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WORLD
March 24, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO - Even by the baroque standard being set by the Egyptian judiciary under the nearly 9-month-old military-backed government, the scene that unfolded Monday in a courthouse south of the capital was extraordinary: 529 defendants simultaneously sentenced to death. The verdict, which drew widespread condemnation and expressions of incredulity from human rights groups and legal organizations, was handed down at just the second session of a mass trial of nearly 550 men. The defendants, described as supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, were accused of acts of violence including attacking a police station and killing a police officer.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A Los Angeles County public defender was so drunk at San Francisco International Airport this week that she resisted arrest, sang the "Happy Days" theme and asked officers for cocaine while in a patrol car, authorities said. Monica Marie Jenkins, 37, was so drunk, according to the San Mateo County district attorney's office, that she refused a suggestion to sober up and catch a later flight, instead demanding she be taken to jail.  As she was being arrested, Jenkins started screaming profanities, threatened to sue the officers and started singing "Rock Around the Clock," prosecutors said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
One of the longtime civilian monitors for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department defended his work Wednesday and said he should have his contract with the county renewed. Merrick Bobb's statements come a day after the new inspector general for the Sheriff's Department recommended the Board of Supervisors cut Bobb's contract, concluding that he and the agency's other monitor had limited success in helping the troubled department. In his letter to the board, Inspector General Max Huntsman said that over the years, Bobb had provided an "invaluable" outside perspective but in recent years his "influence has waned" and he had "little direct relationship with the department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | Jean Merl
At a recent reception in their honor, four of California's Democratic freshman House members posed for photos and beamed at well-wishers. But signs of the battles they face were hard to miss. Asked by a fellow politician how his reelection campaign was going, Rep. Scott Peters of San Diego replied, "Hanging in. Got a tough race. " The same answer could have come from any of the honorees. Although the rest of their first-term colleagues occupy seats in strongly Democratic districts, for these four, California's deep blue hue looks more like pale violet.
SPORTS
March 16, 2014 | By Mike Hiserman
1 Wichita State (34-0, Missouri Valley champion) vs. 16 Play-in winner 1 (below) The Shockers have the experience from last year's run to the Final Four, plus they can shoot, are big and physical, and have a crafty point guard in sophomore Fred VanVleet. 8 Kentucky (24-10, at-large) vs. 9 Kansas State (20-12, at-large) Kentucky has had a disappointing season by Kentucky standards, but the Wildcats remain dangerous, as top-ranked Florida found out in the Southeastern Conference tournament final.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Kat Dennings of "2 Broke Girls" is standing up for Lindsay Lohan in the wake of some trash-talking regarding the "Mean Girls" actress' recent guest appearance on the show. Dennings called "complete" bull on a Wednesday story that alleged Lohan was a "train wreck" on set, unable to deliver her lines or keep a straight face when the moment called for it. The editor of the blog Crazy Days and Nights apparently scored an audience seat for the Tuesday night taping, which allegedly ran long in large part to accommodate the guest star's gaffes, according to the post.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Stanley Fischer, the former Bank of Israel president nominated for the Federal Reserve's No. 2 job, defended his work on Wall Street and told senators at his confirmation hearing Thursday that he understood the effect of economic problems on average Americans. Pressed more by Democrats than Republicans on his background, Fischer said his tenure as vice chairman of Citigroup Inc. from 2002 to 2005 was key to his ability to oversee financial institutions as a central banker.
WORLD
March 12, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- Malaysian officials are defending their handling of the frustrating search for the Boeing 777 that vanished without a trace on Saturday morning on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. "We have nothing to hide," said acting transportation minister Hishamuddin Hussein at a stormy televised news conference late Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur. "We have been very transparent with the media and the public. " The statement came as the rare spirit of international cooperation in the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 seemed to be unraveling.
NATIONAL
March 12, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys, misses family meals and playing with his grandchildren, but has largely stayed upbeat and hopeful in prison, his wife said in a television interview. Dottie Sandusky, 71, appearing on NBC's "Today" on Wednesday defended her husband of 37 years when asked by host Matt Lauer if she still believes that he's innocent. "I definitely believe him," she said. "He's not guilty of these horrific crimes.
NATIONAL
March 12, 2014 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - This is not Robert Eatinger's first run through a full-blown CIA controversy. But it's his most public ordeal. For most of his career, few outside the world of espionage knew of Eatinger, 56, who has spent 22 years moving up the ranks to become the CIA's top lawyer. But in a scathing speech Tuesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, accused him of trying to impede a Senate investigation into a notorious CIA detention and interrogation program that Eatinger had helped manage.
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