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SPORTS
April 5, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The dollar menu TNT analyst Charles Barkley, speaking with late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien about some of his chintzy millionaire friends: "There's nobody cheaper than Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan. Oh, yeah, [Jordan is] cheap. I always give homeless people money and he will always slap my hand [and say], 'If they can ask you for spare change, they can say, "Welcome to McDonald's, can I help you, please?" ' " A costly alternative Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, on his team's efforts to end its recent slide: "We've had plenty of players-only meetings.
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NATIONAL
April 4, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano, Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Joe Mozingo
When Army Spc. Ivan Lopez went on the shooting rampage Wednesday at Ft. Hood, Texas, killing three soldiers and injuring 16 others, he had just learned that superiors in Washington had rejected his request to take a temporary leave to deal with family matters related to his mother's death, a federal law enforcement official said. The incident marked the second time Lopez had clashed with military supervisors over the issue of leave - he had been granted less than two days when his mother died in November - and the latest such denial left him furious, the official said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | By Victoria Kim
A serial rapist who admitted assaulting dozens of women in the 1970s and '80s and has been confined for nearly two decades because of his violent sexual tendencies could reside in an unincorporated area east of Palmdale after his release, state authorities announced Friday. A landlord has agreed to rent a single-family residence in a sparsely populated area in the 20000 block of East Avenue R to house Christopher Evans Hubbart, 63, who served about 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting at least 40 women and has been held in mental institutions since his release.
SPORTS
April 3, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
It was the Clippers versus the Dallas Mavericks, so it almost seemed predetermined when the Clippers fell behind by double figures and trailed late in the fourth quarter. Then something unexpected happened, at least if you used the team's three previous meetings this season as a script. And it wasn't good for the Clippers. Dallas actually held on this time, emerging with a 113-107 victory Thursday night at Staples Center that bolstered the Mavericks' playoff hopes. BOX SCORE: Mavericks 113, Clippers 107 Of course, given the teams involved, there was nothing easy about it. Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki made a pair of three-pointers as part of a 10-0 run that transformed a tie score into what looked like a mild runaway midway through the fourth quarter.
WORLD
April 3, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali
KABUL, Afghanistan - The last time Abdullah Abdullah ran for president of Afghanistan the election devolved into a bloody farce. Votes cast in some areas in 2009 exceeded the number of voters. One in 5 ballots nationwide was tossed out because of fraud. Thirty-one people died in insurgent attacks. Days before a runoff against President Hamid Karzai, Abdullah withdrew from the race, fearing more fraud in the incumbent's favor. Five years later, the Karzai era is ending, as is the dominant role of the United States in Afghan life.
SPORTS
April 3, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
To hear Shanshan Feng tell it, the Chinese golfer had the good fortune to be paired with Amy Alcott in Thursday's opening round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Alcott, 58, is the LPGA Hall of Famer who won the Kraft Nabisco Championship, one of the LPGA's five major events, three times, in 1983, '88 and '91. So Feng said she asked Alcott on the first hole, "Can you tell me the secrets about winning here?" Feng declined to reveal Alcott's answers, but whatever she said helped Feng earn the tournament's first-round lead with a six-under-par 66 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage.
SPORTS
April 2, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Josh Hamilton nearly scolded a reporter for asking if, in light of the Angels' brutal Aprils of 2012 and 2013, there was concern that a "here-we-go-again" mentality could creep into the clubhouse with another sluggish start. "We haven't thought about that, so stop thinking about it," the Angels left fielder said. "Talk to me in a like a week and a half. Guys are getting their feel, getting settled in, not only here but at home. We'll be good. " Getting their feel? Getting settled in?
OPINION
April 2, 2014 | Doyle McManus
Only a decade ago, Christian social conservatives were a commanding force in American politics. They helped elect one of their own, George W. Bush, to two terms. They were a cornerstone of a GOP coalition that appeared to hold a permanent electoral majority. But today, the movement has lost its momentum - in part because one of its assets has become a liability. It used to be that when Republicans wanted to increase conservative voter turnout, all they had to do was put same-sex marriage on the ballot.
SPORTS
April 1, 2014
Bill Plaschke, a staple of The Times Sports section since joining the paper in 1987, has taken first place in the Associated Press Sports Editors annual contest for column writing among papers with circulations of more than 175,000. Plaschke, a columnist since 1996, has now won the prestigious national columnist award five times and has been a frequent top-10 finisher in multiple writing categories. The contest honors the best work in sports journalism both in print and on the web. The final column-writing results were announced Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014
Kate O'Mara, 74, a British actress best known for her role as Caress Morrell, sister to Joan Collins' Alexis Colby, in the 1980s prime-time soap opera "Dynasty," died Sunday at a nursing home in southern England after a short illness, according to her agent, Phil Belfield. The actress, who began her television career in the 1960s, is remembered by many for her role in "Triangle" - a soap opera set aboard a North Sea ferry that is often cited as the worst piece of British television.
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