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Dodgers mailbag: Should Cody Bellinger be an All Star?

The Dodgers are 44-26. That translates to 102-win pace, and yet the club still resides a rung below Colorado in the National League West — and tied with Arizona, to boot. The Dodgers swept the Reds this weekend to complete a 5-1 road trip through Ohio. Yet they gained no ground. The Rockies swept...
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Ghost of Justice Scalia looms as Supreme Court debates religion and civil rights law
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0100
The ghost of Justice Antonin Scalia often hangs over the Supreme Court, perhaps never more so than as the justices struggle with the case of the Christian baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage. Scalia often spoke of his strong...
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For tenants on the edge, paying the rent often takes more than half their income
Sun, 03 Dec 2017 16:00:00 +0100
Even before their latest rent increase, Barbie Thompson and her husband, Juan, could barely afford the Rancho Santa Margarita apartment where they raised two children. The company that paid her around $13 an hour to distribute samples at Costco often...
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South Africa's long-dominant African National Congress risks split in choosing new leader
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:30:00 +0100
President Jacob Zuma came to power in South Africa as a populist, a traditional Zulu man with a common touch and a mighty singing voice that could lift a crowd. As the ruling African National Congress meets this weekend to choose the 75-year-old president’s...
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Letters: Dodgers don't appear willing to pay the price to the next step
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:20:00 +0100
How can the Dodgers not afford Giancarlo Stanton? I’m reminded of how much money they have every time I can’t watch their games on TV. Jack Wishard Los Angeles :: The Dodgers' Friedman and Zaidi are becoming the Penn and Teller of Major League Baseball....
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NLRB overturns rule that made companies liable for franchisees' and contractors' workers
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:55:00 +0100
The National Labor Relations Board overturned a landmark Obama-era rule this week that had left companies vulnerable to lawsuits filed by employees of franchisees and contractors over labor violations. Groups representing companies in industries such...
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A decade into Mexico's deadly drug war, lawmakers give the military more power
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:45:00 +0100
Thousands of protesters marched against it. Hundreds of human rights groups implored lawmakers to reject it. Even the United Nations warned of its dangers. But on Friday, Mexico’s Congress hastily approved the Law of Internal Security, which gives the...
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USDA balks at tougher rules for organic eggs
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:45:00 +0100
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday that it plans to withdraw Obama-era rules that would have made it tougher for large-scale egg farms to earn organic certification. The withdrawal would leave intact a loophole that allowed massive factory...
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GOP tax plan builds momentum as Rubio and Corker say they will support the bill
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:40:00 +0100
Key holdouts on the GOP tax bill fell in line Friday, boosting momentum for passage as Republicans released the final version of their tax overhaul ahead of next week’s expected vote. Leaders won over Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who had been the Senate’s...
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Stocks rise broadly as GOP tax plan moves forward
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:35:00 +0100
Wall Street capped the week with broad gains, propelling the major stock indexes to a new set of milestones Friday. Investors welcomed signs that congressional Republicans were solidifying support for a major overhaul of the nation's tax laws. A vote...
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UCLA's Thomas Welsh is having fun with his new long-range offensive weapon these days
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:40:00 +0100
Thomas Welsh was just tinkering when he stepped out beyond the three-point line in an almost empty gym. The 7-footer hoisted some long-range shots with teammate Isaac Hamilton in the days before UCLA’s final home game last season to see how it would...
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Delta adds bag fee on basic economy seats to Europe
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:40:00 +0100
The bare-bone fares that Delta Air Lines adopted to complete with low-cost airlines just got a bit more expensive. Travelers flying from the U.S. to Europe or North Africa on Delta’s cheapest seats, dubbed basic economy, will have to pay $60 for the...
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Policies helping the rich get richer and the poor poorer, report says
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:25:00 +0100
Global income inequality has worsened over the past four decades, a report finds, with the wealthiest 1% of the world's population capturing twice as much income growth as the bottom half. The world's middle class, made up mostly of people in North America...
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Hulu could play a key role in Disney's plan to take on Netflix
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:10:00 +0100
Netflix is the undisputed champion of streaming TV. Subscribers spend more than 140 million hours a day on the platform, which boasts wildly successful shows, including “Stranger Things” and “House of Cards.” But that dominance now faces a credible...
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Trump administration fans confusion over its stand on talks with North Korea
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:50:00 +0100
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took the rare step on Friday of sharing a public stage with a senior North Korean official but fanned confusion about the Trump administration’s stance toward formal negotiations with Pyongyang over its nuclear arms....
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This Colorado city declined to allow pot sales. Now it's having second thoughts
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:50:00 +0100
Five years after Colorado legalized marijuana a handful of cities in the state do not allow it to be sold. Among them: Colorado Springs, the state's second most populous city. Why? A mix of conservative politics and religious values have kept this city...
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