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March 1, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
One particular statistic might as well be printed in capital letters and practically leaps off the page. It resonates even more in a tight, stretch-run situation in which points and wins are carefully hoarded. Game-winning goals. Kings defenseman Alec Martinez has scored five times this season but two have been game-winners. BOX SCORE: Kings 3, Hurricanes 1 His power-play goal from the slot at 8:15 of the third period put the Kings in front for good and they added an empty-netter from Justin Williams to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon.
March 1, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Maybe the Muppets weren't such a good idea. Toyota, for those who missed the Super Bowl ad, has enlisted the help of Jim Henson's finest to sell its all-new Highlander SUV. This would be a hoot except for one awkward fact: This thing holds Muppets a lot better than actual people. The new Highlander has less head- and legroom in the third row than the previous generation model. In fact, it has less space back there than nearly all of its SUV and crossover rivals. That's disappointing, particularly because the outside of the Highlander is actually about 3 inches longer.
March 1, 2014 | By Susan King
In the long history of Oscar ceremonies, few matched the craziness, drama and poignancy of the 46th Academy Awards, which took place almost 40 years ago on April 2, 1974, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. That ceremony, hosted by writer-director John Huston, singer-actress Diana Ross, and actors Burt Reynolds and David Niven, featured a streaker who ran across the stage; a legendary comedian receiving a special award; a multiple Oscar-winning actress (who was ceremony-shy) make her only appearance at the Academy Awards, while another famous actress, who was dying of cancer, made her final bow. And youth was served, as a 10-year-old actress became the youngest to win a competitive Oscar while a composer a few months shy of his 30th birthday won all three music awards.
February 28, 2014 | By Noam N. Levey, David Lauter and Maeve Reston
WASHINGTON - As Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to reshape the nation's healthcare system in her husband's first term as president, she got all the right advice from senior aides: Consult closely with members of Congress, build bridges with business leaders, communicate clearly to nervous voters, move swiftly. The first lady and her husband ultimately failed in nearly all those efforts, nearly sinking Bill Clinton's presidency. Thousands of documents released Friday, which detail that failure as well as other policy disputes of the Clinton White House, provide new details on what remains one of the defining chapters in Hillary Clinton's career.
February 27, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Orders for airplanes, appliances and other long-lasting durable goods fell in January for the second straight month, but the pace of decline lessened and there were positive signs in the data for the vital manufacturing sector. Orders were down 1% last month compared with a steep 5.3% drop in December, the Commerce Department said Thursday The January decline was less than the 1.6% decline forecast by analysts and looked better in comparison with a December figure that was revised down from initially reported 4.3%.
February 26, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
The collapse of Mt. Gox, the largest Bitcoin exchange according to , and the potential loss of $300 million by its customers who wouldn't get their Bitcoins out, might seem like bad news to some.  But for many in the Bitcoin community, it's actually being seen as a welcome development. And the blow it's caused to Bitcoin's credibility seems to have supporters rallying together.  PHOTOS: Five ways the Samsung Gear 2 is better than its predecessor Part of the reason is Mt. Gox, while one of the first Bitcoin exchanges, had seen its reputation decline over the last year as it suffered glitches and other issues.
February 25, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
INDIANAPOLIS  - Count Kendall Marshall among those dragged down by the Lakers' woes. He was a surprisingly successful pick-up from the NBA's Development League, churning out double-digit assists almost immediately when signed in December. Now, though, the guard is like the rest of the Lakers. And he's not enjoying it. "It's not fun at all the way we're playing," said Marshall, scoreless with only four assists in the Lakers' 118-98 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday.
February 25, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The wild, wild Western Conference is so nutty that the standings can't even be believed. The Clippers hold the No. 4 playoff seeding, five games behind conference-leading Oklahoma City. On track to receive the No. 5 seeding is Portland, which has a better record than the Clippers and is only four games behind the Thunder. Houston has the No. 3 seeding despite having the same record as the Trail Blazers. Say what? Say it's getting crowded in here. The Rockets have the edge on the Blazers because they've won two of three games against them.
February 25, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien and Andrew Tangel
It was supposed to revolutionize the global monetary system. Instead, the bitcoin virtual currency that has captured the imagination of investors and financiers is on the verge of collapse. In a stunning blow to a novel way to buy products and services, the world's largest exchange for trading bitcoin currency shut down Tuesday, triggering a massive sell-off and sending many prospective investors away - perhaps for good. "This is extremely destructive," said Mark Williams, a risk-management expert and former Federal Reserve Bank examiner.
February 24, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
The math is fairly simple for the Kings coming out of the NHL's three-week Olympic break. Beginning with Wednesday's game in Colorado, they will close the regular season with 23 games in 46 days. Win more than half of them, and they'll finish with at least 92 points, a total that has guaranteed a playoff berth in four of the last five full seasons. Anything less and the odds drop dramatically. "It's the stretch run. It's playoff-type hockey now," forward Justin Williams said after Monday's 75-minute morning practice.
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