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GOP's Obamacare repeal bills threaten huge disruptions across the healthcare system

Congressional Republicans, who for years blasted the Affordable Care Act for disrupting Americans’ healthcare, are now pushing changes that threaten to not only strip health coverage from millions, but also upend insurance markets, cripple state budgets and drive medical clinics and hospitals to...

The indoctrination of a young girl

Twice I’ve seen fanaticism at work. Now I see the signs a third time. I was born in Tehran to a Muslim family. When I was 6, we traveled to London to see my grandmother and returned home as Christians. Then, for three years in Isfahan, I attended school in a head scarf that obscured my neck and...

Goodbye, Columbus

Earlier this month, a committee of the Los Angeles City Council backed a plan to reframe Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day, following the lead of Berkeley, Denver, Phoenix and the state of Vermont. The proposal now goes to the full council. It should vote yes, and the sooner the better. Giving...

Atop 2017 losses, a sobering challenge for Democrats aiming at Trump next year

Democrats have hoped that President Trump’s deep unpopularity would propel them to gains in next year’s midterm election as they fight to take control of the House and improve their position in the Senate. But last year’s contests and this year’s special elections suggest a complication: Trump...

They're voracious, nonnative and getting closer to the Great Lakes. Latest Asian carp discovery is a cause for worry

A commercial fisherman pulled a live Asian carp out of a northern Illinois river last week about 9 miles from Lake Michigan, prompting a furious dragnet to determine whether more of the voracious fish have evaded electric barriers designed to keep them out of the Great Lakes. The alarming discovery...

Brad Sherman, an L.A.-area congressman, is standing alone on impeaching Trump

The “i-word” has been on the tongues and in the tweets of several of California’s House Democrats. Rep. Jackie Speier has said impeachment is “really the only way we can go” if the facts show President Trump obstructed justice in the Russia investigation. Rep. Ted Lieu tweeted a photo of his weekend...

Denver finds a simple and innovative way to help the homeless — wash their clothes

The big green and white truck hummed gently as a dozen washers and dryers on board sloshed and spun through their cycles. Every few minutes someone dropped off a bag of dirty clothes. “We are now averaging about 300 pounds of laundry per outing,” said Marcus Harris. “Sometimes clients bring in...

Indie Focus: The A-list of B-titled movies with 'The Big Sick,' 'The Beguiled' and 'The Bad Batch'

Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to another edition of your regular field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. Some of the most exciting movies so far this year have opened this weekend, and oddly enough they have titles all starting with the letter “B” – “The Big Sick,” “The Beguiled” and “The...

Mexican soccer fans are reluctant to give up a favorite chant — an anti-gay slur

They’ve been begged by star players to stop it, fined repeatedly, and threatened with dramatic sanctions that could hurt their national team’s chances in the World Cup. But Mexican soccer fans have been loath to give up their favorite game-day chant, a homophobic slur that has been condemned by...

Hopes fade in China as more landslide victims found with 93 missing

MAO COUNTY, China (Reuters) - Rescue workers in China pulled more bodies out of piles of rock and mud on Sunday as they searched for 93 people still missing a day after a landslide buried a mountain village, with hopes fading of finding survivors.

Hundreds evacuated due to forest fires in southern Spain

(Reuters) - More than 700 people were evacuated from homes, campsites and hotels due to the threat from a forest fire in southern Spain, emergency services said on Sunday.

The Southwest is burning

Fifty-five fires have burned in Arizona and New Mexico alone.

Strong earthquake injures 2, knocks off roof tiles in Japan

A strong earthquake shook residents Sunday in a mountainous region of central Japan, injuring at least two people and knocking roof tiles off homes.

Political Road Map: California's big change in voting rules is off to a rocky start for 2018

Perhaps no part of California has thought more about the future of voting than Orange County. And yet when it comes to a sweeping change to state elections, the county has decided to take a pass. In fact, recent events serve as a cautionary tale that changing elections is hard, even when the plan...

DJ Khaled anchors BET Experience's Friday night

When the young singer-songwriter Khalid played “Coaster,” the last song of his set Friday night at the BET Experience at Staples Center, he stood in front of a digitally chopped graphic of the American flag. For a second, it looked like a glitch in the onstage projection. But as he sang over the...

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