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Obama can't endorse during the Democratic primary, so he's just pointing out how hard the job is instead

He met with heads of state, lawmakers and a battery of dissidents, in between lifting a half-century-old trade embargo and negotiating access to key ports. By the time President Obama filed past more than 2 million people lining the streets of Ho Chi Minh City and flew to Japan aboard Air Force...

Getting the golf market out of the rough

The golf business -- how often Americans play golf and how much they’re spending on clubs and other equipment -- is struggling to find ways to grow. That was evident again early this month when sporting goods giant Adidas Group said it planned to divest its TaylorMade unit, one of the largest makers...

Dance music festival Manana comes to Cuba and magic ensues: 'Cubans have a right to demand concerts like this'

“Solo quiero conectarme la Wi-Fi.” That's the hook from a new song by the Barcelona-based, Afro-Cuban singer and producer Kumar Sublevao-Beat. And throughout the hot, smoggy weekend of Manana Cuba, the country's first international electronic music festival, it was everywhere. The tune thumped...

L.A. Unified superintendent leaves parents with questions at town hall

Rosaura Roa came to Nightingale Middle School on Wednesday to make sure L.A. Unified Supt. Michelle King knows about the problems at her children's school, Arroyo Seco Museum Science Magnet.  Instead, she didn't get to meet or talk to the superintendent, and she heard a similar overview of priorities that...

Essential Politics: What happens when all three candidates campaign in California

I’m Christina Bellantoni. This is Essential Politics. There was no blood spilled and no tear gas. Donald Trump’s rally in Anaheim Wednesday drew a huge — and happy — crowd, with just a few clashes between supporters and protesters resulting in arrests. We covered every moment live, so catch up...

In politics, it's not what you say but how you say it, acoustical analysis shows

Even with very different messages, politicians may sound the same, new research finds. Scientists who analyzed the vocal stylings of four presidential contenders in the 2016 race – Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump – found that all four candidates altered their voices...

Obama may be the most prominent American to visit Hiroshima, but U.S. scientists have been quietly working there for decades

Ikuko Murai remembers when the American Jeeps would come after school to take her and other young survivors to a lab at the top of a hill. This was the 1950s, just a few years after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. “They examined my head, and measured my height,” she said in an interview this week....

Planning a trip? Here’s how to save energy at home while you’re gone.

How can you cut home energy use while you're on vacation? Advice maven Umbra Fisk offers tips just in time for summer.

What in the World: Korean Words, Straight From the Elephant’s Mouth

While parrots are supposed to, well, parrot human speech, elephants aren’t. But don’t tell that to Koshik, an Asian elephant at a zoo near Seoul who can say at least five words.

CHP officer is injured in a hit-and-run crash in Topanga Canyon

A California Highway Patrol officer was injured Wednesday night when a driver struck her in the Santa Monica Mountains and fled the scene. The crash occurred about 9:15 p.m. along Topanga Canyon Boulevard north of Pacific Coast Highway, CHP Officer Leland Tang said. The officer was responding to...

California cap-and-trade auction falls far short, delivering blow to state revenue and bullet train financing

The latest auction in California’s cap-and-trade market for greenhouse gases fell sharply below expectations, as buyers snapped up just 2% of the carbon credits whose sale funds a variety of state programs -- notably, the proposed high-speed rail project. The quarterly auction, conducted May 18...

Mike Trout de los Angels es un jugador de hierro

Para que los Angels de Anaheim tengan éxito esta temporada necesitan que su jugador estrella Mike Trout sea un hombre de hierro. Afortunadamente para ellos, él planea jugar en cada uno de los partidos de esta campaña. “Esa es mi meta”, dijo Trout. Entrando a esta semana, el jardinero de 24 años...

Large majority of California voters favor raising tobacco tax $2 per pack, poll says

Donald Trump in Anaheim: Protesters arrested after clashing with Republican's supporters following rally May 25, 2016, 5:18 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics and our coverage of Donald Trump's appearance in Anaheim less than two weeks before California's presidential primary. We covered what happened...

Stanton sits out Marlins game

Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has right side soreness and was out of the lineup Wednesday at Tampa Bay.  “There was a little bit of this going on in spring training at different times so at this point I’m not really that concerned,” Manager Don Mattingly said.  Stanton is hitting.214...

Report on increase in mental competency cases leaves many unanswered questions

Misdemeanor cases filed by city attorneys are driving a surge in competency cases that is overwhelming Los Angeles County's mental health court, according to a preliminary report released Wednesday. The report suggests that the increase might be linked to the county’s rising homeless population,...

Assemblyman Roger Hernández faces new accusations of domestic violence in court

California politics updates: Signatures being checked on November propositions, no Sanders spotlight for Tommy Chong May 25, 2016, 6:26 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California politics and government news. Here's what we're watching: We're covering Donald Trump's Anaheim...

Daredevil arrested after climbing on Hollywood sign

A man dressed in camouflage was taken into custody Wednesday after he climbed onto the Hollywood sign. He stood on the "D" of the famous sign waving a banner saying "I'M BACK" before climbing back down on the hillside.  It's unclear how the man got there or the reason for his actions.      

Video: Police out in full force

Donald Trump in Anaheim: Protesters arrested after clashing with Republican's supporters following rally May 25, 2016, 4:36 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics and our coverage of Donald Trump's appearance in Anaheim less than two weeks before California's presidential primary. We covered what happened...

GOP Senate candidate Tom Del Beccaro is targeted by independent political committee

California politics updates: Signatures being checked on November propositions, no Sanders spotlight for Tommy Chong May 25, 2016, 4:15 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California politics and government news. Here's what we're watching: We're covering Donald Trump's Anaheim...

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