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Modern humans and Neanderthals: A Mediterranean romance?

It was sealed off from humanity for 30,000 years before sewer workers accidentally shattered its high, vaulted ceiling and allowed Israeli searchers to rappel into its dark interior.

Johnny Depp details chupacabra attack in Tokyo

Other actors might simply fight off a cold. Johnny Depp, however, has apparently fought off a chupacabra.

Flier tries to board plane with dagger hidden in Eiffel Tower replica

A passenger at Oakland International Airport earlier this month tried to bring aboard a large dagger that fit snugly inside a replica of the Eiffel Tower.

Most major California school districts pledge to reduce suspensions

The state's landmark school finance law has prompted most major California school districts to pledge to reduce student suspensions, hire more counselors and use positive alternatives to deal with misbehavior, according to a study released Wednesday.

California launches effort to combat use of e-cigarettes

Arguing that the rising popularity of electronic cigarettes soon will undermine California’s leadership in reducing tobacco use — and questioning the notion that the products help traditional smokers quit — state health officials on Wednesday called for tighter regulation of...

5.8 earthquake strikes off Northern California

A 5.8 earthquake was reported Wednesday afternoon, 25 miles from Ferndale, Calif. near Euerka, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Second arrest made in connection to stabbing death at middle school

A second teen has been arrested in connection with the death of a boy who was stabbed at an East Los Angeles middle school last week.

Suspect in Newport Beach homicide vanishes; warrant issued

A Newport Beach businessman accused of murdering his wife in their Newport Coast home and then dumping her body in a trash bin near the Mexican border has vanished, according to court records.

Cal State committee approves changes to limit 'student success fees'

A Cal State finance committee on Wednesday approved a plan to limit the use of controversial student fees -- enacted on many campuses in response to state budget cuts but criticized as a stealthy way to raise tuition.

Cal State Long Beach student infected with measles; 20 others at risk

Twenty Cal State Long Beach students were exposed to measles after they went on a field trip with an infected student during winter break, officials said.

Authorities release sketches of suspects in double homicide

Los Angeles County detectives Wednesday released sketches of two men believed to be involved in a May 2014 double killing in unincorporated Rancho Dominguez.

Andrew Sullivan to give up blogging (and get a life)

One of the last of the original politics bloggers wants out before he burns out. He also hopes to write a book.

Joe Morgenstern mourns the news about Vidiots

Feels like an impending death in the family of film lovers, says the Wall Street Journal and KCRW film critic.

What the Story of Tahj Blow's Police Encounter Reveals About Student Activism in the #Blacklivesmatter Movement

It has happened more than once. I am stopped in the university dinning hall and asked if I will be bringing out more chicken. The speaker, my classmate, has failed to recognize that I am not wearing a uniform, and takes a moment to realize that I am not a member of the dinning hall staff, but a member of the student body. Show More Summary

Lionsgate in talks with China's Hunan TV for film and TV pact

Film studio Lionsgate is in advanced talks with China's Hunan TV & Broadcast Intermediary Co. for what could be the latest Hollywood deal by a Chinese company. 

Ode to Joy: Robin, Joan and Laughter's Long Life

The late Robin Williams. It sounds like an oxymoron. How could anyone so energetically quick-witted ever be late? The same could be said for Joan Rivers who was so ahead of her time, she kept reinventing herself to keep up. This past...Show More Summary

Waze a danger to cops? Police reveal their own location on social media

Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck has been vocal in his concerns about the Google-owned Waze app and its feature that allows users to point out where police are. But L.A. police themselves often reveal their location on social media.

Final effort for the “No Big Dig” to save Hahamonga

Time is limited and the citizens in Pasadena aligned against the counties plan to rape, scrape and gut the Hahahmonga watershed need your help.  All efforts to bring reason and preserve the area have fallen on deaf ears. Their “Hail Mary” plan is to resort to litigation and they need our help.  They have a […]

Wednesday news and notes: 1.28.15

Mexico admits students are dead. More jostling for Boxer's seat. Huizar vs. Molina. Bestsellers of the week. Baquet, Leovy, Gold, whales and more.

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