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April 7, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before the NCAA Championship game. The Skinny: I saw "Rob the Mob" on Sunday. While some of the cast was enjoyable -- particularly Griffin Dunne and Ray Romano -- overall I was a little disappointed in the movie about a young couple who come up with the brilliant idea to rob mob social clubs. Monday's roundup includes the weekend box office recap and a look at the legal battle over unpaid interns. Also, Yahoo wants to try the video business again. Finally, the legacy of Mickey Rooney, who died Sunday.
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.
April 7, 2014 | By Amina Khan
A solar flare flashed on the turbulent surface of the sun last week - and NASA captured the moment in a video. The agency's Solar Dynamics Observatory watched as balletic lines of light swirled and grew to produce the M-class flare. Solar flares get letter grades to categorize their strength. The weakest ones are A-class; then come B, C, M and finally X class. Each letter class is 10 times stronger than the one before it. Numbers attached to each letter put a finer point on each flare's power.
April 7, 2014 | By August Brown
Coldplay's new single is called "Magic," but its video is more inclined to the dark arts. In the just-released clip, singer Chris Martin plays a couple of roles -- a scheming husband to magician Ziyi Zhang (of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" fame) and her lovestruck assistant. While the song is a future-leaning bit of drum machine minimalism, the video has a flapper-noir feel straight from the silent era, with lots of knife-throwing and wounded glances.  The black-and-white clip was shot by acclaimed music video director Jonas Akerlund, who has done videos for U2, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga.
April 7, 2014 | By Charis E. Kubrin and Erik Nielson
For 16 months, Bay Area rapper Deandre Mitchell - better known as Laz Tha Boy - has been sitting in a jail cell faced with a decision no artist should have to make: whether to defend his innocence at trial, knowing his music likely will be used as evidence against him, or take a plea bargain and admit to crimes he maintains he did not commit. Mitchell's case dates to October 2012, when he was indicted for his alleged role in two gang-related shootings that occurred that year. Prosecutors didn't present a single arrest or conviction to establish Mitchell's association with a criminal gang, and with conflicting eyewitness testimony - and no physical evidence connecting him to the shootings, according to defense attorney John Hamasaki - prosecutors elected to introduce something else: Mitchell's violent gangsta rap videos and lyrics, which were presented to the grand jury as evidence of his criminal behavior.
April 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
All high schools would be fortunate to have a No. 2 pitcher as talented as senior Chris Kovach of Simi Valley Royal. He's showing signs of being a standout this season, improving to 3-1 on Friday while lowering his ERA to 1.50 in a 4-1 Marmonte League victory over Calabasas. He struck out five, walked one and allowed six hits in five innings. His fastball was clocked at 86 mph in the first inning. Royal is 10-1 this season and the combination of left-hander Kurt Johnson (4-0)
April 4, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
A Santa Monica High School teacher was placed on leave Friday after he was caught on a cellphone video in an altercation with a student. The incident took place in a classroom at the high school and was recorded on cellphone videos by several students, according to the superintendent of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. One recording shows Mark Black, a science teacher and wrestling coach, involved in a physical confrontation with an unidentified student. Other students are shown scrambling to avoid the altercation as it continued across the classroom.
April 3, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
David Letterman announced an end to his three-decade career in late night on Thursday night's "Late Show. " And it's apparent from the audience members' reaction that they had no idea it was coming. In fact, the stunned silence following Letterman's announcement was probably caused by the studio audience awaiting the punchline to the gag they thought Letterman was setting up. "Leslie [Moonves], it's been great. You've been great. The network has been great. But I'm retiring," Letterman said from his desk.
April 3, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
A brief video of bison purportedly “running for their lives" to escape a pending eruption of Yellowstone National Park's "super-volcano" had federal officials scrambling Thursday to allay fears in the region recently rattled by a spate of earthquakes. No wonder. The video spawned dozens of news reports, including one on CNN, attempting to answer this question: Can animals predict a major earthquake or eruption? The spreading anxiety was caused by baseless rumors and deliberate misrepresentations of what those bison were actually doing in the video, according to Leo Leckie, a sales associate of the nonprofit Yellowstone Assn., an educational partner of Yellowstone National Park.
April 2, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Orange County deputies are looking for a man believed to have burglarized a Mission Viejo home in February while the homeowners were sleeping upstairs. The man, believed to be 17 to 20 years old with dark hair, entered the home on Feb. 18 through an unlocked sliding door about 3 a.m., the Orange County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. Investigators said he stole $1,200 worth of iPads and cash from a resident's purse. The burglary was captured on surveillance footage from a camera installed by the homeowner.
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