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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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2014 | By Melanie Mason
ORLAND, Calif. - Investigators found no physical evidence that a FedEx freight truck was on fire before it collided with a charter tour bus in Northern California last week, killing 10 people, authorities said Sunday. "Our fire expert reviewed the median and the highway, and found no physical evidence of fire before the impact," said Mark Rosekind, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board. Fire engulfed both vehicles after the crash. Those findings contradict the eyewitness accounts of a couple whose Nissan Altima was sideswiped by the truck.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
With the arrival of the Amazon Fire TV, the heat is turning up in the market for video-streaming devices. The Fire TV is jumping into a crowd that already includes the Apple TV, the Google Chromecast and Roku's numerous streaming gadgets. These devices are all designed to let users stream content from the Internet -- like Netflix and YouTube -- and watch it on their TVs. Amazon's $99 black box isn't the cheapest, it isn't the smallest, and it doesn't have the most content. In fact, Amazon lacks in all of these categories compared with most of its rivals.
WORLD
April 10, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO - Video evidence submitted Thursday by Egyptian prosecutors at the trial for Al Jazeera journalists on terrorism-related charges left the defendants and their lawyers baffled and was rejected by the judge. Australian correspondent Peter Greste, Egyptian Canadian bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed are accused of “fabricating news” regarding the Muslim Brotherhood, which Egypt has branded a terrorist organization. The videos proffered as evidence against them included a documentary about Somalia made by Greste for the BBC, a recording of a news conference by a Kenyan official and a report produced by Mohamed's brother for another network about the effects of Egypt's political crisis on the tourism trade.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Gear Fit will make their U.S. debuts on Friday.  The GS5 is the latest version of Samsung's flagship phone, while the Gear Fit is a brand new product aimed at consumers who are interested in tracking their fitness. Join The Times' Michelle Maltais and me as we unbox the two new gadgets at 3:30 p.m. PDT. Post any questions you may have about the devices in our comments or tweet them to us. LIVE DISCUSSION: Join us at 3:30 p.m. PDT as we unbox Samsung's new devices The GS5 features a 5.1-inch full 1080p HD display, a 16-megapixel camera, runs Android 4.4 KitKat and uses a 2.5-gigahertz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Move over, Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast -- the Amazon Fire TV has arrived. Amazon jumped into the video-streaming device market last week by releasing the Fire TV, a small, black set-top box that streams video and audio content from the Internet. The $99 gadget will be facing off against rival devices from Apple, Google and Roku . LIVE DISCUSSION: Join us at 2 p.m. as we unbox the Amazon Fire TV. But if there's one thing the Amazon Fire TV has that its rivals don't is a focus on video gaming.
SPORTS
April 8, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Shabazz Napier wanted to make sure he had our attention Monday night. Of course the Connecticut guard had our attention, after scoring 22 points against Kentucky to lead the Huskies to an unlikely NCAA title and earning Final Four MVP honors for himself along the way. But just to be sure, Napier asked for everyone's attention during a nationally televised postgame interview that was being broadcast throughout AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas....
SPORTS
April 8, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 When San Fernando was on its way to winning the City Section Divison I championship last season, the Tigers were relying on pitching and defense. Now Sylmar (13-3, 5-0) is showing the Tigers how it's done. On Tuesday in the first game of a big two-game Valley Mission League series, pitcher Victor Ramirez allowed three hits, struck out four and walked none in Sylmar's 2-0 victory over San Fernando. The Spartans handed two-time All-City pitcher Alonzo Garcia his first-ever loss in league play over the last three seasons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Joseph Serna
Santa Barbara County authorities plan to review video recorded by recently installed surveillance cameras of Deltopia, a spring-break ritual that dissolved into chaos, leaving a sheriff's deputy injured and more than 100 people arrested. Sheriff's deputies said the surveillance video should help them identify the worst offenders in Saturday's unrest. UC Santa Barbara officials installed surveillance cameras after a gang rape in February and gave six to the Sheriff's Department to put up before Deltopia, a loosely organized spring break party.
NEWS
April 7, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister has apologized after a video surfaced of the Republican lawmaker in a romantic encounter with a member of his staff. On Monday, the Ouachita Citizen posted a brief video sent by an anonymous source that shows McAllister, who is married, leaving his congressional office in Monroe, La., after passionately kissing a woman the paper identified as his district scheduler, Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock. According to the newspaper, the incident occurred on Dec. 23, barely a month after McAllister had been sworn into office.
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