• Santa Paula residents pay tribute to Cory Iverson, firefighter killed while battling Thomas fire

    A firefighter from San Diego has died while battling the Thomas fire in the Fillmore area of Ventura County, officials said Thursday, Dec. 14.
    The firefighter, identified as Cory Iverson, was an engineer for Cal Fire based in San Diego, officials said. Authorities have not yet released details on how the accident occurred.
    Santa Paula residents pay their respects as a procession passes by carrying the body of Cory Iverson, 32, with Cal Fire San Diego Unit Fire Apparatus. Iverson was killed Thurs
  • USC beats Santa Clara to end three-game losing streak

    USC’s Jordan McLaughlin #11 shoots the ball during their basketball game against Santa Clara at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)USC’s Jonah Mathews #2 shoots the ball during their basketball game against Santa Clara at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)USC’s Chimezie Metu #4 shoots as Santa Clara’s Josip Vrankic #13 defe
  • Baker leads Capistrano Valley into semifinals of North O.C. Championships

    LA HABRA – Dawson Baker scored 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Capistrano Valley in a 61-50 win over Crean Lutheran in the North Orange County Championships on Thursday at Sonora High.
    The Cougars will play Saddleback Valley Christian on Friday in the semifinals of the tournament’s championship bracket.
    Baker was the offensive leader on the Cougars’ CIF championship team last season and will likely be a top scorer in Orange County this season.
    “Daw
  • Strong winds may have contributed to Santa Ana building fire where man was found dead

    SANTA ANA — A Dec. 6 fire in a building where a 67-year-old man was found dead may have started when strong Santa Ana winds pushed embers from an earlier, nearby blaze on to the structure, authorities said.
    The victim of the 9 p.m. fire in the 1500 block of East Edinger Avenue near Grand Avenue has been identified as Aslan Astankhou of Santa Ana, according to the Orange County Coroner’s Office. The cause of Astankhou’s death is being investigated.
    Aslan Astankhou was found
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  • Kevin Roy scores twice as Ducks down Blues to start trip

    Anaheim Ducks’ Logan Shaw (48) controls the puck as St. Louis Blues’ Ivan Barbashev, of Russia, watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Anaheim Ducks’ Rickard Rakell, of Sweden, is unable to score past St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen, right, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Anaheim Ducks’ Jakob Silfverberg, of Sweden,
  • Kevin Roy scores twice as Ducks down Blues to begin long trip

    Anaheim Ducks’ Logan Shaw (48) controls the puck as St. Louis Blues’ Ivan Barbashev, of Russia, watches during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Anaheim Ducks’ Rickard Rakell, of Sweden, is unable to score past St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen, right, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)Anaheim Ducks’ Jakob Silfverberg, of Sweden,
  • Surprise snowfall incites a merry melee at JSerra Catholic High School

    With balmy weather in the 70s on a sunny December day, the last thing students at San Juan Capistrano’s JSerra Catholic High School were expecting was snow.
    But that’s what greeted them at noon on Thursday, Dec. 14, as they poured out of their classrooms and into the quad for their lunch break.
    A JSerra Catholic High School student throws a snowball during the annual Snow Day at the school in San Juan Capistrano on Thursday, Dec 14, 2017. The students were surprised when they entered
  • Wolf: USC expected to land its next No. 55

    LOS ANGELES — During the new early signing period that begins on Wednesday, USC is expected to sign its top recruit, five-star linebacker Palaie Gaoteote from Bishop Gorman High of Las Vegas.
    Gaoteote is so highly regarded he is expected to wear jersey No. 55 next season, which only goes to special USC linebackers such as Junior Seau, Chris Claiborne and Willie McGinest.
    “I’m pushing for him to get (No. 55),” Claiborne said.
    That makes the early signing period worth it fo
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  • Idyllwild residents say humbug to snow-visitors’ abominable behavior

    Dreams of a white Christmas can become nightmares for those living in and around Idyllwild and Pine Cove, who say the influx of snow-seeking visitors is often more than mountaintop communities can handle.
    Idyllwild residents Morgan Cannon and Marsha Kennedy hold signs they and made for the wintertime and are concerned about people blocking the two-lane roads from people who come to the mountain to sled and partake in wintertime activities near Humber Park trailhead in Idyllwild Thursday, Decembe
  • Better ‘latke’ than never: In second attempt, Huntington Beach school may have set world record for largest Hanukkah treat

    Ladies and gentlemen, we have latke.
    A year after Hebrew Academy Orange County in Huntington Beach suffered an epic fail in its attempt to celebrate Hanukkah by cooking the world’s largest latke, or potato pancake, the school bucked up and gave it another shot Thursday, Dec. 14.
    “We thought we knew what we were getting into, but we had no clue,” said Steve Greenspan, the project coordinator for this year’s effort.
    Rabbi Yitzchok Newman, left center, and cooker engineer Ra
  • Containing Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is priority for Rams defense

    THOUSAND OAKS — The Seahawks put 10 other players on the field, mostly for appearance’s sake. Their offense is all Russell Wilson, all the time, and the Rams understand the challenge this week.
    Wilson has either passed or run for each of Seattle’s last 25 offensive touchdowns. Not since early October have the Seahawks put the ball in the end zone without Wilson’s direct contribution, and he single-handedly is keeping afloat a team beset by injuries in the offensive and de
  • USC walk-on specialists Chase McGrath, Reid Budrovich receive scholarships

    LOS ANGELES — At USC’s awards banquet on Wednesday night, placekicker Chase McGrath and punter Reid Budrovich shared the Joe Collins Award, given to the team’s top walk-on.
    They will soon be former walk-ons.
    Coach Clay Helton also awarded McGrath and Budrovich with scholarships for next season.
    “Our kids are so close,” Helton said. “They love those two kids, and they’ve won ballgames for us, so to be able to do that in front of their parents, in front of
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  • Los Alamitos leaders, horse racing statistics

    LOS ALAMITOS LEADERS
    Through Thursday
    JOCKEYS / WINSEvin Roman / 14Drayden Van Dyke / 6Stewart Elliott / 5<A>Joe Talamo / 5Tyler Baze / 4Edwin Maldonado / 4
    TRAINERS / WINSBob Baffert / 6Mike Puype / 4John Sadler / 4Genaro Vallejo / 4Steven Miyadi / 3
    STAKES SCHEDULE
    LOS ALAMITOS
    Saturday
    • $100,000 King Glorious Stakes, 2-year-olds bred or sired in CA, 1 mileDOWN THE STRETCH• The official number of horses that died as a result of the fire at San Luis Rey Downs is 46, according t
  • Candy! Unicorns! Flying pigs! Get a sneak peek inside Candytopia, L.A.’s sweetest interactive exhibition

    Los Angeles-based artist, TV personality and celebrity candy stylist Jackie Sorkin took all of her wildest, wackiest and weirdest candy-filled dreams and brought them to life in her new interactive art exhibition dubbed Candytopia.
    It’s a sugary wonderland, exploding with pure imagination that officially opens to the public on Friday, Dec. 15 at LA Hangar Studios and runs pretty much daily through Thursday, March 15.
    Sorkin is known for her TLC show “Candy Queen” and as th
  • PETA missing in action following San Luis Rey Downs tragedy

    Like the rest of you, I’ve read with great interest over the years how much the animal rights group PETA cares about the welfare of our horses.
    You know the drill. They’ve picketed outside Del Mar, claiming abuse of the horses. They’ve been very vocal in their distaste for horse racing.
    So like many of you, I was curious to know how much PETA chipped in to help in the aftermath of last week’s San Luis Rey Downs tragedy.
    I sent emails to a couple of executives in the indus
  • OC Fair & Event Center named Orange County home for Cirque du Soleil

    Cirque du Soleil’s “Luzia” will open at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa on Feb. 21, the first of five of the troupe’s shows scheduled to take place at the venue over the next decade. (Photo courtesy of OC Fair & Event Center)Opening night of Cirque de Soliel’s performance, “Hoop Diving” in Denver, titled “Luzia” on June 1, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. The performance is latin-themed and is filled with action including acrobatics
  • Couple sues Disneyland saying they were kicked out of Club 33

    A Los Angeles couple who said they were banned from Disneyland’s pricey and private Club 33 have sued the park, contending they were retaliated against for criticizing sexual harassment and other problems that arose as a result of new management.
    “There is a waiting list to become a Club 33 member. It’s our belief that new management has been told to force the older members out so they can bring in new members and charge them more with less benefits,” says Sean Macias, on
  • Couple sues Disneyland after they were kicked out of Club 33

    A Los Angeles couple who said they were banned from Disneyland’s pricey and private Club 33 have sued the park, contending they were retaliated against for criticizing sexual harassment and other problems that arose as a result of new management.
    “There is a waiting list to become a Club 33 member. It’s our belief that new management has been told to force the older members out so they can bring in new members and charge them more with less benefits,” says Sean Macias, on
  • Most Rev. Dominic Luong, first Vietnamese-born U.S. bishop, celebrated as champion of refugees at standing-room-only funeral

    The Most Rev. Dominic Luong, the first native-born Vietnamese U.S. Catholic bishop, was hailed by priests and parishioners as a kind and unassuming man who was generous to a fault, during his funeral service Thursday morning, Dec. 14 at Holy Family Cathedral in Orange.
    Orange County Bishop Kevin Vann presided at funeral services for Bishop Dominic Luong at Holy Family Cathedral in Orange on Thursday, December 14, 2017. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Orange County Register/SCNG)Several dozen clergy atte
  • Ex-‘Apprentice’ star Omarosa to tell all about White House

    By DARLENE SUPERVILLE
    WASHINGTON — Former “Apprentice” star Omarosa is putting the White House on notice as she makes her exit: She has “quite a story to tell” about her time in President Donald Trump’s administration and “the world will want to hear it.”
    Accustomed to the spotlight, Omarosa Manigault Newman appeared on national television Thursday to push back against reports that she was fired from her job as a Trump assistant and director of com
  • 15 things to do this weekend in Orange County (Dec. 15-17)

    Keep in the holiday spirit this weekend, with the Newport Beach boat parade, which began Wednesday night. There are also Christmas-themed plays, events and music on tap for you this weekend. Here are our picks:
    ALL WEEKEND
    NEWPORT BOAT PARADE: During this weekend’s Boat Parade of Lights, hundreds of decorated boats will sail around Bay Island and Newport Harbor during the 107th annual event. The parade runs nightly Dec. 13-17. 6:30-9 p.m. 303 Palm St., Newport Beach. Information: 949-675-0
  • International credit reports can help foreign workers buy a U.S. home

    What’s up with mortgage rates? Jeff Lazerson of Mortgage Grader in Laguna Niguel gives us his take.
    Rate news summary
    From Freddie Mac’s weekly survey: The 30-year fixed rate averaged 3.93 percent, one wobbly basis point lower than last week’s 3.94 percent. The 15-year fixed averaged 3.36, unchanged from last week.
    The Mortgage Bankers Association reported a 2.3 percent decrease in loan application volume from the previous week.
    Bottom line: Assuming a borrower gets the average
  • OC Fair’s 2018 “Free Your Inner Farmer” theme is a nod to workers and lovers of agriculture

    COSTA MESA — Visitors to the 2018 OC Fair are invited to acknowledge those working to bring food to the masses and those who enjoy the fruits of that agriculture.
    The OC Fair & Event Center board on Thursday, Dec. 14, was presented with next year’s fair theme, “Free Your Inner Farmer,” a nod to everyone involved in all facets of agriculture, from backyard gardeners to farmers market lovers and workers who harvest and raise our food.
    “Whether you have a curiosity
  • Video: Navy Commander home in Monrovia for the holidays surprises his kids at school

    Christmas came early this year for three Monrovia kids when their father, a commander in the Navy who’s been stationed in Bahrain, surprised them at school on Thursday.
    The children — third-grader Charlotte, fifth-grader Sawyer, and eighth-grader Jackson — thought their father, Jeffrey Mitchell, would be home on Dec. 20. Their mom had them keeping track of the days with a countdown calendar at home, so an early arrival was the last thing on their minds.
    For Jeffrey, the day beg
  • As sexual misconduct complaints loom, state Senate leader urges fellow Democrat step aside

    By KATHLEEN RONAYNEAssociated Press
    SACRAMENTO — California Senate leader Kevin de Leon ramped up pressure Thursday on Sen. Tony Mendoza — his former roommate and a fellow Democrat — to take a leave of absence until an investigation into his alleged sexual misconduct ends.
    Mendoza hasn’t agreed.
    “It’s an ongoing conservation,” de Leon told reporters.
    De Leon, in the midst of a campaign against U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, made his comments during a press
  • Eighth planet found in faraway solar system, matching ours

    By MARCIA DUNN
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.  — A record-tying eighth planet has been found in a faraway solar system, matching our own in number.
    Even more amazing, machines and not humans made the discovery. NASA joined with Google on Thursday to announce the finding.
    This eighth planet orbits the star known as Kepler-90. Like Earth, this new planet, Kepler-90i, is the third rock from its sun. But it’s much closer to its sun — orbiting in just 14 days — and therefore a scor
  • Latest on tax bill: SoCal GOP Congress members want more details before committing

    Southern California’s eight Republican Congress members are largely withholding public judgment on the compromise House-Senate tax-reform bill, saying Thursday afternoon they are awaiting further details before saying if they will or won’t support it.
    However, two have indicated preliminary impressions: A spokesman for Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, indicated he may still have concerns while Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona, said he believes his reservations have been addressed.
    There is conc
  • State Sen. Mendoza asked to take leave amid misconduct probe

    By KATHLEEN RONAYNE
    SACRAMENTO — California Senate leader Kevin de Leon ramped up pressure Thursday on Sen. Tony Mendoza — his former roommate and a fellow Democrat — to take a leave of absence until an investigation into his alleged sexual misconduct ends.
    Mendoza hasn’t agreed.
    “It’s an ongoing conservation,” de Leon told reporters.
    De Leon, in the midst of a campaign against U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, made his comments
    In this Aug. 26, 2016, file pho
  • Republican tax bill drops controversial loan provisions

    By MARIA DANILOVA
    WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers have dropped from the tax bill provisions that were criticized by students and educators as making college less affordable.
    House and Senate Republican leaders forged an agreement Wednesday on what would be the most sweeping overhaul of the nation’s tax laws in more than 30 years. The package would give generous tax cuts to corporations and the wealthiest Americans, and more modest tax cuts to low- and middle-income families.
    The up
  • These are the must-try mezcal cocktails at Long Beach’s new Mezcalero

    While Padre focuses on serving modern Latin cuisine, the Long Beach restaurant is using its upstairs bar and patio space to pay homage an ancient Mexican spirit.
    Mezcalero LBC held its grand opening earlier this month with a focus on cocktails meant to appeal to first-time mezcal drinkers as well as longtime fans of the drink.
    “The main goal is to really help people understand mezcal…to showcase it, it’s a beautiful spirit,” said Nathan McCullough, the beverage director
  • Thomas fire: Cats living with cars at Ventura race shop

    Veteran sprint car driver Cory Kruseman has been busy the past 10 days or so, and it has nothing to do with the sport.
    Rather, Kruseman and his wife Carri have aided their neighbors, and in some cases complete strangers, affected by the Thomas Fire in the Ventura area. The fire, among the largest in state history, has raged for more than a week.
    Kruseman was forced to postpone two days of sprint car driving classes at Ventura Raceway, located on the Ventura County fairgrounds. The site is being
  • How the Disney, Fox deal affects local sports coverage

    The Walt Disney Company’s announcement Thursday that it has reached an agreement to buy key assets of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox could have a profound effect on how sports is viewed in the coming years.
    As the Burbank-based Disney assumes many of the L.A.-based Fox TV and movie properties, far down the line of things mentioned in the all-stock transaction valued at about $52.4 billion — and subject to federal approval – are the sports elements. Disney, which owns E
  • Leaving winter meetings, Angels search for flexibility in final spots

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — After day after plugging the most gaping hole in the Angels everyday lineup by getting Ian Kinsler, a sleep-deprived Billy Eppler prepared to leave the winter meetings on Thursday with more work ahead.
    “There are some more boxes to check,” the Angels general manager said, describing the remaining pieces to find for his position player roster.
    The search could be even more complicated by the Angels’ likely decision to use a six-man rotation. That e
  • Partial preservation of income tax deductions softens blow to Californians

    By Judy Linn, CALmatters
    Some Californians are breathing a sigh of relief now that House and Senate Republicans have agreed to a partial preservation of state and local income taxes, but a lot of taxpayers will still be unhappy.
    The GOP’s tax agreement announced Wednesday, although not finalized, would allow Californians filing federal taxes to deduct up to $10,000 for state and local income taxes and property taxes combined. Previous versions that emerged out of both the House a
  • LAFC signs Uruguay’s Diego Rossi, 19, as second Designated Player

    Los Angeles Football Club has its second Designated Player, signing 19-year old forward Diego Rossi from Penarol of Uruguay’s first division.
    Rossi will join LAFC next month as the club begins preparation for its first training camp.
    Rossi scored 10 goals for Penarol this season, helping lead the club to championship.
    “He’s explosive and he’s an exciting talent,” LAFC coach Bob Bradley said. “I really loved the idea that as a young attacking player he had conf
  • Procter & Gamble, Kellogg’s drop USA Gymnastics sponsorship after sex abuse scandal

    Two of USA Gymnastics largest corporate partners have not renewed their sponsorship deals with the sport’s national governing body amid one of the worst sexual abuse scandal in American sports history, the Southern California News Group has learned.
    Procter & Gamble, the name sponsor of the USA Gymnastics national championships for the past five seasons, and Kellogg’s, sponsor of a series of lucrative nationwide tours, have both dropped USA Gymnastics.
    It comes against the backdr
  • Football: Mater Dei’s JT Daniels named finalist for Gatorade national player of the year

    Mater Dei quarterback JT Daniels has been named one of the three finalists for Gatorade’s National Football Player of the Year award.
    The USC-committed junior joins running back Quavaris Crouch from Charlotte, N.C. and quarterback Trevor Lawrence from Cartersville, Ga.
    Daniels recently won the Gatorade’s state player of the year award for the second consecutive season.
    He leads Mater Dei (14-0), ranked No. 1 in the nation by MaxPreps and High School Football America, in the CIF
  • 1 person rescued, but dog dies in Huntington Beach fire

    A dog died and one person had to be rescued from inside a burning home in Huntington Beach Thursday morning, Dec. 14.
    The fire was contained to one unit at Huntington Gardens apartment homes on Heil Avenue. Firefighters found heavy fire and smoke coming through the front door of the unit, said Huntington Beach firefighter Capt. Eric McCoy.
    A man who was found inside the home was removed by firefighters. He declined transport to a hospital. McCoy said the man’s dog inside the burning h
  • Chino Valley Fire District not laughing at Jimmy Kimmel Live! skit on burning Trump hats

    The Chino Valley Fire District is upset that late-night TV show Jimmy Kimmel Live! aired a skit Wednesday, Dec. 13, that showed the district’s logo without permission and an actor who pretended to be the Fire District’s chief telling people how to safely burn President Donald Trump “Make America Great Again” hats.
    Kimmel, in introducing the skit, said Trump’s low approval rating showed that he had disappointed some of his supporters.
    “For those of you who
  • More Santa Ana winds coming, but new government website could save your life

    If 8,144 men and women, 1,004 engines and 27 helicopters can’t control the massive fire just north of Los Angeles after a dozen days, we best cowboy up and learn a few things.
    First and foremost, there’s a revolutionary new tool that predicts fire threat levels well before the arrival of Santa Ana winds. More on that in a minute.
    Some 27 million trees died in California in the last 12 months, according to a new study by U.S. Forest Service officials. That brings the state’s tot
  • These restaurants will be open for Christmas dinner at Southern California Casinos

    Leave the cooking to the experts and head to a Southern California casino for Christmas feasts. From buffets to prixe fixe menus, there is something for just about everyone, even those who only want to dip things in a chocolate fountain.Agua Caliente Casino Spa Resort
    32-250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage. 760-321-2000, hotwatercasino.com.
    Grand Palms Buffet: Enjoy a huge spread that includes sea salt rubbed prime rib, herb roasted turkey and mango glazed smoked ham in addition to a variety
  • In California’s wildfires, a looming threat to climate goals smolders

    Beyond the devastation and personal tragedy of the fires that have ravaged California in recent months,  another disaster looms: an alarming uptick in unhealthy air and the sudden release of the carbon dioxide that drives climate change.
    As millions of acres burn in a cycle of longer and more intense fire seasons, the extensive efforts of industry and regulators to protect the environment can be partly undone in one firestorm. In particular, as raging blazes pump more carbon into the atmosp
  • Wife to run for seat of Kentucky lawmaker who killed self

    By ADAM BEAM
    FRANKFORT, Ky. — The wife of a Kentucky lawmaker who killed himself after a sexual assault allegation surfaced this week defended her husband Thursday and said she will run for his seat because “these high-tech lynchings based on lies and half-truths can’t be allowed to win the day.”
    In a statement a day after Dan Johnson’s suicide, Rebecca Johnson said she has been fighting behind her husband for 30 years and “his fight will go on.”
  • Firefighter sounds ‘mayday’ alert as Thomas fire rages

    A firefighter has sounded a “mayday” alert while working the Thomas Fire, the Ventura County Fire Department confirmed Thursday.
    “I don’t have any update other than what I heard,” said Ventura County Fire Department Capt. Garo Kuredjian on Thursday. He had no information on the firefighter’s condition, what happened, what injuries were sustained or “where he went.”
    Uncomfirmed reports via twitter suggested the firefighter was in the 1700 block of G
  • Cost to fight Thomas fire nears $75 million, 379 square miles burned

    In this photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, firefighters keep an eye on flames as pockets of unburned vegetation flare up off Bella Vista Dr. in Montecito, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. After announcing increased containment on the Thomas fire, one of the biggest wildfires in California history, officials Wednesday warned that communities remain at risk and the threat could increase as unpredictable winds whip up again. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Departme
  • FCC repeals Obama-era ‘net neutrality’ rules that guaranteed equal access to Internet

    By TALI ARBEL and BARBARA ORTUTAY
    The Associated PressIn a vote along party lines, the federal government has ended sweeping net-neutrality rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet.
    The Thursday vote at the Federal Communications Commission will likely usher in big changes in how Americans use the internet, a radical departure from more than a decade of federal oversight. The move not only rolls back restrictions that keep broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T from blo
  • Anaheim police motorcycle officer injured after being hit by car

    An Anaheim Police Department motorcycle officer was injured Thursday morning, Dec. 14, after he was hit by a car in the driveway of an apartment complex.
    The crash was reported just after 8 a.m. outside of a complex called Olivewood on East La Palma Avenue near Acacia Street.
    Based on the preliminary investigation, it appears a woman was driving a red Nissan sedan out of the complex and exiting the gate when she struck the officer who was also in the driveway area, said Sgt. Daron Wyatt.
    The off
  • GOP Rep. Farenthold to retire from House amid harassment accusations

    By ALAN FRAM and WILL WEISSERT
    WASHINGTON — Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold won’t seek re-election next year, two Republicans said Thursday, adding his name to the list of lawmakers leaving Congress amid sexual harassment allegations that have cost powerful men their jobs in politics, the arts and other businesses.
    The accusations against Farenthold first surfaced in 2014, when a former aide sued him over sexually suggestive comments and behavior and said she’d been fire
  • Pharmacy costs continue to soar for CalPERS, state’s public employee health system

    By Pauline Bartolone, California Healthline
    Spending on prescription drugs by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) continues to climb, putting pressure on administrators to deploy more cost-cutting measures at the nation’s largest public pension system.
    The agency’s health benefits committee will discuss the challenge of rising drug costs at its regular meeting on Tuesday, and it will convene a special panel in January to discuss ways to address the
  • NFL Week 15 in the L.A. TV market: If the league is rockin’, don’t bother knockin’ it

    Maybe this is another reminder why, 50 years into its existence, Rolling Stone still rocks:
    A story posted Wednesday under the headline “Why the NFL is Thriving, Not Failing” seems to be in direct contrast to what a certain Twitter account wants you to believe.
    It actually backs it up with data rather than observational guesswork.
    One section of the story that’s numbers-driven: Ratings.
    “Week 13’s Eagles-Seahawks matchup on Sunday Night Football showed a ratings inc

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