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Franchesca Ramsey wants you to take beauty seriously

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:55:00 PST

The YouTuber turned comedy writer and social commentator's new show, premiering at Sundance, is rebuffing the notion that fashion, beauty and style is trivial.(image)

Solar panel tariffs threaten to increase customer cost and slow growth, but the industry remains optimistic

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:30:00 PST

Fees on solar panel imports imposed this week by the Trump administration threaten to increase customer costs and cut solar energy growth by as much as 11% over four years, but the industry remains optimistic that the roadblock will be temporary.

The new tariffs probably will add about $650 to...


Clippers' Lou Williams is not among the NBA All-Star reserves

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:30:00 PST

There will be no hometown favorites in the NBA All-Star game at Staples Center on Feb. 18. Neither the Clippers nor Lakers had a player among the 14 reserves selected Tuesday by NBA head coaches.

With Clippers forward and five-time All-Star Blake Griffin limited to 30 games because of a knee injury...


Nathan Chen predicted his Olympic future at the age of 10

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:25:00 PST

Even at 10 years old Nathan Chen had the focus and certainty of a champion.

As the newly crowned winner of the 2010 U.S. novice men’s figure skating title, the Salt Lake City native was invited to join members of the Vancouver-bound Olympic team in skating at a post-competition gala. Skating to...


Lucas Matthysse confident third time's the charm in Saturday title fight at the Forum

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:55:00 PST

One of the gifts that has allowed veteran boxing publicist Bill Caplan to remain employed well into his 80s is his creativity, which was recently on display as he told an interesting story about Argentinian boxer Lucas Matthysse, who was training in Indio for what will be his third — and perhaps...


'Slippage' on defense evident during UCLA's skid

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:50:00 PST

UCLA coach Steve Alford has a mountain of analytics that spells out his team’s deficiencies on defense. The Bruins’ other recent shortcoming has been harder to quantify but just as significant to a season-worst three-game losing streak.

“I think that’s what’s being challenged here is just how tough...


Ursula K. Le Guin, the spiritual mother of generations of writers; John Scalzi pays tribute

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:50:00 PST

It’s less than an hour since the news broke that Ursula K. Le Guin has died and right now my Twitter feed, populated as it is with science fiction and fantasy writers, editors and fans, is a single, unbroken string of testimonials. N.K. Jemisin, who won back-to-back Hugo Awards for her novels “The...


UC regents face showdown with Gov. Brown over proposed increase in tuition and fees

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:45:00 PST

University of California regents face a showdown with Gov. Jerry Brown as they prepare to vote Wednesday on a plan to raise tuition and student services fees for the next academic year.

The proposed increase would amount to 2.7% — or $342 for state students.

Brown opposes any increase, though his...


Baseball's Hall of Fame class to be revealed Wednesday; you've got questions, we've got answers

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:40:00 PST

With baseball’s hot stove degraded to lukewarm this offseason, the annual Hall of Fame debates have generated more than the usual fervor. With the results set to be announced Wednesday (noon PST, MLB Network), a few questions and answers:

Are Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens getting into the Hall...


Car bombs kill at least 27 in Benghazi, Libya

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:30:00 PST

Twin car bombs exploded as people left a mosque in a residential area of the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday night, killing 27 and wounding more than 30 in an attack timed to cause mass casualties among first responders, officials said.

Capt. Tarek Alkharraz, spokesman for military and...


Jordan Peele on his Oscar dreams: 'I didn’t really believe there was a place for very many black directors'

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:20:00 PST

From his days spoofing President Obama on the Comedy Central sketch series “Key & Peele” to writing and directing one of the most talked about movies of 2017 — the smash horror/social satire hybrid “Get Out” — Jordan Peele seems to have his finger on the pulse of America.

And now he has three Oscar...


Special counsel interviewed Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions in Russia case

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:15:00 PST

Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, who played a key role in several controversies shadowing President Trump, was questioned for several hours last week by the special counsel’s office investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Sessions is the first known member of Trump’s Cabinet...


Judge fines CashCall $10.3 million, a fraction of what was sought by CFPB for lending law violations

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:15:00 PST

A federal judge in Los Angeles has ordered Orange County lender CashCall Mortgage and its owner, J. Paul Reddam, to pay $10.3 million for violating consumer protection laws — a fraction of the $287 million in penalties and restitution sought by a federal regulator.

District Judge John Walter in...


Up for auction: Naming rights for a new plant species in California

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:15:00 PST

The online auction site EBay is known for its unusual offerings. It’s where, for example, a suit of armor for a guinea pig can fetch $1,025 and a grilled cheese sandwich purportedly bearing a portrait of the Virgin Mary nets $28,000.

But an auction Tuesday presents what is truly a one-of-a-kind...


Despite new rules, animated Oscar contenders deliver another battle of the Davids versus the Goliaths

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:55:00 PST

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences changed its rules this year for the animated feature category, opening up the nominations to the entire membership. Whereas that could have tilted the field away from the indie and foreign “Davids” and toward the massively marketed major-studio “Goliaths,”...


Weinstein Co. said to be in exclusive talks to sell assets to investors led by a former Obama administration official

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:40:00 PST

Weinstein Co. has entered into a period of exclusive negotiations to sell its assets to a group of investors led by former Obama administration official Maria Contreras-Sweet, two people familiar with the matter said Tuesday.

Contreras-Sweet, the former head of the Small Business Administration,...


Senate easily confirms Jerome Powell to be next Federal Reserve chairman

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:30:00 PST

The Senate on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to confirm Jerome H. Powell to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve, allowing him to take over when Janet L. Yellen’s term expires early next month.

Powell, 64, a well-respected Republican who has served as a governor on the Fed board since 2012,...


Filmmaker Debra Granik returns with drama of family and survival in 'Leave No Trace'

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:25:00 PST

With her first fiction feature since 'Winter's Bone,' writer-director Debra Granik creates another uncompromising vision of life on the margins(image)

Daniel Kaluuya celebrates his lead actor nomination for 'Get Out': 'There are no rules!'

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:15:00 PST

“Get Out” star Daniel Kaluuya was laughing like crazy Tuesday while talking about his Oscar nomination for actor in a leading role and the movie’s nods for director, original screenplay and best picture.

The recognition, he said, is an achievement like a master’s degree, and he finds that hilarious:...


Lawuit accuses Motel 6 of discriminating against Latino customers

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:15:00 PST

A civil rights group alleges that Motel 6 discriminated against some Latino customers at two locations in Phoenix by giving their whereabouts and personal information to U.S. immigration agents who later arrested at least seven guests.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Mexican American Legal Defense...