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March 13, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
It might be sound reasoning, but a Supreme Court decision this week on an arcane legal-easement argument will likely have broad and regrettable consequences, particularly in the West, for the national movement to convert old railroad beds into bicycle paths. The case, Brandt vs. U.S., is rooted in the General Railroad Right of Way Law of 1875, through which Congress established a uniform approach to granting easements on government land so railroad companies could extend tracks through the heart of the still-developing country.
March 13, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Cincinnati 8, Dodgers 2 AT THE PLATE: Hanley Ramirez hit his second home run of the spring, a towering fifth-inning shot to left field. Dee Gordon, the favorite to claim the second-base job, was two for four to raise his exhibition season average to .212. ON THE MOUND: Paul Maholm pitched 2 2/3 innings, serving up six runs - five earned - and five hits. Maholm said nothing was wrong with him physically and that he wasn't particularly disturbed by his performance. "Just location," he said.
March 12, 2014 | By Jenny Deam
GOLDEN, Colo. - The instructions seemed simple enough: nine steps forward, heel to toe, a quick turnaround, then nine steps back. But for the guy swaying a bit as he walked, his face slack, his eyes half closed, it was all too much. He made the nine steps forward and stopped, forgetting what came next. "Wait. What?" Colorado State Trooper Jason Morales dutifully marked it down in his report, just as he had a few minutes earlier when the suspect closed his eyes and tilted his head back to guess the passage of 30 seconds.
March 11, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Dodgers 7, Royals 5 AT THE PLATE: Scott Van Slyke hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning against Scott Alexander. The situation is the kind in which the Dodgers think Van Slyke will be able to help them this year: in the late innings, against a left-handed pitcher. "We feel like he's going to thump some lefties," Manager Don Mattingly said. Alex Guerrero tripled off the top of the center-field wall in the ninth inning. ON THE MOUND: Dan Haren gave up seven hits and a walk over four innings but held the Royals to one run. He started the fourth inning by loading the bases without recording an out and limited the damage to one run. Haren isn't scheduled to pitch in the Dodgers' season-opening series in Australia, but is still preparing as if he will.
March 11, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Seattle 10, Angels 6 AT THE PLATE: Matt Long is a longshot to make the team, but he's making a good impression. The outfielder followed a four-hit game Monday with a three-hit, two runs-batted-in game and is batting .542 (13 for 24) this spring. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols hit back-to-back run-scoring doubles in the second, the speedy Trout turning what appeared to be a single to left-center into a double. Erick Aybar drew his team-leading seventh walk of the spring. ON THE MOUND: Reliever Kevin Jepsen had a rough sixth inning, allowing two runs and two hits, walking two and balking a runner from first to second.
March 11, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- Saajid Badat had been through all the training, from firing weapons while riding a motorcycle to watching dogs and rabbits, trapped under glass, die slow, agonizing deaths as he learned poisoning techniques.    He had laughed with other Al Qaeda members as the self-confessed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, scanned a list of tall buildings and crossed out the World Trade Center towers weeks after hijackers had destroyed them.  Now, Badat was ready to carry out Al Qaeda's next big mission, a plan to down two U.S. jetliners using bombs hidden in shoes.
March 11, 2014
Re "Railing against a train," March 8 Passenger: "How come this bullet train went only 10 feet?" Conductor: "Misfired. " Carleton H. Ralston Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: Rainbows in West Hollywood Letters: Rereading the 2nd Amendment Letters: Making pet adoption permanent
March 11, 2014 | By Bradley Zint
The Orange County Model Engineers are seeking the public's help after 2,000 feet of aluminum train tracks and other materials -- valued in all at $7,000 to $9,000 -- were stolen from the nonprofit organization's storage facility. Thieves cut their way through a gate at the facility housing the small, ridable trains in Costa Mesa's Fairview Park sometime between noon March 1 and 8 a.m. March 2,  Dixon Sheldon, vice president of operations for the Model Engineers told Times Community News.
March 10, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
At least 10 people were hospitalized Monday after a Boston subway car derailed underground and another car braked quickly to avoid a collision, officials said. Only one person had serious injuries, according to a statement from Boston Emergency Medical Services. A Green Line Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority train appeared to have come off its rails and crashed into a wall where a pair of tracks crossed underground, according to photos posted to emergency officials' Twitter accounts.
March 10, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX - The Dodgers' bullpen, expected to be a strength, has struggled in Cactus League play. Brian Wilson and Brandon League - former All-Star closers - gave up four runs and got just three outs Monday as the Dodgers surrendered a lead in the eighth inning or later for the third time in six games. For Wilson, the runs were the first he has given up this spring. But League has given up four hits, four walks and five runs in 22/3 innings and the club's top seven relievers have a combined earned-run average of 4.07.
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