With the first contests unfolding next year in South Carolina, Iowa and New Hampshire, small-town voters will play a critical role in choosing the next Democratic nominee.,Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders lamented rural decline during an Iowa swing this weekend.,Several candidates plan to attend a March 30 rural issues forum at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa — population 10,600.,AP VoteCast, a national survey of more than 115,000 voters, found rural and small-town residents cast 35 percent of midterm ballots; 56 percent of those voted for Republican House candidates, compared to 41 percent for Democrats.,Sanders noted that many Vermonters, as in the rest of rural America, view guns differently than most big-city residents, but Clinton successfully used the issue against Sanders, particularly with black women.

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A crime that’s commonly reported in Los Angeles is starting to occur in Ventura County, with people being targeted for vehicle burglary after withdrawing large amounts of cash, detectives say.,The crime usually involves more than one person, with perpetrators hanging out in banks and their parking lots while discreetly watching for people who make large cash withdrawals, said Thousand Oaks police Detective Chris Obringer.,Detective Chris Obringer “They are watching people at the banks withdrawing large amounts of cash, and they follow them to an opportune time and location where they can break into the vehicle,” Obringer said.,There were two local incidents of so-called “bank jugging” in December and as recently as Feb. 19 in Thousand Oaks in which a total of $7,350 was stolen from vehicles, Obringer said.,Ventura County sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Harris, who oversees investigations for the unincorporated areas of the county, said unfortunately local authorities see a lot of crime trends make their way here from L.A.  MORE: PGE probably started the Camp Fire, it tells regulators Since the incidents here, detectives have been talking to bank employees. read more

Columbian will be taking a large contingent of athletes to this week’s Division II state meet in Canton, highlighted by Sergi Mont , who qualified in four events, and Clay Moore, who made it out in three.,She also made it as part of the Rams’ 200 medley relay team that also includes Katie Conley, Abbey Wenger, Kami Swaartz and Maya Collins.,On Thursday, Moore will return in the afternoon to take part in Columbian’s two relays.,He’s part of the 400 free relay, which also includes Sergi Mont, Josh Fanning and Cole Eisenhower.,Also making Canton for TC is the 200 free relay, which consists of Mont, Moore, Eisenhower and Colin Burkett.

But unlike HBO and “Game of Thrones,” WGN and the Cubs aren’t hyping their final season together after 72 years.,In my first year as Cubs beat writer in 1997, WGN televised 144 games.,The following January, the Cubs owners — Tribune Co. — decided to reduce the WGN schedule to 92 games, placing 62 games on CLTV, the company’s local cable news channel.,Fans gradually grew accustomed to watching more games on cable, and in 2003 the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks began their own sports channel, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, which is now NBC Sports Chicago.,WGN will televise the Cubs' season opener — likely for the last time »

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The Clippers completed a surprise trade with Philadelphia 76ers earlier this week.,The brave deal means the playoff chasing Clippers, without Harris, now face a difficult ask to make the playoffs.,And the Clippers' hierarchy are being touted to make a move for Davis, who handed in a trade request last week.,The trade deadline slams shut at 8pm (GMT) on Thursday so all deals must be concluded by then or else they will have to wait until the summer.,The latest offer included six players and two first-round picks.

The first iPhone (2007) had no app store and was originally conceived as an iPod that made phone calls – although since "crackberry" had just been named the word of the year by Webster's New World Dictionary, perhaps we should have seen what was coming.,Fran Monks But late last year, I decided to do something more radical: to deploy everything I knew about economic theory and behavioural science, along with a few hard-won practical discoveries, to rebuild my relationship with the digital world from scratch.,For this reason, digital sceptics such as Cal Newport and Jaron Lanier suggest that the first step in a reassessment of your digital habits should be a sharp temporary break.,Newport suggests a briefer but broader ban: not only no social media, but no Netflix, no Google Maps, no smartphones – no digital tools at all for 30 days, apart from whatever is professionally essential.,Jdigital sceptics such as Jaron Lanier suggest that the first step in a reassessment of your digital habits should be a sharp temporary break.

Curry led the Warriors with 28 points, Durant added 24 and Golden State won its seventh in a row and sixth straight on the road.,With Cousins finally in the lineup, Golden State became the first team in 42 years to start five All-Stars from the previous season.,Cousins missed his first shot but came right back with a one-handed slam off Durant's bounce pass for the Warriors' first basket.,The Warriors took their first double-digit lead in the first four minutes of the third when the Clippers missed their initial six shots.,Golden State opened on a 14-2 run with five different players scoring, including a basket by Cousins before getting his fourth foul, to go up 66-53.

Harris, one of the NBA's top first-quarter scorers, started slow but still ended up with 28 points and the Clippers overcame a sluggish opening to beat the Orlando Magic 106-96 on Sunday.,Los Angeles outscored the Magic by eight points in the second quarter and by 12 points in the second half.,Vucevic had 11 rebounds in the first quarter to help the Magic take a 28-18 lead, but they blew a double-digit first-half lead for the second consecutive game after falling at Minnesota on Friday night.,Orlando led 47-45 at halftime, and the Clippers took their first lead just under two minutes into the second half on Marcin Gortat's turnaround basket.,Clippers: The last time the Clippers lost to the Magic was a 98-90 decision at Orlando on Nov. 6, 2013.

Police searched for suspects Sunday in a shooting that killed three men and injured four during a brawl at a popular Los Angeles-area bowling alley and karaoke bar.,Friends and family members of the victims held a candlelight vigil Saturday night in the parking lot of the bowling alley in southern Los Angeles County.,Dwayne Edwards, 60, of Los Angeles, said he received a call from his nephew that his 28-year-old son, Astin Edwards, was one of those killed.,A grieving mother told KABC-7 her 28-year-old son, Robert Meekins, died while trying to break up the fight.,Wes Hamad, a 29-year-old Torrance resident, said he was at the bowling alley with his 13-year-old niece and cousin when he saw a "huge fight" break out.

It was a typical Friday night at Gable House Bowl in Torrance — people celebrating birthdays, friends meeting up for a few rounds of bowling at the end of the workweek.Then gunfire erupted.,The bowling alley, with its distinctive blue sloping roof, has been a popular nightspot in the quiet suburb for decades.After finishing a shift as a maintenance worker Friday night, Robert Meekins headed to Gable House to meet Astin Edwards, the godfather of his 5-year-old son.The friends, both 28, were killed in the shooting.Meekins, who was from South L.A., had a contagious smile and loved to dress stylishly.,"This is an unfortunate incident, and one shooting is one too many," Harris said.Some witnesses said a fight broke out before the shooting, which was reported about 11:55 p.m. at the bowling alley on Hawthorne Boulevard south of Sepulveda Boulevard.Edwards, Meekins and Radford died at the scene.,"Another witness, who declined to give his name, said there was a fight, then nine gunshots.Gable House opened in 1960 and hosted many professional bowling tournaments in the sport's heyday.,On Friday and Saturday nights, a glow-in-the-dark bowling event called "Rock-n-Glow" runs from midnight to 3 a.m.Employees, who would not give their names because they were not authorized to speak to the media, said violence at the establishment is rare, though fights sometimes break out in the parking lot.In March 2015, a 27-year-old woman was killed in the parking lot when a fight escalated into a shooting.