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A fired-up Steve Ballmer is preaching a message of better days ahead ? and Cl... 16 Aug 2018 at 8:00am -

Steve Ballmer bounced out to center stage, punching his fist in the air and soaking up roars from a gathering of Clippers? season ticket holders and fans. ?Let me be clear,? the team?s owner proclaimed in a booming voice. ?I?m fired up tonight.?

He wasn?t kidding.

The event Wednesday night at Novo...



Breeders' Cup returning to Santa Anita in 2019 and Del Mar in 2021 16 Aug 2018 at 8:00am -

In a move expected for weeks, the Breeders? Cup is returning to Southern California twice in the next three years. Santa Anita will host the 2019 series of championship races and Del Mar will get a return visit by hosting the 2021 Breeders? Cup. It will be at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., in 2020.

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The Senate needs to see more of Judge Kavanaugh?s records 16 Aug 2018 at 7:10am -

Democrats are complaining that Republicans who control the U.S. Senate are in a rush to confirm Brett Kavanaugh for a seat on the Supreme Court without an adequate airing of his record. Republicans respond that Democrats are demanding documents from Kavanaugh?s days in the George W. Bush administration...



Toughen California's rules on deadly police shootings 16 Aug 2018 at 7:05am -

Police officers should use deadly force only when they have no reasonable alternative. But that easy and obvious statement necessarily raises two questions: Who is to decide whether there were alternatives and they were reasonable? And what should be the consequences for police who fail to meet...



In soybean country, Trump's trade war with China tests patience and nerves 16 Aug 2018 at 7:00am -

Doug Saathoff, whose great-grandfather began farming around Trumbull, Neb., in the late 1800s, planted his first soybean in 1996 and hasn?t lost money since. Even droughts haven?t hurt because there?s plenty of underground water.

But that streak is in jeopardy, thanks to President Trump?s trade...



Blame Netflix, Disney and the Dodgers for killing Americans? cable-TV bundle 16 Aug 2018 at 7:00am -

Every minute, another six people cut the cord.

The reason American consumers are abandoning their cable subscriptions is not a mystery: It?s expensive, and cheaper online alternatives are everywhere. But who exactly is responsible for the slow demise of the original way Americans paid for television?...



Black women now lead police forces in two of America's whitest cities, Seattl... 16 Aug 2018 at 6:00am -

Seattle, like Portland, now has a black female chief of police. Danielle Outlaw, 41, a former Oakland police commander, has been the Portland Police Bureau?s chief about 10 months, while Carmen Best, 53, a 26-year veteran of the Seattle Police Department, was sworn in this week.

Both appointments...



Beads, bourbon and ... babies in New Orleans? 16 Aug 2018 at 6:00am -

The family stepped warily onto Bourbon Street and hurried past a burlesque joint, an absinthe bar and neon signs touting ?Leather Lingerie Love Toys? and ?Hunk Oasis Male Strippers.?

Heather and Chad Bruton, a clean-cut couple from Texas, didn?t want to visit this historic city for the first time...



Dodgers stop five-game slide with 4-3 win over the Giants in extras 16 Aug 2018 at 3:45am -

Kenley Jansen wandered into the press box as the game turned to the eighth inning. Surely, this game finally would be the one in which the Dodgers would not suffer another painful bullpen failure, with their All-Star closer confined to the disabled list.

Jansen said hello, asking if the press box...



New team member Christian Ramirez provides spark in LAFC's 2-0 win over Real ... 16 Aug 2018 at 2:10am -

When the Los Angeles Football Club bought Christian Ramirez from Minnesota United last week the price was $1 million, rich by MLS standards.

?It?s humbling,? Ramirez said.

On Wednesday it also proved to be a bargain, scoring twice in the first 30 minutes of his first LAFC start to spark his new...



Yasiel Puig's antics are detrimental to the Dodgers ? and flat-out annoying 16 Aug 2018 at 12:30am -

It has reached the point where the most amazing thing about the tiresome Yasiel Puig are the excuses people in this town will make for him.

When he misses a cutoff man, hey, can you blame him, he has such a great arm!

When he makes a baserunning error, wow, at least he?s being aggressive!

And when...



Rene Rivera returns from DL, homers in 9th as Angels sweep Padres 16 Aug 2018 at 12:25am -

Rene Rivera hit a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning in his return from a long stay on the disabled list, and the Angels completed a three-game sweep of the San Diego Padres with a 3-2 victory Wednesday night.

Reinstated from the 60-day DL before the game, Rivera connected for a solo shot into...



Jared Goff accidentally gets hit and goes down during Rams simulated game, bu... 16 Aug 2018 at 12:00am -

For a moment Wednesday, every Rams coach on the field and executive on the sideline held their breath.

Quarterback Jared Goff was on the ground.

During a prolonged scrimmage at UC Irvine, in the penultimate training-camp practice, linebacker Samson Ebukam had rushed on the outside and battled with...



MLB: James Paxton is put on Seattle?s DL 15 Aug 2018 at 11:35pm -

Left-hander James Paxton was put on the disabled list Wednesday by the Seattle Mariners because of a forearm bruise.

Paxton was struck by a line drive by Oakland Athletics second baseman Jed Lowrie in the first inning Tuesday night. X-rays were negative.

He was replaced by Felix Hernandez, who...



It will be a season of 'growing pains' for USC fans at the Coliseum 15 Aug 2018 at 11:25pm -

USC?s 95th football season in the Coliseum will be unlike any other. And that will have nothing to do with what happens on the field.

As the Coliseum undergoes its real-time renovation in preparation for a 2019 unveiling, more will be asked of the Trojans fans in particular. USC and Coliseum officials...



Disney puts luxury hotel plan on hold in feud with Anaheim over $267 million ... 15 Aug 2018 at 9:50pm -

Walt Disney Co. has put a hold on plans to build a luxury hotel in the Disneyland Resort?s shopping district, citing a feud with Anaheim officials over tax subsidies that the Burbank media giant was expecting to get from operating the hotel.

The dispute centers on a $267-million tax break that...



Best Buy is acquiring San Diego's GreatCall for $800 million, boosting its te... 15 Aug 2018 at 9:30pm -

San Diego?s GreatCall, which provides mobile phone and connected health services to seniors, is being sold to Best Buy for $800 million in cash ? the second time that GreatCall has changed ownership in the last 14 months.

The deal furthers the nation?s top electronics retailer?s strategy of selling...



Dodgers moves involving pitchers Maeda and Stripling haven't gone well 15 Aug 2018 at 9:00pm -

The Dodgers? decision to fortify their relief corps by moving starters Kenta Maeda and Ross Stripling to the bullpen has yet to pay off.

On Tuesday, in his first appearance in his new role, Maeda inherited a ninth-inning tie and lost the game. On Wednesday, before Stripling could even make an appearance...



Chargers' kicking competition heats up between Sturgis and Aguayo, but coach ... 15 Aug 2018 at 8:45pm -

The position battle is one that lacks sizzle but hardly significance, the Chargers entirely too familiar with the importance of employing a dependable kicker.

So, in midweek leading up to the team?s second preseason game, a discernible weight was attached Wednesday to the practice efforts of Caleb...



UCLA is changing its scheme and ? it hopes ? its attitude on defense 15 Aug 2018 at 8:20pm -

Marcus Moore tried to pack on extra pounds to play in UCLA?s new 3-4 defensive alignment, which requires the linemen to take up more space while guarding a larger swath of territory.

While his weight fluctuated, he discovered that getting wider wasn?t as important as being nastier.

?What really...



First came the proclamations against Trump's offshore drilling plan. Now come... 15 Aug 2018 at 8:20pm -

When the Trump administration proposed opening California waters to drilling on an unprecedented scale, state leaders said they would do whatever it takes to keep new oil operations at bay.

But promises only go so far.

So some in Sacramento now are trying to lock those pledges into law ? safeguarding...



Ducks keep winger Ondrej Kase in fold with three-year contract 15 Aug 2018 at 7:45pm -

The Ducks rewarded right wing Ondrej Kase for a breakout season with a three-year contract worth $2.6 million annually.

A restricted free agent, Kase, 22, scored a career-high 20 goals to tie Adam Henrique for the second-most on the Ducks. Kase also had a career-best 38 points with a plus-minus...



Paul Manafort case goes to the jury in first test of special counsel prosecution 15 Aug 2018 at 7:45pm -

The case of President Trump?s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, moved to a federal jury late Wednesday after a 12-day trial that saw a numbing deluge of financial records, more than two dozen prosecution witnesses and a high-stakes gamble by the defense team to present no evidence at all.

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California may backtrack on coffee cancer warning labels 15 Aug 2018 at 7:40pm -

California?s experiment with providing cancer warnings on coffee may be coming to an end.

The state agency in charge of regulating harmful chemicals in food and other products recently stated that coffee poses no significant risk of cancer. The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)...



Lavish spending. Accusations of a 'witch hunt.' Behind the impeachment of Wes... 15 Aug 2018 at 7:25pm -

West Virginia?s House of Delegates made history this week when it voted to impeach every sitting Supreme Court justice in the state.

Republicans cheered, saying they were one step closer to removing an unethical bench prone to excessive spending. Democrats complained, with one calling the move...



ESPN takes Monday Night Football analyst to another level, with Booger McFarl... 15 Aug 2018 at 7:10pm -

ESPN?s Booger McFarland is taking the NFL on-field analyst job to another level.

Roughly 10 feet off the ground.

McFarland will have the best seat at Fedex Field on Thursday when the Washington Redskins host the New York Jets in an exhibition game. He?ll be riding in an elevated chair that will...



Trump revokes security clearance for former CIA Director Brennan, and has 9 m... 15 Aug 2018 at 7:00pm -

President Trump on Wednesday announced he was revoking the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, a prominent and frequent critic, citing what the president called his ?erratic conduct and behavior.?

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made the announcement at the start of a...



Truce goes into effect on Israel-Gaza border, and goods flow into Palestinian... - 15 Aug 2018 at 6:10pm -

A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group ruling the Gaza Strip, went into effect Wednesday evening, ending four months of conflict along the volatile border.

The tenuous truce was roundly criticized by senior politicians both in Israel and in the Palestinian Authority, which views...



Parent of Corona beer bets $3.8 billion on U.S. love of marijuana 15 Aug 2018 at 6:10pm -

Constellation Brands Inc., which for seven decades has made its money off beer, wine and whiskey, sees its future in a marijuana leaf.

In the biggest (legal) marijuana deal, the Victor, N.Y., beverage company will spend about $3.8 billion to boost its stake in Canadian grower Canopy Growth Corp.,...



Stocks tumble as investors fret about China's growth 15 Aug 2018 at 6:05pm -

Deepening worries about global economic growth, particularly in China, set off a rout in riskier assets including technology stocks, copper and crude oil Wednesday. U.S. retailers took a drubbing after Macy's reported weaker sales.

An unexpected drop in profits for Chinese tech giant Tencent surprised...



Tesla stock drops on report that the SEC has subpoenaed the automaker 15 Aug 2018 at 5:30pm -

The Securities and Exchange Commission has reportedly sent subpoenas to Tesla Inc. about plans to take the company private, with a special focus on two words in Chief Executive Elon Musk?s brief tweet last week: ?funding secured.?

News of the subpoenas, first tweeted by Fox Business Network reporter...



Lost amid the weeds and brush, a 65-foot-long section of the Berlin Wall reap... - 15 Aug 2018 at 5:20pm -

Nearly 30 years after the Berlin Wall was toppled, a 65-foot-long section of the barrier has been discovered ? hidden behind bush, weeds and overgrown trees that over the years slowly obscured a remnant of one of the Cold War era?s most divisive symbols.

Officials confirmed Wednesday that the 11-foot-high...



Chargers, Lynn discover something special in running back Austin Ekeler 15 Aug 2018 at 4:50pm -

Largely unknown beyond tiny Western State University in Gunnison, Colo., Austin Ekeler went undrafted in 2017 but was determined to make an impression as a free agent at the Chargers? rookie mini-camp. Despite his best efforts, however, the muscular 5-foot-10, 200-pound running back was just another...



Twitter restricts far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' account for a week 15 Aug 2018 at 4:40pm -

Twitter is the latest social network to take action against far-right commentator Alex Jones, temporarily limiting his account after he tweeted a link to a video that violated company policies against abusive behavior.

The ban is not extensive. Jones will still be able to browse Twitter and send...



Employers are expected to stick with meager pay raises next year 15 Aug 2018 at 4:00pm -

Despite a corporate tax cut, record low unemployment and an accelerating economy, employers aren?t planning big increases to their salary budgets for next year, a new survey from Willis Towers Watson found.

In a survey of 814 organizations, the consulting firm found that, on average, employers...



Rich business owners are using pension plans to stash money and get a tax break 15 Aug 2018 at 3:55pm -

There?s one area where the traditional pension plan is getting new life: as a tax dodge for wealthy business owners.

Pensions, also known as defined-benefit plans, can be used by doctors, law partners and wealth managers to stash hundreds of thousands of dollars in income a year. By doing so, they?ll...



Gap expands entry-level program to help make staff more diverse 15 Aug 2018 at 3:50pm -

Gap Inc. is increasing its efforts to recruit workers from low-income neighborhoods, part of a push to improve diversity among the apparel retailer?s staff.

The company is bolstering its program for these 16- to 24-year-old workers with no recent employment history. It expects this group, referred...



Sarah Huckabee Sanders made a false claim about black employment. She's issue... 15 Aug 2018 at 3:10pm -

President Trump and administration officials frequently overstate the strength of the labor market and their role in it, but now, a top White House official has admitted she went too far with the latest claim about black employment.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has issued...



Consumers shopped their way to higher U.S. retail sales than expected in July 15 Aug 2018 at 2:30pm -

American shoppers stepped up their spending more than expected in July amid rising consumer confidence, a tight labor market and this year?s federal tax cut.

Higher spending on food, gasoline and clothing led a 0.5% jump in U.S. retail sales to $507.5 billion last month compared with June, the...



Turkey increases tariffs on some U.S. goods, escalating feud 15 Aug 2018 at 1:10pm -

Turkey said Wednesday that it is increasing tariffs on some U.S. products such as cars, alcohol, and coal ? a move that is unlikely to have much economic impact but highlights the nation?s deteriorating relationship with the United States in a feud that has already helped trigger a currency crisis.

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