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Pac-12 basketball roundup: Utah earns a big victory on the road

Kyle Kuzman scored 19 points and pulled down 11 boards to help Utah rout Washington State, 88-47, on Wednesday night at Pullman, Wash.  The Utes played without leading scorer David Collette, who did not make the trip because of concussion protocol. Lorenzo Bonam scored 17 points for Utah.  Malachi...

Have climate policies helped San Joaquin Valley? New report says yes

Essential Politics: Becerra gets confirmation hearing in state Senate, Gov. Brown's budget team admits to math mistake Jan. 18, 2017, 10 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: A state Senate committee is...

Karolina Pliskova is off to a fast start at the Australian Open

U.S. Open finalist Karolina Pliskova has carried her title-winning form in the warmup tournament into the season’s first major, dropping just four games en route to the third round at the Australian Open. Pliskova was leading 6-0, 4-0 against Anna Blinkova in the second round on Thursday before...

Boys' basketball: Justice Sueing leads Mater Dei past Santa Margarita

It was another win and another milestone for Mater Dei Coach Gary McKnight on Wednesday night. The Monarchs (20-1, 4-0) won a Trinity League showdown over host Santa Margarita, 78-67. Justice Sueing had 31 points and Spencer Freedman 18. Adrease Jackson led Santa Margarita with 33 points and Jake...

Inauguration Week Open Thread

Pinch me, please. I want to wake up now. I hope some of the techniques outlined in this Indivisible guide are useful for folks wondering what to do over the next 4 years. Read more ?

Developer Rick Caruso agrees to shave height of apartment tower

The developer of a residential tower planned near the Beverly Center offered new concessions to the city on Wednesday, saying he will reduce the height of his project by nearly 23%, taking it from 240 feet to 185. Businessman Rick Caruso, appearing before the Los Angeles City Council’s Planning...

NBA: Wizards notch 13th win at home in a row with victory over Grizzlies, 104-101

A vastly different team at home, the Wizards won their 13th consecutive game in Washington by edging the Memphis Grizzlies, 104-101, on Wednesday behind two late layups from John Wall, who finished with 25 points and 13 assists.  James Ennis III missed a potential tying three-pointer at the buzzer...

As Karen Batts hunkered down in a Portland parking garage, hypothermia set in

In her final hours, as she tried to sleep in the wicked cold of a Portland parking garage and hypothermia took over her body, Karen Lee Batts became confused. She began to remove clothes. An attendant later found her on the garage floor. “She died from hypothermia due to the severe cold weather,”...

College basketball roundup: Sooners get past No. 7 Mountaineers

Jordan Woodard’s layup with 2.2 seconds left in overtime lifted Oklahoma to an 89-87 victory over No. 7 West Virginia on Wednesday night at Morgantown, W.Va. Kristian Doolittle scored six of his 12 points in overtime and Woodard scored 18 of his 20 points after halftime in his second start since...

A look at this year's Super Bowl shuffle

With one more Sunday of games left before Super Bowl LI, here are the four potential matchups for that Feb. 5 showcase game in Houston. Unlike last weekend’s divisional round, when all four games were rematches from the regular season, these potential Super Bowl pairings did not face each other...

Boys' basketball: Fairfax holds off Westchester, 60-57

When his Fairfax High basketball team opened a 19-point lead in the second quarter Wednesday night, Coach Steve Baik was probably wondering what all the fuss had been about concerning the Lions’ rivalry with Westchester. He quickly found out. Spurred on by a loud, enthusiastic home crowd and strong...

USC's four-overtime victory over Arizona still resonates a year later

It was a time for celebration, but that required energy, and Jordan McLaughlin, Elijah Stewart and the rest of their USC teammates had none of that. In January 2016, USC had just scored its biggest victory in years. It had taken four overtimes to defeat Arizona, but the Trojans did it. Afterward,...

Chargers try to move on from their San Diego past with Los Angeles rally

By the time Chargers owner Dean Spanos stepped to the microphone, the 150 or so fans at the Forum were on their feet. They waved team flags. A few wore T-shirts with the Dodgers-like interlocking L.A. logo the Chargers used, then quickly abandoned last week, after announcing their move from San...

California withdraws request to let people in country illegally buy insurance on Obamacare exchange

Essential Politics: Becerra gets confirmation hearing in state Senate, Gov. Brown's budget team admits to math mistake Jan. 18, 2017, 7:06 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: A state Senate committee...

Biodiesel faces a mixed forecast as the industry gathers in San Diego

As a new presidential administration comes into power, ambiguity reigns for the biodiesel industry. But at the same time, the California market appears to be growing solidly for the fuel derived from a diversity of products including soybeans, canola oil and animal fats. “We have learned to thrive...

Baby raccoons recover at Oakland Zoo after accidental cross-country ride

Baby raccoons that inadvertently hitched a cross-country ride to Northern California are recovering at the Oakland Zoo. Animal care authorities said this week that a man had unknowingly transported the raccoons from Florida to Marin County in September in a moving truck. The truck had been burglarized...

Trump is said to pick former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to lead Agriculture Department

Trump said to make pick for Agriculture chief, rounding out his Cabinet Jan. 18, 2017, 6:21 p.m. This is our look at President-elect Donald Trump's transition and the outgoing Obama administration: Reports say former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is Trump's pick for Agriculture Obama says he is hopeful...

'Matriarch' gorilla at Miami zoo dies at age of nearly 50

(Reuters) - Zoo Miami's aging "matriarch" gorilla, Josephine, reported to be the grandmother of a male silverback slain in Cincinnati when a young boy fell into its enclosure, died on Wednesday just before reaching the age of 50.

Isidro Baldenegro, Mexican Environmental Activist, Is Shot to Death

Mr. Baldenegro, winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize, defended the western Sierra Madre’s old-growth forests against powerful local strongmen.

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