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October 12, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
PAYSON, Utah - There's a good chance that the fresh tart cherries Southern Californians find at their grocers originated from Robert McMullin's orchards at the base of the Wasatch Mountains. The third-generation farmer provides 90% of the fresh sour cherries found in Southern California. The hard-to-find fruit is prized by bakers and cooks. McMullin shook his head when he recalled how much fruit went unpicked during this year's July harvest. "We lost $300,000 on that deal because we didn't have enough guys to pick," he said.
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SPORTS
April 27, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
OAKLAND - The Clippers seemed weighed down Sunday afternoon in Game 4 by all the controversy that has engulfed them. And even though it was not of their own making, but that of owner Donald Sterling, the Clippers were in the storm and tried to stay afloat. But they could not avoid their albatross and a hot Golden State team, dropping a 118-97 decision to the Warriors at Oracle Arena. BOX SCORE: Golden State Warriors 118, Clippers 97 Instead of talking about the best-of-seven first-round series being tied at 2-2 or about regaining home-court advantage with their Game 3 win, the Clippers had to talk about Sterling's alleged racist comments about African Americans.
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OPINION
June 13, 2012
Re "A farm bill that works," Opinion, June 8 Dan Imhoff and Michael Dimock can plead for agricultural reform until the cows come home, but the truth is, derailing rural America's gravy train isn't like taking candy away from a baby. The problem is that rural states such as North Dakota and Iowa have just as much representation in the Senate as the much bigger and more urban states of California and New York. So the rural, smaller states have an effective veto over any meaningful reform.
OPINION
April 27, 2014 | Times Editorial Board
Some 50 political leaders from nine Western states gathered in Salt Lake City this month to discuss plans to wrest control of millions of acres of public lands from the federal government. One wonders whether, like a dog chasing a car, they've figured out what they would do with the land if they got hold of it? In any case, that's unlikely to happen, based on decades of court battles and settled law. Nevertheless, these angry legislators and local commissioners seem determined to waste time and energy on this futile effort, propelled by a warped sense of history and priorities.
NATIONAL
October 30, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
As Sandy whipped the East Coast, states struggled to deal with the widespread damage from the super storm, which is blamed in the deaths of at least 33 people in seven states. New York saw Wall Street closed for a second day.  Schools were shuttered and hundreds of thousands of people were without power after New Yorkers awoke to scenes of flooding and destruction. On Tuesday morning, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted: "Gov: The construction of this city did not anticipate these type of conditions -- subway, bldg foundations, 911 site nr Hudson.
SPORTS
September 15, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
If you missed the end of Wisconsin at Arizona State late Saturday night (Sunday morning in the east), you missed a bizarre finish and yet another raging controversy involving Pac-12 officials. Arizona State won the game, 32-30, and that outcome won't change. But Wisconsin fans will be screaming about this one for years. You could also argue that the Badgers should have never let it come down to the officials. Wisconsin appeared in perfect position late to kick the game-winning field goal with a first down at the Arizona State 13 with 18 seconds left.
NATIONAL
April 14, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
The fight against the death penalty is gaining momentum, opponents of the practice say, with Connecticut's decision this month to abolish capital punishment making it the fifth state in five years to so do. "For this to be happening in succession, and coupled with the decline in death penalty convictions, it creates a momentum that other states will at least consider to be a part of," said Richard Dieter, executive director of the independent Death...
BUSINESS
February 5, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Lawmakers in 10 states are considering bills that would allow or expand online gambling, according to a group that tracks such legislation around the world. Gambling Compliance said those states included California, Colorado, Hawaii and Pennsylvania.  In a research paper released Tuesday , the group said 2014 was shaping up to be a busy year for efforts to legalize online gambling.  Legislation in California is being hammered out that would allow online gambling by tribal casinos in the state.  Last year, three states legalized online gambling.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2013 | by Walter Hamilton
President Obama's call to raise the federal minimum wage highlights the vastly different rates already in place across the country, with 19 states having minimums that exceed the current U.S. level. The president proposed Tuesday in his State of the Union speech to boost the federal level to $9 an hour from the current $7.25. The plan would hike the wage by 2015 as part of a broad plan to improve the fortunes of lower-paid workers. As it has in the past, such a proposal is certain to stir strong opinions, with proponents arguing that it's not only fair to workers but would be good for the economy by improving consumer spending power.
NATIONAL
February 21, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
What by historical standards was a mild earthquake shook parts of as many as nine states on Tuesday in the latest rumble along the fabled New Madrid Seismic Zone. The quake, measuring 4.0, struck at 3:58 a.m. CST near East Prairie, Mo., a rural town of some 3,200 people off of Interstate 55, which connects St. Louis with Memphis, Tenn., according to the U.S. Geological Survey website. The quake was felt in Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee and there were scattered reports from four other states including as far away as Georgia.
SPORTS
April 25, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Here are five takeaways from the Clippers' breathless 98-96 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series Thursday night at Oracle Arena. The win gave the Clippers a 2-1 lead in the series: 1. Blake Griffin is on track to be the most valuable player of this series. The Clippers forward has 83 points in 91 minutes, even taking into account his Game 1 clunker in which he fouled out in only 19 minutes of play. He is powerful, efficient and has turned his one perceived weakness -- jump shooting -- into a strength, repeatedly making big baskets to curb the Warriors' furious comeback in Game 3. Griffin's 32-point effort -- on 15-of-25 shooting, no less -- made him the first Clipper to score 30 or more points in consecutive playoff games since Elton Brand did so in four consecutive games during the 2006 playoffs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
South Bay Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi on Friday announced a bill designed to take the financial heat off Hermosa Beach voters who are being asked to decide whether to allow oil drilling in their city for the first time in more than 80 years. The legislation would allow the city to take out a no-interest loan from the state to help pay off a $17.5-million penalty the city would face if voters in the beach town reject an oil drilling proposal. The assemblyman said he wanted Hermosa Beach residents to vote "without the gun of this financial penalty to their head.
SPORTS
April 25, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
  Quarterback Tyler Hilinski of Upland has committed to Washington State. He becomes the latest of the Southern California's outstanding quarterback class to make a college commitement. He passed 3,053 yards and 34 touchdowns last season as a junior after transferring from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, where his older brother, Kelly, was the quarterback and ended up attending Columbia. Hilinksi is a 6-foot-4, 200-pound junior.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
NATIONAL
April 25, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
DURHAM, Ore. - Oregon officials voted unanimously Friday to jettison the state's disastrous health insurance exchange and switch to the federal system, admitting disappointment and defeat in an arena where the state had been a trailblazer. With its 7-0 vote, the board of directors for Cover Oregon acknowledged that the state exchange was too expensive and too troubled to fix. Although the state has spent an estimated $248 million to get the operation up and running, it never enrolled a single private insurance customer online.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - State authorities Thursday imposed $40,000 in fines against Sen. Tom Berryhill (R-Modesto) and two GOP committees after finding that the lawmaker laundered that amount of political money into his brother's 2008 Assembly campaign. The state Fair Political Practices Commission voted unanimously to uphold an administrative law judge's ruling that Berryhill committed a "serious and deliberate" violation of California's campaign finance laws. The commissioners decided in a 20-minute closed session to include in the fines the Stanislaus County and San Joaquin County Republican central committees for their role as conduits in passing $40,000 from Berryhill to his brother's successful campaign.
SPORTS
April 24, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
OAKLAND - Golden State's shots kept bouncing off the rim. Some nicked the front, others clanged off the side and still others caromed high off the back. It only seemed as though DeAndre Jordan was there to grab every rebound. The Clippers center repeatedly extended his massive hands to seize the ball, doing it for the final time with 1.2 seconds left Thursday night at Oracle Arena when he grasped Stephen Curry's airballed three-pointer, flung a pass to teammate Chris Paul and raised his arm in triumph.
NEWS
March 28, 2012 | By Jon Healey
The Supreme Court's hearings on the 2010 healthcare reform law wrapped up Wednesday with the issue of whether the law's vast expansion of the Medicaid program coerced states to do something Congress couldn't order them directly to do. Former Solicitor General Paul Clement, who's representing officials from the 26 states challenging the law, had barely uttered one sentence Wednesday afternoon when Justice Elena Kagan asked what strikes me as...
NEWS
April 20, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
The consensus in polling this week is that jobs and the economy are the top concerns for voters in the presidential election. And if that's the case, there was mixed news for the White House in the release of new state-by-state unemployment data on Friday. Overall, the unemployment rate went up in eight states, held steady in 12 and dropped in 30 from February to March, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The five biggest declines came in Oklahoma and Mississippi (down 0.6%)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- State Treasurer Bill Lockyer announced the approval Thursday of $75.3 million in grants that aim to stabilize residents with severe mental illness before they land in jail or suffer multiple hospitalizations. The 20 grants will go to 28 counties for new or expanded services. They will add 827 residential mental health beds and crisis "stabilization" beds, and pay for more than three dozen vehicles and five dozen staff members for mobile support teams, which often accompany local law enforcement to defuse tense situations and direct those in need to care.
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