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November 22, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A 29-year-old Van Nuys man was convicted Friday of killing his ex-girlfriend's father and sister and setting fire to their Anaheim Hills mansion in what authorities described as a revenge killing. Iftekhar Murtaza lowered his head and appeared to weep as the verdict was read. Murtaza was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend's father, Jaypraykash Dhanak, 56, and sister, Karishma Dhanak, 20, and attempting to kill her mother in a night of violence in 2007. The mother was found critically wounded on a neighbor's lawn and was in a coma for weeks but survived the attack.
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April 21, 2014 | By Richard Winton
Former USC and NFL football player Keyshawn Johnson was arrested early Monday at his Calabasas home on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery after reports of an incident involving his ex-girlfriend. Johnson, 40, was taken into custody shortly before 1 a.m. when Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies responded to a possible spousal assault call. Deputies "determined that the resident and his ex-girlfriend were involved in a domestic dispute," sheriff's officials said in a statement.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The rapper 50 Cent was charged Wednesday in connection with a domestic violence incident in which authorities say his former girlfriend and the mother of his child was injured. Born Curtis Jackson, the rapper allegedly began destroying the woman's property during an argument June 23. When she locked herself in her bedroom, Jackson kicked open the door and kicked her, authorities said. Jackson was charged with five criminal counts, including one count of domestic violence and four counts of vandalism.
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March 29, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Police are searching for a man they believe killed a woman, stuffed her body in a trash bin and wheeled it for miles to his ex-girlfriend's house. The ex-girlfriend discovered the body around 10 p.m. Friday and walked to the LAPD's 77th Street station to report it, said watch Cmdr. Rudy Alaniz. The victim was described as a Latina in her mid-20s. The suspect, who wasn't identified by police, was described as being in his mid-30s. Alaniz said details on where the trash bin came from were not immediately available.
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April 21, 2014 | By Richard Winton
Former USC and NFL football player Keyshawn Johnson was arrested early Monday at his Calabasas home on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic battery after reports of an incident involving his ex-girlfriend. Johnson, 40, was taken into custody shortly before 1 a.m. when Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies responded to a possible spousal assault call. Deputies "determined that the resident and his ex-girlfriend were involved in a domestic dispute," sheriff's officials said in a statement.
WORLD
March 7, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Samantha Taylor, blond with dark eyeliner, cut a slight, nervous figure on the witness stand Friday in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial. Taylor, who began dating the South African Olympic athlete in 2011 at age 17, broke down weeping several times when asked in court about breaking up with him in 2012. Pistorius stared coldly at his former girlfriend, whom he dropped for model and lawyer Reeva Steenkamp, as she took the witness stand in Pretoria's High Court, smiling uncertainly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A 29-year-old Van Nuys man was convicted Friday of killing his ex-girlfriend's father and sister and setting fire to their Anaheim Hills mansion in a night of violence that authorities said was driven by revenge. Iftekhar Murtaza lowered his head several times as the verdicts were read and appeared to cry. Jurors will now decide whether he should be sentenced to death. Murtaza was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend's father, Jayprakash Dhanak, 56, and sister, Karishma Dhanak, 20, in May 2007.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A 29-year-old Van Nuys man who killed his ex-girlfriend's father and sister and set their bodies on fire should be put to death, an Orange County jury recommended Monday. Iftekhar Murtaza quietly shook his head as jurors announced that he should get the ultimate punishment in the 2007 crime, which came after his then-girlfriend broke off their relationship. Murtaza was convicted in November of killing his ex-girlfriend's father, Jayprakash Dhanak, 56, and sister, Karishma Dhanak, 20, and then setting their Anaheim Hills mansion on fire.
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December 17, 2013 | Adolfo Flores
A jilted boyfriend who killed his former girlfriend's father and sister, burned their Anaheim Hills mansion and then set their bodies on fire should be put to death, an Orange County jury recommended Monday. Iftekhar Murtaza quietly shook his head as jurors announced that he should get the ultimate punishment in the 2007 crime, which came after his then-girlfriend told him her parents disapproved because they were devout Hindus and he was Muslim. "I would like to take a lie detector test," Murtaza blurted out to those who remained in the courtroom after jurors had filed out. "Anybody that's interested.
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March 27, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Don Payne, an award-winning writer and producer of "The Simpsons" and screenwriter of the 2011 blockbuster "Thor" as well as "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" and "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer," died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles, said his friend and former writing partner John Frink. He was 48 and had bone cancer. Payne was most recently a consulting producer on "The Simpsons," Fox's long-running animated series. Two episodes he wrote are in production and will air in the fall: "Labor Pains" and the Christmas installment, "White Christmas Blues.
WORLD
March 7, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Samantha Taylor, blond with dark eyeliner, cut a slight, nervous figure on the witness stand Friday in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial. Taylor, who began dating the South African Olympic athlete in 2011 at age 17, broke down weeping several times when asked in court about breaking up with him in 2012. Pistorius stared coldly at his former girlfriend, whom he dropped for model and lawyer Reeva Steenkamp, as she took the witness stand in Pretoria's High Court, smiling uncertainly.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
One of the unfortunate echoes of "Breaking Bad" - other than real-life-teachers-turned-meth-cooks - is the proliferation of the principled drug dealer as a character trope. It's certainly possible to make an intelligent film about a coke-peddling antihero, but writer-director Zak Forsman's "Down and Dangerous" merely exploits its cops-versus-cartels backdrop to preen its world-weary scofflaw protagonist, Paul (John T. Woods). Unambitious to the core, "Down and Dangerous" is the perfect flu movie: It's so predictable in its beats and pedestrian in its execution that a viewer can slip in and out of consciousness, confident she won't miss much and will know exactly where in the story she is when she awakes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
A man who was shot by sheriff's deputies in Willowbrook on Sunday after he allegedly opened fire while holding his 1-year-old son is expected to survive, authorities said. The incident unfolded about 10 p.m. when the 43-year-old man, who was not immediately identified, drove to his ex-girlfriend's home in the 2400 block of East 126 th  Street, confronted her boyfriend and allegedly shot him in the face with a revolver. After the shooting, the man allegedly drove away with his son, according to statement released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
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December 26, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
A man set fire to the apartment shared by his ex-girlfriend and their 2-year-old son early Thursday, authorities said, then set his mother's home ablaze before being killed by Torrance police when they found him with a knife on a middle-school campus. Class was not in session at Madrona Middle School when Asa James Dolak, 19, was fatally shot about 1:35 p.m. Thursday, said Torrance Police Sgt. Robert Watt. Police said Dolak made it clear in telephone conversations with officers that he did not intend to be taken into custody without a fight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2013 | Adolfo Flores
A jilted boyfriend who killed his former girlfriend's father and sister, burned their Anaheim Hills mansion and then set their bodies on fire should be put to death, an Orange County jury recommended Monday. Iftekhar Murtaza quietly shook his head as jurors announced that he should get the ultimate punishment in the 2007 crime, which came after his then-girlfriend told him her parents disapproved because they were devout Hindus and he was Muslim. "I would like to take a lie detector test," Murtaza blurted out to those who remained in the courtroom after jurors had filed out. "Anybody that's interested.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A 29-year-old Van Nuys man who killed his ex-girlfriend's father and sister and set their bodies on fire should be put to death, an Orange County jury recommended Monday. Iftekhar Murtaza quietly shook his head as jurors announced that he should get the ultimate punishment in the 2007 crime, which came after his then-girlfriend broke off their relationship. Murtaza was convicted in November of killing his ex-girlfriend's father, Jayprakash Dhanak, 56, and sister, Karishma Dhanak, 20, and then setting their Anaheim Hills mansion on fire.
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May 21, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein
Police have arrested a woman who they said walked up to the ex-girlfriend of "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell and started choking her outside the Nokia Theatre during the music talent show's performance finale. Janis Thibodeaux, 33, faces a felony battery charge in connection with the incident Tuesday night. Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Norma Eisenman said Thibodeaux approached the victim and asked her if she was the ex-girlfriend of Cowell. "When the victim stated that she was, the woman attacked her and attempted to choke her," Eisenman said.
SPORTS
June 9, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
While those of us in America can only recall the days of Manny Ramirez just being Manny, pro baseball fans in Taiwan still get a routine dose of the former slugger, including a recent home run that led to a wild ex-girlfriend remark by the announcer. Ramirez, who plays for the EDA Rhinos in the Chinese Professional Baseball League, launches a solo home run to left-center field that easily clears the fence. The announcer calling the game, who is bilingual, suddenly bursts into English.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
The mystery began four days ago when Darwin Vela took his chocolate Labrador for a walk in the West Adams district. Minutes later, Vela's fiancee found the dog whimpering outside with blood on his leash and no sign of the 22-year-old man. Police began looking in vain for Vela, who was set to testify Thursday in the case of a convicted felon facing a "third-strike" conviction for allegedly breaking into the home of Nicolas Cage's ex-girlfriend....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A 29-year-old Van Nuys man was convicted Friday of killing his ex-girlfriend's father and sister and setting fire to their Anaheim Hills mansion in a night of violence that authorities said was driven by revenge. Iftekhar Murtaza lowered his head several times as the verdicts were read and appeared to cry. Jurors will now decide whether he should be sentenced to death. Murtaza was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend's father, Jayprakash Dhanak, 56, and sister, Karishma Dhanak, 20, in May 2007.
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