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Dozens of schools in evacuation zones in the northeast San Fernando Valley will be closed Wednesday as firefighters work to get a handle on the wildfire in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest that has scorched at least 11,000 acres. 

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(Sara Yogi / UC Berkeley)

Masood Jan is stressing out over his five finals next week at UC Berkeley, the hyper-competitive, top-rated public research university.

But some of his anxiety melted away Monday, thanks to close-up time with some unusual therapy animals: llamas.

The freshman from San Ramon, who hopes to major in molecular and cell biology, is spending six hours a day studying for finals in chemistry, math, physiology, psychology and English. He said his 40 minutes with the llamas, petting their soft fur and feeding them carrots and alfalfa pellets, definitely relaxed him. 

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USC graduate students, from left, Mariel Bello, Nina Christie and Alyssa Morris pose for a selfie to post.
USC graduate students, from left, Mariel Bello, Nina Christie and Alyssa Morris pose for a selfie to post. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Hundreds of graduate students at USC, UCLA and Caltech joined national protests Wednesday against the House Republican tax bill passed this month, saying it contains changes that would significantly increase their taxes and make it difficult for many to continue their research.

At USC, more than 100 students and professors gathered at the Tommy Trojan statue to urge peers to call their lawmakers and fight the changes. Many held colorful signs describing how their research benefits society: “Graduate students study food safety,” “Graduate students design highways.” 

USC student Hannah Khoddam and a handful of classmates began organizing the walkout this month, then joined forces with students from a group of six East Coast colleges to sponsor a national “day of action” that drew thousands of participants at nearly 60 campuses in 33 states. 

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(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Graduate students at USC, UCLA and Caltech plan to join national protests Wednesday against the House Republican tax bill passed this month, which analysts say makes changes that would significantly boost the taxes of many of the nation’s young researchers.

USC student Hannah Khoddam and a handful of classmates began organizing a walkout this month, then joined forces with students from a group of six East Coast colleges to sponsor a national “day of action” expected to draw thousands of participants at about 50 campuses in 32 states. 

The House tax bill slashes $65 billion in tax benefits for higher education over 10 years, according to Steven Bloom, the American Council on Education’s director of government relations. Graduate students would be hit hard by a repeal of a decades-old provision that shields from taxation their tuition — which is waived by universities in exchange for their work as teaching assistants and researchers.

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Caltech campus (Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times)

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— Graduate students at UCLA, USC and Caltech join others around the nation in protests against the House Republican tax bill passed earlier this month.

— Students and teachers at Immaculate Heart High School in Los Feliz are celebrating the engagement of their famous alumna Meghan Markle to Prince Harry.

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— LAPD will provide part-time jobs and training for high school graduates. 

— The story of a scandal-plagued South L.A. school football team.

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Cal State Fullerton President Mildred García (Cal State Fullerton)

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— How a new mural at a West Hollywood public school tells the story of privilege within L.A. Unified.

— A former vice principal and former teacher in Lancaster sued their school district, saying they were forced to quit because of their principal’s sexual harassment.