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SPORTS
March 29, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
Their hard-earned road mentality survived the flight home intact, making the trip back to Staples Center with the Kings. That hasn't always been the case this season. But the Kings chased one goalie (Ondrej Pavelec) and scored once on his replacement (Al Montoya) to defeat the Winnipeg Jets, 4-2, on Saturday night for their sixth straight victory. Leading scorer Anze Kopitar scored twice for the Kings, his 23rd and 24th goals of the season, his linemate Marian Gaborik added two assists, as did defenseman Willie Mitchell for his first multi-point game in nearly two years.
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NATIONAL
March 29, 2014 | By Kevin Amerman
Just weeks after a plea for her birth mother to step forward blazed through media outlets across the globe, Katheryn Deprill stood just one room away from the woman who abandoned her as a newborn 27 years ago in a Burger King bathroom. As she got ready to meet with her birth mother, Deprill entered the lawyer's conference room with a lifetime of questions. Why did she leave me? What does she look like? But before the answers even started, Deprill got something else.
SPORTS
March 28, 2014 | By Helene Elliott and Lisa Dillman
Call this the month of the one-goal game. Four of the Kings' last five games have been won by one goal. They beat Washington in a shootout at home last week and swept their three-game trip by one goal each, winning the second one, at Washington, again in a shootout. It's an admirable asset to have in the stretch run, gearing up for the playoffs and possessing the ability to perform in tight situations. "I think we're comfortable in those types of games," Kings captain Dustin Brown said after Thursday's 3-2 win at Pittsburgh in regulation.
WORLD
March 28, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - President Obama spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin for an hour Friday in an effort to resolve the crisis over Ukraine, the first direct conversation between the two leaders after nearly two weeks of tension. Putin initiated the call, White House officials said. It came after a televised interview in which Obama called for Russia to pull its troops back from the Ukrainian border. In the phone conversation, Obama asked Putin to "put a concrete response in writing" to a proposal the United States has made to resolve the crisis, which involved Russia's incursion into the Crimean region of Ukraine.
WORLD
March 27, 2014 | By Christi Parsons, Kathleen Hennessey and Laura King
ROME - After spending four days in Europe dealing with the crisis over Russia's annexation of Crimea, President Obama now turns to a diplomatic challenge of another sort: trying to smooth relations with Saudi Arabia without making the longtime U.S. ally seem like an afterthought. Obama is scheduled to arrive in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, shortly before sunset Friday to meet with King Abdullah, whose inner circle is riled by how the United States has handled Iran's nuclear ambitions and Syria's civil war. Some with close ties to the royal family have talked about breaking ranks with Western partners.
SPORTS
March 27, 2014 | Helene Elliott
PITTSBURGH -- As much as the Kings' 3-2 victory over the Penguins was about numbers -- highlighted by their seven-for-seven penalty-killing effort as they tied a franchise record with their eighth straight road win -- their success was equally about their attitude and being at their best when the situation seemed to be at its worst. In earning one-goal wins in Philadelphia, Washington and Pittsburgh in a four-day span and in holding NHL scoring leader Sidney Crosby to one assist Thursday while blanking the league's most potent power play, the Kings turned apparent adversity into an advantage to win their fifth straight game and 13th in their last 16. They finished play against the East at 21-8-3, tying San Jose and St. Louis for the most wins by a West team against the East.
SPORTS
March 27, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Just in case anybody wonders, Don King is alive and well. Actually, more so than ever. He is 82 going on 50. The hair doesn't quite stand on end in its salute to electrical shock treatments as it once did. That's because there isn't enough of it anymore. But the faded American flag jacket, and the big cigar that he just kind of chews on, and the five or six layers of jeweled necklaces, and the American flag tie, remain standard props. Also standard is the hilarious babble with which he promotes a boxing match from a podium.
SPORTS
March 26, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
PITTSBURGH - When the Kings wrap up their three-game, four-day trip Thursday against Pittsburgh, they'll also finish the non-conference portion of their schedule. They might not want it to end because they've had such success against the East this season, at 20-8-3. Among West teams, only San Jose (21-7-4) and St. Louis (21-5-2) have more wins against the East. But playing exclusively within the West means less travel, and that's always welcome. After Thursday, the Kings will have eight games remaining, four against teams currently holding playoff spots and four against non-playoff teams.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Shares of King Digital Entertainment, the maker of the addictive Candy Crush game, tumbled Wednesday in their first day of trading on Wall Street.  The stock, priced at $22.50 a share in its initial public offering late Tuesday, began trading Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KING. It opened at $20.50 a share then dropped as low as $19.08 apiece before rebounding. About two hours into the trading day, the stock was changing hands at $20.20, down 10% from the IPO price..  King raised about $500 million in the IPO, valuing the company at more than $7 billion.  The firm's NYSE debut brought out several of King's colorful game characters onto the stock exchange's trading floor, including a giant red strawberry, an oversized bear and others who roamed the floor: Get in on Candy Crush's hot IPO while there's still time - i.e., before it goes to zero  ALSO: Betty Ford Center ready for a comeback Americans are drinking less coffee daily, study says U.S. lawmakers ask Gilead to justify hepatitis C drug's $84,000 price
SPORTS
March 26, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
PITTSBURGH -- Rob Blake was always grateful to Hockey Canada, the sport's governing body in his homeland, for giving him the chance to play at the world championships and the Olympics. Now Blake, the Kings' assistant general manager, can repay the favor. Blake was appointed general manager of Team Canada for the men's world championships, which are scheduled for May 9-25 in Minsk, Belarus. Hockey Canada made the announcement on Wednesday. “I've always been involved with Hockey Canada from Day One,” said Blake, who is accompanying the  Kings on their eastern trip. “I've had a good relationship with them from the start and I'm willing to help out whenever asked or whenever needed.
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