Sep. 18, 2020


The name of the firefighter, killed battling the El Dorado fire in the San Bernardino National Forest, was being withheld until family members are notified. The cause is under investigation.

Evacuations are ordered for the Snow Creek area, west of Palm Springs city limits. The blaze was reported Thursday and has since grown to 2,500 acres.

Some of the 15 victims tried to hide and others were unable to outrun the flames in one of the deadliest and most expansive blazes in California history.

A front of cold, low-pressure air moving in from the northwest may help clear out some of the wildfire smoke that has been smothering the region.

Five men stayed behind, after dozens of guests and staffers were evacuated in the face of a massive wildfire, to save Breitenbush, a famed Oregon hot springs retreat.

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Lucha libre — literally “free fight” — is its own religion in Mexico, and wrestlers are gods. The pandemic has brought them down to earth.

Social media can be cruel, but Todd says his goal is to leave the long-running public affairs program “in a better place than I got it.”

The U.S. will ban some transactions over the Chinese-owned WeChat app while prohibiting new downloads and updates of the app as well as TikTok’s app.

The debate over cuts, set for later this month, marks a wide split on the school board over the role that armed, uniformed officers should play in providing security to hundreds of thousands of students.

At a news briefing, sheriff’s officials offered yet another version of events of what led up to the fatal shooting on Aug. 31 that has generated national attention and triggered days of protests.

Fresno State University said CV Vitolo-Haddad would not become a faculty member there after the University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student acknowledged having falsely posed as a person of color.

Ahead of Sunday’s Emmy Awards, we asked readers what shows have helped them survive this year. Here are their responses.

Jeffrey Katzenberg’s home sale in Beverly Hills was L.A. County’s most expensive residential transaction in August and the third-highest in California history.

Yes, Season 2 of Hulu’s middle-school comedy is darker. But the creators of “PEN15" know what it’s like to experience teenage traumas like slut-shaming firsthand.


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Nintendo celebrates 35 years of Mario with the rerelease of the first ‘Mario’ games to feature 3-D worlds, including the transformational “Super Mario 64,” the criminally underappreciated “Super Mario Sunshine” and the starry-eyed wonder of “Super Mario Galaxy.”

Flint produced basketball stars years before one of the worst water crises in modern U.S. history. Can the Flint Jaguars rise up and restore tradition?



Hospitals and health facilities have reported an influx of patients with problems most likely related to smoke inhalation. Some residents of L.A. County worry about long-term exposure from the thick, hazy air. There are multiple ways to stay safe. DIY air filters can be simple and inexpensive. Weather apps are useful for checking air quality.

The smoke forced a handful of county-run COVID-19 test sites to close; one assault on our lungs making it harder for us to monitor another.

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In the ring, they were gods. Now, they rely on street food vending to survive.
MEXICO CITY, FEDERAL DISTRICT - AUGUST 16: Customers order and wait for their order at Crepas El Mana in La Lagunilla neighborhood on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020 in Mexico City, Federal District. Mexican luchador Joel Bernal Galicia, 54, known as "Olimpico," works with his wife of 14-years Leticia Vazquez Rojano, at their crepes stand they started over eight years ago. Hundreds of professional wrestlers now find themselves searching for other work since Lucha Libre matches are on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have turned to selling food. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)

In the months since the coronavirus struck and wrestling arenas were closed, many Mexican wrestlers rely on street food vending to make a living.

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Former couple Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston join fellow actors for a highly suggestive virtual table read of ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High.’

Movie theaters are opening in Southern California, like the newly refurbished Regal Irvine Spectrum. But will they have new movies to show?

Sean Durkin’s long-overdue feature follow-up to “Martha Marcy May Marlene” is a subtle, shattering portrait of a family’s decline.

Nuggets center Nikola Jokic is a force the Lakers will have to counter. Anthony Davis has been effective but JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard will defend him too.

Anthony Lynn says the Chargers can contain Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs if the Chargers play to their capabilities on defense and limit turnovers.

Julio Urías once again struggled in the first inning during against the Colorado Rockies before bouncing back nicely in the Dodgers’ 9-3 win.

Chris Wray’s testimony puts him at odds with Trump, who has said he would designate it a terror group.

Iraqi police say an improvised explosive device has gone off outside an English-language institute in Najaf. No Americans were employed there.

Israel is set to go back into a full lockdown for three weeks to try to contain a coronavirus outbreak, coinciding with the Jewish High Holidays.

Satellite images indicate that North Korea is preparing for a massive military parade in its capital to mark the 75th anniversary of its ruling party.


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