Kevin McCarthy withdraws candidacy for House speaker

In a stunning move, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has withdrawn his candidacy for House Speaker. He had been heavily favored to win his GOP colleagues' endorsement.

LA poised to mandate seismic retrofits

The mandate would give landlords seven years to reinforce wooden apartment buildings with "soft" first floors, so they better withstand future earthquakes.

'Kanye Western' party at UCLA ignites backlash

A fraternity and sorority have come under fire for having a "Kanye Western"-themed party, giving rise to the hashtag #BlackBruinsMatter.

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El Niño: Homes could flood along Arroyo Seco Channel


County flood control officials have mapped nearly 500 parcels, mostly homes, that could flood if El Niño brings an unusually large series of storms.

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Fukushima study links children's cancer to nuclear accident

A child is screened for leaked radiation from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Japan's Fukushima prefecture on March 24, 2011.

The study claims rates of thyroid cancer are high for children who lived near the tsunami-crippled nuclear plant in Japan. But other scientists are skeptical of the findings.

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VW executive: Any fix for car owners could take year or two

VW America CEO Testifies At House Hearing On Emissions Cheating Scandal

Calling the company's admission "deeply troubling," Volkswagen's top U.S. executive said, "We have broken the trust of our customers, dealerships, and employees, as well as the public and regulators."