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Jim Mora thinks the key to beating Stanford might be as simple as effort

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:55:00 PDT

What struck UCLA coach Jim Mora most when he watched recent tutorials on stopping Stanford wasn’t so much intense defensive pressure or inventive schemes.

It was old-fashioned effort.

“I mean, maybe not perfect all the time,” Mora said of the effort by USC and San Diego State in victories over...


Physician assistant found guilty of drug trafficking

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:55:00 PDT

A physician assistant who worked at a Fountain Valley medical clinic has been convicted of federal drug trafficking for writing narcotics prescriptions without a medical purpose.

A federal jury on Monday found Kaitlyn Phuong Nguyen, 32, guilty of 10 felony counts related to illegal distribution...


Charming comedy 'The Tiger Hunter' sets immigrant dream in 1979 Chicago

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:50:00 PDT

There has been no shortage of films tracking the immigrant pursuit of the American dream, but few have been as laugh-out-loud delightful as “The Tiger Hunter,” a sparkling first feature by Lena Khan.

Danny Pudi of NBC’s “Community” is Sami Malik, the affable son of a legendary tiger hunter. Upon...


Death toll in Mexico quake hits 252; rescuers at collapsed school try desperately to reach trapped girl

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:40:00 PDT

The death toll in Mexico’s devastating earthquake rose Thursday to 252 as a grieving nation’s attention was riveted on dramatic efforts at a collapsed school in the capital where rescuers were in communication with a trapped girl.

Battling grinding fatigue and mountains of rubble, rescuers in three...


Audrina Patridge, who is divorcing her BMX rider husband, gets a restraining order against him in Orange County

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:35:00 PDT

TV presenter and fashion designer Audrina Patridge, who rose to fame on reality show “The Hills,” is divorcing her husband of less than a year and this week obtained a domestic violence restraining order against him in Orange County.

On Monday, Patridge, 32, sought and obtained a temporary domestic...


Alex Smith has reinvented his play and his legacy with the Chiefs

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:30:00 PDT

The words were sympathetic and surprising.

Before Alex Smith made his first start for San Francisco in 2005, the mother of legendary 49ers quarterback Steve Young pulled his parents aside and offered her condolences.

“She said, `Oh, I’m so sorry for you. I can’t imagine having to go through that...


'Dolores' review: Yes, she can, and union activist won't stop

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:25:00 PDT

"Dolores" is a documentary that celebrates a hero, but it's no hagiography. Its subject wouldn't stand for that.

That would be Dolores Huerta, a legendary activist who at age 87 defines indefatigable, a woman whose experience shows what a life of total commitment means — as well as the price it...


Sweet and simple drama 'Slipaway' is carried by a revelatory performance

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:25:00 PDT

“Slipaway,” the touching story of an unlikely friendship, works thanks to a warm performance from Elaine Partnow. First-time feature directors Julia Butler and Daniel Metz have made a sunlit film that will win over less-cynical audiences.

Aging widow Fall (Partnow) finds joy wherever she goes,...


Trapped under the rubble, the fate of earthquake victim 'Frida Sofia' has captivated and confused Mexicans. Who is she really?

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:25:00 PDT

As rescue efforts enter a third day, Mexicans have been captivated by the fate of earthquake victim “Frida Sofia,” a young girl trapped under the collapsed Enrique Rebsamen School in Mexico City.

But it turns out that government officials haven't confirmed her identity.

The secretary of education...


SEC reveals 2016 hack that may have been used for illegal trades

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:20:00 PDT

The nation’s top financial markets regulator has revealed that its computer system was hacked last year and that private information might have been used to make “illicit gains” through stock trades.

Jay Clayton, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, said in a statement posted...


Frederick Wiseman delivers an ode to knowledge in 'Ex Libris: The New York Public Library'

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:15:00 PDT

Frederick Wiseman's "Ex Libris: The New York Public Library" is more than a magisterial mash note to that distinguished establishment, it’s a heartening examination of the vastness of human knowledge and the multiple ways we the people endeavor to access it.

With more than 40 films to his credit,...


Seahawks coach Pete Carroll sells Rolling Hills estate in $3.05-million off-market deal

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:10:00 PDT

Here’s one move you won’t find on the NFL waiver wire: Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has sold his longtime home in Rolling Hills for $3.05 million in an off-market deal.

Set on a corner lot on a private street, the single-story ranch house is surrounded by hedges and mature trees.

The house...


California politics news feed

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:09:00 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)

Sherman Oaks man accused of stabbing wife to death in front of 12-year-old son to appear in court

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:05:00 PDT

A Sherman Oaks man charged with stabbing his wife to death in front of his 12-year-old son is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

Aurelio Terán, 38, is accused of assaulting, threatening and then fatally stabbing 32-year-old Viridiana Terán on Aug. 25, as the couple’s son watched.

Terán then...


Celeste Ng's new novel 'Little Fires Everywhere' sets suburbia aglow

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:00:00 PDT

Shaker Heights, Ohio, is a comfortable, peaceful, progressive suburb of Cleveland, a carefully planned community incorporated in 1912 that exists in a gentle state of idyll, sustained by adherence to the “rules, many rules, about what you could and could not do.” It’s a marvelous setting for a...


Jackie Chan is defying age with action in 'Lego Ninjago' and 'The Foreigner'

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:50:00 PDT

Jackie Chan has two movies in the next two months: 'The Lego Ninjago Movie' and 'The Foreigner'(image)

Medals unveiled ahead of 2018 Winter Olympics

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:35:00 PDT

In a rite that traditionally signals the Olympics are drawing near, organizers of the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, have unveiled the medals they will present on the podium in February.

The design highlights the host country’s culture in two ways.

Hangeul, a Korean alphabet, has...


A new style of rustic Chilean wines is gaining traction

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:30:00 PDT

If you’re an oenophile with a love for imported wine, you’d be forgiven for not paying heed to Chile. Despite a long and respected winemaking history, with traditions as old as those of North America — by which I mean the agricultural enclaves of Spanish missionaries, established in the 17th century...


Lawndale running back Jordan Wilmore found the right direction and hasn't stopped since

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:20:00 PDT

As a young boy, Jordan Wilmore was so chubby his flag football coach put him at center. As a 5-year-old, the first time he got to carry the football was on an interception and he ran the wrong way.

“You have 30-something parents screaming and hollering,” said his father, Romalice, one of the coaches....