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February 4, 2014 | Wire reports
The Atlanta Braves on Tuesday agreed to an eight-year contract with first baseman Freddie Freeman that is worth about $135 million. The deal was confirmed by the team on Tuesday night. Earlier in the day, outfielder Jason Heyward and the Braves agreed to a $13.3-million, two-year contract. Heyward and Freeman had filed for salary arbitration last month. The 24-year-old Freeman was an All-Star last year when he batted .319 with 23 home runs and 109 runs batted in. He matched his career high in home runs, set highs in batting average and RBIs, and finished fifth in National League most-valuable-player voting.
January 30, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
A year ago, with Landon Donovan in the middle of a three-month self-exile from soccer, his future with the U.S. national team was very much in doubt. But now, after a spectacular summer, his place on the U.S. roster for this summer's World Cup seems pretty much assured. Still to be decided, however, is whether he will start and where he'll play once he gets to Brazil. U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann prefers to line up with a heavy midfield behind a solitary striker, which figures to leave Donovan part of a crowded field competing for a job on the wings.
January 18, 2014 | By Melissa Magsaysay
Besides the easy waves and sleek ponytails, short hair ruled on the SAG awards red carpet. Perhaps the most striking hairstyles were the pixie cuts, a la Jennifer Lawrence, who seems to have started a trend leading women to take the chop challenge. And a chic, angular bob, as seen on Jane Krakowski, proved to be a modern approach to red carpet hair without any trace of a curling iron or backcombing. Emma Thompson's blond crop was also very cool. She clearly goes for  effortless.
January 16, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The City Section is investigating a fight that broke out with 21 seconds left in a Coliseum League basketball game between Crenshaw and host Locke on Wednesday. The fight started on the court and then fans came out of the bleachers, according to City Section Commissioner John Aguirre. The game was halted with Crenshaw winning, 71-66. A report by the officials indicated that the first punch thrown was by a Locke player. A Crenshaw assistant coach was assessed a technical foul.
January 1, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SAN QUENTIN - The scene was almost indistinguishable from that in any other newsroom. Editors sat around chatting about the next issue and tinkering with stories. Front pages were tacked up on the walls, and family photos were taped to computer terminals. But in fact this newspaper office was unlike almost any other, obvious from the dress code: Staff members wore the standard blue uniform of California prison inmates. When the phone rang, the answer was a crisp, "Hello, San Quentin News.
December 27, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN QUENTIN - North of Silicon Valley on a rocky promontory overlooking San Francisco Bay stands California's oldest prison. Inmates here are cut off from the innovation the nearby high-tech industry produces. They are not permitted on the Internet, and most have never touched a smartphone or a tablet. But two technology veterans - Chris Redlitz and Beverly Parenti - are bringing the promise of Silicon Valley to San Quentin State Prison by creating a high-tech incubator here called the Last Mile.
December 19, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Students at Moorpark High School were dismissed early Thursday after a threatening note prompted a school lockdown and at least two campus searches by authorities. School officials notified the Ventura County Sheriff's Department about 8:20 a.m. after the note, written by a student, was found on campus, said sheriff's Capt. Don Aguilar. Details of the note's contents were not known, but Aguilar said it included some type of "threat to harm. " The person who found the note notified school officials "immediately," Aguilar said, and deputies were on scene within minutes as the campus was locked down.
December 16, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Matt Pearce
Alert: Unconfirmed reports of explosives at four sites on campus: Science Center, Thayer, Sever and Emerson. Evacuate those buildings now. Harvard University issued that warning Monday morning, and police swarmed the Cambridge, Mass., campus for several hours. The bomb threat proved false, but Harvard was not alone in seeing its final exams disrupted: That afternoon, the University of Massachusetts Boston evacuated a building after reports of a gunman, which also turned out to be unfounded.
December 13, 2013 | By Jon Healey
It took new Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler just a few weeks to persuade the major U.S. mobile phone companies to make it easier for customers to move their phones and tablet computers to a rival carrier's network. But the new industry principles announced Thursday by CTIA, the wireless companies' trade association, don't give consumers all the rights they should have over the devices they buy. At issue is consumers' ability to "unlock" a phone or tablet from the network it is electronically bound to. Many (but not all)
December 13, 2013 | By Paul Pringle
Two San Pedro schools got a brief scare Friday when they were placed on lockdown after campus police received a report of a suspicious person who might be armed with a gun, officials said. A search of Dana Middle School and San Pedro High School found no such person, said Monica Carazo, a Los Angeles Unified School District spokeswoman. The lockdowns began about 3:20 p.m. and were lifted within 40 minutes, she said. “We had gotten the report right around dismissal time, so things got a little crazy,” Carazo said.  No one was hurt, she added.
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