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WORLD
March 10, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Oscar Pistorius bent over in his seat and retched violently at his murder trial Monday as a pathologist graphically detailed the wounds that killed the double-amputee Olympic runner's girlfriend. It was by all appearances a harrowing day for Pistorius, who is accused of the premeditated murder of Reeva Steenkamp, 29, in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year. Earlier, during a court break, he was hunched over and deeply upset, with his sister, Aimee, and brother, Carl, hugging him. Steenkamp was staying at the athlete's house on the night of the killing.
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NATIONAL
March 9, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- It was movie time at the guesthouse in Afghanistan, but this was no regular guesthouse, and it was no regular movie.  Once you checked in, you couldn't leave. Osama bin Laden was a visitor. Rooms were stocked with Al Qaeda books. And attendance was mandatory when staff wheeled in a TV in the spring of 2001 and showed "The Destruction of the American Destroyer USS Cole," about the October 2000 attack that killed 17 U.S. sailors.   One of the young men watching the movie was Sahim Alwan, a witness in the trial of alleged Al Qaeda propagandist Sulaiman abu Ghaith, which enters its second week Monday.
WORLD
March 7, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Samantha Taylor, blond with dark eyeliner, cut a slight, nervous figure on the witness stand Friday in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial. Taylor, who began dating the South African Olympic athlete in 2011 at age 17, broke down weeping several times when asked in court about breaking up with him in 2012. Pistorius stared coldly at his former girlfriend, whom he dropped for model and lawyer Reeva Steenkamp, as she took the witness stand in Pretoria's High Court, smiling uncertainly.
WORLD
March 7, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Minutes after shooting and killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, Oscar Pistorius told a security guard that everything was fine, the guard said Friday in the double-amputee Olympic athlete's murder trial. Pieter J. Baba, who worked at the gated Pretoria community where Pistorius and Steenkamp lived, testified in Pretoria's High Court that the incident began for him when several people, including another security guard and some neighbors, reported hearing gunshots in the early hours of Valentine's Day last year.
NATIONAL
March 7, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. -- The accuser in the sexual assault court-martial of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair testified Friday that she continued to have sex with the general for two years after she says he threatened in Iraq to kill her and her family if she revealed what became a three-year affair. The accuser, a military intelligence captain, told a court-martial panel that she continued to have sex with Sinclair because she believed she had no other option, and also feared the general might fire her. "I felt the best way to move forward was to continue sleeping with him," the captain said during a sometimes tearful hour on the witness stand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2014 | By Veronica Rocha
A Glendale man accused of killing his estranged boyfriend  to collect on his life insurance policy was ordered to stand trial Wednesday on murder charges. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Hayden Zacky ruled that sufficient evidence was presented during a three-day preliminary hearing to move forward with a trial against Hovanes Maskovian, 34, as well his brother Hachik “Kriss” Maskovian, 29, and a friend, 20-year-old Nazaret “Nick” Bayamdzhyan, the Glendale News-Press reported . “I think I am convinced as to what occurred,” Zacky said in a San Fernando courtroom.
WORLD
March 5, 2014 | By Laura King and Amro Hassan
CAIRO - Prosecutors in Egypt on Wednesday displayed seized items such as cameras, cables and microphones as evidence in the trial of 20 journalists on terrorism-related charges. Defendants in white prison uniforms looked on from inside a metal cage at a high-security Cairo prison. The case has drawn sharp criticism from media advocacy groups, human rights organizations and Western governments. Four of the accused are Westerners, but only one of them, Australian correspondent Peter Greste, is in Egyptian custody.
WORLD
March 5, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Oscar Pistorius asked a friend to lie and take the blame after Pistorius accidentally fired a shot in a popular restaurant in an upscale Johannesburg neighborhood last year, according to testimony in the South African Olympic athlete's murder trial Wednesday. Boxer Kevin Lerena told the Gauteng North High Court that he was with Pistorius and other friends at Tasha's restaurant in Melrose Arch in January 2013, weeks before Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in his apartment in the early hours of Valentine's Day that year.
NATIONAL
March 5, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- Prosecutors portrayed an alleged Al Qaeda spokesman as a member of Osama bin Laden's inner circle Wednesday as they began trying to convince a jury that he knew in advance of terrorist plots against U.S. targets, even if he did not plan or take part in them.  But the defense attorney for Sulaiman abu Ghaith, who faces three terrorism-related charges, said the government was counting on fear and anger generated by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to convict a Muslim husband and father who had said some "dumb" things in the past.
SCIENCE
March 5, 2014 | By Melissa Healy, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
For the first time in more than four decades, the drug lysergic acid diethylamide -- better known as LSD -- has been the experimental adjunct to psychotherapy in a controlled clinical trial approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. And a newly published study on that trial reports that the medication's anti-anxiety effects on patients facing life-threatening illnesses were sizable, sustained -- and free of worrisome side effects. In short, everything was groovy. In a pilot study conducted in Switzerland, 12 patients suffering deep anxiety due to serious illnesses participated in several drug-free psychotherapy sessions, and then joined a pair of therapists for two full-day psychotherapy sessions, separated by two to three weeks, under the influence of LSD. After tapering off any anti-anxiety or antidepressant medications and avoiding alcohol for at least a day, subjects in the trial were given either a 200-microgram dose of LSD or an "active placebo" of 20 micrograms of the drug.
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