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April 8, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
MOSCOW -- Ukrainian riot police on Tuesday cleared a regional administration building and public square in the eastern city of Kharkiv of hundreds of pro-Russia protesters, detaining scores in the process, officials said. “Seventy criminals were taken into custody during the operation,” Ukraine's acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, told the parliament in televised remarks Tuesday morning. In response, Russia's Foreign Ministry issued a stern warning against the use of force on pro-Russia protesters in eastern Ukraine and alleged the direct involvement of private U.S. military experts.
April 7, 2014 | Adolfo Flores and Garrett Therolf
Eric Dietrich has finished the Boston Marathon and rowed the Charles River. But the Echo Park resident's favorite event is the popular CicLAvia festival. He's never missed one, pumping his wheelchair with arms through each route. On Sunday, Dietrich joined thousands of Angelenos in participating in the ninth edition of the event, which promotes health and a clean environment by encouraging people to abandon their cars for the day in favor of bicycles and other modes of non-polluting transportation.
April 6, 2014 | BILL DWYRE
The world of sports has its unlikely stories. Now it has a topper, a horse named California Chrome. The Kentucky Derby has no idea what's about to hit it. Saturday's Santa Anita Derby became a backdrop for the improbable. Make that the unbelievable. It wasn't just that the gorgeous chestnut horse from trainer Art Sherman's barn ran away with the $1-million Grade I race. Based on the horse's previous outings, the victory was no surprise. Nor was the winning margin of 51/4 lengths, making his last four victories, all under rides by veteran Victor Espinoza, total 241/4 lengths of daylight.
April 4, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before getting my late night audition tape to CBS. The Skinny: I hope CBS names a David Letterman successor in the next few months, I'm not sure I can take a year of speculation. As I say below, if this were 2004 instead of 2014 I'd say go get Howard Stern. Today's roundup includes tons of coverage of Letterman's big news as well as the box office preview and the latest on the Dodgers TV channel. Also, a review of HBO's "Silicon Valley. " Daily Dose: Fuse, the music channel owned by MSG, has been sold to NUVOtv, which is the Jennifer Lopez-backed network.
April 4, 2014 | By Brian Thevenot
Diesel-powered cars save on fuel, but many of them won't save you any money. That's because they cost thousands more to buy in the first place, compared with similar gas-powered models. And many automakers usually offer diesel engines only in combination with a pricey set of standard features. So it can take years - if ever - to make up for those upfront costs through savings at the pump. That's what makes the latest addition to Volkswagen's growing diesel fleet, the Jetta TDI Value Edition, so intriguing.
April 3, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Federal Reserve Governor Jeremy C. Stein plans to step down next month, creating another vacancy on the central bank's already short-handed board. Stein, 53, a Harvard economist and former Obama administration advisor, has served on the Fed board since May 2012. His resignation will be effective May 28, and he plans to return to teaching at the university, the Fed said Thursday. Stein was filling the rest of a term that doesn't expire until 2018. PHOTOS: Federal Reserve chairs through the years In his resignation letter to President Obama, Stein said serving on the Fed board was a "great privilege.
April 3, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
Trader Joe's may be the favorite store of many Southern Californians, but it has earned the ire of some prominent downtown Los Angeles boosters who are royally miffed at the popular grocery chain. Summoning all the indignation one can gather while feasting on scrambled eggs and Danish pastry, members of the Downtown Breakfast Club on Thursday heaped scorn on Trader Joe's for its inexplicable absence from the neighborhood. “It's rather baffling,” the club for real estate professionals said in a statement at its annual Roses and Lemon Awards program.
April 2, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
ABC's comic-book-based drama "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. " aired its first original episode in three weeks Tuesday night, and the show lost some ground in the ratings, according to early numbers from Nielsen.  "S.H.I.E.L.D. " averaged 5.4 million viewers overall and earned a rating of 1.8 among key 18-to-49-year-olds, falling 14% from its last new outing and matching its lowest number yet with an episode that boasted a tie-in with the upcoming superhero movie "Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
April 2, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON - Muriel Bowser, a relatively little-known District of Columbia councilwoman, triumphed in Tuesday's Democratic mayoral primary over incumbent Vincent Gray, whose tenure has been tarnished by a corruption scandal. The win most likely means she will be the next mayor in the overwhelmingly Democratic city. Bowser emerged as the front-runner in a field of seven challengers after federal prosecutors tied Gray to an illegal "shadow campaign" that helped him win the mayor's race in 2010.
April 1, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before thinking of a good April Fools' Day joke. The Skinny: I don't want to hear any spoilers about the series finale of "How I Met Your Mother. " Although I haven't watched the show in maybe five years I've decided to catch up, so be considerate! Today's roundup includes some tough new FCC rules for local broadcasters. Also, the spec-script market heats up and "How I Met Your Mother" says goodbye. Daily Dose: Viacom, owner of cable channels MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, is still negotiating a new deal with National Cable Television Cooperative, which represents small cable operators.
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