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NATIONAL
March 25, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano and Ashley Powers
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The FBI special agent who shot and killed a friend of one of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers was cleared Tuesday of any criminal wrongdoing after he told investigators he feared for his life when Ibragim Todashev hit him in the head with a coffee table and lunged at him with a long pole. In a letter to FBI Director James Comey, Jeffrey L. Ashton, the Florida state attorney in Orlando where Todashev was shot, said he based his decision not to prosecute the special agent largely on eyewitness accounts from Massachusetts State Police troopers who witnessed much of the brawl in Todashev's condo in May. “The actions of the special agent of the FBI were justified in self defense and in defense of another,” Ashton concluded.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A 55-year-old man was charged Friday with four felony counts after police allegedly found three pipe bombs in his SUV during a traffic stop in Northridge. David Patton, of Encino, had allegedly been driving with one of the pipe bombs between his feet on the floorboard when he was pulled over Wednesday for appearing to be "a little bit under the influence of narcotics," LAPD Capt. Stephen Carmona  told KTLA-TV . Police discovered the bombs during a more thorough search of his SUV, prosecutors said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
Early in his new history of humanity's embrace of nuclear energy and radiation, Craig Nelson writes about the impoverished 19-year-old Manya Sklowdowska and her lover, Casimir Zorawski, the eldest child in a wealthy Polish farming family for whom she worked as a nanny. His parents rejected the girl as below their station. The college-student son acquiesced, married someone else and went on to become a "well-regarded mathematician in Poland. " The jilted Manya became Marie Curie. The story of the star-crossed lovers and the unforeseen consequences of a single decision dovetail nicely with the sweep of our engagement with nuclear science.
NATIONAL
March 20, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
The world on Thursday celebrated the United Nations-sponsored International Day of Happiness by dancing to the ubiquitous, infectiously upbeat tune, "Happy," by Pharrell Williams, who is the face of the second annual celebration established by the General Assembly. The music, and the accompanying dancing by tens of thousands of people in a host of videos that have gone viral, makes it impossible to be sad. But in a somewhat more limited but perhaps more inspiring performance, a professional dancer who lost part of her leg in last year's Boston Marathon bombing gave new meaning to being happy when she returned to the stage doing what she loved most, dancing again.
WORLD
March 19, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO - Heavily armed Egyptian forces swooped down Wednesday on a suspected militant arms cache and bomb factory, triggering a firefight that left two high-ranking military officers dead, officials and state media said. At least five insurgents were also killed in the hours-long shootout north of Cairo and four others were arrested, the Interior Ministry said. Officials said the hideout belonged to Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, or Partisans of Jerusalem, an armed Islamist group that has carried out a number of sophisticated attacks in recent months.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
The idea seemed crazy at first: More than 500 knitters from 25 countries, hunkered down in their far-flung corners of the world, feverishly crafting granny squares - 14,000 of them altogether. Then, on a bright morning last May, knitters here affixed metal grids of these cushy yarn squares to the exterior of the Craft & Folk Art Museum on Wilshire Boulevard, turning the building into a giant, multicolored tea cozy. The 2013 project, "CAFAM Granny Squared," was an urban installation from the knit graffiti collective Yarn Bombing Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2014 | By Victoria Kim
A San Joaquin County community college student arrested near the Canadian border for allegedly attempting to travel to Syria to fight with al Qaeda had boasted of a plot to bomb the subway in Los Angeles, according to a federal affidavit. Nicholas Teausant, 20, of Acampo, near Lodi, Calif., was arrested early Monday as the bus he was on neared the U.S.-Canadian border in Blaine, Wash. He was charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
Tyler Perry's "The Single Moms Club" was greeted over the weekend with disastrous box office and horrible reviews. Most networks that had been planning to base a series on the film might be having second thoughts about those plans after seeing the evidence that the movie not only tanked with Perry's core audience, but marked his worst showing ever at the box office. But OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, isn't most networks. Perry apparently can do whatever he wants at OWN, with Winfrey's blessing.
WORLD
March 14, 2014 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Aoun Sahi
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Bombs exploded in bustling sections of two troubled Pakistani cities Friday, leaving at least 19 people dead in the latest round of violence to mar government efforts to initiate peace talks with insurgents. In Peshawar, near the northeastern tribal areas that border Afghanistan, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a market on the city's outskirts as worshipers were gathering for prayers. Nine people were killed and 30 injured, police and hospital officials said.
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.
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