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Disney cuts about 80 jobs in digital media unit that includes Maker Studios

Walt Disney Co. is laying off about 80 employees in its digital media unit that includes Maker Studios, according to a person at the company not authorized to comment publicly. The layoffs affect people in various roles at Maker, the Culver City-based digital studio, including some in support positions....

Rep. Duncan Hunter's office says he will no longer meet with protest groups

Essential Politics: Local leaders struggle to keep up with the marijuana business, hundreds rally for single-payer healthcare in Sacramento Feb. 23, 2017, 3:59 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: City...

Rich in symbols, short on substance, U.N.-backed Syrian peace talks resume

Syria's opposing sides met face-to-face for the first time in U.N. mediation in three years on Thursday, with the U.N. envoy citing a historic chance to end a conflict that has left hundreds of thousands dead, displaced millions and fomented a proxy war by foreign powers. In a ceremony rich in...

'24: Legacy' producers apologize for using Kenya attack video

The executive producers of the new Fox television series "24: Legacy" apologized Thursday for using footage from a terror attack at a Kenya mall that killed 67 people. The footage from the September 2013 attack on Westgate mall in Kenya's capital was used to depict a fictional terror attack in...

Black History Month artwork torn down at Orange Coast College

Essential Education: Trump rescinds Obama's guidance on transgender students Feb. 23, 2017, 3:36 p.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...

One comment from Trump shows his administration's message on immigration has been muddled

When President Trump boasts of progress he’s made on his biggest campaign promise — to build a wall and stem the flow of illegal immigration across the southern border — he speaks in terms of unadulterated success. But few others in the administration go so far. And with White House spokespeople,...

CPAC and conservative media prepare for Trump

Trump praises immigration raids as a 'military operation' Feb. 23, 2017, 3:15 p.m. A look at President Trump's administration and the rest of Washington: Trump says deportations are coming "at a rate that nobody's ever seen before" Treasury secretary says tax reform will be done by August Constituents'...

Man shouts 'get out of my country' before killing one man and injuring two at Kansas bar, witnesses say

Prosecutors on Thursday charged a 51-year-old man with murder and attempted murder after they say he opened fire in a crowded suburban Kansas City bar, killing one man and injuring two others, but authorities declined to say whether the attack was racially motivated. A bartender at Austins Bar and...

California lawmakers release environmental bills in attempt to thwart Trump

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Democratic state senators in California on Thursday unveiled a series of bills designed to freeze in place Obama administration-era environmental regulations in the event the Trump administration moves to weaken them.

Standing Rock is burning.

As they evacuated camp, water protectors set fire to tents according to tribal tradition -- one last blaze of defiance against the pipeline.

In 'Finding Neverland' at the Pantages, pirates and pixie dust obscure the show's secret weapon: Sorrow

The touring production of “Finding Neverland,” about how J.M. Barrie came to write “Peter Pan” in the early 1900s, may well inspire a new generation of young playwrights. The highly romanticized musical, directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus (“Pippin,” “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” “Hair”) and...

Federal agents in Texas move hospitalized El Salvador woman awaiting emergency surgery to a detention facility

A critically ill El Salvador woman awaiting emergency surgery for a brain tumor was forcibly moved from a Texas hospital to a detention center by federal agents, raising concerns about President Trump’s directive to more aggressively pursue people living in the country illegally. Sara Beltran-Hernandez,...

As Trump aims to build a wall, Los Angeles architecture school SCI-Arc builds bridges to Mexico

A young architecture student pulls up a rendering of a triangular city block on a projector in an unassuming office space at the edge of Mexico City’s Colonia Juárez district. “The best corner is occupied by a McDonald’s,” he says, gesturing at the schematic on the screen. “I would start by demolishing...

30 years after his death, James Baldwin is having a new pop culture moment

Every writer hopes his prose will persist, but James Baldwin made an especially solid bet: As long as the disease of American racism, resentment of homosexuals, and the nation’s strange relationship with social class and capitalism lasted, his work, he knew, would matter.   But when Baldwin died...

Take a walk on the Parisian side with Lauren Elkin's 'Flâneuse'

“Flâneuse” Lauren Elkin Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 336 pp., $27 Lauren Elkin’s “Flâneuse,” part cultural history, part personal memoir, fervently celebrates women who have asserted their freedom and sharpened their identities by taking to urban streets — whether on solitary, exploratory rambles...

School vouchers can sometimes have negative effects on student outcomes

Essential Education: Trump rescinds Obama's guidance on transgender students Feb. 23, 2017, 11:55 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...

Qualcomm, Microsoft and Airbus invest in Santa Monica drone software start-up AirMap

The venture capital arms of Qualcomm Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Airbus have led a $26-million investment in AirMap, the builder of drone air traffic management software announced Thursday. The Santa Monica start-up, which opened its first office in 2015, builds technology that tracks air traffic,...

Wet weather eases California drought

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California's years-long dry spell has lifted dramatically during several months of heavy rain and snow, leaving just 17 percent of the most populous U.S. state in conditions that scientists consider to be drought, officials said Thursday.

Thousands of San Jose, California, residents allowed home after flooding

(Reuters) - Some residents of San Jose in Northern California who were forced out this week by flooding from a rain-swollen creek returned on Thursday to find their homes stayed dry, but nearly 4,000 people were still under evacuation orders, officials said.

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