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Now that the clock is running on 'Brexit,' here's what you need to know

The two-year countdown began Wednesday toward Britain’s official departure from the European Union, raising a question: What happens now? There will be deals to work out, among them trade, legal agreements, and the rights of British expatriates living in EU nations. British Prime Minister Theresa...

Director Kasper Collin brings jazz great Lee Morgan's tragic love story to West Coast

On a snowy night in February 1972, Helen Morgan reached into her bag and pulled out the pistol her husband, Lee, had bought her. Lee, a 33-year-old jazz trumpeter who'd risen to fame as a teenager, was getting ready to perform at Slug's Saloon, a nightclub in New York City's East Village. His mistress...

Gov. Jerry Brown proposes hiking gas taxes to raise $5.2 billion annually to repair crumbling roads and bridges

Acknowledging the transportation system has been neglected, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on Wednesday announced a proposal to raise gas taxes and vehicle fees to generate more than $5 billion annually for repairing California’s crumbling system of streets, highways and bridges, as well...

New Chargers Coach Anthony Lynn is ready to ground and pound with Melvin Gordon and others

When your Wikipedia entry uses the words “ground and pound,” you’re either a mixed martial artist, a butcher or Chargers Coach Anthony Lynn. While Lynn has vowed that the Chargers will have a balanced offense — with quarterback Philip Rivers being given opportunities to air it out when the situation...

Threatened Utah praire dogs have their day in court...and win

(Reuters) - Prairie dogs in Utah won a turf battle against property developers on Wednesday when a U.S. appeals court reinstated restrictions on development in areas inhabited by the threatened animals.

Lower-carbon power is less likely to kill you.

Turns out it's better to have slag from solar-panel makers than air pollution from fossil fuels.

Gov. Jerry Brown, legislative leaders propose raising $5.2 billion annually to repair California's roads and bridges

California politics updates: ICE director's appearance at Sacramento immigration forum draws protestors March 29, 2017, 2:11 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones hosted...

Women rule, and other lessons from Universal's CinemaCon presentation

All signs are that Universal Pictures is poised for a massive year at the box office in 2017. That much was clear from the studio’s Wednesday presentation of upcoming movies at CinemaCon, the annual gathering of movie theater owners in Las Vegas. Even with a slate anchored by franchise bets including...

Speakers at 5th annual Forbes Women's Summit to include Kim Kardashian West, Lena Dunham, Judge Judy

Forbes unveiled a high-profile roaster of speakers for its 2017 Women’s Summit. Kim Kardashian, Lena Dunham and Judge Judy Sheindlin are among the speakers whose names need no identifier. Other influential female figures slated to speak at Spring Studios, the event space in downtown Manhattan,...

Arrest warrant issued for Florida woman who allegedly threatened parent of Sandy Hook victim

If the woman accused of sending death threats to a Palm Beach County man whose 6-year-old son died in the Sandy Hook school shooting had shown up in court on Wednesday, she probably would have been sentenced to house arrest and probation. Lucy Richards, 57, of Brandon, Fla., was due in federal...

Veteran CBS 2 anchor Paul Magers announces retirement

Veteran KCBS news anchor Paul Magers, regarded as one of the top newscasters in Los Angeles, has announced his retirement after 13 years at the station. Magers, who will be 63 next month, announced his plans in a recorded segment with co-anchor Pat Harvey shown during the early evening and late-night...

Supreme Court rules merchants may pursue free-speech challenge to disclose credit cards fees

Merchants may soon have the right to tell customers they will pay a surcharge if they use a credit card rather than pay with cash. The Supreme Court cast doubt Wednesday on laws in California, New York, Florida and seven other states that make it illegal for sellers to "impose a surcharge" on credit...

Russia inquiry 'one of the biggest' congressional probes in decade, senators say

The Senate Intelligence Committee's probe into Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election will be "one of the biggest investigations" in years and has already involved an "unprecedented" level of cooperation between Congress and U.S. spy agencies, the panel's chairman said Wednesday....

Two black employees sue Fox News, accusing their ex-boss of racist behavior

Two black employees of Fox News have filed a racial discrimination suit against the company and the recently fired executive they worked under. The suit filed Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court is the latest legal action to hit the 21st Century Fox unit, which has either settled or litigated...

Australia to begin evacuating cyclone-hit island resorts

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Emergency services plan to evacuate thousands of people stranded on resort islands with water supplies running low in Australia's tropical northeast on Thursday, two days after Cyclone Debbie tore through the regi...

UCLA's football opener against Texas A&M moved to Sunday, Sept. 3

UCLA announced Wednesday that its football season opener against Texas A&M at the Rose Bowl has been pushed back one day to Sunday, Sept. 3, to give the game more of a featured television time slot before the start of the NFL season. The game will start at 4:30 p.m. or 5 p.m. PDT on a station to...

Film academy will continue using accounting firm that mixed up Oscar best-picture envelopes

Today in Entertainment: 'Daily Show' to open Trump Presidential Twitter Library; Maxine Waters responds to Bill O'Reilly March 29, 2017, 1:13 p.m. With the arrival of spring, blockbuster movie season has gotten an early start with "Beauty and the Beast" and other films, music fans are making plans...

Lamar Odom regrets multiple affairs, says cocaine was his drug of choice

Today in Entertainment: 'Daily Show' to open Trump Presidential Twitter Library; Maxine Waters responds to Bill O'Reilly March 29, 2017, 1:13 p.m. With the arrival of spring, blockbuster movie season has gotten an early start with "Beauty and the Beast" and other films, music fans are making plans...

Florist to the fabulous talks Four Seasons, the 'three rule' and a return to Los Angeles

Things are looking rosy for Jeff Leatham. The florist has designed arrangements for luxury fashion brands, celebrity weddings and events, including a Bulgari and Elton John Foundation Oscars party in February. He's also the artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris and Four...

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