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April 18, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Two iconic female screen presences will return to the multiplex after an extended absence in "Maleficent," Disney's retelling of "Sleeping Beauty": star Angelina Jolie, and the title character she portrays. In a new featurette about the film, which opens May 30, Jolie and her fellow cast and crew say the tale will answer questions about the past and future of Maleficent, the sorceress who cursed Princess Aurora into a death-like slumber in the 1959 animated musical version of the classic fairy tale.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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....
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Ozomatli is taking its polyglot music and attitude from the streets into the halls of academia. In preparation for Ozomatli Day on April 23 in Los Angeles, the long-running East L.A. rock-R&B-punk-funk ensemble will visit UCLA's Chicano Studies Research Center at noon Monday for a question-and-answer session and an acoustic performance. Unlike many such sessions where attendees are advised against documenting them with smartphones or tablets, Ozomatli is encouraging the audience to shoot the session, then personalize it and share it on the group's web site.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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