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SPORTS
April 12, 2013 | By Matt Wilhalme
Kevin Durant is one of the NBA's most beloved stars, but that wasn't enough to keep him from a $25,000 fine for pretending to cut his throat after a dunk against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday. Durant's score and what the NBA deemed a “menacing gesture,” came off a Russell Westbrook block on the defensive end of the floor during the second quarter of Oklahoma City's 116-97 win over Golden State. Westbrook, guarding Stephen Curry, chased down the smaller point guard and swatted away his layup, sending the ball into Durant's hands.
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NATIONAL
April 10, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- A Texas man being held in connection with a Tuesday stabbing that injured 14 at a Houston-area community college told investigators he had been fantasizing about such an attack since he was 8 years old, officials said. Dylan Quick, 20, was being held without bond Wednesday and cooperating with investigators, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia said during a briefing with Lone Star College officials at a detention facility near downtown Houston. Garcia said Quick, who was a student at the Lone Star CyFair campus about 30 miles northwest of Houston, had been "matter of fact" in describing the attack, "very forthcoming" and cooperative in responding to questions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha, Times Community News
A series of tire slashings on luxury cars and SUVs early Saturday in northwest Glendale was a "random act" of vandalism, according to police. In some cases, all four tires were slashed on the high-end cars, most of which were parked in home driveways and on the dimly lighted streets of Vista Drive, West Mountain Street, Grandview and Winchester avenues, and Cumberland and Kenneth roads, according to Glendale police. One of the cars, a Cadillac CTS, belonged to City Manager Scott Ochoa and had all of its tires slashed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Orange County officials are considering slashing funding to a Santa Ana nonprofit that has become a community model for its public health outreach efforts in the county's poorest neighborhoods. The head of Latino Health Access said she believes questions over the group's funding have their roots in a dispute two years ago when county supervisors questioned why the nonprofit had to use the word "Latino" in its name and referred to its outreach workers as "promotores. " On Tuesday, supporters of the Santa Ana-based nonprofit made an impassioned plea to supervisors to work with the county's healthcare agency to leave funding intact when the group's grant comes up for review later this year.
SPORTS
March 18, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
SAN FRANCISCO - On the home front, the reviews for the World Baseball Classic have not been kind. The United States team was knocked out by Puerto Rico. The brightest American stars wanted no part of the tournament and, as a result, neither did the casual fan. None of this really bothers Bud Selig. If it bothers you, the commissioner said, you are missing the point. "Focusing on the United States team, frankly, is almost irrelevant," Selig said Monday. A tournament that started with 28 countries is down to two. The Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico - neighbors in the Caribbean - will play for the WBC championship Tuesday.
BUSINESS
March 14, 2013 | David Lazarus
Bernie Morse, 65, of Century City retired last year from the aerospace industry and joined the ranks of Medicare beneficiaries. The nearly $8,000 he used to spend annually on drugs for a liver condition now will be cut almost in half. Were a private insurer to take over his Medicare coverage, Morse believes, his drug bill would once again skyrocket - only he wouldn't have his aerospace income to pay the tab. "I'd be really scared about what could happen," he said. And he has reason to be afraid.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2013 | MICHAEL HILTZIK
You've heard the old joke about the stockbroker showing a friend all the luxuries he's bought with the commissions paid by his customers -- big house, big car, big yacht. And the friend asks, "But where are the customers' yachts?" The joke needs updating. With the Dow Jones industrial average hitting a record, as it did Tuesday, the question is "Where's the workers' payoff?" The Dow's record, in and of itself, doesn't mean much. It's a narrow measure of the stock market's health, viewed through the prism of a basket of 30 stocks.
NATIONAL
February 27, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS -- Joyce Rhone didn't see the attack coming -- and certainly not at a blackjack table at the vaunted Bellagio Hotel and Casino, her attorney said. But in a scene that shocked onlookers, fellow Bellagio employee Brenda Stokes is accused of attempted murder in a box-cutter attack on Rhone. Stokes allegedly used two razors and repeatedly slashed the victim's face with cuts so deep to her cheek that they revealed Rhone's teeth. Now a lawyer representing Rhone in the December attack has filed a civil lawsuit against the Bellagio, claiming that the casino's security force failed to ensure "that its property was reasonably safe and to render aid to" Rhone.
NATIONAL
February 14, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Two weeks before deep budget cuts are due to slice across the federal government, Senate Democrats proposed an alternative Thursday that would swap some reductions for a tax on people who make more than $1 million a year. The proposal has little chance of Republican support, even though neither party wants the automatic cuts. But Republicans are increasingly willing to stomach the reductions in defense and domestic spending rather than accept President Obama's call for a "balanced" approach that matches cuts with new revenue.
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