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February 21, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
In a second-round Division 4AA playoff game on Friday night, Gabe Rishwain of Sherman Oaks Notre Dame pulled off the shot of the night, heaving a desperation three-point attempt from just beyond the opponents' free-throw line (65 feet) to send the game into overtime. But Pacific Hills won in overtime, 58-56. Namon Wright scored 25 points and Andre Ferguson had 20 points for Pacific Hills. Harvard-Westlake defeated Maranatha, 98-96, in overtime. Derick Newton scored 34 points, Michael Sheng had 26 points and Alex Copeland had 24. Crespi defeated Valley Christian, 57-37.
February 19, 2014 | By David Horsey
On Jimmy Fallon's first night as host of NBC's "Tonight Show," his first musical guests, the legendary Irish rock band U2, performed their first song perched precariously on the roof of Rockefeller Center with the New York City skyline and a golden dusk shimmering in the background. That moment served dramatic notice that the show had left Burbank far behind. More than four decades ago, when Johnny Carson moved the show west, the Big Apple was looking rotten while Los Angeles had become the entertainment capital of the country.
February 16, 2014 | By Scott Gold
A mother and her four children died in an accident near Fresno, as the woman's husband tried in vain to pull them from the fiery wreckage of their car, authorities said Sunday. The 29-year-old mother, who was not identified, was driving south about 7 p.m. in a 2003 Ford Expedition in the community of Riverdale, south of Fresno. With her in the car were her four children, 1- and 3-year-old boys and 6- and 11-year-old girls. Another woman, identified by the California Highway Patrol as Juana Martinez Bejarano, 41, was driving west on Excelsior Avenue in a 2004 Nissan at about 60 mph. At the intersection with South Marks Avenue, Bejarano apparently failed to heed a stop sign, and the two cars collided, the CHP said.
February 15, 2014 | By David Ng
Under the Articles of War enacted by the British Navy in the 18th century, many crimes qualified as capital offenses, including mutiny, treason, robbery, sodomy and murder. Executions were often carried out by hanging, with the convict strung up from the ship's yardarm. By accounts from that era, these hangings were more a gradual strangulation than a snap of the neck. They were also complicated, requiring several men to hoist and secure the convict at a considerable height on a moving ship.
February 6, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Chatsworth Sierra Canyon is 23-2 and still unbeaten in the Alpha League after a 76-66 victory over North Hollywood Campbell Hall on Thursday night. But the Trailblazers should be grateful Aaron Holiday spent half of the third quarter on the bench with four fouls for Campbell Hall. Without him, Sierra Canyon began to pull away. Holiday finished with 39 points with his NBA brother, Jrue, in attendance. Sierra Canyon, which has a one-game league lead over Windward, had too many weapons for the Vikings (11-12, 5-3)
February 6, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
After an atomic apocalypse, only 10 people out of a group of 21 can live in a specially outfitted bunker for a year, at which point they will restart civilization as we know it. Which 10 would you pick - and why? This is the set-up of "After the Dark," an unusually creative and ambitious film of ideas that offers so much more than its forgettable title and sensationalized publicity may imply. Impressively written and directed by John Huddles, this existential sci-fi thriller follows a so-called thought experiment in which one Mr. Zimit (James D'Arcy)
February 3, 2014 | By Ruben Vives and Ari Bloomekatz
A San Fernando Valley homeless man was on life support Monday after he was shot in the head at point-blank range during what police say was a fight with two gang members over $50. The fight occurred about 2:30 p.m. Sunday on a sidewalk in the 9000 block of Tobias Avenue in Panorama City, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The 31-year-old victim, whose name has not been released, was arguing with a 21-year-old man over a $50 debt or theft when they started to struggle, LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon said.
February 3, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
The search is on for a mountain lion that apparently mauled a homeless man in Perris over the weekend in what wildlife officials described as a "very, very rare" attack on a human. The 50-year-old man was taken to the hospital about 8 a.m. Saturday with major puncture wounds, cuts and bite marks at the base of his skull - injuries that were described as being consistent with a mountain lion attack. "We're pretty confident in our assessment of the animal that attacked him is a lion.
January 31, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
A California law that prohibits therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation of children and adolescents survived another legal challenge this week. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals announced that an earlier decision by a three-judge panel upholding the law wouldn't be reconsidered by a larger group of 11 judges. That was the correct decision. But a judge who believes the law should be reconsidered on free-speech grounds raised an important question in his dissenting opinion.
January 26, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
LA JOLLA - Like many on the PGA Tour's traveling road show, Scott Stallings is mostly a name in the small print. That should change now, at least for a while. When he won the Farmers Insurance Open on Sunday at Torrey Pines, it gave his career both a tangible and intangible boost. The tangibles are easy. First place was worth $1.098 million. Also a spot in the Masters. That means he can return to Augusta National, to the spot on No. 18 where he can revisit an incredible Tiger Woods drive.
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