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Angels' Matt Shoemaker to wear protective headgear in return to mound

After his final spring start of 2017, Angels right-hander Matt Shoemaker declared himself ready for the regular season and announced he would begin the season wearing a piece of protective headgear in his cap. Shoemaker, 30, experienced few complications returning from surgery to cease bleeding...

Venus Williams upsets top-ranked Angelique Kerber to advance at Miami Open

Venus Williams moved a step closer to her first Key Biscayne title since 2001 when she beat top-ranked Angelique Kerber, 7-5, 6-3, Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the Miami Open. It was Williams' 15th career win against a No. 1 player, but her first since 2014. Seeded No. 11, she's into...

12 killed and 3 injured in Texas highway collision of church van and pickup

Twelve people were killed and three others injured Wednesday when a van carrying 14 church members collided with a pickup on a two-lane Texas highway, authorities said. The group of senior citizens from First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Texas, was returning from a retreat when the crash occurred,...

New L.A. guy Sean McVay, the Rams' coach, can't wait to start working with QB Jared Goff

The only-in-L.A. moments that Sean McVay once heard about are starting to pile up. The Rams’ 31-year-old coach participated in the NFL’s owners meetings this week at the Arizona Biltmore resort. But he woke up to online news reports about his recent purchase of a $2.7-million Encino home. “My girlfriend,...

Russia investigation, climate change and business ideas: What's happened this week under Trump

Healthcare is so last week. At least, that’s what it seems like when we take a look at this week. The main headlines so far have centered on the investigation into Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election. Let’s get to it: Last weekend A U.S.-led coalition conducted an airstrike believed...

Montana tribe, conservationists sue U.S. government for ending coal moratorium

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Native American tribe in Montana and a coalition of conservation groups sued the Trump administration on Wednesday for lifting a moratorium on coal leases on public land without consulting tribal leaders and conducting a full environmental review.

U.S. EPA denies petition to ban pesticide chlorpyrifos

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday it had denied a petition by environmental groups that sought to ban the agricultural pesticide chlorpyrifos.

Should California have a state dinosaur? This Santa Monica assemblyman thinks so

California politics updates: ICE director's appearance at Sacramento immigration forum draws protestors March 29, 2017, 4:41 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones hosted...

California backs San Francisco court challenge of Trump administration threat to withhold funds from 'sanctuary cities'

California politics updates: ICE director's appearance at Sacramento immigration forum draws protestors March 29, 2017, 4:41 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones hosted...

One of the biggest breakups in history gets underway as Britain files to leave European Union

It has been described as the most complex divorce in history, but Wednesday afternoon, the breakup began in earnest as Britain formally launched its move to leave the European Union. Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, received a letter in Brussels hand-delivered by Sir Tim Barrow,...

Mexico's bargaining chips with Trump? How about a corn boycott

First domesticated here 10,000 years ago, corn is not only a staple of the Mexican diet, but also a symbol of Mexico itself. Since the passage of the North American Free Trade agreement in 1994, it has also become a symbol of Mexico’s growing economic dependence on the United States. Now, as President...

Seattle sues over Trump's 'sanctuary cities' threat, calling his executive order unconstitutional

Seattle filed a lawsuit Wednesday over President Trump's executive order that threatens to withhold federal funds from communities that refuse to cooperate with efforts to find and deport immigrants in the country illegally. Mayor Ed Murray said the order issued in January punishing “sanctuary...

After the Rams, Chargers and Raiders, what's the NFL's next move?

Some of these NFL truths would have been inconceivable a few years ago: Three teams have been approved to relocate in a 14-month span. Los Angeles, vacant for two decades, now has two NFL franchises but, for the most part, a dubious passion level. Las Vegas, once off limits as a gambling mecca,...

With Brexit, Britain pulls the trigger — on itself

Ever since June 23, when the British public cast a stunning, if narrow, vote to leave the European Union, many of Britain’s wiser and more thoughtful political and business leaders have been living in a state of wishful thinking, cherishing the hope that somehow, the decision to end 45 years of...

Senators pledge to 'go where the intelligence leads' in Russia investigation

The Senate Intelligence Committee's inquiry into Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election will be “one of the biggest investigations” in years and has already involved an “unprecedented” level of cooperation between Congress and U.S. spy agencies, the panel's chairman said Wednesday....

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti asks the federal government to define a sanctuary city

California politics updates: ICE director's appearance at Sacramento immigration forum draws protestors March 29, 2017, 3:48 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones hosted...

Chris Wagner earns trust on the Ducks' fourth line

The road to breaking into the Ducks’ lineup has had so many potholes for Chris Wagner, it's understandable that he doesn’t want to stare too far down it. He has been on waivers twice, as recently as November, just seven months after he signed a two-year contract extension. He played out of position...

Now that the clock is running on 'Brexit,' here's what you need to know

The two-year countdown began Wednesday toward Britain’s official departure from the European Union, raising a question: What happens now? There will be deals to work out, among them trade, legal agreements, and the rights of British expatriates living in EU nations. British Prime Minister Theresa...

Director Kasper Collin brings jazz great Lee Morgan's tragic love story to West Coast

On a snowy night in February 1972, Helen Morgan reached into her bag and pulled out the pistol her husband, Lee, had bought her. Lee, a 33-year-old jazz trumpeter who'd risen to fame as a teenager, was getting ready to perform at Slug's Saloon, a nightclub in New York City's East Village. His mistress...

Gov. Jerry Brown proposes hiking gas taxes to raise $5.2 billion annually to repair crumbling roads and bridges

Acknowledging the transportation system has been neglected, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders on Wednesday announced a proposal to raise gas taxes and vehicle fees to generate more than $5 billion annually for repairing California’s crumbling system of streets, highways and bridges, as well...

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