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April 18, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Hector Becerra
Mexico City had 71 seconds of warning before shaking from a 7.2 earthquake about 200 miles away rumbled into the capital, thanks to central Mexico's 21-year-old early quake warning system, officials said Friday. It's a system that California still lacks. The Mexican warning system could be seen on television (video below), when Televisa news announcer Eduardo Salazar calmly tells viewers that at 9:27 a.m. a seismic alert went off, triggering a shrieking whine on the broadcast.
April 18, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Gina Frangello's "A Life in Men" ( Algonquin ) is a novel about a woman with cystic fibrosis who decides to explore the word, making reckless choices with the knowledge that her time is limited. Frangello keeps very busy: She is fiction editor of the Nervous Breakdown, Sunday editor of the Rumpus, editor of Other Voices Books, an imprint of Dzanc, and teaches creative writing. "Frangello writes with epic ferocity," Beth Kephart wrote in the Chicago Tribune review of "A Life  in Men. " "She inhabits many countries brilliantly, many characters seamlessly, and a carousel of points of view.
April 18, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Cody Wygant was an avid player of video games like "Aliens Extermination" and "Call of Duty. " The role-playing games were so important that the persistent screams of his 16-month-old son was too much of an annoyance, according to the Citrus County sheriff's office in Florida. So Wygant, an unemployed resident of Homosassa, Fla., about 90 miles west of Orlando, suffocated the boy and left him in a playpen, officials allege. "It is inconceivable that a father could kill his infant son -- it just baffles the mind," Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy said in a statement.
April 17, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
If "Watermark" does nothing else, it will make you question society's contradictory view of water use. The clear liquid is as essential to human life as it is threatened, yet we don't seem to be able to do what it takes to make sure it stays available enough to keep us alive. As co-directed by Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky, "Watermark" is a kind of companion piece to the pair's earlier "Manufactured Landscapes," which looked at how new industrial structures are transforming the face of the planet.
April 15, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Even Pharrell Williams, he of the flamboyant toppers, can't overcome the bowling-over capabilities of Oprah Winfrey. During his "Oprah Prime" appearance on Sunday, the seven-time Grammy-winner was overcome with emotion as the TV queen brought up his infectious song "Happy" and its breakout influence all over the world. Winfrey played a poignant tribute video set to the song, showcasing global fan renditions of the upbeat tune from the "Despicable Me 2" soundtrack. "Happy" was up for an Academy Award in March but lost the best song honor to "Let It Go" from Disney's "Frozen.
April 15, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Walter Kirn's novels have been made into films ("Up in the Air," "Thumbsucker"), but his most recent book is nonfiction. Part memoir, part true crime, "Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery and a Masquerade" is currently climbing our bestseller list .  Kirn sat down during the Festival of Books to talk about "Blood Will Out" and its subject, the man he knew as Clark Rockefeller, a fascinating and dangerous impostor....
April 14, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
National Transportation Safety Board officials investigating the deadly collision of a FedEx truck and a tour bus filled with high school students will examine two new pieces of video evidence. One is cellphone video shot by the driver of a Nissan Altima hit by the truck just before it slammed into the bus. The other is footage from a dashboard camera provided by the California Highway Patrol. "This is critical information for us to understand how the fire progressed and also how the passengers exited," said Mark Rosekind, a member of the NTSB . More clues may also be available from a black box-type recorder on the bus that collects vehicle data.
April 14, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
California authorities investigating last week's deadly collision of a FedEx truck and a tour bus filled with high school students are asking for the public's help in piecing together how the crash occurred. The California Highway Patrol is seeking videos and photos of the fiery crash on Interstate 5 in Orland, as well as witnesses and information related to the collision, the department said in a statement. A FedEx freight truck crossed a median about 5:30 p.m. Thursday and slammed head-on into a charter bus carrying 48 people, including 44 Southern California high school students headed for an orientation program at Humboldt State University.
April 14, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Dionisia Pacquiao was one of millions of people watching her son, boxer Manny Pacquiao, take on Timothy Bradley for the WBO welterweight belt on Saturday night. But she is the only one of those people who can claim to be the mother of the winning fighter. So she can be excused if she was rather, um, intense during the bout. Hear that, social media users? She can be excused. No more of this talk of hexes and voodoo -- I'm pretty sure that's not what people who bring rosaries to boxing matches actually do. Sure, she was doing a lot of pointing and gesturing with a look on her face that I'm going to be seeing in my nightmares for weeks to come.
April 14, 2014 | By Judi Dash
This is sneaky: What looks like a typical car remote is actually a spy camera. Swann's HD RemoteCam has a tiny lens and microphone at one end, a key chain at the other, and, on top, a power button and a record button masquerading as “remote control” buttons. Function lights flicker on to indicate you're recording but then quickly go off for stealth purposes. Two additional dummy buttons are part of the disguise. The RemoteCam captures full-color video files or still photos, with time and date stamping.
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