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March 10, 2014 | By Frank Shyong, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
An 81-year-old hiker found unresponsive on a mountain trail in Riverside County was identified Monday as a North Californian. Ulrich Luscher, 81, died around 4:30 p.m. Sunday at a fire station in Idyllwild. Officials with the Riverside County Fire Department got a call around 2:30 p.m. and sent about 25 firefighters hiking into the wilderness to find him. A helicopter also searched from the sky. They discovered Luscher, a resident of Orinda, a city in Northern California, unresponsive on a hiking trail on San Jacinto Peak, the highest peak in Riverside County.
March 10, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court dealt a setback Monday to the popular redevelopment trend of transforming abandoned railroad lines into public bike paths, ruling that buyers of such lands are not required to continue granting a federal right of way. Legal experts said the decision would make it harder to build bike or hiking trails in areas of the West where railroads were often built on former federal land. In some instances, local governments may be forced to pay compensation to owners whose land is now crossed by bike paths or other government-built trails and parks.
March 9, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - El Salvador's presidential runoff was so close Sunday night that election officials declined to name a winner until a final count Monday. Adding to the confusion of the evening, left- and right-wing parties each declared victory, while conservative candidate Norman Quijano, who was trailing by just a few thousand votes, alleged in a blistering speech that the count was fraudulent. With nearly 3 million votes tallied - more than 99% of the total - Quijano, of the right-wing Arena party, was trailing Vice President Salvador Sanchez Ceren, who was a leftist guerrilla during the country's civil war, by 4,403 votes, according to the country's Supreme Electoral Tribunal.
March 4, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
With Stanley Johnson experiencing a rare off game, unbeaten Santa Ana Mater Dei High turned to 6-foot-10 sophomore M.J. Cage, who delivered 24 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks to help the Monarchs defeat Riverside North, 62-49, in a Southern Section Open Division semifinal boys' basketball game Tuesday night. If North (26-3) can take any solace, it's that the Huskies gave the Monarchs (30-0) a real scare, putting together a 15-0 run to take a 31-29 lead midway through the third quarter on a three-pointer by Dikymbe Martin.
March 3, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
PORTLAND, Ore. - Funny guys, those Lakers. Their own fan base turned on them weeks ago, more interested in pingpong-ball percentages than on-court victories, so what did the Lakers do? Win one in their personal house of horrors, beating the allegedly better Portland Trail Blazers, 107-106, Monday night at Moda Center. BOX SCORE: Lakers 107, Trail Blazers 106 Wesley Johnson dunked off a sideline inbounds pass from Kent Bazemore with 6.9 seconds left and the Lakers improved to a slightly less sickly 8-25 here since Kobe Bryant's rookie season (1996-97)
March 2, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
When: 7 PST. Where: Moda Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 20-39, Trail Blazers 41-18. Record vs. Trail Blazers: 0-1. Update: LaMarcus Aldridge (strained groin) returned from a five-game absence Saturday and the Trail Blazers won their fifth consecutive game with a 102-96 victory over Denver. Xavier Henry had 27 points in the Lakers' 114-108 loss to Portland in early December at Staples Center.
March 2, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Kobe Bryant has played only six games this season, taking away a strong-willed and sometimes critical voice of the Lakers. But Pau Gasol has played more than six years with Bryant, long enough to pick up some of his behavior. Several days after criticizing some of his teammates' selfish play and Coach Mike D'Antoni's small-ball approach, Gasol was no longer angry. It's not as if his words directly led to a victory Friday against the Sacramento Kings. But he felt the need to crack the whip regardless.
March 1, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Little Girl, Lady and John Sears arrived outside City Hall -- wet, tired-looking, and determined to deliver a "declaration of emergency. " "We're all mules," said Sears, initially declining to give his name or that of the two animals. In Sears' hand was a declaration seeking the construction of more trails that men and their mules can traverse: "a first necessary step to bring balance between the megatropolis and the natural world. " It's a message that Sears, age 66, Little Girl, 32, and Lady, 20, have brought to communities from Bonita near the Mexican border to San Francisco.
February 28, 2014 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Though he's an award-winning director in his own right in Russia, Fedor Bondarchuk had a challenge emerging from the shadow of his famous father, the late Soviet filmmaker and actor Sergei Bondarchuk, who starred in and directed the seven-hour version of "War and Peace," which won the 1969 foreign-language Oscar. Bondarchuk, an actor and TV host, said that the Russian media are always looking for similarities between him and his father, who directed him in the 1986 film "Boris Godunov.
February 21, 2014 | By Rene Lynch
1. Walk or bike to work once a week. 2. Don't park your car in the spot closest to the front door. Instead, find the parking stall farthest away. (Of course, take security into consideration.) 3. Stairs, no elevators. 4. Stop the impulse to email. Instead, get up off your duff and walk to a colleague's desk to deliver a work message. 5. Walk 15 minutes before work. (That's 71/2 minutes in one direction, and then turn around.) 6. Walk 15 minutes at lunch. 7. Walk 15 minutes after your shift ends.
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