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December 19, 2011 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
A San Diego County woman who shot and killed her four children failed Monday to win a reprieve from the California Supreme Court, which voted unanimously to uphold her death sentence. In a ruling written by Justice Ming W. Chin, the state's highest court rejected an automatic appeal by Susan Dianne Eubanks, who was convicted of murdering her sons, Brandon, 14; Austin, 7; Brigham, 6; and Matthew, 4, in October 1997. After drinking and taking tranquilizers, Eubanks put a revolver to the temple of Brandon and shot him, according to the court's opinion.
January 20, 1991 | JOHN ESPEY
From the time of its publication in 1861 to the present, no other Russian novel has stirred up quite as much controversy as Ivan Turgenev's "Fathers and Sons." For a reader dependent on translations for familiarity with the great Russian novelists of the 19th Century--and no group is greater--this is ironic.
January 3, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A French court ordered the release of late President Francois Mitterrand's son but asked that his Swiss bank accounts be frozen during an investigation of alleged arms sales to Angola. Jean-Christophe Mitterrand, 54, who has been in jail since Dec. 21, will spend at least one more night. Bail was set at $725,000 and will be paid today, Mitterrand's lawyer said. Upon release, Mitterrand will have to surrender his passport and report once a week to his local police station.
February 29, 2000 | LON EUBANKS
Anthony Gwynn, the son of the San Diego Padres' Tony Gwynn, said Monday he has made an oral commitment to play baseball for Cal State Fullerton and will sign with the Titans during the next signing period in April. Gwynn said he chose Fullerton over San Diego State, his father's alma mater. San Diego State's stadium is named for his father, who played baseball and basketball for the Aztecs. Tony Gwynn is an eight-time National League batting champion.
November 4, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The son of former Indonesian dictator Suharto was missing after prosecutors issued a warrant for his arrest and imprisonment on a corruption conviction. A team of officials, backed by a dozen police officers, arrived at the central Jakarta home of Hutomo Mandala Putra, 38, at dusk in pouring rain. They repeatedly banged on a 7-foot front gate, but there was no sign of Hutomo at the mansion.
February 27, 1998
Misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence of alcohol have been filed against Christopher Donelon, the 18-year-old son of Councilman Mike Donelon. City Prosecutor John Vander Lans said the charges were filed after the teenager's car allegedly rear-ended another car. The accident occurred at 4:55 p.m. Monday, when the younger Donelon was driving along Atlantic Avenue near 28th Street. His car allegedly ran into the back of a car stopped at a red light, Long Beach police Sgt.
July 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The son of Chad's president was found dead in the basement of his apartment building in a Paris suburb, and authorities were treating the case as a murder investigation, French judicial officials said. A preliminary autopsy indicated that Brahim Deby, 27, son of President Idriss Deby, died of asphyxiation from chemicals released by a fire extinguisher near his body.
June 24, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Sergei Khrushchev, son of the late Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev, correctly answered 19 of 20 questions to pass a written test for becoming a U.S. citizen. "I got a 95, and my wife had a perfect score," the researcher told reporters after taking a multiple-choice examination at the Immigration and Naturalization Service's office in Providence, R.I.
April 12, 2013 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: I try to watch out for my neighbors, a married couple in their early 90s. Two of their three sons, who are both in their 60s, want them to get a reverse mortgage. The couple's house is paid off as well as their cars. They pay all their monthly bills with Social Security and his pension. They have a living trust as well. Neither I nor the couple see any reason or upside but the sons are pressuring. Any input? Answer: A reverse mortgage is typically a last-resort option for elderly people who are strapped for cash and who have few options for generating income other than tapping their home equity.
March 3, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A judge has issued a temporary restraining order stripping "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen of contact with his two youngest children and barring him from coming within 100 yards of his estranged wife. The action by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Hank Goldberg on Tuesday came after Sheen's estranged wife, Brooke Mueller, filed a declaration chock full of accusations against the actor that might have made jaws drop a month ago but now seemed merely a confirmation of the bizarre and menacing behavior on display in his nonstop media appearances.
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