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SPORTS
March 21, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
The slew of early NCAA tournament upsets hasn't helped those clinging to the elusive hope of completing a perfect bracket. Just 16 perfect brackets remained in the Quicken Loans Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge through Stanford's upset of New Mexico on Friday, according to the company. Quicken Loans wouldn't disclose how many entries were received, but contest rules capped the number at 15 million, one per person. The going wasn't much better in ESPN's contest. Sixty-six perfect brackets of 11.01 million entries remained.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Did anyone believe for a moment that an Army brigadier general was going to go to prison and lose his considerable pension for abusing a subordinate who was his longtime mistress? Or for misusing his government-issued credit card to facilitate the affair? Don't be naive. Even before the military prosecutors' case against Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair began to crumble, even before the lead prosecutor stepped down from the case amid doubts the victim, a captain, had lied about certain aspects of the relationship, it seemed pretty clear that no military court, even in a time of heightened political sensitivity about the military's handling of sex crimes, would put a senior commanding officer behind bars for assaulting a woman with whom he'd had an affair.
NATIONAL
March 20, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - In a sentence so light it stunned even his lawyers, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair was sentenced Thursday to a reprimand and no jail time for misusing his authority over a subordinate with whom he had a three-year adulterous affair, ending a tumultuous court-martial that focused national attention on the military's uneven response to sexual misconduct. A military judge ordered Sinclair, 51, to forfeit $20,000 in salary and pay restitution of $4,156 for misusing his government charge card.
SPORTS
March 19, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Chaminade Coach Todd Wolfson is borrowing a page from the Pete Carroll playbook in trying to have some fun during the pressure of going for a championship. He had been telling his players to prepare for a "hard" practice session on Wednesday in preparing for Saturday's Division III Southern California Regional final against Santa Margarita. Instead, he went to In-N-Out and bought 32 double-doubles. The team will only concentrate on shooting Wednesday while enjoying its moment of food ecstasy.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - Uma Thurman is bopping around a downtown Asian-fusion restaurant in this city she calls home, having just enthusiastically ordered some of the fried specialties ("I never met a dumpling I didn't like"), her 6-foot-frame and luminous skin incongruous among the normal-sized and average-complected people around her. Thurman has a demonstrative personality that some would call actress-y, though it seems less like a put-on than simply the grand way she chooses to go through life.
SPORTS
March 17, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- Sometime in the relatively near future, perhaps even this year, Zach Lee could take the mound for the Dodgers in a regular-season game. Or Joc Pederson could step into the batter's box. If it happens, fans at Dodger Stadium might consider raising their plastic cups in a tribute to the man responsible: Frank McCourt. If not for the team's unpopular former owner, the Dodgers' two top prospects would be somewhere else. Lee might be counting down the days until the NFL draft.
SPORTS
March 14, 2014 | Mike Bresnahan
The triangle offense is back in Los Angeles, but not in a way that would make Phil Jackson smile. There are three distinct entities on these triangle points -- Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni -- and they have some differences to sort out. The rapidly expanding gap behind the scenes overshadowed the Lakers' 131-102 loss Thursday to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Bryant doesn't like D'Antoni's spread-the-floor scheme, according to a person familiar with his thinking, and wants a more traditional offense such as the triangle or a post-up system.
NATIONAL
March 11, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Beatle, a real lead dog, powered his team to a record-breaking, come-from-behind victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The Big Dog helped bring the human half of the partnership across Alaska to the finish line in Nome, where an exhausted Dallas Seavey was able to claim his second crown. With just seven dogs remaining from his starting team of 16, Seavey crossed the finish line early Tuesday after a storm knocked front-runner Jeff King out of the race and prompted Aliy Zirkle, also ahead at one point, to hole up in Safety, Alaska, for more than two hours.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Scott Gold
GROVER BEACH, Calif. - For a long time, even as hotels rose in nearby towns and posh homes went up along groomed fairways down the road, it seemed that this sleepy town might never move beyond an old real estate slogan: "Home of the average man. " Then Debbie Peterson ran for mayor. She was a real estate agent, a single mom and a free spirit, known to wear a business jacket with running shoes. She had moxie and business experience. Voters in 2012 chose her by a wide margin. They expected a jolt - but nobody expected this.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, together again? Well, it seems they were for a couple of hours Friday morning in Texas. Just days after Bieber posted an Oscar-night photo of ex-girlfriend Gomez on Instagram , captioning it "Most elegant princess in the world," the two were caught on camera leaving a perfume store in downtown McAllen, Texas. That after hitting up a Starbucks and Don Pepe's Mexican restaurant, where according to south Texas newspaper the Monitor they spent $153.
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