• Coachella 2019: Ariana Grande, ‘NSYNC, family, fashion and more wrap up the festival’s first weekend

    That’s a wrap on the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Sunday, April 14, was capped off with Arichella and special guests, crowd-pleaser Lizzo and Pusha T‘s iceberg set.
    Not only did we catch headliner Ariana Grande, who fans at home had a hard time waiting for, we also spent some time with H.E.R., Khalid, Bad Bunny, Gucci Gang, and more. You can also check out photos from Saturday sets here and Friday performances here.
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  • Alexander: Will this be deja vu for a Chargers first-rounder?

    COSTA MESA — When you are picking 28th in the first round of the NFL draft, sometimes you have to roll the dice.
    Chargers general manager Tom Telesco did so Thursday, just as he did five years ago. Then, TCU cornerback Jason Verrett was available with the 24th pick of the draft and the Chargers snapped him up. Thursday night, when the 28th selection came around, Notre Dame defensive tackle Jerry Tillery was available, and Telesco grabbed him.
    Both players had labrum surgery following their
  • Stuka, Thompson lead way as Corona del Mar baseball secures trip to CIF-SS playoffs

    NEWPORT BEACH – The Corona del Mar baseball team punched its ticket to the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs Thursday by beating Laguna Beach 3-1 and clinching second place in the Wave League.
    The Sea Kings (18-8-1, 5-4) were in a three-way tie with Laguna Beach (15-13, 3-6) and Newport Harbor (16-9, 3-6) entering this week, but they beat the Breakers twice to earn their fifth consecutive playoff berth.
    “It’s been about a three-week process of our kids buying into this idea of team ba
  • Angels end homestand on a high note, thump Yankees

    The Angels’ David Fletcher drives in three runs with a bases-loaded triple during the seventh inning of Thursday’s game against the Yankees at Angel Stadium. Fletcher drove in a career-high five runs in the 11-5 comeback victory. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    Angels starting pitcher Trevor Cahill throws to the plate during the first inning of Thursday’s game against the Yankees at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsNew York Yanke
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  • Rams trade out of NFL draft’s first round, pick up 13th pick of second

    THOUSAND OAKS — The Rams waited three years to finally have a first-round draft pick again. Now, they’ll have to wait a bit longer.
    The Rams traded the 31st overall pick in Thursday’s NFL draft, plus an additional sixth-rounder (203rd overall) to the Falcons for the 45th overall pick and an additional third-rounder (79th overall). The trade gives the Rams four picks in the draft’s top-100, equaling the total amount they’ve had in that range over the past two drafts
  • Newport Beach Film Festival opens in red-carpet style

    The red carpet was rolled out Thursday evening, April 25, for the 20th annual Newport Beach Film Festival, running through May 2.
    About 60,000 film fans are expected to attend the eight-day festival, considered to be the largest international cinema event in Southern California. The festival showcases classic and contemporary filmmaking from around the world.
    Actor Eddie Alfano snaps a photos of the sign at the Edwards Big Newport 6 during the opening night red carpet event for the Newport Beach
  • Santa Margarita softball has optimal day as it wins share of league title and coin flip

    Miranda Johnson (21) of Santa Margarita beats the throw to first baseman Hannah Jacobsen (17) of Mater Dei during a Trinity League softball game at Fountain Valley Sports Park in Fountain Valley on Thursday, April 25, 2019. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)
    Julia Mortimer (9), left, and Miranda Johnson (21) of Santa Margarita celebrate after Mortimer hit a inside-the-park home run against Mater Dei during a Trinity League softball game at Fountain Valley Sports Park in Founta
  • Police identify domestic violence suspect arrested after 3-hour chase through Los Angeles, Orange counties

    Authorities have identified a Buena Park gang member as the domestic violence suspect who allegedly led police on a three-hour pursuit through parts of Los Angeles and Orange counties on Wednesday, April 24.
    Alexis Leondardo Avinai, 29, was arrested in Rowland Heights at about 10 p.m. Wednesday, after attempting to evade California Highway Patrol officers who chased him through South Los Angeles and northern sections of Orange County. The pursuit began at 5:12 p.m. Wednesday after South Gate pol
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  • Chargers select defensive tackle Jerry Tillery with No. 28 pick of NFL draft

    COSTA MESA — The Chargers selected defensive tackle Jerry Tillery with the No. 28 pick in the 2019 NFL draft Thursday night, filling a need at a thin position and a pick who could make life easier for the team’s standout pass rushers.
    Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said this week he tends to favor versatile players, and the former Notre Dame standout fits the bill. With a 6-foot-7, 300-pound frame, Tillery can also line up on the outside, but for now, he’ll be looked
  • Aliso Niguel boys, Tesoro girls defend South Coast League swimming titles

    Aliso Niguel’s 200-yard medley relay, from left, of Josh Cho, Nico Trichery, Sean Slusiewicz and Jake Michelsen set a South Coast League record Thursday with a 1:31.31. (Photo by Dan Albano, Orange County Register/SCNG)
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  • Orange County baseball/softball highlights for Thursday, April 25

    Highlights and top performers from the Orange County baseball and softball games on Thursday, April 25.
    BASEBALL
    Thursday’s baseball scoreboard
    No. 3 JSerra completed a three-game sweep of No. 6 Santa Margarita with an 11-0 win Thursday that vaulted the Lions (18-12, 9-6) over the Eagles (20-11, 8-7) into second place in the final Trinity League standings. JSerra, once 4-6 in the Trinity, finished the regular season with five straight league victories. Gage Jump pitched 4 1/3 shutout innin
  • Clippers locked in, loose with their season on the line vs. Warriors

    PLAYA VISTA — The Clippers, as Lou Williams judiciously put it, got their butts kicked in Game 3.
    But they didn’t lose their bearings or seem even to fret much, even against the superstar-studded, two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors who had taken a 2-1 lead in a best-of-seven first-round series that, remember, they entered as 100-to-1 underdogs.
    Coach Doc Rivers and his team just kept working, inserting JaMychal Green, a capable shooter, into the lineup to further s
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  • Hawaii reviewing men’s volleyball coach Charlie Wade’s sexual misconduct case

    The University of Hawaii is reviewing allegations of sexual misconduct against Charlie Ward, head coach of the top-ranked Rainbow Warriors men’s volleyball program, the university announced Thursday.
    The university’s announcement comes a day after a Southern California News Group report that Wade has continued to coach the Big West champions this season while being investigated for alleged sexual misconduct by the U.S. Center for SafeSport and suspended since September from participa
  • ‘The Mark and Brian Show’ returns to KLOS-FM as Mark Thompson and Brian Phelps celebrate the station’s 50th anniversary

    Mark Thompson and Brian Phelps spent 25 years as hosts of the morning show at KLOS-FM/95.5, building a devoted audience in Los Angeles and cities around the western states where “The Mark and Brian Show” was syndicated.
    Then, more than six years ago, in August 2012, they left the classic rock station and the show they’d first started together in Birmingham, Alabama.
    And that was the end.
    Until it wasn’t, when on Thursday afternoon, as part of the KLOS-FM 50th anniversary
  • Kyler Murray goes to Arizona Cardinals as No. 1 pick of 2019 NFL draft

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Defying NFL custom and at least temporarily creating a quarterback quandary, the Arizona Cardinals led off the NFL draft Thursday night by selecting Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, the Heisman Trophy winner.
    For the second time in a year, Arizona went QB, having moved up from 15th overall to 10th in 2018 to grab Josh Rosen. NFL teams simply don’t do that, but with a new coach in college-trained Kliff Kingsbury, the Cardinals made the bold move. At least until th
  • With Medicare already on shaky ground, Medicare for all makes little sense

    The federal government released an annual report this week on the financial health of Medicare and Social Security. It says the programs are projected to run out of cash, eventually requiring higher taxes, reductions in benefits, or both.
    The Social Security program’s costs will exceed its income in 2020, with its reserve fund emptied out in just 16 years. The news for Medicare is even more dire. The program’s hospital insurance fund is projected to be broke in 2026.
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  • Newport Beach police arrest suspect in double homicide of former pro hockey player, activist

    A Huntington Beach man was arrested Thursday, April 25, in connection with the killings of a former pro hockey player and a local activist whose bodies were discovered over the weekend in a Newport Beach home.
    Jamon Rayon Buggs, 44, was already in custody in Orange County jail on unrelated charges when Newport Beach police booked him in the slayings of Wendi Miller, 48, of Costa Mesa, and Darren Partch, 38 of Newport Beach.
    Bail was set at $1 million for Buggs, a former Perris resident who origi
  • Clippers guards follow Patrick Beverley’s cue, crash the glass in Game 5 victory

    PLAYA VISTA — Doc Rivers needed his guards to go get it, and in Wednesday’s season-extending victory in Oakland, they did.
    In addition to his 33 points and 10 assists, Lou Williams‚ the slightest Clipper on the court, had four rebounds. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander grabbed three, as did Landry Shamet, who fought with Warriors big men for a couple during crunch time and won. Jerome Robinson added two.
    And leading the charge for not just the guards, but the whole team: Patrick Beverle
  • Nancy Pelosi puts her foot down on impeachment

    Back in 2014, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Food and Wine magazine that she eats dark chocolate ice cream for breakfast every day and has for years.  “I don’t see it as different from having a cup of coffee. … The flavors keep getting darker and darker, which I love. … Sugar cones are my thing,” she said.
    But now, many members of her Democratic Party want her to branch out and try that new Ben and Jerry’s mock-up flavor “ImPeachMint.”
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  • Working together to better prepare California for the threat of wildfires

    Governor Newsom last month declared a wildfire state of emergency in California. The governor’s action’s followed a Cal Fire report that more than half of the state’s wildlands – 25 million acres – face a very high or extreme fire threat, placing hundreds of nearby communities at risk.
    At the same time, the United States Senate is considering a disaster relief package that will send federal dollars to states that have suffered from hurricanes, wildfires, flooding an
  • Bravo: CSUF faculty and staff members applauded for accomplishments

    Hundreds of campus faculty, staff and administrators gathered to honor and recognize the milestones and achievements of Titans.
    The annual University Awards celebration on April 11 kicked off with breakfast, music from the Titan Band, T-shirts flying through the air and humorous videos in which CSUF President Fram Virjee and David Forgues, vice president for human resources, diversity and inclusion, interviewed notable alumni Kevin Costner, Gwen Stefani, Justin Turner and Bruce Bowen.
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  • CSUF’s Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans celebrate cultural contributions

    Because they are often referred to as a “model minority,” many Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans feel unnoticed or invisible, said Jacob Chacko, coordinator of the Asian Pacific American Resource Center.
    “However, now is the time to share the narratives of our people and our role in America,” Chacko said in opening remarks at Cal State Fullerton’s APIDA Heritage Month President’s Reception earlier this month at the Fullerton Arboretum.
    President Fram Virje
  • Report: Lakers continue coaching interviews with expanded pool of team officials

    As the Lakers narrow their focus on three particular head coaching candidates, their pool of interviewers is reportedly expanding.
    A large party of team officials headed to Philadelphia on Thursday to interview 76ers assistant Monty Williams, according to a report from The Athletic. While team owner Jeanie Buss and General Manager Rob Pelinka are the principal players in the meeting, the group will also include franchise officials Jesse Buss, Joey Buss, Kurt Rambis, Linda Rambis and Tim Harris.
  • Newport Beach Film Festival documentary shows challenges autistic students face in college

    A young, autistic man gets into a university science program — he’s proved himself to be brilliant in mathematics.
    He reaches his first year of large science classes, where students are required to do labs and switch partners each week.
    Meeting a new person weekly proves traumatic for the man. Heartbroken, he drops out of science and becomes an English major.
    This is no film script. It’s a true incident encountered by Jan Blacher, distinguished professor at UC Riverside’s
  • Uber aims for an IPO valuation of as much as $90 billion

    Uber Technologies Inc. is aiming for a valuation of about $80 billion to $90 billion in its initial public offering, just above its last private funding round, according to people familiar with the matter.
    The ride-hailing company is planning to start marketing shares to potential investors in a price range of about $44 to $50 each, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter isn’t public. Uber could aim to raise about $8 billion to $10 billion in the listing, though
  • Morgan Stanley to pay $130 million to California pensions

    One of the world’s largest investment banks has agreed to put $130 million into the nation’s biggest public pension system to settle accusations it knowingly sold bad investments that caused the retirement fund for millions of workers to lose money.
    California Democratic Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the settlement with Morgan Stanley on Thursday. The bank will pay $150 million. Of that, $122 million will go to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and
  • Alex Verdugo continues making case for bigger role as Dodgers edge Cubs

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo (27) is greeted by Rocky Gale (58) after scoring against the Chicago Cubs during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, April, 25, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)
    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo (27) scores against the Chicago Cubs during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, April, 25, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (35) slides safely
  • Stagecoach 2019: How to see the festival on Instagram and Instagram Stories

    The 2019 Stagecoach Country Music Festival is back this weekend and we’re ready to put on our cowboy boots on and listen to Sam Hunt at the Empire Polo Club.
    Sign up for our Festival Pass newsletter. Whether you are a Coachella lifer or prefer to watch from afar, get weekly dispatches during the Southern California music festival season. Subscribe here.
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  • This Kentucky Derby Super Six is crowded at the top

    Looking into our crystal ball, it might be the year when that string of Kentucky Derby-winning favorites ends at six. There are some viable longshots to be sure, including War of Will, By My Standards, Code of Honor and Long Range Toddy.
    But will the parade of favorites really come to a screeching halt? Is there anyone talented enough to trump Bob Baffert’s terrific trio of Game Winner, Roadster and Improbable? Anyone able to go eyeball to eyeball with Omaha Beach in the stretch and outrun
  • Girls swimming: Top-10 times entering Thursday, April 25 league finals

    GIRLS SWIMMING/DIVING
    Top times through April 24, 2019
    Please send updates, corrections to Dan Albano at dalbano@scng.com or @ocvarsityguy on Twitter
    200 medley relay (O.C. record 1:40.77) — SM 1:43.88 FSG, Foot 1:46.06, Wood 1:46.27, Tes 1:46.31, Los Al 1:50.32, FV 1:50.42, Nor 1:51.38, Beck 1:51.43, Irv 1:51.50, MD 1:51.92
    200 free (O.C. record 1:43.01) — Pearson (Foot) 1:46.78 FSG, Ella Ristic (SM) 1:47.01, A. Spitz (NH) 1:49.04, Degn (SM) 1:50.06, Watson (MD) 1:51.68, Losey (Tes)

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