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Dozens feared killed or injured in Nigeria mosque bombing

Dozens of people were feared killed or injured after explosions ripped through the central mosque in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, which was packed with worshipers for Friday prayers, news reports said.

Party time? Keep it simple, chef Nancy Silverton advises

They say you teach best what you most need to learn, and when it comes to entertaining, I know exactly what lesson I'm working on: Keep it simple. That is not, let's say, my strong suit. The last big party I hosted was for 150 people, and it took six hired helpers and more than that in...

Toasty Thanksgiving set records in Southern California

This year's Thanksgiving was toasty -- one of the warmest on record for Southern California. But forecasters say you can expect rain and cooler temperatures next week.

Afghan bomb attacks kill 4 police officers, injure dozens

Four police officers were killed and dozens of civilians injured Friday in three attacks, officials said, as a spate of deadly violence continued across Afghanistan.

Bailed-out GM needs to rev up emissions effort

Half a century ago Ralph Nader published “Unsafe at Any Speed,” which warned of the hazards built into the Chevrolet Corvair. Today, General Motors' safety record is still being justly vilified, most recently for an ignition defect blamed for at least 33 deaths. And a new report...

How Gloria Molina and Zev Yaroslavsky changed L.A. County

Gloria Molina came to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 1991 after a federal court threw out the previous year's election and ordered a new one for a new district, drawn with boundaries that gave Latinos something closer to a proportionate share of representation. It was a landmark...

How to keep future cold wars cold: Mind the missiles

At a time when we are reflecting on the lessons from the Cold War amid growing concern about the current U.S.-Russia relationship, we should be looking ahead to anticipate how changes in technology and geopolitics create new challenges to peace and stability among the world's major powers.

Routing people away from the Hollywood sign is the wrong path

It's a holiday weekend, you're entertaining relatives from Topeka, Kan., and since no sightseeing trip would be complete without a viewing of the Hollywood sign, you look up directions. But if you're using Google, MapQuest or most GPS systems, you'll be routed to the Griffith Park...

Toddler dies after car crash in Huntington Beach

A toddler was killed Thursday evening and several others were injured in a car crash in Huntington Beach, police said.

Huntington Beach woman stabbed, husband arrested

A Huntington Beach man stabbed his wife numerous times during a dispute on Thursday morning and was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, according to police.

Bicyclist riding wrong way hit and killed in Venice

A bicyclist riding in the wrong direction on a Venice street died Thursday night after being hit by a car making a turn, authorities said.  

The homeless and hungry are welcomed to Thanksgiving feasts

In downtown Los Angeles, a man who calls himself Stickshift grinned while surveying a crowd feasting on plates of turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and green beans.

Shoppers line up on Thanksgiving, hoping for deals before Black Friday

Outside the Best Buy in Culver City, P.J. Andrews grabbed the first spot in line at 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, settling in after driving around Los Angeles scoping out three other Best Buy stores and moving on because of growing crowds.

Thanksgiving Day fire in Long Beach kills dog, injures firefighter

An early-morning fire in a Long Beach condominium complex killed a dog and left several people displaced on Thanksgiving Day.

Supercentenarian marks 110 years with an unbroken funny bone

Sally Mitchell is a supercentenarian. Her superpowers include the ability to remember when the modern zipper was introduced, when the Titanic sank and when the Lindbergh baby was kidnapped. The 110-year-old Irvine resident's eyes are sharp, as is her sense of humor.

Earthquake: 3.1 quake strikes near Yountville

A shallow magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported Thursday afternoon three miles from Yountville, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 12:36 p.m. PST at a depth of five miles.

L.A. Zoo brings holiday lights back to Griffith Park after five years

Lights are returning to Griffith Park this holiday. The DWP Holiday Light Festival  winked off in 2009, but the L.A. Zoo is taking up the baton with the first holiday lights display in the 48-year history of the zoo.

Another 130 arrested in LA protests last night

Activist Jasmyne Cannick, among the arrested, says flat out no dispersal orders were given by the LAPD at 6th and Hope streets. She is tweeting about her experience.

U.S. drops to No. 28 in FIFA world rankings

The U.S. national soccer team had little to be thankful for Thursday when the latest FIFA world rankings were released and showed the U.S. tumbling five spots to No. 28,

Camp Pendleton ceremony recognizes bravery in Afghanistan battle

On a bright, sunny morning this week, Marines and sailors at Camp Pendleton gathered to remember a day three years ago in Afghanistan filled with violence and death -- and bravery.

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