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November 25, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
For the last 18 months, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has been investigating allegations that two deputies were involved in a murder-for-hire plot on behalf of a Mexican cartel. A sheriff's spokesman said the probe is wrapping up, and investigators believe the allegations are untrue. "We investigated it and found out it was completely unfounded," spokesman Steve Whitmore said. "People make allegations all the time that are just completely ridiculous. " A sheriff's lieutenant, however, contends that the allegations are being covered up by the department and has gone to the FBI to get the matter investigated thoroughly, her attorney said.
November 25, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
A Texas actress who played a zombie on the TV show "The Walking Dead" has struck a plea deal with federal prosecutors after being accused of trying to frame her husband for sending poison letters to President Obama and New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Prosecutors filed notice in federal court in east Texas Thursday that Shannon Guess Richardson, 35, had accepted a deal. In addition to a small part in "The Walking Dead," Richardson had minor roles in "The Vampire Diaries" and "The Blind Side," according to her profile in the movie database IMDb.
November 21, 2013 | By Inkoo Kang
In the fitfully moving "Sugar," director Rotimi Rainwater translates to the big screen his own nine months of living on the streets. Opening during Homeless Youth Awareness Month, his snapshot of teenage boardwalk-dwellers eking out an existence on Venice Beach is more successful as an instructive tool than as a narrative feature. Shenae Grimes stars as Sugar, the sole girl in a makeshift family of down-and-out teens, which includes her Mormon-runaway boyfriend (Marshall Allman) and a 13-year-old foster kid (Austin Williams)
November 21, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
A taekwondo instructor in Tupelo, Miss., has been indicted -- for the second time -- on suspicion of trying to frame an Elvis impersonator in a case involving a poison-filled letter to a U.S. official. This time James Everett Dutschke, 42, is accused of trying to carry out a plot from jail, according to a superseding indictment filed Wednesday in federal court in Mississippi. The story of Dutschke's feud with the Elvis impersonator, Paul Kevin Curtis, became national headline fodder in April after Curtis was arrested on suspicion of mailing cryptic letters laced with ricin to President Obama, a U.S. senator and a local judge.
November 18, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The daughter of a 62-year-old woman who was found severely beaten and left for dead more than a month ago is one of three people arrested in the attack, Long Beach police said Monday. Holly Ramos, 41, and her husband, Frank Haverly , 40, were arrested Thursday on suspicion of concocting a “premeditated murder plot” to kill Ramos' mother. Keith Phillips, 50, was arrested on suspicion of attacking Ramos' mother, who was found in critical condition in her Long Beach home and initially was not expected to survive.
November 11, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
The lure of big money from heroin pits Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) against an odd mix of gangsters on “White Horse Pike,” Episode 46 of HBO's “Boardwalk Empire.” “Something's wrong,” warns speakeasy owner Sally Wheet (Patricia Arquette), tipping off Nucky that partners Vincenzo Petrucelli (Vincenzo Amato) and Meyer Lansky (Anatol Yusef) concealed heroin in a rum shipment leaving Florida. Outraged Nucky intercepts his trucks at White Horse Pike in New Jersey. Providing backup are Nucky's turncoat brother Eli (Shea Whigham)
November 8, 2013 | By Scott Glover
Two men and a woman were arrested this week on kidnapping and torture charges for burning the owner of a lucrative medical marijuana dispensary with a blowtorch, then cutting off his penis in an attempt to force him to disclose where he supposedly had buried bags of cash in the desert, authorities said. Ryan Kevorkian, 34, and Naomi Kevorkian, 33, were arrested Friday in Fresno; a third suspect, Hossein Nayeri, 34, was arrested Thursday by FBI agents in Prague and will face extradition proceedings.
November 7, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
From the moment it premiered, Showtime's high-stakes, wildly ambitious spy thriller "Homeland" was not so much discussed as it was anointed. It was the first drama to both embody post-9/11 anxiety and serve as a master class in acting, a narrative high-wire act told from two distinct viewpoints in which the cost of war was endlessly calculated. Two years later, "Homeland" has become a social media pinata, the subject of often outraged recaps, blogs and essays that gleefully harp on perceived flaws and inconsistencies.
November 4, 2013 | By John Horn
Movies occasionally grow a little more topical due to current events -- earlier this year, coverage of Trayvon Martin's killing and the George Zimmerman trial made conversations about  “Fruitvale,” a drama about the fatal shooting of a black man,  even more relevant. But rarely does such news date back 70 years. Over the weekend, the upcoming George Clooney film “The Monuments Men,” a drama about the ragtag team of academics, historians and museum curators charged with saving thousands of art masterpieces looted by the Nazis, was the beneficiary of some startling new information tied to World War II. PHOTOS: Movie Sneaks 2013 On Sunday, a German magazine reported that a raid on a Munich apartment two years ago had yielded artwork suspected of having been looted by Nazis.
October 29, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Members of a white supremacist Afrikaner "army" who hatched a poorly planned plot to assassinate former South African President Nelson Mandela were sentenced Tuesday to as many as 35 years in prison. The 21 defendants were charged with offenses including treason, terrorism, setting off explosions and culpable murder from the late 1990s to 2002. Their sentences ranged from five to 35 years, the latter prison terms give to group leader Mike Du Toit and four others.
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