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WORLD
March 16, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
The possibility that Malaysia Air Flight 370 was hijacked has heartened the relatives of passengers who are holding out hope that the missing plane landed in some remote location, perhaps a tropical island. "My gut feeling is that it landed. I still feel his spirit. I don't feel he is dead," said Sarah Bajc, a 48-year-old American teacher living in Beijing whose partner, Philip Wood, a 50-year-old IBM executive, was a passenger on the flight. A former technology executive, Bajc has been one of the most proactive of the family members, setting up Facebook and Twitter accounts encouraging people to keep looking for the plane.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2014 | By Rosanna Xia, This post has been corrected. See note below for details
Sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating a shooting in Norwalk that left one man dead early Sunday morning, authorities said. Deputies responded to multiple calls of gunshots about 1:40 a.m. Sunday in the 12000 block of Lowemont Street, said Lt. Jason Skeen of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. A man in his 20s was found on the sidewalk and pronounced dead at the scene, he said. The shooting is believed to be gang related, Skeen said, and sheriff's homicide and gang detectives are handling the investigation.
WORLD
March 16, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has expanded to cover an impossibly vast swath of Asia extending from Kazakhstan to Australia, with Malaysia appealing for as many airplanes and ships as the world can provide. The countries where the Boeing 777 and the 239 people aboard could have gone, based on a signal picked up by a satellite, stretch north and west from the plane's last known location and include Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, China, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Julia, the protagonist of Wendy Graf's new play, "Closely Related Keys," is a single, Ivy League-educated African American attorney who lives for her job. Smart, ambitious and happy to sacrifice her personal life for professional advancement, she's one of those corporate control freaks who believes she should be able to subjugate the world with her smartphone. Diarra Kilpatrick plays Julia with the manic air of someone burying themselves in work to avoid more painful feelings. Even the furtive romantic tryst she's having with Ron (Ted Mattison)
OPINION
March 13, 2014 | By Jack Shakely
You've probably never heard of donor-advised funds, but they are taking over the philanthropic world. It all started as a matter of economics. A million dollars to most of us is a lot of money. But as start-up cash for a philanthropic foundation it's chump change. A million-dollar foundation can easily cost more to run than it gives away. So an alternative was created by the IRS to give modest philanthropic efforts a cheaper, easier path to existence, bundling them together under an umbrella nonprofit for investment and management.
SPORTS
March 8, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
WINNIPEG, Canada -- Kings forward Jeff Carter was once the new kid in town, attempting to fit in with a tight group late in the term. Big transitions, in life and work, aren't always seamless. And so, Carter fully sympathized with new teammate, winger Marian Gaborik, who was acquired Wednesday from Columbus. Gaborik had a long travel day, getting routed through Toronto, before he joined the team in Winnipeg late that night and made his Kings' debut Thursday. For Gaborik, there were moments of tentativeness and other spells of chemistry with new linemates Anze Kopitar and forward Justin Williams in a 3-1 victory over the Jets.
SPORTS
March 8, 2014 | By Art Spander
The old guy, Father Time, will triumph in the end. He always does. But for the moment Roger Federer is holding serve against him, which in a sport primarily of the young is no small achievement. Federer has come to terms with reality. "If I can't play for No. 1," he said three days ago, "I'll play for winning titles. " He won his 78th, third best all-time behind Jimmy Connors' 109 and Ivan Lendl's 94, a week ago at Dubai. And Saturday on an 83-degree afternoon at Indian Wells he made a start toward another, defeating Paul-Henri Mathieu, 6-2, 7-6 (3)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
A 60-year-old woman was found dead inside an apartment building fire Friday afternoon in West Los Angeles, authorities said, marking the 12th fire-related death in the city so far this year. The blaze broke out in the two-story building in the 3400 block of Clarington Avenue in the Palms neighborhood just before 2 p.m., fire department spokesman Cody Weireter said. The fire was extinguished in less than 20 minutes. Investigators surveying the scene found the body of an adult in the second-story apartment, Weireter said.
NATIONAL
March 6, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - He first met the much younger woman who would become his mistress in Germany, and later in Iraq, the general testified Thursday. In 2009, the woman, by then a 29-year-old Army captain, accompanied Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, 51, on missions in Afghanistan. They soon became lovers who exchanged texts and emails brimming with explicit sex talk. He called her "my panda. " She called him "Papa Panda sexy pants. " The passionate three-year affair ultimately soured, and Sinclair was brought before a military judge Thursday on charges related to the relationship.
OPINION
March 6, 2014 | By Robyn J. Wapner
The Washington-based think tank Atlantic Council released a poll last month that has been touted by many as marking an unprecedented shift in support for a change in U.S. policy toward Cuba. Media outlets, including the L.A. Times, jumped on the bandwagon, citing the poll as evidence that Americans are now eager for engagement. But a closer look shows that many of the most consequential results of the poll are based on push-polling tactics. Push polling is the craft of designing survey questions to shape and influence the results.
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