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January 29, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
With a little more than two weeks left in the high school basketball regular season, there are some teams trying to figure out if they should really celebrate after a victory, considering each win moves them closer to being selected for the new Southern Section Open Division playoffs, where powers Santa Ana Mater Dei, Los Angeles Loyola, Etiwanda and Corona Centennial figure to land. There's speculation some teams would be perfectly happy taking a loss or two just to avoid being selected for the Open Division, but don't tell that to surging Chino Hills (18-4, 5-0)
January 27, 2014 | By Scott Gold
When Jeff Bozarth retired after 20 years as a police officer and signed up as a park ranger here last spring, he knew what to expect and relished every bit of it. Hidden in the folds of the Central Coast mountains, Cachuma Lake featured the largest campground in Santa Barbara County and one of the area's most popular outdoor playgrounds. Here, Bozarth knew, was 190,000 acre-feet of crystalline water that splashed into clay washes and lapped at primeval rock formations. There would be bobcats, wild pigs, migrating grebes who acted out an elaborate courtship dance.
December 23, 2013 | By Chad Terhune, David Lauter and Maeve Reston
After months of technical glitches and political tumult, a burst of last-minute insurance shoppers illustrated the growing appetite for Obamacare and the enormous challenges ahead in making the massive healthcare expansion work. On Monday, the crush of consumers prompted the Obama administration to put thousands of applicants on hold and push back another key enrollment deadline to Tuesday. This unexpected move came despite weeks of computer fixes aimed at improving the troubled website.
December 7, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
CHARLOTTE - It was a long, emotional week for Florida State players, so you could understand why it took the Seminoles a little time to warm up on a chilly evening. The team didn't know until Thursday whether quarterback Jameis Winston would be able to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game on Saturday at Bank of America Stadium. The program cloud was lifted when State Attorney Willie Meggs ruled charges would not be filed against Winston in a sexual assault complaint filed last December.
October 23, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Katy Perry got chatty with W magazine for the release of her new album, "Prism. " The pop vixen opened up about her early days in L.A., her marriage and her love life with boyfriend du jour, crooner John Mayer. "I actually am dating my crush," she told the magazine in a video Q&A . "I had a crush on him for a long time, and it just so happens we fit together great. " But we can't address Mayer without talking about the 28-year-old's short-lived marriage to British comedian Russell Brand.  PHOTOS: Katy Perry in concert: onstage and offbeat "I really loved [being married]"
October 16, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
NFL Thursday night SEATTLE (5-1) AT ARIZONA (3-3) TV: NFL Network, 5:15 PDT. Line: Seahawks by 6 1/2. Over/under: 401/2. Sam Farmer's pick: The Cardinals are capable of surprising, but that's not likely against an opponent that crushed them, 58-0, in their last meeting. It doesn't help that defensive end Calais Campbell is iffy because of a bruised spine. Seahawks 31, Cardinals 17
October 10, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer and Kate Mather
San Diego County teenager Hannah Anderson says her abductor, James DiMaggio, "had a crush" on her and sent text messages accusing the teenager of trying to avoid him. Her comments in an interview with NBC's  "Today"  show that aired Thursday came two months after the 16-year-old was rescued from the remote Idaho wilderness. Hannah told NBC's Savannah Guthrie that once, after a gymnastics meet, she asked DiMaggio if she could bring a male friend to his house, where she and her friends would sometimes play.
October 10, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Trading fan-favorite Bobby Ryan for a young Swedish player from the Ottawa Senators didn't appear to be a move that would strengthen the Ducks. But Jakob Silfverberg, 22, has four goals through the team's first four games, and his two-goal performance Thursday in the Ducks' 6-0 home-opener rout of the New York Rangers at Honda Center is changing the perception of a deal that looked like a pure salary dump. Silfverberg is around the net and shoots hard, as he showed in the first period by taking a pass crossed to him by Ducks legend Teemu Selanne and blasting a close-range shot past the New York Rangers' Vezina Trophy finalist Henrik Lundqvist.
September 21, 2013 | By Mike Hiserman and Chris Foster
What a perfect situation for UCLA Coach Jim Mora. The Bruins defeat New Mexico State, 59-13, and he is able to show some class at the end by emptying his bench and having his third-string quarterback take a knee at the one-yard line in the final seconds instead of piling on another touchdown. Plus -- and this is big -- he has plenty of reasons to chew out his team, should he choose to do so, after a lopsided win. Yes, there were plenty of positives for UCLA, but also way enough mistakes to keep the undefeated and No. 13-ranked Bruins humble.
September 17, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Amber Riley, was that really a 27 out of 30 we saw you earn with the cha-cha on "Dancing With the Stars" Monday night? The first night of the 17th season of "Dancing With the Stars"? Even Kellie Pickler, last season's winner, notched only a 21 with the cha-cha her first night on the dance floor. Riley, who's a singer by training and a dancer only as "a dream deferred" - she said on the show that her family could afford only one of the pursuits - took to the ballroom thing like a fish to water, despite early nerves.
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