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February 19, 2014 | By Matt Stevens and Robert J. Lopez
The winning Powerball numbers were announced Wednesday night, heightening speculation regarding whether anyone struck it rich in the $400-million multistate jackpot. The winning numbers are 17, 49, 54, 35 and 1, and the Powerball was 34, according to the  Multi-State Lottery Assn . If no one wins tonight's mega drawing, the money will rollover and the jackpot could soar to $500 million, lottery officials say. The drawing took place at 7:59 p.m. Pacific time. Drawings are held every Wednesday and Saturday night.
February 19, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
T-Mobile, which got into a bit of trouble with BlackBerry a few days ago when it encouraged its BlackBerry users to switch to the iPhone 5s, is trying to make amends. The wireless carrier said in a blog post that starting this Friday, it will offer a $200 credit to users -- including non-T-Mobile customers -- who trade in their current BlackBerry and upgrade to a new T-Mobile device, whether that's a new BlackBerry or another manufacturer's device. Existing T-Mobile BlackBerry users who trade in their BlackBerrys and choose a new Q10 or Z10 smartphone will get an additional $50 off. PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy The limited-time promotion came a day after BlackBerry CEO John Chen blasted T-Mobile in a blog post for targeting BlackBerry users with an offer to switch to the iPhone 5s for $0 down.
February 19, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The finalists for the 34th annual L.A. Times Book Prizes were announced Wednesday morning: 50 books in 10 categories are in the running to win the L.A. Times Book Prizes, to be awarded in April. Two authors will receive special recognition: John Green with the Innovators Award and Susan Straight with the Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement. Bestselling young adult novelist John Green will be presented with the Innovators Award for his dynamic use of online media to entertain and engage.
February 19, 2014 | By Susan King
Besides showcasing new French cinema, the 18th City of Lights, City of Angels film festival, which takes place April 21-28 at the Directors Guild of America, will feature several classic films and a tribute to New Wave pioneer François Truffaut. The festival will be honoring Truffaut on the 30th anniversary of the death of the director of such classics as "The 400 Blows," "Shoot the Piano Player," "Jules and Jim" and "Day for Night" with a special program. Details will be announced soon.
February 14, 2014 | By Eric Maddy
BOYS' BASKETBALL SOUTHERN SECTION OPEN DIVISION PLAYOFF FIELD (16 teams) Opening-round pairings to be announced Sunday. Mater Dei Loyola Corona Centennial Etiwanda Chaminade Chino Hills Redondo Bishop Montgomery Sierra Canyon St. John Bosco Compton Riverside North Cantwell-Sacred Heart Gardena Serra Cathedral Mayfair         GIRLS' BASKETBALL SOUTHERN SECTION...
February 14, 2014 | By Anthony York
As President Obama prepares to head to Fresno to witness damaged caused by the California drought, the White House is announcing more than $200 million in aid available to those affected by the dry conditions. The package includes up to $150 million in help for state livestock producers, $60 million for food banks and $5 million for water conservation projects. The president also has directed facilities in the state to reduce water use and has issued a moratorium on “non-essential landscaping projects,” according to a White House statement.
February 14, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- President Obama will announce millions of dollars in federal drought assistance Friday when he flies to California and tours fields and orchards ravaged by the deepening water crisis, aides said. The president wants farmers to know he is paying close attention to the drought and has instructed federal agencies to expedite help, Tom Vilsack, the secretary of Agriculture, said Thursday. “The federal government will do all it can to alleviate the stress associated with this drought,” Vilsack said in a call with reporters.
February 14, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
SOCHI, Russia - An Olympic medal had eluded Noelle Pikus-Pace in the cruelest of ways during her career. In 2005, a runaway bobsled struck her in an outrun of a Canadian track, shattering her leg and causing her to miss the Turin Games in 2006. Five years later, she missed a medal by one-tenth of a second in Vancouver. So, her jubilation was understandable Friday after she finished second in the women's skeleton event. FRAMEWORK: Best images from Sochi "This is better than gold for me," she said, through a mixture of tears and laughter.
February 13, 2014 | By Stacey Leasca
As the snowflakes pile up from Kentucky and North Carolina up into New England, children everywhere are wishing and hoping for that magical announcement: School is canceled for the day. Can that announcement ever get old? For James Detwiler, an elementary school principal in Burlington, Ky., it did: “I was getting bored with saying the same thing over and over again.” Detwiler, principal at Stephens Elementary, told the Los Angeles Times that his Kentucky school district was on its 10th or 11th snow day. So he took as his inspiration a Broadway musical -- and then '80s rock.
February 11, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Craig Kuligowski heard the words, but at first they didn't register. In nearly three decades in college football, the University of Missouri defensive line coach had come to view summer team-building sessions as a typically uneventful training camp exercise. So he wasn't expecting different on a sweltering day last August when he gathered 15 players in a nondescript, windowless meeting room on the first floor of the Mizzou Athletic Training Complex. There, beneath seven black-and-gold placards professing an adherence to teamwork, camaraderie and character, one of the players tested whether those were core values or just empty words.
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