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More than 50,000 pounds of cocaine and heroin seized by Coast Guard crews in Pacific since August

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:00:00 PDT

The U.S. Coast Guard has captured more than a half a billion dollars’ worth of cocaine and heroin potentially headed for the West Coast since the beginning of August -- a sum that highlights a banner fiscal year for the military branch nationwide, officials announced this week.

At a press conference...


Three-belt light-heavyweight boxing champion Andre Ward announces his retirement

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:55:00 PDT

Three-belt light-heavyweight boxing champion Andre Ward of Oakland announced his retirement Thursday just as he reached No. 1 on various pound-for-pound lists.

“I want to be clear — I am leaving because my body can no longer put up with the rigors of the sport and therefore my desire to fight is...


Spy-caper sequel 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' offers more and more of the same

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:55:00 PDT

The most remarkable thing about “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” — perhaps the only remarkable thing about it — is that it’s the latest of several pictures to feature an unexpected performance of “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”

The evergreen popularity of John Denver’s music is a phenomenon that requires...


California politics news feed

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:43:00 PDT

California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra plans to announce a lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of the state that will challenge President Trump's proposal to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, a project Becerra has called "medieval."Becerra is scheduled to travel to Border Field State Park near San...(image)

Standard & Poor's cuts China credit rating, citing debt

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:40:00 PDT

The Standard & Poor's rating agency cut China's credit rating Thursday due to its rising debts, highlighting challenges faced by the country’s leaders as they cope with slowing economic growth.

The downgrade added to mounting warnings about the dangers of increasing Chinese debt, which has fueled...


A Star Is Born: Stephen King turns 70 today

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:35:00 PDT


15 ways to make a great pizza at home

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:30:00 PDT

Sure, you can get an excellent pizza at many places around town. But what do you do when you want to make your own? We’ve compiled 15 of our favorite recipes, from a classic Margherita to roasted potato, even smoked salmon. We also include a simple dough recipe you can make from scratch.


Inland Empire teacher arrested on suspicion of unlawful sex with student

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:30:00 PDT

A Beaumont Unified School District English teacher has been arrested on suspicion of unlawful sexual intercourse and oral copulation with one of her students after detectives discovered evidence that the woman had an improper relationship with the minor for several months, authorities say.



A stunned Puerto Rico begins to dig out after Hurricane Maria

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:15:00 PDT

Hurricane Maria reduced homes to heaps of wood and cement in the oceanfront settlement of La Perla, where hundreds of people picked their way down the rocky hillsides strewn with debris Thursday to salvage what they could from the wreckage.

At the foot of an ancient fort, just outside the walls...


Long before deadly hepatitis A outbreak, San Diego was warned about lack of bathrooms

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:15:00 PDT

As San Diego officials scramble to stop a deadly hepatitis A outbreak linked to a lack of public restrooms downtown, they can’t say they weren’t warned.

A San Diego Union-Tribune review of public records found that since 2000, four grand jury reports emphasized the risks of human waste on city...


Father of young girl hit by 105-mph foul ball at Yankee Stadium: 'She's doing all right'

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:10:00 PDT

A young girl was hospitalized after being hit in the face by a 105-mph foul ball Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.

The child’s father spoke with reporters briefly at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center later that night.

"She's doing all right,” he told WABC-NY. “Just keep her...


U.S. stock indexes edge lower in early trading; oil falling

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:55:00 PDT

U.S. stock indexes veered slightly lower in early trading Thursday as investors sized up the latest batch of company earnings and deal news. Technology stocks were down the most. Consumer focused-companies also fell, while energy stocks declined as the price of crude oil headed lower. Insurers...


Light rain keeps Southern California cool but forecasters predict a return to the 90s next week

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:35:00 PDT

Don’t worry about needing that umbrella over the weekend, the light rain showering Southern California on Thursday morning will be gone by the afternoon and soon replaced with a days-long warm spell, the National Weather Service said.

A trough of wet weather that soaked L.A. freeways during the...


The L.A. music scene as seen through Berio's Sequenzas

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:25:00 PDT

One metric for measuring the reach of a city’s musical resources is the ability to put together, as the new music series Tuesdays @ Monk Space did this week, a concert of all, or nearly all, of Luciano Berio’s 14 Sequenzas with working local musicians. Only a small number of music capitals — New...


Toys R Us plans to hire thousands of seasonal workers despite bankruptcy

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:25:00 PDT

Toys R Us Inc. said Thursday it plans to hire more than 12,000 part-time workers nationwide for the holiday shopping season despite the toy chain’s bankruptcy filing this week.

The company said it expects to hire 2,500 seasonal workers for its stores in the Los Angeles area, and 540 for its distribution...


Mexico rescuers battle fatigue and the clock in search for trapped quake survivors

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:10:00 PDT

Battling grinding fatigue and mountains of rubble, rescuers Thursday raced against time in the search for survivors of Mexico’s earthquake, keenly aware of ever-dwindling odds of finding people alive beneath the debris.

The death toll climbed to at least 245 in the wake of Tuesday’s devastating...


Amazon reviews site after report that 'frequently bought together' items include bomb-making materials

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:05:00 PDT

Amazon says it is reviewing its website after a British TV report said that the online retailer recommended purchasing ingredients together that could make a bomb.

Channel 4 News in London said that when it tried to buy certain chemicals on Amazon, the website’s “frequently bought together” section...