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NEWS
January 16, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Veteran infielder John McDonald, 39, has agreed to a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim that includes an invitation to spring training, the team confirmed on Thursday. The well-traveled defensive standout, who has played for eight major league clubs in 15 years, will compete with Andrew Romine for the utility infield job. He will earn $850,000 in base salary plus incentives if he makes the team. McDonald has never been a big offensive threat -- he has a .235 career average with a .274 on-base percentage, .327 slugging percentage, 28 home runs and 205 runs batted in and hit just .111 in 51 major league games for four different teams in 2013.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Transgender activist Eli Erlick, 18, was on the phone from her home in the small Mendocino County town of Willits and I could not resist asking her to respond to something uttered recently on the radio by James Dobson, founder of the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family. "God made us male and female," said Dobson, expressing distaste for California's groundbreaking new law that requires schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and play on the sports teams of the gender they identify with.
BUSINESS
January 6, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Under pressure from shareholders who say the company has too many white men in its upper ranks, Apple has taken a step toward add more female and minority directors to its board. The Cupertino, Calif., company added new language to the board charter to say it plans to consider women and minorities as board candidates. Apple made the move after shareholders Trillium Asset Management and the Sustainability Group expressed disappointment that Apple has only one woman on its eight-member board and only one woman on its executive team reporting to Chief Executive Tim Cook.
SPORTS
January 5, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Assured that goaltender Jonathan Quick is fit when he won his first game back after a groin injury, the Kings on Sunday assigned rookie goalie Martin Jones to Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League. Quick strained a groin muscle Nov. 12. He returned Saturday to make 27 saves in the Kings' 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at Staples Center. Jones had a sensational start as he teamed with Ben Scrivens to fill in during Quick's absence. Jones, 23, won his first eight NHL starts -- also his first eight NHL games.
SPORTS
January 2, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels minor league catcher Carlos Ramirez, an eighth-round draft pick out of Arizona State in 2009, received a 100-game suspension without pay on Thursday after a third positive test for a drug of abuse. Ramirez, 25, was suspended for 50 games to start 2013, a season in which he hit .206 with six home runs and 22 runs batted in in 48 games for double-A Arkansas, his second straight season at double-A. The suspension of Ramirez, who is currently on the triple-A Salt Lake roster, will be effective at the start of the 2014 season.
SPORTS
January 2, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Let's count, because we do that a lot watching baseball. Numbers are everywhere. Whether you are a traditionalist or convinced WAR is the greatest number ever, this is for everyone. Count with me now: Kenley Jansen, Brian Wilson, J.P. Howell, Paco Rodriguez, Brandon League, Chris Perez, Chris Withrow and Jamey Wright. Backward or forward, that's eight, right? Eight relievers all understandably planning on being part of the Dodgers' 2014 bullpen. And that's not even counting bullpen candidates Javy Guerra, Scott Elbert, Onelki Garcia, Jose Dominguez and Yimi Garcia.
WORLD
December 25, 2013 | By Laura King
KERDASA, Egypt - Three times a week without fail, the sound of ancient chants reverberates from the blackened walls of the Church of the Archangel Michael. Once aglow with precious icons and flickering candlelight, the Coptic church outside Cairo now stands nearly bare, looted and burned by an angry mob more than four months ago. In this holiday season, many Copts, adherents of one of the oldest Christian sects, see Egypt's turbulent times as a test of their faith. Although the country as a whole has been roiled by violent political upheaval, its Coptic minority feels particularly imperiled, as do many fellow Christians elsewhere in the Middle East.
SPORTS
December 22, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
All six of the Dodgers' domestically based minor league affiliates will have new managers next season. The makeover was the byproduct of two significant moves: triple-A manager Lorenzo Bundy was promoted to major league third base coach, and double-A manager Jody Reed joined the New York Yankees as a field coordinator. Here's a list of the Dodgers' managerial assignments: Triple-A Albuquerque: Damon Berryhill Double-A Chattanooga: Razor Shines Class A Rancho Cucamonga: P.J. Forbes Class A Great Lakes: Bill Haselman Rookie Ogden: Lee Tinsley Rookie Arizona: John Shoemaker Of the six managers, Haselman and Tinsley are newcomers to the organization.
SPORTS
December 12, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The Angels acquired another pitcher on the final day of baseball's winter meetings, but not the veteran starter they would like to add to their rotation. Matt Garza remains high on their shopping list, but General Manager Jerry Dipoto said the Angels did not have an offer on the table to any free agent. That also would apply to Raul Ibanez, with whom the Angels have had discussions about filling their vacancy at designated hitter. The Angels added left-handed reliever Brian Moran.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Under fire for its historic lack for black female cast members, "Saturday Night Live" is holding auditions to add an African American woman to the cast. But will it be enough? The veteran series sponsored a showcase exclusively for black women last week at the Groundlings Theatre and held another showcase in New York, although sources declined to say whether that it was also for black women exclusively. At least one additional showcase will be held. The search has commenced after cast member Jay Pharoah complained in October that the show was too white.
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