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July 3, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- In the end, the bitter family feud came to this: Police used a pickax to break down the gates at the home of Nelson Mandela's grandson Wednesday in search of the bones of the elder statesman's dead children. A spokesman for Mandla Mandela, the grandson and a tribal chief, said he agreed Wednesday to obey a court order and allow the remains to be returned after a court found in favor of his rivals within the family. However, police had to force their way into his property in Mvezo where the bodies were believed to be buried, the reports said.
June 22, 2013 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
KARACHI, Pakistan - To members of Imran Khan's upstart Movement for Justice party, the assassination of one of their top officials last month here in the nation's largest city sent a blunt message: Welcome to Karachi, where power, armed thugs and turf wars combine to transform politics into blood sport. Zahra Shahid Hussain, who led the women's wing of the party in the southern province of Sindh, had just gotten out of her car in her driveway when two young men pulled up on a motorcycle, a senior Karachi police official said.
June 18, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Charlie Sheen is evidently still having trouble getting along with costars. The producers of Sheen's FX comedy "Anger Management" confirmed late Tuesday that costar Selma Blair will be leaving the show immediately, after reports of friction with Sheen became public over the last day or so. "We are confirming that Selma Blair will not be returning to 'Anger Management' and we wish her the very best," Lionsgate, the studio behind the show, wrote...
May 1, 2013 | By Ned Parker and Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times
ARSAL, Lebanon - When Mustafa Ezzedine, a Sunni Muslim from this Sunni border town, wanted to buy some furniture, he undertook a clandestine trip into war-torn Syria rather than face harassment, or worse, from Shiite Muslim security officers or townsmen in nearby Lebanese communities. "Although geographically we are in Lebanon, spiritually we are with Syria," said Ezzedine, 66, who was recently freed after being held hostage along with 10 other Sunnis in reprisal for the kidnapping of a Shiite in Arsal.
April 24, 2013 | By Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times
The investigation into ricin-laced letters addressed to the president, a U.S. senator and a Mississippi judge highlighted a personal feud Wednesday and an unusual cast of characters - starting with Paul Kevin Curtis, an Elvis impersonator who had pestered officials for years about his conspiracy theory that the federal government was involved in an organ-harvesting plot. Government plot or no, Curtis was, of course, glad that officials had decided to drop the charges against him. He had been arrested last week, days after the letters were sent, and was freed Tuesday.
April 10, 2013 | Jim Peltz
The family feud otherwise known as Formula One's Red Bull Racing team heads to China, with all eyes on its drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Vettel, the reigning Formula One champion, and Webber could barely look at each other after the Malaysia Grand Prix two weeks ago, when Vettel snatched victory from his Australian teammate. Webber, 36, was leading Vettel in the race's closing stages when, in one of the unique traits of Formula One, his team instructed the drivers to stay put and conserve their tires until the race was over.
April 9, 2013 | Jeffrey Fleishman
The prized scion of Moammar Kadafi is a prisoner of tribesmen in these mountains of scrub and ocher rock. The rebels who captured him after the 2011 civil war that toppled his father have refused to turn him over to the central government in Tripoli or the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The militiamen patrolling hillsides of winding roads and scattered bunkers want Seif Islam Kadafi tried in a rural courtroom and hanged. "Seif is a murderer and a liar. We have our own high court so we'll try him in Zintan," said Alramah Mohammed Elmerhani, a former rebel commander who was wounded in a tank battle.
April 2, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Shia LaBeouf, a guest Monday night on David Letterman's “The Late Show,” decided to speak (instead of tweet) about his abrupt exit from the play "Orphans” weeks before his would-be Broadway debut. LaBeouf described himself as “passionate and impulsive" and suggested that similar qualities in costar Alec Baldwin resulted in the “fireworks.” “We had tension as men, not as artists, but as men,” he told David Letterman. (Cue nervous audience laughter.)
March 24, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Somewhere in the galaxy, maybe Mars, there might be a crazier sport than NASCAR. These guys don't race cars, they play Russian roulette with lives. Each other's. There is courage, and then there are NASCAR drivers. They must do their training by wrestling crocodiles or sticking hands into the mouths of great whites. For kicks, they sneak up on rattlesnakes in high grass. Calling this a sport of daredevils is selling it short. Testosterone- fueled psychos comes closer, which will be taken in the garages as a compliment, except for Danica Patrick's.
March 20, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Two rules to live by are, don't argue with a man who has a microphone, and don't bite the hand that feeds you. At NBC, both are being ignored. Jay Leno, who gets well-paid to tell jokes and interview celebrities as host of NBC's "Tonight Show," has recently turned to his own network's prime-time struggles for material. It started last month when Leno cracked that it's so bad at NBC that "'The Biggest Loser' isn't just a TV show anymore; it's our new motto.” He followed that up with this dig: “It's so bad, NBC called Manti Te'o and asked him to bring in some imaginary viewers.” Bob Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC Entertainment, didn't take too kindly to Leno's cracks.
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