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April 7, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Tourism officials plan to go big to promote the United States to foreign visitors. IMAX big. Brand USA , the public-private partnership to promote the United States abroad, announced plans Monday to film an IMAX movie about the country's national parks to be shown late next year in theaters around the world. The group, which was launched in 2012 and is partly funded by fees charged to visiting tourists, is expected to spend about $10 million on the movie, with sponsors underwriting most of the cost, said Chris Thompson, president and chief executive of Brand USA. Brand USA is working with MacGillivray Freeman Films to produce and complete the documentary by next year, Thompson said.
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NATIONAL
April 7, 2014 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Capitol, home to inspiring statues of Andrew Jackson, Sam Houston, Ronald Reagan. And Lucille Ball? A group seeking to increase the number of women represented in the Capitol's collection of statues includes the red-headed comedian on a list of California women who should be considered for Washington's version of a national hall of fame. Since 1864, each state has been authorized to place statues of two of its distinguished deceased citizens in the Capitol.
SPORTS
April 7, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
NASHVILLE  - If there ever were a sports matchup with organic hype, this is it: the first meeting of two undefeated teams in the final of an NCAA women's basketball tournament. Add to that the sass, snark and sniping the coaches of those teams indulged in Monday, and Tuesday's game between Connecticut and Notre Dame has taken on an atmosphere that is multiplying the hype exponentially. Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw said "hate" and "lack of civility" would be fair ways to describe her team's rivalry with Connecticut.
SPORTS
April 7, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
ARLINGTON, Texas - Kentucky freshman guard Aaron Harrison launched a last-seconds three-point shot Monday from the same spot he'd knocked two straight opponents out of the tournament. This time he didn't make it, though, and this time it didn't matter. Connecticut didn't just defeat Kentucky, 60-54, to win the NCAA title Monday night before a crowd of 79,238 at AT&T Stadium. BOX SCORE: Connecticut 60, Kentucky 54 Connecticut never trailed in the game, going wire to wire to cap a tournament run that was even more improbable than Kentucky's.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
California-based Virgin America ranked highest among the nation's top 15 carriers in a study that looked at on-time performance, customer complaints and lost bag rates, among other factors. The study, known as the Airline Quality Rating report, also found that airline performance improved in 2013 over the previous year. The ratings report was produced by researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Wichita State University and was based on data collected by the U.S.
SPORTS
April 6, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Kelly Xu of Santa Monica and Leo Cheng of Northridge won their age-group competitions at the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals on Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. Cheng won the boys' 10-11 division title and Xu captured the girls' 7-9 division championship in the event sponsored by the Masters tournament, PGA of America and the USGA. Xu, 9, was the first champion to be crowned Sunday. “I will definitely remember this experience,” Xu said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Four rescue specialists from the California Air National Guard remain aboard a disabled sailboat to treat a sick child, the Guard's 129th Rescue Wing said late Saturday afternoon. No decision has been made whether the child will be transferred to a U.S. Navy ship headed toward the boat or evacuated by air to San Diego, a Guard spokesman said. The sailboat is estimated to be more than 1,000 miles off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The effort to help the child has involved the Coast Guard, Air National Guard and Navy.
NATIONAL
April 4, 2014 | By Noam N. Levey
HONOLULU - When the giant kapok and nawa trees that tower over the Queen's Medical Center in downtown Honolulu were planted more than a century ago, Hawaii faced a health crisis. Many on the islands, including the queen who founded the hospital in 1859, feared that native Hawaiians, devastated by smallpox, measles and other illnesses brought by foreigners, were in danger of dying off completely. Today, the people who walk under these trees are some of the healthiest in America.
NEWS
April 3, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Peter Som's capsule collection for DesigNation at Kohl's isn't due to go on sale until April 10, but 20 pieces -- including those pictured here -- are being featured in a preview sale that starts Friday. The breezy collection is inspired by the French Caribbean island of St. Barths and would be perfect for spring break or summer vacations.  The clothes are designed, according to Kohl's, to "evoke the colors, the culture, the bliss of island life. " Those words alone are making me want to go on vacation.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
When amateur filmmaker Tom Berninger's rock-star brother Matt, frontman for Brooklyn quintet the National, invited him to be a roadie on his band's biggest tour, Tom had never even been on a tour bus. His lack of experience did not serve him well during his initiation into the business, but a funny thing happened on the way to the concert hall: Tom turned defeat into a documentary that's insightful, sweet and often hilarious. In "Mistaken for Strangers," a fresh revamp of the music-doc template, the National's angsty songs are mere backdrop to a story whose true subjects are sibling love and rivalry and the thorny matter of creative success - here explored through the tension between achievement and striving, or, as one observer puts it, alpha male versus underdog.
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