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South Carolina church massacre survivor: Witness to horror and to justice

She was there the night Dylann Roof gunned down her son and eight other parishioners who welcomed him to their church. She was there when Roof’s trial opened — the first to testify about the horror of that night. And she was there last week when a judge sentenced him to death. Through it all, Felicia...

Political Road Map: The rules for how California pays for its schools may lead to a surprising result this year

If this sentence leaves you confused, you’re not alone: Education spending rises under Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed state budget, but some California schools are bracing for cuts. That both statements are true is a reflection of the byzantine rules that govern the flow of dollars to K-12 schools and...

For the Record

“Coco” character: In the Jan. 15 Calendar section, an article about the upcoming Pixar animated movie “Coco” misidentified the title character as Abuelita (voiced by Renee Victor). It is Mama Coco (voiced by Ana Ofelia Murguia). If you believe that we have made an error, or you have questions about...

More rain and pain expected as Thai flood death toll rises to 40

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand faces more hardship from unseasonable floods that have killed 40 people in its south, with more rain expected in the major rubber-producing and tourist region in coming days, a top disaster agency official said on Sunday.

Zubin Mehta's L.A. return gives Shankar raga a proper home and makes Strauss hero's journey personal

I prepared for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday night by listening to a recording of Ravi Shankar playing the lovely dawn raga “Lalit” as L.A.’s morning light poured in the window. It was a marvelous way to start the day. “Lalit” is the source material...

DeAndre Jordan dominant in Clippers' victory over the Lakers

Austin Rivers laughed as he scanned teammate DeAndre Jordan’s line on the scoresheet of the Clippers’ 113-97 victory over the Lakers on Saturday, the numbers seeming too absurd for Rivers’ mind to grasp what his eyes were telling him. “He was pretty much unguardable. Twelve for 13 from the field....

Rams agree to terms with Joe Barry to be assistant head coach

New Rams Coach Sean McVay is working quickly to put together his staff. Veteran defensive coordinator Wade Phillips already is in place, and people with knowledge of the situation said Saturday that Joe Barry has agreed to terms to become linebackers coach and assistant head coach. Barry, 46, was...

Breitbart provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos is shouted down at UC Davis but gets the last word

There was a bit of jostling — and at least one thrown cup of coffee — Friday evening at Davis. But mostly there was a lot of chanting and yelling as several hundred vociferous protesters succeeded in shutting down an appearance by Milo Yiannopoulos, the puerile 33-year-old Breitbart writer who...

UCLA erases nine-point deficit in second half to edge Utah, 83-82

Lorenzo Ball had 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds, helping No. 4 UCLA edge Utah 83-82 on Saturday.  The Bruins (18-1, 5-1 Pac-12) overcame a nine-point deficit in the second half despite a poor defensive performance. Aaron Holiday made a deep three-pointer with 1:52 left to give UCLA an...

Debut is 14 months away, but LAFC already working on being 'the best'

The last time John Thorrington put together a soccer team, he was choosing sides with some junior high school friends in a Palos Verdes schoolyard. So in his current job as executive vice president of soccer operations for the fledgling Los Angeles Football Club, he’s not shy about asking for help....

Kings forward Trevor Lewis is the most opportunistic player on his line right now

Trevor Lewis burst down the left wing with only St. Louis Blues defender Alex Pietrangelo separating the Kings’ forward from the goal.  But Pietrangelo was never fully focused on stopping Lewis. First Pietrangelo turned his head and pointed at Anze Kopitar, who was streaking toward the net across...

UC Davis officials cancel speech by Breitbart's Milo Yiannopoulos following protests

Rowdy protests at UC Davis on Friday night forced the cancellation of speeches by conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos and former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli. After consulting with university police, Davis College Republicans decided it was unsafe to continue the event after a large...

Emission probes could widen beyond Renault in France: Minister

PARIS (Reuters) - A judicial investigation into diesel emissions testing in France could widen beyond Renault after tests showed other carmakers had exceeded the authorized levels, the French environment minister said on Sunday, without elaborating.

Clippers avenge Christmas loss with 113-97 victory over Lakers

DeAndre Jordan scored 24 points on 12-of-13 shooting, and the Los Angeles Clippers shot 52% to cruise past the Lakers, 113-97, on Saturday and improve to 6-0 in 2017.  Jordan had 21 rebounds, and Chris Paul added 20 points and 13 assists for the Clippers, off to their best start since going 7-0...

Lakers and Clippers fans join forces to boo new L.A. Chargers logo

Lakers Coach Luke Walton wasn’t the only person in the building for the Lakers-Clippers game on Saturday who didn’t like the Chargers’ move from San Diego to Los Angeles. Most of Staples Center agreed with him. During the second quarter of the Clippers’ home game against the Lakers, the video board...

Croatia to cull poultry near capital due to H5N8 bird flu

ZAGREB (Reuters) - Croatia said on Saturday it had detected H5N8 bird flu among ducks on a farm some 30 km (20 miles) southeast of the capital Zagreb.

Judd Apatow and Pete Holmes talk HBO's 'Crashing' and the future of comedy in the Trump age

With two new shows about stand-up comics coming to premium cable, stand-up comedy may well be the new rock ’n’ roll in 2017.  On the heels of the music-centric series “Vinyl,” “Roadies” and “Sex&Drugs& Rock&Roll,” Showtime has the ’70s stand-up of the Sunset Strip in “I’m Dying Up Here” due this...

Trump kicks off Martin Luther King weekend by attacking civil rights legend John Lewis

In yet another indication of his unwillingness to let criticism pass, Donald Trump has lashed out as “all talk…no action” national icon John Lewis, who was repeatedly beaten and nearly lost his life in the long struggle for civil rights. Trump’s Twitter comments early Saturday about the Georgia...

Esperanza fans sing, dance and get sweaty

Watching the Esperanza basketball student section sing, dance and try out their karaoke talents makes people want to return to high school. Some of the students were working so hard that they should have received P.E. credit for their cheering on Friday night against Villa Park. Their enthusiasm...

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