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Last Build Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:50:02 -0700

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Crowdfunding for medical expenses is rising — when it should be eradicated

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:30:00 PDT

It should be obvious as a fundamental principle that in a civilized country, crowdfunding for direct medical expenses should be utterly unnecessary. You get sick or injured, your medical care should be covered by the community at large.

Yet public appeals by families or individuals for help paying...


Ducks fall into 0-2 hole at home with 2-1 loss to Oilers

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:30:00 PDT

Boring just isn’t in the Ducks’ DNA this postseason.

They’ve been intriguing every step of the way with injuries, comebacks and unlikely heroes, so a last-second illness and a third-period deficit was right in line for Game 2 of their second-round series against the Edmonton Oilers.

The Ducks scratched...


Clippers force a deciding Game 7 with 98-93 victory at Utah

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:30:00 PDT

It required the Clippers to dig deep and to make a stand when all the odds had been stacked high against them in Game 6 of the Western Conference playoffs.

With all the resolve they could summon, the Clippers broke through the barriers in front of them to save their season with a 98-93 victory...


Arrest made in violent robbery of BART passengers by mob of 60 youths

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:25:00 PDT

The first arrest has been made in the violent robbery of Bay Area Rapid Transit passengers by a mob of 60 youths on a train a week ago.

In a tweet on Friday, BART said a suspect — a minor — was arrested, and more warrants for other identified suspects are on the way.

The announcement was made six...


Kenta Maeda last seven innings in Dodgers' 5-3 victory over the Phillies

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:25:00 PDT

He bared his teeth as he bore down on third base, but Corey Seager was not smiling. The exertion stretched his face into a grimace. Seager does not possess upscale speed, but he emptied his tank in chugging from first to third in the fifth inning of a 5-3 Dodgers victory over Philadelphia.



Friends hail woman, 86, killed trying to stop attack as hero

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:25:00 PDT

A young man was identified Friday as the suspect in the sexual assault and beating death of an 86-year-old Northern California woman who was remembered as a hero by investigators and neighbors after she used a walking stick to try to stop an attack on her friend.

Neven Glen Butler, 18, was arrested...


Angels get the power they need in victory over Rangers 6-3

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:10:00 PDT

By the time he approached the plate with two men and the score tied in the eighth inning Friday night at Globe Life Park, Albert Pujols had seen several breaking balls and made solid contact with none of them, striking out twice and weakly popping out once.

So, when Jeremy Jeffress flipped in a...


For the Record

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:00:00 PDT

“Grey Lady” actress: In the April 28 Calendar section, a photo caption accompanying a review of the new mystery-thriller movie “Grey Lady” identified the actress as Natalie Zea. She is Rebecca Gayheart.

Side Chick restaurant review: In the April 29 Saturday section, a review of Side Chick restaurant...


Chargers select two offensive linemen on second day of draft

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:30:00 PDT

Everything changed for Forrest Lamp when he was 10 years old.

For his entire life, people probably made jokes about his first name, people probably shouting “Run, Forrest. Run,” and told him that “life is like a box of chocolates.”

But the summer after he turned 10, the script literally got flipped....


A method to their magic: Golden Arms of craps swear it’s more mystique than math at the tables in Vegas

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:00:00 PDT

Richard Favela rested his hands over the wooden chip tray lining the craps table as the lights from above glinted off rings adorning his lithe, brown fingers.

Favela reached down for the dice and positioned them with great care. Turning them slowly. Methodically. Wholly unsatisfied until he had...


Joe Mixon is a controversial choice by Bengals in second round of the NFL draft

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:00:00 PDT

Playmakers from either side of the Los Angeles college football rivalry — and either side of the line of scrimmage — learned their futures Friday on the second day of the NFL draft.

USC receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was taken in the second round by Pittsburgh, and UCLA cornerback Fabian Moreau was...


Under federal investigation, Celerity charter schools are in danger of losing their accreditation

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:35:00 PDT

Los Angeles charter schools that are part of a network currently under federal investigation have been put on notice that their accreditation is in jeopardy.

Seven schools run by the nonprofit Celerity Educational Group are spread across the Los Angeles Unified School District. Six carry the seal...


NHL playoffs: Blues even series with Predators by scoring twice in third period of Game 2

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:35:00 PDT

Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice, including the tiebreaking goal with 3:51 left to give the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 2 on Friday night to tie the Western Conference semifinal series.

Jori Lehtera also scored for the Blues, and Jake Allen stopped 22 shots...


NBA: Celtics, Wizards advance to second round of playoffs

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:30:00 PDT

Avery Bradley scored 23 points, and the hot-shooting Boston Celtics pounded the Chicago Bulls 105-83 to win their first-round series 4-2 on Friday night.

The top-seeded Celtics simply torched Chicago to finish off a tougher-than-anticipated series and advance in the playoffs for the first time...


Clippers' Austin Rivers plays despite not being 100%

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:25:00 PDT

For 26 days, Austin Rivers rested his strained left hamstring. He had missed the last six regular-season games and the first four playoff games in the process so he could heal properly.

Then Blake Griffin went down with an injury to his right big toe in Game 3 against the Utah Jazz, and Rivers...


Man vandalizes three Rodeo Drive boutiques by driving Mercedes into them, police say

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:20:00 PDT

Police are searching for a man believed to have deliberately driven a Mercedes-Benz into three boutiques and an office on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, shattering glass storefronts and scratching a door.

The vandalism occurred Friday between 1:25 a.m. and 1:45 a.m. on the storied street, home to...


2017 NFL draft: Pick-by-pick recap of second and third rounds

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:09:00 PDT

April 27, 2017, 5:23 p.m. Philadelphia Chicago Bears swap picks with San Francisco 49ers to select QB Mitchell Trubisky at No. 2 Sam Farmer North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky reacts after being selected by the Chicago Bears with the second pick of the NFL draft. (Matt Rourke / Associated...(image)

Rams pick Boston College safety John Johnson at No. 91

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:07:00 PDT


Angels' Ricky Nolasco goes with instinct over routine when he gets in a jam

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:00:00 PDT

As his allotment of pitches approached expiration in a one-run game Thursday night in Anaheim, Angels starter Ricky Nolasco found himself in trouble. So he let his instincts take over his pitching.

In a 3-and-1 count against Oakland power hitter Khris Davis with two outs and the potential tying...


Dodgers could get three injured players back next week

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:20:00 PDT

Back from a weeklong trip, the Dodgers observed a flurry of rehabilitating players testing their various injured limbs. Joc Pederson ran sprints to gauge the readiness of his strained groin. Logan Forsythe completed agility drills on his broken right toe. Andre Ethier was able to run despite the...


Court sides with group trying to turn Orange County campus into a charter school

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:20:00 PDT

An appeals court on Friday upheld a ruling that the state’s controversial parent-trigger law could be used to convert Palm Lane Elementary in Anaheim from a traditional campus to a charter school.

The decision by a three-judge panel from the state’s 4th District Court of Appeal could embolden hesitant...


Chargers select OL Dan Feeney out of Indiana at No. 71

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:19:00 PDT