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Newport council expected to nullify Banning Ranch approvals Tuesday

The Newport Beach City Council is expected next week to reverse several approvals for the derailed Banning Ranch development.

The council will take up the court-ordered repeals when it meets Tuesday.

In 2012, the council — with different members — certified an environmental impact report and approval...

11/24/2017 11:40 PM
When your kid tries to say 'Alexa' before 'Mama'

In Yana Welinder's house, her son will say "Papa' to either her or her husband. "Mama" isn't in his vocabulary yet. But her child, who just turned 1, does have a name for another prominent figure in the household: "Aga."

Or, as the rest of us know her, Alexa — Amazon's voice assistant.

Welinder's...

11/24/2017 11:40 PM
NFL notes: Dolphins turn to Matt Moore with Jay Cutler sidelined again

Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler has been ruled out of Sunday's game at New England because of a concussion, and backup Matt Moore will make his second start of the season.

Cutler practiced Friday, but remains in the concussion protocol. He threw three interceptions in Sunday's loss to Tampa...

11/24/2017 11:15 PM
Black Friday mayhem may be a thing of the past

Chae Woong Bae and his girlfriend had steeled themselves to brave the Black Friday shopping chaos they’d watched on TV back home in South Korea.

But when the pair arrived at 4:30 a.m. Friday at a Target in North Hollywood for their first Black Friday outing, they were the only ones in line. No...

11/24/2017 11:10 PM
College football: Pittsburgh stuns No. 2 Miami behind freshman quarterback Kenny Pickett

Miami's perfect season is over. The Hurricanes can only hope their shot at a spot in the College Football Playoff isn't gone, too.

Freshman quarterback Kenny Pickett ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as Pittsburgh stunned the second-ranked Hurricanes 24-14 on Friday. Pickett bulled over...

11/24/2017 10:55 PM
UCI-made game explores a ‘magical world’ with costumes and spells

Joshua Tanenbaum always envisioned creating a mixed-reality game that incorporated elements of theater, costumes and dance.

The UC Irvine assistant professor of informatics got his chance last fall when he collaborated with then-student Natalie Nygaard to start developing an interactive storyline...

11/24/2017 10:45 PM
Blake Griffin's sixth career triple-double came at the right time

The first assist Blake Griffin delivered to a cutting Wesley Johnson in the first quarter might not have been an indication that a triple-double was on the horizon, but it was a signal of how the Clippers’ best player was going to assert himself this night.

For those who have been around Griffin...

11/24/2017 10:35 PM
Iraqi sculptor once forced to work for Saddam Hussein is trying to build a new life in the U.S.

Under Saddam Hussein, Iraqi artist Alaa Al-Saffar was forced to sculpt large statues to suit the dictator’s whims.

After Hussein fell from power, Al-Saffar began receiving death threats and eventually fled to the U.S. Now living in El Cajon, he’s still waiting to find out if he will be granted...

11/24/2017 10:35 PM
Richard Cordray departs as CFPB chief, installs new deputy to take over

Richard Cordray announced that Friday would be his last day as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and appointed a new deputy in hopes of keeping an ally in charge until the Senate confirms for the job a nominee from President Trump.

But Trump is likely to try to install his own...

11/24/2017 10:35 PM
Letters: Bruins blow out Jim Mora's candles

Jim Mora deserves to move on for well-publicized reasons, but UCLA showed poor taste in dumping him the morning after a valiant battle with crosstown rival — with another week left for the seniors and the rest of the organization giving their all. With recent basketball and football leadership...

11/24/2017 10:30 PM
More tests to be done before Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier will be added

Engineers will have to do more wind testing on a model of the Golden Gate Bridge before the span is modified for a seismic upgrade project and a suicide barrier, officials said.

Testing done last month in a Canadian lab showed the bridge model performed well under a horizontal wind flow of more...

11/24/2017 10:20 PM
At least 235 killed in Egypt after militants attack Sinai mosque

At least 235 people were killed when gunmen stormed a mosque during Friday prayers in the rugged Sinai Peninsula, setting off explosives and firing on worshipers in what was believed to be the deadliest single attack by Islamist extremists on Egyptian civilians.

There was no immediate claim of...

11/24/2017 10:15 PM
More stock records as technology and energy companies rise

U.S. stocks set more records in quiet post-holiday trading Friday as technology companies again did much of the heavy lifting. Energy companies rose with the price of oil.

Macy's and some of its retail counterparts rose after the department store's CEO said Black Friday sales were going well. Online...

11/24/2017 10:00 PM
On the shadowlands of the frontier, a U.S. border agent plans his future in Mexico
More than half of U.S. Border Patrol agents are Latinos, and many have closer ties to Mexico than to the United States. Ramiro Cordero spends his days patrolling the El Paso sector, and his nights dreaming of the day he'll retire in Mexico.
11/24/2017 09:55 PM
Ducks activate goalie Ryan Miller

The Ducks' goaltending pair, as the team envisioned it in the offseason, is back.

No. 2 goaltender Ryan Miller was activated off injured reserve Friday and suited up for the Ducks' contest against the Winnipeg Jets. With John Gibson in goal for the matinee, Miller figures to start Saturday against...

11/24/2017 09:35 PM
Former DreamWorks President Lewis W. Coleman turns a profit on upgraded Midcentury

The reviews are in: This Midcentury home in La Cañada Flintridge is a hit.

Lewis W. Coleman, the former president of DreamWorks Animation, has sold the upgraded five-bedroom house for $4.35 million, or $355,000 above the asking price.

The house sits on a half-acre at the end of a cul-de-sac and...

11/24/2017 09:00 PM
She used to get high on heroin and lived in a tent. Now she's helping homeless people get off the streets

The soft voice from inside the tent could barely be heard over the howling wind, freeway noise and wild flapping of the tarp. So Tiffany Grigg, perched on a milk crate in the mud, leaned in to listen.

It was a 45-degree November morning, and the gray-and-turquoise tent sat in the middle of a forlorn...

11/24/2017 08:50 PM
A mural with a back story comes to a West Hollywood public school

The tale of a new mural in a local schoolyard includes a dash of Charles Dickens and a hint of Hustler Hollywood.

It’s also a telling look at how business gets done and at the differences between public schools in areas of poverty and privilege.

Unveiled last week at West Hollywood Elementary School,...

11/24/2017 08:30 PM
New Zimbabwe president urges nation to cast aside 'poisoned' politics

Zimbabweans must set aside “poisoned” politics and work together to rebuild the nation and reengage the world, new President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Friday, delivering an inclusive message to an exultant crowd that packed a stadium for his inauguration.

Mnangagwa, blamed for a number of the crackdowns...

11/24/2017 08:10 PM
Amazon workers in Germany, Italy stage Black Friday strike

Workers at a half-dozen Amazon distribution centers in Germany and one in Italy walked off the job Friday to demand better wages from the American online giant in a protest timed to coincide with Black Friday.

In Germany, Ver.di union spokesman Thomas Voss said some 2,500 workers were on strike...

11/24/2017 08:05 PM
China cuts import tariffs on some consumer goods

China announced tariff cuts Friday on consumer goods including avocados, mineral water and baby carriages in a new effort to spur economic growth driven by domestic consumption and reduce reliance on trade and investment.

Beijing faces pressure from the United States, Europe and other trading partners...

11/24/2017 07:45 PM
Claudia Lane of Malibu takes aim at course record at state cross country championships
11/24/2017 07:32 PM
Varsity Times Insider: The latest sports news from Southern California's high school teams
Basketball Nov. 22, 2017, 9:16 p.m. Crespi's Brandon Williams shows he's back on his 18th birthday Eric Sondheimer Brandon Williams, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, gets a dunk for Crespi on Wednesday night. (Eric Sondheimer) There couldn't have been a better present that Crespi...
11/24/2017 07:32 PM
Newport Harbor alum Cupido helps Cal reach NCAAs, earns award

It’s been an eventful week for Cal senior men’s water polo player Luca Cupido.

The Newport Harbor High alumnus scored twice late against host Stanford on Sunday in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation third-place game, helping the Golden Bears earn a 10-9 overtime victory over rival Stanford...

11/24/2017 07:00 PM
Screenwriters Roger Simon and Sheryl Longin list their 1930s Spanish-style home

Screenwriters Roger Simon and Sheryl Longin have listed their home in Hollywood Hills for sale at $3.249 million.

Tucked behind a front courtyard, the 1938 Spanish-style house keeps the eye moving with a multicolored display across the front facade. The bright details continue inside, where interior...

11/24/2017 07:00 PM