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SPORTS
March 11, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Manager Don Mattingly will miss the Dodgers' exhibition games on Wednesday and Thursday because of his death in his family, according to a team spokesman. Bench coach Tim Wallach will manage the Dodgers in the absence of Mattingly, who returned to his home state of Indiana. Mattingly is expected to be back in time for the Dodgers' exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs in Mesa, Ariz., on Friday. The Dodgers are scheduled to depart Sunday for Australia, where they will face the Arizona Diamondbacks in their season-opening series.
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SPORTS
March 10, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 St. Louis Rams receiver Austin Pettis, an Orange Lutheran grad, is hosting a charity basketball game on March 28, followed by a free camp for middle school and high school athletes on March 29. Here's the link to sign up for the camp. All proceeds from the basketball game and a silent auction go toward supporting the Austin Pettis Foundation, whose mission is to "broaden life experiences of inner-city, underprivileged and disadvantaged youth by raising money for them to attend various sports camps.
BUSINESS
March 9, 2014 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON - You may have seen reports about a major tax reform proposal floated recently by Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. But you probably didn't see the grisly list of long-standing home real estate tax benefits that would be eliminated or sharply reduced under Camp's plan. Here's a quick overview. But first, some basics: •This is no back-of-the-napkin set of proposals. Camp and his committee - the primary tax-writing panel in Congress - have been working on this for two years.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien and Andrea Chang
The day started with a possible answer to one of the digital era's greatest mysteries: Who created the bitcoin virtual currency that has become a multibillion-dollar global phenomenon? From there, with the unlikely revelation by Newsweek magazine that it might be Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, a 64-year-old Japanese American living in Temple City, the day only got wilder and weirder. It featured a media frenzy on his front lawn and a semi-comical car chase through multiple cities as Nakamoto rode in a Prius driven by an Associated Press reporter trying to elude other reporters.
SPORTS
March 5, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Unbeaten middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin wants to accept former middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.'s offer of a summer fight, with promoters for each boxer targeting a July 12 bout at the Forum in Inglewood. Golovkin (29-0, 26 knockouts) pulled out of a late April title defense against Andy Lee to follow his country's ritual of a 40-day mourning period after the late-February death of his father in Kazakhstan. Chavez (48-1-1, 32 KOs) looked strong in winning a unanimous decision over Bryan Vera on Saturday night in San Antonio, with Golovkin's Big Bear-based trainer Abel Sanchez and promoter Tom Loeffler in attendance.
NEWS
March 5, 2014 | By Brady MacDonald
It's no fun to visit a theme park and not get to go on the rides. And that's the big problem with Camp Snoopy at Knott's Berry Farm: Far too many rides that parents can't experience with their kids. But that will begin to change this summer when the Buena Park theme park gives the 30-year-old kiddie land a much-needed facelift and removes a number of rides with height maximums that prevent families from having fun together. PHOTOS: Camp Snoopy at Knott's Berry Farm Gone are the Log Peeler kiddie scrambler ride (48-inch maximum)
SPORTS
February 23, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX  - In each of the last eight years, Jamey Wright reported to spring training on a minor league contract. All eight times, he made a major league opening-day roster. Now, at 39, Wright has broken the cycle. The right-handed reliever has a guaranteed contract with the Dodgers. "Christmas miracle," Wright said. "Supply and demand, I guess. " The last time Wright was in camp with the Dodgers, in 2012, he had no guarantees he would make the team. He faced the possibility of having to decide whether to pitch in the minor leagues or re-enter the free-agent market.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
When Alice Herz-Sommer played the piano at Theresienstadt her audience was enthralled. As she approached the end of Chopin's difficult Revolutionary Etude, the piece's mounting musical turbulence exploded. "Alice's hands slid furiously over the keys, zig-zagging up and down from the heights to the lowest registers, with the final four chords ringing out, like so many shrieks of despair," biographers Melissa Muller and Reinhard Piechocki wrote in 2006. The next day, she was given an extra ladle of watery soup - a privilege at a Nazi concentration camp, but one that made the pianist distinctly uncomfortable.
WORLD
February 18, 2014 | By Victoria Butenko and Carol J. Williams
KIEV, Ukraine - The 3-month-old uprising against Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich flared to a deadly crescendo Tuesday with antigovernment protesters setting fire to the ruling party headquarters and security forces storming their tent camp in what officials labeled "an anti-terror operation. " The Interior Ministry reported that at least nine people were killed: two police officers, an official of the ruling Party of Regions and six protesters. Opposition lawmaker Oleksandra Kuzhel said the death toll had grown to 15 after security forces moved against the encampment with stun grenades and water cannons.
NATIONAL
February 13, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - They'll meet at a discreet compound in Southern California on Friday, dining with a view of the mountains before a long talk and, if the mood strikes, a walk around the grounds in the balmy night. It's hardly a storybook Valentine's Day, with President Obama as the host and Jordanian King Abdullah II the guest at Rancho Mirage's luxurious Sunnylands estate, which is becoming the Camp David of the West. But the setting holds a special allure for world leaders looking to work out nettlesome problems, far from the media glare and diplomatic protocols that come with an official visit to the White House.
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