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Pay is notoriously low for school support staff who shuttle America’s children to schools, feed them in cafeterias and provide classroom assistance to students who need the most help. School support staffers earn, on average, about $25,000 a year in Los Angeles, barely enough to get by in one of the expensive cities in America. The pay is a driving factor behind a three-day strike that has shut down the entire Los Angeles school system and put a spotlight on the paltry pay of support staff that serves as the backbone of schools nationwide.

Gwyneth Paltrow is expected to appear in court for the second day of a trial in which she's accused of crashing into a skier at Deer Valley Resort, leaving him concussed and with four broken ribs. The actor-turned-wellness tycoon has vehemently denied the allegations and filed a counterclaim alleging 76-year-old Terry Sanderson, the man she collided with, was responsible for their crash. The Utah trial's first day Tuesday featured opening statements and two witnesses testifying against Paltrow. Wednesday is expected to include testimony from two doctors and family members called by Sanderson as expert witnesses about his medical condition.

Women's college basketball has displayed an odd mix this season and now there's the rare combination of South Carolina's undefeated dominance alongside parity in the Sweet 16. Just two of the four No. 1 women's seeds advanced through the first two rounds, which hadn't happened since 1998. The Gamecocks are one of them looking to continue their perfect season against No. 4 seed UCLA on Saturday. Virginia Tech is the other No. 1 seed advancing. South Carolina coach Dawn Staley says her team's success comes from a singular focus on the game and its next task.

A strong late-season Pacific storm that brought damaging winds and more rain and snow to saturated California is blamed for two deaths. Forecasters say additional flooding is possible Wednesday even as the storm tapers off from north to south. Tuesday’s storm blasted the San Francisco Bay Area and Monterey Bay with powerful winds and downpours, while intense hail pounded Sacramento. The National Weather Service says that locally heavy rain and snowmelt may cause flooding Wednesday in southern California and central Arizona. Authorities say the two deaths were caused by falling trees. The weather service says Tuesday's storm was a Pacific low pressure system interacting with California’s 12th atmospheric river since late December.


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