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  • Offensive to rout Islamic State out of west Mosul is underway, as U.S. steps up airstrikes

    Offensive to rout Islamic State out of west Mosul is underway, as U.S. steps up airstrikes

    Iraqi forces early Sunday began a large-scale offensive to seize the western side of Mosul, Islamic State's de facto capital in Iraq. It was the long-expected second phase of the campaign to retake the remainder of the crucial city, Iraq’s second-largest, launched 26 days after the government declared...

  • SpaceX launches supplies to space station

    SpaceX launches supplies to space station

    SpaceX launched almost 5,500 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station on Sunday morning after scrubbing its previous attempt Saturday because of a potential issue with its Falcon 9 rocket. The rocket lifted off at 6:39 a.m. PST from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was the Hawthorne-based...

  • When you're booking online, you need to know whom you're dealing with--otherwise, proceed at your own peril

    Re “Read Between the Stars,” On the Spot, Feb. 12, by Catharine Hamm: Sometimes the deception of the websites of both the airlines and search app companies is downright frustrating. One thing I have found: You must be careful when using an app or website and know whether you’re working with a third...

  • Hiking the Sierra and Joshua Tree, plus a nature walk in San Pedro

    BACKPACKING Presentation Chris Casado will present his favorite trans-Sierra hike: 75 miles across Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks to the summit of Mt. Whitney. When, where: 7 p.m. Tuesday at the REI store in Woodland Hills, 6220 Topanga Canyon Blvd. Admission, info: Free. (818) 703-5300...

  • Kvetch over knishes at Canter's in L.A.

    Kvetch over knishes at Canter's in L.A.

    Your California Bucket List: Essential adventures and experiences in the Golden State Feb. 19, 2017, 6 a.m. (Al Seib, Brian van der Brug, Rick Loomis, Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) Here's our growing guide to essential California adventures, easy to edgy. We'll be adding to it daily all...

  • A chilling moment to mark the 75th anniversary of the executive order that led to Japanese American internment

    A chilling moment to mark the 75th anniversary of the executive order that led to Japanese American internment

    He’s 94 years old and still clearly remembers. Tokuji Yoshihashi remembers Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and wondering what would happen to Americans like him who looked like the enemy. He soon found out. Exactly 75 years ago Sunday, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order...

  • Condemned by the president

    Condemned by the president

    Rafael Medoff is director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies. Dean Motter is an Eisner Award-winning graphic novelist and creator of “Mister X”. Follow the Opinion section on Twitter @latimesopinion or Facebook

  • Donald Trump's pro-torture rhetoric could help bring abuse to a neighborhood near you

    Donald Trump's pro-torture rhetoric could help bring abuse to a neighborhood near you

    On the campaign trail and now in office, President Trump has made his position on torture very clear: It works, and even if it doesn’t, “they deserve it anyway.” Trump delivered this applause line at a rally in Ohio in late 2015, and again a few months later in South Carolina. In a debate among...

  • Is the 'deep state' out to get Trump? We're not there yet

    Is the 'deep state' out to get Trump? We're not there yet

    The scariest new catchphrase of the Trump era – and we’re only one month in – is the “deep state,” a term borrowed from countries like Turkey and Egypt, where networks of military officers and intelligence operatives control much of the government. Last week, President Trump complained that “illegal...

  • Other presidents have battled the press. But never like Trump

    Other presidents have battled the press. But never like Trump

    He’s not the first president to have issues with the press — Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln had complaints too — but President Trump has taken his battle with the media to new heights and made his complaints unusually public and caustic. How that will play out is anybody’s guess, though there’s...

  • Kings battle back but fall to Panthers, 3-2

    Kings battle back but fall to Panthers, 3-2

    The Kings began a stretch Saturday that will see them play seven times in 11 days, with all but one of those games coming against playoff contenders. That’s a span that could go a long way toward determining the team’s own postseason future. But it’s one that got off to a bad start with Aleksander...

  • Rookie Adrian Kempe is in a rush to help the Kings

    Rookie Adrian Kempe is in a rush to help the Kings

    Adrian Kempe’s NHL debut Thursday was a blur. Not so much for Kempe, but for everyone else. “There were players on the ice that couldn’t keep up with him,” marveled Kings Coach Darryl Sutter. “He’s got wheels,” agreed captain Anze Kopitar said. “He can skate, definitely.” Sutter is convinced Kempe...

  • Pac-12 basketball roundup: No. 5 Arizona holds off Washington

    Pac-12 basketball roundup: No. 5 Arizona holds off Washington

    Lauri Markkanen had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Allonzo Trier scored a season-high 21 points and No. 5 Arizona held on to defeat Washington, 76-68, on Saturday night in a Pac-12 Conference game at Seattle.  The first-place Wildcats (25-3, 14-1 Pac-12) won their fourth straight and did it short-handed,...

  • Girls' basketball: Harvard-Westlake defeats Mater Dei in Open Division playoff game

    The Southern Section Open Division girls' basketball tournament began on Saturday with some big games, and Harvard-Westlake and Mater Dei battled to the final second. Harvard-Westlake emerged with a 59-58 victory. Jayda Ruffus-Milner connected on the go-ahead basket, and the Wolverines wouldn't...

  • NBA All-Stars: Lakers' Nick Young out after first round in three-point contest

    NBA All-Stars: Lakers' Nick Young out after first round in three-point contest

    Nick Young of the Lakers hadn’t checked in with his young son yet after his first-round elimination from the NBA’s three-point shooting contest. “I didn’t want to look at his face,” Young said, with an air of mock seriousness. “I didn’t want to see the disappointment.” Young finished fourth in...

  • Boys' soccer: Southern Section playoff scores and updated pairings

    BOYS' SOCCER SOUTHERN SECTION DIVISION 1 First round, Friday unless noted Cathedral 2, Peninsula 0 (Thursday) El Toro 2, Los Alamitos 1 (Thursday) Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 3, Bell Gardens 0 (Saturday) St. John Bosco at Tesoro, MONDAY, 3 p.m. St. Francis at Paramount, MONDAY, 3 p.m. San Clemente...

  • College basketball roundup: Jayhawks close in on Big 12 title

    College basketball roundup: Jayhawks close in on Big 12 title

    No. 3 Kansas never seems to be too far behind to rally for victories. After another comeback victory against a top-10 team, the Jayhawks are probably too far ahead in the standings for anyone to keep them from winning their 13th consecutive Big 12 title.  Landen Lucas made two free throws with...

  • SpaceX scrubs launch, will try again Sunday morning

    SpaceX scrubs launch, will try again Sunday morning

    SpaceX scrubbed its launch of a space station supply mission seconds before liftoff Saturday morning, citing a possible problem with the second stage of its Falcon 9 rocket. The Hawthorne space company said it would try to launch again Sunday at 6:38 a.m. Pacific time from Launch Complex 39A at...

  • Girls' water polo: Southern Section quarterfinal results and semifinal pairings

    GIRLS' WATER POLO SOUTHERN SECTION DIVISION 1 Quarterfinals, Saturday Laguna Beach 10, Los Alamitos 4 Dos Pueblos 13, Orange Lutheran 10 San Marcos 11, Corona del Mar 4 Mater Dei 9, Foothill 8   Semifinals, Wednesday at Heritage Park (Irvine), times tba #1 Laguna Beach vs. #4 Dos Pueblos #3 San...

  • Owner Arte Moreno believes Angels can compete

    Owner Arte Moreno believes Angels can compete

    Sixty-nine Angels gathered Saturday at Tempe Diablo Stadium for their first full-squad workout of 2017.  Unseasonable rain pounding the Phoenix area nixed that. But, in a rare instance of public comment, their owner, Arte Moreno expressed excitement about the Angels’ chances this season. He said...

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