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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.
April 7, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
A 26-year-old Santa Ana man has been charged with the murder of a 12-year-old girl who died when the suspect allegedly slammed into her family's car during a high-speed chase, the Orange County District Attorney's office said. Aleksander Apostoloic, charged with killing the girl and injuring her brother and mother, is set to be arraigned Monday afternoon. Apostoloic has been charged with murder, aggravated assault, hit-and-run driving, evading arrest and residential burglary, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office.
April 4, 2014 | By Joseph Serna, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
A Long Beach couple are expected in court Friday to face murder charges in the death of their 1-month-old son. Police said that Joshua Licon, 28, and Nereyda Licon, 32, were responsible for the death of their son, who wasn't breathing when they took the baby to the hospital May 30, 2013. Doctors pronounced the child dead and the coroner began investigating the case as a suspicious death. The coroner described the cause of death as "sudden unexplained infant death" and said "under nutrition" was a significant contributing factor.
April 3, 2014 | By Victoria Butenko and Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine -- Security details and special police with the government of Ukraine's then-President Viktor Yanukovich were responsible for the deaths of protesters shot in February, officials with the nation's interim leadership said Thursday. Three riot police officers were formally arrested and nine others detained overnight on suspicion of carrying out sniper fire that killed scores of people in Kiev on Feb. 20 during violent clashes between protesters and police, acting Prosecutor General Oleh Mahnitsky said at news conference in the capital while discussing preliminary results of the new government's investigation.
April 3, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
On Sept. 9, 2010, years of lax maintenance by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced itself by leveling a neighborhood in San Bruno, just south of the San Francisco city line. Eight people were killed in the gas pipeline blast; 58 others were injured, and 38 homes were destroyed.  You can take that as the baseline case for what it takes to get the federal government's attention. Earlier this week, federal prosecutors in San Francisco unveiled a 12-count felony indictment of the company for knowingly violating federal pipeline safety laws.
April 3, 2014 | By Nicole Santa Cruz
A 27-year-old man was killed in Chesterfield Square on Thursday morning in what police called a gang-related shooting. Ryan Black was standing in the walkway of a motel near West 55th Street and South Western Avenue about 8:05 a.m. when a gunman walked up and shot him, said Los Angeles police Det. Sal LaBarbera. No words were exchanged, and the gunman ran from the scene, LaBarbera said. HOMICIDE REPORT: Tracking killings in L.A. County In the last 12 months, five people have been killed within a mile of the scene of Thursday's shooting, according to the L.A. Times' Homicide Report.
April 3, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE -- Nearly two weeks after a deadly landslide ravaged the once placid Stillaguamish Valley, the death toll continued to rise, and the hard work of moving on came into sharper focus. The Snohomish County medical examiner's office said Thursday that it has received the remains of 30 victims from the March 22 slide, which left a square mile of devastation in its wake and closed a key state highway. Of the bodies, 27 have been positively identified. The major crimes unit of the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office also released an updated list Thursday of the 15 men, women and children believed to be missing in connection with the slide.
April 3, 2014 | By Melissa Healy and Lisa Girion
Federal officials said Thursday they hoped a new "rescue pen" would help reduce the death toll from overdoses involving prescription painkillers. The Food and Drug Administration approved the sale, by prescription, of the prefilled auto-injector of the drug naloxone that caregivers or family members can use to reverse the effects of prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin and Vicodin, and heroin. Available until now only by syringe, naloxone has been a workhorse drug in emergency departments battling the relentless rise in painkiller overdoses over the last decade.
April 3, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
“We had a very difficult life together, we did,” the 77-year-old Don Everly said of the fractured relationship with his younger brother, Phil Everly, with whom he was part of arguably the most successful and influential vocal duo in the history of rock music as the Everly Brothers. Speaking for what he said was the first time since Phil's death at 74 on Jan. 3 , Don said, “I always assumed I would go first, because I was the oldest. It was a shock to find out he was so ill.” In recent years Phil had battled chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, the condition that was listed as the cause of his death.
April 2, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran serenaded a 15-year-old Irish fan just minutes before she died Tuesday of cystic fibrosis, according to British media reports. "Rest in peace Triona, so heartbreaking x," "The A Team" singer tweeted after finding out the teen had passed away. Before lunchtime that day, he'd been on the phone singing her the tune " Little Bird " from his 2010 album "Loose Change. " He was reportedly her favorite singer, and "Little Bird" her favorite song. Triona's brother Colm, along with his sister's friends, started a #SongForTri Twitter campaign last week after she revealed her dying wish, Ireland's Independent reported Wednesday.
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