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March 26, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
An Anaheim councilwoman is under growing pressure to resign following her online remarks that a fatal police shooting of a 21-year-old man had “saved us a trial.” Lucille Kring, who now is running for mayor of Orange County's largest city, quickly apologized for her remarks, but some residents pushing for her resignation said it was too late. Robert Moreno Jr., 21 was fatally shot last Thursday by officers following a police chase. Authorities said Moreno had fired at officers and injured a police dog, Bruno.
March 25, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Top Federal Reserve officials said financial markets overreacted to Chairwoman Janet Yellen's comments last week indicating the central bank could start raising interest rates early next year. In speeches and interviews, the officials stressed that Fed policy on its near zero short-term interest rates hadn't changed and that rates would remain low for a long period of time. "I don't think the Fed changed its position," Charles Plosser, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, told CNBC-TV Tuesday.
March 21, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SYDNEY, Australia - Even on the other side of the world, the Dodgers have been cast as the villains. The buildup to their season opener Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks is reminiscent of the scenario the Dodgers faced when they played the St. Louis Cardinals last year during the National League Championship Series. The Dodgers' wealth and perceived arrogance have made them the bad guys here. Catcher A.J. Ellis wasn't surprised. "We're the bad guys back in the States," Ellis said.
March 16, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
Twenty years ago, Ed O'Bannon's geography skills had an unfortunate lapse after he learned UCLA would play Tulsa in the NCAA tournament's first round. “To tell you the truth,” O'Bannon said at the time, “I didn't even know Tulsa was in Oklahoma.” Tulsa went on to end UCLA's tournament early in 1994, history that won't be far away when the schools meet Friday in San Diego to start the NCAA tournament. After beating Louisiana Tech to win the Conference USA tournament, Tulsa's first NCAA appearance since 2003 is the latest twist in an unpredictable season.
March 16, 2014 | By Jen Leo
From the co-founder of Flickr comes a new travel app that's three parts photo-inspired sticky notes and one part treasure map. Name: Findery Available for: Website and iPhone, iPad and iPod touch What it does: Geo-tags "notes" all over the world connecting people with places, and places with stories. Create your own "notemaps," or list of notes. Even better - discover the world through other travelers' lists. Cost: Free What's hot: Lots of hyper-local travel apps point out brag-worthy hotspots, but Findery delves deeper, encouraging travelers and locals to imprint their memories and stories on a place.
March 8, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
For old-timer's sake Washington Wizards Coach Randy Wittman , on the collective play of Andre Miller , 37, Al Harrington , 34, and Drew Gooden , 32: "We had the AARP group in there. It was doing pretty good. You can see it in practice and out here on the floor. They're getting their legs under them a little bit more and more each day. They gave us a big boost. " The silent treatment San Antonio Coach Gregg Popovich , on how he handles his team in games when things aren't going well: "Sometimes in timeouts I'll say, 'I've got nothing for you. What do you want me to do?
February 27, 2014 | By Deirdre Edgar
The Times has begun using a new commenting platform for its online articles. In a note to users, Managing Editor/Digital Jimmy Orr said editors hope the changes will give readers better ways to communicate with each other and Times journalists, as well as provide better tools for moderators. If you're a frequent commenter, much in the new system will be familiar. The "report abuse" flags remain, and The Times will continue to rely on readers to help weed out offensive or inappropriate comments.
February 26, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
For most Oscar viewers, the red carpet is little more than a fluffy delight - a few hours filled with insanely expensive dresses, over-caffeinated commentators and false modesty. But for Joe Lewis, whose job is to make sure the red carpet is ready to be tread upon come Sunday, it's serious business. For the past seven years, Lewis has been contracted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to hire hundreds of vendors for the big day, overseeing everything from power and lighting to fan bleachers and porta-potties.
February 26, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Steve Elkington just can't help himself. Even when he's trying to make a situation right, his attempt seems to have the opposite effect. At least that appears to be the case this week, when the former PGA Championship winner tried clearing up his controversial comments about a gay football player while using a word considered offensive toward another group of people. On Tuesday morning Elkington tweeted a couple of now-deleted comments on Michael Sam, the former Missouri defensive end who came out publicly as gay earlier this month.
February 21, 2014
The most important part of the agreement, however, was devoted to early presidential elections, to be held no later than December. The two sides also agreed that an objective investigation into the recent protester deaths would be conducted under monitoring by the opposition and the Council of Europe. The agreement buried the idea of introducing a state of emergency in the country and compelled parliament to pass a new amnesty for protesters involved in the recent clashes. The agreement bound the opposition to hand over to authorities all illegal weapons within 24 hours as soon as a special law to that effect is passed.
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