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February 22, 2014 | Helene Elliott
SOCHI, Russia - Rugged defenseman Niklas Kronwall, captain of undefeated gold-medal finalist Sweden, plays in the NHL for the Detroit Red Wings and Coach Mike Babcock, who has guided undefeated Canada to Sunday's hockey finale. So Kronwall knows how effective a leader Babcock can be. "Whenever you're in a meeting," Kronwall said, "he always seems to find the right things to say and gets the guys extremely motivated. " Babcock has done a fine job in motivating his superstars to buy into a demanding defensive style.
February 20, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Lorrie Moore's "People Like That Are the Only People Here" may be the most ruthless short story I've ever read. Published in the New Yorker in 1997 and the next year in Moore's collection "Birds of America," it revolves around a family turned upside down after a mother finds a blot clot in her baby's diaper. The mother, like Moore, is a writer: "Take notes," her husband begs. "We are going to need the money. " But it is the direction these notes take us that gives the story its pitiless edge.
February 18, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A man was gunned down in Inglewood and pronounced dead at a trauma center, police said Tuesday night. The victim was shot multiple times near a bus stop by West Beach Avenue and Venice Way. He was believed to be in his mid-20s, said Lt. Mark Fried of the Inglewood Police Department. Fried said homicide detectives were at the scene gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses.  HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim The circumstances of the shooting were not immediately clear.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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