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Woman allegedly embezzled $438,000 from Catholic school fundraiser

A 40-year-old mother was arrested Tuesday for allegedly embezzling more than $400,000 from a Catholic school’s fundraising program, Orange County prosecutors said.

USC to award former coach Pete Carroll honorary degree in May

Pete Carroll, who guided USC to two Associated Press national titles and the Seattle Seahawks to a Super Bowl championship, will be awarded an honorary degree from USC during commencement ceremonies on May 15, the school announced.

Big, bright quasar from ancient universe stuns scientists

Deep in the universe’s past, astronomers have discovered a luminous quasar powered by an enormous black hole that contains the mass of 12 billion suns. The incredibly bright object is ancient -- shining when the universe was only 875 million years old -- and way bigger than it should be...

Underground chamber near Pan Am Games site remains a mystery

Canadian authorities are still trying to unravel the mystery surrounding an underground chamber discovered near the site of the upcoming Pan Am Games.

Taking the smart approach to Dodgers' phenom Julio Urias

Easy now, tiger. I know you’re excited and all. Hype does tend to get the masses all slobbery.

'Provocations' pays tribute to designer Thomas Heatherwick

"We've become experts in not being experts," Thomas Heatherwick said during a tour of "Provocations," a Hammer Museum survey of the work his London design firm has produced over the last two decades.

Don't just stop over in Papeete, Tahiti: Explore

— This scruffy port city won't win any awards as a dreamy beach town, but then, the island of Tahiti as a whole won't win any medals either. Head for Moorea, Bora Bora or one of a dozen or more nearby islands — there are 118 to choose from — to find the French Polynesia you've...

Leonard Nimoy, Spock, and the mixed blessing of an iconic role

In 1966, when Leonard Nimoy was cast on a new science-fiction TV series called “Star Trek,” he was already 15 years deep into an acting career that had often appeared to be boldly going nowhere in particular. 

In northern Arizona's Hopiland, an ancient culture lives on

— A ferocious wind fell like a pack of hounds upon the village of Old Oraibi, flinging clouds of dust around stone houses perched on the cliff's edge.

U.S. says Iran negotiations 'far more advanced'

Nuclear negotiations with Iran have reached a "far more advanced stage" than ever before, a senior administration official said Friday, expressing hope that negotiators may be able to conclude a partial agreement by the end of March...

Pirates: Image of 'Jihadi John' in team cap is 'absolutely sickening'

The Pittsburgh Pirates organization released a statement Friday expressing disgust after seeing a photo of the man who has been identified as the Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John” wearing a baseball cap bearing the team's "P" logo.

Central Valley farmers unlikely to get federal water

Central Valley farmers Friday got the bad news:  Federal officials announced that most of them are likely to get no deliveries from the Valley's big irrigation project this summer.

CNN’s Bill Weir Explores the World’s Threatened Wonders

In a CNN series, a seasoned foreign correspondent and noted filmmaker explore the cutting edge of fast-forward environmental and cultural change.

Inhofe threw a snowball on the Senate floor, and therefore climate change isn’t real

The Senate's most vocal critic of the scientific consensus on climate change used the snowball as part of his case for why global warming is a hoax.

Traffic is so bad in Seattle that people have resorted to riding the bus

Why sit in traffic all by yourself when you can do it with 30 or 40 of your closest friends?

Watch a US Senator Use a Snowball to Deny Global Warming

This story was first published by the Huffington Post and is reproduced here via the Climate Desk collaboration. The Senate's most vocal critic of the scientific consensus on climate change, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, tossed a snowballShow More Summary

Corkage fee policies vary at L.A. restaurants

Here is a sampling of corkage fees and policies at a few local restaurants.

Weekend storm expected to bring cold, snow to Southern California

A cold winter storm will dust area mountains with several inches of snow and bring much-needed rain to Los Angeles County this weekend.

Quan Barry's 'She Weeps' listens to the stories of Vietnam's dead

Here's a true dumb American confession: I have a hard time with historical novels that take place outside of the U.S. I'm not much of a history buff, and I find it takes a skillful, engaging author to both situate and dazzle me with beauty at the same time. Quan Barry, as it turns out, is...

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