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Analysis: Back into the Trump vortex America goes, where the president fuels a divisive debate
09/26/2017 12:36 PM
White House denies it has "declared war" on North Korea
North Korea's top diplomat said Monday that President Trump's tweet that leader Kim Jong Un "won't be around much longer" was a declaration of war against his country by the United States.Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters that what he called Trump's "declaration of war" gives North Korea...
09/26/2017 12:36 PM
Fast-moving wildfire burns 2,000 acres, damaging one home as hundreds evacuated

Cora Angeles parked her car near a gas station at the foot of her Corona hillside neighborhood. With her granddaughter by her side, she said a prayer.

“Put out the fire, Lord,” the 66-year-old said, through tears. “Please help us.”

Just an hour earlier, she was watching Monday afternoon as flames...

09/26/2017 12:35 PM
Essential California: Boom times for the 5 Freeway corridor, for better or worse

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Tuesday, Sept. 26, and here’s what’s happening across California:


Deal for new city fuels development boom in northern L.A. County

One of Southern California’s longest-running and ugliest development battles ended...

09/26/2017 12:30 PM
Why replacing L.A. County's health director won't be easy

When Los Angeles County supervisors describe the kind of person they want for a top department post, they often say something along the lines of, "We want a Mitch Katz type."

That certainly speaks volumes about Dr. Mitchell H. Katz, who on Friday told the supervisors he'd be leaving the county...

09/26/2017 12:00 PM
Edie Falco ably anchors potentially addictive 'Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders'

Murder is forever and, apparently, so is TV’s obsession with the 1980s.

The two meet in “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders,” the first installment of a new anthology series from the makers of NBC’s procedural crime franchise.

The eight-part drama, which premieres Tuesday and stars Edie...

09/26/2017 12:00 PM
Stanislav Petrov's heroism is a cautionary tale for the U.S. and North Korea

To the editor: As nuclear tensions rise between the U.S. and North Korea, it is important to note the passing of Stanislav Petrov, the Russian military officer who in 1983 averted a nuclear war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. (“Stanislav Petrov, ‘the man who saved the world’ from nuclear...

09/26/2017 12:00 PM
Why California schools need more assignments like the 4th grade 'mission project'

To the editor: Your wish of “good riddance” to the California mission-modeling project assigned to thousands of fourth-graders misses an important point: Learning to create things with your hands is an important part of a full education. (“Good riddance to California’s ‘mission project,’” editorial,...

09/26/2017 12:00 PM
Today: In Hurricane-Hit San Juan, ‘the Aftermath Is Almost More Horrific’​​​​​​​

Puerto Rico's capital, San Juan, is barely functioning after Hurricane Maria; the latest GOP attempt to repeal Obamacare is on the verge of collapse; and Anaheim officials are pushing back against Walt Disney Co. Here are the stories you shouldn’t miss today:


In Hurricane-Hit San Juan,...

09/26/2017 12:00 PM
Should video from LAPD body cameras be made public? When? By whom? Police Commission resumes debate

A police watchdog agency is moving closer to resolving a long-running, often-heated debate over whether the Los Angeles Police Department should release video footage from cameras worn by officers and in their patrol cars.

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Police Commission, the civilian panel that oversees...

09/26/2017 12:00 PM
Trump team's travel perks are costing taxpayers mightily. Here's why there's little outrage
09/26/2017 11:30 AM
Trump's new travel ban fools no one. It's the same old bigotry masquerading as national security

President Trump’s new and supposedly improved ban on travel to the U.S. from a handful of countries makes a few changes to the previous versions, and in so doing might successfully satisfy a court that its underlying impetus is not an anti-Muslim bias. But even if the Supreme Court ultimately decides...

09/26/2017 11:00 AM
How do we help children cope with fear of nuclear war?

For the first time in decades, the news is filled with speculation about a possible nuclear war. There was President Trump’s bombastic address to the United Nations, in which he threatened to destroy North Korea, and his schoolboy exchange of taunts with that country’s dangerously capricious leader,...

09/26/2017 11:00 AM
The Milo Yiannopoulos schtick illustrates the disconnect between Berkeley students and the meaning of free speech

For many, the lasting image of Milo Yiannopoulos in his fizzled “Free Speech Week” appearance on the UC Berkeley campus will be of the selfie he took as he was surrounded by a small throng of admirers and journalists.

For me, however, it will be the vast, empty space of Sproul Plaza, barricaded...

09/26/2017 11:00 AM
The rolling paper
The narcotics officer stood on a windswept ridge near the Oregon border and surveyed the fields cut into the hills below, a landscape resembling a lost piece of wine country.The terraces of Siskiyou County, however, were planted in cannabis.More than 1,500 Hmong farmers in the last two years have...
09/26/2017 10:16 AM
Even after cannabis is legal to purchases, tourists and renters may be left without a place to legally use it.
09/26/2017 10:16 AM
Trump team's travel perks are costing taxpayers mightily. Here's why there's little outrage

The Treasury secretary requested a military plane for his European honeymoon. The head of Health and Human Services ran up a six-figure tab flying around the country on private jets. The chief of the Environmental Protection Agency dinged taxpayers for repeated excursions back home to Oklahoma.

09/26/2017 10:00 AM
Republicans should gladly pay for my preexisting condition

It’s a question I encounter frequently when I discuss healthcare with conservatives, particularly after I note that I have a chronic and costly preexisting condition, Type 1 diabetes.

“Why should I pay for your healthcare?” they ask.

The question came up again the other day as I awaited an overpriced...

09/26/2017 10:00 AM
Civil servants complain Trump is sidelining workers with expertise on climate change, environment

Interior Department manager Joel Clement figured his new bosses in the Trump administration might disapprove of his climate-change-focused work protecting Alaskan villages from rising seas.

But the reassignment slip Clement received in June stunned him. He was not only removed from his post as...

09/26/2017 10:00 AM
How one election changed Disneyland’s relationship with its hometown

When Jose F. Moreno ran for Anaheim City Council last year, he wasn’t just challenging another politician. He was taking on the Walt Disney Co.

In front-porch pitches, the reform candidate told residents that politicians had prioritized Disney ahead of them, hurting a city already challenged by...

09/26/2017 10:00 AM
Berkeley police seize 677 pounds of drugs after stumbling onto psychedelic mushroom operation

Berkeley police stumbled onto a massive psychedelic mushroom operation while investigating a domestic disturbance, seizing 677 pounds of mushrooms with an estimated street value of more than $1 million, authorities said.

Two people — a 35-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman — were arrested in...

09/26/2017 10:00 AM
On the Set: At sixtysomething, director-producer Ken Olin is the beating heart of ‘This Is Us’

Can Ken Olin keep the kids from yawning?

It’s just shy of 10 a.m. one Thursday this summer on the Paramount back lot in Hollywood, and production on NBC’s time-jumping megahit “This Is Us” has been in motion for hours. Like, since 7 a.m. And, well, the child actors — Lonnie Chavis, Mackenzie Hancsicsak...

09/26/2017 10:00 AM
In New York, major crime complaints fell when cops took a break from ‘proactive policing’

When New York police officers temporarily reduced their “proactive policing” efforts on low-level offenses, major-crime reports in the city actually fell, according to a study based on New York Police Department crime statistics.

The findings, published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, put...

09/26/2017 10:00 AM
Back into the Trump vortex America goes, where the president fuels a divisive debate

America once again finds itself where it has been so often since the day Donald Trump descended an escalator to a podium at the tower named for him to announce his presidential candidacy: pulled into the vortex of partisanship as a master publicist plays notes of division and dispute.


09/26/2017 10:00 AM
Paging Dr. Price, come to the White House courtesy phone. The president would like to berate you now

If it hadn’t done so already, the clock started ticking Monday on Dr. Tom Price’s tenure as head of the Department of Health and Human Services.

The signs are all there. On Sunday, after defending Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin against an ABC News report that he’d used a costly military jet...

09/26/2017 10:00 AM