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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
The mother and four children who were killed in a fiery crash in the Central Valley on Saturday have been identified by Fresno County coroner's officials.  Esmeralda Saucedo, 29, and her four children -- Isaac Saucedo, 1; Nikko Saucedo, 3; Jada Saucedo, 6; and Breanna Reyes, 11; all of Riverdale -- were killed as their father, who was traveling behind the family in a separate car, watched helplessly as the SUV burst into flames. The youngest boy would have turned 2 on Monday. The father suffered burns as he broke out windows of the Ford Expedition in an attempt to free his family, authorities said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Witnesses of a fiery crash near Fresno that killed a mother and her four children over the weekend described how they had to pull the husband away from the burning wreckage as he tried to rescue his family. "My husband ran out, he saw a car engulfed in flames and a man running around the car wanting to get his family out," Lori Pierce told the Fresno Bee . "He was in such shock we just had to pull him away. " Authorities said the 29-year-old mother, who was not identified, was driving south about 7 p.m. Saturday in a 2003 Ford Expedition in the community of Riverdale, south of Fresno.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Toyota Motor Corp. launched a massive global recall of its popular Prius hybrid to fix a software glitch that could cause the car to stall, an aggressive reaction to counter past criticism of its slow response to defects, experts said. The Japanese automaker also said it would recall about 260,000 RAV4 sport utility vehicles, Tacoma trucks and Lexus RX350 SUVs sold in the United States to address a separate issue. The recall of the Prius, one of America's best-selling passenger cars and the top-selling vehicle in California, covers 1.9 million hybrids from the 2010 through 2014 model years.
NATIONAL
February 7, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Tevin Thompson told a rapt audience in a Jacksonville, Fla., courtroom about the fateful night over Thanksgiving break in 2012 when he and three friends were out on the town. They were in a Dodge Durango and had stopped for gum and cigarettes at a convenience store. A Volkswagen carrying Michael Dunn and his girlfriend pulled up close alongside the parked SUV. Dunn, 47 and white, asked the black teenagers in the SUV to turn down the loud music, Thompson, 19, testified Friday. Thompson said he turned down the volume but that fellow passenger Jordan Davis, 17, cursed and asked him to turn the music back up. "It was pretty loud," Thompson said.
AUTOS
February 6, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Score another victory for BMW's diesel fans. When the Bavarian automaker brings a refreshed 2015 X3 crossover to dealers in the coming months, the vehicle will come with an optional diesel engine, the company announced Wednesday. The X3 is the middle child of BMW's SUV lineup, slotting above the tidy X1 and below the large X5. Competitors include the Mercedes ML, Lexus RX, Audi Q5, and Acura MDX and RDX. PHOTOS: 2015 BMW X3 The latest addition to the X3 lineup brings diesel to the table for the first time in the U.S. It joins the all-wheel-drive turbocharged four- and six-cylinder models that will be largely unchanged.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Police on Monday night identified a man killed in a South Los Angeles shooting as 37-year-old Sigmund Thomas Chornes. Chornes was shot around 9:40 p.m. Sunday while standing near the sidewalk in the 4000 block of Abourne Road, the Los Angeles Police Department said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Chornes had been visiting friends and left a home when he was attacked by a man who stepped from the passenger's side of a light-colored SUV and began shooting, the LAPD said.  HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim The man got back in the SUV, which was seen heading westbound on Santo Tomas Drive.  The shooting was being investigated by LAPD gang detectives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2014 | By David Zahniser
An Orange County man killed when his sport utility vehicle went airborne and struck a portion of a residence in Coto de Caza was identified Saturday as a student at Cal State Fullerton. Franz Nalezny , 22, died in the crash Friday night shortly after 7:30 p.m., according to the Orange County coroner's office. He had been driving southbound on Vista Del Ver de , not far from his family's home, when he struck a curb and lost control of his vehicle, said Capt.
SPORTS
January 30, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Denver police are investigating an incident in which an SUV linked to welterweight boxer Mike Alvarado crashed off a snowy bank into Colorado's Sloan's Lake on Tuesday.  “Mike's fine, he told me he has nothing to do with it, and that's good enough for me,” Alvarado's manager-trainer Henry Delgado told The Times on Thursday. “I believe him.” A police spokesman told Denver's CBS 4 that authorities are seeking a man and a woman who walked away from the green Cadillac Escalade before it rolled into the lake with a smashed hood.
AUTOS
January 27, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Like an owner who resembles his or her dog, Mitsubishi's 2014 Outlander is just as much an oddity as the brand itself. Though the Japanese automaker sold more cars in the U.S. in 2013 than Porsche or Volvo (and just a few thousand less than Jaguar), Mitsubishi is a quirky company with a quirky lineup that flies well below the radar of many shoppers. In addition to the midsize Outlander SUV that starts at $23,820, Mitsubishi also sells the Outlander Sport compact crossover; regular, hatchback and high-performance versions of the Lancer compact sedan; and the new Mirage, a tiny morsel of a hatchback that starts just under $14,000.
AUTOS
January 25, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Think of mid-size luxury SUVs as a stable of thoroughbreds. Porsche has its Cayenne, Mercedes-Benz its ML and GL, and Audi its Q7. The Japanese brands have their X models: Acura's MDX, Lexus' GX and Infiniti's QX60. For 2014, two redesigned purebreds join the mix: BMW's third-generation X5, and Land Rover's second-generation Range Rover Sport. Each of the newcomers approaches this competitive segment - where prices range from $50,000 to $90,000 - with a different philosophy.
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