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Snooty, world's oldest known manatee, dies in aquarium accident

(Reuters) - Snooty, the world’s oldest known manatee in captivity, has died in an accident at a Florida aquarium just days after his 69th birthday, officials said on Sunday.

The pitfalls and joys of taking a stand with music and with youngsters

From Friday through Sunday, the Los Angeles Philharmonic hosted its fifth cleverly named Take a Stand symposium, a gathering of more than 300 educators around the country who are involved with music training programs, such as YOLA (Youth Orchestra L.A.) and patterned after Venezuela’s El Sistema....

The new face of the White House: polished, smooth and noncombative

Six months into his presidency, an embattled Donald Trump may finally have found the mouthpiece he wants — a fellow New York tycoon who gushes about his “love” for the president and blames White House woes on poor communication, not a burgeoning scandal. Anthony Scaramucci, Trump’s new communications...

California crews hold wildfire in check, letting more residents go home

(Reuters) - California authorities battling a massive wildfire near Yosemite National Park lifted evacuation orders on Sunday for more local residents but said firefighters may need almost two more weeks to contain the blaze fully.

Luis Valbuena drives Angels past Red Sox 3-2

Luis Valbuena hit a tiebreaking solo home run in the seventh inning, Mike Trout and Andrelton Simmons also homered and the Angels beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 on Sunday. Valbuena hit his ninth shot of the season into short right field to leadoff the inning, rounding out a trio of solo homers for...

'Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy' offers no digging or analysis, but is moving all the same

To mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, her sons, Princes William and Harry, have joined in a documentary remembrance, "Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy." Premiering Monday on HBO, it's a big love note from family, friends and others who came close within the...

Spanish-language station wins big at the 69th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards

Spanish-language broadcaster KVEA took home top honors for morning and afternoon newscasts Saturday night at the 69th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards, presented by the Television Academy. The ceremony, which took place at the Saban Media Center in North Hollywood, saw a series of big wins for KVEA,...

Severe weather brings rain delay early at NASCAR Brickyard 400

NASCAR officials sent drivers to the pits and instructed fans to clear the stands at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as severe weather entered the area during Sunday's Brickyard 400. The race was stopped just 12 laps in. Pole-winner Kyle Busch led every lap and had built a lead of more than three...

Juiced ball or not, it's rarely all-or-nothing for the Red Sox's Mookie Betts when it comes to hitting

Whether it’s juiced baseballs or an increase in launch angles or hitters taking more of an all-or-nothing approach at the plate, players are hitting home runs and striking out at a record pace this season. The 1,101 homers hit in June were the most in any calendar month in major-league history...

Watch Jeff Goldblum achieve peak Goldblum-talking-mode about 'Thor: Ragnarok' at Comic-Con

Saturday at Comic-Con, Jeff Goldblum joined his "Thor: Ragnarok" castmates to preview the Nov. 3 space adventure for 6,500 screaming fans in Hall H.A rollicking panel ensued led by director Taika Waititi, who joked that most of his actors never learned their lines.Tom Hiddleston caught the crowd...

Katie Ledecky wins two golds to open world championships

Katie Ledecky is off to a golden start at the world championships. Make it a double. The 20-year-old American star began an audacious week by winning a pair of gold medals Sunday on the opening night of swimming along the Danube River. She cruised to a dominating victory in the 400-meter freestyle...

Officials looking to curb cruising on Whittier Boulevard once more

Lowriders and other car lovers have turned out in force this summer for cruising events on Whittier Boulevard in East L.A., a reminder of decades past when cars would congregate and traverse the boulevard. But history appears to be repeating itself — with officials looking once again to enforce...

Gerald Madkins leaves Clippers to join the New York Knicks' front office

Gerald Madkins, who spent the last five seasons working as an executive in the Clippers’ front office, has taken a job with the New York Knicks to become the team’s assistant general manager, said NBA officials who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Madkins joins newly promoted...

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