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March 10, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - The Army improperly interfered with the decision to reject Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair's offer to plead guilty to lesser charges in his sexual assault case, a military judge ruled Monday. Col. James L. Pohl said there was evidence that Army officials had exerted "unlawful command influence" when a three-star general turned down Sinclair's offer before the trial. The judge gave defense attorneys the option of renewing Sinclair's original plea offer or making a different one; in any case, he said, the case must be overseen by a new command authority.
March 10, 2014 | By Meg James
Comcast Corp. has signed a licensing agreement with Sony Pictures Entertainment that will increase the number of titles offered for sale through Comcast's recently launched digital store. The deal with Sony is noteworthy because it allows Comcast customers to purchase digital copies of such Oscar-nominated movies as "American Hustle," and "Captain Phillips" from Comcast's Xfinity On Demand digital service. "American Hustle" will be available beginning Tuesday, and "Captain Phillips" and other movies, including "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2," will be available within a few weeks.
March 9, 2014 | By Jen Leo
If you're a farm-to-table foodie or just a fan of farms and farmers, this website and app are for you. Name: and iOS app. The app is available for Android, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. What it does: Offers a directory of restaurants around the United States that serve food from local farmers. You can also search state by state for farms that are open to the public and offer hayrides, mazes, petting zoos, bed-and-breakfasts, you-pick-it orchards and much more.
March 9, 2014 | By Chad Terhune and Eryn Brown
A pair of new drugs to treat hepatitis C offer a cure for millions of Americans afflicted with the disease - but at a potentially staggering cost to taxpayers and health plans. Until now, therapies for hepatitis C helped only about half of patients and posed numerous side effects, such as flu-like symptoms, anemia or depression. In comparison, clinical trials of Sovaldi and Olysio have shown cure rates of 80% to 90% with far fewer complications. That progress, though, comes at a price.
March 7, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Raymond Chandler is among our most stylized writers, an innovator of what we might call high noir, with its cut-glass imagery, its cynical world-weariness (although never ennui). Such a posture defines him - or, more accurately, his detective, Philip Marlowe - as a wise-cracker with repartee as sharp as a fedora's brim. And yet, the more I read (and re-read) Chandler, the more I appreciate his vision of Los Angeles, the "big angry city" he described as "no worse than others, a city rich and vigorous and full of pride, a city lost and beaten and full of emptiness" in his 1953 novel "The Long Goodbye.
March 6, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.--The potential choice facing voters in the next Republican presidential race was on full display Thursday at the kickoff of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, where Ted Cruz and Paul Ryan offered conservative activists their vision for the way forward. In a polished speech, Cruz, the headline-grabbing Texas senator, offered his familiar call for conservatives to hold true to their principles at a time when liberty was "under assault. " Republicans who've strayed from that course have failed to win for a reason, he said.
March 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Alemany Coach Tray Meeks said Wednesday that sophomores Daron Henson and Shacquille Dawkins have picked up scholarship offers from Cal State Fullerton.  
March 4, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - Looking beyond the deficit battles and financial crises of years past, President Obama put forward a $3.9-trillion budget proposal Tuesday that set out a wish list of programs on education, infrastructure, job training and urban revitalization, adding policy details to his rhetorical promises to bridge the gap between rich and poor. Like any president's annual budget blueprint, Obama's stands no chance of being adopted as is by Congress. This year, the prospects are especially dim since Congress recently approved a two-year spending deal after years of ugly budget fights, and there is little interest in reopening the debate.
March 3, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
Angel Olsen walked onto the Echoplex stage, grabbed her guitar and stood before a microphone. A few miles away, the Academy Awards had just finished. But as the sparkle along Hollywood Boulevard poured into limousines and cruised to parties across the city, the singer in Echo Park may as well have been gigging in the Ozarks. Nonetheless, she delivered one of the best performances of Sunday evening, one whose resonant voice and way with phrasing deserved a trophy, if not a pizza and a shout-out from Ellen DeGeneres.
March 2, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - The two men are best friends, a burly odd couple pounding down meaty sandwiches at a steakhouse here. The mood was heavy. One will soon take a long trip to a place the other has been before, where the beds are hard and so is the time. In a few weeks, former Hells Angel Charles "Pee-wee" Goldsmith, 57, will enter the state prison system for a stretch of two to five years - convicted on a host of charges following a 2008 brawl at a downtown wedding chapel between rival motorcycle gangs.
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