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March 28, 2014 | By August Brown
Last week, the Seattle Police Department released two unseen photos of the scene of Kurt Cobain's suicide. After intense public interest in the images, the department has published 35 additional photos from the scene. The original two images, though haunting, didn't reveal much new information about the incident. These new photos, however, might add visual detail for fans interested in Cobain's last hours. They contain shots of Cobain's suicide note in its original location (inside his greenhouse, on top of a planter and held down by a pen)
March 27, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Taco Bell is leaving no doubt that it's going after McDonald's.  Commercials began airing Thursday promoting Taco Bell's new breakfast menu featuring - Ronald McDonald. Make that nearly two dozen of them. Don't expect them to look like a certain red-haired clown, though. The Ronald McDonalds featured in the ads are everyday men - including a father and son - with the same name.  "My name is Ronald McDonald," said the man from Kane, Penn., who later said he loved the "new A.M. Crunchwrap.
March 27, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Ten years ago, it would have been difficult to find more than a few brands of mezcal around town. Now most wine shops that also sell liquor have at least a few of the best-known labels. And some have gone deep into the subject with dozens of labels and expressions of mezcal. Here's where to start your education and, in some cases, get an advanced degree in this fascinating spirit. Bar & Garden: Small but well-curated selection, including Alipús, Fidencio, Ilegal, Los Nahuales.
March 25, 2014 | By David Zahniser
A retired Los Angeles building inspector was sentenced Monday to 2 1/2 years in prison resulting from a federal probe into bribe-taking at the Department of Building and Safety. U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson also ordered Samuel In, a 37-year city employee who retired in 2011, to pay $30,000 to the city. In, who pleaded guilty to felony bribery last year, is one of five former Building and Safety employees to face either criminal charges or dismissal as a result of the bribery probe.
March 11, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Dozens of aftershocks have occurred since Sunday's magnitude-6.9 earthquake that rattled Northern California, the state's largest temblor in nearly a decade. The largest of the aftershocks, near Ferndale in Humboldt County, measured a magnitude 4.5, and officials expected them to continue for several days. Overall, the aftershocks have been getting smaller and less frequent. Sunday's quake caused no damage or injuries because it was centered 50 miles off the coast of Eureka and occurred at a depth of "10 miles beneath the Pacific seabed," according to the U.S. Geological Survey . By the time the seismic energy reached the shore, it had dissipated significantly.
March 10, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
It was supposed to be the grand finale of the Red and Gold show, a decades-long tradition for the students of Rosary High School, an all-girls Catholic school in Fullerton. Instead, the raucous and creative performance showcasing school spirit ended in a blur when the stage collapsed Saturday night, sending two dozen students to the hospital with minor and moderate injuries. Investigators are now reviewing building permits to determine what restrictions applied to the stage. The performance took place at Servite High School, an all-boys Catholic school in Anaheim.
March 9, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Looks like the "Blarney Blowout" lived up to its name. Four police officers were slightly injured and more than 70 people were reported arrested on Saturday after a pre-St. Patrick's Day celebration in Amherst, Mass. The "Blarney Blowout" turned into, well, a blowout. The air was filled with snowballs and flying beer cans as mobs of college-age partiers descended on apartment complexes near the University of Massachusetts' flagship campus in Amherst. In a Saturday statement , the university took pains to denounce the "unsanctioned" Blarney Blowout, which school officials warned could result in suspension or expulsion from the university.
February 16, 2014 | Times staff and wire services
Mexican author, journalist and essayist Federico Campbell, 72, died Saturday in a Mexico City hospital, according to a statement from the National Institute of Fine Arts. No cause was disclosed but, citing an interview with the author's son Federico Campbell Pena, the Mexico City newspaper Excelsior said he suffered a stroke after being hospitalized with the H1N1 flu virus. Campbell was best known for his short story collection "Tijuanenses," which was published by the University of California Press in 1995 as "Tijuana: Stories on the Border.
February 11, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO - An Algerian military transport plane carrying at least 78 people crashed Tuesday in eastern Algeria, and rescuers who rushed to the scene found one survivor but confirmed the deaths of dozens of others, the state news agency said. The aircraft, a U.S.-built C-130, went down in mountainous terrain as it was making its descent in the province of Oum El Bouaghi, about 250 miles east of the capital, Algiers, the official Algeria Press Service said. Seventy-four passengers, mostly soldiers and their families, and four crew members were reported to be aboard.
February 7, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
HOMS, Syria - Dozens of people trapped in the historic center of Homs were evacuated Friday as part of a complex deal involving the Syrian government, the United Nations and armed rebels occupying the Old City district. A total of 83 residents, mostly men but including some women and children, were able to leave in what officials called a successful first day of a plan to provide relief to the long-besieged area. A fragile cease-fire held up during the operation, despite an early violation.
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