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September 8, 2008 | Paloma Esquivel, Times Staff Writer
When a married soldier dies, the military removes his wedding band to send to his widow. Taryn Davis of San Marcos, Texas, learned this just after her husband, Army Cpl. Michael W. Davis, was killed last year by a roadside bomb in Iraq. His widow, 22, rushed to contact the casualty assistance officer assigned to help her, begging him to make sure the ring never came off his finger. He promised her he'd keep it on. When a married soldier dies, his belongings are shipped home in black boxes.
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WORLD
April 26, 2014 | By Hashmat Baktash and Shashank Bengali
KABUL, Afghanistan - Five NATO troops died Saturday in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan in the deadliest incident so far this year for the international forces, officials said. The U.S.-led NATO coalition said it was investigating the incident and did not offer additional details. A secretary for Kandahar's police chief said that the helicopter was British and that five British soldiers were killed. There were no enemy activities in the area and the crash was believed to have been caused by mechanical problems, said the secretary, Esmatullah, who goes by one name.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2009 | Howard Blume
Memories of Justin Casillas have taken on new meaning lately for those who knew him: The time he took responsibility for a broken locker and the way he once fearlessly climbed into the rafters to help build a roof. And that night in high school when he nearly got the football across the goal line despite an injury. Army Pfc. Casillas, 19, displayed the traits suggested by those earlier experiences in his final minutes. He died July 4 while carrying a wounded soldier after a surprise attack on a combat outpost in the Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan.
NATIONAL
April 24, 2014 | By John M. Glionna and Richard Simon
BUNKERVILLE, Nev. - The first thing you see on the drive to Cliven Bundy's ranch are the American flags - tied to roadside guardrails, flapping in a hard desert wind. At a bend in state Route 170 sits the so-called Patriot Checkpoint, evidence of the tense power play raging between the rebellious 67-year-old cattleman and the federal government. Then there are the guns. Scores of grim citizen militiamen in combat fatigues - semiautomatic weapons slung over their shoulders, ammunition magazines at their belts - patrol from a base they call Camp Tripwire.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2010
'The Good Soldier Schweik' What: Long Beach Opera When and where: 8 p.m. Saturday, Center Theater, Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd. Also 4 p.m. Jan. 30 at Barnum Hall, 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica Price: $45 to $95 Contact: (562) 432-5934 or www.longbeachopera.org
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A soldier from Santa Maria in Santa Barbara County has been killed in combat in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Sunday. Spec. Kenneth Clifford Alvarez was killed Friday in Haft Asiab when his unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 2nd Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, White Sands Missile Range, N.M. ALSO: Mayor Filner to step down Friday; special election in the works War Dead: California's Military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan   Motorcyclist dies after rear-ending car on Pomona Freeway, CHP says Twitter: @LATsandiego tony.perry@latimes.com
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2000
Re "Army Officers Absolved in Gay Soldier's Slaying," July 19: So the Army inspector general finds a soldier's being "relentlessly taunted for months" and then beaten to death to be "troublesome," but "no unusual amount of homophobia." Enough said. STEPHEN EBERHART Reseda
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1988
I must agree with your editorial in every regard. Whether you believe in the policies of Soldier of Fortune magazine, or whether you believe that readers of such magazines should be isolated on a desert isle somewhere is not the issue. What is the issue is whether publishers and persons, organizations or corporations who advertise in any type of magazine or newspaper are granted their basic rights or freedom of the press and freedom of expression. The publishers, lawyers and editors of every magazine and paper in the land should be standing up to be counted in this matter.
WORLD
May 26, 2013 | By Kim Willsher
PARIS--French anti-terrorist investigators are hunting for a man who stabbed a soldier in the throat at a busy Paris shopping and transport center. Detectives are also examining whether there is a link between the attack and the killing of a British soldier who was hacked to death in London on Wednesday. The 23-year-old French soldier, Pfc. Cedric Cordier, was patrolling the busy underground corridors beneath the La Defense arch in the French capital's business district with two other soldiers when an attacker approached him from behind shortly before 6 p.m. on Saturday, authorities said.
NATIONAL
April 23, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A U.S. soldier faces a preliminary hearing on Wednesday on charges he unlawfully killed two unarmed teenagers in an Iraqi battle zone. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Barbera has been charged with several counts, including premeditated murder, and faces a mandatory life sentence if convicted of the killings. The preliminary hearing, known in military parlance as an Article 32 proceeding, is being held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. The Army has been reluctant to comment on the case, which was pushed into the limelight in 2012 by an investigative report by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in which soldiers who served with Barbera said they were troubled that no legal action had been taken after the shootings.
NATIONAL
April 20, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Ten years after Pat Tillman's death by friendly fire, it's still not certain who shot the NFL player-turned-Army-corporal in Afghanistan. But one of the three Army Rangers who opened fire says he can't shake the fact that he might be at fault. "It would be disingenuous for me to say there is no way my rounds didn't kill him, because my rounds very well could have,” Steven Elliott said in an interview with ESPN that aired Sunday. Elliott, discussing the incident in the media for the first time, said he has been able to cope with the April 22, 2004, tragedy because of therapy.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
A flock of tropical birds will play the villain to Captain America at the box office.   The 3-D computer-animated family comedy "Rio 2" and last weekend's No. 1 movie "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" are each expected to gross around $40 million in ticket sales in the United States and Canada Friday through Sunday, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. A $40-million debut for "Rio 2," the latest release from 20th Century Fox's animation company Blue Sky Studios, would likely put it neck-and-neck with the red-white-and-blue-clad hero for the top of the box-office charts.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
An alternately delicate and brutal retelling of the memoir by former World War II British Army officer Eric Lomax, "The Railway Man" is an impressively crafted, skillfully acted, highly absorbing journey into a dark corner of world history. Colin Firth plays Lomax in 1980, more than 35 years after being tortured at a Japanese labor camp in Thailand. He learns that Takashi Nagase, the Japanese interpreter at the helm of that cruel, unforgettable punishment, is still alive. Lomax will eventually cross continents to confront his erstwhile captor and hopefully quell the post-traumatic stress disorder that has plagued the self-dubbed "railway enthusiast" for decades.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
"Captain America: Winter Soldier, " the latest exercise in character kitchen-sinkdom that is the Marvel Studios universe, did a few things in theaters this week‎end. It was, most prominently, a major box office hit, destroying the April record by more than $10 million and, at $96.2 million, falling just short of the magic $100-million mark. The Chris Evans film was also a critical success, garnering largely plaudits, if occasionally some reservations, on its way to an impressive 89% on Rotten Tomatoes.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Superhero sequel "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" soared in its opening weekend to a record-breaking $96.2 million in North America and a worldwide total to date of $303.3 million. The $170-million 3-D film, starring Chris Evans as the shield-bearing superhero and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, is the top April opening of all time and more successful than its 2011 predecessor, "Captain America: The First Avenger," which made $65 million domestically in its first three days.
NATIONAL
April 7, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
FT. HOOD, Texas - As soon as Suzy Sanders got word of the shooting at Ft. Hood on Wednesday, she began frantically texting her 21-year-old stepson, a soldier stationed at the Army post. His first chilling reply landed more than an hour later, at 5:22 p.m. "It happened right in front of me Suz," Pvt. Jacob "Jake" Sanders texted. "I watched my sergeant die. I tried to revive him. I'm fine. I love you. " Jake Sanders, a former varsity basketball player from a small town in Indiana, has a brown crew cut, square jaw and wide smile.
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