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February 19, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mike Trout is 22, a mere two years into his big league career, and he's considered to be among the best players in baseball. He could soon also be one of the game's highest-paid players if his agent and the Angels can work out a contract extension. President Obama invoked the center fielder's name in an early-February speech about a farm bill, saying the legislation was "like Mike Trout … somebody who's got a lot of tools. " Trout tweeted Monday that he was flying to Phoenix, and about 200 people greeted him at the airport.
February 17, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Two fires that that broke out in Pasadena early Monday displaced a total of 22 people, including four who were injured, officials said. The two fires were considered rare because they happened within an hour of each other and because multiple fire stations responded to the fires, according to Lisa Derderian, a spokeswoman for the Pasadena Fire Department. The first fire was reported at about 1:30 a.m. in a 5,000-square-foot home in the 1200 block of Rancheros Road, west of the Rose Bowl, Derderian said.
February 17, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Pennsylvania police are contacting investigators around the country after a teenager suspected of killing a man she met through Craigslist told a local newspaper reporter that she was a prolific serial killer in a satanic cult. Sunbury, Pa., police Officer Travis Bremigen told the Los Angeles Times that he's already contacted the local FBI office as well as officials in North Carolina and Alaska. Soon, he said, he'll be contacting investigators in Los Angeles, after Miranda Barbour, 19, reportedly claimed that she killed someone there.
February 16, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
A Pennsylvania teenager accused of killing a man she met on Craigslist has confessed to the slaying -- and to killing more than 20 other people after joining a satanic cult at age 13, according to an interview she gave to a local newspaper. The information in the interview could not be corroborated on Sunday. Miranda Barbour, 19, reportedly had been married only three weeks when she and her husband, Elytte Barbour, 22, stabbed and strangled Troy LaFerrara, 42, after meeting up with him on Nov. 11, according to police in Sunbury, Pa. Both Miranda and Elytte Barbour, who wed in North Carolina, were arrested a month later in Pennsylvania.
February 14, 2014 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 16 - 22, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   See latest XXII Winter Olympics TV schedule here. SUNDAY It's on like LeBron when Mr. James and the Eastern Conference's finest take on the best of the West at the "NBA All-Star Game" in New Orleans. 5 p.m. TNT Leading the field with 11 nominations, Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" is a force to be reckoned with at the "British Academy Film Awards 2014.
February 13, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA stayed above the muddle because Kyle Anderson conducted and the Bruins played. When they had wrapped up a second-half push for a 92-74 victory over Colorado at Pauley Pavilion on Thursday night, there was nothing to do but look ahead. February sets up March. That has been Coach Steve Alford's refrain the past week. "How you play in February dictates what happens in March," Alford said. "It's hard if you're not playing well in February to set up a big kind of March run. " The Bruins (19-5 overall, 8-3 in Pac-12 Conference play)
February 13, 2014 | By David Zahniser
The Los Angeles City Ethics Commission on Thursday imposed a $22,500 fine on a Los Angeles car dealer who failed to disclose that he had paid for two large signs backing former City Atty. Carmen Trutanich during last year's election campaign. Businessman Onnik Mehrabian admitted he did not follow city laws requiring that he inform city officials of his pro-Trutanich "independent expenditures" -- contributions made without the involvement of the candidate, according to a report on the case.
February 12, 2014 | From staff reports
A Lebanese alpine skier competing in Sochi is in hot water at home after topless photos of her taken during a photo shoot for an Austrian sports calendar surfaced on the Internet. The calendar pictures, taken a few years ago, show Jackie Chamoun , now 22, standing in snow amid ski equipment. But a leaked video of the photo shoot, filmed in a ski resort outside Beirut and aired this week on Lebanese TV along with stills, showed more revealing images of the Olympian. Lebanon is often considered one of the most open and tolerant countries in the Middle East.
February 10, 2014 | By Chris Kuc
SOCHI, Russia - Amanda Kessel scooped up the puck near center ice, weaved her way through what appeared to be the entire nation of Switzerland and deposited it into the back of the net. It was the prettiest of the avalanche of goals with which the United States buried the Swiss during a 9-0 shellacking Monday at Shayba Arena. But more importantly, it came during an effort that signaled the Americans are playing very well with a showdown against archrival Canada looming. The win improved the U.S. to 2-0 in the preliminary round and assured it a spot in the semifinals.
February 8, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX  - Clayton Kershaw wants to visit Australia, but as a tourist, not a pitcher. "I'd love to go there on vacation," Kershaw said. "I don't really want to go pitch there. But that's what we're signed up to do, so we're going to have to be ready to do it. " Spreading the gospel of baseball overseas will require sacrifices, especially on the part of Kershaw, who is expected to pitch in Sydney in the first game of the two-game, season-opening series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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