US, Cuba reach agreement to open embassies

The U.S. and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in each other's capitals, the biggest tangible step in the countries' historic bid to restore ties after more than a half-century of hostilities.

UCLA's 'parking guru' pulls out of his spot

Donald Shoup — one of the world's experts on parking policy — is retiring after four decades. His prescription for L.A.'s parking: you've got to pay for it.

Driest 4 consecutive rain seasons in downtown LA

Just 8.52 inches of rain fell in the season that ended Tuesday - only 57 percent of the normal 14.93 inches.

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First Person: Tim Mann uses running to help the homeless

The program director of Back on My Feet LA says the early morning running program "is not for everybody," but it can help the homeless turn their lives around.

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July 4th fireworks: How to keep your pets safe


To us, fireworks are the sparkling embodiment of July Fourth. To dogs, they truly are bombs bursting in air. Experts offer some dos and don'ts.

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Historic vote may determine whether Greece remains in the Eurozone

Pensioners holding their queue numbers try to enter a bank in Athens. The government ordered about 1,000 bank branches around the country to reopen Wednesday to help desperate pensioners without ATM cards cash up to $134 from their retirement checks.

Greek voters on Sunday face a referendum on further austerity measures in exchange for bailouts. But the unstated question is whether Greece should give up the euro.

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LA selects design firm to make over convention center

Updating the convention center has been a high priority for city leaders because L.A. has fallen behind other cities in the competition for big conventions.