Arts & Entertainment

The reality show 'COPS' is 'the best recruiting tool for policing ever'

Retired police sergeant Randy Sutton says he regularly hears from people who decided to enter law enforcement after watching his appearances on "COPS."

'The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore' canceled despite unique approach to late-night

Stephen Colbert's successor was an unusual late-night show in many ways, but it couldn't get big enough ratings to avoid cancellation.

Inside the making of 'COPS,' the longest-running reality show in TV history

Created in 1989 by John Langley and Malcolm Barbour, the show became highly influential for its unscripted, non-narrated format and for providing a glimpse into the lives of police officers.

A Comic-Con of sorts for a neglected audience

The annual Latino Comics Expo is a showcase for creators and fans who don't see brown superheroes depicted in comic books and movies.

Valencia swimmer Anthony Ervin wins gold in Rio

At 35, most of his compatriots have long since stopped swimming competitively. But Anthony Ervin isn't most swimmers.

Simone Biles wins 3rd gold medal in Rio

She added a third gold medal to her haul, easily winning the women's vault. She already helped the "Final Five" to team gold and dominated the all-around competition.

Ryan Lochte robbed at gunpoint in Rio

Lochte's taxi was stopped by robbers who put a cocked gun to his head. "I was like 'Whatever.' He took our money, he took my wallet," the swimming champ said.

It cost how much to park at the LA Rams game?!

The L.A. Rams beat the Dallas Cowboys 28-24 at Saturday's preseason game — but the real winners may have been parking lot operators.

'Star Wars' actor Kenny Baker, who played R2-D2, has died

Best known for playing R2-D2 in six Star Wars films, a role where he was unseen, the actor was found Saturday morning by his nephew.

If Michael Phelps were a country, where would his gold medal tally rank?

There are 205 countries competing in Rio, many for decades, and most of them can't match Phelps' total of 23 golds.

CicLAvia explores iconic Wilshire Blvd. — with a little help from Pokemon Go

What's new the 18th time around? Monster-hunting and pedicabs.

Watts Summer Festival stays strong, 51 years after the riots

After the 1965 Watts Riots, members of the community organized a festival to focus on healing. This weekend marks its 50th anniversary.

Art With A Mission nurtures the creative spirit among homeless people

The Midnight Mission in Skid Row serves nearly a million meals each year to the homeless. But one Thursday a month, it aims to nurture their spirits.

USA Swimming wants more diversity in the pool

The U.S. swimming team competing in Rio is the most diverse yet. But there is still a long way to go before the ranks of swimmers reflect the diversity of the country.

'South Park' game maker invents fart-smelling VR system

The creators of an upcoming "South Park" video game have developed a stinky spin on virtual reality.

Michael Phelps misses shot at 5th gold

But his teammate Katie Ledecky broke her own world record — and then Burbank native Anthony Ervin, 35, won gold in the freestyle.