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NEWS
May 11, 2013 | By Alex Rodriguez
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - After a bloody campaign season marred by waves of bombings and candidate assassinations, Pakistanis turned out in large numbers Saturday to elect a new parliament in what is slated to be the first democratic transition of civilian governments  in a country with a history of military coups and forced political ousters. The new national assembly that comes out of Saturday's elections has the responsibility of choosing a new prime minister and charting a course that would lead Pakistan out of economic stagnancy and militancy that has resulted in thousands of deaths in recent years.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel and Craig Ferguson all taped new episodes Monday and all three took a few moments to offer commentary on the bombing of the Boston Marathon earlier that day. For O'Brien, the attack really hit home as Boston is the city where his parents and other relatives live. After asking the audience of "Conan" to be seated, he took a couple of moments to acknowledge the tragedy. "I have to mention what an upsetting and sad day it's been," he said. "Boston is my hometown -- it's where I grew up, and it's where my family lives.  So I just wanted to take a moment to say that -- like everyone here -- my thoughts and prayers are with the people of Boston and everyone who has been affected by this senseless act. That said -- it is our job to do a show. We're going to try and entertain you the best we can. Which, given our track record, gives you people a 20% chance of having a good time tonight.
SPORTS
April 16, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Danny Amendola may be new on the scene in New England, but he has already become part of the community. The former St. Louis Rams receiver who joined the Patriots via free agency last month plans to be very generous in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings Monday that killed three people and injured at least 170 more injured. He tweeted that night: I will DONATE $100 for EVERY pass I catch next season to whatever "Boston Marathon Relief Fund" there is. And $200 for any dropped pass.
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.
WORLD
April 28, 2013 | By Alex Rodriguez and Zulfiqar Ali
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Bomb blasts targeting the election offices of two candidates in northwest Pakistan killed at least 11 people and injured 30 Sunday, the latest in a string of terror attacks that have cast a shadow over parliamentary elections slated for mid-May. In recent weeks, Pakistan has been rocked by bombings directed primarily at candidates and backers of three liberal, secular parties, the Awami National Party based in the country's northwest, President Asif Ali Zardari's Pakistan People's Party, which led the civilian government for the last five years, and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, the ruling party in Karachi, the country's largest city.
SPORTS
April 16, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Joe Andruzzi doesn't want a big deal made of this, so we'll keep it short. But the former NFL offensive lineman who won three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots from 2001 to 2004 does deserve some credit -- as do countless others -- for his efforts during the tragedy at the Boston Marathon on Monday. Andruzzi, a cancer survivor whose foundation sponsors a team at the marathon each year, was near the finish line when the two explosions that killed three people and injured at least 170 others went off. Brother of three New York City firefighters who came to the aid of victims of the 9/11 attacks back in 2001, Andruzzi acted in a similar manner during this tragedy, carrying an injured woman to safety amid the chaos.
WORLD
April 19, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
After bombs ripped through the Boston Marathon this week, Russian officials promised to beef up security for the upcoming Winter Olympics, calling it a “clarion call” to take “tougher measures.” Days later, the threat seemed to hit even closer to home for Russians as police scoured Boston for one of two Chechen brothers named as suspects in the deadly attack. It is unclear what ties, if any, exist between Chechen militant groups and the Boston attack. The ethnically Chechen brothers had lived in Kyrgyzstan and fled to the United States a decade ago, according to their uncle, who told reporters the bombings had nothing to do with the bloody history of Chechnya.
BUSINESS
April 26, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Consumer confidence dropped this month amid some discouraging economic news, but picked up in recent days despite the Boston Marathon bombings, according to a leading private barometer. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Survey of Consumers index fell 2.8% in April from the previous month to 76.4. The reading was exactly the same as a year earlier. Most of the decline was because consumers were less optimistic about the ability of the economy to keep expanding.
WORLD
May 12, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - Syria on Sunday rejected Turkish charges that Damascus was behind a pair of devastating car bomb attacks in southern Turkey that killed 46 people and left scores injured. The bombings provided a worrisome indication of how the civil war in Syria is increasingly spilling into neighboring countries. In another development, a Syrian rebel group on Sunday reportedly released four United Nations peacekeepers seized along the Golan Heights border with Israel. The abduction left Israeli officials concerned that such incidents could cause peacekeepers to pull out, leaving no buffer zone between the two countries.
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