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January 26, 2014 | By Richard Simon, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
COLUMBIA, Md. -- Police on Sunday identified the gunman in a shooting Saturday at a shopping mall here that left three people dead, including the shooter. Authorities said they are still trying to determine the motive. "We want to find out why this occurred," Howard County police Chief William McMahon said at a news conference in the mall parking lot. The gunman was identified as Darion Marcus Aguilar, 19, of College Park, Md. One of the victims, Brianna Benlolo, 21, was also from College Park, but police said they had not yet found any evidence that the gunman knew Benlolo or the other victim, Tyler Johnson, 25, of Mount Airy, Md. Both victims worked at a skateboard store in the mall.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2014 | By Joseph Serna and Ari Bloomekatz
Police on Tuesday remained unsure if a shooting in Koreatown that left two men dead was gang-related, but said that investigators were "working on the motive. " The shooting occurred at about 1:53 p.m. Monday in the driveway of a parking lot near the intersection of South Normandie Avenue and West 3rd Street, authorities said. The two suspects fled on foot before officers arrived and remain at large, Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Andy Neiman said. HOMICIDE REPORT: Tracking killings in L.A. County A spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner's office said the identities of the two men who died have not been confirmed.
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January 16, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Indiana police said Thursday that they had not yet determined a motive for the gunman who shot and killed a store employee and shopper at Martin's Super Market in Elkhart before he was killed by officers. The gunman, identified as 22-year-old Shawn Walter Bair , "may have had some type of relationship with the victims or the store" but they are still investigating, State Police Sgt. Trent Smith told the Los Angeles Times. Video surveillance shows Bair entering the store about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, wandering the aisles and peering at his cellphone before opening fire about 10:05 p.m., Smith said.
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January 13, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
AKELA FLATS, N.M. - Each year, Emily Haozous joins other Fort Sill Apache tribal members in a mountain spirit dance in Oklahoma. But the spirits they pay tribute to and invoke for power and protection belong to a mountain more than 600 miles to the west, in the tribe's ancestral homeland in southwestern New Mexico. More than a century ago, Apaches with lineage to Geronimo were driven from New Mexico and taken as prisoners of war before eventually being released in Oklahoma. Now, the tribe's 700-plus members want to return to the yucca-speckled desert town of Akela Flats.
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January 9, 2014 | By Alana Semuels, Cathleen Decker and Mark Z. Barabak
FORT LEE, N.J. - With a daylong public apology for political retribution he blamed on his staff, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tried mightily Thursday to keep a local traffic issue from blossoming into a full-blown threat to his 2016 presidential aspirations. At least one constituent, Robert Tessaro, wasn't buying it. In Christie's first display of contrition, a nationally televised news conference that lasted almost two hours, the Republican governor announced he had canned two aides implicated in the plan to block access roads to the George Washington Bridge here in September, ostensibly because the mayor had not endorsed Christie's reelection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
Sinetta Farley takes a roller coaster ride down the streets of Compton, her dark blue Hyundai bumping along San Luis Street as deep potholes shake her car. Then, she hits a smooth patch of freshly paved asphalt. "Now we're in East Rancho Dominguez," says Farley, the self-proclaimed mayor of the unincorporated territory. "You can feel the difference. " For decades, East Rancho Dominguez has been trying to distance itself from its Compton neighbor. The community shed its East Compton moniker, then created a strong neighborhood association, headed by Farley, that provides a voice for the 15,000 residents.
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December 26, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Denise Piazza was inside her upstairs apartment when the shots resounded on Christmas Day. There weren't squealing tires or a revving engine like you'd expect to hear after a drive-by shooting, she said, just the five or six loud pops about 5 p.m. Wednesday, and then children's screams. Witnesses said they could tell 24-year-old Juliana Barrios was dead before her panicked family carried her body into a car and rushed her to a nearby hospital. "She wasn't moving," said Piazza, who has lived in the 700 block of East 87th Street in South Los Angeles for 14 years.
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December 22, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
It's 5 a.m. on a rooftop parking lot in downtown Santa Ana and the night sky is just beginning to fade. Under a lamp's orange glow, people in hoodies and sweat pants emerge from the stairwell, wiping the sleep from their eyes and hugging themselves against the cold. "You guys ready?" asks Marc Payan, clutching a mug of coffee in one hand, his phone in the other. On his command, about 100 people lunge around the concrete lot, then quickly step into two long lines facing each other.
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December 21, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
LAS VEGAS - USC deserves something for completing the strangest 10-win season in the history of college football. How about some credit? In the old days 10 wins got you a wire-service trophy and your team picture in the media guide. BOWL TIMELINE: Matchups, schedule and picks In 1974, former USC quarterback Pat Haden, now the school's athletic director, led the Trojans to a national title with 10 wins. USC also won it all with 10 in 1932 and 1967. SUMMARY: USC 45, Fresno State 20 This year's Trojan 10, though, came wrapped in a package that sort of looked like Pandora's Box. Yet, the season most Trojans fans couldn't wait to be over ended with heel clicks and clinking glasses.
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