Ex-LA sheriff pleads guilty to lying during corruption probe

Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca, left, and his wife, Carol leave U.S. Court House building in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. Baca signed a plea agreement that said he ordered deputies to intimidate an FBI agent and "do everything but put handcuffs on her." Baca later lied to federal prosecutors and the FBI that he wasn't privy to discussions about trying to derail the investigation. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal authorities investigating corruption in the department, a probe that was gaining momentum when he abruptly retired two years ago.

Key events in the occupation of the Oregon wildlife refuge

Here is timeline of events in the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon:
US venture capitalist apologizes for India comment

Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen on May 19, 2014 in Washington, DCStar Silicon Valley venture capitalist Marc Andreessen apologized Wednesday for a tweet contending that anti-colonialism has been an economic disaster for India. The comment fired off from Andreessen's @pmarca Twitter handle came after India's telecom regulator dealt a blow to Facebook's plans to offer free mobile Internet through its controversial Free Basics service, by outlawing differential pricing for data packages. "I apologize for any offense caused by my earlier tweet about Indian history and politics," Andreessen said in one of a slew of messages from his account on Wednesday.

Young musicians offer new take on Chinese instruments

Chinese-born, New York-based artists exploring new musical frontiers, Pipa player Jiaju Shen (L), composer and pianist Li Zong (C) and huqin player Feifei Yang (R)If jazz is about free-flowing expression, do the instruments have to be Western? In a cross-cultural experiment, a group of young Chinese musicians based in New York is testing the possibilities of fusion by bringing jazz and other Western forms to performances on traditional instruments. On "Vermilion Bird," a composition named for the creature of Chinese mythology that represents fire, composer Li Zong offered jazzy progressions building into fierce glissandi.

FBI moves in on last four occupiers at Oregon wildlife refuge

FBI agents man the entry to the Burns Municipal Airport in Burns, OregonThe Federal Bureau of Investigation said no shots have been fired and that negotiations to end the occupation without violence were continuing. The takeover at Malheur, which began on Jan. 2, was sparked by the return to prison of two Oregon ranchers convicted of setting fires that spread to federal property in the vicinity of the refuge. The occupation, led by Ammon Bundy, also was directed as a protest against federal control over millions of acres public land in the West.

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