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Crime & Justice

Former LA County Sheriff Baca's prison term delayed

Less than 24 hours before former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca was due to surrender to prison officials, Baca requested the U.S. Court of Appeals allow him to remain free on bond pending his appeal. His surrender was automatically frozen until the appeals court decides on the bond request.


The Senate health care vote, simplified

The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to advance health care legislation to the Senate floor. But it's not clear exactly what they'll be voting on — or what they'll need to pass it. Here's what you need to know about  a situation that's complicated, even by health policy standards.

Female athletes are closing gender gap when it comes to concussions

Athletes and the public are becoming more aware of the dangers of sports-related head injuries, but there's little data on athletes like fighter Gina "Danger" Mazany. That's because, unlike the vast majority of athletes studied, she's a woman. She's helping researchers learn more about head injuries and the female brain.
Crime & Justice

LA Sheriff Baca's prosecutor: The corruption 'shocked' him

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Fox reflects on his prosecution of ex-L.A. Sheriff Baca and the need "to stop that culture" of impunity. Baca was set to begin a three-year prison sentence Tuesday stemming from his conviction for obstruction of justice and lying to investigators, but received a stay pending appeal.


Jared Kushner says 'I did not collude with Russia'

"I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government," President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Kushner said in a statement ahead of a closed-door meeting before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Read his statement annotated by NPR reporters here.

SoCal, What's Good?

Phantasma Gloria

What it is:
One man's trash is another man's homage to the sun. Phantasma Gloria is a collection of bottles, beads and wire, sculpted together to make "Earth's first vast glass sun catcher." And it is vast: the installation has grown to be over 37 feet tall and 50 feet long (and still growing)!
Why it's cool:
Stand back to see clear shapes, including dolphins and a Virgen de Guadalupe. Get close to see countless refractions of the world around you.
You should know:
Phantasma Gloria is an incredible sight any day of the week, but artist Randlett Lawrence recommends visiting on sunny mornings, ideally at 9 a.m. in the winter or 10 a.m. in the summer.