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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.
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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.
NATIONAL
February 3, 2013 | By Matt Pearce and Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Military sniper Chris Kyle had survived the dust-worn places where he had to worry about enemy fire - or even friendly fire - until this weekend. Kyle, 38, an author and former Navy SEAL, was shot dead Saturday by an unemployed, 25-year-old Marine veteran, Texas officials said Sunday. Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield, 35, was also killed. No one witnessed the shootings, authorities said. The suspect, Eddie Ray Routh, used a semiautomatic handgun to shoot Kyle and Littlefield multiple times at a secluded gun range at the Rough Creek Lodge southwest of Fort Worth, investigators said at a televised news conference.
NATIONAL
February 3, 2013 | By Matt Pearce and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
A killer and a survivor, Chris Kyle had left the dust-worn places where he had to worry about enemy fire -- or even friendly fire. Kyle, 38, an author and former Navy SEAL sniper, was shot dead Saturday in Texas by an unemployed, 25-year-old Marine veteran, officials said Sunday afternoon. Another man, Chad Littlefield, 35, was also killed. The suspect, Eddie Ray Routh, used a semiautomatic handgun to shoot Kyle and Littlefield multiple times at a secluded gun range at the Rough Creek Lodge southwest of Ft. Worth, investigators said at a televised news conference.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
It seemed like a nightmare become real -- a string of random shootings in the Washington, D.C., area in October 2002 that gripped the nation with fear and confusion. That the perpetrators, once captured, turned out to be a former soldier and a teenage boy only made the spree more surreal, more troubling. The Sundance film “Blue Caprice” -- named after the perpetrators' Chevrolet -- revisits the attacks in dramatic, not documentary, fashion. But rather than a torn-from-the-headlines thriller, “Blue Caprice” transforms the story into an abstracted character study, one directed with the cerebral iciness of Roman Polanski.
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