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March 9, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- It was movie time at the guesthouse in Afghanistan, but this was no regular guesthouse, and it was no regular movie.  Once you checked in, you couldn't leave. Osama bin Laden was a visitor. Rooms were stocked with Al Qaeda books. And attendance was mandatory when staff wheeled in a TV in the spring of 2001 and showed "The Destruction of the American Destroyer USS Cole," about the October 2000 attack that killed 17 U.S. sailors.   One of the young men watching the movie was Sahim Alwan, a witness in the trial of alleged Al Qaeda propagandist Sulaiman abu Ghaith, which enters its second week Monday.
March 7, 2014 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican chairman of the House oversight committee, has apologized to Rep. Elijah E. Cummings for adjourning a hearing while the panel's top Democrat was speaking. Apology accepted, Cummings said after receiving a call from the Vista, Calif., congressman Thursday night. Cummings, of Maryland, added in a statement that he hopes that as the House's top investigative committee moves forward, it "will seek resolution rather than unnecessary conflict.
March 7, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Ventura St. Bonaventure, Westlake Village Oaks Christian, La Verne Damien and Glendora St. Lucy's have  won their arbitration cases against the CIF Southern Section and will remain in their current sports areas for the upcoming re-leaguing cycle from 2014-18. It will force the Northern Area, Mt. SAC and parochial areas to meet again and start over their re-leaguing process. Those areas had already created new leagues without the four schools. The Southern Section was scheduled to release its new playoff divisions for football on March 16, but that is expected to be delayed.
March 6, 2014 | By Richard Simon, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON - The House Republican majority shot down a Democratic effort Thursday to condemn Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House oversight committee, for the "disrespectful manner" in which he adjourned a hearing as the panel's top Democrat was speaking. [ Updated, 10:36 p.m. PST March 6: Later, Issa said he had personally apologized to the Democratic lawmaker who was cut short during the hearing. "I just wanted to clear the air with @RepCummings," Issa said on Twitter, referring to Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md)
March 5, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
A House committee hearing examining the Internal Revenue Service's alleged targeting of conservative groups turned heated Wednesday when the panel's Republican chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, aggressively questioned a former IRS official even after she invoked her 5th Amendment right not to testify. The incident prompted Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to launch a tirade against Issa, accusing him of running a “one-sided” and “un-American” investigation.
March 5, 2014
Re "EPA protection of Alaska bay puts new mine at risk," March 1 Maybe the headline should have indicated that open-pit mines, mountain-top removal and fossil-fuel leaks put us all at risk. But as long as profit prevails, we all face danger. If Alaska's Bristol Bay is not protected, what will the future look like for the world's most productive sockeye salmon fishery and the people who rely on the fishing industry? Tom Collier - chief executive of the Pebble Limited Partnership, which wants to build North America's largest open-pit mine near Bristol Bay - says his company will prevail.
March 1, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Fair leather fan San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili , on his foot bursting through the side of his custom Nikes during a game against Detroit, forcing him to put on a new pair: "I don't know what happened. I stopped and my foot kept going. It just happened. First time it's happened in my career. Very weird, but no big deal. " No Magic formula Former NBA big man Olden Polynice , on the state of the league: "The product that's being put out there is trash.
February 28, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
An Orange County judge said Friday that he'll hear testimony on accusations that county prosecutors and sheriff's deputies ran an illegal jailhouse informant operation that ensnared multiple inmates, including the man accused of killing eight people in a Seal Beach salon in 2011. Superior Court Judge Thomas M. Goethals said the allegations made by defense attorneys for Scott Dekraai deserve to be fully examined. The judge indicated it may take weeks of testimony and evidence to ferret out the claims.
February 28, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
After the chaotic evacuation of passenger terminals in last year's deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, officials said they are making significant improvements to emergency response plans. The measures include a special team of 300 airport officials to assist stranded passengers and a new wireless communication system that would send information to cellphones during emergencies. Among the other improvements are conveniently located distribution points for food and water, an enhanced public address system to better inform passengers and more assistance for people with disabilities.
February 26, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
News that will make you go, Oh, yah? : Comedians Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, better known as Key and Peele, have joined the cast of FX's "Fargo. " The duo, who have made a name for themselves with their popular Comedy Central sketch show "Key & Peele," will portray FBI agents in a four-episode arc of the upcoming limited series based on the Academy Award-winning movie from the Coen brothers. And, oh geez , do they have some good names: Webb Pepper (Peele) and Bill Budge (Key)
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