CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2010 |
Before last May, neighbors in the upscale Ventura County community of Faria Beach didn't have much reason to think they were unsafe. On one side, they were guarded by electronic gates. On the other side, the ocean lapped at their sea walls. At low tide, strollers greeted one another on the magnificent shoreline six miles up the coast from Ventura. But on the night of May 20, an intruder walked through an open terrace door and stabbed a man and his pregnant wife to death. Their two children, ages 9 and 11, were in the house when the attacker entered.
January 12, 2010 |
Prosecutors asked a judge Monday to prohibit the man accused of killing abortion doctor George Tiller from using voluntary manslaughter in his defense. Judge Warren Wilbert set a hearing for this afternoon, postponing jury selection in the first-degree murder trial for two days. Jury selection was to have begun Monday. On Friday, Wilbert said he could see a situation where testimony would require him to give the jury an option of less severe charges than premeditated murder, including involuntary manslaughter.
December 27, 2009 |
Abortion rights activists dreamed of legislative victories across Mexico after the Supreme Court last year upheld a Mexico City law allowing abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Instead, the opposite has happened. In state after state, antiabortion forces have won changes to local constitutions declaring that life begins at conception and explicitly granting legal rights to the unborn. In all, 17 state legislatures have approved such measures, often with minimal debate, since the August 2008 court decision validating Mexico City's law. The Gulf coast state of Veracruz last month became the most recent state to do so. Its measure also called on the Mexican Congress to consider a similar amendment to the nation's Constitution.
July 5, 2009 |
Knowing Summit, $26.99; Blu-ray, $34.99 There's a substantial amount of "not this again" weighing down the sci-fi thriller "Knowing," which stars Nicolas Cage as a divorced, reluctant prophet of doom with a son who talks to spirits. Although the dialogue's overheated and the tone heavy-handed, "Knowing's" thoughtful depiction of how one man reacts to a coming apocalypse is lovely to look at and even haunting at times. Just try not to think about how much of it you've seen before.
May 11, 2009 |
She leaned on her husband, using his strength to hide her unsteadiness. Her steps were tentative, measured, cautious, with her gait more typical of a woman decades older than her late 20s. She could still walk, shake hands and almost smile, at least with one side of her mouth; she couldn't let the tumor take those gifts away -- not yet. She had to stay healthy another few weeks, until her baby was born.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2009 |
A Los Angeles woman is in custody for attempting to kill her ex-boyfriend's pregnant girlfriend by running her over, killing the unborn child, police said. Monica Mercado, 27, turned herself in at the Los Angeles Police Department's Newton station Sunday, hours after she allegedly used her sport utility vehicle to strike a 24-year-old woman who was dating her ex-boyfriend, police said. Witnesses told authorities that Mercado and the woman, who was seven months' pregnant, got into an argument Sunday morning.