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Dodgers fans strike out with TV deal


The Los Angeles Dodgers host the Philadelphia Phillies again tonight at Chavez Ravine. First pitch is at 7:10. The Dodgers won last night.
Good luck in watching the game, though, if you’re not one of the more than 40,000 going to the game tonight, or a subscriber to Time Warner Cable.
The cable giant signed an $8 billion deal with the Dodgers to create SportsNet LA, …

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O.C. Murder case puts scrutiny on jailhouse informants


Prosecutors won’t use the testimony of a jailhouse informant in the trial of a man charged with the worst mass killing in Orange County history. That testimony was expected to play a key role in their attempt to send Scott Dekraai to Death Row. But Deputy District Attorney Howard Gundy has conceded a defense motion that claimed tapes of conversations between Dekraai and the …

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Dodgers kick off home season amid off-field turmoil


The Dodgers have high hopes of reaching the World Series this year, but as they get set for their home opener today at Chavez Ravine all is not well off the field. In spite of a roster stocked with high-priced talent, most of the local chatter about the team early on has revolved around lack of access to SportsNet L.A., the club’s new cable …

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Lawmakers preparing to kick Yee out of State Senate


Senate leaders have called for a vote today to suspend Senator Leland Yee from the Legislature if he does not voluntarily resign. Yee was arrested earlier this week and charged with corruption and arms trafficking in an FBI sting that also netted an infamous San Francisco gangster known as Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow. Yee dropped out of the Secretary of State race yesterday, but …

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Yee is third Senate Democrat to face charges this year


State Senator Leland Yee has been released from federal custody after posting $500,000 bail. But the troubles are just beginning for the Bay Area lawmaker. Yee was arrested yesterday and charged with public corruption and conspiring to traffic in firearms. The accusations throw into doubt Lee’s campaign for Secretary of State, his legislative career, and his freedom. They also further hamper Democrats’ efforts to …

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Dodgers prep for Aussie debut, but few fans will see it


The Dodgers open up a new baseball season tomorrow – and they’ll be doing it in Sydney, Australia. It’s part of an ongoing drive to plant the seeds of baseball fandom Down Under and around the world. The Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks will play two games at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The Dodgers will carry the games live on their new cable station …

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Cyber criminals have California in their crosshairs


Attorney General Kamala Harris says international criminals are increasingly following the money – straight to California. In a new report, the state’s top law enforcement official says California is a prime target of cybercrime because of the state’s wealth and technological innovation. Harris says California leads all states in the number of computers hacked or infected by malware, has the most victims of cyber …

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Security heightened in run up to L.A. Marathon


Security will be tighter than it has been in the past for Sunday’s Los Angeles Marathon. That’s a direct result of last year’s Boston Marathon, where two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 250 others. The heightened security begins with the runners themselves: all 25,000 racers must pick up registration packets in person today and tomorrow. In …

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Proposed L.A. River Water Wheel keeps on rolling


An arts organization funded by the Annenberg Foundation has been given the green light to build a $10 million water wheel along the Los Angeles River. The water wheel is described as both an art project and a novel way of creating a watery oasis in the urban core. The 70-foot-high steel wheel would be built underneath the North Broadway Bridge., diverting some water …

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Many Dodger fans facing ‘blue-out’ as games begin


The Dodgers new Time Warner cable TV station has debuted just in time for the team’s first spring training game today against the Arizona Diamondbacks. For fans who can’t get enough the boys in blue, it’s a 24-hour network. But as of now, most denizens of Dodger nation are blacked out. That’s because Time Warner has yet to reach deals with many of the …

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Calderon told to step down or face Senate expulsion


Fellow Democrats say state Senator Ron Calderon must either resign or take a leave of absence within a week or face expulsion. After surrendering to authorities, a handcuffed Calderon stood before a federal judge yesterday and pleaded not guilty to 24 felony counts, including bribery, conspiracy and money laundering. If convicted on all the charges, the potential sentence could total nearly 400 years. Senate …

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Split Six: Plan to carve California moving forward


Backers have been given the go-ahead to begin collecting signatures for a ballot measure to split California into six states. It should make for good water cooler talk, if nothing else. Venture Capitalist Tim Draper is pushing the measure. He says California is too big and diverse to be governable. But even if voters agree, Congress would have to approve the plan, and give …

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Marijuana backers back away from California, for now


A national coalition that led the push for legalizing recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington has decided to hold off on a similar ballot measure in California this year. Instead, the coalition will wait until 2016 to try to qualify its initiative. Two other groups are gathering signatures in an effort to get legalization measures on this ballot this year. But neither of those …

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Encountering Putin at the Sochi Olympics

Russian President Vladimir Putin enters the room.

Like many other big countries, the USA has a kind of sports embassy on the grounds of the Olympic Park in Sochi. Calling it an embassy is a little deceiving, though, as USA house is really a place to hang out, get free American-ish food (the Russian version of a quesadilla), drink Budweiser, and watch the feed of American Olympians competing. It feels like …

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Officers faulted for shooting during Dorner manhunt


More than half a dozen LAPD officers who mistakenly shot at two women delivering newspapers during the manhunt for Christopher Dorner are facing discipline that could range from a slap on the wrist to dismissal. The department’s oversight panel says the officers violated LAPD policy when they collectively fired their weapons more than 100 times. One of the women was shot twice in the …

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Sierra snowpack level lowest ever for late January


California finally got some badly needed rain, and a bit more is expected this weekend. But it won’t be nearly enough to quench the thirst of drought-parched California. State officials say snow levels are 12 percent of normal – the lowest they’ve been at this time of year in half-a-century of record keeping. Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders are working on an emergency $600 …

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Sheriff’s watchdog says cameras making jails safer


Hundreds of video cameras installed inside L.A. County jails over the past couple of years have been effective in determining whether allegations of abuse by Sheriff’s deputies are legitimate. Mike Gennaco, who leads the Department of Independent Review, the independent Sheriff’s watchdog, says the cameras have helped to build cases against some deputies, as well as to exonerate others who were falsely accused. More …

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Serial scammer Barry Minkow fleeced his own flock


One of Southern California’s most notorious fraudsters has been convicted again, this time for stealing $3 million from a San Diego church congregation where he served as a pastor. Barry Minkow – who’s already serving time in a federal lockup for securities fraud – is facing five years in prison in the church case. Minkow achieved fame as a teenager in the 1980s when …

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Scientists attack ‘false’ reports of Fukushima radiation


There is no risk on the West Coast from radiation released by the Fukushima nuclear disaster three years ago – and there never was. That’s the word from state scientists in California. They’ve released a strongly-worded statement to dispel worries stemming from new on-line videos that claim California beaches are being inundated with radiation from the Japanese nuclear accident. State officials say radiation levels …

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Brown’s budget reflects improving California economy


Governor Jerry Brown is unveiling a budget proposal this morning that reflects California’s improving fiscal picture, with more money targeted for schools healthcare and social services. The governor also wants to increase the pace of paying down the state’s debt and stash money away in a rainy day fund. Brown’s $155 billion blueprint would increase general fund spending by eight percent, repay $11 billion …

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