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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Arson investigators were at a San Fernando Valley home Tuesday morning after firefighters responded to  blazes at the address two days in a row. The first fire was reported early Monday, when the Los Angeles Fire Department was called out to the two-story home at 19016 Muirkirk Drive in Porter Ranch. There were three people home at the time; one was taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. A second fire was reported Tuesday morning at the same property, said Eric French, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department, adding that it was not immediately clear if it involved the same structure.
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SPORTS
February 18, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Baseball season must be ready to begin, because players and even coaches are starting to walk around campuses with strange haircuts. Take the case with a group of players from Valencia West Ranch. Shortstop Jagger Rusconi suggested a tiger mohawk look, and that's what several players decided to get, along with Coach Casey Burrill. Burrill's wife was not too impressed. But hey, the baseball season begins next weekend. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
February 13, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
A football and athletic directors clinic will be held on April 5 at Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $35 per coach. Coaches scheduled to speak include John Shacklett from Morse, Herb Meyer from Oceanside El Camino, Ron Hamamoto from Monte Vista (he's talking about defending the spread offense), Gil Warren from Olympian (practice organization), Chris Hauser from Mission Hills (building balanced offense) and Danny Gonzales from San Diego State (blitzing)
NEWS
February 3, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Mild temperatures make winter a good time to go horseback riding, hiking, mountain bicycling or just kicking back in Tucson -- and one dude ranch will pay you to fly there too. All-inclusive Tanque Verde Ranch offers up to $399 in airfare credit for guests who stay at least four nights. The deal: I like the Cold There? Fly Here! deal (even though it's far from cold here in L.A.) because of the credit, which guests receive when they present their proof of payment. Note that the perk is per booking, not per person.
BUSINESS
January 25, 2014 | By David Pierson
ARTOIS, Calif. - Nestled in a corner of the Sacramento Valley known for its rice, almonds and walnuts, densely packed rows of manicured olive trees stretch toward the horizon. This 1,700-acre spread is the domain of California Olive Ranch, an upstart company with big ambitions. The U.S. is the world's No. 3 consumer of olive oil, drizzling 293,000 metric tons of the stuff over salads and pizzas last year. Yet almost every drop was produced overseas in countries including Spain, Italy and Greece.
BUSINESS
January 18, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
  Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon has sold Libbey Ranch in Ojai for $4,983,500. Designed by architect Wallace Neff, who became known for developing the "California" style of home, Witherspoon's ranch was originally built in 1923 as stables for glassware titan Edward Libbey. Details include turrets, original stonework and arched windows and alcoves. The two-story main house features beamed ceilings, an oversized fireplace in the two-story living room, a library loft with a fireplace, four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.
WORLD
January 13, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman and Michael Memoli
SYCAMORE RANCH, Israel - On a day marked by military protocol, somber ceremony and informal reflection, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was remembered Monday as a "practical and pragmatic man," a "bulldozer" who helped shape his nation even as he earned a reputation for ruthlessness from its enemies. Sharon, who died Saturday at 85 after years in a stroke-induced coma, was hailed by world leaders in a public memorial service in Jerusalem before taking a last journey to his family's ranch in southern Israel, where he was laid to rest beside his second wife in a burial that combined military pomp with traditional Jewish ritual.
WORLD
January 13, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli and Batsheva Sobelman
SYCAMORE RANCH, Israel -- After an official state funeral featuring international dignitaries and flowery eulogies, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was buried with military honors Monday at his family ranch in southern Israel. In keeping with army protocol, the coffin of the controversial military and political leader was carried by eight Israeli generals, who lowered it into the ground beside the modest flowerbed and headstone marking the grave of his second wife on a small hill offering a panoramic view of the southern Negev area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb, This post has been updated. Please see below for details.
Robert A. Rizzo, the former Bell city administrator who oversaw an era of corruption, pleaded guilty Monday to two federal tax charges. [Updated 12:20 p.m. PST Jan. 13: Dressed in a blue blazer and gray slacks, Rizzo repeatedly said "Yes, your honor," as he agreed to plead guilty to filing a false tax return and conspiring to file a false tax return. Rizzo, who already faces a potential 12-year sentence on corruption charges, could get up to eight years in federal prison and a $500,000 fine on the tax case.
SCIENCE
January 11, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
The California Coastal Commission has approved development of the first shellfish ranch in federal waters, a 100-acre underwater plot for cultivating and harvesting about 2.6 million pounds of Mediterranean mussels a year. “It's quite an achievement and I'm pretty happy about it,” Philip Cruver, president and director of Catalina Sea Ranch, said about the commission's unanimous vote Wednesday. “But I always knew it would happen because of the demand.” Catalina Sea Ranch's business strategy is in line with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's aim to create jobs, provide highly nutritional food and improve the marine environment by putting more shellfish back in U.S. waters.
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