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December 18, 2013 |
Challenging the heart of the prosecution's case, a forensic pathologist told jurors Wednesday that heavy meth use - and not a severe police beating in the streets of Fullerton - killed a homeless man who was a familiar face in the college city's downtown. Dr. Steven Karch, the final witness for two former city police officers charged with killing Kelly Thomas, said the homeless man suffered from methamphetamine cardiomyopathy, a weakening of the heart caused by drug abuse. "He could have died sitting in a closet by himself," Karch said.
September 28, 2013 |
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Umpiring crew chief Ted Barrett said that every baseball used in Friday night's Angels-Rangers game was rubbed with mud, contradicting claims by Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson that “three out of four balls were basically brand new.” Wilson said his inability to grip the slick baseballs contributed to a shaky outing in which he walked four in six innings and threw three wild pitches and hit two batters in the third inning of...
September 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - - The planned military strikes on Syria would be “targeted, limited” and wouldn't seek to topple the government of President Bashar Assad or even force it to peace talks. They would also be punishing and “consequential” and would so scare Assad that he would never use chemical weapons again. U.S. airstrikes would change the momentum on the battlefield of the Syrian civil war. But the war will grind on, unchanged, perhaps for years. As administration officials lay out their case in favor of a punitive attack on Syria, they have been making all of these seemingly contradictory contentions, confusing supporters and providing rhetorical weapons to their opponents.
August 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Interior Department has warned that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline could have long-term, damaging effects on wildlife near its route, contradicting the State Department's March draft environmental assessment, which concluded the project would have only a temporary, indirect impact. In a 12-page letter sent as part of the public comment on the draft assessment, the Interior Department repeatedly labels as inaccurate its sister agency's conclusions that Keystone XL would have short-lived effects on wildlife and only during the project's construction.
August 6, 2013 |
Feared and despised by California's $43.5-billion agricultural industry, the Mediterranean fruit fly is seen as a potentially devastating foreign invader who routinely hitchhikes across the border in smuggled fruit. But a new study argues that the infamous Medfly has established permanent residence in the Golden State - even after decades of diligent spraying, trapping and biological attacks by state officials, who say they have eradicated the pest. "The invasion is complete and it's irreversible," said study coauthor James Carey, an entomologist at UC Davis.
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August 1, 2013 |
An assertion by his attorney that San Diego Mayor Bob Filner did not receive sexual harassment training because a city trainer canceled the session was contradicted Thursday by a former staffer for Filner and by former Mayor Jerry Sanders. Jay Goldstone, who served as the interim chief operating officer from December to March, said it was Filner's office, not a city trainer, that canceled a briefing session about the city's sexual harassment rules and training. Goldstone had worked for Sanders and agreed to remain for several months to provide continuity.