Archive for July 17th, 2018

Ferguson fire near Yosemite harbinger of California's fire year ahead

Environment & Science | | July 17 2018, 8:37 PM

The Ferguson fire continues to threaten Yosemite, as it more than doubled in size over the past few days. The hot and dry conditions that've made it difficult to tackle the blaze have been present across other parts of the state, hinting at a destructive fire year ahead for California.

LA County voters to decide on new stormwater tax proposal

Politics | | July 17 2018, 6:22 PM

Eligible Los Angeles County voters will be asked in November to approve a new land tax to fund projects that catch, treat and reuse stormwater.

Family of Anthony Avalos accuses DCFS of negligence

Crime & Justice | | July 17 2018, 6:22 PM

New internal documents at the Department of Child and Family Services suggest officials there knew of abuse at the 10-year-old boy's home before he died.

Former Equestrian Says She Sprayed Pig's Blood In Lover's Home As Revenge For Affair | | July 17 2018, 5:40 PM

In May, Lizzie Purbrick discovered her beau, a member of the British Parliament, was cheating. With the help of a butcher, she struck back. Now she's been sentenced to community service.

Nelson Mandela's Prison Letters: 'One Day I Will Be Back At Home' | | July 17 2018, 5:20 PM

The late South African leader would have turned 100 on Wednesday. As part of the commemorations, a new book brings together many of the deeply personal letters he wrote during his 27 years in prison.

New study looks at African-American men with prostate cancer | | July 17 2018, 5:12 PM

African American men are much more likely to get prostate cancer and die from it than men of other races.   

Fed's Powell Says A Long Trade War Could Hurt U.S. Economy | | July 17 2018, 4:20 PM

A long trade war that results in higher, broader tariffs "will be bad for our economy and for other economies too," Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said at a Senate hearing Tuesday.

Dark Money Groups Get A Little Darker, Thanks To IRS

Politics | | July 17 2018, 4:00 PM

Advocates say it's a First Amendment issue. Critics say it's opening the door to secret money from foreign sources.

'Better Than Super': Russia Reacts To Trump-Putin Summit In Helsinki

US & World | | July 17 2018, 3:40 PM

Some Russian commentators and politicians rejoiced after Monday's meeting between the two leaders, with one columnist even calling it "another small miracle."

Amid Electricity Cuts, Anti-Government Unrest Grows In Southern Iraq

US & World | | July 17 2018, 1:00 PM

The protests sweeping Basra and other southern provinces in the past week threaten to destabilize Iraq's caretaker government.

Texas Man Found Guilty Of Hate Crime For Burning Mosque

US & World | | July 17 2018, 1:00 PM

When fire devastated the Victoria Islamic Center last year, an outpouring of support followed, with neighboring Jewish and Christian congregations offering to host Muslim services.

More Screen Time For Teens Linked To ADHD Symptoms

Health | | July 17 2018, 11:40 AM

A new study finds that teens who engage in frequent texting, social media use and other online activities daily are more likely to develop symptoms of ADHD.

Scientists Hunt For A Test To Diagnose Chronic Brain Injury In Living People

Health | | July 17 2018, 11:40 AM

Doctors are closer to a test in live brains that could help diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disease that's been linked to concussions and other repeated brain assaults.

Opinion: The United States And Russia Aren't Allies. But Trump And Putin Are | | July 17 2018, 11:40 AM

Monday's Trump-Putin summit was not a meeting between adversaries, writes Brookings Institution senior fellow Robert Kagan. It was a meeting between allies, with convergent interests and common goals.

MGM Files Lawsuits Denying Liability Over Las Vegas Shooting

US & World | | July 17 2018, 11:20 AM

In October 2017, a gunman fired from his room at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds. Now MGM, which owns the hotel, is asking the courts to declare it not liable.

Galileo Would Be Stunned: Jupiter Now Has 79 Moons | | July 17 2018, 9:40 AM

Astronomers have found 12 more moons orbiting the planet Jupiter. These moons are all small — just 5 kilometers or less across — and one of them behaves very strangely.

Why some politicians say bail bonds should go

Crime & Justice | | July 17 2018, 9:19 AM

When the California legislature returns to Sacramento next month, bail bond reform may be on the agenda. Some lawmakers think it's time for commercial bail to go.

NYPD Will Pursue Internal Charges Against Officers In Eric Garner's Death

Crime & Justice | | July 17 2018, 8:00 AM

Four years after Eric Garner was put in a chokehold by a police officer on Staten Island and died, the New York Police Department says it will pursue disciplinary actions.

Insurers And Government Are Slow To Cover Expensive CAR-T Cancer Therapy

Health | | July 17 2018, 7:20 AM

Treatment costs for the immunotherapy can run to more than $1 million. Some state Medicaid programs aren't paying for the treatment, and Medicare's complicated payment rates have hospitals worried.

Netflix Falls Short On Subscriber Target, Spooks Investors | | July 17 2018, 5:20 AM

The streaming service and production house fell short of its second-quarter target by more than a million subscribers, even as it posted better-than-expected earnings for the period.

Health Insurers Are Vacuuming Up Details About You — And It Could Raise Your Rates

Health | | July 17 2018, 4:20 AM

Without scrutiny, insurers and data brokers are predicting your health costs based on public data about things like race, marital status, your TV consumption and even if you buy plus-size clothing.

Money Surges Toward House Democratic Hopefuls

Politics | | July 17 2018, 4:00 AM

Congressional seats continue to lean further in the direction of Democratic candidates, as donors give unusual support to challengers.

Obama Speaks Up In South Africa | | July 17 2018, 4:00 AM

In one of his most high-profile appearances since leaving the White House, former president Barack Obama celebrates the legacy of Nelson Mandela.

Late Mother Teresa's Order Investigated For Child Trafficking In India | | July 17 2018, 2:20 AM

A nun and a worker at a Missionaries of Charity shelter were arrested last week for allegedly selling four infants. India has ordered the investigation of all such facilities run by the order.

LA Explained: How bail works | | July 17 2018, 7:29 AM

There's presently a movement afoot to eliminate commercial bail — and one of the centers of that movement is California.

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After bar altercation between Proud Boys and Democratic Socialists of America-LA, how should bar owners and restaurateurs handle similar incidents?

| July 17 2018, 9:52 AM

On Saturday night, a group of Proud Boys — self-described "western chauvinists" from a fraternal order of men who "refuse to apologize for creating the modern world" — gathered at The Griffin, a bar on Los Feliz Boulevard in Atwater Village.

How a CA lawsuit could make police officers think twice before getting involved in a car chase

| July 17 2018, 9:49 AM

The California Supreme Court is set to decide on whether to move forward with a case that aims to make police departments culpable in accidents that occur during car chases.

California men’s rights groups are taking ladies’ nights to court

| July 17 2018, 9:48 AM

There’s a loose coalition of men’s rights activists in California who are challenging female-centric businesses and marketing strategies, citing discrimination against men via the California Unruh Civil Rights Act.

US charges Russian woman as spy and the fallout from the Trump-Putin summit

| July 17 2018, 9:36 AM

A 29-year-old gun-rights activist served as a covert Russian agent while living in Washington, gathering intelligence on American officials and political organizations and working to establish back-channel lines of communications for the Kremlin, federal prosecutors charged Monday.

The protagonist in ‘Sorry to Bother You’ code switches for professional success. So why—and when—do you do it?

| July 17 2018, 9:19 AM

In the film, “Sorry to Bother You,” a black telemarketer in Oakland (played by Lakeith Stanfield) discovers the key to professional success is to speak with his clients in his so-called “white voice.”

The latest at the border: Judge temporarily pauses deportations of reunited migrant families

| July 17 2018, 9:06 AM

A federal judge has temporarily halted deportations of families who have been recently reunited after they were separated by the Trump administration.

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