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March 3, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Tina Maze, a 29-year-old Slovenian skier who has clinched the World Cup overall women's title this season, shook off a death threat to finish fourth in the super-giant slalom race Sunday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Maze, one of only six women to win World Cup events in all five Alpine disciplines, won the downhill event Saturday and then received an email threatening her life. On Sunday, two bodyguards were by her side all day, Maze said she never felt threatened. "I've had police in front my door all the time since yesterday," said Maze, a silver medalist in the super-G and giant slalom at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
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February 14, 2013 | By Maria L. LaGanga and Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - State Sen. Leland Yee has received death threats before, he said Thursday, but this one was "unlike any other. " The emailed message that arrived four weeks ago was explicit and chilling, the San Francisco Democrat told reporters two days after a suspect was arrested - so specific that it could not be ignored as "racist ranting" or protected speech. "The author of that email specifically stated that if I did not cease efforts to deal with gun violence that he would assassinate me in or around the Capitol," Yee said during a morning news conference here.
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February 14, 2013 | By Maria La Ganga
SAN FRANCISCO -- State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) has received death threats before, he said Thursday, but this one was “unlike any other.” The emailed warning that arrived four weeks ago was explicit and chilling, the San Francisco Democrat told reporters two days after a suspect was arrested in the case, so particular that it could not be ignored as “racist ranting” or protected speech. “The author of that email specifically stated that if I did not cease efforts to deal with gun violence that he would assassinate me in or around the Capitol,” Yee said during a morning news conference here.
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December 14, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
Mormon feminists have hit on fashion to promote demands for a larger say in church affairs: This Sunday is  “Wear Pants to Church Day," intended as a show of solidarity for women's religious rights. Their sartorial flair has triggered some support - along with some bitter anger. The event, which was being promoted on a special Facebook page, had drawn more than 1,200 supporters, a relative handful compared with the 6 million practicing Mormons nationwide.  But by Thursday evening, the original page had been taken down and a new one posted, with this note:  “The event page got taken down due to the death threats.
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October 13, 2012 | Sandy Banks
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, so it's fitting that I share a tale that makes me believe that we still - despite decades of tough talk - don't treat domestic violence as the serious crime it is. Megan Shamburg worries every day that she'll become a headline, a statistic, a murder that could have been prevented. The 27-year-old woman has an 8-month-old daughter, a 7-month-old restraining order and a violent ex-boyfriend who'll be out of a jail in a month. Shamburg called 911 last March.
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September 20, 2012 | By John Horn and Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
An actress who starred in "Innocence of Muslims" has sued the film's producer and YouTube, charging that clips from the controversial anti-Islam movie have lead to death threats against her. In a complaint filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court that alleges fraud, slander and intentional infliction of emotional distress, Cindy Lee Garcia said that after scenes from "Innocence of Muslims" posted on YouTube sparked Middle East protests...
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September 19, 2012 | By John Horn and Rebecca Keegan, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
An actress who starred in “Innocence of Muslims” has sued the film's producer and YouTube, claiming that clips from the controversial anti-Islam movie have lead to death threats against her. In a complaint alleging fraud, slander and intentional infliction of emotional distress, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Cindy Lee Garcia said that after scenes from “Innocence of Muslims” posted on YouTube sparked Middle East protests early...
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September 18, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
It looks as though Missy, the mountain-climbing dog from Colorado who was left to die by her owner on a Colorado peak last month, is going to a new family: A rescuer who saved the animal after it went eight days without water, food or medical care. Meanwhile, Anthony Ortolani, the owner of the German shepherd mix, has received death threats for leaving the dog to die, his lawyer told the Los Angeles Times. “He's gotten letters and calls that he's cruel and has no right to the animal,” said Denver lawyer Jennifer Edwards, who represents Ortolani.
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September 16, 2012 | Elaine Woo
Despite a provocative title, Gabriel Vahanian's book "The Death of God" caused no public stir when it was published in 1961. By the middle of the decade, however, a massive upheaval was underway in American society and Vahanian, a little-known Syracuse University professor of religion, found himself at the center of a furious national debate. The French-born academic entered the spotlight in 1965 when Time magazine's Easter week cover posed the question that Vahanian and other radical theologians had raised: "Is God Dead?"
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September 12, 2012 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
In 2010, "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis first accused casino mogul Steve Wynn of threatening to kill him and bury him in the desert. That accusation, which Francis repeated publicly at least twice more, could end up costing him $40 million. A Los Angeles jury this week awarded Wynn that amount in his slander suit against Francis, an outcome Wynn lauded as a strike against an "unbelievably reckless human being. " "Thank God for the justice system that finally sent a message: If you think you're taking a cheap shot, it may be a lot more expensive than you had imagined," Wynn said Tuesday in a statement.
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