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August 15, 2009 | Mark Medina
Sparks tonight AT SACRAMENTO When: 7 p.m. Where: Arco Arena On the air: Webcast; Records: Sparks 8-13, Monarchs 7-17. Record vs. Monarchs: 2-1. Update: This is the second day in a row the Sparks play Sacramento. The Sparks lost, 85-79, on Friday night at Staples Center. The Sparks split their last back-to-back games earlier in the week, defeating the league's top team (Indiana Fever) on Monday and then losing to the Eastern Conference's worst team (New York Liberty)
April 25, 2014 | By Shan Li and Lalita Clozel
A new federal proposal to regulate electronic cigarettes has Patrick Sanchez pondering the future of the fledgling industry. Sanchez is the owner of Vapegoat, a Highland Park e-cigarette shop that doubles as an art gallery. On a normal night, customers kick back on his comfy couches, surrounded by brick walls hung with Salvador Dali-esque paintings, and try out new e-cig flavors. Since opening in September, Sanchez said, business has boomed as more smokers discovered the battery-operated devices, which heat liquids that usually contain nicotine to create a vapor that can be inhaled.
July 1, 2010
Sparks attendance The average announced attendance for Sparks home games has slipped a bit so far this season. 2006: 8,311 (17 dates) 2007: 8,695 (17 dates) 2008: 9,508 (17 dates) 2009: 10,387 (17 dates) 2010: 8,577 (seven dates)
April 23, 2014 | By David Wharton
The upcoming U.S. Open in Pinehurst, N.C., will feature a nostalgic kind of golf course -- and perhaps a glimpse at the future of the sport. Pinehurst Resort officials have removed acre upon acre of rough that used to line the fairways of their No. 2 course. In its place, they have restored the sandy areas and wire grass that were part of architect Donald Ross' original design. "We lost the uniqueness of being this beautiful, 30 miles wide, 80 miles long, sand hills of North Carolina," course owner Bob Dedman said.
September 18, 2012
SPARKS TONIGHT VS. PHOENIX When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: NBA TV, TWC 101. Records: Sparks 22-10, Mercury 7-24. Record vs. Mercury: 4-0. Update: The Sparks, who are on a two-game winning streak, will play host to Phoenix in their penultimate game of the regular season. The Sparks are in second place in the Western Conference, four games behind first-place Minnesota and 21/2 games ahead of third-place San Antonio. If they beat the Mercury or if San Antonio loses its game Tuesday against New York, the Sparks will clinch second place, which will give them home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
August 22, 2009 | Associated Press
It took three years for the Sparks to finally win again in San Antonio, and it took overtime to do it. Candace Parker had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Sparks to a 67-66 overtime win against the Silver Stars on Friday night. "I thought it was a very good game," Sparks Coach Michael Cooper said. "Everything is on the line now, and I'm glad we got the win." Noelle Quinn scored all four of the Sparks' points in overtime to give them the margin for victory. Her layup with 2:14 left in overtime proved to be the difference in the game.
July 29, 2009 | Associated Press
Tina Thompson took a page from Boston Celtics star Ray Allen's playbook and helped the Sparks end a losing streak at three games. Thompson shook off a three-for-11 start from the field to score a season-high 30 points to lead the Sparks to a 76-70 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Tuesday. After the Sparks let a 13-point halftime lead evaporate and trailed by as many as three points in the fourth quarter, Thompson scored 10 points in a late 14-6 run.
April 23, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
DONETSK, Ukraine - Ukrainian government troops on Wednesday claimed to have swept out pro-Russia gunmen from a town in embattled eastern Ukraine, an operation the Kremlin warned could spark retaliation. The Ukrainian Interior Ministry statement that Svyatogorsk was under government control was dismissed as "a propaganda lie" by a leader of insurgents holding nearby Slovyansk, scene of the most violent and destabilizing clashes of the separatist movement that has been gaining momentum since Russia's annexation of Crimea last month.
April 23, 2014 | By Angel Jennings, Richard Winton and James Rainey
To the 96,000 residents of Compton, the little Cessna would have looked like scores of other small planes that flew over the city each day. But anyone paying close attention might have noticed the single-engine craft kept circling the city in a continuous loop. What they could not have known was that it packed unusual cargo - a bank of a dozen wide-angle industrial imaging cameras. They recorded low-resolution images of every corner of the 10.1-square-mile city. For nine days in early 2012, the small plane beamed the images to the local sheriff's department station, where deputies observed everything from fender benders, to a string of necklace snatchings to a shooting.
April 22, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Inside the Bottom's Up cafe in the conservative Central Valley town of Clovis, scantily clad baristas in bikini tops set about creating what the company calls the "the best drive-through coffee experience. " But it's not the scene inside that has generated a bit of controversy in the Fresno-adjacent town. For Candice Eslick and the roughly 150 people who signed her petition, it's the list of drink names listed on the exterior of the coffee hut that has them steamed, names like "Get Lai'ed," "Screamer" and "Sex in your mouth.
April 22, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
Less than two weeks after federal officials rebuked the Albuquerque Police Department for a rash of unjustified officer-involved shootings, an officer fatally shot a 19-year-old woman suspected of stealing a vehicle before pointing a gun at police, authorities said. Mary Hawkes became the first person to be killed by Albuquerque police since the Justice Department released a scathing report that called for a "systematic change" to address what it said was a long-ingrained culture of deadly force in the Police Department.
April 21, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
WASHINGTON  - On a night that was supposed to be a showcase for the transcendent talents of two of baseball's brightest young stars - Angels center fielder Mike Trout, 22, and Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper, 21 - two old guys ruled. First baseman Albert Pujols, the 34-year-old slugger with the heavy legs, made a nifty defensive play to cut down a run in the fourth inning and got frisky on the bases in the eighth, sparking a four-run rally with, of all things, a stolen base, his first since July 7. And Raul Ibanez, the 41-year-old designated hitter who has looked every bit his age this season with the exception of a few clutch hits, delivered a two-out, pinch-hit, three-run double in the eighth to lift the Angels to a 4-2 come-from-behind victory in Nationals Park.
April 14, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
A road rage incident nearly turned deadly Sunday when two men pulled weapons on each other in a Lancaster driveway, authorities said. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Eric Deshawn Holliday , 26, of Long Beach was being held in the shooting of another man Sunday afternoon at a friend's home. The incident began about 12:30 p.m., the department said in a statement, when Holliday was on his way to a home in the 3600 block of West Avenue in Lancaster and saw a man with whom he'd had a run-in before.
April 13, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
The first half of the 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach generally was a stately affair. There were no major accidents, though Sebastien Bourdais slammed into the tire barriers twice, and Ryan Hunter-Reay maintained the lead with apparent ease. Then the wheels came off, literally and figuratively. Hunter-Reay sparked a multicar crash that knocked him and five others out, another crash ended Justin Wilson's day and Scott Dixon ran short of fuel while leading with only two laps left in the 80-lap race Sunday.
April 13, 2014 | By David Colker
Talking toys have been around since at least 1960, when pull-the-string Chatty Cathy debuted. But Teddy Ruxpin, a cuddly teddy bear that hit stores in late 1985, marked a technological leap forward. Created by then-Granada Hills resident Ken Forsse, the talking Teddy moved his mouth in sync, making him seem much more lifelike. The effect was both delightful and a bit creepy, and kids loved him. "1986 and 1987 were insane; you could hardly find Teddy Ruxpin in stores, it was so popular," said toy expert Jim Silver.
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