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March 14, 2014 | By Kate Mather
The co-founder of frozen yogurt chain Pinkberry was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for beating a homeless man with a tire iron, an attack a Los Angeles judge declared "fairly merciless" and "horrendous. " Dressed in an orange, jail-issued jump suit, Young Lee stared straight ahead as Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Henry J. Hall handed down the maximum penalty the 49-year-old faced. A jury in November convicted Lee - who helped found Pinkberry in 2005 but is no longer involved with the company - of assault.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Kate Mather
The wife of Pinkberry co-founder Young Lee begged a judge Friday for leniency when her husband was sentenced for beating of a homeless man with a tire iron. Lee's wife, Jieun Kim, wiped her eyes as she spoke to the judge through a translator. "It hurts me deeply when my child, who just started speaking, asks for his dad," she said. "I beg you to not separate our family, to keep our family together. "  Kim told Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Henry J. Hall that she did not speak English and did not have residency in the United States.
WORLD
March 14, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Shashank Bengali
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A little-known Islamist militant group took responsibility for twin bombings hundreds of miles apart Friday that killed at least 19 people, wounded dozens and underscored the vulnerability of the Pakistani government's attempt to open peace talks with insurgents. In the provincial capital of Peshawar, near the northeastern tribal areas that border Afghanistan, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a bustling market on the city's outskirts as worshipers were gathering for prayers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014
Join Times staff writer Robert Faturechi at 12:30 p.m. for a L.A. Now Live discussion on the second debate between candidates vying to be the next L.A. County sheriff.  Unlike at their debate last month, Faturechi  reported  that the candidates this week sharpened their attacks and directed multiple barbs at the men sitting beside them. Some of the jabs were veiled, others more direct, and it's unclear if the debate represents a nastier campaign path ahead. Full Coverage: BEHIND THE BADGE During the discussion, Faturechi will answer questions and respond to comments about the candidates and how they presented themselves during the debate.  Readers can tweet questions or comments ahead of time to moderator @aribloomekatz, or submit them directly on the chat interface when it goes live on the L.A. Times homepage at 12:30 p.m. ALSO: LAPD mourns the loss of one of its own at downtown funeral Manson family killer Bruce Davis gets parole grant, but may not walk FBI ramps up Hawaii search for suspected terrorist in Calif.
WORLD
March 13, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - At least four people were reported dead after knife-wielding assailants stabbed and slashed passers-by Friday morning in Changsha, in China's south-central Hunan province. Witnesses described the assailants as Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking minority from northwestern China's Xinjiang region. Militants from that region were implicated in a knifing rampage March 1 that left 33 people dead at a train station in Kunming, China. 12:15 a.m. update: The death toll from Friday's knife attack in Changsha has reached six. Initial witness reports indicated that members of a Turkic minority from northwestern China could have been involved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was convicted Thursday of rape and bribery stemming from two traffic stops, including one in which he pulled a woman over then raped her in the desert, prosecutors said. Jose Rigaberto Sanchez, 29, pleaded no contest to rape under color of authority and to soliciting a bribe and is expected to be sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison. Sanchez pulled over a 24-year-old woman in Palmdale while on duty Sept. 22, 2010. He offered not to arrest her on an outstanding warrant in exchange for sex, prosecutors said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
The candidates for Los Angeles County sheriff sharpened their attacks Wednesday night, accusing each other of mismanagement and opportunism in front of a Van Nuys audience gathered for their second debate. Unlike the debate last month, this time the candidates directed multiple barbs at the men sitting beside them, some veiled and some not. Assistant Sheriff Jim Hellmold, one of two candidates former Sheriff Lee Baca tapped to run, called out former Cmdr. Bob Olmsted more than once.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Kate Mather
An Arizona grand jury has indicted Darren Sharper on five sexual assault and drug-related counts, the latest development in multiple sexual assault investigations against the former NFL star that have kept him in a Los Angeles jail. The indictment on two counts of sexual assault and three counts of administering dangerous drugs involve attacks that occurred in Tempe, Ariz., on Nov. 20, 2013, police said Wednesday. In all, the former New Orleans Saints safety, 38, is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting at least eight women in Los Angeles, New Orleans, Las Vegas and Tempe.
WORLD
March 10, 2014 | By Hashmat Baktash and Shashank Bengali
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Taliban threatened to attack next month's presidential election in Afghanistan, calling on its followers “to use all force” in targeting poll workers and political activists and to disrupt balloting. “We once again call on all of our countrymen to keep away from electoral offices, voting booths, rallies and campaigns so that, may God forbid, their lives are not put into danger,” read a statement released Monday by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as the Taliban likes to be called.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
A woman and a teenager were hospitalized after being attacked by bees when a car hit a tree containing a hive in La Canada Flintridge, authorities said. A collision between two cars occurred around 2:50 p.m. on the 200 block of Los Amigos Street, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. One of the cars slammed into a tree, aggravating the hive of bees that swarmed the drivers after they got out of their vehicles and attempted to exchange information, said Capt.
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