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SPORTS
April 5, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
ARLINGTON, Texas - Well everyone had it wrong - you, me, the postman and the NCAA selection committee. All that teeth-gnashing over tournament seeding has produced an NCAA championship game between a No. 7 and No. 8. Let's hear it for a collective No. 15! Monday night, though, Connecticut and Kentucky will be playing for the only number that counts No.1. No. 8 Kentucky dramatically capped Saturday night with a 74-73 victory over No. 2 Wisconsin in the second NCAA semifinal game before a Final Four record crowd of 79,444 fans at AT&T Stadium.
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SPORTS
April 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Keyshawn Johnson Jr., a freshman receiver at Mission Viejo who's the son of the former NFL receiver, has added an offer from UCLA. It's his seventh offer. Florida State and Arizona State are among the schools who made early offers Also on Saturday, Scout.com reported that St. Francis sophomore receiver Dylan Crawford picked up an offer from USC. He caught 54 receptions and 10 touchdowns last season. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
April 5, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The dollar menu TNT analyst Charles Barkley, speaking with late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien about some of his chintzy millionaire friends: "There's nobody cheaper than Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan. Oh, yeah, [Jordan is] cheap. I always give homeless people money and he will always slap my hand [and say], 'If they can ask you for spare change, they can say, "Welcome to McDonald's, can I help you, please?" ' " A costly alternative Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, on his team's efforts to end its recent slide: "We've had plenty of players-only meetings.
HOME & GARDEN
April 5, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
On a recent weekday afternoon, the South Coast Collection in Costa Mesa is inhabited by an eclectic crowd - young hipsters sipping lattes at Portola Coffee Lab, professionals in business suits nibbling on carnitas de pato at Taco Maria, moms pushing strollers, and employees from nearby businesses simply enjoying the open-air courtyards. Designers can be spotted in the design showrooms too, as they stop to eye the furnishings on display in the more than 20 stores specializing in home design.
TRAVEL
April 5, 2014
For local trips, try Metrolink, which offers a $10 weekend day pass [Saturday or Sunday]. Angelenos might enjoy the antiques stores in Orange and the pier in San Clemente. There is more to see in San Juan Capistrano than the mission. In Riverside, the Mission Inn is definitely worth seeing. Metrolink, http://www.metrolinktrains.com . Susan Ostrowsky Corona del Mar
AUTOS
April 4, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
TrueCar .com, the Internet car-shopping company backed by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen and insurance giant USAA , plans an initial public stock offering. The Santa Monica company has grown rapidly over the last year by offering a platform for car shoppers to get an “upfront” price from dealers, thereby avoiding most of the haggling that occurs in auto shopping. TrueCar's revenue jumped 68% last year from 2012, to just under $134 million, but the company has never been profitable.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Nest this week halted sales of the Nest Protect, its smart smoke detector, after an issue was found within the product that could cause it to delay ringing an alarm if there were a fire. The company, which was acquired earlier this year by Google for more than $3 billion, also encouraged users who own the device to disable a feature called Nest Wave, which is the source of the problem. The feature allows users to turn off the Nest Protect with a wave of their hand, but under certain circumstances, the feature could cause the device to not function properly.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
When the Wu-Tang Clan announced they would manufacture, and auction off, just one copy of a long-in-the-works secret album, the news was met with obvious intrigue. Who would shell out the money for the rarity -- and how much would a given collector be willing to spend? "Offers came in at $2 million, somebody offered $5 million yesterday," Wu-Tang's de facto leader RZA told Billboard on Wednesday . “I've been getting a lot of emails: some from people I know, some from people I don't know, and they're also emailing other members of my organization.” "So far, $5 million is the biggest number.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2014 | David Lazarus
Among the frequently asked questions on Yelp's website, there's this: "Will Yelp remove or reorder bad reviews if a business pays for sponsorship?" And the answer: "No. You can't pay us to remove or reorder your bad reviews - it's just that simple. " It's not that simple, at least if you listen to the many small-business owners who say Yelp routinely uses bad reviews and competitors' ads as leverage to get merchants to cough up some cash. "They continually harass you and strong-arm you to get you to pay for their service," said Randy Boelsems, 64, who runs a boating supply company in Fountain Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday told law enforcement officials from throughout California that he is willing to do more to help them absorb the thousands of felons being sent to county jails rather than prison as part of the realignment program begun in 2011. With county sheriffs and police chiefs in town to lobby state government for money and help, Brown cautioned nearly 300 of them in a speech that the state cannot go on a spending spree if it wants to set aside funds for tougher days ahead.
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