L.A.’s Afternoon News: Maggie McKay and Michael Shappee

This undated handout photo provided by Ohio State University shows an all purpose voodoo doll used in a study. (AP Photo/Jo McCulty, Ohio State University)

Study: Snack might help avoid fight with spouse

WASHINGTON (AP) — A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right. That’s [...]

04/14/2014

Former Bell City Administrator Robert Rizzo in court in Los Angeles, March 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Irfan Khan, Pool, file)

Robert Rizzo, accused in Bell fraud, gets prison term

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man authorities say masterminded a scheme that fleeced the small Los Angeles suburb of Bell out of millions of dollars was sentenced in federal court Monday to 33 months in [...]

04/14/2014

The new Google Glass "Bold" prescription frames in "shale" color rests on a table at the Google Glass Basecamp space at Chelsea Market, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Google Glass: How to get one

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A lot more people are about to get a chance to buy Google Glass, the Internet-connected eyewear that has become the hottest accessory in geek fashion. Google will sell the “Explorer” [...]

04/14/2014

Actor Bryan Cranston in a video posted on YouTube.

High schooler gets actor to help with prom proposal (Video)

If terrifying chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-maker Walter White of “Breaking Bad” asks you to do something, you’d better give him the answer he wants. High-school student Stefan Montana of Los Gatos in northern California, nabbed actor Bryan Cranston, [...]

04/14/2014

This photo provided by the Utah County jail shows Megan Huntsman, who was booked into the Utah County jail on suspicion of killing six of her newborn children over the past decade. (AP Photo/Utah County Jail) Courtesy Utah County Jail

Police: Utah mom admitted to killing her 6 babies

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) — Megan Huntsman was clear about what she did with six of her newborn babies. Huntsman, 39, told police she either strangled or suffocated them immediately after they were born. She [...]

04/14/2014

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Funds established for bus crash victims

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A Los Angeles city councilman started a fund for five local students killed in a collision between a tour bus and FedEx big rig near Orland, Calif. The students were among [...]

04/14/2014

This image released by Summit Entertainment shows Shailene Woodley, left, and Theo James in a scene from "Divergent." (AP Photo/Summit Entertainment, Jaap Buitendijk, file)

‘Divergent’ film finale to be released in 2 parts

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. says the final book of its “Divergent” trilogy will be made into two parts, following the lucrative formula it has used for “Twilight” and is repeating for [...]

04/11/2014

This undated image provided by the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc. shows Michael Myvett. Myvett and his fiancee, Mattison Haywood, who were recently engaged in Paris, were killed on the bus carrying high school students to Humboldt State University when it was hit by a FedEx tractor trailer Thursday night. Myvett and Haywood were chaperones on the bus. (AP Photo/Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Inc)

Recently engaged LA couple among bus crash dead

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles man and the woman he had proposed to in Paris at Christmas were among the 10 dead in the crash of a bus that was taking high school [...]

04/11/2014

Beyonce's photo posted on her Instagram account.

Beyonce’s Instagram photo has some crying Photoshop foul

There have been a plethora of stories where celebrities claim to be the victims of magazine photoshopping, but it appears as if one celeb photoshopped herself. Beyonce posted two photographs on her Instagram yesterday, and [...]

04/11/2014

Photographer Lora Scantling's photo of three young girls who are fighting cancer, aged 3, 6 and 4. The message written below the photo: "Sometimes, strength comes in knowing that you are not alone." (Photo credit: Lora Scantling)

Striking image raises awareness of childhood cancer

Bethany, Okla., based photographer Lora Scantling worked with a studio and some local children’s boutiques to create a powerful photo of three young girls who are fighting cancer. Scantling hopes her photos will bring awareness [...]

04/11/2014

High-speed video of a rapid escape maneuver of a flying fruit fly (Drosophila hydei). The video is slowed down 300x. Please note that the last clip in the video consists of a 3-D movie that
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Video courtesy of Florian Muijres, Dickinson Lab, University of Washington

"Flies Evade Looming Targets by Executing Rapid Visually Directed Banked Turns," by F.T. Muijres; M.J. Elzinga; J. Melis; M.H. Dickinson at University of Washington in Seattle, WA; J. Melis at Delft University of Technology in Delft, Netherlands. Science, 11 april 2014

High-speed video captures fruit fly escape maneuver

What does a tiny fruit fly have in common with an F-22 Raptor fighter jet? More than you might think if you’ve ever been amazed at how the little pests avoid the flyswatter. Scientists using [...]

04/11/2014

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Fly high at the Kite Festival

This Sunday at 11 a.m. in Santa Monica, Otis College of Art and Design will host its third annual Kite Festival, featuring kite artists Tom Van Sant, Tyrus Wong, George Peters, Melanie Walker, Jose Sainz, [...]

04/11/2014