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September 24, 2013 | By Tony Perry
Two San Diego brothers pleaded guilty Monday to defrauding sports fans by persuading them to pay for tickets, hotel accommodations and airline flights for out-of-town events and then failing to provide "nearly all the services. " Anthony Casias and his twin, Leopold Casias Jr., 63, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in running their business, L&T Sports Events Inc. One elderly victim told prosecutors that the brothers persuaded him to spend money that he had saved for his cremation.
September 22, 2013 | By Zulfiqar Ali and Mark Magnier
PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Two suicide bombs exploded outside a crowded church in northwestern Pakistan just as Sunday services ended, killing at least 75 people and wounding more than 100, authorities said, in one of the nation's worst attacks against Christians in years. The dead and injured, including adult worshipers, children and police officers, overwhelmed the emergency ward of Peshawar's Lady Reading Hospital, the city's largest, where television footage showed hallways filled with corpses, badly wounded patients and women and children crying over the charred bodies of relatives.
September 17, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
MEXICO CITY - Mexican authorities launched operations Tuesday to rescue tens of thousands of stranded tourists from Pacific resorts such as Acapulco, as deadly twin storms dissipated but the floods they spawned continued to inundate vast parts of Mexico. Almost the entire nation was experiencing storm-related weather, a meteorological phenomenon that authorities labeled of “historic” proportions. The remnants of what had been Hurricane Ingrid battered the Gulf Coast, including Veracruz state, while Tropical Storm Manuel dumped torrential rain on the Pacific Coast,  a two-pronged weather attack not seen here in more than 50 years.
September 12, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Got a kid who speaks young? Reads early? Sure, that predicts better school achievement. But - isn't there always a but? - it also could mean more frequent drinking during adolescence and young adulthood, scientists say. Researchers in Finland looked at two groups of twins in long-term studies and assessed them at different ages. “We found that differences in language development in early childhood and school age predict alcohol use behaviors in adolescence and up to young adulthood,” said Antti Latvala, a researcher at the University of Helsinki and an author of the study published online Thursday and to appear in the February 2014 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
September 5, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - It had been a struggle all tournament. After one win, Bob Bryan said he and his twin brother were "lucky to be alive. " That luck ran out Thursday. The 35-year-old twins, Mike and Bob Bryan from Camarillo, and the top doubles seeds at the U.S. Open, were upset in the semifinals, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 by fourth-seeded Leander Paes from India and Radek Stepanek from the Czech Republic. It was the 40-year-old Paes who befuddled the Bryans, who were trying to become the first men's team since Australians Frank Sedgman and Ken McGregor in 1951 to win all four Grand Slams in the same year.
August 23, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT -- A pair of apparent car bombs exploded outside two mosques in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Friday, killing at least a dozen people and injuring scores, authorities said. Local news accounts said the death toll was at least 27, with more than 300 wounded, and blamed the attacks on car bombs detonated on a day when worshipers gathered at the mosques for Friday prayers. Video from the scenes showed cars ablaze and people running through the streets in panic.
August 16, 2013 | By Durwood Zaelke and Paul Bledsoe
Climate change presents two distinct problems. The first is linear: A little more warming causes a little more damage. The second is nonlinear: A little more warming pushes some part of the climate system past a tipping point and the damage becomes catastrophic. We need smart climate policies that address both problems, so we can slow incremental damage while also taking out an insurance policy against the growing risk of catastrophic damage. The Arctic is a prime example of a potential tipping point.
July 24, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
In these long and unexpected summer days when the Angels are looking up at so many teams in the standings, they take their joy where they can find it. On Wednesday, they found it in eight innings of brilliance and one inning of insanity. Jered Weaver delivered the brilliance and sweated out the insanity. The Angels left the ballpark amused and relieved, heading out on the trip that could save their season after a 1-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins. BOX SCORE: Angels 1, Minnesota 0 "It doesn't matter how we win games right now," Weaver said.
July 23, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
As the Angels slipped into fourth place in a season slipping toward oblivion, it just got away from them. The inning, and maybe the year. Ernesto Frieri, the Angels' closer, started the 10th inning. He did not finish it. He gave up five runs. “When I do bad, it's like ugly bad,” Frieri said. “It's like ugly super bad.” BOX SCORE: Twins 10, Angels 3 The inning, and maybe the year. The Minnesota Twins pounded the Angels for seven runs in the 10th inning of a 10-3 victory on Tuesday, four of those runs coming on the first career grand slam by Chris Herrmann, off Frieri.
July 22, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Had things gone the way Joe Hicks planned, he would have spent Monday flying home from Scotland after watching his son, who a decade ago was a child golfing prodigy, play in the British Open. Instead, Hicks left his job as a longshoreman and made the short drive from San Pedro to Angel Stadium to watch Aaron Hicks, the former Long Beach Wilson High star and a product of the Urban Youth Academy in Compton, play center field for the Minnesota Twins. "It's fantastic, a dream come true for him and for me to see my son out there playing," said Joe Hicks, one of more than 100 family members and friends on hand to watch the 23-year-old rookie play his first big league game in Anaheim.
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