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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.
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WORLD
March 27, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
VATICAN CITY - President Obama visited Pope Francis for the first time Thursday, a meeting the White House hoped would amplify the two men's shared concern about economic inequality rather than the president's conflicts with the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy at home. Obama introduced himself to Francis as a "great admirer. " The pope has become internationally popular as he has shed some of the lavish trappings of the papacy and focused his teachings on caring for the poor. Obama has sought to borrow some of that goodwill for the new pope to help promote his own effort to reduce income inequality in the United States.
SPORTS
March 26, 2014 | By Chris Foster
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Florida defeated UCLA in the 2011 NCAA tournament, eliminating the Bruins in the second round. Still, it was a Sweet 16 moment for current UCLA freshman guard Bryce Alford - his birthday was a couple of months earlier. "I just got my driver's license," Alford recalled. "I was driving. " To a high school kid from New Mexico, UCLA's loss was far from monumental. "I probably watched the game, or saw the score, whatever," Alford said. "It didn't have a whole lot of importance to me. " It's said that those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it. But does that apply to basketball?
SPORTS
March 25, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
WASHINGTON - Greetings from the nation's capital, where winter seems to be firmly entrenched even though spring officially began last week. It's snowing here, and accumulations of two to four inches are expected to build until the snow tapers off Tuesday evening. The snow isn't sticking on roads and streets but it is slowing traffic locally. The Kings arrived early Tuesday morning from Philadelphia, boarding a train after their 3-2 victory over the Flyers. Because of their arrival in the wee hours, they canceled their morning skate.
SPORTS
March 25, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
CLIPPERS AT NEW ORLEANS When: 5 PDT. Where: Smoothie King Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 50-21, Pelicans 30-40. Record vs. Pelicans: 3-0. Update: The Clippers have defeated the Pelicans six consecutive times and eight of the last nine meetings. Blake Griffin has scored 20-plus points in 29 consecutive games. The Pelicans have won three consecutive games, all against Eastern Conference playoff teams - Atlanta, Miami and Brooklyn.
SPORTS
March 25, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
They were back in those friendly confines Tuesday, back in Dodger Stadium with its fresh, very green grass, back stretching and running and fielding on their home field. Not back on the field was Yasiel Puig, who remained out for the day to receive treatment for his sore lower back. Back in the dugout was Manager Don Mattingly, elusive as ever, but trying to make nice with his mercurial star outfielder after his frustrated comments over Puig's play Sunday in Australia. Mattingly met with Puig on Tuesday during the workout but would not say what was discussed.
WORLD
March 24, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons
THE HAGUE - Leaders of seven of the world's largest economies on Monday agreed to freeze Russia out of the Group of Eight nations and threatened sanctions against key sectors of its economy if Moscow further invades or seeks to destabilize Ukraine. The moves, approved by the heads of the United States, Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Japan and Canada, represented a growing alignment behind a strategy to prevent any escalation of the crisis involving Russia's incursion into Ukraine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2014 | By Hector Becerra
The troubled Central Basin Municipal Water District violated the state's open-meeting laws when it created a $2.7-million fund in virtual secrecy, an investigation by the agency's attorneys concluded. The fund, created for a groundwater storage project, was managed without public hearings or notifications, and records related to it were among those subpoenaed by federal prosecutors. The subpoenas came after an FBI raid on the Sacramento offices of state Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello)
BUSINESS
March 21, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Six technology executives including Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt met with President Obama on Friday to discuss National Security Agency spying in the wake of revelations that the agency may have infected millions of computers around the world with malware. Also at the meeting were CEOs Reed Hastings of Netflix, Drew Houston of Dropbox, Alex Karap of Palantir Technologies and Aaron Levie of Box. The CEOs of Yahoo, Microsoft, LinkedIn and Twitter could not make the meeting.
SPORTS
March 20, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
When Montebello Cantwell-Sacred Heart holds its basketball awards banquet, Coach George Zedan should award a hard hat and lunch pail to senior guard Joey Covarrubias for his toughness in surviving a series of defensive assignments against players who one day we'll be watching on television in college or the NBA. "We ask him to do a lot," Zedan said. "We ask him to be our Swiss Army knife. " College recruiters might want to set up a one-on-one interview with Covarrubias to hear his personal scouting reports after guarding many of the top players in Southern California over the last four months.
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