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A critic's take: Why 'Hamilton's' Tony Award record ushers in a new era for theater

Last year, the Tony Awards could have adopted the hashtag #TonysSoBritish. This year, the nominees announced Tuesday morning look like the anti-Oscars, so diverse is the roster. There may not be much suspense about this year’s Tony Awards. “Hamilton,” which amassed 16 nominations, breaking the...

CHP arrests dozens, seizes vehicles in street racing crackdown

The California Highway Patrol arrested nearly 50 people and impounded dozens of vehicles during a series of weekend crackdowns on illegal street racing in Los Angeles County last month, an agency spokesman said. The arrests, which took place across three weekends from April 10 to April 22, were...

Californians step up in March, cut water use by 24%

After months of flagging water conservation, Californians rebounded in March, cutting their urban consumption by 24.3% compared to the same month in 2013. The savings percentage, announced Tuesday, was more than double the state’s effort in February and offered a strong signal that people in cities...

Sheldon Silver, former New York Assembly leader, gets 12 years in prison

Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was sentenced to 12 years in prison Tuesday, capping a steep fall from grace for a consummate backroom dealer who wielded power for over two decades. A stern Judge Valerie Caproni announced the sentence months after the 72-year-old Manhattan Democrat...

Last chance? A desperate Ted Cruz looks to derail Donald Trump in Indiana

As Donald Trump sails closer to the Republican presidential nomination, Ted Cruz has made the moves of a candidate who sees his hopes rapidly fading. He formed a shaky non-compete alliance with rival John Kasich, who stood aside in Tuesday’s Indiana primary to boost Cruz’s chances. He named his...

Man hijacks bus, then fatally strikes pedestrian in Washington, D.C.

 A man attacked a city bus driver, stole the bus, then jumped a curb and struck and killed a pedestrian in Washington on Tuesday, police said. The man was captured and taken to a hospital. The man, armed with a weapon, stood by the driver for a time and then attacked him, Police Chief Cathy Lanier...

Watch 100-year-old Ida Keeling set a world record in the 100-meter dash, then do some push-ups

Ida Keeling will celebrate her 101st birthday this month. On Saturday she celebrated something else -- a world record in the 100-meter dash. Keeling power walked the event in the masters mixed 80-and-older division at the Penn Relays. Although she finished last in the race, Keeling's time of 1...

At Yuca's tacos in Los Feliz, a neighborhood origin story

For some, the origin story of Los Feliz begins on Hillhurst Avenue, under the canopy of “Mama” Socorro Herrera’s Yuca’s Hut. The tiny taco stand is a place of happiness — educational for some (no hard shell tacos or salsa bar) and a safe space for others, where Christmas ornaments hang from the...

Obama to meet with Flint, Michigan residents on water crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will meet with 1,000 residents of Flint, Michigan, at a roundtable discussion about the city's water crisis during his visit to the Detroit suburb on Wednesday, the White House said.

Clinton vows to support U.S. coal regions while embracing cleaner energy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday said the United States must move toward a cleaner energy future but not forget those who work in the coal industry.

Spain Energy Pioneer Abengoa Wins Fiscal Protection Via US Bankruptcy Court

The financially troubled international renewable energy pioneer Abengoa, which filed for bankruptcy protection last November, has been granted bankruptcy protection under Chapter 15. This protection has been provided, in spite of the...Show More Summary

Radiohead releases video for 'Burn the Witch'; single out Wednesday

If Beyoncé is pop music's surprise-release avatar of empowerment, Radiohead is its messenger of realism and dread as seen and heard in the band's new video and accompanying single, "Burn the Witch." "Stay in the shadows, cheer the gallows," Thom Yorke says at the outset of a song colored throughout...

'The Voice' recap: Michelle Obama welcomes the Top 10 to the stage

Even first ladies and vice presidents' wives get a kick out of “The Voice.” At least, it seemed that way when Michelle Obama and Jill Biden showed up on the show. They came to pay tribute to military service members, veterans and their families and to mark the start of Military Appreciation Month...

Kate Upton and Justin Verlander - 'the most down-to-earth people' - are engaged

Kate Upton took the occasion of her fourth Met Gala to share some big personal news: She and baseball player Justin Verlander are engaged. The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model revealed Monday night in New York City that her fiance, who pitches for the Detroit Tigers, proposed to her just...

Newsom takes over AT&T; Park for gubernatorial fundraiser

California politics updates: Gov. Brown takes aim at Florida plan to lure away business, Clinton delegate used to be a GOP rising star May 3 2016, 10:10 AM Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California politics and government news. Here's what we're watching: Gov. Jerry Brown tells...

Germany to exit coal power 'well before 2050' : draft document

BERLIN (Reuters) - Coal-fired power production in Germany should come to an end "well before 2050", according to a draft environment ministry document seen by Reuters on Tuesday on how Europe's biggest economy can achieve its climate goals.

Climate change is already disrupting societies. A new study doesn’t let us forget it.

A new meta-study looked at stories from 90,000 indigenous people already adapting to climate change.

It's lights out for Santa Monica's Pacific Park wheel, but just in May

The flashy lights on the Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier's Pacific Park will go dark Thursday as work begins on a new $1-million lighting package for the solar-powered ride. The Pacific wheel, which stands 130 feet above the ocean, turns 20 this year -- and with that milestone comes new LED...

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