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Service dog guides marathon bombing victims through a grim year

Newlyweds Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes each lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombing. Rescue the assistance dog helps fetch keys and push buttons, bringing warmth and joy as the couple recovers.
BETRAYED Trailer
Instead of a public service announcement, the FBI has made "Game of Pawns," a docudrama about a college student recruited by the Chinese government.
Congress stuck on drought bill for thirsty California

California's drought ripples through businesses, then to schools

California farmers produce an enormous proportion of American produce, but the state is now experiencing a record-breaking drought that is being felt throughout the state and the U.S.

As California lawmakers return, a rundown of awaiting bills

Lawmakers return from their spring recess this week focusing on hundreds of bills that have to pass from one house to the other by the end of May, but the most contentious issues will come later.
Olive View-UCLA Medical Center
A nurse is in critical condition after being stabbed multiple times while on the job in a northern Los Angeles County hospital.
Skid Row Easter
The Midnight Mission called on a cadre of volunteers to serve holiday brunch to a grateful crowd in downtown L.A.
Ahead of Easter Mass, a worshiper lights candles at St. Elie Armenian Catholic Church in downtown Beirut.

'A Wound That Doesn't Close': Armenians suffer uncertainty together

The Easter holiday finds Christians in the Middle East concerned over what the future may hold. As the violence in Syria deepens, many Armenians remember a history of genocidal tragedies.
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Police are searching for suspects after two men were stabbed on the oceanfront walk at Venice Beach.
Kevin Costner warms up to pitch in the 1989 film Field Of Dreams.
Sports movies seem to have made a strange turn from focusing on players to focusing on agents and managers. It makes for a sad progression from magical realism to yelling about money.
Rescue workers carry the body of a passenger from the ferry that sank Wednesday off the coast of South Korea.

Relatives grieve as divers pull bodies from S. Korean ferry

The grim recovery operation off South Korea continues Sunday. Police boats brought bodies ashore to the deafening cries and screams of family members.
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A sleeping teenager was killed early Sunday when an SUV, driven by a suspected DUI driver, slammed into her first floor bedroom in Palmdale, NBC4 reported.
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the former boxer who spent years wrongfully incarcerated for murder, has died at age 76. his life inspired a Bob Dylan protest song and the film Hurricane, starring Denzel Washington.

'Hurricane' Carter Dies; Boxer was wrongfuly convicted of murder

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the former boxing champion who served nearly 20 years in prison, has died of prostate cancer. Carter's story inspired a Bob Dylan protest song; he was 76.
Pope Francis Holds Easter Mass In St. Peter's Square

Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home.
A local resident inspects burnt-out cars after a night gunfight at a checkpoint under control of pro-Russian militants in the village of Bulbasika near Slovyansk Sunday.

Ukraine: Deadly gunfight rattles Easter truce

The shootout took place at a checkpoint near Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian militants have held a government building since last week.
Annabelle Gurwitch

Surviving the indignities of age with humor and honesty

Aging is a pain in the… granny panties, “so serious you have to make a comedy out of it,” author Annabelle Gurwitch told an appreciative crowd at KPCC.

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