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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Tony Perry
Two men were arrested at the San Clemente checkpoint Thursday after agents found a load of marijuana-laced candy in their car, the Border Patrol said. The two arrived at the checkpoint on Interstate 5 at 1 a.m. in a 2012 Chrysler. In the trunk of the vehicle agents found three sealed boxes containing lollipops, hard candy and cookies laced with tetrahydrocannabinol, the constituent ingredient of the cannabis plant, the Border Patrol said. The candy seemed to be "geared toward children," according to the Border Patrol.
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NATIONAL
March 7, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
  A pregnant South Carolina woman who drove her three young children into the surf in a locked minivan said she wanted to take them to a better place, said authorities, who charged her Friday with three counts of attempted first-degree murder and three counts of child abuse. Ebony Wilkerson, 32, was arrested Friday and was being held without bond in the county jail , according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office in Florida . She has been in the Halifax Health Medical Center undergoing a mental health evaluation for several days, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Dina Felix walks her sons to and from their Head Start program at the Kedren Community Health Center every day. She doesn't mind the trek across train tracks. The excitement of her 3-year-old, Kenneth, about school is worth it. But the 36-year-old Felix may not be making the trek much longer: The center could close by summer, news that prompted more than a dozen parents and children to voice their concerns Thursday. The protesters gathered at the center's administrative office on 111th Place in Los Angeles to express concern over the threat to their children's education.
SPORTS
March 5, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX  - Carl Crawford is sporting a new number this spring, having dumped the No. 25 he wore last year in favor of No. 3. "I didn't like the number," Crawford said. "I wanted to change. It just didn't feel comfortable. " When Crawford arrived in Los Angeles from Boston in 2012, Hanley Ramirez had the No. 13 Crawford wore in 10 of his first 11 big league seasons and Manager Don Mattingly the No. 8 Crawford wore as a rookie. But when No. 3, last worn by Skip Schumaker , became available this off-season, Crawford grabbed it. "I've got three kids now," he said.
WORLD
February 27, 2014
BY SONIA NAZARIO, TIMES STAFF WRITER TIMES PHOTOGRAPHS BY DON BARTLETTI he boy does not understand. His mother is not talking to him. She will not even look at him. Enrique has no hint of what she is going to do. Lourdes knows. She understands, as only a mother can, the terror she is about to inflict, the ache Enrique will feel and finally the emptiness. What will become of him? Already he will not let anyone else feed or bathe him. He loves her deeply, as only a son can. With Lourdes, he is a chatterbox.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A onetime American Youth Soccer Organization coach in Lancaster was found guilty Thursday of molesting 15 children over 17 years. Jurors took four hours to convict Renoir Vincent Valenti, 52, of multiple felony and misdemeanor sexual abuse crimes after a lengthy trial in which they heard from nearly five dozen witnesses, Los Angeles  Deputy Dist. Atty Jon Hatami said. Valenti not only coached but officiated games for the AYSO over nearly 17 years. Valenti, an AYSO coach who used numerous aliases, molested 14 boys, six of whom were soccer players he coached, and a young girl.
SCIENCE
February 25, 2014 | By Melissa Healy, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
Americans are still carrying too much weight, but a new federal study offers a glimmer of hope amongst the nation's smallest eaters: Between 2003 and 2012, obesity among children between 2 and 5 years of age has declined from 14% to 8% -- a 43% decrease in just under a decade. And much of that reduction has come in the past three to four years, as efforts to address a burgeoning child obesity crisis have escalated. The new figures came as First Lady Michelle Obama and her "Let's Move" campaign against childhood obesity launched new initiatives designed to reduce marketing for unhealthy foods and beverages seen by children in schools.
NATIONAL
February 25, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage treats gays as second-class citizens and should be overturned, an attorney representing a lesbian couple argued Tuesday at the start of the latest legal challenge to such laws. The case is being closely watched for more than its central argument that a state can ban same-sex marriage if its voters chose to pass such a constitutional amendment. The case also will focus on some claims that having parents of the same sex is bad for the children. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex marriage.
SCIENCE
February 24, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
Pregnant women have long been assured that acetaminophen can treat their aches, pains and fevers without bringing harm to the babies they carry. Now researchers say they have found a strong link between prenatal use of the medication and cases of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in children. The results, published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, add to growing evidence that the active ingredient in Tylenol may influence brain development in utero. But they do not provide clear answers for mothers-to-be or their doctors about whether acetaminophen is safe during pregnancy.
OPINION
February 23, 2014
Re "A humane stance on dying kids," Opinion, Feb. 20 Unsettling decisions regarding a child's "right to die" and whether his or her life measures up anymore must be determined carefully. Members of a medical and psychosocial team, as well as the patient and patient's family, should be included in the process. With guidance by trained professionals, the process of listening to a sick child's fears and frustrations can help to decipher sometimes subtle differences between depression, cognitive disorganization, feelings of hopelessness and a desire to hasten one's own death.
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