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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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Tue, 22 May 2018 14:05:00 +0200
Energized by the #MeToo movement, two national advocacy groups are teaming up to lodge sexual harassment complaints against McDonald's on behalf of 10 women who have worked at the fast food restaurant in nine cities. The workers — one of them a 15-year-old...
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How air pollution, a dying river and swarms of defecating insects threaten the Taj Mahal
Tue, 22 May 2018 12:00:00 +0200
India’s most famous poet, Rabindranath Tagore, once wrote that the Taj Mahal stood on the banks of the river Yamuna “like a teardrop suspended on the cheek of time.” One wonders whether the late Nobel laureate could have found a lyrical description...
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Mick Mulvaney must leave as CFPB chief soon, unless Trump nominates somebody — anybody — else for the job
Tue, 22 May 2018 12:00:00 +0200
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Businesses really, really don't like this privacy bill, which is why you should
Tue, 22 May 2018 12:00:00 +0200
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As lava pours into the ocean from Hawaii's Kilauea, a new risk surfaces: laze
Tue, 22 May 2018 12:00:00 +0200
Since the Hawaiian volcano Kilauea began erupting this month, residents on the Big Island have endured a lot — toxic gas, earthquakes and plumes of ash. Nearly 2,000 people have been evacuated, and lava flows have gobbled up dozens of homes in the lower...
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America doesn't accurately document hate crimes. Help The Times fill in the gaps
Tue, 22 May 2018 12:00:00 +0200
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Dodgers continue to struggle at home as road-built winning streak ends
Tue, 22 May 2018 08:15:00 +0200
The kinetic chain of mistakes went from the pitcher to the catcher to the second baseman. The string of slip-ups cost the Dodgers a run in the eighth inning of a 2-1 defeat to the Colorado Rockies and ended a four-game winning streak. Pedro Baez walked...
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Dave Roberts stays optimistic but it’s quite a tough chore these days
Tue, 22 May 2018 08:05:00 +0200
Dave Roberts is on first base again. It’s that October night in Boston again. A bold sprint into the abyss is required again. Fourteen years ago, with the New York Yankees three outs from sweeping a series and heading to the World Series, Roberts famously...
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Slip-ups cost Dodgers a run in 2-1 loss to Colorado
Tue, 22 May 2018 06:55:00 +0200
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NHL playoffs: Capitals' shutout spawns a showdown for Eastern title
Tue, 22 May 2018 06:45:00 +0200
Facing elimination at home, the Washington Capitals looked determined to hit everything that moved in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final. The goal was to finish checks on Tampa Bay Lightning players as much as possible, though at one point Devante...
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LeBron James’ 44 points help Cavaliers square series
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LeBron James knows the path to the NBA Finals better than anyone in today’s game. And unless the Boston Celtics do something soon, he could get there again. James bullied his way to 44 points, surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar atop a postseason list and...
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UCLA softball faces Arizona for World Series trip
Tue, 22 May 2018 06:00:00 +0200
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Tue, 22 May 2018 04:35:00 +0200
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