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Walker Buehler impresses in first start as Dodgers win 2-1

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 22:20:00 PDT

The jewel of the Dodgers farm system steadied himself in the center of their ballpark. Walker Buehler cradled a baseball in his right hand and tucked it inside his glove. He exhaled as he prepared to throw the first pitch of the first start of his career. Buehler went still; Dodger Stadium went...


Three missing Mexican students were slain, their bodies dissolved in acid

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:50:00 PDT

Three Mexican film students whose disappearance last month sparked large-scale protests in the city of Guadalajara were beaten, killed and their bodies dissolved in acid, Mexican authorities said Monday.

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the gruesome crime, said officials of the...


Angels bounce back with win over hot Astros

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:50:00 PDT

Eleven days ago, he was pitching in double-A for a team called the BayBears.

Monday, he struck out Houston’s Carlos Correa in the eighth inning with the tying run on base to help the Angels beat the reigning World Series champions, 2-0.

“I thought it was crazy,” Keynan Middleton said.

The reliever...


Inmate firefighter collapses, dies on training hike during first day on job

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:25:00 PDT

An inmate firefighter died after he collapsed during a training hike at the Sierra Conservation Center in Northern California.

It was Anthony Colacino’s first day on the job Saturday, when 50 minutes into the roughly hourlong hike, the 33-year-old inmate collapsed, according to the California Department...


Astros blow chance to let Yuli Gurriel make amends to Southland Asian American community

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:15:00 PDT

Shortly after Zack Greinke reported to his first spring training with the Dodgers in 2013, the team said the right-hander would address his well-documented problems with anxiety once and once only. So one day in February, he shared his story with a group of reporters. The subject was never raised...


Ventura police acknowledge mistake in father's fatal stabbing at restaurant

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:05:00 PDT

Ventura’s police chief said Monday that his officers should have responded to reports of a disruptive man on the city’s promenade and not relied on a pier security camera to assess the situation. Less than three hours later, police said, the man fatally stabbed a diner at a beachside restaurant.


UCLA's women's gymnastics team wins a national title and brings out the best in the sport

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:20:00 PDT

After checking the scoreboard too often and not seeing the standings in the order they had hoped, members of UCLA’s women’s gymnastics team stopped looking up and instead looked within themselves.

One of the “Super Six” teams that advanced to the NCAA team finals last weekend in St. Louis, the...


Todd McNair was victim in NCAA scheme to 'hammer USC', lawyer argues as trial opens

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:05:00 PDT

Almost seven years after former USC assistant football coach Todd McNair sued the NCAA for defamation, jurors filed into a wood-paneled room on the fifth floor of the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles on Monday morning.

They clutched a cup of coffee. A laptop case. A newspaper. A...


Tuesday's TV highlights: 'The 100' on the CW

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:00:00 PDT


The Voice Maroon 5 performs in this new episode. 8 p.m. NBC

The Flash Guest star Wentworth Miller (“Prison Break”) reprises the role of Citizen Cold, who’s enlisted by Barry (Grant Gustin) to help keep a meta in line during transport. 8 p.m. KTLA

Lethal Weapon Murtaugh and Riggs (Damon Wayans...


Justin Anderson's call-up by Angels really hits home

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:35:00 PDT

He was so excited and blindsided by the news that he was being promoted to the Angels that Justin Anderson admitted he broke down.

He was distracted to the point where he didn’t realize until a short time later that the story was even better.

Anderson would be joining the Angels in Houston, where...


Mistrial declared for border agent charged with killing teen by shooting through fence into Mexico

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:15:00 PDT

A mistrial was declared Monday in the case of a U.S. Border Patrol agent after an Arizona jury acquitted him of a second-degree murder charge in the killing of a teen from Mexico but deadlocked on lesser counts of manslaughter.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Raner Collins means prosecutors...


'There is a problem in our workplace': Survey of L.A. city employees find many chose not to report harassment

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:15:00 PDT

Nearly 18% of Los Angeles city employees who responded to a recent survey said they have been sexually harassed in the workplace, while more than half of employees who said they have been subjected to harassment didn’t report the incident to anyone.

The anonymous survey, released last week by the...


Mike Williams is aiming for a healthy dose of football in Year 2 with Chargers

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:00:00 PDT

It’s been nearly a year, but Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams said it doesn’t feel quite that long ago.

He was with family and friends celebrating being selected No. 7 overall in the 2017 NFL draft — a night he’ll never forget.

“You only get this opportunity once,” he remembered thinking. “It...


Saying 'I was wrong,' Armenia's prime minister resigns amid large-scale protests

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:55:00 PDT

Serzh Sargsyan, who ruled Armenia for 10 years, resigned Monday as prime minister after thousands of people poured into the streets to protest his political maneuvering to cling to power in this former Soviet republic.

The stunning development touched off jubilation in the capital, Yerevan, with...


Ducks won't retain assistant coach Trent Yawney

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:50:00 PDT

Following a disappointing conclusion to the playoffs, the Ducks are making changes.

The team announced Monday that assistant coach Trent Yawney won’t be returning. He’s been in charge of the defense each of the last four seasons, in addition to the penalty-killing unit, but the Ducks are looking...


Garcetti says he would consider expanding rent control in L.A.

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:25:00 PDT

Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday he would “absolutely” consider extending rent restrictions in Los Angeles to cover newly built apartments if California voters repeal a state law that prohibits it.

Garcetti joined tenant and community activists at a news conference outside City Hall to back a proposed...


The artist, evolving and then fully formed in Nat Geo's ‘Genius: Picasso,’ starring Antonio Banderas

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:15:00 PDT

For the second season of their National Geographic Channel anthology series "Genius," showrunner Ken Biller and producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer turn their attention from Albert Einstein to Pablo Picasso. It's a fairly diverting if not really a convincing piece, slight and sometimes silly...


Death toll after van strikes pedestrians in Toronto rises to 10. Cause remains a mystery

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:10:00 PDT

A rented van plowed down a crowded Toronto sidewalk Monday, killing 10 people and injuring 15 before the driver fled and was quickly arrested in a confrontation with police, Canadian authorities said.

Witnesses said the driver was moving fast and appeared to be acting deliberately, but police officials...


Nicaragua scraps unpopular welfare plan, but unrest continues

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:05:00 PDT

A sense of smoldering discontent was evident in Nicaragua on Monday after President Daniel Ortega’s decision to cancel a welfare overhaul plan — a proposal that sparked days of deadly protests and looting in this Central American nation of 6 million.

On Monday afternoon, thousands of peaceful protesters...


$110-million home sale in Malibu is set to be a new record for Los Angeles County

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:55:00 PDT

The priciest home on Malibu’s famed Billionaire’s Beach has found a bona fide billionaire buyer.

In what will be the most expensive home sale ever for Los Angeles County, hotelier Peter Morton has an agreement in place to sell his oceanfront property in Malibu’s Carbon Beach, better known as Billionaire’s...


Vanes Martirosyan watched Ronda Rousey's rise to fame, now ready for his turn against Gennady Golovkin

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:55:00 PDT

Vanes Martirosyan watched Ronda Rousey, a longtime stablemate at their Glendale gym, rise to fame as the UFC’s first women’s champion, and now the veteran boxer believes it’s his turn with a May 5 fight against Gennady Golovkin at StubHub Center.

Martirosyan predicted Rousey’s rise early in her...


ESPN will have all the news about the NFL draft — until it's time to announce the selections

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:40:00 PDT

Encouraging viewers to stay tuned for a two-hour show to announce the 2018 NFL schedule Thursday night, an ESPN “SportsCenter” co-host said breathlessly, “It’s the moment NFL fans have been waiting for.”

When the moment came for the show to begin, host Trey Wingo was much closer to the truth, calling...


For Melania Trump, the shroud of invisibility lifts during a week of public attention

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:39:00 PDT

She is either complicit in her husband’s worst instincts or a victim of them, either struggling in an anachronistic job or confidently doing precisely what she wants to do with it. Fifteen months after she became first lady, Melania Trump remains a mystery.

In the span of several days ending Tuesday,...


Rancho Cucamonga stays in first place in Baseline League

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:35:00 PDT


Struggling Dodgers reliever Wilmer Font designated for assignment

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:35:00 PDT

The Dodgers cut ties with Wilmer Font, designating the struggling pitcher for assignment before Monday night’s game against the Miami Marlins to call up pitcher Walker Buehler.

Font, a 28-year-old right-hander, was the triple-A Pacific Coast League pitcher of the year last season but struggled...