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Dennis Quaid and his wife call it quits for a third time

Dennis Quaid and his wife, Kimberly Buffington-Quaid, are calling it quits again. On Tuesday, Buffington-Quaid filed for dissolution of marriage at Los Angeles Superior Court, according to documents obtained by The Times. The pair have a history of calling it quits then shying away, with Buffington-Quaid...

Volunteer searchers find bodies believed to be couple missing in Border fire

Two bodies thought to be those of a couple who lived on a Potrero property destroyed in the Border fire last week were found Wednesday by local residents who searched the grounds out of concern for the missing pair, residents said. The two are believed to be Jim Keefe, known locally as "Barefoot...

Californians return from trip and find decomposing body on their front lawn

Northern California residents returning from a trip to Las Vegas made a grim discovery this week when they found a man’s decomposing body in their front yard.  The residents smelled a strong odor Monday and thought an animal had died. They decided to look around the property and investigate, the...

Freshman guard Kobe Paras withdraws from UCLA

The Kobe Paras era at UCLA appears to have ended before it began. The incoming freshman guard, who was conditionally admitted to UCLA, has withdrawn from the university after failing to meet certain academic requirements, the school announced Wednesday. John Montgomery, principal at Los Angeles...

Germany waters down climate protection plan

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has abandoned plans to set out a timetable to exit coal-fired power production and scrapped C02 emissions reduction goals for individual sectors, according to the latest draft of an environment ministry document seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

Green lining? Five ways Brexit could be good for the environment

Feeling despondent after the referendum result? Brexit may be bad in many ways, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be a disaster for the environment

The ocean is full of treasure — if you know where to look

NOAA scientists value the ocean’s climate-saving benefits — among others — at billions of dollars.

California firefighters contain most of state's biggest wildfire

(Reuters) - Firefighters in central California had by Wednesday contained most of a major blaze that ranks as the biggest and deadliest of several that are raging in an early summer heatwave.

Murders, violence on rise as parched central India battles for water

BHOPAL, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Imrat Namdev and her younger sister Pushpa Namdev were neighbors in Chhatarpur district, in the drought-hit Indian region of Bundelkhand. Both relied on the same well for water and, according to police, frequently quarreled over how much the other was using.

Indonesia faces environmental time bomb after coal bust

SAMARINDA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Thousands of mines are closing in Indonesia’s tropical coal belt as prices languish and seams run dry. But almost none of the companies have paid their share of billions of dollars owed to repair the badly scarred landscape they have left behind.

Major Settlement Announced in Volkswagen Emissions Fraud Litigation

Federal and state environmental prosecutors today announced a proposed settlement of government civil enforcement litigation they’ve pursued against Volkswagen in response to the automaker’s acknowledged efforts to cheat federal and state auto emission standards and defraud consumers. Show More Summary

Tim Lincecum fails to make it through the fifth again

The Angels signed Tim Lincecum hoping the two-time Cy Young Award winner would help stabilize their injury-ravaged rotation, but the veteran right-hander has provided little relief in two of three starts. Lincecum walked two batters ahead of Carlos Correa’s three-run homer in the first inning Tuesday...

Chanticleers force winner-take-all CWS Game 3

Connor Owings' bloop RBI single sparked a three-run eighth inning, and Coastal Carolina beat Arizona 5-4 on Tuesday night to send the College World Series finals to a deciding Game 3.  Mike Morrison was sensational in his first start of the season, helping the Chanticleers rebound from a 3-0 loss...

Despite Angels' poor start, GM says Mike Scioscia's job is not in jeopardy

The Angels were 17 ½ games back in the American League West with four starting pitchers still on the shelf and a.206 hitter in the cleanup spot Tuesday night, grim realities for a team that hasn’t hit the halfway point of the season and is already far out of contention. But a first half filled...

Police transparency reaches a stalemate at the Capitol

California lawmakers have reached a stalemate over how much the public should know about the official activities of police officers. All but one of the major pieces of legislation introduced this year to either increase access to police disciplinary records and body camera footage or further restrict...

Initiative to legalize recreational use of pot in California qualifies for November ballot

An initiative that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in California officially took its place on the Nov. 8 ballot on Tuesday as its campaign took a commanding lead in fundraising to battle the measure’s opponents. The Secretary of State’s Office certified that a random sample showed...

Sumner Redstone's National Amusements calls on Viacom to stop 'vicious attacks'

Sumner Redstone’s investment vehicle stepped up its campaign against Viacom board members who contend that the ailing 93-year-old mogul lacks the capacity to make decisions about his family’s media empire. With a major court hearing looming, National Amusements directors, including Redstone, on Tuesday...

Initiative to legalize recreational pot use qualifies for November California ballot

Updates on California politics: Sanchez talks education policy, legislators give initial OK to sex-assault bill June 28, 2016, 5:58 p.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching: Rep. Loretta Sanchez, a candidate for U.S....

Jon Jones ready for UFC 200

Jon Jones’ rematch with Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 200 has been propped up by their talent, Jones’ steep fall from grace and Cormier’s holier-than-thou resistance to forgiveness. “It’s pretty powerful. It’s a story people want to see,” Jones said Tuesday in a visit with reporters at...

Crack down on illegal fishing to protect millions of workers in West Africa: thinktank

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - West Africa nations must crack down on foreign fleets fishing illegally off its Atlantic coastline and build up their fisheries to protect the livelihoods of millions of people, a leading thinktank said on Wednesday.

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