May 16, 2021


Some people are still concerned about going without masks even after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer guidance relaxing the rules.

President Biden’s COVID stimulus bill is channeling hundreds of billions of dollars directly into state coffers. The money offers political upside for governors such as Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is fending off a recall.

Bryant should have been there at the Hall of Fame induction. His widow, Vanessa, gave the acceptance speech, and his absence is a reminder of our loss.


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.


Coronavirus: What You Need To Know

Must Reads

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.

The 52 American hostages freed after 444 days in Iran were given lifetime passes to Major League Baseball games. Forty years later, one hostage still cherishes his “golden ticket.”


Latest stories


After causing a social media panic with a cryptic announcement on ‘CNN Tonight,’ the veteran broadcast journalist had big news to share.

Olivia Rodrigo’s edgy new single, ‘Good 4 U,’ is fueling excitement for her upcoming ‘Saturday Night Live’ performance and debut studio album.

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 Lakers have LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Dennis Schroder back in the lineup during a 122-115 victory at Indiana.

Bob Baffert was the favorite to win the race with Medina Spirit, but the 146th Preakness Stakes was won by another Santa Anita trainer, Mike McCarthy.

Sebastian Lletget and Javier “Chicharito” Hernández each score a goal as new coach Greg Vanney’s influence on the Galaxy continues to reap rewards.

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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.

Hundreds of teenagers and adults helped change the world nearly 60 years ago by marching for civil rights in Birmingham, Ala.

Ebrahim Raisi, an Iranian cleric who took part in a panel involved in the mass execution of thousands of prisoners in 1988, sought the presidency in 2017.

People have unwittingly had their online posts or pictures exploited to spread misinformation about COVID-19 in recent months.


Join the Conversation


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.