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March 4, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
This Jeep's been studying abroad. The hardy American brand -- owned by Italian automaker Fiat -- used Tuesday's 2014 Geneva Motor Show to unveil the all-new 2015 Renegade compact crossover SUV. The small, boxy crossover will slot below Jeep's popular, budget-oriented Patriot in terms of size. But expect it to target a more premium buyer who might also look at quirky models like the Kia Soul or Nissan Juke. PHOTOS: Jeep's all-new Renegade "The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade expands the brand's portfolio and targets the rapidly expanding small SUV segment around the globe," Mike Manley, Jeep's chief executive, said in a statement announcing the vehicle.
March 3, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple on Monday announced that its automobile infotainment system, now called CarPlay, will make its debut this week in new vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. The Cupertino tech company first unveiled plans for a car infotainment system last year, when it called the feature "iOS in the Car. " It's been a while since then, but Apple finally announced that the system will roll out with several new cars shipping this year. At the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, Apple said CarPlay will make it possible for iPhone users to conduct several tasks on their devices by giving voice commands to Siri.
March 3, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels 3, Arizona 2 AT THE PLATE: The Angels took advantage of wild pick-off attempts to score their first two runs. Leadoff man Kole Calhoun, who drew two walks, took third base on Eury De La Rosa's errant throw past first base and scored on J.B. Shuck's sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. Shuck took third on Marcos Mateo's errant throw to first and scored on John Hester's two-out bunt single in the eighth. ON THE MOUND: Closer Ernesto Frieri, whose wife gave birth Friday to the couple's second child, threw a one-two-three fourth inning in his spring debut.
March 2, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Dodgers 3, San Diego Padres 3 AT THE PLATE: Dee Gordon tripled in a run. Hanley Ramirez collected his first hit of the spring, a single to right field in the third inning. Top outfield prospect Joc Pederson drew walks in each of his two plate appearances. Pederson also scored a run. ON THE MOUND: Josh Beckett struck out three over two scoreless innings. Paul Maholm, who would be the Dodgers' fifth starter if one of their starters is unavailable, also pitched two scoreless innings.
March 2, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
ATHLETICS 3, ANGELS 2 AT THE PLATE: Infielder Grant Green and outfielder Brennan Boesch, in a crowded battle for backup jobs, continued to hit well. Green doubled home one run and has three hits in four at-bats. Boesch had two hits Sunday and has started the exhibition season with four hits in seven at-bats. ON THE MOUND: Hector Santiago, making his Angels debut, gave up an unearned run and one hit in 2 2/3 innings. Santiago said he threw "six or seven" screwballs per game with the Chicago White Sox last season.
March 2, 2014 | By Claire Zulkey
“Saturday Night Live” looked like a different show compared with the last live episode we saw a month ago, pre-Olympics. In the Feb. 1 episode, Andy Samberg, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Fred Armisen all visited the "Weekend Update" desk to say goodbye to their old friend Seth Meyers. In this weekend's episode, in which Colin Jost made his debut as "Update" co-host, one got the sense that this is a new generation on “SNL,” and that from now on it might be awhile before the audience sees cameos from the old guard, because the old guard has all definitively moved on. That's not a bad thing.
March 1, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Rain fell throughout the Arizona area Saturday, forcing the cancellation of several spring games. That would have been bad news for the Dodgers, who are facing a compressed exhibition schedule because of opening the season early in Australia. But the Dodgers were able to squeeze their game in against the Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix, getting their first look at veteran right-hander Dan Haren. Haren is listed as their rotation's fourth starter but could find himself starting one of the two games in Sydney, what with Zack Greinke battling a minor calf injury and the Dodgers less than eager to throw ace Clayton Kershaw.
March 1, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
Mike Garson obviously takes the piano very seriously, but he can chuckle over some of the contradictory paths that a versatile mastery of the keys has led him down. Maybe the unlikeliest of all is the one he's embarking on Saturday at Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, where he'll lead 44 instrumentalists, augmented by a 55-voice children's choir, in the premiere of his "Symphonic Suite for Healing. " Even an accomplished musician like Garson, who's best known as a key sideman during David Bowie's 1970s rise to superstardom but who usually plays jazz or a jazz-classical fusion when left to his own devices, can laughingly confess that what he's doing isn't brain surgery or as important as finding a cure for cancer.
March 1, 2014 | By Scarlet Cheng
Spring seems only around the corner at Liu Fang Yuan, or the Garden of Flowing Fragrance, at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. Delicate pink cherry blossoms have begun to appear on trees, and dappled sunlight warms the stone walkways. There are other changes in the air at the Chinese Garden, as it is more informally known. Workers are putting finishing touches on new pavilions, walkways and landscaping as the newest garden in the Huntington's collection of more than a dozen readies its first expansion since its 2008 opening.
February 28, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Kanye West's elaborate Yeezus tour is coming to theaters. After wrapping the North American leg of the tour earlier this week, West quietly debuted a trailer for the film on his official website . The clip featured a quick flurry of shots from the production, dramatic scenes such as horses running in snow and West in his many masks. A recent interview with Vice author Bret Easton Ellis ("Less Than Zero," “American Physco”) revealed he was collaborating with West on a film project after the rapper enlisted him to reimagine a scene from "American Psycho" for a promotional clip for "Yeezus.
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