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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - The guided-missile frigate Vandegrift returned here Wednesday with 15 officers, 190 enlisted sailors and a sick baby named Lyra. The 1-year-old's rescue from her family's crippled sailboat hundreds of miles out at sea was accomplished by a joint effort of the Coast Guard, California Air National Guard, and, finally, the Navy, which redirected the Vandegrift from its training mission off Southern California. Eric and Charlotte Kaufman and their two daughters - Lyra and 3-year-old Cora - disembarked at the Naval Air Station North Island when the ship docked to take on ordnance for an upcoming anti-drug-smuggling deployment off South America.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - The guided-missile frigate Vandegrift returned here Wednesday with 15 officers, 190 enlisted sailors and a sick baby named Lyra. The rescue of the 1-year-old and her family from their crippled sailboat hundreds of miles out at sea was accomplished by a joint effort of the Coast Guard, California Air National Guard and the Navy, which redirected the Vandegrift from a training mission off Southern California. Avoiding the news media, Eric and Charlotte Kaufman and their two daughters - Lyra and 3-year-old Cora - disembarked at Naval Air Station North Island.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Tony Perry, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
SAN DIEGO -- The sick baby whose rescue at sea required the assistance of the Coast Guard, Navy, and Air National Guard is set to return to San Diego on Wednesday aboard the Navy ship Vandegrift. The girl's condition has stabilized, officials said. Eric and Charlotte Kaufman and their two daughters will disembark when the ship docks at Naval Air Station North Island to take on ordnance for an upcoming deployment. RELATED: Parents of sick 1-year-old defend sailing trip after Navy rescue [Updated, 9:05 a.m. April 9: The ship will then sail across San Diego Bay to its home port at the 32 nd Street Naval Station, where dozens of journalists will await.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Simon Cowell has regrets, but his baby son's not one. How that baby started off, well, that's another story. Cowell, of course, was caught in an affair last summer with now-girlfriend Lauren Silverman, who was still married to Cowell pal Andrew Silverman when little Eric-to-be was conceived. "I regret that part," Cowell tells the Mirror . "But then of course you have a baby and you look at the baby and you kinda go, 'This is what happened from it.' "In this situation you are not going to come out of this well because of the circumstances.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Victoria Kim and Harriet Ryan
For decades in Hollywood, Mickey Rooney led a charmed life. He acted opposite Judy Garland and Elizabeth Taylor, collecting award nominations for performances praised by the likes of Cary Grant, Gore Vidal and Tennessee Williams. He married starlets and beauty queens - eight times in all. On Tuesday, two days after his death at 93, it became clear how far his fortunes had fallen in recent years. Rooney's trust didn't have a dime. He owed back taxes to the IRS and the state Franchise Tax Board.
NEWS
April 8, 2014 | By Karin Klein
Sixteen consecutive years of the state's standardized testing are now under my belt, all of them spent covering the accountability program as a journalist, as well as having one or more of my three children filling in bubbles in public school for the annual assessments. And on the 17th year, the last spring that I have a student scheduled for testing, it's time for a rest. My 16-year-old daughter is in standardized-test burnout mode, and to a lesser extent, so am I. Juniors are the only ones taking the test in high school this year in California; they start this week at her school.
NATIONAL
April 7, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - Wielding signs and slogans, several hundred demonstrators rallied Monday to support beleaguered Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy after authorities began to seize his cattle from federal land. Protesters had responded to an alert that promised: "Range war begins at the Bundy ranch at 9:30 a.m. We're going to get the job done!" Federal officials say Bundy is illegally running cattle in the 600,000-acre Gold Butte area, habitat of the federally protected desert tortoise.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2014 | By Noel Murray
August: Osage County Starz/Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 Available on VOD beginning April 8 Tracy Letts has now had three of his plays adapted into films. Director William Friedkin made the bizarre "Bug" and "Killer Joe" into something as gritty and exciting as a stage show, but John Wells unkinks Letts' Pulitzer-winning twisted black comedy. The Oscar-nominated Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts have a blast chewing the scenery as a cantankerous mother and daughter who spend an impromptu family reunion snapping at each other and their kin; and the rest of the cast (including Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Chris Cooper and Margo Martindale)
NATIONAL
April 5, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
On Friday officials released the names of the three soldiers killed in the Ft. Hood shooting: All had been in the military for years, served overseas and received a number of commendations. At a news conference Friday, Lt. Gen. Mark Milley said Daniel Ferguson, 39; Carlos Lazaney-Rodriguez, 38; and Timothy Owens, 37; were killed in Wednesday's attack, which left an additional 16 wounded. Milley said Spc. Ivan Lopez killed the three men after an "escalating argument within his unit area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The family of Cesar Chavez will attend an annual Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Sunday to celebrate the life and work of the late labor leader. The Mass, now in its 14th year, will be celebrated beginning at 12:30 p.m. and led by Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez. Chavez's son, Paul Chavez, and Arturo Rodriguez, the president of the United Farm Workers union founded by Chavez, are scheduled to speak at the close of the celebration. “Cesar Chavez was a man of prayer and a man of peace,” Gomez said.
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