Last Build Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 02:30:25 -0800Copyright: ©2016 Los Angeles Times
Mon, 5 Dec 2016 17:55:00 PST
Donald Trump expressed fondness during the presidential campaign for some of the big federal programs that serve the country’s most vulnerable, but whatever warmth he may feel does not seem to be shared by the people he is choosing to run them.
Monday’s selection of Ben Carson, the former pediatric...(image)
Mon, 5 Dec 2016 17:50:00 PST
By Monday, a stretch of busy Connecticut Avenue in northwest Washington seemed back to normal, a day after a gunman entered a pizzeria intent on rescuing children trapped in an imaginary sexual abuse ring that Internet conspiracists insist was run by Hillary Clinton and a chief aide.
But it was...(image)
Tue, 6 Dec 2016 02:00:00 PST
Mass shootings are preventable, an anti-gun violence group says in a video PSA — and it has released a guide on how to spot the warning signs.
The video, produced by a nonprofit formed by families of victims of the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, starts out by focusing on a red-haired...(image)
Mon, 5 Dec 2016 17:00:00 PST
GOP leaders are coming to grips with what’s likely to be a complex, at times tortured, relationship with the Trump White House as they balance long-held Republican principles with a desire to avoid direct confrontation with the new president.
Republicans know Donald Trump is no traditional Republican....(image)
Mon, 5 Dec 2016 16:35:00 PST
The murder trial of a white former North Charleston, S.C., police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in the back as he fled a traffic stop ended in a mistrial Monday after a deadlocked jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict.
“We as a jury regret to inform the court that despite...(image)
Mon, 5 Dec 2016 16:25:00 PST
A Supreme Court majority on Monday appeared to lean in favor of Democrats in Virginia and North Carolina seeking to rein in what they call racial gerrymandering by Republican-controlled legislatures in those states.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who is likely to hold the deciding vote, said he was...(image)
Mon, 5 Dec 2016 12:10:00 PST
The bitter feud over the nation’s most fiercely contested gubernatorial race ended Monday when Republican North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory conceded Monday—nearly a month after election day—to Democrat Roy Cooper.
"Despite continued questions that should be answered regarding the voting process,...(image)
Mon, 5 Dec 2016 03:00:00 PST
When an obscure nonprofit group attacked one of California’s signature green-energy projects this summer — warning a congressional panel that the embrace of solar energy would lead to crippling hikes in electricity bills — officials in the state shrugged off the testimony as noise from the fringe....(image)
Sun, 4 Dec 2016 17:05:00 PST
The Army Corps of Engineers on Sunday denied permission for the Dakota Access pipeline to cross under a section of the Missouri River, handing at least a temporary victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters.
The decision came after months of protests by thousands of self-proclaimed...(image)
Sat, 3 Dec 2016 19:50:00 PST
President-elect Donald Trump has promised to increase military spending.
It’s a pledge that had widespread support among the hundreds of defense officials — including members of Congress, military leaders and industry executives — who met Saturday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi...(image)
Sat, 3 Dec 2016 18:20:00 PST
Ski season is underway in Hawaii.
The island’s two highest peaks — Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa — are getting hit with a cold, wet storm that has dumped about 2 feet of snow, and an additional foot of snow is possible when another storm hits the islands later this weekend.
National Weather Service...(image)
Sat, 3 Dec 2016 18:05:00 PST
An estimated 2,100 U.S. military veterans were bound for the frigid Northern Plains on Saturday in a mass show of support for Native Americans and their allies battling the Dakota Access oil pipeline.
The vets, organized under the banner “Veterans Stand for Standing Rock,” include 219 vets from...(image)
Sat, 3 Dec 2016 16:00:00 PST
He praises enemies, he ignores allies, he upends decades of policy.
And Donald Trump hasn’t even been sworn in as president.
In a series of telephone calls with foreign leaders apparently eager to congratulate the president-elect, Trump has broken many of the rules that govern delicate matters...(image)
Sat, 3 Dec 2016 03:00:00 PST
Janeth Calderon flipped on the kitchen light and the windows burned bright in the pre-dawn blackness. Next she slayed the quiet, turning on a radio that filled the room with traditional Mexican music. A few pots and pans clattered as she began making breakfast for her four children.
Mario was up...(image)
Sat, 3 Dec 2016 03:00:00 PST
The phone rang in the empty restaurant on a cool November evening, and Todd Gibson just wished he didn’t have to say the words upon answering. Still, he knew he must.
“We need to let you know we’re not selling alcohol,” Gibson said. “Is that OK?”
There was a pause. Each call since October had become...(image)
Fri, 2 Dec 2016 21:05:00 PST
President-elect Donald Trump had a potentially provocative phone conversation Friday with Tsai Ing-wen, the president of Taiwan, which could upset delicate relations between the U.S. and the Chinese government.
It is believed to be the first call between a president or president-elect with a Taiwanese...(image)
Fri, 2 Dec 2016 16:45:00 PST
President-elect Donald Trump and his supporters went to court Friday to prevent or halt election recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, less than two weeks before the states would have to complete the tasks to meet a federal deadline to certify their election results.
The legal actions...(image)
Fri, 2 Dec 2016 15:30:00 PST
The jury in the murder trial of Michael Slager, a white former North Charleston police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man, Walter Scott, informed a judge Friday it was unable to reach a unanimous decision.
One juror is refusing to consider a conviction, according to the jury foreman....(image)
Fri, 2 Dec 2016 14:35:00 PST
Former Sen. Scott Brown won a surprising ally this week in his quest to become President-elect Donald Trump’s Veterans Affairs secretary: Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Warren, a leader of the Democratic left and one of Trump’s sharpest-tongued critics, has been a longtime nemesis of Brown....(image)
Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:50:00 PSTDonald Trump's pick of retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis as secretary of Defense has started a debate in Congress over civilian control of the military that will shadow his confirmation. Mattis retired from the Marines in 2013 and federal law specifically bars anyone who served in uniform in...(image)
Fri, 2 Dec 2016 11:00:00 PST
Health spending in the U.S. picked up again in 2015, but the growth was driven largely by millions of Americans getting coverage through the Affordable Care Act, rather than price increases for care, according to a new government report that tracks the nation’s overall healthcare tab.
Fri, 2 Dec 2016 09:20:00 PST
The Republican-led House on Friday overwhelmingly backed a $611 billion defense policy bill that rejects a number of President Barack Obama's key proposals for managing the nation's vast military enterprise.
Lawmakers passed the legislative package, 375-34. The bill now goes to the Senate, where...(image)
Thu, 1 Dec 2016 18:25:00 PST
The election had been over for more than three weeks when President-elect Donald Trump took the stage Thursday night in Cincinnati, but inside the arena it was like the campaign had never ended.
Supporters chanted familiar slogans about Hillary Clinton — “Lock her up” — and illegal immigration:...(image)
Thu, 1 Dec 2016 17:35:00 PST
President-elect Donald Trump has chosen James N. Mattis, a highly respected retired Marine four-star general, to head the Defense Department, filling in a critical national security position in the emerging Cabinet.
Mattis served 44 years in the Marine Corps before he retired in 2013. He headed...(image)
Thu, 1 Dec 2016 15:50:00 PST
Dwight Eisenhower surrounded himself in the White House with such wealthy individuals that his Cabinet was mockingly referred to as "nine millionaires and a plumber."
President-elect Donald Trump is about to do him one better.
Trump won the election by appealing to America's disaffected working...(image)