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SPORTS
March 17, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Emotion and injury trumped great tennis Sunday in the women's final of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. Flavia Pennetta of Italy won the title and the $1 million that went with it. Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland was the 6-2, 6-1 victim, and her plight brought an outpouring of tears from her and an outpouring of sympathy from the usual sold-out crowd of 16,100 in the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Pennetta, a 32-year-old in the midst of a compelling comeback story, played her usual solid game from the baseline and the service line.
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SPORTS
March 17, 2014 | By Gary Klein
USC's women's basketball team gathered Monday among family, fans and athletic department personnel to learn its NCAA tournament opponent and destination. A stirring run to win the Pac-12 Conference tournament March 9 ensured there would be no sense of bubble-induced foreboding, only eager anticipation. When USC's name flashed during the televised announcement of the 64-team field, the reception room in the Galen Center erupted in cheers and applause. USC, making its first tournament appearance since 2006, will play St. John's on Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn.
SPORTS
March 17, 2014 | By Gary Klein
USC will play St. John's and Cal State Northridge will play South Carolina in the first round of the NCAA women's basketball tournament. Connecticut (34-0), Notre Dame (32-0), South Carolina (27-4) and Tennessee (27-5) are the top-seeded teams in a 64-team bracket that was announced Monday. The tournament begins Saturday and ends with the Final Four April 6-8 in Nashville. USC (22-12), which won the Pac-12 Conference tournament,  is seeded ninth in the Louisville Regional and will play eighth-seeded St. John's (22-10)
SPORTS
March 17, 2014 | By Gary Klein
No. 9 USC (22-12) vs. No. 8 St. John's (22-10) Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tenn. How they got here: USC won four games in four days - including a victory over Stanford - to win the Pac-12 Conference tournament. St. John's reached the Big East tournament title game before losing to DePaul. Last 10 games: USC 7-3, St. John's 5-5. USC lineup: Starters - F Cassie Harberts (15.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg), G Ariya Crook (15.8 ppg, 2.3 apg), F Alexyz Vaioletama (15.8 ppg)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Veteran journalist and former California First Lady Maria Shriver is out to put a human face on Americans struggling to stay above the poverty line. In her new HBO documentary, "Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert," Shriver focuses on a 30-year-old single mother of three who earns less than $10 an hour as a nursing assistant in Chattanooga, Tenn. The work, which premieres Monday, is meant to highlight the struggles of an estimated 42 million women and 28 million children who are living in or are on the brink of poverty.
OPINION
March 16, 2014
Re "More bad motherly advice," Opinion, March 13 So Susan Patton is again telling young women to marry young, preferably Princeton, and to possess the best faces and bodies early plastic surgery can provide. Instead of hearing more about Patton, I'd like to hear about the women who married Ivy Leaguers while they were still fresh and beautiful but found their husbands and their elite degrees to be lacking in both substance and respect. I'd like to hear about the women who suffered mightily at the hands of such pedigreed men. But I'd rather not hear anymore about Patton and her book.
NATIONAL
March 14, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
HOUSTON -- The FBI believes a Border Patrol agent found dead in his South Texas home this week had kidnapped and assaulted three women who were in the country illegally, officials said. "He is the subject of the investigation and we believe he is responsible for the kidnapping of all three of the victims," Michelle Lee, an FBI spokeswoman in San Antonio, told the Los Angeles Times. Border Patrol agents discovered one of the women Wednesday during their patrol near the border city of McAllen, about 350 miles south of Houston, according to a statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
OPINION
March 13, 2014 | Meghan Daum
Remember "the Princeton Mom," who made a pariah of herself last year when she exhorted marriage-minded college women not to graduate without securing future husbands along with their diplomas? She's back in the media gestalt. She's back in the way that people often come back after they make such splashes, with a book that didn't need to be written, though you can't really blame them for writing it (when you're an Internet scourge, you might as well take a publisher's money and run). Susan Patton is her name, and the book, "Marry Smart," is essentially a 200-plus page version of a letter, printed in the Princeton student newspaper, that started it all . In it, Patton inveighed against female students who were too busy thinking about their studies and their careers to look for future husbands among their classmates: "You will never again have this concentration of men who are worthy of you," she wrote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was convicted Thursday of rape and bribery stemming from two traffic stops, including one in which he pulled a woman over then raped her in the desert, prosecutors said. Jose Rigaberto Sanchez, 29, pleaded no contest to rape under color of authority and to soliciting a bribe and is expected to be sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison. Sanchez pulled over a 24-year-old woman in Palmdale while on duty Sept. 22, 2010. He offered not to arrest her on an outstanding warrant in exchange for sex, prosecutors said.
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