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Toys ‘R’ Us Agrees to Settlement in Price-Overcharge Case

Retail chain Toys R Us agreed to pay about $178,700 to resolve a consumer case involving purported overcharges to customers at the company’s stores in California, including Los Angeles County, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ernest Hiroshige approved the settlement payment, under which the Delaware-based corporation did not admit any wrongdoing. The settlement resolves a complaint by Los Angeles and San Diego county prosecutors alleging pricing errors at checkstands at the corporation’s toy stores and Babies R Us outlets.

Pricing inspections conducted by county and state agencies between late 2009 and mid-2012 revealed a pattern of inaccuracies in prices charged at many Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores in California, including some of the 10 in the San Diego area and 30 in Los Angeles County, according to the plaintiffs.

The checks found overcharges in 5 percent of a survey of about 4,200 purchases, court documents stated. Higher percentage errors were found in selected areas and stores, despite a pricing-compliance program that Toys R Us had implemented.

Under the terms of the settlement, Toys R Us-Delaware Inc. is enjoined to fully comply with California’s pricing-accuracy and false-advertising laws, and must implement an additional internal compliance program with annual reporting to the Los Angeles County and San Diego County district attorneys’ offices.

The corporation also agreed to pay agency investigative costs of $28,730 and civil penalties totaling $150,000, to be divided equally between the two prosecuting counties.

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Teen arrested for allegedly stealing part from Walker crash

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A Los Angeles teenager has been arrested and a second plans to turn himself in after allegedly stealing some parts from the Porsche that  “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker was in when he died in a crash, authorities said.

The two men allegedly stole wreckage from the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT as it was being towed away from the scene Saturday night after the crash, Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Parker told the Los Angeles Times.

The investigation led detectives to Jameson Witty, 18, who was arrested at his home in Los Angeles and was being held on $20,000 bail, the Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.  A second suspect, a 25-year-old man whose name has not been released, was outside California and arranging to surrender, according to the statement.

“A witness saw a male exit a vehicle that was following the tow truck. The male grabbed a piece of the wrecked Porsche off the tow truck bed. The male drove away with the stolen vehicle part,” the statement said.

Detectives identified the two suspects, and while serving a search warrant at a home in Canyon Country, a community north of Los Angeles, they found a red T-top roof panel from the Porsche, sheriff’s officials said. They would not say what led them to the two men or what evidence they had against them.

Sheriff’s detectives planned to meet with prosecutors to discuss charges.

It wasn’t clear if Witty has an attorney, and no phone listings for family or associates could be found.

An Instagram account with the profile name “Jameson Witty” shows a picture of what appears to be a car part with the caption, “Piece of Paul walkers car, took it off a tow truck at a stop light,” TMZ.com reported.

Walker, who starred in all but one of the six “Fast & Furious” blockbuster films that glorified fast cars and dangerous driving, was killed when the Porsche smashed into a light pole and tree then caught fire on Saturday afternoon, authorities said. The seventh installment of the movie series was on a break from shooting for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The crash also killed friend Roger Rodas, who was driving the car. Sheriff’s investigators are still trying to determine what caused Rodas to careen out of control.

Rare identical triplets born in California

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A Northern California hospital is home to a rare set of identical triplets, who were conceived without the help of fertility drugs.

Abby, Brindabella (Brin, for short), and Laurel Hepner were born at Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento to parents Hannah and Tom on November 22. The girls are all named after family members or special places in the lives of their parents. Brindabella is named after a mountain range in Australia located near where Tom Hepner grew up.

“The end of the year is going to be big in our families I guess,” Tom told KTXL-TV.

The Hepners live in Quincy, California, approximately 100 miles north of Sacramento. A month before the births, Hannah Hepner was airlifted to the hospital to begin receiving treatment from a team of specialists. Sutter offers a program for so-called “moms of mutiples” to help them through their pregnancy.

The triplets were produced when a single, fertilized egg split into three. Dr. William Gilbert, director of Sutter Women’s Services, told the Sacramento Bee the odds of producing identical triplets without fertility drugs range from 1-in-1-million to 1-in-100-million, adding that the rarity makes it difficult to more accurately calculate the frequency of such births.

Abby weighed 3 pounds, 2 ounces; Brin 3 pounds, 11 ounces; and Laurel 4 pounds. Gilbert told the Bee those were good weights for triplets and said the girls were doing well.

The sisters are still in the hospital until they can maintain body temperature and eat properly.