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SPORTS
March 21, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Detroit Tigers needed help at shortstop, and the Angels took advantage of that need to fortify their pitching depth. The Angels acquired left-hander Jose Alvarez from the Tigers on Friday for shortstop Andrew Romine. Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto said Alvarez would join the team Sunday and could emerge as a minor league starter or major league swingman. Dipoto said the trade addressed the "much-discussed" issue of whether the Angels had sufficient depth among starting pitchers.
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BUSINESS
March 21, 2014 | By Yifan Zhu
As Chinese tourists spill from their tour bus into the Beverly Center, Charlie Gu hands each one a sleek black envelope. Inside: a Chinese-language map of the mall and a special discount card. Gu, the center's Mandarin-speaking Chinese specialist, asks shoppers about what they're looking for and circles relevant stores on the map. "L.K. Bennett is a favorite of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge," he advises one. "You should definitely take a look. " The personal touch is more than just the usual attempt to cozy up to well-heeled shoppers.
SPORTS
March 21, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Ivan Lendl has helped Andy Murray reach incredible heights the last two years, as the British tennis star transformed from a four-time Grand Slam runner-up into a two-time major champ and Olympic gold medalist. Now the coach and player are parting ways, with the two announcing their decision with a mutual statement Wednesday on Murray's blog. “I'm eternally grateful to Ivan for all his hard work over the past two years, the most successful of my career so far,” wrote Murray, who returned from back surgery before losing in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open and in the fourth round at Indian Wells this season.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By David Ng
It will be curtains for the venerated San Diego Opera. In a surprising move, the company announced Wednesday that it will cease operations at the end of the current season, citing financial reasons including a tough fundraising environment and weak ticket sales. The company said its board made the decision Wednesday to avoid declaring bankruptcy and to be able to honor its remaining commitments. GRAPHIC: Highest-earning art executives | Highest-earning conductors San Diego Opera, which was created close to 50 years ago, has a strong national reputation and is ranked among the top 10 U.S. opera companies, according to the national nonprofit Opera America.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | By Booth Moore
L'Wren Scott, a towering 6-foot, 4-inch fashion figure who started modeling in her teens, created her own high-end clothing line and dressed fashion fans including Nicole Kidman and First Lady Michelle Obama, was found dead Monday. Sources differ on her age but police said she was 49. Her body was found in her New York City apartment by an assistant. Though there were widespread reports that she was found hanged, police said no criminal activity was suspected and the coroner's office is investigating.
OPINION
March 17, 2014 | By Mollie Lowery
Lourdes was 69 years old when I first met her in 2012. She was living next to a bus stop on a busy four-lane street in front of a Silver Lake supermarket. Lourdes had claimed the spot three years earlier, after she was rousted from her encampment in Griffith Park. Before that, she'd lived in her 1973 Toyota, but it was eventually impounded because of overdue parking tickets. Lourdes was one of the folks we call "chronically homeless. " She'd been surviving on the city's margins for 20 years after losing her low-cost housing because of gentrification.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Twenty-eight attorneys general from 24 states, three U.S. territories and Washington, D.C. are pressuring five retailers, including Walgreen Co. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., to follow the move by CVS Caremark Corp. and end sales of tobacco.  CVS Caremark in early February announced it would stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products. The pharmacy and retail chain, which has increased its business providing medical care through clinics, said "the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent" with its purpose.  Health advocates cheered the move and said it would probably spur other retailers to do the same.  The effort was spearheaded by Eric T. Schneiderman and Michael DeWine, attorneys general of New York and Ohio, respectively.
NEWS
March 17, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Rong-Gong Lin II and Matt Stevens, This post had been corrected. See note below for details
Seismologists say Monday's magnitude 4.4 temblor near Westwood could mark the beginning of the end for L.A.'s years-long "earthquake drought. " Typically, they would expect a 4.4-sized earthquake about once a year in the Los Angeles Basin, but that hasn't happened for years. “We don't know if this is the end of the earthquake drought we've had over the last few years, and we won't know for many months,” said Caltech seismologist Egill Hauksson. FORESHOCK? What the odds are The magnitude 4.4 earthquake that struck near Westwood at 6:25 a.m. is the most significant shake in Southern California since a 5.5 earthquake hit Chino Hills in 2008.
SPORTS
March 16, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX  - The Dodgers learned last year that a $240-million payroll can overcome a disastrous start. They'll now find out if it can negate the effects of an abbreviated exhibition season and trip to the other side of the world. The most expensive team in baseball broke camp Sunday, departing late in the night for Sydney, Australia, the site of a two-game, series-opening series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Spring training started and ended early for the Dodgers, who will play their first regular-season game about a week earlier than usual.
SPORTS
March 15, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
CHASING LOTTERY BALLS The NBA's regular season ends April 16, and for the bottom-dwellers the draft lottery on May 20 looms large. Below are standings of the eight worst teams after Friday's games, their odds to land the No. 1 overall pick and mock draft picks from current position: TEAM/W-L/Pct./Odds/MOCK DRAFT SELECTION 1. Milwaukee/13-53/.197/25%/Jabari Parker, F, Duke 2. Philadelphia//15-50/.231/19.9%/Andrew Wiggins, F, Kansas...
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