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February 17, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
In what's quickly becoming a quarterly routine, the Powerball jackpot for Wednesday night's drawing has climbed into the stratosphere. California Lottery officials project the jackpot to be around $400 million, just two months after the Mega Millions game produced a $648-million jackpot, and about five months since Powerball last produced a $400-million jackpot. The bigger jackpots are drawing more players and excitement to the California Lottery after years of decline .  The turnaround is due to changes made to the lottery in 2010, when revenues were falling.
April 27, 2014 | Ben Bolch
L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who for 30 years has presided over the city's second NBA franchise, became the object of national outrage and the target of an NBA investigation Saturday after allegedly making derogatory remarks about blacks. In an audio recording, released by celebrity gossip site TMZ, a person identified as Sterling argues with his girlfriend, criticizing her for posting a picture of herself on Instagram posing with Lakers legend Magic Johnson. "It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you're associating with black people," Sterling allegedly says, later adding, "I'm just saying, in your ... Instagrams, you don't have to have yourself with, walking with black people.
September 14, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS - Conspiracy theorists are flocking to the Las Vegas sports books to bet that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will fight to a draw Saturday night. MGM Resorts race and sports book director Jay Rood said Saturday that after opening as a 30-to-1 proposition bet, the draw has shrunk dramatically to an 8-to-1 bet. Rood said that number is a “ridiculously bad” bet on such a long-shot occurrence. The bettors are trying to outthink the strange turns a major boxing match can take.
April 24, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS -- Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's battle against the federal government over land rights took an unexpected detour after a newspaper quoted the 67-year-old grandfather suggesting African Americans were "better off as slaves" because slavery taught work skills and enhanced family life. Bundy, who has waged a standoff with the Bureau of Land Management, insisting he has a right to graze hundreds of head of cattle on public lands without paying fees, has been surrounded by citizen militias that have converged on his ranch in rural Bunkerville after armed federal officials moved in to remove Bundy's cattle.
December 4, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
After more than three years of preparation and the most successful season in U.S. national soccer team history, how far the U.S. goes in next summer's World Cup in Brazil may come down to which way a ping-pong ball bounces. That's because the draw for the 32-team tournament, which takes place Friday morning (8:30 a.m. PST on ESPN2 and Univision) at the Brazilian beachfront resort of Costa do Sauipe, will determine not only whom the U.S. will face in the opening round, but which team it is likely to play if it advances.
September 11, 2009 | Hugo Martin
The aroma of deep-fried chicken and funnel cakes drifted across the Los Angeles County fairgrounds. The gleeful shouts of teenagers on carnival rides filled the air. But Kyle De La Cruz and his sister Jenny did not come to the fair for high-cholesterol treats or carnival thrills. They came to shop. The siblings arrived early on a recent weekend to find a deal on a barbecue island they would share at their adjoining homes in Glendale. And they got it. The salesman, selling spas, hot tubs and outdoor kitchens under a tall awning, cut $1,000 off the price of a $5,000 barbecue and even offered free shipping.
December 3, 2009
World Cup draw Friday, 9 a.m., ESPN2
February 21, 2009
September 18, 1993
I quit. I'm really done with boxing this time. Don King and WBC President Jose Sulaiman have murdered it. Everyone, including Julio Cesar Chavez's mother, knows Chavez lost to Pernell Whitaker--in a landslide. No more of my dollars will fund corrupt pay-per-view events or any of the other nonsense that tries to pass for legitimate sports. I'm switching my loyalty to something with more validity--like, say, pro wrestling. Let me know when Don King is in jail again. TIM BARTELL Hollywood If the Whitaker-Chavez fight at the Alamodome was a draw, then the Davy Crockett-Santa Anna fight at the Alamo was also a draw.
June 14, 1989 | STEVE SPRINGER, Times Staff Writer
When Thomas Hearns awoke Tuesday morning, he knew he had been in a fight. His body ached. His face was cut. But he still was able to crack a smile. After years of agonizing over his 1981 loss to Sugar Ray Leonard on a 14th-round knockout, Hearns believes he was exonerated by Monday night's 12-round super-middleweight bout that ended in a draw with Leonard. "Nobody knows what it means to go through life thinking things like I have," Hearns said at a news conference. "It's tough.
April 24, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - It's not difficult to get a bonus if you work for the Internal Revenue Service - even if you haven't paid your own taxes. The IRS handed out a total of nearly $1.1 million in bonuses in a 27-month period to more than 1,146 employees who had been disciplined for failing to pay taxes, according to an inspector general's report. "This is outrageous," said Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas). "The IRS is essentially telling its employees: Break the law and we will reward you. " The employees were among more than 2,800 at the agency who received performance awards within one year of disciplinary action, such as suspensions or written reprimands for drug use, filing fraudulent time sheets or other misconduct, the report found.
April 22, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
Less than two weeks after federal officials rebuked the Albuquerque Police Department for a rash of unjustified officer-involved shootings, an officer fatally shot a 19-year-old woman suspected of stealing a vehicle before pointing a gun at police, authorities said. Mary Hawkes became the first person to be killed by Albuquerque police since the Justice Department released a scathing report that called for a "systematic change" to address what it said was a long-ingrained culture of deadly force in the Police Department.
April 21, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
"Salem," the first original series from WGN America, drew 2.3 million viewers over four airings in its first night, according to Nielsen.  The premiere telecast at 7 p.m. Pacific Time on Sunday (10 p.m. ET) delivered 1.5 million viewers overall and 647,000 people in the key 18- to 49-year-old demographic. In the key demo, that's more than seven times what the cable channel has delivered on average in the time slot this season.  "We are thrilled with the audience turnout and reaction to 'Salem,'" said Matt Cherniss, president and general manager of WGN America and Tribune Studios, in a statement.
April 20, 2014
Mixed views on Charleston I'm glad Alice Short highlighted the most troubling aspect of visiting Charleston, S.C., in her cover article ["In a New Light," April 13]. What is on the surface one of America's finest historic towns was built and maintained by enslaved African Americans whose history is mostly hidden and unspoken, while the Confederate past is celebrated. The only thing that "saved" our stay in Charleston was Alphonso Brown's wonderful Gullah Tour ( )
April 19, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Each spring, the small town of Moab, Utah, gets overrun with Jeeps. They come in every size, shape, and color, and they come by the thousands. The draw is the annual Easter Jeep Safari, a gathering of Jeep fanatics that is now in its 48th year. The event was created by the Moab Chamber of Commerce, but these days it's run by the Red Rock 4-Wheelers, a local club that promotes trail maintenance and responsible off-roading. PHOTOS: Highlights from the Easter Jeep Safari The draw is nine days of off-roading on public trails outside Moab that are considered some of the most picturesque -- and challenging -- in the country.
April 18, 2014 | By Carol Crotta
"This is the irony," mused homeowner Richard Turner as he looked over the newly installed and remarkably realistic-looking artificial lawn in his mid-Wilshire frontyard. "We grow grass to make the illusion that we don't live in a desert. Here I am, enhancing the illusion of a lawn that is the illusion we don't live in a desert. " And there's the rub. The iconic lush, green lawn - part and parcel of a mystique deeply embedded in the Southern California psyche and its landscape - has reached a crossroads.
October 27, 2009 | Kate Linthicum
Over the last three years, police in Dallas have ticketed 39 drivers for not speaking English, even though there is no law requiring drivers be able to do so. Amid growing public anger, Police Chief David Kunkle announced last week that the citations would be thrown out and that the officers who issued them would be investigated. The cases came to light when a Mexican immigrant, Ernestina Mondragon, went to the media saying that she had been cited for being a "non-English-speaking driver" during a routine traffic stop.
June 12, 2010 | By Charles Solomon, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Readers over 30 may not recognize manga artist Takehiko Inoue's name, but teens and twentysomethings in America, Japan, France, Brazil and 19 other countries follow the misadventures of basketball star wanna-be Hanamichi Sakuragi in "Slam Dunk," samurai Miyamoto Musashi's progress on the musha shugyo ("warrior's path") in "Vagabond" and the struggles of wheelchair basketball ace Kiyoharu Togawa in "Real." Inoue has sold more than 157 million books worldwide. Born in 1967 in Kagoshima prefecture, Inoue attended Kumamoto University but dropped out to concentrate on manga.
April 17, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Perhaps at some point it will again be possible to write the name Woody Allen and go from there. But after a year marked by artistic highs and controversial lows for the filmmaker, it seems impossible. To address the elephant in the room, all you'll find on the docket today is a look at "Fading Gigolo," an amusing indie film that includes some of Allen's finest work as an actor in years. Written and directed not by Allen but John Turturro, "Fading Gigolo" is something of a tart meditation on romance and morality through the prism of the oldest profession.
April 15, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
After website troubles sparked a two-week extension, California officials wrapped up the first open enrollment for Obamacare coverage with nearly 1.3 million consumers signed up since October for the state-run exchange. Sign-ups ahead of Tuesday's enrollment deadline appeared to run more smoothly than they did March 31, the previous cut-off date. The state's Covered California website was overwhelmed that day by a last-minute surge of applicants and it repeatedly crashed. In response, officials extended a grace period until Tuesday for anyone who had already started an application or ran into technical problems.
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