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The Obama administration actually did consult with Americans when drafting guidelines for transgender students

Essential Education: Financial aid applications are due in less than a week Feb. 24, 2017, 8:50 a.m. Welcome to Essential Education, our daily look at education in California and beyond. Here's the latest: L.A. Unified is holding financial aid workshops through Saturday. The deadline for applying...

Trump takes on CPAC

Everything President Trump has tweeted (and what it was about) Feb. 24, 2017, 7:36 a.m. His tweets have the power to shape international relations, send stock prices up - or down - and galvanize the American public. We're watching how Donald Trump is using this platform of unfettered communication...

Trump comments on the 'leakers' in the government

Everything President Trump has tweeted (and what it was about) Feb. 24, 2017, 7:36 a.m. His tweets have the power to shape international relations, send stock prices up - or down - and galvanize the American public. We're watching how Donald Trump is using this platform of unfettered communication...

EU ministers 'bracing for battle' on carbon market reform

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU environment ministers are bracing for a tough debate on Tuesday to find a compromise on reforms to the carbon market, EU sources said, with nations split over how to balance climate ambitions with protection for energy-intensive industry.

Creighton's Maurice Watson Jr. is a suspect in alleged sexual assault, Omaha police say

Creighton basketball player Maurice Watson Jr. is a suspect in an alleged sexual assault in Omaha, police said Thursday. According to an incident report, a 19-year-old woman said Watson had nonconsensual sexual intercourse with her in the bathroom of a midtown residence about 3 a.m. on Feb. 4....

L.A. Drives: Glamorous Bentley convertible deserves cushy cruise along Mulholland

The controversial engineer William Mulholland designed the Los Angeles Aqueduct, brought water south from the Owens Valley and turned a desert into a garden. His legacy gave us the plot of the movie “Chinatown,” a beautiful fountain in Los Feliz and a highway that runs across the ridge separating...

Here's who's going to win all 24 Oscar categories

After six months of campaigning and cajoling and trying to get “City of Stars” out of our heads, the Oscars are finally here. You ready for Sunday’s ceremony? Welcome to the Gold Standard, the newsletter from the Los Angeles Times that helps guide you through the ins and outs of the awards season leading...

Only 1 of 13 additional Bill Cosby accusers can testify at sexual assault trial, judge says

A judge will let only one other accuser testify at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial to bolster charges that the actor drugged and molested a woman at his estate near Philadelphia. The pivotal ruling Friday by a Pennsylvania judge means prosecutors cannot call 12 other women to try to show that...

South Africa weather service says El Nino may return in spring

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - An El Nino weather pattern, which brought a scorching drought to southern Africa last year, could return in the spring which usually occurs from August to October, the South African Weather Service said on Friday.

There's a giant crack in an Antarctic ice shelf. Should we be worried?

An accelerating crack in the ice shelf known as Larsen C, the fourth largest ice shelf in Antarctica, has grown by 17 miles since the beginning of December, according to multiple news reports, including a recent article in the New York Times. The crack runs one-third of a mile deep, slicing through to the ice-shelf floor, and is, in total, more than 100 miles long.

It might be possible to refreeze the icecaps to slow global warming

One of the most worrisome aspects of climate change is the role played by positive feedback mechanisms. In addition to global temperatures rising because of increased carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions, there is the added push created by deforestation, ocean acidification, and (most notably) the disappearance of the Arctic polar ice cap.

California's rain may shed light on new questions about what causes earthquakes

In recent weeks, California has experienced unusually heavy rainfall. California is also earthquake-prone, hosting the great San Andreas fault zone.

This 'Fun Home' weaves tragedy and comedy into a wholly original American musical

A musical with all the dramatic richness of a memorable play opened at the Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday — a rare sighting that could induce a theater critic to genuflect if not erupt in a chorus of hallelujahs.  “Fun Home,” the Tony Award-winning show based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir,...

Political spending of AIDS nonprofit takes heat from critics

Good morning. It’s Friday, Feb. 24, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES A new kind of politicking The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is a philanthropic empire that’s on the ground in 38 countries. But in recent months the organization has become known for the kind of activism...

The moral element of climate change

Lawmakers around the world struggle to create policies that balance their nations' needs and interests with their impacts on global warming.

Image: Heavy rains in Lake Success, California

California has seen some heavy rains recently after years of drought, filling many of the state's reservoirs. The rising waters are evident in this radar image from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellite mission over part of the San Joaquin Valley.

Cosmic dust particles deploy bubble parachutes on their fiery descent, scientists discover

Bubbles acting like parachutes are deployed by some cosmic dust particles on their entry into Earth's atmosphere, preventing them from burning up.

DeVos' CPAC speech, an L.A. school board voter guide, Apple on Trump: What's new in education today

Essential Education: Trump rescinds Obama's guidance on transgender students Feb. 24, 2017, 4:13 a.m. Welcome to Essential Education, our daily look at education in California and beyond. Here's the latest: Applications for college financial aid through the California Dream Act are much lower than...

If a bullet can cross the border into Mexico, so can the Constitution

Lawyers for the government and a U.S. Border Patrol officer urged the Supreme Court this week to rule that the family of an unarmed Mexican teenager who was shot to death by the officer can’t seek damages in a U.S. court because the boy was on the Mexican side of the border.  The court must reject...

Trump voters won. Why should liberals be nice to them?

Liberals aren't welcoming enough to Trump voters, or so the headlines say. Every week there’s another batch of think pieces scolding Democrats and leftists for being mean to folks who cast their ballot for the former reality television star. The New York Times quotes a small-business owner complaining...

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