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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2011
A memorial service for Hall of Fame football player Ollie Matson will be held at 11 a.m. March 12 at the First Baptist Church of Los Angeles, 760 S. Westmoreland Ave. Matson, who played for the Los Angeles Rams from 1959 to 1962 and also won a silver and bronze medal competing in track events at the 1952 Summer Olympics, died Feb. 19. He was 80. news.obits@latimes.com
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WORLD
March 30, 2011 | By ALESSANDRA RIZZO
ROME (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi's defense lawyers on Tuesday named George Clooney, the Italian foreign minister and a bevy of showgirls as witnesses at the premier's upcoming prostitution trial, an attorney and news reports said. Prosecutors, for their part, have asked to hear from 136 witnesses, including the Moroccan teenager at the center of the scandal and 32 other women who allegedly worked as prostitutes during parties at Berlusconi's villa, according to Italian news reports.
NATIONAL
June 6, 2012 | By Peter Hall and Nicole Radzievich", Morning Call
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - A dozen jurors and four alternates were selected Wednesday to hear evidence in the case against Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State University coach accused of sexually abusing 10 boys. More than half of the jury shares with Sandusky ties to Penn State, the iconic university shaken to its foundations by the molestation charges against the retired football coach. Sandusky, who retired in 1999 after a decades-long career as the football team's defensive coordinator, faces 52 counts of child sexual abuse.
WORLD
November 19, 2009 | By John M. Glionna and Peter Nicholas
Even before President Obama boarded his home-bound flight for Washington, capping a grueling weeklong Asian tour, the White House was scrambling to combat perceptions that the trip failed to produce concrete results. Compared to Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush, the U.S. is putting its alliances "on a firmer footing" and has "reasserted our leadership in the region," the White House said in a statement released to reporters hours before the president's flight home. "Overall, American leadership was absent from this region for the last several years," the release said.
WORLD
February 23, 2010 | By Alex Rodriguez
A key Afghan Taliban leader has been arrested in northwestern Pakistan, that nation's intelligence sources said Monday, the fourth top Taliban figure to be seized in Pakistan in the last month. Mullah Abdul Kabir was arrested last week, the sources said. They would not disclose where, but CNN and Fox News reported that he was captured in Nowshera, a largely Pashtun city near Peshawar. During the Taliban regime, Kabir was a finance minister and governor of Nangarhar province. He is believed to have played a significant role in the insurgency's operations in eastern Afghanistan.
NATIONAL
August 25, 2010 | Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
New York Gov. David Paterson and Archbishop Timothy Dolan on Tuesday called for peaceful dialogue in the ongoing discussions about plans to build an Islamic community center and mosque near the site of the Sept. 11 attacks in Manhattan. After a meeting with Paterson, the New York archbishop told reporters at a news conference that he and the governor agreed that people needed to not "be in one another's faces, but to kind of step back and take a sane look at things.
WORLD
March 4, 2013 | By Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times
PARIS - French military officials said Monday night that it was "probable" that Abou Zeid, one of the leaders of Al Qaeda in North Africa, had been killed. However, the fate of another Islamic extremist leader, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, remained unknown, despite reports that he had been killed by troops from Chad last week. A member of a militant group said on a website that Zeid, an Algerian known as the "Emir of the Sahara," had been killed by "a French airstrike in the Ifoghas mountains" in northern Mali, where French and local soldiers have been trying to drive out militant Islamists since January.
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