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April 9, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 24-year-old man was sentenced to 25 years to life in state prison for killing his girlfriend's 16-month-old son. Stephen Douglas Hoffman struck the toddler in the head up to 21 times while he was babysitting at an Azusa home, according to prosecutors. Hoffman was watching Malaikye Payne in August 2011 while the child's mother was at work on an overnight shift. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim Around 3:30 a.m., Hoffman texted the mother a photo of Malaikye, which showed a bruise beginning to develop on the child's face.
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SPORTS
April 9, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
The Ultimate Warrior, who died suddenly Tuesday in Scottsdale, Ariz., at age 54, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame last Saturday and appeared on "Monday Night Raw" two nights later. After receiving a huge ovation from the fans, Warrior (born James Hellwig, but he legally changed his name to Warrior several years ago) talked about death in a speech that now seems a bit eerie. You can watch it above, and a transcript is below: “No WWE talent becomes a legend on their own. Every man's heart one day beats its final beat.
NEWS
April 8, 2014 | By Sara Lessley, guest blogger
Glamorous characters and monstrous villains. Drama and intrigue presented in regularly occurring episodes. Every installment avidly dissected. Fan outrage over missteps. I know: You're thinking " Game of Thrones . " But for me this synopsis brings to mind the original Sherlock Holmes saga -- and the downside of a bestseller in any era, Victorian or today. In her column, " Bring Me My Dragons!, " this week, the New York Times' Maureen Dowd described her instant conversion to passionate fan of “Thrones.” (I'd insert a catty remark here, except I'm hooked on the "Borgen" saga .)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
The day after Peaches Geldof's death, authorities are searching in and around the house where the model, writer and socialite was found, with an autopsy scheduled for Wednesday.  After the autopsy, the coroner will open an investigation and decide whether an inquest -- such as that into the death of singer Amy Winehouse -- is merited, according to the U.K.'s Mirror.  No evidence of drugs was found at the home near London where the 25-year-old was...
OPINION
April 8, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
It's hard to get executions right. This week, the Supreme Court denied appeals by Louisiana and Missouri death row inmates who argued that they were entitled to know the source of the drugs with which they are to be executed, and that denial of that information compromises their right to due process. It's unclear why the court refused to hear the cases, but the underlying argument remains potent. Another challenge is underway in Oklahoma, where two inmates are seeking stays of execution because state officials have revised protocols on the fly as the lethal drugs they usually use have become more difficult to obtain.
NATIONAL
April 8, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - After a major disaster, there is often a terrible seesaw between death tolls and missing lists: As one rises, the other falls. That's what happened Tuesday in Washington state's deadly March 22 landslide. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office said the death toll had risen to 35 from 34, and the sheriff's office said the missing list had dropped to 11 from an even dozen. The victim identified Tuesday was Brooke Spillers, 2, who died of multiple blunt-force injuries.
WORLD
April 8, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Parti Quebecois suffered its worst provincial election defeat in 44 years on Monday, spurring debate throughout Canada on whether the party's signature goal of Quebec independence is dead. Politicians and pundits took to the airwaves Tuesday to proclaim the separatist movement an idea whose time has come and gone. Parti Quebecois won only 25% of the provincial parliament vote, weighed down by a prominent candidate's vow to stage another referendum on separation despite what pollsters say is a two-thirds majority of Quebec voters opposed to the idea.
WORLD
April 7, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa - Two distinct portraits are emerging at the Pretoria High Court murder trial of South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius. The prosecution's portrayal of Pistorius as an aggressive, gun-loving, controlling man with a quick temper was countered Monday by the athlete, who testified for the first time in the month-old trial. Pistorius described himself as a serious, deeply religious good Samaritan, racked with crippling remorse about fatally shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in the early hours of Valentine's Day 2013.
NATIONAL
April 7, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - A day after the secretary of homeland security and the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency toured the site of the deadly landslide in Washington state, authorities announced Monday that they have found the remains of three more victims, bringing the death toll to 33. Only three of those killed in the March 22 disaster, which left a square mile of debris spread over the town of Oso, are still unidentified, the Snohomish County...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2014 | By Jevon Phillips
In this "It's Not Easy Being Green" epsiode of "Once Upon a Time," we finally get to see the back story of Zelena, the wicked witch, and as with many fairy-tale creatures, it's tinged with a bit of tragedy. Left in the neighboring dimension of Oz by her bad mom, Cora, Zelena was picked up by a nice couple -- the woman being a lot nicer than the man. They are a poor couple, but they decide to raise the girl as their own, teaching her to always at least look as if things are OK. Her "father" finds the courage to tell Zelena that she isn't his daughter years later following the death of his wife/her mother-that-she-knows.
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