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G7 communique acknowledges split with U.S. on climate

TAORMINA, Italy (Reuters) - In an unusual admission, Group of Seven (G7) leaders said in their final communique on Saturday that they had failed to bridge differences over climate change, with the United States unable to join other countries in committing to the Paris Agreement.

Blink-182's Travis Barker beats it out of one L.A. hood, heads to another

No small things here: Travis Barker of Blink-182 fame just bought a Mediterranean home on a private street in Calabasas for $2.825 million and sold another home in Cheviot Hills for $4.465 million. His new house sits on a nearly half acre corner lot. He also owns another house in the gated community....

China's Xi says need to move to greener economic growth: state media

BEIJING (Reuters) - China needs to shift away from over-reliance on heavy industries, large-scale and careless expansion, and the depletion of the country's natural resources, President Xi Jinping said on Saturday, according to state media.

Essential California: Highway 1 has a 1.5 million-ton problem

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It is Saturday, May 27. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend: TOP STORIES What a mess: The landslide that closed Highway 1 south of Big Sur is shaping up to be a major challenge for engineers. They’re looking at 1.5 million...

Trump says he will decide on Paris climate deal next week

TAORMINA, Italy (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said in a Twitter post on Saturday that he would make a decision on whether to support a landmark international agreement on climate change next week.

To end the housing crisis, California leaders can't be afraid to put all options on the table

How do you know that California’s housing problem has hit crisis proportions? When state lawmakers introduce more than 130 bills to try and fix it. The state’s housing market has long been unaffordable for far too many Californians. But in recent years, the problem has become impossible to ignore....

California has long placed teacher rights over student needs. A fair compromise is finally on the horizon

Twelve years ago, then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger learned a painful lesson about the might of the California Teachers Assn. when he pushed a ballot measure to lengthen the time it takes for teachers to get tenure. Not only did that proposal go down, but the revved-up union energy contributed to...

Want kids under Trumpcare? It'll cost you. A lot.

A round-up of Opinion pieces from the last week, including a look at the CBO's healthcare bill score.

Hurricane season is about to start, and NOAA predicts it will be busier than usual

Message to residents on the East and Gulf coasts: Brace yourselves for a wet and worry-filled summer. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an above-normal 2017 Hurricane Season, with five to nine hurricanes — two to four of them Category 3 (winds at least 111 mph) or...

A wet winter gives way to a sensational spring for viewing Idaho’s Shoshone Falls

Winding down the steep, narrow road alongside dark rock cliffs required a driver’s full attention. But then distraction appeared in the form of a bright rainbow. Sharp and full, it arched over the Snake River not far from where Evel Knievel attempted to clear the canyon on a daredevil jump more...

What happens to Earth if the US exits the climate deal?

Earth is likely to hit more dangerous levels of warming even sooner if the U.S. pulls back from its pledge to cut carbon dioxide pollution, scientists said. That's because America contributes so much to rising temperatures.

18 killed in Afghanistan as suicide car bomber targets convoy

An Interior Ministry official says at least 18 people were killed when a suicide car bomber targeted a convoy of provincial security forces in eastern Afghanistan. Najib Danish, the ministry's deputy spokesman, says the target was a group of guards providing security for U.S. forces in Khost province...

Man spouting racial slurs kills 2, injures 1 on Portland, Ore., train 

Two people died Friday and another was hurt in a stabbing on a Portland, Ore., light-rail train after a man yelled racial slurs at two young women who appeared to be Muslim, one of whom was wearing a hijab, police said. Officers arrested a man who ran from the train Friday afternoon, the Oregonian/OregonLive...

UCLA advances to Women's College World Series with 1-0 defeat of Mississippi

UCLA pitcher Rachel Garcia followed a marathon start with a shutdown finish. A night after throwing a whopping 232 pitches in 11 innings for a complete-game win, the redshirt freshman came back Friday with four hitless innings of relief to put the Bruins softball team into the Women’s College...

Students walk out at downtown L.A. arts high school over rape allegations

Students at Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts walked out of classes Thursday to protest the school’s handling of one student’s charge that another student raped her on campus. Some students and parents are concerned that they were not told anything about the alleged incident. Some also...

Angels pitcher JC Ramirez embraces the opportunity to shine for Nicaragua

At 2 p.m. Saturday in Nicaragua’s capital, the city will shut down and the televisions will turn on. Native son JC Ramirez will be pitching. The Angels right-hander’s stature has surged in recent weeks as he has transformed himself from a mediocre reliever into a tantalizing starting pitcher. Given...

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