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MLB report: Santiago Casilla heading back to A's for two-year, $11-million deal

No hard feelings about leaving San Francisco for Santiago Casilla. He is focused on his second stint with Oakland, the place the hard-throwing reliever received his big league start.  “There is a big part of my heart with the Athletics because they believed in me in the first place when they signed...

Rain diverts plane as Obama family heads for a post-presidential vacation in Palm Springs

At the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, Barack Obama —  like many of his presidential peers — finds comfort. He’s birdied on manicured golf courses in Rancho Mirage and hosted leaders from China and Jordan. So it made sense that Palm Springs would be Obama’s destination for his first vacation...

American qualifier Jennifer Brady upsets No. 14 Elena Vesnina at Australian Open

Jennifer Brady had never played in one of the four Grand Slam events in tennis before she qualified for the Australian Open. Now the 21-year-old American is into the fourth round.  Brady had a 7-6 (4), 6-2 win over 14th-seeded Elena Vesnina on Show Court 2 on Saturday, which essentially is an outside...

After delays, Obama family lands at March Air Reserve Base in California

Former President Obama's plane touched down, finally, at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County just before 6 p.m. Friday, according to a Secret Service spokesperson.The former president and his family were en route to Palm Springs but were diverted due to poor weather conditions. They left...

After delays, Obama family lands at March Air Reserve Base

Updates on the inauguration of President Trump Jan. 20, 2017, 6:05 p.m. This is our look at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration: A dark vision of America in Trump's inaugural address (analysis) Trump has not signaled that he will try to unify the country Protests in Washington dispel thoughts...

Portraits from the L.A. Times photo studio at Sundance 2017

Sundance 2017 updates: Al Gore's 'Inconvenient Sequel' renews climate change talk; doping film 'Icarus' could inflame U.S.-Russia relations Jan. 20, 2017, 5:23 p.m. The Sundance Film Festival is always exciting - ski slopes, film nerds and movie stars! This year the festival is being held during...

Trump starts his presidency with a theme similar to Reagan's, but a tone far more negative

To the question of which Donald Trump would speak to America Friday — the dark Trump who spoke angrily at his party's convention or the more conciliatory Trump heard in the hours after his surprise election — the answer was soon clear. Almost from its start, Trump used his inaugural speech from...

City Council moving closer to accepting 'host city contract' for LA 2024 Olympic bid

As President Trump stood before the Capitol on Friday morning, swearing the oath of office, a group of Los Angeles City Council members gathered some 2,700 miles to the west to discuss their city’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The simultaneous events might have seemed unrelated but the...

Hudson Swafford's second consecutive 65 earns the lead at CareerBuilder Challenge

Hudson Swafford beat the rain Friday in the CareerBuilder Challenge, and Phil Mickelson played his best in the worst of the conditions.  Then, there's Danny Lee.  “I actually wanted to play in the rain, so I could experiment with myself,” Lee said. “Hopefully, it rains tomorrow.”  The New Zealander...

In first Oval Office appearance, Trump takes symbolic step on Obamacare

Updates on the inauguration of President Trump Jan. 20, 2017, 4:54 p.m. This is our look at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration: A dark vision of America in Trump's inaugural address (analysis) Trump has not signaled that he will try to unify the country Protests in Washington dispel thoughts...

Rain and wind have delayed Obama's vacation

Updates on the inauguration of President Trump Jan. 20, 2017, 4:54 p.m. This is our look at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration: A dark vision of America in Trump's inaugural address (analysis) Trump has not signaled that he will try to unify the country Protests in Washington dispel thoughts...

L.A. City Council makes moves to protect immigrants by approving to hire an advocate at City Hall

In a move with symbolic timing, the Los Angeles City Council chose the day of Donald Trump’s swearing-in as America’s 45th president to approve the hiring of an “immigrant advocate” at City Hall. Pointing to Trump’s forceful statements on immigration, council President Herb Wesson told his colleagues...

California Republicans celebrate Trump's inauguration: 'In L.A., you can't even put a bumper sticker on your car'

Shannon, a 48-year-old accountant from Encino, didn’t tell her co-workers she was traveling all the way across the country to get a great view of President Donald Trump’s swearing-in. She told them she was going skiing.  “It’s a bucket list,” said Shannon, who didn’t want The Times to use her last...

Artist R.H. Quaytman blocks public access to her MOCA painting in protest of Trump inauguration

Updates on the inauguration of President Trump Jan. 20, 2017, 4:54 p.m. This is our look at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration: A dark vision of America in Trump's inaugural address (analysis) Trump has not signaled that he will try to unify the country Protests in Washington dispel thoughts...

California Senate leader Kevin de León on the inauguration: 'I can't say that our country is united'

Essential Politics: State Senate committee votes to recommend Becerra's confirmation, De León has harsh words for Trump Jan. 20, 2017, 4:24 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: State Senate President pro...

Documentary filmmakers said that even as watchdog actions are needed under Trump so were olive branches

Sundance 2017 updates: Al Gore's 'Inconvenient Sequel' renews climate change talk; doping film 'Icarus' could inflame U.S.-Russia relations Jan. 20, 2017, 4:21 p.m. The Sundance Film Festival is always exciting - ski slopes, film nerds and movie stars! This year the festival is being held during...

On immigrant Dreamers, Trump tells top senator: 'We don't want to hurt those kids'

Inauguration Day live updates: 'American carnage stops' here and now, Trump says Jan. 20, 2017, 4:30 p.m. This is our look at President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration: A dark vision of America in Trump's inaugural address (analysis) Trump has not signaled that he will try to unify the country...

Deshaun Watson among more than 100 college players giving up eligibility to enter NFL drat

For the second straight year, more than 100 players are giving up college eligibility to enter the NFL draft.  The league on Friday released a list of 95 underclassmen who have been granted early entry to draft, along with the names of eight other players, including Clemson quarterback Deshaun...

NFL report: Falcons' Julio Jones set to play; 3 Packers receivers questionable

Atlanta Falcons star wide receiver Julio Jones cleared his final hurdle for Sunday's NFC championship game against Green Bay by practicing for the first time this week on Friday.  Coach Dan Quinn said Jones had no limitations in his first practice since aggravating his sprained left toe last week. Jones...

Chile declares state of emergency due to massive wildfires

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile declared a state of emergency on Friday as more than a dozen wildfires that have scorched nearly 50,000 hectares (123,500 acres) threatened to encroach on towns, factories and vineyards.

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