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SPORTS
March 16, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX  - The Dodgers learned last year that a $240-million payroll can overcome a disastrous start. They'll now find out if it can negate the effects of an abbreviated exhibition season and trip to the other side of the world. The most expensive team in baseball broke camp Sunday, departing late in the night for Sydney, Australia, the site of a two-game, series-opening series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Spring training started and ended early for the Dodgers, who will play their first regular-season game about a week earlier than usual.
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BUSINESS
March 16, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
The gig: As the head of Sterling Venue Ventures, Lance Sterling runs the recently renovated Saban Theatre concert venue in Beverly Hills and also owns and operates the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Early days: Sterling, 51, studied civil engineering at the University of Arizona. While in school, he worked in bars, nightclubs and concert venues that booked groups such as Grand Funk Railroad. "I was making more money running concerts than I would as an engineer," he said. After college, he briefly worked for a billboard company and then went into the hotel business.
WORLD
March 15, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - Like an Agatha Christie whodunit, the investigation of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is now focusing on a finite circle of suspects: the 227 passengers and 12 crew members of the missing plane. While loath to call it a hijacking, Malaysian officials say they believe someone on the plane with expertise in the navigational and communications systems of the Boeing 777 diverted it from its Kuala Lumpur-to-Beijing flight path. "In view of this latest development, Malaysian authorities have refocused their investigation into the crew and passengers on board," Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said at a news conference Saturday.
WORLD
March 15, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - Russia stood alone Saturday in vetoing a United Nations Security Council resolution declaring illegal a Russian-sponsored referendum on whether Crimea should secede from Ukraine. In an illustration of Russia's isolation on the issue, 13 council members voted for the U.S.-sponsored resolution at the session in New York. China, which almost always allies itself with Russia on council votes, abstained. It has been clear for days that the resolution would be vetoed. But U.S. officials and allies pushed ahead with it to put Moscow in a difficult spot in hopes of convincing it not to annex Crimea following the Sunday referendum.
NATIONAL
March 14, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - Under orders by President Obama to enforce immigration laws "more humanely," Homeland Security officials are focusing on at least two major policy changes that would slow the pace of deportations of immigrants in the U.S. illegally. But the White House has tentatively rejected proposals to expand an Obama administration program to allow the parents of young people who were brought to the country illegally to stay. Officials said Friday that the changes under review would effectively stop most deportations of foreigners with no criminal convictions other than immigration violations, and focus enforcement efforts instead mostly at those charged or convicted of felony crimes or who pose more of a threat to public safety.
SPORTS
March 14, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN ANTONIO - Lakers fans lost one of their favorite chants earlier this season, the "M-V-P" mantra reserved for the still-injured Kobe Bryant . They lost another one Friday. Phil Jackson joined the New York Knicks' front office as team president, taking away his chances of returning to the Lakers and presumably the "We Want Phil" chant that popped in and out of Staples Center since Coach Mike Brown was fired. Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni heard them plenty of times since getting hired but said he didn't feel relieved with Jackson out of the picture.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to his social network Thursday to say he has called President Obama about the operations taken by the U.S. government. "I've called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future," Zuckerberg said in a post. "Unfortunately, it seems like it will take a very long time for true full reform. " Zuckerberg's post comes a few days after a report that alleged the National Security Agency has previously posed as Facebook so that it could infect users' computers with malware.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Seth Rogen has thrown in his lot with the Bieber bashers.  The "Neighbors" star, 31, stopped by Andy Cohen's "Watch What Happens Live" on Wednesday, and the host asked him about a tweet he'd posted in January following Justin Bieber's arrest on suspicion of DUI in Miami. Sorry, guys, we can't republish the tweet here, but it involved Rogen calling the pop star "a piece of" something. The 20-year-old "Beauty and a Beat" singer's latest antics have further sullied his name.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Mikael Wood and August Brown
AUSTIN, Texas - A drum kit stood assembled and cans of beer were piled in a bucket. But otherwise, the outdoor stage at Cheer Up Charlie's was empty Thursday afternoon, an unusual sight for the ordinarily bustling South by Southwest music festival. Earlier that day, a suspected drunk driver had plowed through a crowd gathered in front of the downtown venue, killing two people and injuring 23 others, police said. An annual conference that also includes portions dedicated to film and technology, SXSW brings thousands of people to downtown Austin every March - an estimated 325,000 came in 2013.
SPORTS
March 12, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Bryan Call, a junior second baseman at Santa Ana Mater Dei who has been starting since his freshman year, has committed to Brigham Young. He's the son of Mater Dei Coach Burt Call.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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