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What we learned from the Kings' 4-1 win over the Ducks

Los Angeles Times

The Kings needed a win. The Ducks probably needed a breather. Boosted by the return of goalie Jonathan Quick, the Kings erased a one-goal deficit late for a 4-1 win against the Ducks on Saturday at Staples Center. The Kings pulled to three points out of a playoff spot while the Ducks are stuck in win-loss mode. Perhaps the best moment was before the game.

Prison Bill Provokes Testy Gender Debate in Louisiana House

U.S. News

The bill up for debate would require female prisoners to have access to feminine hygiene products at no cost, amid concerns some women have been forced to pay for them. The measure would limit when male prison guards can conduct a pat-down or body-cavity search on a woman. And new guidelines would describe how male guards should enter areas where women may be undressed.

Obama, Netanyahu meeting a capstone to years of testy ties

U.S. News

Frustrated after years of fraught diplomacy, President Barack Obama will seek Wednesday to cast the U.S. partnership with Israel as on solid footing. Yet his meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu comes as Obama openly weighs using the final stretch of his presidency to ramp up pressure on the Israeli leader finally make peace with the Palestinians.

Thunder beat Mavericks 119-108 for 3-1 lead in testy series

U.S. News

Russell Westbrook had 25 points and 15 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Dallas Mavericks 119-108 on Saturday night, taking a commanding 3-1 lead in a testy first-round series that got quite a bit testier. Enes Kanter had his second straight playoff career high with 28 points for the Thunder, who never trailed in two games in Dallas after the Mavericks evened the series with a one-point win in Oklahoma City following a 38-point loss in the opener. Kevin Durant scored 19 points before he was ejected in the final minute for a flagrant foul on Dallas' Justin Anderson. It was the last of several tense moments, and Dallas team security had to make sure Durant didn't leave the court in front of the Mavericks bench. Dirk Nowitzki had 27 points and eight rebounds for the Mavericks.

Gorsuch Hearings Show Him as Careful, Folksy, Testy at Times

U.S. News

A judge on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver since 2006, Gorsuch described how he comes to decisions, starting with past decisions, or precedent. "It's the anchor of the law, it's the starting place for a judge," Gorsuch said, noting he is one of the authors of "The Law of Judicial Precedent." Democrats, though, seemed more interested in knowing when Gorsuch might decide a past decision needs to be jettisoned, and which ones in particular. He would not go into specifics, but listed some factors to consider, including "the age of the precedent, how often it's been reaffirmed, the reliance interests surrounding it, whether it was correctly decided, whether it was constitutional versus statutory."