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February 12, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
Julian Rochelin, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound defensive end from El Camino Real who came on strong playing in his first season of football, took a recruiting visit to San Diego State last week and said on Wednesday he was close to finalizing his decision to choose the Aztecs. Rochelin had been strictly a basketball player until playing for the Conquistadores as a senior. He was the defensive player of the year in the West Valley League. He said he could finalize plans next week.  
February 12, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before getting one of those Shia LaBeouf bags. The Skinny: I feel bad that I haven't been watching any of the Winter Olympics. Of course, I don't feel so bad that I'll tune in Wednesday night. Wednesday's headlines include Charter's latest assault on Time Warner Cable. Also, Warner Bros. makes a big TV deal. Daily Dose: The cable industry would like the Federal Communications Commission to intervene on distribution disputes between broadcasters and pay TV companies like the one between CBS and Time Warner Cable last summer.
February 12, 2014 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- Scores of people have been killed in brutal land battles in rural Honduras but authorities have failed -- or refused -- to investigate, possibly bowing to moneyed interests, a new report says. The violence in the Bajo Aguan valley has come from many sources, including private security guards hired by huge landholders making millions of dollars from  palm oil; government forces accused of abuses including arbitrary arrests and torture; and peasant groups, who contend their land has been stolen, according to the study.
February 8, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
Though he lived in a region known worldwide for hyper-enthusiastic, round-the-clock innovating, Walter Cottle Lester wasn't a big fan of change. As Silicon Valley's subdivisions and office buildings surged around the farm his family had started more than a century before, he refused to sell. Reclusive and soft-spoken, he turned down potential earnings as high as $500 million. Instead, he arranged to donate his spread, the last big farm in the city of San Jose and one of the last in the sprawling Silicon Valley, for public use as a historic park.
February 6, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
SOCHI, Russia - Half a mile away, thousands of people waved flags, held balloons and cheered Thursday as the Olympic torch passed by. Nina Toromonyan stood in the gray rubble that remains of her home and cried. She recalled her elation in 2007 when her city was selected to host this year's Olympic Winter Games. She imagined that wonderful things were coming. She didn't think that riot police would throw 13 family members out of their three-story home to make way for a new highway two miles away.
February 6, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON - During his 18 years with the Pascua Yaqui Police Department, Michael Valenzuela repeatedly grew frustrated when responding to reports of domestic violence. If the aggressor wasn't a tribal member, the best Valenzuela could do was drive the man to the edge of the reservation, let him out and tell him to stay away from his wife or girlfriend. Valenzuela, police chief of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, said he resorted to the tactic several dozen times because he couldn't legally arrest non-tribal members suspected of assault on the tribe's land.
February 5, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Malik Dorton helped lead Bellflower St. John Bosco High to an undefeated season. The defensive end/linebacker signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday with USC, the school announced. Dorton is 6 feet 2 and 250 pounds. "Physically, he is going to grow into a big body and be a factor for us," USC Coach Steve Sarkisian said on the school's website . USC is replacing two starters from its defensive front. Linebacker Devon Kennard completed his eligibility and end George Uko declared for the NFL draft.
February 5, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Scott Altenberg won't be winning any UCLA alumni awards any time soon. Altenberg, a UCLA graduate who is the football coach at Gardena Serra High, wins a lot of football games but can't seem to deliver to Bruins fans what they want - his star players in powder blue and gold. Altenberg's father, Kurt, caught one of most famous game-winning touchdown passes in UCLA history to beat USC, 20-16, in 1965. But what has Scott Altenberg done for us lately, Bruins fans want to know. Their complaining hit a fever pitch Wednesday when yet another blue-chip prospect, wide receiver and defensive back Adoree' Jackson, picked USC over UCLA.
February 5, 2014 | By Gary Klein
USC Coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff achieved their goal of adding offensive line depth on national signing day. Viane Talamaivao of Corona Centennial High signed with the Trojans on Wednesday. Talamaivao, 6 feet 3 and 330 pounds, is part of a class that includes Bellflower St. John Bosco's Damien Mama and Los Angeles Loyola's Chris Brown. Toa Lobendahn and Jordan Austin are already attending classes at USC. "Big V is a strong powerful guy," Sarkisian said on USC's website . "Physically, he is ready-made to come in and play for us. " ALSO: National signing day: Adoree' Jackson chooses USC National signing day: Southern California players make decisions Snowboarder Shaun White withdraws from slopestyle event at Olympics
February 5, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Jordan Lasley, a receiver from Gardena Serra High, has signed a letter of intent with UCLA. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Lasley breaks the trend of Serra receivers going to USC -- Robert Woods, Marqise Lee, etc. USC did offer him a scholarship. Lasley has been clocked at 4.4 in the 40-yard dash. ALSO: Half of Russian citizens approve of country hosting the Olympics National signing day: Southern California players make final decisions Snowboarder Shaun White withdraws from slopestyle event at Olympics  
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