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February 17, 2013 | By Ned Parker
BAGHDAD - A string of bombings in Shiite Muslim neighborhoods in eastern Baghdad left as many as two dozen people dead and reflected Iraq's heightened sectarian tensions in the wake of nearly two months of Sunni protests. The bombs went off around 11 a.m., with three explosions in the Shiite slum of Sadr City and three in other nearby neighborhoods. Preliminary news reports put the death toll at 21 to 28, with more than 100 wounded. The attacks were the deadliest this month in the nation's capital and came amid anti-government demonstrations in Sunni regions of the country that began in late December.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Bomb squad investigators cleared a suspicious package Wednesday at Los Angeles International Airport after the buzzing object turned out be an electric toothbrush. Workers were loading baggage onto a flight at Gate 26 in Terminal 2 when they noticed an object vibrating, said LAX spokeswoman Mary Grady. Airport police responded to the reports about 11:25 a.m., LAX police Sgt. Belinda Nettles said. No evacuations were ordered, but the area around the gate was cleared so officials could investigate.
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NEWS
April 16, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders reflected with grief on the tragic loss of life in the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday, but had few immediate answers as to the nature of the attack. The flag over the U.S. Capitol was at half staff and there were signs of increased security on the grounds Tuesday. House Speaker John A. Boehner said words can't express the “sorrow” lawmakers feel for the families that lost loved ones and for those who were wounded. The attack was a reminder “of just how vulnerable” we are, he said, “in this era of what I'll call modern warfare.” “We don't know who perpetrated this or for what reasons, but I'm confident that we'll get to the bottom of it,” he said at a news conference.
WORLD
April 23, 2014 | By Laura King, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
CAIRO -- In the latest strike by suspected militants against a senior Egyptian security official, a police brigadier general was killed Wednesday by a bomb planted under his car, state media reported. The attack in a western suburb of Cairo again demonstrated extremists' ability to target high-ranking officials, often by pinpointing the location of their homes or learning details of their daily routines so as to stage ambushes. Wednesday's bomb went off as the general was setting out for work.
WORLD
April 16, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Both allies and opponents of the United States expressed horror at the deadly Boston Marathon bombings, as sympathetic statements emerged from Canada to China on Tuesday. Iran denounced the attacks as part of a scourge that should be prevented “irrespective of wherever they occur,” its Foreign Ministry told state news media. Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said that although some governments may believe that supporting terrorists can benefit them, “the evil phenomenon of terrorism will harm all, and all should rise to counter it,” the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
NEWS
April 30, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - The CIA, Justice Department and Homeland Security Department have launched a high level internal review of whether intelligence was mishandled prior to the bombings of the Boston Marathon, officials said. President Obama told a White House news conference that the review would seek to answer whether “additional things… could have been done” and that “might have prevented” the two bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260 on April 15. “We want to go back and we want to review every step that was taken,” Obama said.
WORLD
July 11, 2010 | From Times Wire Services
Bomb blasts ripped through two separate bars packed with soccer fans watching the World Cup final in the Ugandan capital Kampala late Sunday, killing dozens of people, including an American, police said Monday. The deadliest attack occurred at a rugby club as people watched the game between Spain and the Netherlands on a large-screen TV outdoors. The second blast took place at an Ethiopian restaurant, where at least three Americans were wounded. "At this moment we can confirm that one American has been killed," U.S. Embassy public affairs officer Joan Lockard said.
NATIONAL
April 17, 2013 | By Noam N. Levey, Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Laura J. Nelson
BOSTON - After two bombs exploded near the Boston Marathon finish line, life in a grieving city showed signs of returning to normal Tuesday. Commuters donned suits and headed to work. Children with backpacks left for school. Trains clattered toward the city center. And yet everything had changed. Soldiers stood at attention inside MBTA train stations. National Guardsmen checked IDs of people who live near the blast site. And vigils, signs and barricades across the city served as constant reminders of Monday's events.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer and Matt Pearce
The headline on this post has been corrected, as noted below. Friends and family are praying for the recovery of a Torrance man critically injured in the Boston bombings. John Odom was cheering on his daughter, who was running in the marathon, when the first explosion went off. He was standing just 20 feet from the blast. Odom suffered major injuries to both of his legs, including a severed artery in one leg. FULL COVERAGE: Boston Marathon attack He has been in and out of surgery since Monday's bombings, and his brother-in-law says there is still much to be concerned about.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Cousin Anthony says he's sorry. The outspoken baker on TLC's "Cake Boss" - full name Anthony Bellifemine - has backed down after he posted a tweet on Monday, just after the Boston bombings, that blamed foreign-born "animals" for "attacking us. " "We even pay for them to go to school hows that!," @cousinanthony ranted. The message was quickly denounced online, including by some of Bellifemine's 25,000 followers. He attacked one critic for her "typical liberal attitude. " PHOTOS: Celebrity portraits by The Times Although President Obama has called the Boston bombs "an act of terrorism," it is unclear who's responsible and the investigation is ongoing.  By Tuesday afternoon, Bellifemine had reconsidered the situation.
NATIONAL
April 22, 2014 | Tina Susman and Alana Semuels
The cheers were louder, the runners more determined, the tears of joy and relief at the Boston Marathon finish line Monday more heartfelt than ever. And yes, the security was tighter. But on a brilliant spring day, the city brought to grief by terrorist bombings one year earlier sprinted back in the resolute style of the runners who tore through quiet suburbs and charming town squares to the finish line, where the roars grew deafening as Meb Keflezighi became the first American man to win the marathon since 1983.
NEWS
April 22, 2014 | By Armand Emamdjomeh
Albert Valles was in a shoot in Sylmar with Anthony Rodriguez, the son of a couple of friends, when the session was interrupted by the boy's dog, Sara . "She was barking as if she wanted to get his attention or asking for permission to sit next to him," Valles said. Later Valles realized that he shouldn't have been surprised, as "the dog likes her picture to be taken and when someone is being photographed, she likes to get in the middle or in the crowd. " Follow Armand Emamdjomeh on Twitter or Google + . Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
SPORTS
April 21, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
BOSTON - Before Meb Keflezighi embarked on the 26.2-mile journey Monday to become the first American man to win the Boston Marathon since 1983, he wrote four names on his yellow race bib. Martin, for Martin Richard. Krystle, for Krystle Campbell. Ling, for Lu Lingzi. Sean, for Sean Collier. The first three died in the bombings that occurred near the finish line of last year's race. The last was shot and killed, investigators said, by one of the alleged bombers. "It could've been me, my wife or me watching as a spectator," said Keflezighi, a 38-year-old UCLA graduate.
NATIONAL
April 20, 2014 | By Stacey Leasca
Just a few blocks from the Boston Marathon finish line, people were lined up Saturday, awaiting the arrival of a quartet of unusual healers. The foursome is part of a corps with an amazing ability to calm and comfort people deeply shaken by violence or disaster just by being themselves -- dogs. People milled around the entrance to the First Lutheran Church of Boston, which sits close to the end of the race route, the site of last year's bombings. The church remained open throughout Marathon Monday 2013.
NATIONAL
April 16, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A 25-year-old man who describes himself as a performance artist will be arraigned Wednesday on charges in connection with a hoax bomb placed at the site where two bombs exploded last year at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring more than 260. Kevin “Kayvon” Edson will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court, Jake Wark, a spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office in Boston, told the Los Angeles Times...
NATIONAL
April 16, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A federal judge in Boston ruled Wednesday that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may view autopsy photographs of three people who died in the Boston Marathon bombings and indicated that he might ease some of the restrictions on the defendant to allow him unmonitored visits with his family. Tsarnaev, 20, has been held in federal custody since his arrest last year in the April 15 explosions at the finish line area of the marathon. He faces the death penalty if convicted of 30 counts, including detonating a weapon of mass destruction resulting in deaths.
NEWS
April 22, 2013 | By Michael J. Mishak and Brian Bennett
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. -- As the probe into the Boston Marathon bombings continued, investigators on Monday removed items from an apartment here where authorities had arrested two foreign nationals on immigration violations.  The two foreign nationals, who are students, and a third student who was not arrested were questioned by FBI agents on Friday about bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, said a law enforcement source. The arrests came on Saturday. The official said investigators know the three were acquainted with Tsarnaev, but don't know if they have any connection to the bombings.
NATIONAL
April 15, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
BOSTON -- At 2:49 p.m. exactly Tuesday, Boston observed a moment of silence to commemorate the minute the first bomb exploded a year ago at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. A solemn bell tolled in drizzling rain, a choir sang the national anthem and many in the crowd saluted or bowed their heads. Destruction tore through the finish line of the Boston Marathon a year ago, killing three and seriously injuring hundreds of others. But victims and Boston leaders did not focus on the destruction that two bombs heaved on the city during a tribute event on Tuesday in the Hynes Convention Center, directly across the street from the scene of the attacks.
OPINION
April 15, 2014 | By Jeff Bauman
It is a weekend for working around the house. My fiancee, Erin, and I have the baby's room to paint and some IKEA furniture to assemble. I roll out of bed early - 10:30 - and get into my wheelchair. Erin is already making coffee in the kitchen. "I started the first wall," she says. "I love that gray. " Erin never bugs me about sleeping late. For a few months after I was injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, I often slept 15 hours a day. The doctors said my body needed to heal.
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