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

A Twitter app on an iPhone screen. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Twitter tweaks website to attract new users

NEW YORK (AP) — As Twitter looks to broaden its appeal beyond its 241 million users, the company is introducing a redesign of profile pages that includes bigger photos, more user controls and a distinct [...]

04/09/2014

This undated photo provided by the Tulare County, Calif., District Attorney shows Jose Manuel Martinez. (AP Photo/Tulare County District Attorney)

California man confesses to 40 killings

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors say a man charged with murdering nine people in California has told authorities that he has killed up to 40 people. Errek Jett, a district attorney in Lawrence County, Alabama, [...]

04/09/2014

FILE - This undated file image provided by Sariah English shows the Rebel Heart sailboat. (AP Photo/Sariah English, File)

Sailing family back in US with ailing baby

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Navy warship carrying a family whose sailboat broke down in the Pacific Ocean with a sick toddler arrived on Wednesday in San Diego. The arrival came six days after Charlotte [...]

04/09/2014

The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

AP-GfK Poll: Most Americans say filing taxes easy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Struggling to figure out your federal tax return? You’re not alone, but you’re in the minority. With the tax filing deadline looming next week, a majority of Americans say completing a federal [...]

04/09/2014

"The Simpsons" shows the popular cartoon family posing in front of their home, from left, Lisa, Marge, Maggie, Homer and Bart Simpson. (AP Photo/Fox Broacasting Co.)

FXX plans marathon telecast of ‘The Simpsons’

NEW YORK (AP) — The FXX network plans a marathon telecast this summer of episodes of “The Simpsons” — all 552 of them consecutively. The network said Wednesday the marathon will start Aug. 21 and [...]

04/09/2014

A computer screen shows a password attack in progress at the Norwich University computer security training program in Northfield, Vt. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

What you need to know about the Heartbleed bug

NEW YORK (AP) — Millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other personal information may be at risk as a result of a major breakdown in Internet security revealed earlier this week. The damage caused [...]

04/09/2014

Scene from a YouTube video.

‘Billy on the Street’ routine offers $1 for sex with Paul Rudd

Some people really WILL do anything for a dollar…especially when a TV camera is shoved in their face. Maybe this is a New York thing where Fuse TV’s Billy Eichner did his “Billy on the [...]

04/09/2014

Priest sings at a wedding posted on YouTube.

Ireland’s wedding-singer priest an Internet hit (Video)

DUBLIN (AP) — Father’s got talent. An Irish priest has become a social-media sensation after he surprised a bride and groom by singing a custom-made cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at their wedding. Video of [...]

04/09/2014

Summer Bukeavich posted a video of her dad Hula hooping to Wii YouTube, after he died.

Funny video of hula hooping dad helps family cope

A woman’s heartbreaking tribute to her father who died this week has stirred hundreds of comments on Reddit and YouTube, where she posted videos of him hula hooping and pictures of them together. Summer Bukeavich, [...]

04/09/2014

In this March 16, 2014 file photo, Michigan State forward Adreian Payne, right, hoists the net with Lacey Holsworth, who was battling cancer, after Michigan State defeated Michigan 69-55 in an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Big Ten Conference tournament in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

8-year-old girl befriended by hoops star dies (Video)

DETROIT (AP) — When Michigan State was fighting to stay afloat despite a succession of injuries to key players, Lacey Holsworth was there. When the team rebounded to win the Big Ten tournament, the 8-year-old [...]

04/09/2014

This undated photo released by Israel’s Antiquities Authority shows a sarcophagus found at Tel Shadud, an archaeological mound in the Jezreel Valley. (AP Photo/ Israel’s Antiquities Authority)

Rare sarcophagus, Egyptian scarab found in Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli archaeologists have unearthed a rare sarcophagus featuring a slender face and a scarab ring inscribed with the name of an Egyptian pharaoh, Israel’s Antiquities Authority said Wednesday. The mystery man whose [...]

04/09/2014

Kari Wuhrer from the cast of "Sharknado 2: The Second One" arrives at the NBC Universal Summer Press Day on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

‘Sharknado 2′ unleashes flying sharks on New York

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Get ready for more flying sharks. “Sharknado 2: The Second One” will take a bite out of New York City on July 30 in Syfy’s sequel to the campy classic that [...]

04/08/2014