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WORLD
December 25, 2013 | By Glen Johnson
GAZIANTEP, Turkey -- Three senior ministers in Turkey's Cabinet resigned  Wednesday as a secret 14-month corruption investigation of tender-rigging and bribery intensified, threatening to topple the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). The three-pronged graft probe presents the most serious challenge to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan government's legitimacy since anti-government protests last summer. The investigation has so far netted millions of dollars in cash stashed away in shoe boxes, exposed sanctions-breaking deals with Iran and revealed bribes paid to allow construction in protected areas.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
Susan Desmond-Hellmann, chancellor of the medically oriented UC San Francisco since 2009, is resigning to become chief executive of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the extremely well-funded charity that is active worldwide on health and poverty issues. Desmond-Hellmann, 56, will leave the university in March, and a search committee for her replacement is expected to begin work in January, according to an announcement Tuesday by UC system President Janet Napolitano. The dean of UCSF's medical school, Sam Hawgood, will serve as interim chancellor until a permanent one is hired.
SPORTS
December 17, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Oaks Christian announced Tuesday night that Jeff Woodruff has resigned as football coach to pursue college opportunities. Woodruff, a former college assistant, took over the program two years ago. There was reported disagreement within the program of late. Longtime offensive assistant Casey Clausen recently left to become coach at Calabasas. Former Coach Bill Redell could be returning as head coach, according to Oaks Christian supporters  Redell has continued to work for the school and has said he was wrong to resign two years ago   The school has scheduled a meeting with players and parents for Thursday.
WORLD
December 17, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine's beleaguered President Viktor Yanukovich reached agreement with Russia on Tuesday for a $15-billion loan and a more than 30% cut in the price of Russian natural gas, deals that aren't likely to win him peace from his European-leaning opposition. Thousands of protesters who had gathered in Kiev's Independence Square responded to the news by demanding Yanukovich's resignation and chanting: "Down with the gang!" Yanukovich and Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the accord between the neighboring nations after a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow.
SPORTS
December 16, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Mike Shanahan had a change of heart. A day after walking out of a press conference refusing to answer questions about his job status, the Washington Redskins coach spent some time Monday talking to reporters about ... his job status. Shanahan confirmed that he has no plans to resign from his position despite the team's 3-11 record and rumors that his days with the organization are numbered. “I'll get a chance to sit down with Dan [Snyder] at the end of the season,” Shanahan said . “I'll give him my opinion on the direction I think the franchise could go. He's going to give me his idea what he wants to do, he's the owner of the football team.
SPORTS
December 14, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Hanley Ramirez won't have to move to third base next season. Juan Uribe is returning to the Dodgers. Uribe has agreed to a two-year, $15-million contract, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been finalized. But as well-acquainted as the Dodgers became with Uribe over the last three seasons, they can't be certain about what they'll get out of him. This is what they know: Uribe is one of the best defensive third basemen in the National League.
WORLD
December 11, 2013 | By Victoria Butenko and Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian riot police used force in an attempt to disperse protesters in downtown Kiev on Wednesday, further stoking opposition leaders, who vowed to coax hundreds of thousands into the streets, rejected more negotiations and demanded President Viktor Yanukovich's resignation. "There can be no compromises with thugs and dictators," Vitali Klitschko, a world heavyweight boxing champion and an opposition leader said in a statement published Wednesday on his party's official website.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
A former Nevada teacher charged with kidnapping a 16-year-old girl was previously an instructor in the Los Angeles Unified School District - which had moved to fire him and sought to have his teaching credentials revoked after allegations of sexual misconduct with students surfaced. Melvyn Sprowson, 45, appeared in a Las Vegas court this week on charges of kidnapping, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and obstruction after authorities found a missing teenager living at his home.
SPORTS
December 10, 2013 | Wire reports
Texas Athletic Director Steve Patterson said no decision has been made about the future of Longhorns football Coach Mack Brown . Texas released a statement by Patterson several hours after Orangebloods.com reported, citing two unidentified people, that Brown will announce he is stepping down by week's end. "We continue to discuss the future of Texas Football," Patterson said. "Mack Brown has not resigned. And, no decisions have been made. " Joe Jamail , Brown's longtime friend and attorney, told the Associated Press on Tuesday: "Mack Brown has not resigned.
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