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Oliver Stone responds to ‘Midnight’ review, plus more readers’ letters

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 14:00:00 PDT

More on ‘Midnight’

Kenneth Turan’s review of “Midnight Return” [“Telling the Rest of Billy Hayes’ Story,” July 21] blames the filmmakers for supposed mendacity. As the original writer [of “Midnight Express”], I made it quite clear to Sally Sussman, the director-producer of the documentary, that...


Man sentenced to 115 years for fondling women while impersonating a police officer

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:55:00 PDT

When he approached the women, Christoph Moore lied and said he was a police detective working an investigation.

He flashed a badge and, in two cases, a gun.

But really, prosecutors said, the man was a registered sex offender with a history of violence. He had prior convictions for robbery and assault...


Majority of civilian oversight body wants L.A. County sheriff to stop flying drone

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:50:00 PDT

Citing concerns over surveillance, safety and potential trauma to the public, a majority of Los Angeles County Sheriff Civilian Oversight commissioners Thursday expressed that they want Sheriff Jim McDonnell to stop flying a drone used in law enforcement operations.

The aircraft was unveiled by...


McCain, two other GOP senators join Democrats to reject last-ditch effort to repeal Obamacare

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:35:00 PDT

Senators early Friday narrowly rejected a dramatically slimmed-down Obamacare repeal bill, even after being promised by GOP leaders that the measure would never actually become law.

The strategy was a desperate and ultimately unsuccessful gambit by Republican leaders, who had run out of options...


Irvine man faces hate crime charges after yelling slur, throwing coins at two Muslim women, officials say

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:35:00 PDT

A 35-year-old man is facing hate crime charges after he allegedly yelled a religious slur and threw coins at two Muslim women — one wearing a hijab — leaving a Target store in Irvine, authorities said.

Brandon Ricardo Pascual, of Irvine, was charged Wednesday with two felony counts of assault-hate...


Bob Bradley is back in the MLS to become Los Angeles Football Club's first coach

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 21:35:00 PDT

The Los Angeles Football Club began laying the foundation for its inaugural Major League Soccer season Thursday, hiring Bob Bradley, who formerly headed the U.S. national team, as its first coach.

Bradley, 59, who guided the U.S. to the knockout stage of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, returns...


Australia gets its first win over U.S. in women's soccer at Tournament of Nations

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 21:15:00 PDT

Tameka Butt scored in the 67th minute and Australia beat the United States for the first time in the 28-game series, 1-0 in the Tournament of Nations on Thursday night.

The Matildas also snapped the Americans' four-game winning streak.

Just moments after Butt's goal got past goalkeeper Alyssa...


35 'very, very scared' dogs found in squalid conditions at home of bank robbery suspect

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 20:30:00 PDT

Authorities say they discovered 35 dogs — many of which were emaciated and ill — living in squalid conditions in the home of a 72-year-old man suspected in a Corona bank robbery.

Animal waste coated the soggy, decaying flooring in the home, where wooden and metal skeletons remained of what once...


Everything President Trump has tweeted (and what it was about)

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 20:12:00 PDT

Watch the latest video at "One of the things that may have been lost in the politics of this discussion is that when you look back on 2016, there really is an argument, based on the testimony we heard yesterday, that the objective of the Russians was really just to damage the...(image)

Dodgers call up catcher Kyle Farmer

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 20:10:00 PDT

This has been quite a year for Alex Wood. After starting the season in the Dodgers’ bullpen, Wood joined the starting rotation and did so well he made his first All-Star team.

Now the Dodgers are calling up his college roommate.

The Dodgers have promoted catcher Kyle Farmer from triple-A Oklahoma...


Galaxy turn to Sigi Schmid after firing coach Curt Onalfo

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 20:05:00 PDT

A year ago the Seattle Sounders were floundering.

They had six wins through 20 games, were near the bottom of the MLS Western Conference standings and had shown little heart under Sigi Schmid, the only coach the franchise had never known. So they fired Schmid, signed midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro...


Friday's TV highlights: 'Room 104' on HBO and more

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 20:00:00 PDT


Killjoys Determined to clean house, the team resorts to drastic measures on a new episode of the space-set action drama. With Aaron Ashmore, Luke Macfarlane and Hannah John-Kamen. 8 p.m. Syfy

The Great British Baking Show The five bakers are tasked with re-creating Tudor-era favorites,...


Sessions says Trump's words are 'hurtful' but he has no plans to quit

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 19:54:00 PDT

White House staffers continued their angry campaign against leaks -- and each other -- as top advisor Kellyanne Conway used vivid language in a Fox interview Thursday to denounce colleagues who are "using the press to shiv each other in the ribs."The comments came shortly after Anthony Scaramucci,...(image)

In tweet, Trump appears to cast doubt on Russia investigation: 'Witch Hunt!'

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 19:13:00 PDT

Watch the latest video at "One of the things that may have been lost in the politics of this discussion is that when you look back on 2016, there really is an argument, based on the testimony we heard yesterday, that the objective of the Russians was really just to damage the...(image)

Witness distances herself from strong testimony she previously gave against Durst in murder case

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 19:05:00 PDT

One of Robert Durst’s closest confidants — who on the previous day gave stunning testimony placing him in Los Angeles at the time his best friend was killed — backed away from that claim under questioning Thursday in Los Angeles.

Emily Altman, who was testifying for a third day, said Wednesday...


Chairman of the Joint Chiefs says Pentagon has not banned transgender soldiers — for now

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:42:00 PDT

The nation’s highest-ranking military officer said Thursday that the Pentagon has made “no modifications” to the Obama-era policy allowing transgender troops to openly serve in the military, a day after President Trump used social media to declare them banned from the armed forces.

Marine Gen....


Metro agrees to buy 95 electric buses, in the first step toward an emissions-free fleet

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:30:00 PDT

In the first step toward a new goal of eliminating tailpipe emissions by 2030, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority agreed Thursday to spend more than $138 million to buy 95 electric buses that will run on two Los Angeles County busways.

The purchases from New Flyer of America Inc. and BYD...


Online brokerage Redfin wants to transform home buying. It hopes an IPO will help

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:25:00 PDT

Redfin has many of the hallmarks of a “disruptive” tech firm.

It pledges to transform the home buying experience. It drives down costs through online software. And it has high-profile investors, including the investment arm of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, despite a history of losses.

Yet, when...


Trump's border wall prototypes in San Diego delayed until the winter

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:15:00 PDT

The border wall prototypes that were supposed to be built in June in San Diego have been likely delayed until winter because of complaints about the bidding process, Customs and Border Protection said Thursday.

Two companies that bid on mock-ups of the proposed border wall with Mexico, a keystone...


California bullet train faces more legal hurdles from state Supreme Court ruling

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:10:00 PDT

U.S. law does not allow state-owned rail projects to completely bypass California’s strict environmental regulations, the state Supreme Court said Thursday in a decision that ensures further legal complications for the planned $64-billion bullet train between Los Angeles and San Francisco.



Showing ‘Detroit’ in Detroit

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:05:00 PDT

Directors in recent years have returned to the unique American places they make movies about. Ava DuVernay had a celebrated visit to Selma, and Alexander Payne brought "Nebraska" back to the people of the small towns he both tweaked and championed.

But Kathryn Bigelow's return Tuesday night to...


Golf roundup: Matt Kuchar struggles with dizziness during first round of Canadian Open

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:00:00 PDT

Matt Kuchar fought dizzy spells in the first round of the RBC Canadian Open on Thursday, four days after finishing second behind Jordan Spieth in the British Open at Royal Birkdale.

“I had a couple of spells where I got a little bit of dizzy and I felt weak,” Kuchar said. “I don't know where it...