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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 - Adding to the rosier economic outlook for next year, revised government data show the economy grew in the third quarter at the fastest pace in nearly two years as American consumers spent billions of dollars more than originally thought. The Commerce Department said Friday that the nation's gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic activity, expanded at a 4.1% annual rate in the July-through-September period. Officials had previously estimated that GDP grew at a 3.6% rate in the quarter and figured most of that came from an unusually large increase in the restocking of goods, something that typically can't be maintained throughout the year.
December 17, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
After more than two and a half years on the run, a Pomona man is expected to face charges for a 2011 fatal drive-by shooting, Los Angeles County prosecutors said. Ruben Vargas, 37, is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 14 on a murder charge in the 2011 shooting death of Lina Romero , 31. Pomona police say Vargas and 27-year-old Andrew Alvarez drove by a home in the 600 block of Illinois Street and unleashed a barrage of gunfire into a home, hitting Romero, who was inside. She died about a month later in the hospital, turning the case into a homicide.
December 15, 2013 | By Jason Song
USC President C. L. Max Nikias was the 13th-highest compensated private university president in 2011, making nearly $1.4 million in total pay, while former UC President Mark G. Yudof was the eighth-best paid public education executive, according to an annual survey released Sunday. University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer made nearly $3.3 million, ranking him first among private college or university chiefs, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, while ex-Penn State University President Graham Spanier was the highest paid public president, making $2.9 million during the 2012 fiscal year.
December 12, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
America's cars, trucks and SUVs took a record step in 2012 toward a cleaner future, with the average fuel economy for new vehicles hitting an all-time high of 23.6 miles per gallon, according to a new report released by the EPA. That average is a 1.2 mpg increase over 2011 vehicles, a jump that is the second highest in the last 30 years. Fuel economy has increased in seven of the last eight years, the agency announced in Thursday's report. "Today's new vehicles are cleaner and more fuel efficient than ever, saving American families money at the gas pump and helping to keep the air that we breathe cleaner," Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation, said in a statement.
December 2, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
The trial of two Fullerton police officers accused of killing a mentally ill homeless man began in dramatic fashion Monday with the Orange County district attorney taking the rare step of arguing the case personally, at one point holding a wooden baton to recreate the deadly confrontation. "The conduct of these two officers who are on trial here went far beyond what is acceptable in a free society," Tony Rackauckas told jurors in a packed Santa Ana courtroom. The death of Kelly Thomas in 2011 generated national attention, marking a rare instance in which police officers are being criminally charged for an on-duty fatality.
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