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Valencia defensive back Mykael Wright has gosh-given talent

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:00:00 PDT

“Oh my gosh.”

Larry Muir, the veteran football coach at Valencia High, blurted out his reaction two summers ago after getting his first real glimpse at Mykael Wright, who was playing cornerback and receiver.

It was a passing competition against City Section power Narbonne, which is known for producing...

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The California Bucket List: Your daily guide to the best adventures and experiences in the Golden State

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Your daily guide to the best things to do California, featuring places to visit, attractions and experiences. Road trip to the redwoods, walk beaches, hike parks and explore historic sites.(image)



The Southland's top high school defensive backs of 2017

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:00:00 PDT

The Southland's top high school defensive backs of 2017

Jeremiah Criddell; Rancho Cucamonga; 6-1; 185; Jr.; Cornerback with athleticism, instincts.

Aashari Crosswell; Long Beach Poly; 6-1; 185; Sr.; Hawkins transfer takes leap up in competition.

Olaijah Griffin; Mission Viejo; 6-0; 170; Sr.; UCLA...

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Calling all vegans: You can cruise and eat well with Oceania's new menu

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:45:00 PDT

Vegans who set sail on Oceania Cruises can happily bypass the prime rib and salmon entrees on their next cruise. That's because the line's six ships now serve an extensive vegan menu and also offer vegan smoothie bars with cold-pressed raw juices.

Passengers can belly up to the raw juice and smoothie...

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Essential California: When the Great American Eclipse came to a sky near you

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:30:00 PDT

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Tuesday, Aug. 22, and here’s what’s happening across California:

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Sun’s out ...

All around California, huge crowds gathered to watch the Great American Eclipse as it moved across the sky. Hundreds of people swarmed...

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Train crashes in Philadelphia, injuring 33 people

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:15:00 PDT

A regional rail train crashed into a parked train at a suburban Philadelphia terminal early Tuesday morning, injuring dozens of passengers and the train's operator, a regional rail spokeswoman said.

Rail spokeswoman Heather Redfern said none of the 42 people hurt in the crash suffered life-threatening...

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Today: Trump’s Marching Orders in Afghanistan

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:00:00 PDT

President Trump has shifted to a more traditional foreign policy for the conflict in Afghanistan, giving the green light to send additional troops but offering no “blank check.” Here are the stories you shouldn’t miss today:

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Trump’s Marching Orders in Afghanistan

The nearly 17-year...

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Maison Goyard unpacks its trunks at a new Rodeo Drive flagship

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:00:00 PDT

Maison Goyard, the 225-year-old French luxury luggage and accessories maker instantly identifiable by its distinctive Y-patterned motif, has picked Beverly Hills as the home of its second U.S. flagship store, a two-story, 1,400-square-foot space at 405 N. Rodeo Drive that opened for business on...

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Musicians turn to boutique licensing firms to get their songs in TV shows, movies and on streaming sites

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:00:00 PDT

Like so many independent musicians, singer-songwriter Ashley Dudukovich is used to crashing on a stranger’s couch.

Over the past few years, the Florida-based indie/pop musician has toured relentlessly on a shoestring budget, building a small but loyal fan base that helped her raise money to release...

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Don't let liberal social media titans limit free speech

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:00:00 PDT

To the editor: The real threats to democracy are people who reject elections that don’t go their way and who are determined to trash the Bill of Rights. (“Speech in America is fast, cheap and out of control,” Opinion, Aug. 18)

Richard L. Hasen says the demise of the conventional old media means...

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If L.A. can't even approve one small homeless housing project, how will it build thousands of units?

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:00:00 PDT

It is disappointing that Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar wants a long-delayed housing development in Boyle Heights for poor and homeless people to be delayed even further while an extensive environmental report is prepared. This looks less like an attempt to ensure that the site is safe...

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Against his instincts, Trump makes Afghanistan war his own

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:00:00 PDT

In a speech to the nation Monday night, President Trump committed to keeping American troops fighting in Afghanistan for an indefinite time to come, thereby abandoning one of his longest-held political positions.

As a private citizen and as a presidential candidate, Trump repeatedly said it was...

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With political turmoil raging back home, L.A.'s Venezuelan community shows solidarity from abroad

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:00:00 PDT

Eleazar Saldivia is still bitter at the turn of events that led him from a career as a federal criminal judge in Venezuela to driving for Uber in Los Angeles.

But he doesn’t regret the decision to leave his life and home behind.

In 2013, Saldivia began a trial in which he sentenced four policemen...

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Remains of Navy sailors found after U.S. warship crash

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 04:15:00 PDT

The commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said Tuesday a number of remains of Navy sailors were found in a compartment of the destroyer John S. McCain, a day after the warship's collision with an oil tanker in Southeast Asian waters left 10 sailors missing.

Adm. Scott Swift also said at a news conference...

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Trump's 'new' Afghanistan policy is more of the same

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 04:00:00 PDT

Candidate Donald Trump once called U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan a "total disaster." Now president, Trump told the nation on Monday that, after studying the issue, he had reconsidered his original instinct to pull U.S. forces out of that country.

Administration officials say he has approved...

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What it will take to stem the violence in Latin America

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 04:00:00 PDT

The sense of unease on many Latin American city streets is palpable. Fear and uncertainty affect people’s day-to-day decisions — whether to take public transport, where to buy groceries, when to go out at night. Pervasive insecurity also influences long-term plans — what neighborhood to move to,...

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What's the alt-right, and how large is its audience?

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 04:00:00 PDT

Inquiring minds want to know: What exactly is the “alt-right,” and how large is the audience for the movement?

The essence of the alt-right can be distilled to this catchphrase: All people are not created equal. That’s even more extreme than it may sound. Prominent alt-right thinkers don’t only...

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The conflict in Afghanistan is Trump's war now

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 04:00:00 PDT

With President Trump’s Monday night speech, prospects for ending the Afghanistan war anytime soon have vanished. Whether that bodes well for U.S. national security is another matter.

Nearly 16 years after U.S. forces first entered Afghanistan, there they remain. Success, narrowly defined as creating...

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Three years of preparation, two minutes of totality. For this eclipse scientist, it's all worth it

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 04:00:00 PDT

We are in Oregon with Williams College astronomer Jay Pasachoff, who has witnessed more total solar eclipses than anyone, ever.(image)



Not normal is the new normal, and Republicans are stuck in a Trump-22

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 04:00:00 PDT

You hear it constantly these days: “This can’t go on,” “Something’s got to give.” The hope that impeachment is around the corner is an unspoken assumption in much media coverage. “Trump Is Just Six Senate Votes Away From Impeachment” blared a recent Newsweek headline. (Newsflash: He’s not).

This...

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What? Britain's Big Ben expected to stay (mostly) silent for at least four years

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

The London landmark will go silent for four years while it undergoes maintenance. History of Big Ben and what it means to people in Britain(image)



Lawmakers, activists say nursing-home residents must have right to sue

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 03:00:00 PDT

Healthcare, tax reform and the debt ceiling probably will be among the highest-profile issues when Congress returns from a monthlong recess Sept. 5.

But Democratic lawmakers and consumer advocates already have served notice that they’re also going to keep a spotlight on protecting people’s right...

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From the Archives: $20,000 worth of marijuana harvested, burned in 1948

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 01:00:00 PDT

The plants were believed to be just plain weeds. But they still had to be gathered up and burned.

A story in the Sept. 9, 1948, L.A. Times reported:

Marijuana valued at $20,000 went up in smoke yesterday -- but not puff by puff.

An even dozen "trees" of the narcotic weed, some as high as 10 feet,...

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