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March 10, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa - Athlete Oscar Pistorius used expanding bullets that mushroom on impact and cause maximum tissue damage when he shot his girlfriend to death, a pathologist testified Monday in a South African court. One of those bullets penetrated Reeva Steenkamp's head and broke up in her brain, causing a catastrophic injury, and another hit her right hip, shattered a hip bone and broke into small pieces in her body, said pathologist Gert Saayman, who conducted the autopsy.
March 9, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
TAL KHALAKH, Syria - For more than a year, Ghassan Eid didn't speak to his son, Khaled, who abandoned his job as a policeman and joined the armed rebels. "I was ashamed," recalled the father, a shop owner in Tal Khalakh, long renowned as a smuggling hub with nearby Lebanon - and more recently as a cross-border terminus for arms and rebel fighters. "He was not my son anymore. " All that has changed. Khaled has renounced the uprising to oust President Bashar Assad and is studying to become a lawyer.
March 2, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Some things were settled by halftime Sunday. UCLA was not going to repeat as Pac-12 champion. Arizona clinched the conference regular-season title while the Bruins were sorting out issues in the locker room. Some things were unsettling by halftime. BOX SCORE: UCLA 74, Oregon State 69 Steve Alford, UCLA's always dapper-looking coach, ditched his jacket. That he didn't consider replacing it with a straitjacket was to his credit. In the first half the Bruins showed why they've lagged so far behind Arizona in the standings.
February 28, 2014 | By Melinda Fulmer
Forget crunches. The V-up takes your abdominal workout to the next level. Orthopedist and fitness trainer Dr. Levi Harrison, who produced a DVD, "The Art of Fitness Cardio Core Workout," shows how to work up to this advanced move in stages so you don't strain your lower back. What it does This intense move challenges all of the muscles in your core - front to back. What to do Start by lying down flat with your legs long, abdominals tucked in and back pressed into the floor.
February 26, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
It was just a little thing. When veteran TV reporter Miles O'Brien was stacking some cases filled with TV gear on Feb. 12, one of the cases fell on his left arm. "It hurt, but I wasn't all '911' about it," O'Brien, a former CNN reporter for 17 years, wrote in a blog post published Wednesday in which he recounted the incident. "It was painful and swollen but I figured it would be OK without any medical intervention. Maybe a little bit of denial?" Maybe. Because what happened next shocked him, as well as many of his fans and aquaintances, who have been sharing the  post he wrote detailing what happened next . The next day, his arm got sore and swelled up. It kept getting worse.
February 23, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz.  - No one in camp is comparing Kevin Jepsen to sidearm-throwing Joe Smith , but there is a noticeable difference in the delivery of the Angels reliever, who has gone from a straight over-the-top motion to a three-quarter-arm slot. "This off-season I thought, 'As a kid, you pick up a rock and throw it, you're going to throw your natural way,' and my natural way is down here," Jepsen said, mimicking his new motion. "Since I had shoulder surgery in 2004, I've been trying to find something that didn't hurt.
February 22, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The rivalry that produced Jerry West versus Bill Russell, Magic Johnson versus Larry Bird and Kobe Bryant versus Paul Pierce offered a new matchup Friday night: MarShon Brooks versus Jerryd Bayless. It was actually more enticing than it sounds, Brooks nudging a proud but wayward franchise ahead of its archnemesis, if just for one night. Brooks sparked an 11-point comeback in the fourth quarter of his Lakers debut, helping his new team blow past the hated Boston Celtics in a 101-92 victory that had Staples Center rocking for one of the few times this season.
February 17, 2014 | By Daniel Rothberg
WASHINGTON - The Republican campaign organization responsible for websites that appear, at first glance, to support Democratic candidates has backpedaled a bit, altering the way they seek donations. When visitors call up the websites, they are still greeted with friendly photos of Democratic candidates next to mock logos with shout-outs like " Nancy Pelosi for Congress" and " Kirkpatrick for Congress . " But gone is a fundraising form that caused at least two contributors to mistakenly donate not to the candidates, but to the National Republican Congressional Committee, which tries to defeat Democrats running for the House.
February 16, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
CHILPANCINGO, Mexico - On a cool evening in February, Pioquinto Damian, the head of the Chamber of Commerce here in Guerrero's capital city, was locked away in his downtown apartment, afraid to step outside. He was convinced that the mayor had tried to kill him in an ambush just a few days before. In response, the governor had assigned him 18 heavily armed police officers as bodyguards. A few miles outside town, hundreds of members of autodefensas - vigilante "self-defense" militias composed largely of fed-up farmworkers - were patrolling the streets of semirural suburbs with ancient rifles and shotguns, hoping to rid them of the drug cartel thugs who had terrorized them for years.
February 3, 2014 | By David Zucchino
TAMPA, Fla. - As an Army sniper in Iraq and Afghanistan, Gabriel Brown craved danger. Combat satisfied what he called his "adrenaline addiction. " When he returned home to Florida, nothing in civilian life provided the sense of invincibility that made combat so alluring and vital. The sniper was now a nursing student. There was a hole in his life, but he found a way to fill it: robbing banks. He robbed with a military flair. On Feb. 5, 2013, Brown whipped out a gun and tossed an M83 military smoke grenade during a robbery of a TD Bank branch in Auburndale, Fla., that netted $19,000.
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