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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2013 | By Daniel Siegal
Thanks to a push from local faith-based organizations and an assist from the Pasadena Police Department, 135 guns were taken off the streets Saturday at the Pasadena Area Gun Buyback and Peace-source Fair. More than a hundred gun owners drove up to the Pasadena PD and unloaded guns to be traded for gift certificates to Ralphs, Target and Best Buy stores. According to Lt. Tracey Ibarra, of the weapons collected, about half were rifles and half were pistols - and there were some especially notable items, including an AK-47 assault rifle, an SKS assault rifle and a sniper rifle with scope that would be repurposed by the department for training use. The gift certificates, which were purchased with the almost $20,000 raised by local churches and businesses, were given out in amounts of $50 for a handgun, $100 for a rifle and $200 for an assault rifle.
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NATIONAL
May 3, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- The widow of slain former military sniper Chris Kyle made a surprise appearance at the annual National Rifle Assn. convention on Friday, addressing a packed auditorium of hundreds. Taya Kyle, 38, a slim figure with long brown hair, appeared in a checked sheath dress, her husband's dog tags dangling from her neck. As a photo slide show of her late husband flashed on massive screens behind her, Kyle described his background: how his father taught him to shoot in North Texas when he was 8 years old,  how he grew up to become not just a cowboy, but a good-looking one. The moment she said it, Kyle started to choke up. “Sorry,” she said, indicating a small screen.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Steven Spielberg is returning to the charged terrain of real-life American events, with the “Lincoln” director announcing Thursday he'll tackle the story of U.S. sniper Chris Kyle as his next directorial project. Bradley Cooper will star as the late Navy SEAL. The news clears up the uncertainty over Spielberg's immediate future that arose when he decided not to move forward with the large-scale sci-fi adventure “Robopocalypse” earlier this year. A spokeswoman confirmed the new film, titled "American Sniper," and said it would be based on a script from screenwriter Jason Hall ("Spread")
NATIONAL
March 22, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
An Iraq war veteran, paralyzed by a sniper's bullet, is preparing to take his own life rather than live sick. “My life is coming to an end,” Tomas Young wrote in an open letter published on Truthdig.com this week. “I am living under hospice care.” Young, an Army veteran, has decided he will stop taking food, water and medicine until finally death takes him, and he is giving a politically charged farewell before he goes. The Iraq war began 10 years ago this month, and Young was one of its most famous lingering casualties.
NATIONAL
March 20, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Two people were dead in Fort Wayne, Ind., after a man pulled his ex-girlfriend off a bus Wednesday and shot her in broad daylight, then ran away, police said. Police identified the woman as Jacqueline Bouvier Hardy, 49, and the man as Kenneth Knight, 45. Hardy had recently obtained a restraining order against Knight.  About four hours later, police tracked Knight to a house where he had holed up with a 3-year-old and three adults, police said. The three adults reportedly ran out of the house when police arrived.
NATIONAL
February 11, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Thousands of well-wishers, including dozens of Navy SEALS, descended on Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Monday to remember the life of a famed Navy SEAL sniper killed at a nearby gun range on Feb. 2. The body of Chris Kyle, author of "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History" -- an account of Kyle's four tours in Iraq, where he said he killed at least 160 enemy combatants -- lay in state on...
NATIONAL
February 6, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Four letters, "PTSD," have hung over Eddie Ray Routh since the day he was accused of killing Chris Kyle, a famed Navy SEAL sniper, and perhaps a little unfairly so: Kyle probably had PTSD himself. The fragments of information presented about Routh, a 25-year-old Marine reservist, have been indelible thus far. Iraq war veteran. Listless and unemployed. There's Routh: hospitalized multiple times since returning home, at one point reportedly threatening the lives of his family;  also having been found shoeless and drunk by the police.
NATIONAL
February 4, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The Iraq veteran accused of killing a Navy SEAL sniper and another man at a Texas gun range had been treated for mental illness and confessed about the slayings to his sister, police said Monday. Chris Kyle, 38, a former Navy SEAL and author of "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History," and a friend, Chad Littlefield, 35, were found dead with multiple gunshot wounds at a secluded gun range at the Rough Creek Lodge southwest of Fort Worth.
NATIONAL
February 4, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Chris Kyle, by all measures, was one of the most decorated and talented soldiers in American history. He was also a victim of gun crime who was against gun control, and his death has already become cannon fodder in an emotional, rancorous debate. Kyle, 38, a former Navy SEAL and author of "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History," was killed Saturday afternoon at a secluded gun range at the Rough Creek Lodge southwest of Fort Worth.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle , author of the bestselling memoir "American Sniper," was shot and killed Saturday in an incident at a shooting range in Texas for reasons that are not yet clear. Kyle, 38, and Chad Littlefield, 35, were found dead around 5:30 p.m. Saturday. A suspect, 25 year-old Eddie Ray Routh, has been arrested and charged in connection with the slayings. Kyle's book " American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, " written with Scott McEwan and Jim DeFelice, was published in January 2012 by William Morrow.
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