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January 23, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
A jury in Phoenix on Thursday convicted a man charged in the 1991 killings of nine people, including six Buddhist monks, bringing an end to a bizarre decades-long case that involved multiple trials and evidence of overzealous police interview tactics. Johnathan A. Doody sat impassively in Maricopa County Superior Court as a clerk read guilty verdicts in a robbery gone bad nearly a quarter-century ago: nine counts of first-degree murder, nine counts of armed robbery and single counts of burglary and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
January 18, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber
When Tina Kinser showed up at the Fullerton police station Saturday morning, she had a flashback to the summer of 2011. Almost everything seemed the same. The demands for justice blaring out of bullhorns. The people in Guy Fawkes masks holding signs with pictures of her brother's bloodied face. And the way the crowd of protesters swelled so big it spilled onto Commonwealth Avenue. "It looks just like the protest I came to two years ago," said Kinser, the youngest sister of Kelly Thomas, the homeless man with schizophrenia who died after being beaten unconscious by Fullerton police officers.
January 13, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores, Paloma Esquivel and Joe Mozingo
Two former Fullerton police officers were found not guilty on all charges Monday afternoon in the death of Kelly Thomas, a schizophrenic man they beat into unconsciousness as he cried out for help on a summer night more than two years ago. The Orange County jury's swift verdict came after just two days of deliberations, ending a case that generated national debate about how police deal with the mentally ill and homeless. Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas staked his name on the prosecution, arguing the case himself in court.
January 12, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
Radiation detected off the U.S. West Coast from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan has declined since the 2011 tsunami disaster and never approached levels that could pose a risk to human health, seafood or wildlife, scientists say. Experts have been trying to dispel worries stemming from a burst of online videos and blog posts in recent months that contend radiation from Fukushima is contaminating beaches and seafood and harming sea...
January 7, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
From respected winemaker Laura Catena, a rich, ample Malbec made from older vines from three vineyards in the Uco Valley of Argentina. The 2011 Luca Malbec, mostly aged in French oak, has an inviting bouquet of black cherries, strawberries, chocolate and tobacco. The wine is smooth and balanced, a classic example of Malbec. Of course, it's a beautiful wine with grilled steaks or chops, with a hearty stew, or braised pork or lamb shanks. Go ahead, throw bold flavors at it. This Malbec can take it. Region: Mendoza, Argentina Price: $26 to $30 Style: Rich and balanced What it goes with: Grilled steaks and chops, hearty stews, braised meats Where to find it: Amazing Grapes Wine Store in Rancho Santa Margarita, (949)
January 4, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Gus Malzahn coached high school football for 14 years before he became a college assistant in 2006. Eight years later, he has guided Auburn to Monday's Bowl Championship Series title game against Florida State. Malzahn replaced the fired Gene Chizik this season, taking over a program that was 3-9 overall and 0-8 in the Southeastern Conference in 2012. Malzahn, the Tigers' offensive coordinator from 2009-2011, guided Auburn to its second BCS title-game appearance in four years.
December 24, 2013 | By Saba Hamedy
Brenda Schmitz and her youngest son, Max, then 2 years old, shared a favorite song: "Over the Rainbow. " At the time, Schmitz and her family hadn't seen rain - let alone a rainbow - for five weeks when the wife and mother of four was hospitalized at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines for ovarian cancer. But on the day of her death, in September 2011, a large, bright double rainbow cast across the sky. Her husband, David, said this was the first but certainly not the last time Schmitz would give her family signs that she was watching over them.
December 23, 2013 | By Amro Hassan and Laura King
CAIRO - To many of those who took part in Egypt's 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak, the death of Bassem Mohsen epitomizes the revolution's dashed hopes. Mohsen, 25, was shot in the head last week during an antigovernment protest in his native city of Suez. On Sunday, his death was confirmed. On Monday, friends and family gathered outside the hospital where his body lay, waiting for official permission for an autopsy. The young activist was a veteran of protests against not only Mubarak, but also the military administration that followed, the Islamist rule of Mohamed Morsi and the current authoritarian-minded interim government.
December 22, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Bruce Boudreau can't gauge how Washington Capitals fans will respond to his return Monday night, but the Ducks coach knows how he'll feel. "Goosebumps all night long," Boudreau said. "I'm going to be nervous. ... I'm an emotional guy. " Boudreau, 58, coached Washington from November 2007 until November 2011, when he was fired with the Capitals in a 3-8 rut. Boudreau had been coach of the year in his first season, directing Washington to the best regular-season record in 2009-10, and recorded 200 victories faster than any NHL coach.
December 20, 2013 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON -- U.S. economic growth in the third quarter was revised sharply higher, to a healthy annual rate of 4.1%, thanks to stronger consumer spending and nonresidential investment than previously thought. Commerce Department officials had previously estimated that the nation's gross domestic product, or total value of goods and services produced, expanded 3.6% in the July-to-September period. The revised data released Friday indicate that last quarter's GDP growth rate was the fastest since the end of 2011, and importantly, that there was broader economic momentum heading into the final months of the year than believed.
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