• Prosecutor gives O.C. murder defendant ‘one last chance’ to tell authorities where to find the body of his business partner

    An Orange County prosecutor on Wednesday gave a murder defendant who has admitted to posing as his deceased business partner for months through email “one last chance” to tell authorities the location of the man’s body, as testimony in the trial came to a close.
    Senior Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy presented Edward Younghoon Shin with a map of a large swath of desert near the Mexican border and informed him that a search and rescue team, cadaver dog and forensic patholog
  • Bargain Hunter: Two Temecula wineries have new stay and sip packages

    Both South Coast Winery Resort & Spa and Carter Estate Winery and Resort on Rancho California Road in Temecula are offering the Wine Enthusiast package through Dec. 31. The offer includes a 20 percent room discount, two wine tasting tickets for each venue, complimentary transportation between resorts and more. South Coast Winery rates start at $269 per night, call 951-587-9463 or go to www.southcoastwinery.com. Carter Estate Winery rates start at $309 per night, call 888-364-5709 or go to ww
  • Dodgers’ Corey Seager finds ‘adrenaline, excitement’ and a test in Cactus League debut

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — Day after day from the start of spring training, Dodgers coach Dino Ebel wielded his fungo bat, directing ground balls first directly at Corey Seager then progressively to each side, challenging Seager’s surgically-repaired hip and – eventually – his surgically-repaired elbow.
    But there were some things Ebel couldn’t simulate.
    In the first inning of Seager’s first game against fellow major-leaguers since last April 29, the Chicago Cubs had a
  • Corey Seager, AJ Pollock hit home runs but Dodgers tie Cubs

    THE GAME: Corey Seager hit a home run in his second at-bat against major-league pitching and the Dodgers tied the Chicago Cubs 4-4 on Wednesday night in Mesa, Ariz.
    PITCHING REPORT: Dustin May got the start instead of Julio Urias because the Dodgers want Urias to begin acclimating to his likely bullpen role to start the season. May allowed one run on three hits and a walk while striking out three in three innings. … Urias retired the first four batters he faced then gave up a long home ru
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  • Ducks come up empty as payback attempt against Jets falls short

    Ducks defenseman Korbinian Holzer, right, shows his frustration as Winnipeg Jets left wing Kyle Connor celebrates center Mark Scheifele’s goal during the first period of Wednesday’s game at Honda Center. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)
    Winnipeg Jets left wing Brandon Tanev, left, gets hit by Anaheim Ducks defenseman Andy Welinski during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsWinnipeg J
  • Orange County girls water polo player of the year: Corona del Mar’s Maya Avital

    Corona del Mar’s Maya Avital is the Register’s 2019 All-County Girls Water Polo Player of the Year. Photographed at the Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine on Friday, March 8, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)
    Corona del Mar’s Maya Avital is the Register’s 2019 All-County Girls Water Polo Player of the Year. Photographed at the Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine on Friday, March 8, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Sound
  • The Register’s All-County girls water polo teams for 2018-19

    Orange Lutheran’s Hannah Palmer is part of the Register’s 2019 All-County Girls Water Polo team. Photographed at the Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine on Friday, March 8, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)
    The Register’s 2019 All-County Girls Water Polo team: Buena Park Co-Coach of the Year Ted Clark, Player of the Year Corona del Mar’s Maya Avital, Orange Lutheran’s Brooke Hourigan, Mater Dei’s Hannah Constandse, Orange Lutheran&rsq
  • Orange County girls water polo coaches of the year: Buena Park’s Ted Clark and Shane La Fortune

    Co-Coaches of the Year Ted Clark, left, and Shane LaFortune, of Buena Park, part of the Register’s 2019 All-County Girls Water Polo team photographed at the Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine on Friday, March 8, 2019. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)
    Co-Coaches of the Year Ted Clark, left, and Shane LaFortune, of Buena Park, part of the Register’s 2019 All-County Girls Water Polo team photographed at the Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine on Friday, March 8, 201
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  • Orange County baseball/softball highlights for Wednesday, March 20

    Highlights and top performers from the Orange County baseball and softball games on Wednesday, March 20.
    BASEBALL
    Wednesday’s baseball scoreboard
    Jake Vogel hit a walkoff two-run home run in the eighth inning to give No. 3 Huntington Beach a 9-7 win over Los Alamitos in a Surf League game at Huntington Beach High. The UCLA commit had three hits and four RBIs in the win. Los Alamitos tied the game with a run in the seventh inning to send the game into extra innings. The Oilers play No. 14 E
  • Tyler Skaggs shakes off rough first inning in Angels’ loss to Indians

    THE GAME: The Angels lost 4-2 to the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night in Goodyear, Ariz.
    PITCHING REPORT: Left-hander Tyler Skaggs returned to a Cactus League game for the first time since he was scratched from a start because of forearm fatigue from working on a new pitch. Skaggs gave up three runs in a 19-pitch first, but then he retired 12 of 13 batters in the next four innings on 41 pitches. “The first inning was a little shaky, kind of knocking the cobwebs off. I hung a few pitche
  • Los Alamitos volleyball gets confidence boost from sweep of Laguna Beach

    LOS ALAMITOS – Within the Sunset Conference are the Surf and Wave leagues, with the Surf League considered to be the superior of the two.
    The Los Alamitos boys volleyball team, a member of the Wave League, showed Wednesday it can compete against a team in the conference’s higher-rated league.
    The Griffins, playing in their home gym, trailed just briefly against Laguna Beach and went on to sweep the Breakers 25-21, 25-21, 25-18.
    Except for falling behind by three points twice in the f
  • No. 6 JSerra baseball team stays hot, beats No. 5 Servite again

    ANAHEIM — A losing road trip to Alabama might have humbled JSerra’s baseball team. A recent run of success should have the Lions confident again.
    They beat Servite 8-4 on Wednesday in a rain-interrupted Trinity League game at Servite.
    Since going 0-5 in an early-March visit to Alabama, JSerra has gone 5-1 – a nonleague win over Orange County’s No. 2-ranked Huntington Beach, taking two of three Trinity League games last week against St. John Bosco and this week’s bac
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  • Angels make Mike Trout’s 12-year, $426.5-million deal official

    TEMPE, Ariz. — Maybe all the mystery about Mike Trout’s future shouldn’t have been such a concern after all.
    “This is where I wanted to be all along,” Trout said in a statement included in the Angels’ official announcement of their 12-year, $426.5-million deal with their superstar.
    A day after the news broke, the Angels finalized the deal on Wednesday night, completing the largest contract in the history of North American sports.
    Trout did not speak with repor
  • USC pro day draws lower-profile class of prospects aiming to impress

    Southern California running back Aca’Cedric Ware sprints during USC Pro Day, Wednesday, March 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Pro Day is intended to showcase talent to NFL scouts for the upcoming draft. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
    Southern California cornerback Iman Marshall runs through a sprint drill during USC Pro Day, Wednesday, March 19, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Pro Day is intended to showcase talent to NFL scouts for the upcoming draft. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)SoundThe gallery will resum
  • Fryer: JSerra hockey, San Clemente surfing take their place among the state champions

    CIF-Southern Section playoffs and championships are not held in sports in which there is participation in fewer than 20 percent of the section’s 585 schools.
    Some of those sports, which still have teams affiliated with CIF-SS schools, still have state championships.
    JSerra won the California High School Hockey State Championships earlier this month. The Lions beat Santa Margarita, a team with plenty of hockey success, too, 2-1 in overtime at Great Park Ice. JSerra senior goaltender Jack Fe
  • Lakers’ Magic Johnson celebrates new tech lab with Crenshaw students

    LOS ANGELES — One of Los Angeles’ great game-changers was in attendance at Crenshaw High School on Wednesday morning, checking in on what the city’s innovators of the future are up to.
    The students in Mr. Abe Abraham’s STEMM (Science Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine) and Robotics Lab were happy to share their work with Magic Johnson and the other dignitaries who visited, a crowd that included Rep. Maxine Waters and several L.A. Unified School District leaders.
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  • Union Market Tustin adds new concepts and reboots

    New concepts and revamps have arrived at Union Market Tustin. Seen here, robata skewers from Roba Noodle Bar. (Courtesy of Union Market Tustin)
    New concepts and revamps have arrived at Union Market Tustin. Seen here, a signature dish from Roba Noodle Bar. (Courtesy of Union Market Tustin)SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsNew concepts and revamps have arrived at Union Market Tustin. Seen here, cool drink from Auraganic Juicery. (Courtesy of Union Market Tustin)
    New concepts and revamps have a
  • NHL Players’ Association thinks Kings’ Drew Doughty is a funny guy

    Kings defenseman Drew Doughty is a knee-slapping dude, according to the NHL Players’ Association, which has named Doughty the second-funniest player in the league in a poll in which over 500 players participated.
    When that subject was broached following practice Wednesday, Doughty didn’t even ask, “What the (expletive) is so funny about me?”
    No, unlike Joe Pesci’s character Tommy DeVito in Goodfellas, Doughty smiled.
    “Well, I like to have fun out there,”
  • Ducks GM Bob Murray preaches stability, but is willing to experiment too

    ANAHEIM — Devin Shore on the Ducks’ power play? Shore centering a line?
    Nick Ritchie skating on a line with Ryan Getzlaf? Ritchie on the power play?
    Rickard Rakell on a penalty-killing unit? Rakell skating with Shore?
    The Ducks have stressed a need for stability since making a coaching change Feb. 10. Bob Murray, their general manager and interim coach since firing Randy Carlyle, has been willing to experiment. He has moved pieces around the chessboard and found answers to a few
  • American politicians should not be pawns in Netanyahu’s re-election campaign

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is fighting for his political life, hopes that his appearance at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference, taking place in Washington, D.C. from March 24-26, will boost his re-election odds in April. Given the timing, Netanyahu’s presence will inevitably be viewed as a campaign stop, and those who share the stage with him will be cast in the role of American supporters of his violently racist regime.
    Just last month, Net
  • Five spring training trends you might have missed

    Spring training doesn’t count, right?
    The wins, losses and ties sure don’t, but every now and then something happens on a back field in Florida or Arizona that baseball hasn’t seen before. It might be a trend, a fluke, or a subtle signal of change. These things don’t stand out in box scores, but they’re more important than the box scores.
    Here are five interesting wrinkles you might have missed from the past month.
    1. SLOW PLAYS
    The Red Sox brought back eight of the
  • New USC president Carol Folt dealt with previous academic-athletic scandal

    LOS ANGELES — In a news release Wednesday announcing Carol Folt as its new president, USC highlighted her previous experience as the chancellor at North Carolina when she inherited one of the worst academic fraud cases in college sports history.
    Folt oversaw the fallout from the scandal when her tenure began in 2013.
    For nearly two decades until 2011, thousands of students, including many North Carolina football and men’s basketball players, took fraudulent “paper courses&rdquo
  • Young woman with cerebral palsy connects with others on a global scale

    If you’re a long-time reader, you may recall a young woman from seven years ago with cerebral palsy who dragged her foot yet managed to run like the wind when it came to helping others.
    Well, look out world.
    Katy Fetters has continued to bloom, will soon receive a master’s degree in media and public engagement from the University of Colorado Boulder and this weekend leverages her long-time cerebral palsy blog into a global campaign to help others with similar challenges.
    Katy Fetters
  • Clippers players appreciate Doc Rivers’ long-term commitment plans

    LOS ANGELES — In an effort to quell rumors that he was interested in taking over the Lakers head coaching job (which, for now, Luke Walton holds) Doc Rivers revealed Tuesday that he has a verbal agreement to extend his Clippers deal for multiple years.
    “It’s been kind of agreed upon,” Rivers said, revisiting the topic briefly after the Clippers defeated Indiana 115-109 for their eighth victory in nine games. “We didn’t make a big deal about it; I thought I had
  • Tattoo parlor to open near Catholic school in South Laguna despite parent, neighbor concerns

    LAGUNA BEACH — A tattoo parlor opening 50 feet from the driveway of a Catholic school will become the fifth such business in this seaside community, despite concerns raised by parents and neighbors that it is inappropriate for the South Laguna location
    The Laguna Beach City Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday, March 19, with councilwoman Toni Iseman dissenting, to approve Bare Bones Tattoo. The gallery-like shop will open in a commercial neighborhood district that already has resident-serving bus
  • What UC Irvine learned from first NCAA Tournament experience that will help against Kansas State

    The NCAA Tournament has become something of a tradition in Spencer Rivers’ household.
    His father, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, took part in March Madness twice as a player at Marquette. His older brothers, Jeremiah and Austin, went dancing last decade. Austin’s Duke team was stunned by Lehigh in the opening round of the 2012 tournament. Jeremiah was a freshman on Georgetown’s Final Four team in 2007. Their sister, Callie, went to the NCAA Tournament as a volleyball player at
  • Former Laker Brook Lopez has found a comfortable niche for first-place Bucks

    MILWAUKEE – It wasn’t a sunk 3-pointer, though Brook Lopez had five. It wasn’t a block, though he had four.
    The 7-footer’s biggest moment Tuesday night against the Lakers came during the second quarter, as he grabbed a floor sweeper, and lined up the perfect cue strike to knock a ball free from its perch atop one of the stanchions. Lopez raised his arms to a roaring Fiserv Forum crowd, and took a bow.Have no fear, Brook Lopez is here!! #FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/WJyaw8h
  • Is Joe Biden running for president? Political Cartoons

    Check out our regular cartoon gallery featuring some of the best cartoonists from around the world, and across the political spectrum, covering current issues and figures.
    Check out our regular cartoon gallery featuring some of the best cartoonists from around the world, and across the political spectrum, covering current issues and figures.SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsCheck out our regular cartoon gallery featuring some of the best cartoonis
  • USC names Carol L. Folt next president amid admissions scandal

    LOS ANGELES — The USC Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved the hiring of Carol L. Folt, former chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as the university’s 12th president, making her the first female leader of the Trojan campus.
    Former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol L. Folt was named USC’s new president on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, by the Southern California university’s board of trustees. (Photo courtesy of UNC Chap
  • Former Fullerton City Council candidate’s petty theft charges dismissed after she completes community service

    A judge on Wednesday agreed to dismiss criminal charges against the wife of a member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors who admitted to stealing campaign signs during her failed run for the Fullerton City Council.
    A prosecutor acknowledged that Paulette Marshall Chaffee, 69, has completed 60 hours of community service after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor counts of petty theft in December.
    Chaffee was required to complete 20 hours of community service, with the understanding that if sh

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