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March 4, 2014 | Wire reports
NHL trade deadline day was widely expected to be busy. The day before might prove to be even wilder. Several big-name hockey players were on the move Tuesday, 24 hours before time for dealing runs out, including star goalie Roberto Luongo , who was ushered out of Vancouver and sent back to Florida eight years after he was sent packing. The Panthers, on their way to missing the playoffs for the 13th time in 14 seasons, dealt goalie Jacob Markstrom and forward Shawn Matthias to the Canucks for Luongo and forward Steven Anthony . "We're getting a great goaltender, a proven commodity," Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon said.
March 2, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. - By the time the race ended, it wasn't clear where the paint job of Danica Patrick's car ended and the black repair tape holding it together started. Patrick's No. 10 Chevrolet was collected in a multi-car crash midway through Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. Justin Allgaier and Travis Kvapil also were involved. She was running about 25th at the time, one lap behind the leaders. After her pit crew taped up the car's crumpled body during several pit stops, she was able to continue.
March 1, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - President Obama has a variety of ways he can make good on his threat to make Russia pay "costs" for its military intervention in Ukraine. But it's not clear any of them will make a difference to Russian President Vladimir Putin, or whether they might simply underscore the United States' relatively weak hand in the unfolding Ukraine crisis. The U.S. and its European allies can take steps to isolate Russia diplomatically, which would undermine Putin's claim that his country is again ascendant as a world leader.
February 26, 2014
Chokwe Lumumba, 66, a human rights activist and nationally prominent attorney who became mayor of Jackson, Miss., last year, died Tuesday at a Jackson hospital, city officials said. The cause wasn't immediately clear. As an attorney, Lumumba represented Tupac Shakur in cases including one in which the rapper was cleared of aggravated assault in the shootings of two off-duty police officers who were visiting Atlanta from another city when they were wounded. Shakur died in 1996. Lumumba also represented Lance Parker, one of the defendants in the attack on truck driver Reginald O. Denny at the beginning of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
February 26, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
When Jim Hellmold decided to run for sheriff of Los Angeles County last month, he knew that one of the first things his campaign needed was a website. He figured would make the most sense. Except when he typed the address into his browser it took him to an already established site promoting one of his competitors: former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka. So he tried another: Again, he was directed to a site promoting Tanaka. "I was left with 'Hellmold-the-number-four-sheriff-dot-com," the assistant sheriff said.
February 23, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX  - In each of the last eight years, Jamey Wright reported to spring training on a minor league contract. All eight times, he made a major league opening-day roster. Now, at 39, Wright has broken the cycle. The right-handed reliever has a guaranteed contract with the Dodgers. "Christmas miracle," Wright said. "Supply and demand, I guess. " The last time Wright was in camp with the Dodgers, in 2012, he had no guarantees he would make the team. He faced the possibility of having to decide whether to pitch in the minor leagues or re-enter the free-agent market.
February 23, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
The skinny rings of ancient giant sequoias and foxtail pines hold a lesson that Californians are learning once again this winter: It can get very dry, sometimes for a single parched year, sometimes for withering decades. Drought has settled over the state like a dusty blanket, leaving much of the landscape a dreary brown. Receding reservoirs have exposed the ruins of long-forgotten towns. Some cities are rationing supplies and banning outdoor watering. Many growers are expecting no irrigation deliveries from the big government water projects that turned the state's belly into the nation's produce market.
February 22, 2014 | By Leah Ollman
NEW YORK - What is a photograph? From photography's very beginning, there has always been more than one answer to that question. On the medium's official launch in 1839, a photograph was both a precise, one-of-a-kind image permanently fixed on a mirror-like metal plate (the Daguerreotype) and a replicable print on paper, made from a paper negative (the calotype, or photogenic drawing). Ever since, what photographs look and feel like has continued to evolve with changing technology and aesthetic intent.
February 21, 2014 | By Garrett Therolf and Matt Stevens
A foster mother convicted of second-degree murder in the beating death of a 2-year-old girl was sentenced Friday to 25-years-to-life in state prison. Kiana Barker, 34, who had been trying to adopt Viola Vanclief in 2010, severely beat the toddler and later called 911 to report that the girl had stopped breathing, prosecutors allege. In October, a jury found Barker guilty of second-degree murder, assault on a child causing death and child abuse. The case was the latest in a years-long series of problems for United Care, a nonprofit foster agency that contracted with Los Angeles County at the time of Viola's death and had placed the girl with Barker.
February 20, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
There are five weeks left in the high school basketball season before teams compete for a state title March 28-29 in Sacramento, and here are the story lines to follow as the City Section and Southern Section playoff contenders move into high gear: The Stanley Johnson coronation: Miami has King James and Santa Ana is about to get King Stanley, as in Stanley Johnson, the Santa Ana Mater Dei All-American trying to lead the Monarchs to a fourth...
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