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January 19, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - The new year is shaping up to be one of the marijuana movement's strongest ever. The first legal pot storefronts in America opened to long lines in Colorado 20 days ago. Washington state is poised to issue licenses for producing, processing and selling the Schedule I drug - once officials sift through about 7,000 applications. Signature gatherers have been at work in at least five states, including California, to put marijuana measures on the ballot in 2014. On Wednesday, organizers announced they had gathered more than 1 million signatures in favor of putting a medical marijuana measure before voters in Florida, a high-population bellwether that could become the first Southern state to embrace pot. "Florida looks like the country as a whole," said Ben Pollara, campaign manager for the Sunshine State's effort.
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SPORTS
January 13, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 San Clemente is ranked No. 1 in this week's Southern Section Division 1 boys' soccer poll. Fullerton is No. 1 in Division 2, Crescenta Valley in Division 3, L.A. Cathedral in Division 4, Godinez in Division 5, Jurupa Hills in Division 6 and Mary Star in Division 7. Here's the link to complete rankings. Los Osos is No. 1 in Division 1 girls' soccer. Here's the link to complete rankings.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
January 13, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 The CIF Southern Section has come out with its first coaches' poll in boys' basketball, and Mater Dei, Loyola and Etiwanda are the top three teams in 1AA. There's also a group of teams listed on the Open Division watch list. At the end of the season, between 12 and 16 teams will be taken from their divisions and placed in the new Open Division. Most notably, Chaminade and L.A. Cathedral are ranked No. 1 and 2 in 3A and both are on the watch list. Here's the link to complete rankings and the watch list.
NEWS
January 13, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
Enmeshed in a growing scandal over alleged political payback, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is facing a loss of confidence at home but as yet no significant damage to his national political standing, according to a pair of opinion surveys released Monday. A majority of  New Jersey residents,  51%, said that Christie has not been completely honest about events leading to the closure of lanes approaching the busy George Washington Bridge, according to the Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll.
SPORTS
January 13, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady. Haven't we had this conversation before? Why, yes, we have. Many times, in fact. That's what happens when the two best quarterbacks of their era continue to play at a high level without any signs of dropping off. Sunday's AFC championship game between Manning's Denver Broncos and Brady's New England Patriots gives us yet another opportunity to ask one of our favorite questions: Which one would you rather have...
SPORTS
January 13, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick and Seattle's Russell Wilson will be facing off for the fourth time in their young careers on Sunday, but this time more than an eyebrow will be on the line. The two quarterbacks will be hoping to propel their teams to the Super Bowl with a victory in the National Football Conference championship. Kaepernick and the 49ers made it there last year, losing to the Baltimore Ravens, 34-31. The second-year starters are among the most exciting young QBs in the NFL and provide an interesting side story to the game with the level of success they've achieved with their dual-threat playing styles.
SPORTS
January 13, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
The American Football Coaches Assn. announced Monday at its annual convention in Indianapolis that the coaches college football poll will continue in the new College Football Playoff. The poll will go on despite having no role in choosing the champion in the four-team playoff. The USA Today coaches' poll had been been a key part of the standings formula that picked the top two teams in the 16-year era of the Bowl Championship Series. It had a sketchy and sometimes controversial ride because the coaches were contractually obligated to award the BCS title to the winner of the top two teams in the final BCS standings.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- A majority of electricity consumers in Orange and San Diego counties would prefer that energy needed to replace the output of the shuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant come from renewable, non-polluting sources, according to a new poll. The survey, conducted by Public Policy Polling of Raleigh, N.C., for the Sierra Club, concludes that 56% of ratepayers in the two counties want new power to come from wind, solar and other sources that do not rely on fossil fuel. Photos: Top 10 Southern California companies About 4 in 5 customers of Southern California Edison Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. said it was very important that San Onofre's 2,200 megawatts of output not be replaced by new power plants that contribute to air pollution.
WORLD
January 9, 2014 | By Richard Fausset and Cecilia Sanchez
MEXICO CITY - Nearly seven in 10 Mexican city dwellers believe that crime has rendered their cities unsafe, according to a new poll that underscores the ongoing challenge facing President Enrique Peña Nieto, who took office more than a year ago promising to beat back the lawlessness that affects law-abiding Mexicans. The December poll was released late Wednesday and is the second of its kind to be produced by Mexico's National Institute of Statistics and Geography. [Link in Spanish]
SPORTS
January 7, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA fans have another talking point in making a case that they have taken ownership of football in Los Angeles. For the first time since 1998, the Bruins have finished higher in the rankings than USC. UCLA is 16 th in the Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls. USC is 19th in each poll. Adding up the check list in the Jim Mora era: Head-to-head: UCLA 2, USC 0 Sun Bowl victories: UCLA 1, USC 0 Pac-12 title games: UCLA 1, USC 0 Victories over Stanford: USC 1, UCLA 0 2014 Heisman candidates: UCLA 1, USC 0 Difference in poll ranking: UCLA plus 3 Then subtract ... Coaches fired on tarmac: USC 1, UCLA 0 That brings the highly scientific, but unofficial tally to … ... UCLA 8, USC 0. ALSO: Lindsey Vonn says she will miss Sochi Olympics NFL playoff predictions: Can the Chargers continue their run?
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