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March 20, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
From Harry Potter to Bella Swan to Katniss Everdeen, the hottest phenomenon in publishing these days is young adult fiction about risk takers who dare to go their own way. So it's more than a little ironic, if predictable, that films made from these books are completely risk aversive. Why rock the boat and jeopardize a potentially huge franchise if you don't really have to? "Divergent" is the latest, most snug-fitting version of that trend. As directed by Neil Burger ("The Illusionist," "Limitless")
March 20, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A New Jersey teenager managed to wiggle through a security fence then make his way past a guard to the spire atop 1 World Trade Center, the nation's tallest building, where he took pictures before he was apprehended, officials said Thursday. The boy, who authorities said was being treated as an adult, was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass in the Sunday morning stunt and faces up to a year in jail if convicted. Officials identified him as Justin Casquejo, 16, of Weehawken, N.J. "We take security and these types of infractions very seriously and will prosecute violators," Joseph Dunne, chief security officer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the site, said in a statement.
March 19, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Samantha Schaefer, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Fourteen teens accused of throwing a clandestine party at an unoccupied La Habra Heights mansion -- and then looting it of everything from  collectible medieval armor to a mounted snow leopard -- are due in court Wedesday to face trespassing and burglary charges. The 9,000-square-foot home sustained more than than $1 million in losses and damage in the November incident, authorities said. Among the looted items were  collectible medieval armor, scuba gear, designer suits and the snow leopard, valued at $250,000.
March 19, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"The 100" is a new TV series about teenagers living alone - or are they? - on a post-apocalyptic future Earth. Wherever else we are, we are definitely on the CW, where, apart from reality shows, every series but "Hart of Dixie" either takes place in another time or features characters supernatural, superheroic and/or science-fictional. Some focus on characters, which is not necessarily to say actors, of high school age. Premiering Wednesday, "The 100" is based on Kass Morgan's young-adult novel of the same name.
March 18, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A 16-year-old student at a Santa Ana charter school has been arrested on suspicion of threatening to carry out a campus attack and shoot students he had named on a "hit list. " The threat, police said, was made in an email to a former girlfriend. The NOVA Academy Early College High School sophomore wrote that he was going to recruit other students to help him carry out the attack, Santa Ana police said in a statement. He didn't threaten his ex-girlfriend, police said, but did say he was tired of being bullied.
March 18, 2014 | By Richard Winton, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
More than a dozen teens have been charged in connection with a break-in at a La Habra Heights mansion, where they allegedly threw a party while the owners were away and stole, among other items, a mounted snow leopard. The 9,000-square-foot home sustained more than than $1 million in losses and damages in the November incident, authorities said. Among the looted items were pieces of armor, racks of designer clothing and the rare, $250,000 snow leopard. Detectives with the Los Angeles County's Sheriff's Department eventually found the leopard in one of the teens' possession.
March 17, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
A Temecula college student who extorted young women, including a future Miss Teen USA, into sending him nude photos and video was sentenced Monday to 18 months in federal prison, federal prosecutors said. Jared James Abrahams, 20, was arrested last year and pleaded guilty in November to one count of computer hacking and three counts of extortion, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. The case came to national attention last year after it was reported that Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf, who was crowned in August, was one of Abrahams' victims.
March 14, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Teenagers throughout the nation are having a tougher time finding work opportunities, but few are finding it more difficult than those living in the Los Angeles, Long Beach and Santa Ana region. The details come from a gloomy report released Friday by the Brookings Institution titled "The Plummeting Labor Market Fortunes of Teens and Young Adults. " Among teens aged 16 to 19, Los Angeles, Long Beach and Santa Ana were dubbed the lowest with fewer than 2 out of every 10 teenagers able to land a job (a 16.9% employment rate)
March 13, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Veronica Mars," the movie, is just so Veronica Mars. The teenage private eye from the 2004-07 TV series starring Kristen Bell has grown up. But like fans of the show, a.k.a. marshmallows, it is quickly clear that while Veronica may have left her life in Neptune, Calif., behind, she hasn't moved on. Director Rob Thomas, creator of the prime-time show, and series executive producer Diane Ruggiero, finally do what they refused to do when "Veronica Mars" was canceled in 2007 - deliver a script that ties up a lot of loose ends and opens up a new can of worms.
March 13, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Manhattan Beach police say that despite search efforts, there is no evidence of foul play after a local 14-year-old girl was reported missing over the weekend. Leah Kritzer was reported missing Sunday after she went out to walk a dog.  A couple hours later, "a local resident actually called the family saying, are they missing the dog?," said Manhattan Beach Police Sgt. Paul Ford, adding that Leah was not with the canine and that "the dog wasn't far from the home. " Her father, Joe Kritzer,  told KTLA  that they went out to retrieve the dog but hasn't seen his daughter since.
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