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Associated Press

 Protection sought for scenic California region
- 4:45 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A contingent of California environmental groups, business representatives and politicians will use a visit Friday from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to push for permanent protection of some 350,000 acres of picturesque ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Barack Obama, Matt Rexroad, Mike Thompson,
   California power regulator to address allegations
- 4:39 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California's chief utility regulator is expected to address alleged backroom dealings with the state's largest utility when he presides over his last voting meeting of the five-member commission Thursday.... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Mike Florio, Michael Peevey,

Los Angeles Times

 #  Private schools benefit from influx of international basketball players
Editorial - 8:57 pm
Lots of high school basketball coaches hope for the moment Dominic Sermeno of Rosemead Bosco Tech experienced last year. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Neutrogena pays $400,000 to settle hazardous-waste violations
Editorial - 8:44 pm
It cost Neutrogena $400,000 to make one blemish go away. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  USC's Cody Kessler is looking for another big bowl game performance
Editorial - 8:40 pm
Cody Kessler's dynamic 2013 bowl-game performance foreshadowed his impressive 2014 season. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Boys' basketball: Redondo advances in Las Vegas, will face Centennial
Editorial - 8:23 pm
Redondo advanced to the semifinals of its division of the Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas on Thursday after an 82-74 win over Chino Hills. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Massive fire in downtown L.A. was arson, investigators say
Editorial - 8:14 pm
Federal investigators have concluded the fire last week that consumed a downtown Los Angeles apartment complex under construction was deliberately set, according to a source close to the investigation. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Harbor Freight CEO sells Beverly Park home for $39.9 million
Editorial - 8:13 pm
Eric Smidt, chairman and chief executive of Harbor Freight Tools, has sold an estate in the desirable Beverly Park area of Beverly Hills for $39.9 million. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Steve Frank,
 #  Clippers' DeAndre Jordan goes above and beyond for the team
Editorial - 8:08 pm
DeAndre Jordan knows what he's here to do in the NBA. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Seahawks release former USC safety Dion Bailey
Editorial - 7:53 pm
The Seattle Seahawks released safety Dion Bailey from the practice squad on Thursday. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Eric Garcetti,
 #  Australia authorities investigating the stabbing deaths of 8 children
Editorial - 7:52 pm
Authorities in Australia are investigating the stabbing deaths of eight children, all discovered in a home Friday afternoon. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Los Angeles-area officials plan crackdown on immigration scams
Editorial - 7:47 pm
City Atty. Mike Feuer and Los Angeles County officials on Thursday unveiled an effort to prosecute con artists who dupe immigrants into paying exorbitant sums for help with their legal cases. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Mike Feuer,
 #  O.C. inmate dies after jailhouse altercation
Editorial - 7:05 pm
An Orange County jail inmate has died one day after he was hospitalized following an altercation with a fellow inmate, authorities said Thursday. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Saku Koivu saluted at Montreal retirement ceremony
Editorial - 6:47 pm
In an emotional close to his career, retired Ducks center and former Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu was honored Thursday night in a pregame ceremony at Bell Center. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Finally, George Farmer shows what he can do
Editorial - 6:47 pm
George Farmer lined up wide to the right and sensed the moment. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Robert Woods,
 #  Wide receiver Isaac Whitney commits to USC
Editorial - 6:45 pm
Isaac Whitney, a receiver at Riverside City College, announced he would attend USC on Thursday and signed a financial-aid agreement with the school. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Up next for Lakers: vs. Oklahoma City on Friday
Editorial - 6:45 pm
When: 7:30. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  To cheers and jeers, Michael Peevey presides over final PUC meeting
Editorial - 6:40 pm
During 12 years at the helm of the powerful Public Utilities Commission, Michael Peevey took California out of an energy crisis to become a world leader in renewable energy. Amid praise and controversy, he presided over his last meeting Thursday. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Paul Clanon, Mike Florio, Jerry Hill, Susan Kennedy, Michael Peevey, renewable energy, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mark Toney,
 #  Chinese firm buys Los Angeles Airport Marriott for $160 million
Editorial - 6:39 pm
A Chinese real estate developer has purchased the vast Los Angeles Airport Marriott for $160 million and vowed to make substantial improvements. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Teen's exoneration in 1944 slaying comes as relief to surviving relatives
Editorial - 6:37 pm
Aime Ruffner recalled helping her 14-year-old brother, George Stinney Jr., graze the family cow one day in March 1944 in the tiny South Carolina town of Alcolu, deep in the Jim Crow South. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Harold Schulweis dies at 89; influential rabbi stressed deed over ritual
Editorial - 5:54 pm
Uri Herscher remembers the day 55 years ago when he heard the rabbi at an Oakland synagogue telling the biblical story of the binding of Isaac. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Lawyer convicted of laundering L.A., O.C. pot dispensary profits
Editorial - 5:50 pm
A lawyer who helped a marijuana dispensary mogul launder profits faces up to 10 years in federal prison when he is sentenced next year, officials said. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Arizona's Ryan Lindley has another chance to shine on NFL's big stage
Editorial - 5:39 pm
Typical pro athlete. When quarterback Ryan Lindley signed a practice-squad deal with the San Diego Chargers a few months ago, he had his wife stay home in Arizona, and he took off to the West Coast to live with another woman. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Football: QB Travis Waller will enroll early at Oregon
Editorial - 5:38 pm
Servite quarterback Travis Waller announced Thursday via Twitter that he has signed with Oregon and plans to enroll early. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Girls' basketball: Katie Lou Samuelson makes 10 threes for Mater Dei
Editorial - 5:33 pm
It was a memorable day in Phoenix for Katie Lou Samuelson of Santa Ana Mater Dei. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  The need for radical transparency on U.S. torture
Editorial - 5:27 pm
Here's a radical idea: Let the people decide. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Dick Cheney,
 #  Flood, drought risks must be managed, with or without climate change
Editorial - 5:17 pm
In one case a major metropolis was flooded within hours, leaving thousands homeless, millions without power, transportation and businesses shut down, and a mass human crisis. In the other case, three years of sunshine and blue skies have left water ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Kris Kuksi's sculptures at Mark Moore Gallery are intensely detailed
Editorial - 5:15 pm
The insanely detailed sculptures in Kris Kuksi’s exhibition “Antiquity in the Faux” are 3-D versions of graphic novels whose imagery has taken up all the space and left no room for text. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Former white supremacist convicted in 1997 slaying of black man
Editorial - 5:08 pm
A former white supremacist was convicted of murder Thursday in the beating and stabbing death of a black man in the Antelope Valley desert.  »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Uber to halt rides in Portland, Ore., until April; city to drop lawsuit
Editorial - 5:06 pm
Just 10 days after the city of Portland, Ore., sued ride-sharing giant Uber, saying it was illegally operating in the city, the San Francisco company has agreed to cease operations there until the spring. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Celtics to trade All-Star Rajon Rondo to Dallas Mavericks, reports say
Editorial - 4:04 pm
The Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks have finalized a trade that will send All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo to the Western Conference, according to a  report in the Boston Globe. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  'The Snow Queen' is among the Troubies' best holiday shows
Editorial - 4:00 pm
The Troubadour Theater Company, that inimitable local treasure founded and led by clown extraordinaire  Matt Walker, has never done a bad show. Even the group’s lesser efforts have been reliably hilarious. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  A curious look
Editorial - 4:00 pm
While photographing a young girl at a cafe in Venice, Rinzi Ruiz was left with a simple, yet powerful message: Stay curious.  »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Last will or not: No dog should be killed to be buried with its owner
Editorial - 3:57 pm
An Indiana woman who died in her home in late November left behind a will and her beloved 9-year old male German Shepherd named Bela. Connie Ley’s death is sad, but what’s mortifying was her will — it stipulates that her dog be euthanized if a ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Legislature,
 #  Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki show support for Kobe Bryant
Editorial - 3:52 pm
The accolades keep coming for Kobe Bryant, and it has nothing to do with stats. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Ashlee Simpson, new husband Evan Ross having a baby
Editorial - 3:39 pm
New husband, new baby! Ashlee Simpson is pregnant with her second child. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Transgender workers get civil rights protections, Justice Department says
Editorial - 3:36 pm
Employment discrimination based on gender identity is forbidden under the Civil Rights Act, the U.S. Justice Department said Thursday, announcing a change in the way it will litigate claims. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  California drought weakens, forecasters have 'cautious optimism' for future
Editorial - 3:33 pm
For the first time in five months, a majority of California is no longer considered to be in an exceptional drought, the most severe level possible under federal guidelines, the U.S. Drought Monitor announced Thursday. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Aetna rate hike excessive, California insurance commissioner says
Editorial - 3:27 pm
Health insurance giant Aetna Inc. is imposing excessive rate hikes on more than 5,000 small employers, according to California's insurance commissioner. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Legislature, Anthony Wright,
 #  'Inside the Mind of Leonardo' tours Italy, not Da Vinci's head
Editorial - 2:51 pm
Peter Capaldi of 'Doctor Who' performs excerpts from some 6,000 pages of Leonardo da Vinci's journals for the documentary 'Inside the Mind of Leonardo,' but what you actually glean from the artist's mind here seems peripheral compared with, say, J. ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Clippers' DeAndre Jordan leads league in rebounding
Editorial - 2:45 pm
DeAndre Jordan knows what his role is for the Clippers -- get rebounds and defend. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Grief in Redondo Beach after car plows through church crowd
Editorial - 2:44 pm
The day after a woman drove through families and parishioners leaving a school Christmas concert, killing or injuring 13, scores gathered at St. James Catholic Church to grieve. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Will online privacy problems be solved by 2025? Experts respond in Pew study
Editorial - 2:44 pm
As the boundaries between privacy and public information blur, policymakers and technology innovators will struggle to respond, according to a Pew Research Center study on the future of privacy released Thursday. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Minecraft creator buys Beverly Hills home for $70 million
Editorial - 2:43 pm
Swedish billionaire Markus Persson has bought the Beverly Hills spec mansion built by handbag tycoon Bruce Makowsky for $70 million. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Atom Egoyan's kidnapping drama 'The Captive' baroque, ludicrous
Editorial - 2:25 pm
A snowy labyrinth of anguish and detective work, the kidnapping drama 'The Captive' is Atom Egoyan's latest stab at arty, dignified pulp. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Ryan Adams collected and still unpredictable at the Wiltern
Editorial - 2:13 pm
For a good hour-and-a-half Wednesday night, it looked like the old Ryan Adams wasn't going to show. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Warehouse workers sue for unpaid wages at Port of L.A.
Editorial - 2:13 pm
A group of warehouse workers at the Port of Los Angeles has filed suit against a major distribution company, claiming that they have been underpaid and subjected to harsh working conditions. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: minimum wage,
   Sen. De Leon removes panel staffers who questioned his legislation
California - 1:52 pm
In yet another shakeup in the state Senate, new President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) has removed the top staff from a Senate committee that last session blocked one of his priority bills. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Kevin De Leon, Energy Commission, Alex Padilla, Dan Reeves, renewable energy, Kellie Smith,
 #  At Chinese brothel, a room for Communist Party cadre fantasies
Editorial - 1:04 pm
From offering Japanese schoolgirl uniforms to creating rooms tricked out with traditional Chinese wedding decor, China’s underground sex industry is always trying to keep up to date with its clients’ fantasies. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  'Mad Men's' Kevin Rahm sells 1950s home in Studio City
Editorial - 1:04 pm
Actor Kevin Rahm has sold his house in Studio City for $900,000. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Sam Nazarian wins casino license from Nevada Gaming Commission
Editorial - 1:01 pm
The Nevada Gaming Commission approved a gambling license for Sam Nazarian after hearing an appeal Thursday by the Los Angeles nightclub mogul, who admitted to paying $3 million to a convicted felon and using cocaine. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Darrell Wallace Jr. to step up to NASCAR's second-tier series
Editorial - 12:59 pm
Darrell Wallace Jr., who made history last year by becoming the first African American driver to win in one of NASCAR's top three series in nearly 50 years, is taking a step up in stock car racing's ranks. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  'Slender Man' stabbing suspects, 12, deemed fit to stand trial
Editorial - 12:59 pm
A pair of 12-year-old girls charged with trying to kill a classmate in a twisted ploy to appease a fictitious monstrosity known as 'Slender Man' have been found competent to stand trial, a Wisconsin judge ruled Thursday. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Man held in 1989 slaying of transgender woman in Santa Ana
Editorial - 12:59 pm
A 63-year-old retiree was being held Thursday in connection with the fatal stabbing of a transgender woman in 1989, a cold case that authorities say was revived through advances in forensic technology. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  'Mr. Turner' an unblinking portrait of British artist J.M.W. Turner
Editorial - 12:58 pm
J.M.W. Turner, arguably the greatest of British painters, was an uncommonly difficult man, and 'Mr. Turner,' the exceptional film Mike Leigh has made about him, does not do things the easy way either. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Liverpool's Mario Balotelli suspended over offensive Instagram post
Editorial - 12:58 pm
Liverpool's Mario Balotelli has been suspended one game following an insensitive post he made on his Instagram account. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Jimmy Clausen gets a second chance; Jay Cutler still gets $54 million
Editorial - 12:52 pm
Jay Cutler has been the Chicago Bears' starting quarterback since 2009. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  A former Sony executive responds: 'This is not Sony's fight to win'
Editorial - 12:50 pm
The L.A. Times' editorial board expressed dismay Thursday at the fact that hackers had effectively censored Sony Pictures' 'The Interview' by threatening to attack theaters showing it. 'The terrorists won this round,' the board wrote, urging Sony to ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Tortured by music: The year's most insidious, relentless earworms
Editorial - 11:36 am
Once they nestled into the mind, 2014's most enduring earworms never let up. Seeming to gain joy and momentum with each melodic loop, the stickiest brain music soundtracked our inner dialogue for weeks on end. These split-second loops — or ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Stephen Colbert sells off his props, including Michael Stipe
Editorial - 11:35 am
With one more episode of 'The Colbert Report,' Stephen Colbert has been busy cleaning out the studio. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: George W. Bush,
 #  Putin: 'External factors' are to blame for plunging Russian economy
Editorial - 11:31 am
Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed 'external factors' for the plunge in his country's economy, but said it would bounce back within two years even “under the most unfavorable circumstances.” »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Dodgers acquire minor league catcher Shawn Zarraga
Editorial - 11:30 am
As the Dodgers waited to learn whether their deal to send to Matt Kemp to the Padres would be completed Thursday, they acquired minor league catcher Shawn Zarraga from the Milwaukee Brewers. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Bo Pelini rips into Nebraska after firing -- and Nebraska strikes back
Editorial - 11:30 am
So, Bo Pelini, tell us how you feel about your former bosses at Nebraska. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Recipes: New Year's Eve foods that like to party
Editorial - 11:25 am
 #  5-member family hit by car in crash at Redondo Beach church
Editorial - 11:25 am
A staff member at a Redondo Beach church school was killed and her entire immediate family struck by the car that rammed into a crowd Wednesday night after a Christmas concert. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Al Sharpton on Sony's Amy Pascal: 'Jury is still out'
Editorial - 11:25 am
The Rev. Al Sharpton on Thursday said that 'the jury is still out on where we go” with embattled Sony Pictures Entertainment co-Chairman Amy Pascal, who came under pressure after a cyberattack exposed her racially tinged email exchanges with a ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Reactions to the Cuba thaw: Will this change matter?
Editorial - 11:15 am
President Obama's announcement Wednesday that the U.S. would resume diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than a half-century is, indeed, a historic event. It's also something of an afterthought to the Cold War, which has been history itself for ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Cristina Garcia, John Kerry,
 #  Christmas concert crash: Driver may have been using prescriptions, police say
Editorial - 11:12 am
Police believe a driver who plowed into a crowd of people leaving a Christmas concert at a Redondo Beach church, killing three, had prescription drugs in her system. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Don't let the religious zealots win their war against intelligence
Editorial - 10:11 am
To the editor: How many more times do I have to open the newspaper to read that students have been massacred? This is an atrocious genocide upon the defenseless around the world, conducted by ignorant cowards, often religious zealots and ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  FDIC couldn't cover a big bank bailout without taxpayer support
Editorial - 10:10 am
To the editor: In response to a letter from California Bankers Assn. chief Rodney Brown about my concern with Congress repealing an important financial reform, it should escape no one that the public is still on the hook when the largest banks face ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  In praise of ethnic studies -- and ethics studies
Editorial - 10:10 am
To the editor: Ethnic studies does not need to be isolated from other teaching. It can be blended into the curriculum as it was in my American literature classes before my retirement in 2002, before the curriculum became test-driven. ('In L.A. ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Los Angeles Unified School District,
 #  Improve parking, but don't target disabled drivers
Editorial - 10:09 am
To the editor: It's my hope that UCLA urban planning professor Donald Shoup and others discussing new ways to improve parking in Los Angeles with technology are not defining placard abuse as perpetrated by people with disabilities who legitimately ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Psychologist group fails to own up on interrogation
Editorial - 10:09 am
To the editor: While American Psychological Assn. chief Dr. Nadine J. Kaslow acknowledges her organization's opposition to torture and our profession's horror at such practices, she fails to acknowledge an important earlier decision by the ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  'Left out of the discussion': Jenn Kidwell on being Donelle Woolford
Editorial - 10:08 am
Jenn Kidwell, the performer who participated in one of the most controversial works of art of the year, has now written an essay about that experience. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  'School of Rock' musical opening on Broadway in 2015
Editorial - 10:00 am
Richard Linklater's 2003 crowd pleaser 'School of Rock' will become a Broadway musical when the world-premiere production opens at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York on Dec. 6, 2015, producers announced on Thursday. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Recipes: 14 of our favorite bread pudding recipes
Editorial - 9:53 am

In this article: Eric Garcetti,
 #  'Team America' to screen in place of 'The Interview' at Texas theater
Editorial - 9:51 am
Sony Pictures may have pulled 'The Interview' from its planned Christmas release amid threats of violence toward moviegoers, but one Texas theater is still offering a holiday dose of irreverent North Korea-themed comedy. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  How a costume or a prop helped actors meld with their roles
Editorial - 8:45 am
'If you sum up what acting is, it's just the ultimate expression of empathy,' Emily Blunt has said. That seems just about right, empathy and refusing to judge a character, understanding what his or her needs are. It all comes from an emotional well ... »Read  »E-mail story
   #  Earthquake early warnings could go public in 2 years
Editorial - 8:38 am
An earthquake early-warning system could be available to the public in as little as two years once enough funding is secured, a top federal scientist said this week. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Adam Schiff,
 #  Wine review: 2010 Arnaldo-Caprai Montefalco Rosso
Editorial - 8:31 am
I've always loved this Sangiovese with a touch of Sagrantino and Merlot in the blend. It's from the Umbrian hilltop town of Montefalco and the winery Arnaldo-Caprai has always made one of the best. The 2010 vintage is no exception, bringing a ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Easy dinner recipes: Three chicken ideas in an hour or less
Editorial - 8:30 am
When you're looking for easy dinner ideas, you can't go wrong with chicken. It pairs well with almost any flavoring and can be cooked in so many ways. These great ideas come together in an hour or less: »Read  »E-mail story
 #  U.S. to sue New York City over treatment of young Rikers Island inmates
Editorial - 8:27 am
Federal prosecutors plan to sue New York City on Thursday over its handling of violence against young inmates held on Rikers Island.  »Read  »E-mail story
 #  In war on coyotes, some argue for learning to live with them
Editorial - 8:16 am
 Shotguns. Poisons. Lethal injection. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  What will 95 million U.S. holiday travelers look like? You'll find out
Editorial - 8:15 am
Got holiday cheer? You and almost 95 million Americans travelers will need lots of it to sustain you through road traffic and airport security checkpoints between Dec. 23 and Jan. 4. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Five actors who gave their all to smaller roles in 2014
Editorial - 8:15 am
Amid all the attention paid to lead and supporting actors and their award chances this time of year, it's time for The Envelope's annual look at a few of the performers who shined just as brightly in their far briefer moments onscreen. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  'Punk rock' snail named for the Clash's Joe Strummer
Editorial - 8:14 am
Scientists have named a spiky shelled, deep-sea snail after Joe Strummer, the late lead vocalist and guitarist from the famed British punk band the Clash. »Read  »E-mail story
 L.A.'s cyclists should need a special 'info' license in order to ride
California - 8:00 am
In June 2009, just as L.A.’s bicycling resurgence was beginning, the city of Los Angeles repealed its law requiring cyclists get licenses. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Patt Morrison,
 #  Lorde finds sisterhood with Katniss in the songs for 'Mockingjay 1'
Editorial - 7:15 am
She's a princess cut from marble, smoother than a storm. And she moves through town, quiet like a fight. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Stocks gain as energy sector extends rebound
Editorial - 7:07 am
U.S. stocks opened higher as the energy sector continued to rebound along with the price of oil. Oracle surged after reporting strong earnings. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Crash at Christmas concert: Preschool staffer among 3 dead, school says
Editorial - 7:05 am
Three people were killed and numerous others injured Wednesday night after a suspected intoxicated driver plowed into a crowd leaving a school Christmas concert in Redondo Beach, police said. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Boys' basketball: UCLA fans, Filipino fans to get first peek at Kobe Paras
Editorial - 7:03 am
It's time for another Kobe in Los Angeles to make his debut. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Cost of building California bullet train's next chunk? $1,234,567,890
Editorial - 7:00 am
The proposals are in and the contractors expected to build the next segment of California’s bullet train are a consortium led by Dragados USA Inc., a subsidiary of a Spanish construction firm. The group had the highest technical competence score ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: High-Speed Rail,
 #  Tracing the roots of teen anxiety
Editorial - 7:00 am
The teenage years are awkward for everyone, but some adolescents experience more anxiety than most when it comes to social interactions. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Drag queens rule at Las Vegas' Rouge & Booze Sunday brunch
Editorial - 7:00 am
Getting out of bed on a Sunday morning can be a drag, but it’s worth it for Vegas visitors who want a unique brunch with entertainment dished up by a troupe of drag queens. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Five takeaways from the Clippers' 102-100 win over the Pacers
Editorial - 7:00 am
For the first time since the 2004-05 season, the Clippers won their season series against the Indiana Pacers, beating them, 102-100, at Staples Center on Wednesday. Here are five takeaways from the win: »Read  »E-mail story
 #  USC football morning report: marquee defensive linemen
Editorial - 7:00 am
Fact of the day: The Holiday Bowl matchup between USC and Nebraska features two of college football’s top defensive linemen, the Trojans’ Leonard Williams and the Cornhuskers’ Randy Gregory. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  'Selma' allows Carmen Ejogo to play Coretta Scott King a second time
Editorial - 6:45 am
It's rare for an actor to portray the same historic character in more than one project, but Carmen Ejogo has taken a second shot at getting into the skin of Coretta Scott King. Beginning on Christmas Day, audiences can see her in director Ava ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  John Schneider's 21-year marriage is ending in divorce, actor confirms
Editorial - 5:41 am
John Schneider, one of TV's original 'Dukes of Hazzard,' confirmed Wednesday that he and his wife of 21 years are getting a divorce. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  After SAG Award nominations, an early peek at the crystal ball
Editorial - 5:15 am
The Screen Actors Guild Award nominations were announced five minutes ago, and the awards won't be announced for another month. But why procrastinate? Let's pick the winners ... now!. Because of the size of the voting body (111,228 eligible members ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Eric Stone,
 #  U.S.-Cuba thaw could erode Russian influence with Havana allies
Editorial - 5:01 am
Cubans fearful of hostile U.S. neighbors have long counted on the Kremlin to ride to their rescue with military backing and economic infusions, even in the lean years that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  To give their children a better education, parents launch new school
Editorial - 5:00 am
Maria Melendrez's daughter thrived for three years at the Julian Nava Learning Academy, a sparkling middle-school campus in South L.A. where she was pushed to excel. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  California's bullet train: We owe it to our grandchildren to get this right
Editorial - 5:00 am
No one likes mass transit more than me, and trains are my favorite form of it. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  In Hong Kong, trams offer a ride like no others
Editorial - 5:00 am
At Rumsey Street and Des Voeux Road, two middle-aged women step into the hot-pink double-decker tram, gripping large black plastic bags filled with pungent dried cod and shrimp. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Playa Vista office complex gets makeover, draws creative tenants
Editorial - 5:00 am
A large office complex in Playa Vista that has been vacant since it was completed during the last real estate downturn is finally roaring to life with a dramatic $8-million makeover intended to enhance its appeal to firms in creative industries. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Napa quake's 'afterslip' could continue to cause damage
Editorial - 5:00 am
Think the Napa fault stopped moving after producing a 6.0 earthquake in August? Think again. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  For Rene Russo, it took time to understand 'Nightcrawler' character
Editorial - 4:45 am
Call it uncommon the way Rene Russo landed her latest (and some say career-best) role as the desperate, morally impoverished news show producer Nina Romina in this season's L.A.-set indie crime thriller 'Nightcrawler.' The role was created by her ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Hack attack over Sony's 'Interview' shows risks of naming bad guys
Editorial - 4:30 am
There are few things Hollywood loves — or relies on — more than a good villain. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Evan Goldberg,
 #  1980's 'The King and the Mockingbird' finally alights in U.S.
Editorial - 4:00 am
'The King and the Mockingbird' was released to acclaim in 1980 in France and has been cited as an influence on such renowned animators as Oscar winner Hayao Miyazaki, but rights issues had prevented the film from opening in the U.S. — until now. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Pakistan grants bail to alleged mastermind of Mumbai attacks
Editorial - 3:21 am
A Pakistani court granted bail Thursday to the accused mastermind of the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, a day after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed harsh punishment for terrorists in the wake of the deadly massacre at a Pakistani school. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Nearing death, two people offer a journalist and caregiver life lessons
Editorial - 3:00 am
Evelyn pulled her wheelchair close to the bathroom sink and went through her morning ritual. Combing her black hair. Brushing her false teeth. Putting on her makeup. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Experts on N. Korea see regime's fingerprints on Sony attack
Editorial - 1:24 am
A number of North Korea experts on Thursday echoed U.S. intelligence officials’ assessment that the reclusive regime was somehow connected with the computer hack of Sony Pictures, leading to a massive leak of sensitive data and threats that ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Bowl games gift guide
Editorial - Dec. 17, 11:41 pm
For college football players, it's the most wonderful time of the year: They're going shopping this bowl season. Gift suites, which allow players to browse for their favorite items, are prevalent this postseason and wares are set to be handed out by ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Car bomb kills police officer in Kabul
Editorial - Dec. 17, 11:37 pm
A suicide car bombing Thursday morning killed one police officer and injured three others in east Kabul in the latest deadly attack in the Afghan capital. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  DeAndre Jordan helps at the line in 102-100 win over Pacers
Editorial - Dec. 17, 11:15 pm
The Clippers played Wednesday night as if showing up was an imposition on their holiday schedule. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  High-speed chase through Valley, Westside, ends in Malibu
Editorial - Dec. 17, 10:21 pm
A two-part, high-speed pursuit Wednesday night that took Los Angeles police through the San Fernando Valley and the Westside ended in Malibu on the Pacific Coast Highway. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Clippers win series against Pacers for first time since 2004-05 season
Editorial - Dec. 17, 10:21 pm
The Clippers beat the Indiana Pacers, 102-100, on Wednesday, winning their season series against the Eastern Conference team for the first time since the 2004-05 season. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  1 killed, 12 injured as car hits crowd leaving Christmas concert in Redondo Beach
Editorial - Dec. 17, 10:12 pm
One person was killed and as many as 12 others were severely hurt Wednesday evening when a car ran a red light and drove into a crowd while leaving a church Christmas concert in Redondo Beach, authorities said. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams chosen most valuable player
Editorial - Dec. 17, 10:00 pm
USC All-American defensive lineman Leonard Williams was announced Wednesday night as the Trojans’ most valuable player. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Billy Milligan dies at 59; first to use multiple personality defense
Editorial - Dec. 17, 9:35 pm
Billy Milligan, an Ohio man believed to be the first person to use multiple personality disorder in an insanity defense, has died. He was 59. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Ranking the college football bowl games from No. 38 to No. 1
Editorial - Dec. 17, 9:32 pm
The postseason is one 'Kokomo Bowl' from becoming the next verse in a Beach Boys song: 'Miami, Bahamas, come on pretty mamma, Camellia, and Boca, this is not a joke-a.' Four new bowl games plus the extra championship game means the process of ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  An era comes to an end as Pomona's Lanterman Center for disabled closes
Editorial - Dec. 17, 9:25 pm
Madeline Smyres did not think her daughter Nina would live past 6. In the early 1960s, doctors told her that even if Nina outlived their prediction, her scoliosis, an affliction of the joints, and excess fluid around her brain would turn the child ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Costa Mesa officials may investigate reported tracking of councilmen
Editorial - Dec. 17, 9:20 pm
The city manager and police chief in Costa Mesa have issued an apology to three council members who were allegedly surveilled during bitter contract negotiations with police and vowed to examine the conduct of city officers. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Jim Righeimer,
 #  Football: The new Dorsey coaching staff is filled with Dorsey alums
Editorial - Dec. 17, 9:07 pm
Dorsey's new football staff is pretty much complete, with junior varsity coach Irvin Davis taking over for Paul Knox and lots of former Dorsey players serving as assistants. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  California schools step up efforts to help 'long-term English learners'
Editorial - Dec. 17, 9:04 pm
After more than 11 years in Los Angeles public schools, Dasha Cifuentes still isn't speaking or writing English at grade level. The U.S. native, whose parents are Mexican immigrants, was raised in a Spanish-speaking household and she acknowledges ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Ricardo Lara, Proposition 2,
 #  Capital punishment in U.S. continues its decline
Editorial - Dec. 17, 9:00 pm
The death penalty continued its slow and steady two-decade decline this year, as fewer convicted murderers were sentenced to die and most executions were limited to just three states, according to a report to be released Thursday. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Mayor Eric Garcetti's wife leads event to stuff gift bags for seniors
Editorial - Dec. 17, 8:53 pm
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's wife, Amy Wakeland, took the lead Wednesday at an event to stuff gift bags for senior citizens. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Eric Garcetti,
 #  Clippers' compacted schedule has coach looking at sitting players
Editorial - Dec. 17, 8:47 pm
The NBA schedule makers may have gotten a little too gung-ho-ho-ho with the Clippers' holiday calendar. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Couple smuggled AK-47s to Mexican drug cartel, police say
Editorial - Dec. 17, 8:25 pm
A man and a woman driving through Newport Beach last month with seven AK-47 rifles in their vehicle were transporting the guns for a Mexican drug cartel, according to a sworn statement from a police officer filed in Orange County Superior Court. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  The era known as 'the Sixties' really began in 1965
Editorial - Dec. 17, 8:18 pm
Fifty years ago Thursday, President Lyndon B. Johnson turned on the lights of the National Christmas Tree and proclaimed, “These are the most hopeful times in all the years since Christ was born in Bethlehem.” He continued, “Today — as never ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Here's how to determine if that charity is worth your dollars
Editorial - Dec. 17, 8:13 pm
When my sister and I were children and flew to summer camp together, our mother always asked us to call her once we arrived to let her know we landed safely. When we got older, my sister and I put our own twist on this practice: If my sister was ... »Read  »E-mail story
 Maureen DiMarco dies at 66; state Cabinet's first education secretary
California - Dec. 17, 8:05 pm
Maureen DiMarco, an outspoken education activist who was appointed California's first Cabinet-level education secretary in 1990 but resigned six years later after policy disputes with Gov. Pete Wilson, died Saturday at her home in Sacramento. She ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: George Deukmejian, Proposition 18, Pete Wilson,
 #  USC looks at options to replace injured Antwaun Woods
Editorial - Dec. 17, 7:40 pm
USC's defensive line will not be at full strength when the Trojans play Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  No, the Clippers' Spencer Hawes is not out for the season, he says
Editorial - Dec. 17, 7:38 pm
Spencer Hawes received a call from his financial advisor Wednesday morning. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Have a full and open debate on rules for LAPD body cameras
Editorial - Dec. 17, 7:35 pm
The Los Angeles Police Department has committed to outfitting all officers on patrol with body cameras starting next year. The effort was launched last year by Police Commission President Steve Soboroff, but it gained momentum after deadly ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Eric Garcetti,
 #  Miami reacts to Obama's Cuba move: Tears of joy, cries of 'traitor'
Editorial - Dec. 17, 7:34 pm
A tale of two restaurants unfolded in South Florida on Wednesday. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Boys' basketball: No. 1 Corona Centennial wins in Las Vegas
Editorial - Dec. 17, 7:28 pm
The Tarkanian Classic began on Wednesday in Las Vegas, and No. 1 Corona Centennial (4-0) opened with a 76-50 win over Las Vegas Clark. Jordan Griffin led the Huskies with 15 points. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  A smart California tax bill points the way to needed reform
Editorial - Dec. 17, 7:12 pm
He's a freshman state senator showing no fear, no hesitation and seemingly no political sense. His first bill is a huge, historic tax hike. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Proposition 13, minimum wage,
Bills: AB 8, SB 8,
 #  Obama's historic shift on Cuba
Editorial - Dec. 17, 6:53 pm
Citing a half-century of failed policy, President Obama on Wednesday announced that he intends to normalize relations with Cuba, mending a rupture that dates to the chilliest days of the Cold War. While the move to restore diplomatic ties should not ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: John F. Kerry,
 #  Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler help Ducks skate past adversity
Editorial - Dec. 17, 6:46 pm
It isn't about who's missing for the Ducks, it's about who's showing up. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  'The Circle' a richly absorbing docudrama about Swiss gay couple
Editorial - Dec. 17, 6:45 pm
'The Circle,' Switzerland's official foreign-language film submission for the Academy Awards, is a richly absorbing historical docudrama revolving around Ernst Ostertag and Robi Rapp, who in 2003 became the first same-sex couple to enjoy legal ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Maguire partners with DivcoWest on Playa Vista development
Editorial - Dec. 17, 6:01 pm
Prominent Los Angeles developer Robert F. Maguire III has found a partner to invest in construction of a new office building in Playa Vista, which is now one of the hottest real estate markets in the state. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Business groups cheer Obama's move to normalize Cuba relations
Editorial - Dec. 17, 5:55 pm
President Obama's decision to start normalizing relations with Cuba gives American business a fresh opportunity on an island once known as a travel hub for the U.S. jet set. »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Josh Rolph,
 #  Attackers win a round over Sony's 'Interview'
Editorial - Dec. 17, 5:53 pm
If an anonymous group threatened in mid-December to harm bakeries without saying where, when or how, would every doughnut shop and cake vendor feel compelled to shut down through the holiday season? Of course not. Yet a threat by an anonymous group ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Sony pulls 'The Interview': Some sympathy for North Korea
Editorial - Dec. 17, 5:50 pm
North Korea's despotic regime is arguably the world's most brutal. It enriches dynastic leader Kim Jong Un and his political elite while the people who revere him as a god-king face deadly food shortages, a total lack of freedom and the ever-present ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Investors remain loyal to L.A. nighclub owner Nazarian
Editorial - Dec. 17, 5:48 pm
Los Angeles hotel and nightclub mogul Sam Nazarian lost day-to-day control of his Las Vegas hotel, but so far his investment partners are sticking by him. »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Sing along with 'Fiddler on the Roof' on Christmas Eve
Editorial - Dec. 17, 5:44 pm
Talk about tradition. For the seventh year running, the Laemmle theater chain will present its annual Christmas Eve 'Fiddler on the Roof' sing-along, so successful that it's now a fixture at no less than six theaters. Director Norman Jewison turned ... »Read  »E-mail story

Orange County Register

 #  Dave Berg: It's payback time for conservatives and Stephen Colbert
Editorial - 3:26 pm
The Colbert Report is coming (has come) to an end, and critics are in mourning. Liberal critics, who believe Stephen Colbert’s faux conservative character (“Colbert”), patterned after Bill O'Reilly on the Fox News Channel, was comedic genius. ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Timothy Spangler: Australia's first terrorist attack shocks
Editorial - 10:00 am
The world’s attention was fixated this week on a small café in Sydney’s central business district, as Man Haron Monis, sex-offender and Islamist extremist, sought to bring the violence and bloodshed associated with the Islamic State to his... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Editorial: Airing Hollywood's dirty laundry
Opinion - 12:00 am
Nobody, the Monty Python sketch famously joked, expects the Spanish Inquisition. Today, everybody expects awful regimes to become just one more target for the edgy, envelope-pushing humor that’s the entertainment industry’s stock in trade. Who... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Editorial: Student protests should focus on proper target
Opinion - 12:00 am
Across America, there’s a not-so-pleasant sense of déjà vu. For those of us born in time to come of age in the ’60s, this year’s street protests – wherein young students prominently figure – are reminiscent of the bitter end of flower... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Troy Senik: 'What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly'
Editorial - 12:00 am
“It has been said that democracy,” Winston Churchill noted, “is the worst form of government except all others that have been tried.” Like most epigrams that pass down through history, this one is usually shorn of its complexity, typically... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Erwin Chemerinsky: U.S. should prosecute torturers
Editorial - 12:00 am
Dick Cheney, John Yoo, Jay Bybee and all who planned and carried out the torture after 9/11 should be criminally prosecuted. The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report describes horrific, sadistic brutality inflicted on prisoners. It also leaves ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Erwin Chemerinsky, Dick Cheney, Barack Obama,