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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Small tsunami waves and other unusual "water movements" arrived on the California coast Wednesday following an 8.2 earthquake that struck Chile's northern coast. Although officials stressed that no tsunami warning had been issued for California or the West Coast, the abnormal wave heights, tide fluctuations and current changes may have surprised boaters, they said. The first waves to strike California that were connected to Tuesday night's South American earthquake may have hit La Jolla about 4 a.m., said Bill Knight, an oceanographer with the National Tsunami Warning Center based in Alaska.
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SPORTS
April 2, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
PHOENIX - Jared Dudley had started the first 29 regular-season games for the Clippers, struggling to find his way before eventually losing his small forward position to Matt Barnes on Jan. 20 at Detroit. Now Dudley is in the midst of just trying to get some playing time, but even with limited minutes, he hasn't complained. "You just got to stay ready," Dudley said. "I just think my game is suited for the playoffs. When you have two or three days to prepare for a guy, you know what you're going to get from me. " Things got worse for Dudley when the Clippers signed free-agent Danny Granger, who just happened to play the same small forward position as Dudley.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton
At a time when public trust in Wall Street already is at a low, new allegations about high-speed stock trading threaten to further erode confidence in the financial markets. The furor centers on accusations that professional traders armed with ultra-fast computers have rigged the stock market. High-speed firms engage in what critics say amounts to insider trading, using super-charged systems to decipher trading patterns. Criticism of high-frequency trading has long swirled in financial circles, and multiple regulators are conducting investigations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
More than 450   medical marijuana shops have filed renewals to pay Los Angeles business taxes this year - more than three times as many as are allowed to stay open under Proposition D. The new numbers won't settle the debate over how many medical marijuana businesses are now operating in Los Angeles. Additional pot shops may be open but have fallen delinquent on their taxes. Some may have never registered to pay taxes at all. But the numbers provide the latest hint at what has happened since Los Angeles voters passed new rules attempting to restrict medical marijuana shops.
SPORTS
April 1, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Desperate Hockey Teams, Part II. The other entry in the three-way battle between Minnesota, Phoenix and Dallas for two wild-card playoff spots in the Western Conference, the Coyotes, visits the Kings on Wednesday night. It's no coincidence that Minnesota and Phoenix are the only teams to beat the Kings this season when the Kings led after two periods. They both did so in March with the Wild rallying for a 3-2 win Monday night. "It's hard but you just have to realize the desperation of teams," Kings center Mike Richards said.
SPORTS
April 1, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
CLIPPERS AT PHOENIX When: 5. Where: US Airways Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 53-22; Suns 44-30. Record vs. Suns: 2-1. Update: The Clippers have won three of their four games on the five-game trip that ends in Phoenix. The Suns are fighting Dallas and Memphis for a playoff spot in the West. Phoenix has won eight of 11 games since guard Eric Bledsoe returned to the lineup after sitting out two months because of knee surgery.
BUSINESS
April 1, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - They're finally answering phones at California's beleaguered unemployment benefits agency. Four months ago, 9 out of 10 callers couldn't reach a live staffer at the Employment Development Department, according to official call logs. The system still was robotically hanging up on 80% of frustrated callers as recently as mid-February. But in March, EDD phone staffers suddenly picked up the pace, responding to a Feb. 7 call for action from the administration of Gov. Jerry Brown.
SPORTS
April 1, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The two towers approach delivered a single, familiar result. Another Lakers loss. Pau Gasol got his wish, the chance to play next to fellow 7-footer Chris Kaman, but nothing really changed Tuesday in a 124-112 victory by the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center. Gasol and Kaman didn't show much chemistry together, but was that surprising at all this season? BOX SCORE: Portland 124, Lakers 112 Also in the predictable file: Steve Nash left in the second quarter because of a sprained left ankle.
SPORTS
April 1, 2014 | By Chris Foster
The expectations for UCLA football have not been this lofty, or attainable, in ages. The season maps out in a way in which goals are achievable, whether it's a spot in the four-team national championship playoff or a Saturday in December when quarterback Brett Hundley is photographed clutching the Heisman Trophy. The Bruins open the season in Virginia, giving East Coast folks a look at the team and the star at the controls of its offense. There is a marquee game against Texas at the Dallas Cowboys' stadium.
OPINION
April 1, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Each Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy is supposed to carry a card at all times that sets forth the department's core values, embodied in a single sentence pledging respect, integrity, wisdom and "the courage to stand against racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and bigotry in all its forms. " The card has been variously called inspirational and plain silly, but if it's silly, its silliness lies not in the values expressed but in the notion that words on a card could, by themselves, imbue deputies with values that they do not already hold or that are not instilled in them in training and reinforced each day on the job. News reports and anecdotal tales of inmate abuse, the hazing of new deputies and disrespect paid to the communities it is supposed to protect suggest that the department has a long way to go to make its core values more than words on a card.
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