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WORLD
December 28, 2013 | By Erin Conway-Smith
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Thousands of armed youths loyal to South Sudan's rebel leader are preparing to launch an assault on the key town of Bor, a government official said Saturday, as continued fighting in the fragile new country dimmed prospects of a cease-fire. The South Sudanese government has said it is willing to end hostilities with rebels led by former Vice President Riek Machar, who is in a power struggle with President Salva Kiir. But Machar has responded warily to the calls by East African countries for a truce, telling the BBC that any talks of a cease-fire must be serious and credible, and negotiated by representatives from both sides.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - An American citizen died while in custody of the U.S. Border Patrol after being arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana, authorities said. The death occurred early on Christmas Day at the Border Patrol's Campo Station in southern San Diego County. The name and age of the dead man were not released. The Border Patrol said that the man "became incoherent and unresponsive" while in a holding cell after being arrested early Tuesday evening. After midnight, paramedics attempted CPR but were unable to revive the man, the Border Patrol said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man who was shot and killed Wednesday night near the border of Bell and Maywood, authorities said. The shooting occurred at about 10 p.m. in the 4500 block of Randolph Street, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The man, who was not immediately identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.   [Update, 1:15 p.m. PST Dec. 26: The sheriff's department says the victim was 17-year-old Luis Mendez, who was walking on Randolph Street when he was chased and shot by four men. The suspects fled in a vehicle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A third defendant in the robbery and killing of Border Patrol agent Robert Rosas was sentenced Thursday to a lengthy term in federal prison. Jose Luis Ramirez-Dorantes, 46, a Mexican national, was sentenced in San Diego federal court to 55 years in prison for the July 2009 ambush killing near Campo in southern San Diego County. Two other defendants, Marcos Rodriguez-Perez and Christian Daniel Castro-Alvarez, were earlier sentenced to 56 years and 40 years, respectively. “We hope that in some small way, these successful prosecutions can make a difference to members of the Rosas family who have suffered such a tragic, irreparable loss,” said U.S. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A Customs and Border Protection officer was convicted Friday of conspiring for more than a decade to help smugglers bring marijuana and undocumented immigrants into the U.S. A jury in federal court deliberated for five days before convicting Lorne Leslie "Hammer" Jones, 50, of helping smugglers enter the U.S. through the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa border crossings. "Lorne Jones allowed greed to destroy everything his badge represents," said U.S. Atty. Laura Duffy. Jones had been an inspector since 1994.
WORLD
December 16, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM - The day after the fatal cross-border shooting of an Israeli soldier by a member of the Lebanese armed forces, both sides tried to ease tensions and downplayed reports that Israel may have returned fire. On Sunday evening, shots fired from the Lebanese side killed Shlomi Cohen, 31, an on-duty Israeli soldier driving in a military vehicle between army posts along the border. Military officials in Lebanon confirmed the shooter was a member of the Lebanese army.
WORLD
December 15, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- An Israeli soldier was killed Sunday evening by shots fired over the border from Lebanon, the Israeli military reported. According to the statement , a sniper with the Lebanese military fired shots at a vehicle driving along the Israeli-Lebanese border, killing the Israeli soldier. The Israeli army fired at a Lebanese military post in retaliation, Israeli media reported early Monday. The Israeli military lodged a complaint with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon , or UNIFIL, of the "outrageous breach of Israel's sovereignty" and has stepped up preparedness along the border, military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said in the statement.
NATIONAL
December 12, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
ARIVACA, Ariz. - There was a time when Maggie Milinovitch and her husband didn't agree on whether to give food and water to the weary border crossers who traversed the couple's desert land a few miles north of the Mexico border in southern Arizona. While she wanted to help, her husband worried they may be arrested or lose their land if they gave aid to the dozens of travelers, many of them desperate and dehydrated, and some nearly crippled by enormous blisters on the bottoms of their feet.
SPORTS
December 10, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
MONTREAL, Canada -- For a moment, it seemed like a rock star had wandered into the Kings' locker room at the Bell Center after Tuesday's morning skate, so many reporters and videographers had clustered around one person. The focus of their attention was defenseman Drew Doughty, who isn't a rock star but might just as well be one when he visits his native Canada -- especially with the Sochi Olympics approaching. Doughty made Canada's roster for the Vancouver Olympics as the seventh defenseman but played his way into a prominent role as the home country won the gold medal, and he's considered one of the best young defensemen in the NHL at 24. He will be counted on again to lead Canada at Sochi, and after Tuesday's skate, he attracted a crowd of about 15 reporters who were eager to ask him whether he has packed his bags for Russia.
NATIONAL
December 10, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - In a regional air pollution battle with partisan overtones, the Obama administration appeared to make headway Tuesday in persuading the Supreme Court to allow tougher federal environmental standards to prevent ozone and other emissions from coal-producing Midwestern and Southern states from wafting over Northeastern states. The politically charged dispute pits the Obama administration and environmentalists against mostly Republican-led states with less stringent industrial pollution controls, as well as the electric power industry.
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