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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
A Napa mother and her boyfriend accused of beating the woman's 3-year-old daughter to death did not enter pleas in court Tuesday after being charged with murder. Sara Krueger, 23, and Ryan Scott Warner, 26, were ordered to return to court Feb. 25 after Judge Michael Williams appointed lawyers to represent them, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. They were being held without bail in the death of Kayleigh Slusher . They admitted  to police that they hid the girl's body in a suitcase inside a freezer for three days, according to court documents released Tuesday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2014 | By Joel Rubin
A jury has awarded a Los Angeles police officer $260,000 after finding that Pomona police used excessive force on the young cop and unlawfully arrested him. The verdict reached Wednesday evening was a final step in a nearly two-year effort by Sergio Arreola to clear his name after the 2012 encounter that left him fired from the LAPD and facing a possible prison sentence. "This was about showing the officers and showing Pomona that they can't be treating others the way they treated me," Arreola, 27, said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2014 | Adolfo Flores
A Santa Ana woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the beating death of a 23-year-old nightclub patron who was hit and kicked during a violent altercation in Santa Ana's historic district. Vanesa Tapia Zavala, 25, is being held on $1-million bail and faces a single murder charge in the death of Kim Pham, a Westminster resident who'd been coaxed by friends into going out for the evening. Zavala's attorney said his client never hit Pham and was actually struck and knocked to the ground herself during the fight outside The Crosby, a trendy club in the city's downtown area.
NATIONAL
January 23, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. took a strong stand Thursday against granting amnesty to Edward Snowden, but did not rule out the possibility of plea negotiations. “He broke the law,” Holder said in an interview with MSNBC's Ari Melber about  Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor charged with espionage for releasing intelligence-gathering secrets. “In fact he caused harm to our national security and I think he has to be held accountable for his actions," Holder said.
OPINION
January 21, 2014
Re “Putin tells gays to leave children alone,” Jan. 18 Let's hope Russian President Vladimir Putin also tells the “straights” to leave the children alone. They're the bigger problem. Sylvia Lewis Gunning Thousand Oaks   More letters to the editor ...
NEWS
January 18, 2014 | By Carla Hall
There are so many things wrong about the Dallas Safari Club's ludicrous auction of a permit to hunt a black rhino in order to raise money for conservation of black rhinos. Let's just start with the idea that the club has the temerity to call this effort a “fundraiser,” implying some charitable goal -- when the real goal is to offer a clever way to persuade the Namibians to grant a permit outside their country (which they usually don't do) and get some public relations cover for the safari club.
WORLD
January 16, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry pleaded Thursday with Syrian opposition groups not to drop out of a peace conference scheduled to convene next week to begin the process of setting up a new government for their war-scarred country. With an umbrella group preparing to vote Friday on whether to attend, Kerry said at an impromptu news conference at the State Department that the Syrian government wouldn't be able to impose new leadership that is against the wishes of the opposition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Robert Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell who already has pleaded no contest to 69 corruption felonies, pleaded guilty Monday to federal tax charges in which he claimed more than $770,000 in phony losses, mostly on his horse ranch. Rizzo was dressed in a blue blazer and gray pants, as he has been for nearly all his court appearances. His hair, dyed brown when he was illegally receiving $1.5 million in annual compensation from Bell, is gray. He agreed last month to plead guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit tax fraud and making a false income tax return.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Chris Brown rejected a plea deal Wednesday related to his October arrest on suspicion of felony assault in Washington. His bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, did the same. Breezy and Hollosy were taken into custody after they were allegedly involved in a fight with another man outside the W Hotel around 4:30 a.m. Oct. 27. Though they were arrested on felony assault, the charges were later reduced to misdemeanors. Brown appeared in court Wednesday with attorney Mark Geragos. Breezy refused the deal, his attorney said, because he did nothing wrong, the Associated Press reported.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The manslaughter case against German architect Gerhard Becker was novel from the start. Los Angeles prosecutors charged that Becker built a Hollywood Hills West mansion with such disregard for public safety and building codes that he should be held criminally liable for the death of a Los Angeles firefighter who was crushed by 1,000 pounds of ceiling while battling a blaze there in 2011. Becker, 49, was set to go on trial for involuntary manslaughter and faced up to four years in jail.
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