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November 28, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The Ducks demoted young wings Emerson Etem and Devante Smith-Pelly to minor league Norfolk, Va., on Wednesday. Etem and Smith-Pelly each had one goal and two assists for Norfolk on Wednesday night. Coach Bruce Boudreau said though each of the 21-year-olds will benefit from increased playing time, the move is also a reminder of the first-place team's demand for consistency. Etem scored his sixth goal Tuesday, but also let Dallas' Cody Eakin skate past him to score a third-period goal that started the Stars' three-goal blitz in 53 seconds in the Ducks' 6-3 loss.
November 21, 2013 | By David Lauter
For the last year, during repeated fights over nominations, the question of whether this confrontation or that confrontation would be the trigger for doing away with filibusters has hovered over the Senate. The exact timing of when the change would come remained in doubt until the moment Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) made his move Thursday. But while the timing was in doubt, the end result wasn't: Long-term shifts in American politics toward ever-greater polarization have made the end of filibusters all but inevitable.
November 21, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli and Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Democrats made a historic change to Senate rules Thursday, ending the minority party's ability to use filibusters to block most presidential nominations and, in the process, virtually guaranteeing that the rest of President Obama's term will be dominated by executive actions and court battles rather than legislation. In changing the long-standing rules with a near party-line vote in the middle of the session, Democrats brushed aside a century of congressional tradition and further embittered relations between the parties on an already deadlocked Capitol Hill.
November 20, 2013 | By Steve Dilbeck
The Dodgers got busy with their off-season roster shuffle Wednesday, adding three pitchers to their 40-man. Right-handers Pedro Baez and Yimi Garcia and left-hander Jarret Martin were added to the roster. The Dodgers also announced the signings of catcher J.C. Boscan, infielders Brendan Harris and Clint Robinson and left-handed pitcher Daniel Moskos to minor league contracts with an invitation to spring training. None of these moves appears significant now, but someone always emerges from these fairly anonymous off-season maneuvers to see decent playing time.
November 12, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A grandfather in Maywood has been convicted of sex crimes involving his grandchildren, nieces and others, authorities said this week.  Jose Olivarez Rodriguez, 59, was convicted Friday of 14 felony counts of lewd acts with a child involving six different female children between 5 and 14 years old, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The crimes occurred over a two-year period in Maywood. Rodriguez's relationship to the victims included grandfather, uncle and the babysitter's husband, the Sheriff's Department said.
November 11, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Rickey Minor, "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" bandleader, and his wife, Karen, have sold their house in Hollywood Hills for $3.9 million. The gated compound of more than half an acre includes a four-bedroom main house, a detached guesthouse, an infinity-edged pool, a treehouse and a sports court. There are multiple terraces, six bedrooms, eight bathrooms and 7,202 square feet of living space. Minor has been the "Tonight Show" bandleader since 2010. He also has worked as a musical director for "American Idol" and on tours of recording artists such as Beyonce, Whitney Houston and Christina Aguilera.
November 9, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
  Kings center Jarret Stoll skated hard for about an hour at practice Saturday morning, trying to rush back from an upper-body injury that has sidelined him a week. But given the way his replacements played in his absence Saturday night, Stoll might as well take his time. Linden Vey and Tyler Toffoli, minor league linemates called up Nov. 2 following injuries to Stoll and forward Jeff Carter, combined for two goals and two assists to spark the Kings to a surprisingly easy 5-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
November 9, 2013 | By Greg Braxton and Meg James
Television has a split image: one by day and another by night. In the daytime, blacks and other people of color are a prominent presence, hosting popular talk shows and playing juicy roles in soap operas. But at night, minorities are largely sidelined, with white performers holding most of the marquee roles. The industry's Jekyll-and-Hyde approach to diversity is underscored by the controversy engulfing NBC's "Saturday Night Live. " The sketch comedy series came under fire from within its own ranks and from outside observers who decried the show's long-standing lack of ethnic diversity.
October 31, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Ducks defenseman Luca Sbisa, sidelined throughout the season with a sprained ankle, was assigned Thursday to the team's minor-league Norfolk, Va., affiliate to increase his conditioning to game playing. Norfolk plays three games in three days beginning Friday: at Albany, N.Y.; at Bridgeport, Conn.; and at Hershey, Pa. The team also sent center Rickard Rakell back to Norfolk three days after he was summoned to possibly cover for injured centers Saku Koivu (concussion) and Mathieu Perreault (wrist)
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