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Marcus Borg, scholar who challenged literal view of Jesus, dies at 72

Marcus Borg, the theologian and writer who became one of the best known New Testament scholars to challenge the literal view of the biblical Jesus and to question the supernatural acts associated with his life, died Wednesday at his home in Portland, Ore. He was 72.

Patrick Dempey's wife files for divorce from the 'Grey's Anatomy' star

Patrick Dempsey's wife, Jillian Fink, has filed for divorce from the actor made famous as "McDreamy" on "Grey's Anatomy." 

Donald Trump slams a Romney bid for 2016: 'He choked'

President Obama has been, hands down, the least popular figure at Saturday’s Freedom Summit in Iowa—blistered for what Republicans here cast as his unconstitutional overreach, for scandals at the Veterans Affairs Department and the IRS, and for his policies on immigration and...

Ex-Dodgers pitcher Ted Lilly accused of insurance fraud

Former Dodgers starting pitcher Ted Lilly, who retired in 2013, has been charged with three felonies for allegedly filing a false insurance claim.

Missile attacks kill 26 civilians and wound 80 in Ukraine

Twenty-six civilians were killed and another 80 wounded in missile attacks Saturday on Mariupol, an industrial center and seaport in the southeast of Ukraine, officials said.

John Bayley, half of a famed and devoted literary couple, dies at 89

As marriages go, John Bayley and Iris Murdoch's was one for the ages — doting, dotty and undyingly tolerant.

'Fury' treads on Peckinpah war picture territory

A look at new releases, including 'The Judge,' 'The Book of Life' and 'La Ciénaga.' A look at new releases, including 'The Judge,' 'The Book of Life' and 'La Ciénaga.'

Obama will head to Saudi Arabia, trim time in India

President Obama is cutting short his trip to India in order to make a short trip to Saudi Arabia to pay respects to the family of the late king.

Islamic State said to have beheaded Japanese hostage

A new video distributed on the Internet on Saturday shows what appears to be a Japanese hostage saying that a fellow Japanese captive had been executed and outlining a new militant demand for his release.

Projecting the Chicago Cubs' 2015 Opening Day Roster

Changes are everywhere on the North Side of Chicago this baseball season. The bleachers — which won't be fully constructed until May — are undergoing renovations, a big board is going up in left-center field, and the product on the field...Show More Summary

10 Biggest 'Bang for Your Buck' Offseason Moves

In this baseball age of advanced scouting, statistics and analytics, rarely do you find an undervalued player or the “bargains” of the winter. With players analyzed so thoroughly, no asset or weakness slips past the watchful eyes ofShow More Summary

San Francisco Giants' Top 10 Prospects for 2015

While the San Francisco Giants’ system is top-heavy with pitching prospects, many of the organization’s top young arms profile as either back-end-starter types or guys who might not throw enough strikes to even stick in the rotation. Right-hander...Show More Summary

A Cubs Fan's Tribute to the Legendary Ernie Banks

To some people, being a dedicated fan of the Chicago Cubs can seem like a struggle at times. Years—even generations—have come and gone without experiencing the long-coveted celebration of a Cubs World Series championship. For Ernie Banks, there was never a bad moment in being a Cubs fan. Show More Summary

'Sons of Liberty' takes a few too many liberties on History

Seven years ago, the History Channel became just plain History, a single-word name being perceived, one supposes, as hipper, more youthful, like Common or Fergie.

In Saudi Arabia, partnership with Wahhabi clerics key to conservatism

The anointment of the House of Saud more than three centuries ago came with a pledge to rule in tandem with the austere clerics of Wahhabi Islam whose puritanical theology has provided some of the underpinnings for extremist groups throughout the Middle East.

In the Tinder era, love is a game of 'Thrones'

L.A. Affairs is our weekly column about the current dating scene in and around Los Angeles -- and finding romance in a wired world. If you've got a story to tell, we want to hear it. We pay $300 per published column. Past columns and submission guidelines are at latimes.com/laaffairs

The Next MLB Starting Pitchers Who Will Ascend to 'Ace' Status

Defining an "ace" pitcher in Major League Baseball is difficult because it's subjective. What's more, just about everyone has a different opinion on how many actual "aces" there are and whether specific pitchers qualify or come up just...Show More Summary

Finding himself, with a little help from his 'life coach'

Alexander the Great's "life coach" was Aristotle. Mine is a chatty blond who used to work in entertainment. Same thing.

Shortages, inflation and long lines have Venezuelans grumbling

Waiting in line for hours to buy groceries at a supermarket in eastern Caracas, Helena Siso didn’t know or care who was to blame for the acute shortages of consumer goods plaguing Venezuela. She just wanted the government to do something about it.

Republicans need their own rhetoric of reliance

New leader of the state Senate Kevin de León made waves last fall for both the lavish “inaugural” bash he threw himself and for the speech he gave there. “Isn't it time we shatter the great American myth about pulling oneself up by the bootstraps?” the Democrat...

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