May 16, 2021


Richard Montañez has been telling the story of how he came up with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos for over a decade. He has a book and a movie coming out about it. Here are the people who say it’s not true.

The success or failure of the district attorney, who was elected on a promise of rebalancing the scales of justice in L.A., revolves around one incendiary question: Who is the victim?

Developers want to build 468 housing units in Lincoln Heights next to a former laundry site where toxic chemicals were used.

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is defending the decision to ease mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people.

The 1,325-acre fire is threatening homes in Topanga Canyon, but fire officials are hoping cooler, moist conditions can help in their efforts to contain the blaze

Celestina Bishop is trying to save the cemetery that is her strongest connection to the family she never knew.

With his carefully crafted social media presence and populist politics, Nayib Bukele has become one of the most popular politicians on Earth. Now just one question remains: What does he want?

The team behind ‘Run the World,’ premiering Sunday on Starz, explains why they’re embracing comparisons with the iconic HBO series.


Tax deadline

You might not need to fork over any money to file your taxes online. Here are websites that let you file for free as the May 17 IRS filing date nears.

Confused about filing taxes this year? You’re not alone. Here’s a guide to get you started.


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The death of Pop Smoke stunned the music world last year. Now, new details of the slaying and how detectives tracked his alleged killers have come to light.

Have you noticed? Every weekend, caravans of lowriders and custom cars are cruising and hopping in a resurgent ritual. Van Nuys Boulevard is one of the city’s oldest sites of this resilient SoCal obsession.


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Finally back performing in front of a live crowd, dance-music star Zhu reflects on his year in lockdown and the violence against the AAPI community.

A news article that pointed out actors’ pandemic weight gain spurred a conversation about sizeism throughout the musical theater scene.

Netflix is developing a spinoff of its hit period drama, ‘Bridgerton,’ centering on characters Queen Charlotte, Violet Bridgerton and Lady Danbury.

The Dodgers agreed to a contract with Albert Pujols for the rest of the season and then beat Miami 7-0, but Corey Seager is headed to the injured list after he was hit in the hand by a pitch.

When diving deep into statistical analytics, Albert Pujols should have been having more success with the Angels. Will the Dodgers have more luck with him?

Kyle Palmieri’s goal into overtime lifted the New York Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of their first-round series.

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Police in India are investigating the recovery of bodies buried in shallow sand graves or washing up on the Ganges River banks.

The immunologist who leads the COVID-19 response in the U.S. says ‘the undeniable effects of racism’ have led to unacceptable health disparities.

Republicans have rolled back access to the ballot. Meanwhile, Democrats in certain states have been quietly moving to expand voting rights.

Officials in a Minneapolis suburb where a police officer fatally shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop have approved a proposal to change policing.


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On May 19 at 6 p.m., Ada Tseng, assistant editor of the L.A. Times utility team, and reporter Agnes Constante will speak with mental health experts and community organizers about Asian American gender-based violence.

In a momentous turn in the fight against COVID-19, federal officials are significantly easing mask guidelines as the threat of the pandemic rapidly fades.

Starting this year, grandparents get extra incentive: their 529 plans are ignored by federal financial aid formulas.