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April 10, 2014 | By Teddy Greenstein and Dan Wiederer
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Craig and Kevin Stadler ("Walrus" and "Smallrus") became the first father-son combo to play in the same Masters, but perhaps they're not the first family of this week's festivities. Check out the Haas household. Bill Haas overcome a first-hole bogey Thursday to shoot a four-under-par 68, good for the first-round lead. Father Jay Haas played in 22 Masters, making 19 cuts. Uncle Jerry Haas participated in 1985. An uncle from his mother's side, Dillard Pruitt, teed it up here in 1992 and '93. Oh, and great-uncle Bob Goalby won the 1968 event, avoiding a playoff after Argentina's Roberto De Vicenzo signed for the wrong Sunday score.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Kate Mather
A 29-year-old man accused of wounding a Los Angeles police officer after he opened fire at a Mid-City police station was charged Thursday with two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer. Daniel Christoph Yealu, of Los Angeles, also faces gun allegations in connection with Monday night's shooting at LAPD's Wilshire Division station, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. If convicted, prosecutors said he faces 75 years to life in state prison. Yealu, who was critically wounded by police, remains hospitalized and has not entered a plea.
WORLD
April 10, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius on Thursday denied that he pulled the trigger of a gun that went off in his hand in a crowded upscale restaurant last year, a contention dismissed by the prosecution as impossible. On trial in Pretoria's high court on charges that he murdered his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, he also flatly denied firing a gun out of the roof of a car in 2012, although two witnesses, ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor and former friend Darren Fresco, testified that he had. Explaining how he fatally shot Steenkamp, Pistorius said he accidentally fired through the door of an enclosed toilet in his home in the early hours of Valentine's Day after hearing a noise within.
NATIONAL
April 10, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
Albuquerque police have used deadly force more often than necessary, resulting in a series of unjustified fatal shootings by officers, according to a damning report released Thursday by the U.S. Justice Department. Acting Assistant Atty. Gen. Jocelyn Samuels said the Albuquerque Police Department needed a "systematic change" to address a long-ingrained culture of using deadly force - a culture the report called indifferent to operating within constitutional guidelines. "This is no longer an acceptable way to proceed," Samuels said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Joseph Serna, Cindy Chang and Ruben Vives
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies mistakenly shot two hostages, killing one, earlier this week as the men fled a knife-wielding captor in West Hollywood, officials said Thursday. John Winkler, a 30-year-old TV production assistant who had recently arrived from Washington state to pursue a career in entertainment, was hit once in the chest when three deputies opened fire on him Monday night at an apartment complex, officials said in a statement. UPDATES: Death toll rises in deadly bus crash He died at a local hospital.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Joseph Serna and Kate Mather
The officer who was shot multiple times when a gunman opened fire inside a Mid-City Los Angeles police station Monday night has been released from the hospital, officials said Wednesday. The officer, identified only as a seven-year department veteran, was released about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and is recovering at home, LAPD Officer Wendy Reyes said. The officer sustained multiple bullet wounds in the shooting, which occurred about 8:30 p.m. Monday at the  LAPD Wilshire Division on Venice Boulevard near South La Brea Avenue.
NATIONAL
April 9, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
FT. HOOD, Texas - For the second time in five years, President Obama came to this sprawling Army post to console a community all too familiar with death, to offer a nation's condolences and to remind soldiers and their families of the healing power of love. The president stood on a platform under bright sun and blue skies, reciting the names of the three soldiers who were killed in a shooting rampage last week. Before him stood their portraits, boots, rifles and helmets, what are known as "battlefield crosses.
NATIONAL
April 9, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, This post has been updated
KILLEEN, Texas - Security has tightened around Ft. Hood as soldiers and their families prepared to host President Obama and other dignitaries Wednesday for a memorial honoring those killed last week when one of their own opened fire on fellow troops. Spc. Ivan Lopez, 34, killed three soldiers and wounded 16 others before shooting himself in the head. Lopez had recently learned that his request for a leave of absence following the death of his mother was rejected, infuriating him, officials told the Los Angeles Times.
NATIONAL
April 8, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
A Marine standing guard at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina shot and killed another Marine guard with an M4 rifle on Tuesday evening, officials said. The incident was not thought to be an act of terrorism, nor was it an active-shooter situation, according to a news release from base officials. Further details, including the names of the Marines involved, were not immediately released. The shooting comes nearly a week after an Army serviceman went on a rampage at Ft. Hood in Texas, killing three people and wounding 16 more before he killed himself.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Kate Mather, Richard Winton and Joseph Serna
Daniel Yealu was upbeat when he talked to his father last year. The 29-year-old said he was making good money as a security guard, had applied to get into the Burbank police academy and hoped to soon buy a condominium. But on Monday night, Yealu allegedly walked into a Los Angeles Police Department station, approached the front desk and opened fire on two officers. One was injured before the pair returned fire, critically wounding the suspect. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Yealu used a Glock pistol and was carrying extra magazines.
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