April 16, 2021

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Last year, Jacob Cruz’s niece received a phone call at work: Her uncle was coming home. The news was so impossible to believe that she hung up to gather herself.

Asian adoptees have a unique perspective on anti-Asian hate, with upbringings that can leave them feeling alienated from their heritage and families who have trouble understanding the reality of racism.

A cancer patient paid about $200 for blood tests at a doctor’s office and nearly $2,000 for the same tests at a Los Angeles hospital. This is nuts.

The president signed an emergency determination that officials said would speed refugee admissions to the U.S., but he did not lift his predecessor’s historically low cap of 15,000 refugees for this year.

The leaders’ talks Friday focused on economic and security threats from China, as well as climate change and deterring nuclear-armed North Korea.

The former L.A. mayor has criticized the recall effort targeting his 2018 gubernatorial foe, Gavin Newsom. But he hasn’t publicly ruled out a run.

Face masks and social distancing will be enforced. Signs will direct foot traffic, and furniture and bookshelves have been reorganized.

Staples Center finally opened its doors again to fans for Lakers-Celtics game. This is what a reunion between an NBA champion and its city feels like.

The L.A. Phil’s artistic leader has been appointed music director in Paris, where he will join one of the most celebrated opera companies in the world.

Demand for tickets to singer Bad Bunny’s El Último Tour del Mundo was through the roof this week. And Ticketmaster is feeling fans’ wrath.

The future of weed

Welcome to our cannabis corner, we have a selection of top-shelf information on the future of THC and it starts here, in Los Angeles. Every neighborhood has its own kind of high. Do you know all the non-THC cannabis compounds? Our weed guru breaks it down. In the future, your budtender might be replaced by an algorithm that uses a sample of your DNA to help you dial in the perfect high. If you prefer edibles, we know all about the black-market pot pizza.

In the run-up to 4/20, a look at some of the ways Southern California is shaping the cannabis conversation.

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Food insecurity continues to dominate the lives of millions of Americans, and hyperlocal apps and online groups are popping up to help fill some of the gaps.

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Sharon Osbourne, who’s kept a low profile since getting booted from “The Talk,” will chat Friday on “Real Time” with cancel-culture critic Bill Maher.

To mark Selena Quintanilla’s 50th birthday, Friday’s Selena Day celebrates the late Tejano star with fan tributes and a new Smithsonian photo collection.

“Mare of Easttown,” starring Kate Winslet as a Pennsylvania detective, feels like a corrective to the glamorous, shallow hokum of “The Undoing.”

Sachi Hamilton is proud to know her great-uncle, baseball legend Jackie Robinson, played such a vital role in baseball and the civil rights movement.

Lakers center Marc Gasol dislocates and fractures his left pinkie finger but plays through the pain to score a season-high 18 points in loss Thursday.

Raul Castro said Friday that he’ll resign as head of Cuba’s Communist Party, ending an era of leadership that he and Fidel Castro that began in 1959.

Prince Philip was known for occasional off-the-cuff remarks that could be embarrassing, and a breach of protocol with President Nixon bothered him.

A heavy metal guitarist who wore an Oath Keepers hat during the U.S. Capitol riot has become the first to plead guilty in connection with the attack.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow will order 10 American diplomats to leave Russia in retaliation against new U.S. sanctions.

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How and when can you get tickets to Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Knott’s Berry Farm? Will all the rides be available? What’s different?

If you’re feeling the springtime itch to go look at open houses, first of all, we’re sorry about the sticker shock. But here’s a primer the hodgepodge of home styles you’ll see around Southern California.

If you lost your job or had your hours cut in the last 18 months, you may be able to rejoin the company’s health plan for free through September. Don’t wait for a notice from the employer.

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