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March 2, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 Available on VOD beginning March 6 It's hard to know how to evaluate this because Lars von Trier's two-hour character sketch is, on its own, an unfinished film, ending on a cliffhanger that suggests a change of gears for the next two hours (set to come out in a few weeks). And that's not even considering the five-hour "complete" version that won't be available stateside for a while. But at the halfway point, "Nymphomaniac" is on pace to be perhaps the essential Von Trier film, pouring all his thoughts about faith, death, lust and gender relations into the story of one sick woman (Charlotte Gainsbourg)
March 2, 2014 | By Tony Perry
Navy and civilian rescue teams will continue Sunday searching for the pilot of a Marine Corps plane that crashed Saturday in a mountainous area of northern Nevada, officials said. The plane, an F/A-18C Hornet on loan from the Marine Corps to the Navy for "Top Gun" pilot training, crashed Saturday afternoon about 70 miles east of the Naval Air Station in Fallon, Nev. "Initial reports from the scene indicate the aircraft is a total loss," according to the Navy. Rescue teams from the Navy and the Lander County, Nev., Sheriff's Office took hours to reach the site in a remote, rugged area.
March 2, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. - By the time the race ended, it wasn't clear where the paint job of Danica Patrick's car ended and the black repair tape holding it together started. Patrick's No. 10 Chevrolet was collected in a multi-car crash midway through Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. Justin Allgaier and Travis Kvapil also were involved. She was running about 25th at the time, one lap behind the leaders. After her pit crew taped up the car's crumpled body during several pit stops, she was able to continue.
March 1, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
BOSTON -- Despite the presence of an FBI agent in the room, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev made a “statement to his detriment” while his sister was visiting him in prison, federal prosecutors say. Prosecutors revealed the incident in a filing Friday that argued that special rules governing Tsarnaev's prison conditions should remain in place. The rules, called special administrative measures, limit who can communicate with Tsarnaev, allows the government to be present while certain people visit him, and place restrictions on who his defense team can share information with.
March 1, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
They've tried edgy and tinkered with experimental. But the producers of the 86th Academy Awards telecast believe that what America really wants is tradition. This year's Oscar show Sunday will bring back 2007 host Ellen DeGeneres, a likable, benign daytime television presence. Backstage, Broadway-oriented veterans Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are back producing for a second consecutive year. Not present? Seth MacFarlane, the "Family Guy" creator who polarized audiences last year even though he did manage a ratings jump.
February 28, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - An attorney is vowing to appeal a federal court ruling that a Northern California high school that asked students to remove American flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo acted reasonably to avoid igniting ethnic tensions. The ruling stemmed from a 2010 incident that provoked angry commentary across the country and a lawsuit by students claiming their constitutional rights had been violated. An attorney for three students who sued said he would ask a larger panel of the 9th Circuit to overturn the ruling.
February 28, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
It used to be that when a skateboard had shredded its last empty pool or hopped its last handrail, it took a one-way trip to the great halfpipe in the sky. But thanks to a Long Beach-based company called Art of Board, there's now new life for some of the battered and broken slabs. Wooden skateboard decks - in all their scuffed, gouged and worn glory - are finding new uses in board shorts, T-shirts, hats, socks, pillows, wallets and a range of flooring and wall tiles. Through its "I Ride, I Recycle" program, Art of Board collects broken wooden skateboard decks from 400 skate/surf shops, skate parks and the like from New York City to Los Angeles.
February 27, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 With Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and Encino Crespi scheduled to move to different leagues in football this fall, there was talk of ending the neighborhood rivalry game. That has been prevented. The two schools have agreed to meet in a nonleague game at Notre Dame this coming season, Notre Dame Coach Kevin Rooney confirmed on Thursday. Notre Dame is scheduled to play Mira Costa, Birmingham, San Mateo Serra, Crespi, Canyon Country Canyon and San Diego St. Augustine in nonleague games.
February 27, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - At Noble Prentis Elementary School, a classroom is crammed with 31 students and all their backpacks and books. Last year, the fifth-grade class had just 17 students, but a teaching position was cut when the school ran short of money. The school nurse, who comes in only twice a week, freezes kitchen sponges to use as ice packs because her budget is too small for her to buy any. Schools have always had to fight for more funding, but Noble Prentis' problems were exacerbated during the recession when state budget cuts left schools, like many other public services, foundering.
February 26, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 JSerra and Santa Ana Mater Dei continue to trade players. Blake Burton, a junior infielder at JSerra and a Washington commit, is transferring to Mater Dei. He will be eligible on April 7, when the baseball sitout players gain eligibility. Mater Dei's basketball team picked up Rex Pflueger, a junior transfer from JSerra. And JSerra's basketball team picked up Jayce Johnson, a sophomore transfer from Mater Dei. JSerra's baseball coach, Brett Kay, is a Mater Dei grad. So we'll all wait for the "future considerations" part of the baseball trade.
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