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ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
Based on a true story only in the loosest sense, "Boys of Abu Ghraib" dramatizes the torture of terror suspects at the hands of American guards during the Iraq war. Unlike the few documentaries on the subject, the film views the events through an American serviceman's perspective and argues that Abu Ghraib was as much a prison sentence for some of the captors as it was for their detainees. Writer-director-star Luke Moran retreads many archetypes and tropes left over from movies about the Vietnam and Korean wars, refusing to engage modern military rules and realities as laid out in his film's contemporaries, such as "The Hurt Locker" and "Lone Survivor.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Anh Do
A San Gabriel Valley couple who moved to Qatar to help the tiny country ready itself for hosting the 2020 World Cup games were sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for the death of their adopted daughter, a verdict that stunned those who have followed the case. Matthew and Grace Huang have been detained in the country's capital, Doha, for nearly a year on charges they murdered the girl - one of three children they adopted from Africa. The couple contend Gloria, 8, died from an eating disorder.
SPORTS
March 27, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
A federal judge sentenced the father of former UCLA basketball player Shabazz Muhammad to 37 months in prison Thursday, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Las Vegas. Ron Holmes pleaded guilty in December in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, mail fraud and wire fraud in connection with a $2.5-million mortgage fraud scheme. Holmes, who played basketball at USC from 1981 to 1985, was also sentenced to five years of supervised release and must pay $1.7 million in restitution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A veteran U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer was sentenced Monday to 7½ years in federal prison after being convicted of helping smugglers bring marijuana and undocumented immigrants into the U.S. for a decade. Lorne "Hammer" Jones, 50, a former Marine, received as much as $500,000 from smugglers, allowing a lavish lifestyle that included a boat, trips to Las Vegas and season tickets to San Diego Chargers games, prosecutors said. Jones had been an inspector since 1994 and worked at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa crossings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | By David Zahniser
A retired Los Angeles building inspector was sentenced Monday to 2 1/2 years in prison resulting from a federal probe into bribe-taking at the Department of Building and Safety. U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson also ordered Samuel In, a 37-year city employee who retired in 2011, to pay $30,000 to the city. In, who pleaded guilty to felony bribery last year, is one of five former Building and Safety employees to face either criminal charges or dismissal as a result of the bribery probe.
SPORTS
March 22, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Earlier this month a German court might have succeeded in doing what no soccer team in Europe has been able to do in quite some time, namely wound Bayern Munich. Whether the conviction of team President Uli Hoeness for tax evasion is simply a minor scratch or a mortal blow remains to be seen. But Hoeness' four-day trial, which captivated the country and embarrassed the team, couldn't have come at a worse time for Bayern, which is completing what may be the most dominant two-year stretch in club soccer history.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
"McCanick" features the late "Glee" star Cory Monteith in his final role. He plays Simon Weeks, a hustler who has just completed his prison sentence after a cop named McCanick (David Morse) framed him for killing a congressman. Against his captain's order, McCanick seeks Simon out. Here we have a police procedural that pretty much rejects standard operating procedure, leaving the audience to wonder whether writer Daniel Noah meant to create such an unbelievably sloppy and reckless officer or simply didn't do any homework on law-enforcement protocol.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By Richard Winton
Singer Chris Brown could face up to four years in prison if a judge determines he violated the terms of his probation when he was kicked out of a rehabilitation facility in Malibu. Brown, who has been in jail since the end of last week, was denied bail on Monday and ordered to remain behind bars until at least an April 23, his next scheduled court hearing. Brown's ejection from rehab is a potential violation of the court-ordered treatment for his conviction in 2009 for beating singer Rihanna, his girlfriend at the time.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Kevin Trudeau, the television pitchman who has been both successful and suspect, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday for making false claims, Reuters reports . Trudeau was found found guilty of criminal contempt in November in Chicago. The claims in question were made in Trudeau's book "The Weight Loss Cure 'They' Don't Want You To Know About" and the television spots that promoted it. In sentencing Trudeau, Judge Ronald Guzman said, "He is deceitful to the very core, and that type of conduct simply cannot stand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
A Temecula college student who extorted young women, including a future Miss Teen USA, into sending him nude photos and video was sentenced Monday to 18 months in federal prison, federal prosecutors said. Jared James Abrahams, 20, was arrested last year and pleaded guilty in November to one count of computer hacking and three counts of extortion, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. The case came to national attention last year after it was reported that Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf, who was crowned in August, was one of Abrahams' victims.
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