• Fired Muslim awarded $3.2 million in discrimination suit against Loma Linda University Medical Center

    A jury has awarded $3.2 million in damages to a Muslim who claims he was harassed for years by his supervisors at Loma Linda University Medical Center and ultimately fired because of his Islamic beliefs, his lawyer said Wednesday.
    The award to Hugo Lizzaraga, 44, who worked 20 years as a warehouse employee at the hospital, capped a six-week-long trial in San Bernardino Superior Court and five days of deliberation. The verdict was announced Monday.
    “We are happy this hard-working jury resol
  • Chicago police: Shots fired near hospital, multiple victims

    Chicago police say officers are searching a hospital after a reported shooting and that one “possible offender” has been shot.
    The department issued a statement on Twitter saying there are “reports of multiple victims” after shots were fired Monday afternoon near Mercy Hospital on the city’s South Side.
    Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says officers are searching the hospital. He says at least one “possible offender is shot,” but no details were immedi
  • US stocks take sharp losses as tech, internet companies drop

    By Marley Jay, The Associated Press
    Big technology and internet companies tumbled again Monday, leading to broad losses across the stock market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly fell 500 points.
    Apple, Microsoft and Amazon, the most valuable companies on the market, sustained some of the worst losses. Facebook, another longtime investor darling that has fallen out of favor since this summer, also skidded.
    After a brutal October, stocks had started to recover early this month. But continu
  • More than $100,000 raised for Thousand Oaks mass shooting victims and families

    A GoFundMe page set up to help victims and families of victims of the Borderline Bar and Grill mass shooting in Thousand Oaks has so far raised more than $100,000.
    The Rotary Club of Westlake Village, in coordination with the Borderline’s owner Brian Hynes, set up the crowdfunding website page on Nov. 8, one day after a 28-year-old gunman fatally shot 12 people at the packed venue before turning the gun on himself.
    “Please respond to this hateful act with your act of love today,&rdqu
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  • Heather Locklear placed on psychiatric hold for 2nd time this year

    Former TV star Heather Locklear has been placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold, her second this year, TMZ and other media reported Monday.
    The “Melrose Place” and “TJ Hooker” actress, 57, was hospitalized Sunday, Nov. 18, after her therapist and attorney reported that she needed help. An ambulance was dispatched via 911 to her Thousand Oaks home, and Locklear was taken to a hospital, TMZ reported.
    While initial reports indicated that she assaulted boyfriend Chris Heisser, TMZ
  • As Woolsey fire winds down, Agoura Hills, Malibu residents prepare for rain

    About a dozen people went to work Monday morning filling sandbags and hauling them away at Fire Station 89 off the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills, busily preparing for another potential disaster this week: With rain in the forecast, residents and emergency officials said they are worried that hillsides scarred in the recent Woolsey fire could mean flooding and mud flows.
    The fire that ripped through some Agoura Hills communities on Friday before marching south to Malibu, destroying at least 1,500 s
  • Americans can agree on these things over Thanksgiving turkey dinner

    With an estimated 85 percent of Americans celebrating Thanksgiving with a turkey dinner this week, we thought we should find other things Americans agree on.
    Talking turkey
    It’s not easy to find things we all agree on. For that matter, it’s not easy to find things that more the 50 percent of people agree on. For instance, Gallup did a poll on Americans’ favorite Thanksgiving food in 2004, and turkey, the top answer, had 49 percent of the vote.Care for dessert?
    When it comes to
  • Curt Seeden: Annual Christmas in the Gazebo gives Fountain Valley a Hallmark feel

    Like the sentiment of Hallmark movies? You’ll love Christmas in the Gazebo
    The Fountain Valley Historical Society is making plans for its 30th annual Christmas in the Gazebo at Heritage Park on Sat., Dec. 8.
    I’m quite familiar with this event because I happen to be on the Historical Society’s board.
    Christmas in the Gazebo is a fun-filled, Hallmark movie-like event that includes lots of entertainment, a bake sale and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus.
    Unlike Hallmark mov
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  • Daxon: Breans help animals big and small rescued from Woolsey fire

    How did the Brea Equestrian Center stables become the temporary home for four horses, two sheep, two pigs, eight peacocks, 50 chickens and 52 guinea pigs evacuated from the Woolsey wildfires that hit Malibu and Calabasas? Or that seven rescued giant tortoises temporarily ended up in Brea Councilman Steve Vargas’ back yard?
    It all began when Vargas’ daughter, Ayden, 32, a trained search and rescue teammate, disaster relief coordinator and scuba diving instructor, was coordinating anim
  • Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren recovering at home after emergency surgery

    LAKE FOREST — Rick Warren, the prominent Orange County pastor who founded Saddleback Church, is home from the hospital following emergency surgery for a torn intestine.
    “He is home and recovering well, but slowly,” said Mark Carver, a church spokesman.
    Warren, 64, underwent emergency surgery Wednesday, Nov. 7 after experiencing excruciating abdominal pain.
    “At the hospital, the staff got my CT scan which revealed that my intestine had perforated (torn) and was releas
  • The Rolling Stones will play the Rose Bowl in 2019

    The Rose Bowl is going to be rocking — and rolling — again in 2019.
    The Rolling Stones will bring its 2019 ‘No Filter’ U.S. tour to the 90,000-seat Pasadena venue May 11, the band announced Monday.
    “Their band and our venue are both icons. … It’s such a great fit for us,” said Darryl Dunn, CEO and general manager of the Rose Bowl. “This is big-time, having the Stones here.”
    The spring tour will span more than a dozen dates ac
  • Video: Krys Barnes on his game-sealing pass breakup against USC

    Linebacker Krys Barnes talks about how the Bruins prepared for the last play against USC, his feeling after tipping the ball away from Amon-Ra St. Brown and the key to facing Stanford this week.
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  • Video: Joshua Kelley can barely believe his record-setting game vs. USC

    Two days after setting a record for rushing yards in the UCLA-USC game, running back Joshua Kelley reflects on the performance, what running backs coach DeShaun Foster told him about the rivalry and what he can do better for this week against Stanford.Related Articles Video: Chip Kelly not sleeping on Stanford’s Bryce Love despite down year About last night: A review of UCLA’s 34-27 win over USC UCLA defense shows its resilience in win over USC football What’s next for UCLA foo
  • Working past retirement age is good for your health; here’s why

    From the time people get their first job, many are thinking about their eventual retirement. Whether you love or loathe your occupation, the thought of retirement on the horizon is enticing. But don’t get too eager; though retiring at age 65 is often the goal, it may be wise to push that day off a little.Many people work past age 65, with 32 percent of people age 65–69 and 19 percent of people age 70–74 still working. Here are four reasons putting off those long days on the gol
  • More nearsighted than Mr. Magoo

    Encouraged by midterm results, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, along with other progressives, have been floating more proposals for added restrictions on businesses, echoing Hillary Clinton’s 2016 “quarterly capitalism” attack on a supposedly irresponsible corporate focus on short-term results at the expense of long-term growth.
    They all, of course, promise that government will fix the problem they imagine. But participants’ incentives undermine assertions t
  • Open Division state football championship game will be played Dec. 8

    The CIF announced Monday morning, Nov. 19 that the Open Division state championship football game will be played Saturday, Dec. 8 at Cerritos College, a reversal of the change CIF had made a week ago.
    All of the other state championship games will be played Dec. 14-15 at various locations.
    The CIF office last week moved the Open Division contest from Dec. 8 to Dec. 15 to help sections deal with the recent fires in the state. But Monday it announced the schedule had been changed again and the Ope
  • Eva Kilgore: Some shoppers will be tackling Black Friday in style

    If you’re a guest at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa then Black Friday is your lucky day.
    Resort guests will receive luxury transportation to and from South Coast Plaza on Nov. 23. Once at the shopping center, you’ll be escorted to a suite to enjoy light bites and refreshments. Shopping helpers will assist with storing bags and carrying your purchases back to the shuttle for your return trip.
    The first shuttle departs the resort at 9 a.m. and returns at noon.
  • Pacific Amphitheatre adds country star Justin Moore and others to its 2019 line-up

    Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa is getting an early start in announcing its 2019 line-up of shows. Last week, the venue, which puts on its summer concert series in conjunction with the annual OC Fair, revealed that “Weird Al” Yankovic will perform with a full orchestra as part of his Strings Attached Tour on Thursday, Aug. 8.
    On Monday, Pacific Amphitheatre added three more shows to its 2019 Toyota Summer Concert Series including country singer-songwriter Justin Moore on Sunday, J
  • Joe Bonamassa finds ‘Redemption’; guitarist will play Riverside and Long Beach

    No artist can promise fans they they will see a perfect show when he or she steps on stage.
    But fans can at least feel confident with Joe Bonamassa and his band that even if it’s the worst night of a tour, the show won’t be a train wreck.
    “Here’s the thing, we always say this. We laugh about it a lot. Like the difference between our best night and our worst is only about 10 percent,” Bonamassa said in a phone interview.
    “It (the show) is consistent and the ban
  • Orange County football offensive player of the week: John Humphreys, Corona del Mar

    The Orange County Register offensive player of the week for Nov. 19, 2018:
    Name: John Humphreys
    School: Corona del Mar
    Year: Junior
    Noteworthy: Humphreys had 10 receptions for 216 yards and three touchdowns to help the Sea Kings defeat host Camarillo 49-17 in the CIF-SS Division 4 semifinals. Humphreys extended his Orange County single-season record for touchdown receptions to 28.
  • Bob Barker, former ‘Price is Right’ host, hospitalized for severe back pain

    Former “Price Is Right” host Bob Barker (2013 photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
    LOS ANGELES — Bob Barker was rushed to the hospital over the weekend for severe back pain, marking his second hospitalization in less than a month, Entertainment Tonight reported.
    A manager for the former “Price Is Right” host told ET that the 94-year-old star “was taken by ambulance from his home to Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles for back pain on Sunday afternoon.&
  • 16 ‘Nutcracker’ productions to see in Southern California in 2018

    It’s “Nutcracker” season.
    The fairy-tale ballet tells the story of Clara, a girl who has a vivid dream about a magical holiday wonderland inhabited characters ranging from a Sugar Plum Fairy to a Nutcracker Prince, all dancing to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. The traditional approach is a holiday classic, but there are a variety of productions that offer their own unique spin on the ballet.
    Check out this list of diverse stagings of “The Nutcracker” across Sou
  • Back from the dead: Realtors resurrect defeated ballot measure to expand Prop. 13

    On Nov. 6, California voters resoundingly rejected Proposition 5, which would have expanded property tax breaks for senior and disabled homeowners.
    The measure garnered less than 41 percent of the vote. It was defeated in 57 out of 58 counties.
    Yet, Prop. 5 may not be dead.
    The California Association of Realtors plans to resurrect the initiative, launching a new petition drive for the 2020 ballot.
    “We are not in any way dissuaded by the vote on Prop. 5,” said Alex Creel, CAR chief lo
  • Woolsey fire is now 94 percent contained

    After more than a week, firefighters have managed to get the deadly Woolsey fire nearly completely contained, according to numbers released Monday, Nov. 19.
    As of Monday morning, the destructive wildfire had burned through 96,949 acres — or more than 151 square miles — was 94 percent contained, according to Cal Fire information.
    “Firefighting resources will continue to mop up and patrol,” a Cal Fire statement said. “Crews remain diligent in providing publi
  • One election over, another looms on the horizon

    They are still counting votes in California’s $1 billion off-year election, but the state’s professional politicians are already thinking ahead to the next one because it might give them a rare opportunity to play roles in presidential politicking.
    Most of today’s politicians were children, or perhaps not even born, the last time California counted in the quadrennial exercise of choosing presidential candidates.
    Traditionally, the state has held its primary elections in June, a
  • Irvine Ranch Conservancy hosts 24-hour ‘virtual bird watch’ starting Tuesday morning

    Do you love birds but will be stuck at a computer Tuesday?
    The Irvine Ranch Conservancy is hosting a 24-hour “virtual bird watch,” beginning at 9 a.m., featuring a new migratory specimen each hour. A photograph and background information on the featured bird will be posted.
    The bald eagle, Cassin’s kingbird, hooded oriole, Cooper’s hawk and great blue heron are among those to be highlighted.
    With more than 150 migratory birds visit the nearly 40,000 acres overseen by the
  • Check out some of hottest toys this holiday season

    Does your kid love slime? Then she’s probably already put this one on her wish list: the Poopsie Slime Surprise Unicorn. Here’s part of the official description: Each time you feed your surprise unicorn and sit her on her glitter potty, she creates — surprise … collectible unicorn slime! (Courtesy of MGA Entertainment)
    Does your kid love slime? Then she’s probably already put this one on her wish list: the Poopsie Slime Surprise Unicorn. Here’s part of t
  • Black Friday and beyond: With Toys R Us gone, retailers go all in on toys

    A Barbie sign hangs on an isle of toys at a Walmart Supercenter Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
    Toys sit on the shelves at a Walmart Supercenter Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsIn this Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, photo toys line the shelves in the expanded toy section at a Walmart Supercenter in Houston. The world’s largest retailer delivered strong third-quarter results Thursday, Nov. 15, extending
  • Traveling for Thanksgiving? So is everyone else. Here’s how to make the trip bearable

    The crowded roads and airports experts predict for the Thanksgiving holiday may make you miss the recession.
    After peaking in 2005, holiday travel took a big hit in the United States during the economic downturn, but it’s been on the rebound since about 2011. This year will hit its biggest numbers in 13 years, AAA spokeswoman Marie Montgomery said.
    The Auto Club expects about 4.2 million people in Southern California to take off between Wednesday, Nov. 21, and the following Sunday, with th
  • Snoop Dogg to receive star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

    A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will be unveiled Monday, Nov. 19, honoring 16-time Grammy-nominated rapper Snoop Dogg, four days before the 25th anniversary of the release of his debut album “Doggystyle.”
    Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, legendary record producer Quincy Jones and the rapper Dr. Dre will join Snoop Dogg at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony in front of the El Capitan Entertainment Center on Hollywood Boulevard where Kimmel’s show is taped.
    The star will be the 2,651st sin

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