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March 7, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing remained missing hours after it lost contact with air traffic controllers Saturday, and a search-and-rescue effort was underway, officials said. Flight MH370, with 227 passengers and 12 crew members aboard, was scheduled to land in the Chinese capital at 6:30 a.m. but did not arrive. It departed from the Malaysian capital at 12:41 a.m. Saturday and lost contact with Malaysian air traffic controllers about two hours later, the airline said.
March 6, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Watching a film won't make you smarter, but if there ever was one that could, it would be "Particle Fever," a movie so mind-bending you can almost feel your brain cells growing as you're watching it. As directed by Mark Levinson, a physicist turned filmmaker, with another physicist, David Kaplan, as one of the producers, "Particle Fever" is about ideas so big - What are the origins of the universe? How did matter itself get created? - that they're hard to get your head around. FOR THE RECORD: "Particle Fever" review: A review of the documentary film "Particle Fever" in the March 7 Calendar section said that the Large Hadron Collider was constructed near Lucerne, Switzerland.
March 4, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Investigators on Tuesday continued to look for the parents of two toddlers found wandering alone near a South L.A. liquor store. The two boys, believed to be about 3 years and 18 months old, were first spotted Monday morning alone inside the liquor store near the 600 block of East 85th Street, said LAPD Sgt. Abe Rangel. When officers arrived they found one of the boys inside the store and another on the street. The children indicated that they lived in a nearby apartment, Rangel said, but officers couldn't find their parents after searching the area.
March 3, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Spoiler alert for this week's episode of "The Walking Dead": Daryl cries. Sunday night the series continued its post-midseason break slowdown with another leisurely paced episode in which Daryl and Beth break into a country club, kill some zombies, decide not to drink peach schnapps and instead raid some redneck's stash of moonshine. Along the way, Beth grows up a little and Daryl learns to let go of his past by setting fire to the former home of the unseen redneck. You can also close down your "Daryl's Former Occupation" betting pools now, because we also finally learned what it is, though it probably won't surprise anyone.
March 2, 2014 | By Tony Perry
Divers on Sunday morning will resume searching for a 55-year-old man who apparently disappeared while fishing at Lake Sutherland Dam in Ramona, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said. A search Saturday was suspended due to stormy weather, officials said. The search had begun after the man's fishing kayak was located floating upside down. San Diego lifeguards and the sheriff's Search and Rescue Dive Team is set to resume the search at 8 a.m. The man, whose name was not released, is known to frequently fish at the lake.
March 2, 2014 | By Tony Perry
Navy and civilian rescue teams will continue Sunday searching for the pilot of a Marine Corps plane that crashed Saturday in a mountainous area of northern Nevada, officials said. The plane, an F/A-18C Hornet on loan from the Marine Corps to the Navy for "Top Gun" pilot training, crashed Saturday afternoon about 70 miles east of the Naval Air Station in Fallon, Nev. "Initial reports from the scene indicate the aircraft is a total loss," according to the Navy. Rescue teams from the Navy and the Lander County, Nev., Sheriff's Office took hours to reach the site in a remote, rugged area.
February 27, 2014 | By Tony Perry
 SAN DIEGO - A San Diego police officer Thursday shot two people while serving a drug search warrant at a home in the Encanto neighborhood, officials said. When the officer knocked on the front window, she saw a man inside the home reach for what she thought was a gun, according to Lt. Mike Hastings. The officer, described as a three-year veteran of the department, fired several rounds. A 35-year-old man and a 56-year-old woman were hit, in the legs and hip, according to Hastings.
February 26, 2014 | By David G. Savage
A Los Angeles man who appealed his robbery conviction all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court -- arguing that police had no right to search his apartment in his absence, even though another resident gave consent -- lost his case Tuesday. The 6-3 ruling gives authorities more leeway to search homes without obtaining a warrant, even when there is no emergency. The case began in 2009 when Los Angeles police responded to reports of a street robbery near Venice Boulevard and Magnolia Avenue.
February 26, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's volunteer search and rescue team helped canvas neighborhoods around UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday to help find information after a female student was gang raped. “We're looking at all potential areas in the immediate vicinity,” said department spokeswoman Kelly Hoover. Isla Vista, the unincorporated community next to UCSB where the gang rape occurred, is slightly larger than half a square mile but has some 23,000 residents. “It's very dense,” Hoover said.
February 26, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
When an occupant of a home refuses to allow police to search the premises, officers should keep their distance until they obtain a warrant based on probable cause. In a case from Los Angeles, the Supreme Court on Tuesday needlessly weakened that important 4th Amendment principle. The 6-3 decision eviscerated a 2006 ruling in which the court ruled that police must respect "a physically present inhabitant's express refusal of consent to a police search" even if a spouse or roommate gives consent.
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