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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Paloma Esquivel
The 19-year-old son of a San Juan Capistrano man and woman found shot to death in their mansion was charged with their deaths Friday, as well as the attempted murder of a sister and younger brother. Orange County authorities allege that Ashton Sachs, who was living in Seattle prior to the killings, entered his family's home and shot his parents, Bradford Hans Sachs, 57, and Andra Resa Sachs, 54, as they slept. Sachs is also accused of entering the bedroom of his 8-year-old brother and shooting him, the Orange County district attorney's office said in a statement.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Ruben Vives, Matt Stevens and Kate Mather
A veteran Los Angeles police officer was killed and a rookie cop injured Friday morning when a dump truck slammed into their patrol car in Beverly Hills, marking the department's first on-duty death in six years. The officers - one a nearly 16-year department veteran, the other three months out of the academy - were responding to a call and heading northbound up a hilly Loma Vista Drive near Robert Lane when their cruiser was struck by the southbound truck about 8 a.m., LAPD officials said.
SPORTS
March 6, 2014 | By David Wharton
Bent over, with his hands covering his ears, Oscar Pistorius reacted emotionally Thursday to gruesome testimony about the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, whom he is accused of murdering. The detailed descriptions came from a neighbor who rushed over to Pistorius' home in Pretoria, South Africa, moments after the early morning shooting on Valentine's Day last year, the Associated Press reported. "It was obvious that she was mortally wounded," Johan Stipp testified. "At the bottom of the stairs ... there was a lady lying on her back on the floor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A 59-year-old Monterey Park man has been arrested in connection with the death Wednesday of one of his roommates. Authorities found a 51-year-old male roommate dead on the floor of an attached garage after responding about 3:40 a.m. to the 500 block of Florence Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The man was not immediately identified. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim After four men who live at the location were detained for questioning, the Sheriff's Department announced that Yao Zhomg Shi, 59, would be booked on suspicion of homicide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - The family of a hospital patient found dead in an emergency stairwell 17 days after she vanished from her room has filed a wrongful death claim against San Francisco, which owns and operates the medical facility. The claim, a precursor to a lawsuit when a governmental body is named as a defendant, was filed by the son and daughter of Lynne Spalding, 57, who entered San Francisco General Hospital on Sept. 19 and was found dead in a hospital emergency stairwell on Oct. 8. The claim describes a calamitous array of errors by the hospital and the San Francisco Sheriff's Department, which provides security for San Francisco General.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A 5-year-old boy was reportedly killed by accidental gunfire in Riverside County on Tuesday, authorities said. The Perris Police Department was called to the 31000 block of Wolfskill Avenue just after 5:20 p.m. At the scene, detectives were interviewing family members to determine the cause of the shooting and how the boy may have died, according to a series of Twitter messages issued by Riverside County Sheriff's Department spokesman Deputy...
WORLD
March 5, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela - President Nicolas Maduro said Wednesday that  he is breaking diplomatic relations with Panama, a decision he announced amid commemorations of the first anniversary of predecessor Hugo Chavez's death and continuing protests against Maduro's administration. Maduro said he was taking action because Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli criticized police actions against Venezuelan protesters and because the Central American leader has urged that the Organization of American States debate Maduro's alleged repression of the demonstrators.
SCIENCE
March 5, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
A long-term study of men diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer in the late 1980s and 1990s concludes that those who were treated with surgery were much less likely to die of the disease -- or of anything else --than those whose prostates were left in place and received close monitoring from their doctors. The study , which appears in Thursday's edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, also finds that the more time that passed since their diagnosis, the greater the benefits of early surgery became.
NATIONAL
March 5, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON - Anthony Graves survived 18 years in prison for murders he did not commit, a dozen of those years on death row, where he was twice scheduled for execution. On Wednesday, Graves stood defiant outside a courthouse in a blue pinstripe suit with several state lawmakers and announced that the State Bar of Texas would be investigating his complaint against the prosecutor who convicted him, Charles Sebesta. “Give us justice,” said Graves, 48, of Houston. The announcement was the latest salvo in a legal battle that the two men have been fighting for two decades.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
Sony Pictures Entertainment will make a horror film centered on the mysterious death of Canadian tourist Elisa Lam, whose body was found inside a water tank at downtown's Cecil Hotel. The project is based on a screenplay by Brandon and Phillip Murphy titled "The Bringing. " It was acquired by Sony Pictures and Matt Tolmach Productions. The 21-year-old Lam's body was recovered  Feb. 21, 2013. Her death was ruled an accidental drowning by the coroner, though surveillance video from the hotel's elevator that showed Lam acting oddly sparked conspiracy theories about the incident.
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