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Orange County's new 'homegrown' congressman plans to bring an immigrant's perspective to Washington

There’s the Lou Correa who many voters have met on the campaign trail: the self-described “homegrown” candidate who’s an affable but unapologetic, middle-of-the-road Democrat. But there’s another Correa that few have ever heard of: a man who lived much of his early life in Mexico, learned English...

World cities seek $375 bn to fight climate change

The world's big cities will need $375 billion of investment to curb climate change, a large gathering of mayors heard in Mexico on Thursday.

Great Barrier Reef 'not dying', Australia insists

The Great Barrier Reef is "not dying", Australia insisted Friday as it updated UNESCO on efforts to protect the natural wonder while scientists blasted a lack of urgency in dealing with climate change.

Air pollution becomes Israel-Palestinian wedge issue

For years, residents of central Israel have been complaining about air pollution from Palestinian factories in the nearby West Bank. Now that authorities have finally cracked down, shutting a group of the worst offending charcoal plants in one notorious town, Palestinians complain that hundreds were thrown out of work by their military occupiers.

Quake scale: Ohio St win vs Michigan rocked stadium the most

Geologists measuring vibrations caused by boisterous Ohio State football fans say the Buckeyes' game-winning touchdown in double overtime against rival Michigan had Ohio Stadium rocking more than any other time this season.

NBA roundup: Grizzlies complete 14-point comeback

Marc Gasol scored 25 points, including a pair of free throws with 12.2 seconds remaining to give the Memphis Grizzlies a 95-94 victory over the Orlando Magic on Thursday night.  Gasol’s free throws completed a 14-point comeback in the fourth quarter as Memphis snapped a two-game losing streak. ...

Ducks win third in a row beating Canucks, 3-1

Ondrej Kase scored his first NHL goal, John Gibson made 27 saves and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 on Thursday night.  Jakob Silfverberg and Andrew Cogliano also scored for Anaheim (12-8-4), which has won three in a row.  Henrik Sedin had Vancouver's only goal, and Ryan Miller...

College basketball roundup: No. 19 Iowa State falls to Cincinnati in OT

Jacob Evans III made two free throws with 20 seconds left in overtime and Cincinnati upset No. 19 Iowa State, 55-54, on Thursday night at Ames, Iowa. It was the Cyclones’ second loss in a row.  Kyle Washington had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Bearcats (6-1), who end-ed Iowa State’s 37-game...

Australia boosts spending to keep Great Barrier Reef off 'in danger' list

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will spend A$1.3 billion ($965.3 million) in the next five years to improve the water quality and wellbeing of the Great Barrier Reef to prevent the World Heritage Site being placed on the United Nation's "in danger" list.

USC's Bennie Boatwright to miss six weeks with sprained knee

A few minutes after USC forward Bennie Boatwright injured his left knee against San Diego on Wednesday evening, he tried to lift himself off the trainer’s table. He sat up, then gingerly tried to stand upright. When his left leg reached the floor, he recoiled, and quickly lay back down. The injury...

Friday's TV Highlights: A new 'I Love Lucy Christmas Special' on CBS

SERIES The Vampire Diaries Stefan (Paul Wesley) tries to protect Caroline’s (Candice King) twins from the Siren on a new episode of the supernatural drama. 8 p.m. KTLA Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) plans a gals-only get-together on a new episode of the kooky musical comedy; Donna...

Clippers end three-game losing streak with rout of Cavaliers

J.J. Redick scored 23 points, Blake Griffin matched a career high with 11 assists and the Los Angeles Clippers bounced back from a brutal loss with a 113-94 victory on Thursday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have lost two straight for the first time as defending NBA champions.  Chris Paul...

UCLA AD Dan Guerrero assesses the state of the Bruins' athletic program

If UCLA truly were just a basketball school, it would be a joyous time for Athletic Director Dan Guerrero. The Bruins have won their first eight games, matching their best start in three years, and will take a No. 11 national ranking into a showdown against top-ranked Kentucky on Saturday. The...

Death toll from human-caused Tennessee wildfire climbs to 10

(Reuters) - The death toll from a devastating blaze in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee rose to 10 on Thursday, marking the highest loss of civilian life from a single U.S. wildfire in 13 years.

Donald Trump extends campaign season to the transition phase with a thank-you rally in Ohio

The election had been over for more than three weeks when President-elect Donald Trump took the stage Thursday night in Cincinnati, but inside the arena it was like the campaign had never ended. Supporters chanted familiar slogans about Hillary Clinton — “Lock her up” — and illegal immigration:...

Even if Colorado loses in Pac-12 title game, USC could be out of Rose Bowl, but it shouldn't

From rags to Roses, USC’s twisting path to bowl glory finally looks straight and smooth, right? Washington beats underdog Colorado on Friday in the Pac-12 Conference championship game. Washington is swept up into a College Football Playoff semifinal. USC swoops in to claim the Rose Bowl bid ahead...

Explosives detector works 16 times better when it can 'sniff' like a dog

Dogs know how to follow their noses — and scientists are now taking the hint, too. Researchers who 3-D printed a model of a dog’s snout have found that high-speed sniffing seriously upgrades the ability of detectors to pick up explosive chemicals like TNT. The discovery, described in the journal...

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