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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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 26, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
In a raspy voice that barely registered above a whisper, the man accused of opening fire in a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges connected to the attack that left a security officer dead. Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, was arraigned on 11 federal counts stemming from the Nov. 1 shooting rampage including murder, attempted murder and charges related to committing violence and using a firearm in an international airport. Three of the charges - including the killing of Transportation Security Administration screener Gerardo I. Hernandez - make Ciancia eligible for the death penalty if convicted.
December 21, 2013 | By Ruben Vives and Marisa Gerber
DeAndre Howard spent more than a decade in prison for a murder he knew he didn't commit. After years of fighting for his innocence from behind bars, a federal judge had finally granted him an appeal. Prosecutors, he said, gave him a choice. He could plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and get out in time for a Thanksgiving dinner with his family. Or he could go back to trial and risk spending the rest of his life in prison. He chose trial. That felt final. It felt right.
December 13, 2013 | By Roger Simmons and Aaron Deslatte
Jameis Winston's sexual assault investigation is not going to be reopened, despite a plea from the accuser's attorney on Friday. Florida Gov. Rick Scott released a statement through a spokeswoman Friday afternoon saying there are no plans to look into the case again. "The state attorney's office and FDLE [Florida Department of Law Enforcement] did a thorough investigation of this case and they concluded that no further action on this matter is required," spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said in an email to the media.
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