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March 29, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Mike Trout could have rejected the Angels' overtures this winter, signed a series of one-year deals through arbitration, become a free agent at age 26 and inked the largest contract in baseball history in 2017. Then the star center fielder saw the salaries in the final three years of the six-year, $144.5-million extension he ultimately signed, he considered his age (22) and the security the deal would provide, and the prospect of hitting the open market in 2017 didn't tug so much on his heart - or purse - strings.
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SPORTS
March 29, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Mike Trout and the Angels agreed on a six-year, $144.5-million contract extension Friday, and the critics immediately pounced. Baseball is so flush with cash that the criticism was directed not at the Angels -- for a third $100-million deal when the first two so far have backfired -- but at Trout and his agent, Craig Landis. Trout set himself up for life financially and preserved the ability to negotiate a monster free-agent contract at 29, which could make him the richest athlete in North American sports history . But the Angels would have preferred a longer deal, and industry executives and other agents wondered why Trout and Landis would pass up a chance at perhaps $300 million -- guaranteed now. "We're not like the other people," Landis said Saturday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | By Dan Weikel and Kate Mather
How best to station armed law enforcement officers at airports was the focus of a congressional hearing at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, one of several reviews of the emergency response to November's shooting rampage that left a federal security agent dead. During a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Transportation Security, contrasting views were presented in the aftermath of a decision at LAX early last year to shift police from fixed positions at passenger screening areas to roving patrols.
NEWS
March 27, 2014 | By Cathleen Decker
It's only Thursday, but this week in politics already has offered more than a few reminders of the basic rules. To wit: --Never diss the home team.  --Check the video, carefully. --Assume that words spoken in private will soon become very public. --And, when worrying aloud about undercover federal agents, make sure the person you're speaking to isn't one. --- --- --- Basketball is more than a sport in Kentucky. Its rivalries are deep and generational, its defeats neither forgotten nor forgiven.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- An FBI affidavit released Wednesday alleged that state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) accepted $21,000 in campaign payments from an undercover FBI agent posing as someone in the marijuana business to arrange meetings with two unidentified state lawmakers in 2013. On Thursday, that allegation had legislators going back through calendars and notes to see if they were the ones referred to. Three lawmakers reached by The Times who were involved with bills regulating marijuana said it does not appear they met with anyone on the issue through Yee's alleged arrangement, but other legislators have not yet returned calls.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- A Senate leader may have solved one mystery raised in an FBI affidavit released after the arrest Wednesday of state Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) on suspicion of wire fraud and firearms trafficking: the identity of "State Senator 2. " The affidavit alleges that Yee accepted $21,000 in campaign payments from an undercover FBI agent posing as an Arizona man in the medical marijuana business to arrange meetings with two unidentified state lawmakers in 2013. On Aug. 26, 2013, Yee introduced the undercover agent to a legislator identified in the affidavit only as "State Senator 2" and Yee received $10,000 for his seceretary of state campaign for that introduction, the document alleges.
NATIONAL
March 25, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano and Ashley Powers
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The FBI special agent who shot and killed a friend of one of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers was cleared Tuesday of any criminal wrongdoing after he told investigators he feared for his life when Ibragim Todashev hit him in the head with a coffee table and lunged at him with a long pole. In a letter to FBI Director James Comey, Jeffrey L. Ashton, the Florida state attorney in Orlando where Todashev was shot, said he based his decision not to prosecute the special agent largely on eyewitness accounts from Massachusetts State Police troopers who witnessed much of the brawl in Todashev's condo in May. “The actions of the special agent of the FBI were justified in self defense and in defense of another,” Ashton concluded.
SPORTS
March 22, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Finally, the Clippers had two days off with no practice and no games and finally, Glen Davis had a chance to get his off-the-court life in order. Davis had been a solid frontcourt player for the Clippers since he was signed as a free agent Feb. 24, backing up center DeAndre Jordan and forward Blake Griffin. But with Tuesday and Wednesday off before the Clippers went back to practice Thursday and Friday, Davis said he went to visit his wife and daughter rather than stay in L.A. to get settled.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
The legendary literary agent Andrew Wylie, known as "The Jackal" for his comes-out-swinging business and negotiating tactics, has long professed his distaste for the book-and-everything-else retailer Amazon. Wylie has represented many of the biggest names of publishing over the last half century, from Vladimir Nabokov to Salman Rushdie. Back in October, when asked if he'd ever sign a book deal with Amazon's new digital publishing arm, he responded thusly: "If one of my children were kidnapped and they were threatening to throw a child off a bridge and I believed them, I might" sign such a deal, Wylie told the New Republic . He also compared Amazon's tactics and evolution to Napoleon.
SPORTS
March 20, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan and Eric Pincus
Here's the Lakers' newest nightmare development, other than the play-so-terribly-they-miss-playoffs one they're living now. It starts with plenty of money to spend on free agents. And there's a player or two who can change a franchise. But he's also being recruited by the New York Knicks. Phil Jackson vs. the Lakers? Could easily happen. It won't be in July unless the Lakers show a renewed interest in Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony should he opt out of his contract. But next year, when Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge could be available, the Knicks and Lakers will have plenty of money.
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