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September 10, 2013 |
A union representing Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies Tuesday unsuccessfully sought a court order to stop the Los Angeles Times from publishing information from officers' background screenings. The Assn. for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs filed an emergency motion against The Times and a Times reporter Tuesday morning, alleging that the reporter unlawfully possessed background investigation files containing personal information of about 500 deputies. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Joanne O'Donnell denied the union's motion, writing that the union failed to present "the evidence most critical to the showing of irreparable harm or immediate danger.
September 9, 2013 |
It was 1961 and the Cold War battle for influence in newly independent African states was sharply focused on the Congo. The first elected leader, Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, had been kidnapped, tortured and killed by a military junta earlier in the year. With the anarchic new state falling under the sway of the Soviet Union, Katanga politician Moise Tshombe cleaved his province and its wealth of uranium, copper and cobalt mines into a separate state supported and protected by former Belgian colonial masters.
September 7, 2013 |
LONDON - Citing “strong evidence” implicating the Syrian government in a recent chemical attack, the European Union called Saturday for a strong international response to prevent further such atrocities but urged that any action be taken through the United Nations. Foreign ministers from the EU's 28 member nations, meeting in Lithuania, said that “the international community cannot remain idle” in the aftermath of the Aug. 21 gassing of a Damascus neighborhood held by rebels trying to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad.
September 2, 2013 |
PARIS -- France says it has evidence gathered by its intelligence services to prove "undeniably" that Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces carried out a "massive and coordinated" chemical attack on its civilian population. The French government released the evidence in a nine-page declassified document Monday evening to boost its calls for military intervention in Syria. The report in many ways dovetails with allegations made by U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry. French President Francois Hollande has been a strong supporter of U.S. calls for a military response to the alleged chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus on Aug. 21, and has rejected calls for a parliamentary vote on French participation.
September 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The United States now has evidence that sarin gas was used in the chemical weapons attack against innocent Syrian civilians, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Sunday. The new evidence adds to the case that the Obama administration will make to Congress for taking military action against Bashar Assad's regime, one that they are confident lawmakers will heed, Kerry said. "I don't believe that my former colleagues in the United States Senate and the House will turn their backs on all of our interests, on the credibility of our country, on the norm with respect to the enforcement of the prohibition against the use of chemical weapons," Kerry said on NBC's "Meet the Press," one of several interviews he was to sit for less than 24 hours after President Obama's surprise decision to seek a congressional vote on a military strike against the Syrian government.
September 1, 2013 |
LONDON - President Obama's decision to seek congressional approval for a military strike on Syria could open the door to another vote by the British Parliament, which rejected such intervention, senior officials here suggested Sunday. French lawmakers also seized on Obama's decision as an argument for holding their own vote on armed intervention in Syria. The delay before a possible strike as Obama makes his case to U.S. lawmakers could give their British counterparts time to consider new evidence pointing toward the Syrian government's culpability in gassing rebel-held neighborhoods in Damascus.
August 29, 2013 |
Did life as we know it start on Mars? Are we all Martians? These are the questions some serious scientists are considering. Speaking at an international conference of geochemists, chemist Steven Benner of the Westheimer Institute of Science and Technology argued Thursday that early Mars provided a more hospitable environment for life to spring up than early Earth. "The evidence seems to be building that we are actually Martians; that life started on Mars and came to Earth on a rock," he said in a statement.
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August 28, 2013 |
The sister of the man accused of kidnapping Hannah Anderson defended her brother in her first interview since he was shot and killed by the FBI, raising questions about James DiMaggio's alleged acts and recalling she told him the teenager was “trouble.” Lora Robinson spoke to CNN's Piers Morgan on Tuesday night, defending her brother from the start of the interview . When Morgan asked if Robinson -- who he referred to as Lora DiMaggio --...
August 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Moving closer to possible U.S. military action, Secretary of State John F. Kerry condemned last week's apparent poison gas attack in Syria as a "moral obscenity" and declared that President Obama believed those responsible must be held accountable. Kerry, saying he was horrified by the images of the victims, made a case for a forceful response against President Bashar Assad's government. He said evidence of a chemical attack that caused "the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians" in the suburbs of Damascus early on Aug. 21 was undeniable.
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August 22, 2013 |
Fontana detectives are expected to search for evidence Thursday inside the car of a transgender woman who was killed inside her Fontana apartment earlier this week. The black Mercedes belonging to Domonique Newburn, 31, was found Wednesday afternoon about 13 miles and two cities away at Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino. Police said initially that the man suspected of killing Newburn escaped in her car afterward. Police officials said Thursday it appeared Newburn's car had been at the park “for some time.” Witnesses told police that Newburn's suspected killer made off with clothes and her computer.