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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.
February 5, 2014 | By Scott Collins
Thursday night is the end for "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. " After 22 years, the 63-year-old host is leaving NBC's legendary late-night talk show and handing over the reins to Jimmy Fallon. The Times recently spoke with Leno backstage at "Tonight" about his departure, his thoughts on comedy and the Conan O'Brien fiasco of four years ago, and what he'll do next. Here are some excerpts from the conversation: You've said that leaving "Tonight" now feels "about right. " But I can't imagine you're happy.
February 3, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Sherman Oaks Notre Dame will host its fourth Hall of Fame dinner on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. in the school gym. Set to be inducted are Dick Runyan '51, Bill Vaughan '53, Jim Donckels '61, Joe McEveety '72, Victor Trujillo '79, Michele Hall '94 and the 1993 Southern Section championship boys' basketball team. Tickets are $60 per person and registration is at .  
February 1, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
In the end, it came down to a rematch: Arcadia and University high schools, two teams made up of the brightest young science minds in Southern California who one year ago faced off just like this, armed with nothing more than a small pad of paper and a pencil against a 16-minute rat-a-tat-tat of questions like this: "According to VSEPR bonding theory, if two of the bonded atoms in an octahedral molecule are replaced by two electron pairs, the...
January 30, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
FIFA, world soccer's governing body, is demanding Qatar explain how it is improving the welfare and living conditions for immigrant workers brought to the Gulf kingdom to build venues for the 2022 World Cup. Qatar's harsh treatment of the migrant workers has been condemned by human rights groups and FIFA said Thursday it expects, within the next two weeks, to be sent "information on specific steps" that have been taken to address those concerns....
January 30, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
What does a three-horsepower, all-electric car that's more than a century old have in common with some of the modern world's most capable and powerful sports cars? They're both built by Porsche. On Monday, the German automaker announced it was putting on display in its Stuttgart, Germany, museum the Egger-Lohner electric vehicle, C.2 Phaeton. This small, open-top car, nicknamed the P1, was built in 1898 by Ferdinand Porsche when he was 22. It's the first car he ever built. PHOTOS: World's first car built by Porsche That's the same Ferdinand Porsche who would form his eponymous brand in 1931.
January 29, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Samantha Avers didn't think the drive would be so bad. The 30-year-old account manager had been living in the Atlanta area for three weeks, enjoying its rolling hills and generally warm winter weather -- at least compared with the winters she'd spent in northern Virginia. Up north, it seemed like snowplows would roll out at the first sign of trouble, she said. “So we had this false sense of security. " So when the snow began to fall midday Tuesday in Atlanta, she wasn't worried.  Of course, in the beginning, nobody knew how bad things would get in Atlanta.
January 28, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 USC-bound Jordan McLaughlin scored 22 points in Etiwanda's 55-45 Baseline League victory over Upland on Tuesday night. Etiwanda improved to 19-3 and 5-0. Rancho Cucamonga defeated Glendora, 83-72. Daylan Lawrence scored 25 points and had 10 rebounds. Victor Joseph added 15 points and six assists. Rancho Cucamonga is 19-3 and 4-1. In the Prep League, Stanford-bound Robert Cartwright of Flintridge Prep created another memorable moment for his classmates. His team was trailing Pasadena Poly, 48-31, heading into the fourth quarter.
January 28, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
A batch of "bad heroin" has killed 22 people in western Pennsylvania over six days, prompting state and local officials to try to combat the spread of the drug.  The heroin is mixed with narcotic Fentanyl, which can be 10 to 100 times more potent than morphine, officials said. It is believed to be distributed in bags stamped with the words "Theraflu" and "Bud Ice," according to the  Office of the Medical Examiner of Allegheny County. Allegheny County Medical Examiner Dr. Karl Williams said he noticed an unusual trend beginning on Friday when there were three reported overdose deaths.
January 25, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Luis Suarez says he is a changed man. Whether that change is for better or worse he didn't specify. But when you spend the whole of training camp petulantly demanding a trade and are forced to sit out the first five games of the regular season because you bit an opponent, there's really only one way to go. "The last few months were a little difficult for me," the mercurial Liverpool striker said on the team's website earlier this month....
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