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LOS ANGELES (AP) " The kindly professor whom the gunman blamed for his ruin had, in truth, quietly seen to his academic success. As a shy graduate student struggling to secure his Ph.D., Mainak Sarkar had bristled at the doubts expressed by professors at UCLA's engineering department. His dissertation, they told him, simply was not good enough. Sarkar's mentor had his own doubts, but after Sarkar submitted a new document professor William Klug asked his colleagues to wave his...

Updated at 2:26 AM

He was fast of fist and foot " lip, too " a heavyweight champion who promised to shock the world and did. He floated. He stung. Mostly he thrilled, even after the punches had taken their toll and his voice barely rose above a whisper. He...

Updated at 1:41 AM

BEIJING (AP) " Security was tightened around Tiananmen Square on the 27th anniversary Saturday of China's bloody military crackdown on student-led pro-democracy protests, pointing to the enduring sensitivity over the events with the Chinese...

Updated at 1:38 AM

The Greatest has fallen. Boxer and activist Muhammad Ali passed away at the age of 74, according to...

Updated at 12:57 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) " He's lagging in delegates and votes, but Bernie Sanders is still on one excellent campaign adventure. In the past few months the Vermont senator and his wife, Jane, have traveled to Rome to attend a conference and met...

Updated at 12:24 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) " A train towing a highly volatile type of oil derailed Friday in Oregon's scenic Columbia River Gorge, igniting a fire that sent a plume of black smoke into the sky and spurring evacuations and road closures. Eleven...

Updated at 12:17 AM

SINGAPORE (AP) " Striking a notably positive tone, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Saturday offered closer U.S. cooperation with China in pursuit of a deeper and broader Asian security network. He said he intends to visit Beijing this...

Updated at 12:05 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) " With a wall's worth of academic degrees from top universities and a new wife in his chosen country, Mainak Sarkar entered mid-life with a foundation of success. Then his life began to unravel. This week he snapped and,...

Updated at 11:33 PM

It was another wild week out West, with Trump supporters going toe-to-toe with protestors of another political stripe out near Silicon Valley on Friday to cap it off. And if any Berkeley hippies appeared for a peaceful protest they were usurped by...

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Updated at 9:39 PM

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) " Scientists say they've discovered a magma buildup near a New Zealand town that explains a spate of recent earthquakes and could signal the beginnings of a new volcano " although they're not expecting an eruption...

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