LA City Council Protests Russian Gay Laws

Los Angeles and St. Petersburg are sister cities (Prayitno via Flickr)

City Council members resolved to lobby for asylum for LGBT refugees.



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Tsarnaev's Friends Plead Not Guilty

Tsarnaev's friends disposed of his backpack, which contained these fireworks (FBI via Wikimedia Commons)

The two men are accused of conspiracy to obstruct justice.



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Six Ways California Is Number One

Just an ordinary day in California: the sun setting on Joshua Tree (BDUngard via Flickr)

We're the "best" and the "most" in so many ways! Here are some of them.



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Armed Suspect On CSULB Campus

Cal State, Long Beach (By Buchanan-Hermit via Wikimedia Commons)

Cal State, Long Beach (By Buchanan-Hermit via Wikimedia Commons)California State University, Long Beach officials have issued an alert that an armed subject is at large on campus.

Police are "engaging the threat," according to a CSULB alert. Those who are able are being encouraged to evacuate the premises.



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Israel Release Of Palestinian Prisoners Underway

Ayalon Prison in central Israel (ברכה בן ישי courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

The 26 men are the first of 104 to be released as a condition for peace talks.



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Judge To Serve 28 Years For Accepting Bribes From Private Prison

The Luzerne County courthouse, where Judge Mark Ciavarella sentenced juveniles (Diana, via Flickr)

 Judge Mark A. Ciavarella received money for sentencing juveniles to private facilities.



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Ft. Hood Shooting Suspect Trial Opens

Nidal Hasan in 2007, then a Captain in the U.S. Army (courtesy By Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)

The trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan, suspected of killing 13 people and wounding many more during a mass shooting at Ft. Hood in 2009, has began.



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Prisoner Solidarity And Justice For Trayvon Activists Join Forces

Actor Danny Glover addressed the crowd (Lauren Madow)

The "Hunger for Justice" rally in downtown L.A. was part of an international day of action.



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San Diego Will Sue Mayor Bob Filner

Mayor of San Diego Bob Filner during his swearing-in (Courtesy Port of San Diego)

Filner had requested that the city cover legal fees for his sexual harassment lawsuit defense.



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Israel And Palestine To Begin Round Of Peace Talks

Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni met in Rome earlier this year (courtesy US State Dept)

Talks will aim to create independent Palestinian state within nine months. 



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Trayvon Martin Protests Continue In L.A. And Across U.S.

A Justice for Trayvon Martin rally in Austin, TX (Ann Harkness via Wikimedia Commons)

Fourteen demonstrators were arrested in Los Angeles.



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Asiana Airlines Flight 214 Recalls Tragic Period In Korean Air Travel

A National Transportation Safety Board employee examines wreckage from Flight 214's crash (NTSB via Wikimedia Commons)

Experts concerned about flight crew's lack of communication.



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View From Cairo: Parties Reject President's 'Roadmap'

A Cairo woman waves a flag from her balcony (Ahmed Mousa, Neon Tommy)

Exclusive photos by Cairo resident Ahmed Mousa. 



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New LAUSD Board President Under Investigation For Sexual Harassment

LAUSD Board of Ed has a new leader (Colin, via Wikimedia Commons)

Richard Vladovic was accused of sexual harassment by two employees.



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Supreme Court Weakens Voting Rights Act

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion (U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit via Wikimedia Commons)

Altered law to go into effect immediately in Texas.



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Texas Senator Holds Filibuster To Defeat Strict New Abortion Bill

Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Tex) (Tracy Nangthavongsa via Flickr)

Sen. Wendy Davis is fighting abortion laws that would close 37 of Texas' 42 clinics.



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LAPD Detectives Shot In Ambush, Suspect At Large

The Wilshire LAPD station was blocked off after the attack (courtesy KTLA)

WATCH: Two undercover detectives were shot from behind Tuesday morning. 



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Stock Market Takes A Dive

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke (US Govt, Wikimedia Commons)

The market saw its biggest one-day drop in nearly two years. 



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Prison Population In CA On The Rise Again

Some prisons are so crowded, inmates sleep in the gym (CDCR via Wikimedia Commons)

Three of the state's 33 prisons are at 175% capacity.



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Afghanistan Will Lead Peace Talks With US, Taliban

A former Taliban official, left, and Afghan police officer, right (Matthew Leistikowvia via Wikimedia Commons)

WATCH: The peace process will restart at the Taliban's political office in Doha.



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Surveillance Under The Patriot Act

President George W. Bush signs the Patriot Act in 2001 (Dhwani1989, via Wikimedia Commons)

A sordid history involving meth producers, cockfights, and Russian radio.



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ACLU Files Suit Against Obama Administration

The ACLU said PRISM is unconstitutional (David Drexler, via Wikimedia Commons)

The American Civil Liberties Union said PRISM program is unconstitutional.



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Turkish Protestors Hit With Tear Gas In Taksim Square

Protestors in Taksim Square (By Mstyslav Chernov, via Wikimedia Commons)

Riot police stormed the crowd in Istanbul's Taksim Square.



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Bradley Manning Trial: Hacker Who Turned Manning In Testifies

Pfc. Bradley Manning (U.S. Army)

VIDEO: Convicted hacker Adrian Lamo led Feds to Manning.



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Military Leaders Testify On Proposed Sexual Assault Legislation

Gen. Martin E. Dempsey and Sen. Claire McCaskill (Secretary of Defense)

One bill would change how assault is prosecuted.



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Why LA Voters Are Staying Home

Low voter turnout in LA is nothing new (Trazomfreak via Flickr)

Theories on LA's low voter turnout.



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LA's Marijuana Clinics On The Ballot: What You Need To Know

LA's medical marijuana clinics may soon face restrictions (Laurie Avocado)

Voters will face three marijuana-related questions on the ballot.



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Compton School District Sued For Alleged Racial Profiling And Abuse

Racial profiling alleged in Compton schools (Bahn Mi)

Families are suing for alleged targeting of Latinos.



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Leaked Report States IRS Used "Inappropriate Criteria"

Attorney General Eric Holder announced an inquiry into the IRS' actions (Ryan J Reilly via Flickr)

Files with conservative buzzwords put into "BOLO" (Be On The Lookout) folder.



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NRA Annual Meeting Has "Stand And Fight" Theme

Sarah Palin will speak at the NRA annual meeting (Pfc. Christopher Grammer)

Speakers to include Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin, and Rick Santorum.



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Fires Rage On Across Southern California

The Springs Fire in Southern California (Trail Trekker via Flickr)

VIDEO: Strong winds and unseasonal dryness make the Springs Fire tough to combat.



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