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Oscar Isaac gets his supervillain on for 'X-Men: Apocalpyse'

If you were casting a supervillain in a comic-book movie, odds are Oscar Isaac wouldn't be the first person you'd think of. Until he broke out to worldwide fame last year in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" as ace pilot Poe Dameron — a guy squarely on the light side of the Force — Isaac was best...

Obama: World leaders are 'rattled' by Trump - and for good reason

Obama: Other world leaders tell me they're 'rattled' by Donald Trump May 26, 2016, 4:32 a.m. President Obama says Donald Trump has other global leaders concerned about the stability of the world order. Obama says Trump is more concerned with tweeting than with thinking about how to govern Trump's...

Clinton buys TV ad time in California

State Department faults Hillary Clinton for poor recordkeeping on emails May 25, 2016, 7:55 p.m. Bernie Sanders takes aim at both Hillary Clinton and GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump as he campaigns in California. Hillary Clinton ignored guidelines and never got approval for her email practices,...

Donald Trump tangles with New Mexico's leader, a fellow Republican and the nation's only Latina governor

State Department faults Hillary Clinton for poor recordkeeping on emails May 25, 2016, 9:57 a.m. Bernie Sanders takes aim at both Hillary Clinton and GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump as he campaigns in California. Hillary Clinton ignored guidelines and never got approval for her email practices,...

The California contrast: Hillary Clinton eyes Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders seeks a movement

As the primary season whirls to an end, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are two planets occupying orbits that only occasionally cross. Both presidential candidates have coursed across California in recent days, pleading with voters to give them the victory each needs in the June 7 Democratic...

Afghan Taliban appoints new leader after Mansour's death

The Afghan Taliban has confirmed that its former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week and appointed a successor. In a statement sent to media Wednesday, the insurgent group said its new leader is Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, one of two Mansour's deputies. It...

Thanks to Facebook's 'trending topics' problem, conservatives suddenly believe in unconscious bias. Is that a good thing?

A funny thing happened when conservative media leaders met with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg last week. The summit was meant to quell right-wing anger over news reports that the site’s “trending topics” links are chosen by curators with a liberal bias. It was Facebook’s effort at transparency....

In California, Hillary Clinton campaigns against Donald Trump (not Bernie Sanders)

Bernie Sanders' new ad calls on Californians to vote to influence the Democratic Party May 24, 2016, 2:55 p.m. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are both stumping in California. Bernie Sanders unveils a new TV ad in California Hillary Clinton goes after Donald Trump's business record Sanders says...

Bernie Sanders wants to doublecheck the votes in Kentucky

Clinton turns down a debate against Sanders in California May 24, 2016, 10:44 a.m. Bernie Sanders wants to continue debating for the Democratic race, but Hillary Clinton remains focused on the Donald Trump and the general election. Hillary Clinton goes after Donald Trump's business record Bernie...

Sumner Redstone names new trust members expected to replace Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman

Sumner M. Redstone's trust has two newly minted trustees who are expected to replace the media mogul's two long-time advisors, Viacom Chief Executive Philippe Dauman and attorney George Abrams. The ailing media tycoon, through a spokesman, announced Tuesday that Thaddeus Jankowski and Jill Krutick...

Clinton turns down a debate against Sanders in California

Clinton turns down a debate against Sanders in California May 24, 2016, 5:33 a.m. Bernie Sanders wants to continue debating for the Democratic race, but Hillary Clinton remains focused on the Donald Trump and the general election. Hillary Clinton goes after Donald Trump's business record Bernie...

Evangelicals are the kind of Latinos the GOP could be winning. But probably not with Donald Trump

Clinton turns down a debate against Sanders in California May 24, 2016, 5:33 a.m. Bernie Sanders wants to continue debating for the Democratic race, but Hillary Clinton remains focused on the Donald Trump and the general election. Hillary Clinton goes after Donald Trump's business record Bernie...

Today: Silicon Valley vs. Trump. Viacom's 'Game of Thrones.'

I'm Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. TOP STORIES Trump Train Bypasses Silicon Valley There’s no love lost between Donald Trump and Silicon Valley. Trump’s statements about immigration and trade, his threat to boycott...

Ahead of Cosby hearing, excerpts from quaalude deposition

Bill Cosby is due in court Tuesday so a judge can decide whether there's enough evidence to send 12-year-old sex-assault accusations to trial in suburban Philadelphia. Prosecutors this past year reopened Andrea Constand's complaint that Cosby drugged and molested her after his deposition in her...

Bernie Sanders calls Hillary Clinton's debate snub 'insulting'

Bernie Sanders says Hillary Clinton 'insulting' California voters by not debating May 23, 2016, 8:17 p.m. Bernie Sanders backs off his tone on rival Hillary Clinton. Clinton goes after Donald Trump's business record Sanders says Clinton 'insulting' Californians for not debating in state Hillary...

Trump goes full Trump on energy

Trump trumps Trump on energy policy. Here’s Grist’s guide to his speech.

Indianapolis 500 celebrates 100th running with a sellout

Two years ago, USA Today polled its readers for their bucket lists of sports events they most wanted to attend at least once. The top vote-getter wasn't the Super Bowl or the Masters or the Olympics. It was the Indianapolis 500. The iconic race returns Sunday for the 100th running of the Memorial...

You can thank the drought for improved water quality at Southern California beaches

First, the good news: For the second year running, water quality at Southern California beaches has shown marked improvement. The bad news? The cleaner summertime surf is a side effect of the state’s ongoing drought, according to a report released Thursday. In 2015, 97% of Southern California beaches...

Assembly, Senate move state budget plans to conference committee

California politics updates: Signatures being checked on November propositions, no Sanders spotlight for Tommy Chong May 26, 2016, 10:57 a.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California politics and government news. Here's what we're watching: We're covering Donald Trump's Anaheim...

Broken 'Arrow': A dud finale highlights a series in decline

Using the power of hope to overcome evil magic would be a subpar plot to a "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" movie, much less the finale to a season of “Arrow.” The image of Oliver Queen besting his enemy and saving the day thanks to the emotional boost of a thousand faceless Star City residents...

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