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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A San Bernardino County woman has been given permission to shoot and kill the mountain lion blamed for killing her llama should it return to her 60-acre ranch in Devore. The mountain lion was spotted in the area over the weekend and Shelly Smith, who has lived on the Cable Canyon Road ranch for more than 25 years, blames the state's drought for driving the mountain lion down onto her property. "We're just assuming that he's thirsty and hungry and coming down for that reason, but unfortunately it's terrorizing our property," Smith told  NBC-LA . After hearing screaming sounds a few weeks ago, Smith said she found her llama, "Frosty," dead and another llama that had been bitten.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
The sounds of summer are growing louder, so you know what that means: The 2013-2014 broadcast season is inching toward its close. For those with an affinity for some of ABC's shows, the network released its finale dates. As is tradition, the bulk make their exit in May. But not all! Fan-favorite "Scandal" will bid adieu in mid-April. “Scandal,” as previously announced, had its series order reduced to 18 episodes to accommodate the pregnancy of star Kerry Washington. Also wrapping up in April are the Friday comedy "Neighbors" and "Last Man Standing" at the end of the month.
SPORTS
March 17, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Southern Section Commissioner Rob Wigod has scheduled a special meeting of the Southern Section Council for June 10 to approve playoff groupings.  April 30 was the original day the Southern Section Council was scheduled to meet to approve final playoff groupings for 2014-2016. That day was thrown out after the Southern Section lost in arbitration to St. Bonaventure, Oaks Christian, Damien and St. Lucy's over where the schools would be placed for their sports teams. Meanwhile, league representatives from the Mt. SAC Area, Northern Area and Parochial Area must put together new leagues.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
If you're still hoping that Apple will one day release a TV set, you might not want to hold your breath. Former Wall Street Journal reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane is set to release a book titled "Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs," this week. In it, she recounts a moment during one of Steve Jobs' final months where the late Apple chief executive directly told his top executives that the company would not be entering the TV business, according to a Business Insider report . At Jobs' last Top 100 meeting, which is an annual summit for Apple's top executives, Jobs told his staff to ask him anything they wanted.
NEWS
March 17, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage will begin taking reservations Monday for a planned May 15 reopening. The luxury hotel began life in 1988 as a Ritz, then morphed into the Lodge at Rancho Mirage but was slated to become a Ritz again when it was felled by a souring economy. Its reopening was derailed by the collapse of financial backer Lehman Brothers, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September 2008. In its newest incarnation, the property atop a 650-foot bluff overlooking the Coachella Valley will have 244 rooms and suites and a new two-story spa. Room rates in what the hotel is calling an "Opening Celebration Package" will begin at $379.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
In its latest reaction to a mounting safety scandal, General Motors Co. recalled 1.5 million more vehicles and set aside $300 million to pay for repairs. The move follows the automaker's apologies over delays in fixing a deadly ignition switch problem. The new recalls - for unrelated issues, mostly involving air bags - stem from a top-to-bottom safety review ordered by GM's new chief executive, Mary Barra. GM released a video of Barra's frank comments to GM employees Monday, hammering home the gravity of the automaker's mistakes.
SPORTS
March 16, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. - Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is set to make his Cactus League debut Monday, giving him two weeks to get ready for opening day. Hamilton strained his left calf three weeks ago. He is expected to be the Angels' designated hitter Monday - and the cleanup hitter and left fielder in the March 31 opener against the Seattle Mariners. Neither Hamilton nor Manager Mike Scioscia expressed doubt about whether Hamilton would be prepared for the opener. Hamilton got 60 at-bats last spring, in 21 games.
SPORTS
March 16, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Novak Djokovic proved Sunday at Indian Wells, in the men's final of the BNP Paribas Open, that Roger Federer does not walk on water. But then, Djokovic would be the first to admit that his older tennis rival does pretty well on hard courts amid the desert sand. The grand finale of this grand tournament ended up with Djokovic winning and, somehow, Federer not losing. Yes, the score went the way of the smooth-moving Serb, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3), and so did the winner's trophy and $1-million first prize.
SPORTS
March 15, 2014
The Philadelphia 76ers had a loss for the record book Saturday night. Mike Conley scored 19 points and Zach Randolph had 14 to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 103-77 win at Philadelphia, sending the 76ers to a franchise record-tying 20th consecutive loss. They can set the team mark with a loss Monday night at Indiana. The 76ers also lost 20 straight games from Jan. 9 to Feb. 11, 1973, on their way to a 9-73 record, still the worst season in NBA history. The league record for consecutive losses in a season is 26 set by the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers.
NATIONAL
March 14, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Bail has been set at $3 million for a Texas man accused of drunkenly steering his car into a crowd at the South by Southwest music festival, records show. Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, of Killeen was booked into Travis County jail and charged with one count of capital murder, though more charges may be added later, the Associated Press reported . A court date was not immediately available. Reports indicate Owens -- an aspiring rapper and music producer -- was in town to try and showcase his music, like thousands of other aspiring artists hoping to get noticed.
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