Ajax In Iraq

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Updated 'Ajax' elevates a woman warrior to the starring role


A new play at the Greenway Court Theater bends spacetime to place the protagonist of the classic Greek tragedy alongside A.J., a female soldier in Iraq.

Sand Fire Santa Clarita Target

Sand Fire: Here's how you can still help

From transporting animals to cleaning up after the fire, here's how you can help those affected by the Sand Fire.

APTOPIX California Wildfires

Sand Fire: California declares state of emergency in LA County


The announcement from the governor's office notes that the fires have burned tens of thousands of acres, threatened thousands of homes and other structures and caused evacuations.

Should LA spend $37 million on a fire fighting airplane?

The "Super Scooper" can dump 1600 gallons of water at a time, and swoop into reservoirs to fill back up. L.A. County must decide if it should lease or buy one.

210 Freeway in Pasadena to close again for 55 hours this weekend

Westbound lanes from Lake Avenue to Mountain Street will be fully closed at 10 p.m. Friday and will reopen Monday at 5 a.m.

Sand Fire: Most evacuations lifted as fire slows

The fire has burned about 52 square miles in just three days, but most evacuations were set to end Monday evening. The fire has destroyed at least 18 homes.

More volunteers moving 4-legged neighbors out of fire's path

As the Sand Fire rages, locals are rigging up horse trailers and evacuating animals of all stripes. Said one: "I didn't even know what an alpaca was until I came here."

Sand Fire disrupting rail service for Antelope Valley commuters

Metrolink officials expected rail service north of the Via Princessa station would be cancelled for a second day because of the Sand Fire.

Community mourns Erskine fire victims, works to cope with the aftermath

A memorial for a couple killed in the most destructive fire in California so far this year gathers together those grieving, and struggles with scant resources to recover.

More evacuations ordered as Sand Fire grows over 22,000 acres

Fire personnel are battling the blaze, which exploded Friday afternoon. All the latest info on containment, evacuations, road closures and air quality.

Santa Monica to put public art under pedestrians' feet

The city wants to celebrate the experience of walking downtown. It's asking the public for suggestions to transform two intersections into art.

Immigration case backlog hits record high

More than 500,000 cases are pending in federal immigration courts, the most ever recorded. Not enough judges and more Central America migration are contributing to the backlog.

Still recovering from outage, Southwest cancels more flights

Southwest canceled more than 250 flights on Friday morning, mostly because of displaced crews and aircraft, according to a company spokesperson.

How recycling center closures affect homeless collectors

Over 300 recycling centers have closed across the state in the past year. It's a bad sign for people who collect cans and bottles to supplement their income.

Algal bloom persists in Pyramid Lake north of Los Angeles

Recent sampling for toxins showed levels high enough to keep no-swimming signs posted on the lake's beaches.

Immigration agents target released criminal detainees

Over 100 men and women were arrested this week in Southern California in an ongoing effort to deport those with criminal records.