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January 30, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON -- Federal prosecutors announced today they will seek the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in connection with last year's Boston Marathon bombing, saying in federal court papers that the attack that killed three people and injured hundreds of others was committed in an “especially heinous, cruel and depraved manner.” It marks the first time the Obama administration will attempt to execute an accused terrorist in a federal court...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The Los Angeles Police Department issued a statement Friday that began simply: "Harbor Station had an eventful day yesterday. " At about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, authorities said a man walked into the station and said he had a bomb in his truck that he wanted to turn over to authorities.  "He says he found it and wanted to be a good Samaritan," said Sgt. Jerry Davila. "I don't know where he found it, but like I said, he was trying to be a good Samaritan with it. " The station was temporarily evacuated and the parking lot shut down for a couple of hours while a bomb squad investigated what the man had brought.
WORLD
January 24, 2014 | By Laura King, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
CAIRO -- One of Egypt's loveliest but lesser-known museums was a casualty of a powerful bomb on Friday targeting a police headquarters directly across the street. The stately 19th century Museum of Islamic Art in downtown Cairo, filled with precious cultural objects such as manuscripts, astrolabes and ceramics, was badly damaged by the early-morning blast. The explosion, one of three blasts Friday that killed five people in the city, shattered windows, knocked off big chunks of masonry from the museum's ornate facade, and left a tangle of wires in the entryway.
SPORTS
January 23, 2014 | David Wharton
In a few days, Dan Richards will hit the ground in Sochi to begin final preparations for the Winter Olympics. As head of a Boston-based crisis management and response company, Richards has been hired to help protect the U.S. ski and snowboard teams while they compete in Russia. He hopes for an uneventful few weeks, but with recent news of terrorist bombings in the region and Islamist militants threatening further attacks, his job could prove difficult. "I think there is a high degree of concern and nervousness," the chief executive of Global Rescue said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - So the state of the state's governor is static - at least until he is safely reelected. Until the election year blows over, Gov. Jerry Brown is stationary - in a crouch, protecting himself politically, satisfied with the status quo. In his 30th year in elective office - 12th as governor, after failing in three bids for the presidency and one for the U.S. Senate, and growing up watching his politician father - Brown is instinctively cautious...
WORLD
January 21, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - An explosion tore through a bus carrying Shiite Muslim pilgrims in western Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least 22 people and injuring dozens. Pakistani media reports said the bus was traveling from the Iranian border through volatile Balochistan province when it was struck about 30 miles southwest of the provincial capital, Quetta. Shafqat Anwar, the assistant commissioner in Mastung district, told reporters that at least 32 people were injured. Two vehicles carrying security forces who were escorting the pilgrims' buses were also damaged in the blast, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Anh Do
The attack on a woman who was beaten into unconsciousness outside a popular Santa Ana nightspot may have been sparked when the 23-year-old accidentally walked in front of a camera as a group of nightclub patrons posed for a photo, a friend said Tuesday. Kim Pham, of Huntington Beach, remains on life support after a group of five people punched and stomped on her early Saturday outside the Crosby in downtown Santa Ana. In a statement, her family said they would take her off life support once her organs were donated.
SCIENCE
January 21, 2014 | By Monte Morin
In Korea and Japan they call turkeys "seven-faced birds," because male gobblers can alter the color of their head and neck when they're seeking a mate or trying to intimidate a rival. Now, researchers at UC Berkeley say the same principle that allows turkeys to cycle through shades of red, white and blue can also be used to ferret out explosives. In a paper published Tuesday in Nature Communications, researchers said that after examining fresh turkey heads from a local farm, they determined that the microscopic arrangement of collagen fibers, as well as blood vessels, was responsible for the color show.
WORLD
January 19, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- A radical Islamist group operating clandestinely in Russia's North Caucasus took responsibility Sunday for the two suicide bombings that rocked the industrial center of Volgograd late last year. Ansar al Sunna posted a 50-minute video on the extremist website Vilayat Dagestan that showed two young men -- called Suleiman and Abdurakhim in the video credits -- allegedly preparing to carry out the attacks. Dressed in black T-shirts with Kalashnikov rifles in their hands, the two sit praying in front of a black flag with white letters in Arabic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2014 | Louis Sahagun
Traffic was backed up on the southbound 110 Freeway through downtown Los Angeles after a suspicious object found on a Montebello bus Sunday night prompted the closure of a connector road feeding several ramps, officials said. California Highway Patrol Officer Alex Rubio said the connector road that leads to the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Street offramps would remain closed until 3:30 a.m. Monday. The closure was requested about 10 p.m. by Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad investigators, who responded to a report of a possible pipe bomb found on the bus, which was parked along Beaudry Avenue, between 6th and 4th streets.
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