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March 8, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
General Motors Co.'s lumbering full-size SUVs are dinosaurs from a bygone era, but don't expect them to go extinct just yet. Despite flagging sales, each delivery brings in piles of cash for GM. "These vehicles are minting money for them," said Dave Sullivan, an analyst at AutoPacific Inc. "It's one of the biggest profit margins in the industry. " GM makes at least $10,000 per full-sized sport utility vehicle sold, he estimates. (Not to mention the windfall for the nearest gas station.)
March 7, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX --- The Dodgers have tried to temper Yasiel Puig's aggressive play without curbing his enthusiasm. But the man Vin Scully has nicknamed the "wild horse" showed Thursday he is not ready to be tamed. With one out in the bottom of the first inning of a scoreless game with the Angels, Puig made an ill-advised dive to try to catch Mike Trout's sinking line drive to center. Puig missed the ball, which rolled past him to the center-field wall. That allowed the speedy Trout to motor around the bases and only a good throw from Puig and a spectacular relay by shortstop Hanley Ramirez to nail Trout at the plate kept the Angels from taking a 1-0 lead.
March 7, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A federal jury has awarded $3.5 million to three Westminster police officers who said they were continually being passed over for promotions and assigned to "mall duty" because they are Latino. After deliberating for about three days, the Santa Ana jury returned a verdict Thursday, finding that officers Jose Flores, Ryan Reyes and Brian Perez, should get damages for discrimination, said Melanie Poturica, an attorney representing the Orange County city. "In many ways this is a historic victory for officers of color," said Victor Viramontes, an attorney representing the officers.
March 6, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
The addition of Stanford runner Jessica Tonn to the dozens of current and former athletes suing the NCAA over concussions Wednesday is the latest in a stream of litigation targeting the organization. At last year's Final Four, NCAA President Mark Emmert quipped, “If you're not getting sued, you're not doing anything.” By last fall, NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy estimated the organization faced 20 pending lawsuits . That number seems to grow each day. Tonn's lawsuit increased the number of concussion plaintiffs to 74, according to one database . That number has shot up since settlement talks commenced in November between the NCAA and attorneys who filed the first concussion lawsuit in 2011.
March 6, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Jason Wells
Authorities continued their hunt Thursday morning for what they said was an "aggressive" mountain lion that killed a 100-pound German shepherd in Fontana and came at police officers "a total of four times" amid a hail of bullets before retreating. Authorities said they do not believe that the large cat -- deemed an "imminent threat" to public safety -- was hit by the gunfire, prompting an overnight search that continued into the predawn hours Thursday. Fontana police said in a statement that the incident began about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday when a resident in the 4100 block of Fox Borough Drive heard his dog crying out and went outside to find a large mountain lion standing over his dead 100-pound German shepherd.
March 4, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
American women - especially white women - are increasingly choosing to have their babies at home instead of in a hospital, new government data show. One out of every 49 babies born to non-Latino white mothers in 2012 came into the world outside of a hospital, according to a report published Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About two-thirds of those births occurred at home. Mothers of all racial and ethnic backgrounds gave birth to 35,184 babies at home in 2012.
March 4, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
KIEV, Ukraine - As thousands of Russian and Ukrainian troops stare each other down in Ukraine's strategic Crimean peninsula, the worlds-apart views from Moscow and Washington over the dangerous faceoff suggested Tuesday that a resolution was far from imminent. At the same time, signs emerged from the Kremlin and Kiev that both sides were wary of escalating the crisis, in which one nervous reaction could spark a shooting war. U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, during a visit Tuesday to the Ukrainian capital, accused Russia of gun-barrel diplomacy and brutish behavior more befitting the war-racked 19th century.
March 4, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
LUBIMOVKA, Ukraine - They were unarmed, bored and dispirited. Heavily armed Russian-speaking soldiers in distinctly Russian-looking uniforms had taken over a Ukrainian air base and captured three dozen MIG fighter jets. Now the Ukrainian army soldiers were sitting around grumbling outside the airstrip, until one of their mates appeared with a soccer ball. "Let's play with the Russians!" one soldier shouted. The others cheered. The young soldier approached one of the gunmen guarding the airport.
March 4, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to limit teacher job protections in California. The case, Vergara vs. California, is about halfway through trial. So far, advocates for nine families have presented their evidence that job protections for teachers are so stringent that they work against the best interests of students. Poor and minority students suffer disproportionate harm, attorneys argued. They are seeking to nullify laws that provide for teachers to earn tenure after 18 months as well as rules that rely on seniority rather than merit to determine which teachers are laid off. Lastly, the suit targets the teacher dismissal process as too lengthy and expensive.
March 3, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Hollywood Boulevard was quiet on the Monday morning after the Oscars. The parties were over, the limos were gone, and the only people in the street were crew members taking down displays and picking up trash. But 3,000 fans were lined up outside the lobby of the Dolby Theatre, where the "Live" staff had spent all night turning the Oscar stage into the set for the annual "Live With Kelly and Michael After Oscar Show. " "We take over the theater at midnight," joked Michael Gelman, the show's executive director.
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