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March 2, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA forward David Wear laughed when asked, "Was that an identical twin moment?" Travis Wear had spotted his brother running alone up court and fired a long pass Thursday. David sank a three-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime against Oregon. "No," David said with a chuckle. "I just ran down court and we made eye contact. " The Wears are seen as a novelty at times. A pair of 6-foot-10 basketball players who all but require DNA testing to tell them apart. It has been a subject for inquisitive minds.
March 2, 2014 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: We have a son who is a high school junior and who is planning on going to college. We met with a college financial planner who suggested we put money in a whole life insurance policy as a way to help get more financial aid. Is that a good idea? Answer: Your "college financial planner" is actually an insurance salesperson who hopes to make a big commission by talking you into an expensive policy you probably don't need. The salesperson is correct that buying a cash-value life insurance policy is one way to hide assets from college financial planning formulas.
March 1, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Speed hasn't been ruled out as a factor in a highway crash that killed three Minnesota college juniors who were members of a nationally ranked ultimate frisbee team, authorities said Saturday. Five Carleton College students were packed into a 1997 Toyota 4Runner SUV that spun out of control Friday afternoon, sliding into oncoming traffic on the icy and undivided two-lane highway. A semi-truck smashed into the SUV. Dead at the scene  were James P. Adams, 20, of St. Paul; Paxton Harvieux, 21, of Stillwater, Minn.; and Michael D. Goodgame, 20, of Westport, Conn.
February 28, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
South Carolina lawmakers voted Wednesday to cut $69,000 in funding to two public universities that had assigned gay-themed books as reading for incoming students. The books are "Fun Home" by Alison Bechdel, a finalist for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award, and "Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio," a collection of stories broadcast on a South Carolina radio show. The University of South Carolina Upstate would lose $17,000 for assigning "Out Loud," while the College of Charleston would lose $52,000 for assigning Bechdel's "Fun Home," a memoir told in graphic novel form, to incoming freshmen.
February 27, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Electronic Arts Sports and the Collegiate Licensing Co. wanted to use the names and likenesses of college athletes in video games, according to an NCAA document unsealed in federal court Wednesday. The report was among hundreds of pages of documents that U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ordered to be made fully or partially public in the long-running antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA fronted by former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon. The case is scheduled for trial in June and, in the interim, the document dump provides another window into the often contentious issues of amateurism and compensation raised by the case.
February 26, 2014 | By David Ng
A nearly 40-year-old cold case involving the theft of a valuable work of art from Amherst College has been reopened in the hopes of locating the Dutch Golden Age painting.  The FBI is working with Amherst's Mead Art Museum to locate a work stolen in 1975 from the museum in Massachusetts. The canvas, which dates from the 17th or 18th century, was one of three paintings torn from their frames during a break-in. Mead Art Museum officials announced this month that they are working with the Boston division of the FBI and the FBI's Art Crime Team to try to solve the case.  PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times The missing work is Jan Baptist Lambrechts' "Interior With Figures Smoking and Drinking.
February 26, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
[ Updated 1:45 p.m. PST Feb. 26: This post has been updated to include a response from ITT Educational Services and to reflect the closing stock price.] In its first action against a company in the for-profit college industry, the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Wednesday sued ITT Educational Services Inc., which operates 149 schools in 40 states, including 14 in California. The consumer protection agency alleges that ITT used high-pressure tactics over a five-month period beginning in July 2011 to coerce students into high-interest private loans that were likely to end in default.
February 25, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Just hours before a UC Santa Barbara woman was gang raped near campus, a city college student reported being sexually assaulted in the area, an official said Tuesday. The first incident occurred Saturday night and was reported by a Santa Barbara City College student who said she was attacked by an unidentified man, said Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kelly Hoover. Authorities said it was unclear if the rape was connected to an incident hours later, when a 19-year-old UC Santa Barbara student was gang raped by three men as she walked toward apartments in Isla Vista.
February 24, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
The first story line of the exhibition season: Can a college kid upstage the New York Yankees? No, seriously. The Yankees open the Grapefruit League season Tuesday against Florida State, and the Seminoles' roster includes Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. Winston closed Florida State's 5-0 victory over Georgia on Sunday by striking out the final batter, Jess Posey, younger brother of San Francisco Giants star Buster Posey. In three relief appearances this season, Winston has given up no runs, no walks and one hit in four innings.
February 24, 2014 | By Jason Song
Danielle Alberts fell and broke her right ankle in three places in 2012. Alberts, who earns about $9,000 a year, went to the hospital and was charged nearly $4,000 for a shot and some pain medication. Alberts did not have health insurance. She refused a cast because it would have cost $500 more and she didn't have the money from her jobs as a security guard and caregiver. The ankle healed poorly, leaving her with a limp, and she wears a brace to keep the swelling down. So when the 25-year-old Los Angeles Trade Technical College student received insurance under Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange for the public, she began searching for a doctor who could help her walk normally.
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