping key passes from quarterbacks Cody Kessler and Max Wittek , and fumbling on a punt return in USC's 30-13 victory. Sophomore receiver Nelson Agholor caught a second-quarter touchdown pass from Kessler, but he also dropped a long pass from Wittek in the fourth quarter that might have resulted in or set up another scoring play.
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