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BUSINESS
March 27, 2014 | By Tim Logan
Population growth in Southern California slowed last year, and that helped lead to softer demand for housing. The number of residents in the seven-county region grew 0.8% to 21.7 million last year, a slight dip from 0.82% growth the previous year, according to figures released Thursday by the Census Bureau. The populations of the Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Ventura counties grew 0.5% to 0.9%, and Imperial County shrank 0.1%. But populations of Riverside and San Diego counties grew faster than the state as a whole, rising 1.2% and 1.1%, respectively.
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SPORTS
March 26, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
No. 1 Arizona (32-4) vs. No. 4 San Diego State (31-4) Thursday, 7:17 p.m. TV: TBS . Update: This has been some rebuilding season for San Diego State, which was supposed to fall back after losing stars James Franklin and Chase Tapley. The Aztecs won the Mountain West Conference regular-season title after being picked to finish fourth. Senior guard Xavier Thames has been the catalyst in the team's second Sweet 16 appearance in school history. In wins over New Mexico State and North Dakota State, Thames had 53 points and only four turnovers in 78 minutes.
SPORTS
March 25, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
Steve Fisher, San Diego State's basketball coach, peered down from the high heaven of an NCAA news conference platform last Saturday and remarked, "This is a funny business we're in. " Fisher's words came after Xavier Thames had scored 53 points in 48 hours to lead the Aztecs out of an NCAA sub-regional in Spokane. It wasn't funny if you were trying to stop the senior known as "X," who was definitely a factor in giving a point-guard tutorial against New Mexico State and North Dakota State.
SPORTS
March 25, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Former Sherman Oaks Notre Dame player Josh Goossen-Brown, a senior transfer from Cal State Northridge, is making major contributions at the University of San Diego. He had eight hits, two home runs and three RBIs in action last week. He has four home runs and is batting .350.     Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
March 22, 2014 | By Chris Foster
SAN DIEGO - Florida is still out there. This is where a young man's mind could wander. UCLA players have been snared in this trap before. The fourth-seeded Bruins are so close to Memphis that they can almost smell the cheeseburgers cooking at Graceland. All that stands in their way of a shot at top-ranked Florida in the NCAA South Regional semifinals is little ol' Stephen F. Austin. The TSA at LAX seems more of a travel obstacle than SFA. The Bruins have 100 NCAA tournament victories.
SPORTS
March 22, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
SPOKANE, Wash. - San Diego State led New Mexico State by eight points with 1:20 left on Thursday night and frittered it all away. The Aztecs, luckily, rallied in overtime to avoid one of the worst collapses in recent NCAA tournament history. If was for that reason alone San Diego State fans couldn't celebrate early Saturday against North Dakota State, even after star guard's Xavier Thames' layup put the Aztecs up by 10 at the four-minute mark. 2014 NCAA tournament bracket This time, though, the lead was safe and San Diego State finished with a flourish in a 63-44 win at the Spokane Arena.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A 40-year-old woman who became unresponsive Saturday morning while diving off San Clemente Island was airlifted by Coast Guard helicopter to San Diego for emergency care. The woman regained consciousness after being helped to the surface by other divers, but the group decided to call for help from the Coast Guard, officials said. Within minutes, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was hovering overhead and the crew hoist the woman aboard. She was flown to San Diego, where emergency medical personnel were waiting, the Coast Guard said.
NATIONAL
March 22, 2014 | By Evan Halper
WASHINGTON - Hoping to get pot legalized in Nevada, an investment firm specializing in the fast-growing marijuana industry invited the ballot initiative's backers to pitch 150 financiers at a Las Vegas symposium. Within 10 minutes, they raised $150,000. Political contributors are not the only ones taking notice of the new realities of the marijuana business, said San Francisco-based ArcView Chief Executive Troy Dayton, who estimated his group would pump about $500,000 into pot this year.
SPORTS
March 21, 2014 | By Chris Dufresne
SPOKANE, Wash. -- San Diego State needed overtime to beat New Mexico State on Thursday night and then, afterward, Aztecs' Coach Steve Fisher asked for extra time to gets some things off his chest. Fisher criticized the NCAA for sending the loser, in this case New Mexico State, home directly after an exciting game that ended around 10:30 p.m. in Spokane. "It's disgraceful," Fisher said at his postgame news conference. 2014 NCAA tournament bracket Knowing the losing team could have been his team, Fisher said he called the NCAA on Friday to ask if his players could spend the night in Spokane and fly home Friday.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Ratepayers of Southern California Edison Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. could be in line for a share of more than $1 billion in refunds as part of a possible financial settlement from the closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. Both Edison and another party to the negotiations, the Utility Reform Network (TURN), a consumer advocacy group, confirmed that a settlement conference is scheduled Thursday at the San Francisco headquarters of the California Public Utilities Commission.
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