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  • Thousands of veterans converge on North Dakota to aid pipeline protest

    Thousands of veterans converge on North Dakota to aid pipeline protest

    An estimated 2,100 U.S. military veterans were bound for the frigid Northern Plains on Saturday in a mass show of support for Native Americans and their allies battling the Dakota Access oil pipeline. The vets, organized under the banner “Veterans Stand for Standing Rock,” include 219 vets from...

  • Japan's No. 1 film is playing in L.A. Here's why you should see it

    Japan's No. 1 film is playing in L.A. Here's why you should see it

    Filmmaker Makoto Shinkai has a loyal following in Japan and America. But until this year’s release of the animated feature “Your Name” (“Kimi No Na Wa”), he’d never had a major box office hit.  In the three-plus months that “Your Name” has been in Japanese theaters, however, the film has earned...

  • Cough syrup with GPS tracker helps police nab suspected pharmacy burglars

    Cough syrup with GPS tracker helps police nab suspected pharmacy burglars

    The suspects had no idea that the bottle of cough syrup perched on a shelf at a Tustin pharmacy contained something more than cough relief.  It wasn’t until the nondescript package was removed from the small Newport Avenue business by burglars that its secret ingredients went to work.  Concealed...

  • What sent Kanye West to the hospital? Here are the theories

    What sent Kanye West to the hospital? Here are the theories

    With Kanye West finally out of the hospital after more than a week of treatment, the speculative drumbeats around “why did he snap?” and “what’s going on?” were still going strong.  First the news: Word that the rapper had checked out of UCLA Medical Center was confirmed by The Times on Wednesday....

  • No. 11 UCLA knocks off the top-ranked Wildcats in Kentucky

    No. 11 UCLA knocks off the top-ranked Wildcats in Kentucky

    Long after Rupp Arena had emptied, fans streaming through corridors in quiet resignation, Bryce Alford lingered in a corner of the 40-year-old building with his immediate and extended family. There were hugs, handshakes and smiles all around. Alford accepted congratulations from UCLA boosters and...

  • Kanye West 911 call: 'He's definitely going to need to be hospitalized'

    Kanye West 911 call: 'He's definitely going to need to be hospitalized'

    When a 911 call came in, apparently from Kanye West’s doctor, about an incident involving the rapper at a Los Angeles home, the dispatcher advised, “Don’t let him get any weapons.” The details of the 911 call made from a home in the 900 block of North Laurel Avenue, released Thursday to The Times...

  • Hawaii's highest peaks get 2 feet of snow — and more is on the way

    Hawaii's highest peaks get 2 feet of snow — and more is on the way

    Ski season is underway in Hawaii. The island’s two highest peaks — Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa —  are getting hit with a cold, wet storm that has dumped about 2 feet of snow, and an additional foot of snow is possible when another storm hits the islands later this weekend. National Weather Service...

  • Sammy Lee, diver who became first Asian American to win Olympic medal, dies at 96

    Sammy Lee, diver who became first Asian American to win Olympic medal, dies at 96

    Sammy Lee learned to dive at Pasadena’s Brookside Park pool, which until 1940 allowed people of color to use the facilities only on Wednesdays, the day before it was drained and refilled. His most reliable place to work out was waterless — a diving board installed over a sand pit he dug in his...

  • Site of deadly Oakland fire is known as the GhostShip

    Officials preparing for up to 40 fatalities in Oakland warehouse fire Dec. 3, 2016, 8:35 p.m. At least nine people died when a fire raced through an Oakland warehouse crowded with people attending a Friday night concert, officials said. But officials said they are preparing for up to 40 fatalities,Oakland...

  • USC to the Rose Bowl? Examining how Colorado's loss affects Trojans' chances

    USC to the Rose Bowl? Examining how Colorado's loss affects Trojans' chances

    In the waning seconds of USC’s 21-17 win over Colorado earlier this season, receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster made a crucial third-down reception and had nothing ahead of him but the end zone. He could’ve walked in for the score. Instead, he took a knee at the 14-yard line. It was the right decision,...

  • Clay Helton often goes unnoticed, but he deserves credit for USC's success

    Clay Helton often goes unnoticed, but he deserves credit for USC's success

    Earlier this fall, like any good college father, Clay Helton rushed out of work to attend his son’s USC freshman orientation. He showed up still wearing his football coaching attire, and his wife, Angela, was aghast. “Babe, this is orientation, you’re a Dad, you’re not supposed to be the head coach,” she...

  • What does it take to get banned for life by an airline? Ask this Trump supporter

    What does it take to get banned for life by an airline? Ask this Trump supporter

    Delta Air Lines’ lifetime ban of a profane supporter of President-elect Donald Trump highlights a little-known but growing club of travelers who have earned the ultimate airline punishment. As the Trump fan discovered, airline tolerance only goes so far. The unnamed man whose loud pronouncements...

  • Depleted Lakers miss late opportunities in loss to Grizzlies, 103-100

    Depleted Lakers miss late opportunities in loss to Grizzlies, 103-100

    The Lakers closed out a bruising road trip with a dramatic loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, 103-100.  After a Memphis turnover in the waning seconds of the game, Julius Randle was fouled shooting a three-pointer with the Lakers down by three and 5.9 seconds left.  Randle missed all three free throws....

  • China struggles to make sense of Trump and his phone call with Taiwan

    China struggles to make sense of Trump and his phone call with Taiwan

    President-elect Donald Trump's surprise phone call with Taiwan’s president left many in China reeling over a perceived assault on the country’s sovereignty and questioning their assumptions about America’s future leader. Although Trump repeatedly denounced China’s trade policies as unfair during...

  • St. John Bosco puts big hurt on Mater Dei

    St. John Bosco puts big hurt on Mater Dei

    If you have the best football player on the field and he stands 6 feet 5, weighs 310 pounds and is headed to Ohio State, you find a way get him involved. And that’s what Bellflower St. John Bosco Coach Jason Negro did on Saturday night in the Southern Section Division 1 championship game against...

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