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February 7, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The Israeli military on Friday evicted Palestinian activists from a camp they set up a week ago in the Jordan River valley in an attempt to challenge any Israeli plan to maintain a presence in the area under a future peace accord. The activists, from the Popular Struggle Coordination Committee, were encamped at Ein Hijleh, a village abandoned after Israel occupied the West Bank in 1967. The land, in an area east of Jericho, is owned by a local monastery. Israeli officials have suggested, to the angry objection of Palestinians, that any peace agreement allow their nation to maintain a troop presence in the West Bank along the border with Jordan.
February 7, 2014 | By Alexandra Zavis, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details
Kenneth Bae, a Korean American tour guide and evangelist imprisoned in North Korea for more than a year, has been transferred from a hospital to a labor camp, the U.S. State Department said Friday. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki expressed deep concern about the development in a statement. “We also remain gravely concerned about Mr. Bae's health, and we continue to urge DPRK authorities to grant Mr. Bae special amnesty and immediate release on humanitarian grounds,” she said.
February 7, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - The Dodgers won the National League West by 11 games last season, the largest margin in any division in baseball. They were only the third team since 1900 to win 42 times in a 50-game stretch. And if not for a fastball that fractured Hanley Ramirez's rib in October, they might have gotten to the World Series for the first time in 25 years. Starting with the pitchers and catchers Saturday, the Dodgers will report to spring training over the coming week with largely the same roster they had last year.
February 6, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
The first days of the national signing period for senior high school football players has come and gone, leaving some disappointed and even disillusioned they didn't receive a scholarship offer. Instead of moping around and feeling rejected, it's time to take advantage of a unique opportunity. Former UCLA coach Terry Donahue and the National Football Foundation are putting on a free combine on Feb. 22 at StubHub Center in Carson "for all kids who want to play college football and continue their education and didn't get recruited by Division I schools," as Donahue puts it. He has recruited more than 40 schools from NCAA Division II, III and the NAIA to come out and perhaps find a player or two. Some 600 seniors are expected to participate in a 2 1/2 -hour camp.
February 4, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
YARMOUK, Syria - They emerged from a dim alley called Rama Street, some carried on stretchers or pushed in wheelchairs, others dragging bulging suitcases as they looked for loved ones waiting beyond the clutch of gunmen and aid staffers. "I'm so happy: I can finally feed my children properly," said a gaunt but exhilarated 21-year-old named Ruba, clutching an infant son and a 3-year-old daughter as she strode down the muddy street to freedom Tuesday. The Syrian woman and others had finally escaped the war-ravaged confines of the Yarmouk camp, where about 18,000 people remain trapped without food, running water, electricity or other necessities in what was once home to more than 200,000.
January 23, 2014 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
Jennifer Percy's debut book, "Demon Camp" (Scribner: 223 pp., $26), is a true story about one American soldier's struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder. By telling the story of Caleb Daniels and his demons, the writer shines a bright light on America's wounded psyche. An award-winning reporter, Percy met Daniels when she was interviewing veterans and their families about their experiences with PTSD, looking to understand their stories in the wake of an alarming rise in suicides among veterans.
January 21, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Top prospects Joc Pederson and Zach Lee will be in the Dodgers' major league spring training camp for the first time, the team announced Tuesday. The list of non-roster players who will be in camp will include catcher Miguel Olivo, a 12-year major league veteran who signed a minor league contract. Olivo, 35, batted .203 with four home runs and nine runs batted in in 33 games last season with the Miami Marlins. He figures to add depth behind starter A.J. Ellis and projected backup Tim Federowicz.
January 21, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
A man who operated a youth boot camp in Pasadena was sentenced to state prison Friday for charges including sexual assault, kidnapping and extortion stemming from two cases, prosecutors said. Kelvin Bernard McFarland, 43, was sentenced to four years and four months in state prison and was ordered to register as a sex offender, according to the Los Angeles district attorney's office. McFarland pleaded no contest last year to child abuse, kidnapping, false imprisonment, extortion and unlawful use of a badge, a misdemeanor.
January 21, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
The surprise visit to Alberto Ruiz's house was swift. Dress quickly, he was told. You're going to boot camp. His parents, worried about his drug use and habit of skipping school, had followed a friend's advice and called Kelvin McFarland. Ruiz's behavior had earned him a spot in McFarland's Family First Growth Camp in Pasadena, a place with a reputation for breaking gang-bangers and drug addicts and turning them into law-abiding teens. A former Marine who likes to be called "Sgt.
January 21, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A former civilian supervisor on construction projects at Camp Pendleton pleaded guilty Tuesday to a bribery scheme to extort money from contractors doing work on the sprawling base. Natividad Lara Cervantes, 65, pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy to bribe public officials. Cervantes was arrested last year in an FBI sting after accepting $10,000 as a down payment on a $40,000 bribe in exchange for helping a contractor receive a $4-million flooring contract at the base, according to court documents.
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