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March 20, 2014 | By Steve Appleford
AUSTIN, Texas - Robert Duvall first came to Texas when he was 10, a San Diego military brat on a visit to his mother's family. It would be his first time on a horse, and his first encounter with the people he would later come to know so well. "These aunts would back up to the fire and lift their skirts to warm their behinds, and I never saw that before," says Duvall, now 83, sitting with a bowl of soup at this city's old Driskill Hotel. "The name of the family was Hart, so we said 'They warmed their hearts.'" He's never lived in the Lone Star State, but he was embraced as a cultural icon here after his acclaimed performance as Capt.
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March 20, 2014 | By Richard Serrano
WASHINGTON - Ali Ahmad Razihi, accused of being a former bodyguard to Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, hopes someday to leave the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay and return to Yemen, where he plans to marry and help his family in their fruit and vegetable farm. At a hearing Thursday to decide whether he should get his wish, U.S. military lawyers said they couldn't say with certainty whether he remained a threat to this country. Razihi appeared at the Pentagon's latest Periodic Review Board hearing, becoming only the third Guantanamo detainee to do so. The hearings, begun by the Obama administration as a way to gradually empty and close the prison in Cuba, are giving half of the roughly 150 prisoners a chance to be moved to a list of detainees eligible for release.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2014 | By KTLA
A man was shot dead after firing on officers and shooting a police dog in the face following a probation search in Anaheim on Thursday, authorities said. The dog, named Bruno, was in surgery Thursday night. A bullet struck his face and lodged in his chest, police said. The incident began at 1:45 p.m., when two Orange County probation officers approached a home in the 1100 block of Mayfair Avenue  to do a home check. When the officers neared the residence, they saw the probationer with two unidentified men, who ran away.
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March 19, 2014 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
A news report has raised questions about how New York City jail officials handle at-risk inmates after a troubled 56-year-old former Marine was found dead in a Rikers Island cell where the temperature at one point had reportedly exceeded 100 degrees. “He basically baked to death,” one official with knowledge of Jerome Murdough's death told the Associated Press. The wire service reported that Murdough was mentally ill, homeless and had been arrested for trespassing after trying to curl up and sleep in an enclosed stairwell on a chilly winter night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Harrowing video of a man crossing railroad tracks on foot just before a speeding Bay Area commuter train goes rushing by is being touted by transit authorities as a very good example of what not to do. The video released by Caltrain, a c ommuter rail service between San Francisco and San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, shows a few pedestrians crossing the tracks at the  Sequoia station in Redwood City despite warning sirens and a flashing...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
There's plenty of Harry Osborn/Green Goblin and not quite as much Electro in this new, and final, trailer for Marc Webb's “Amazing Spider-Man 2.” But the villain count is beside the point. The cast and filmmakers are about to embark on a major continent-hopping trip, and the film opens internationally in just a month, on April 18, so we'll see pretty soon what happens on the big screen to Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker and Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy (or at least hear about it from overseas reviewers)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Joseph Serna
A West Hollywood skin care expert who allegedly tried to hire a hit man to snuff out the competition pleaded not guilty in a Los Angeles County courtroom Wednesday. Dawn DaLuise, 55, who boasted a celebrity clientele including Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Aniston and Alicia Silverstone, is charged with one count of solicitation of murder and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail. The allegation has stunned neighbors and associates, who said they knew about the rivalry between DaLuise and esthetician Gabriel Suarez but never thought it would go so far. Suarez moved in a couple doors down from DaLuise's business last year and started offering facials and male body waxing; the competition created tension.
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March 19, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A 24-year-old man who was shot multiple times while in front of a Compton home Tuesday night was pronounced dead at the hospital. Authorities said the man was standing in front of a home in the 1700 block of Graham Avenue at 10:53 p.m. Tuesday when, according to witnesses, gunshots rang out. The Homicide Report: A story for every victim When they went to check on the man, they saw that he had been shot and took him to the backyard until...
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March 17, 2014 | By Victoria Kim
A San Joaquin County community college student arrested near the Canadian border for allegedly attempting to travel to Syria to fight with al Qaeda had boasted of a plot to bomb the subway in Los Angeles, according to a federal affidavit. Nicholas Teausant, 20, of Acampo, near Lodi, Calif., was arrested early Monday as the bus he was on neared the U.S.-Canadian border in Blaine, Wash. He was charged with one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
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March 17, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A Palo Alto man who searched his name on Google wound up finding out more about himself than he bargained for when he discovered he was a wanted man.  San Leandro police said 27-year-old Christopher Viatafa -- who was wanted by authorities for allegedly firing a gun toward an inhabited dwelling -- turned himself in after seeing the photo. "Although it wasn't good judgment that landed him on the website ... he did use good judgment to turn himself in after seeing his photo," according to a news release from the San Leandro Police Department.
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