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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 16, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT -- A car bomb detonated early Thursday in the center of the northeastern Lebanese city of Hermel, close to the border with Syria, killing five people and injuring dozens, authorities said. The blast was the latest in a series of bombings and other attacks  in Lebanon that appear to be linked to the war raging in neighboring Syria. Authorities described all of the victims in Thursday's bombing as civilians who were in the town's center as the workday was beginning. Hermel is a mostly Shiite Muslim city whose residents are closely allied with the Hezbollah movement, which has dispatched militiamen to Syria to fight on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
January 16, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Shashank Bengali
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- A bomb ripped through a crowded mosque where evening prayers were being held Thursday, killing six people and wounding 60 others, officials said. The dead included two children. The explosion occurred in the main prayer hall of a sprawling Islamic seminary near a military cantonment on the outskirts of Peshawar, a provincial capital in northwest Pakistan, said police official Najeebur Rehman. Two people were killed instantly while four others died of their injuries at a hospital, Rehman said.
January 13, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
Tens of thousands of people donated money to the One Fund, the charity created by officials after the Boston Marathon bombings . Victims received get-well cards from around the country, as well as flowers and notes of encouragement from total strangers. Overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, some of the victims have focused their attention on creating new charities -- not for themselves, but for others who have faced similar obstacles, out of the spotlight. Jarrod Clowery, who was pierced by shrapnel during the bombings, says that in his darkest days after the bombings, he'd go into the bathroom of his hospital room, take off his bandages, and start picking at the pieces of jeans embedded in his skin until he bled.
January 12, 2014 | Alana Semuels
She'd raised five children by herself, and Liz Norden was ready for the empty nest. Two of her daughters, 24 and 26, still lived with her, but they were barely home and busy with their own lives, so Norden, 51, talkative and cheery, was beginning to have days and nights to do what she liked: spend time with friends, play poker, maybe just relax. But then a bomb tore through the Boston Marathon, sending torrents of shrapnel through a crowd. Norden's phone rang that day, and she heard her son Paul say, "Ma, I'm hurt real bad. " Paul hovered on the edge of death for days, and the family could not immediately locate another son, J.P., who had just one pint of blood left in his body when he arrived at a hospital.
January 9, 2014 | By Aoun Sahi
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A car bombing in Karachi on Thursday killed a leading police investigator known as a tireless opponent of the Pakistani Taliban, dealing a blow to efforts to rein in the militant group in Pakistan. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on Chaudhry Aslam , a superintendent of police with the Criminal Investigation Department in Karachi. The blast also killed two other police officials and wounded 11 people. “He was killed because he was responsible for killing over 50" activists in the militant movement, Taliban spokesman Shaidullah Shahid told the media.
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