• Prosecutor gives O.C. murder defendant ‘one last chance’ to tell authorities where to find the body of his business partner

    An Orange County prosecutor on Wednesday gave a murder defendant who has admitted to posing as his deceased business partner for months through email “one last chance” to tell authorities the location of the man’s body, as testimony in the trial came to a close.
    Senior Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy presented Edward Younghoon Shin with a map of a large swath of desert near the Mexican border and informed him that a search and rescue team, cadaver dog and forensic patholog
  • Sparking war with Iran: Political Cartoons

    Check out our regular cartoon gallery featuring some of the best cartoonists from around the world, and across the political spectrum, covering current issues and figures.
  • Homes cost 9 times more than 1-year’s pay in L.A.-Orange County, Harvard study says

    A lack of homebuilding since the Great Recession wiped out more than a third of the low-cost rentals in Los Angeles and Orange counties, while a fifth vanished from the Inland Empire, a new report says.
    At the same time, house prices in the region vastly outpaced incomes. As of last year, the L.A.-Orange County metro area had the fourth-highest ratio of home prices to incomes out of 382 U.S. metro areas, with home values more than nine times greater than the median income.
    The Inland Empire
  • Are mobile phones a threat or an opportunity for theme parks?

    I can’t imagine visiting Disneyland or any other theme park without my phone. Yes, theme parks are supposed to provide an escape from everyday life, but every major park has created official apps that have made visiting significantly easier than in the old days when all we had to find our way was a flimsy paper guidemap.
    With official park apps, I can — at minimum — see where I am in the park and the current wait times for all attractions. Many apps also serve as park tickets a
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  • Poor retirement planning puts housing catastrophe on horizon

    Several recent studies are shedding light on the state of retirement for those who are nearing their post-working years. Today in America, everyday an average of 10,000 individuals are turning 65. And by 2030, the 50-and-over cohort is projected to expand by 20%, reaching 132 million individuals.
    For generations, the retirement years have been promoted as a time of relaxation and fulfillment. And, even as many are now rethinking the definition of retirement, the desire for a secure and stable ho
  • City of Hope to invest $1 billion for cancer treatment and research near Irvine’s Great Park

    IRVINE – City of Hope will invest more than $1 billion to develop and support a comprehensive cancer campus next to the Orange County Great Park, about $800 million more and four years sooner than what originally was planned for its Irvine health campus.
    City of Hope administrators announced they are purchasing 11 acres of land including a 190,000-square-foot building from developer FivePoint for a main Orange County cancer campus, which they expect to open to the public as early as 2021.
  • Dodgers’ bullpen breaks down in eighth inning of loss to Diamondbacks

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
    Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker connects for a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, June 24, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsArizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker (5
  • Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo accepts NBA MVP award with emotional speech

    SANTA MONICA — The plan was to speak from the heart. Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t know how deeply he would have to delve.
    When his family had asked him before if he might shed tears on stage, he said no. But then on Monday night, the Milwaukee Bucks star heard his name called as the NBA’s MVP. And then as he spoke, he reflected on his humble refugee background in Greece, thought about the work he put in for six seasons, thought about his father who died two years ago.
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  • NBA Awards: Sights and sounds from the red carpet

    Before the doors opened for the 2019 NBA Awards Show on Tuesday in Santa Monica, the basketball community interacted with one another and the media on the red carpet.
    Chiney Ogwumike of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks was one of several professional basketball players reportedly joining LeBron James in the new “Space Jam” movie.
    Ogwumike addressed the rumor on the red carpet:Chiney Ogwumike of the LA Sparks had this to say about the upcoming #SpaceJam movie featuring LeBron James
  • Clippers’ Lou Williams wins Sixth Man of the Year for a third time at NBA Awards ceremony

    SANTA MONICA — After a road victory in March over the New York Knicks, a reporter asked Lou Williams about potentially winning the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award again: “What’s it like knowing that you’re in the running and putting yourself in the conversation?”
    “There’s a conversation?” Williams asked, dismayed. “I don’t know. I think me and Trezz are like 1 and 2. That’s not arrogant, that’s, like, facts.”
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  • Lakers owner Jeanie Buss stands behind Rob Pelinka, promises brighter future

    SANTA MONICA — Since a disappointing Lakers season ended in stunning fashion with Magic Johnson’s resignation, one voice has been conspicuously absent from the public: Jeanie Buss.
    The Lakers owner finally broke her silence after more than two months since the season ended, confidently backing General Manager Rob Pelinka and promising brighter days ahead in an interview captured by ESPN. The overriding theme was one asking for a chance to prove what Buss sees herself: That the organi
  • UCLA softball’s Rachel Garcia wins Honda Cup

    UCLA softball star Rachel Garcia added another prestigious award to her resume Monday, winning the Honda Cup, which honors the top female collegiate athlete across all sports.
    The redshirt junior pitcher carried UCLA to its first NCAA championship since 2010 this season, gathering individual honors like Pac-12 Player and Pitcher of the Year, USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year and Women’s College World Series Most Outstanding Player. Garcia was the first player in conference history
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  • Tony Gonsolin will make MLB debut with Dodgers on Wednesday

    PHOENIX — Cat-urday will come early this week.
    Noted cat lover – and the Dodgers’ 2018 Minor-League Pitcher of the Year – Tony Gonsolin will be called up Wednesday to make his major-league debut against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Gonsolin, 25, will give the Dodgers a six-man rotation for a second time through. Julio Urias made a spot start last week as a means of giving the rest of the starters an extra day between starts.
    “We’ll see how long we go with this,&r
  • Santa Margarita’s boys athletics program wins Commissioner’s Cup

    Santa Margarita’s boys athletics program won the CIF-Southern Section Commissioner’s Cup that is awarded annually to the top overall sports programs in the section.
    It is the fourth time the Eagles boys athletics program has won the Commissioner’s Cup since the Cup was first awarded at the end of the 1991-92 school year.
    Commissioner’s Cup winners are selected via a points system that awards five points for a divisional championship, three points for a runnerup finish, tw
  • Orange County suffers nation’s 10th biggest population outflow: 20,104 more exits that arrivals

    Orange County last year had 20,104 more people leave than move in, the 10th-worst net outmigration among the nation’s big counties.
    That’s what I learned when I filled my trusty spreadsheet with fresh Census population data for the 176 largest counties, places with 400,000 residents or more as of July 1, 2018. Domestic net movement comprises moves to or from elsewhere in California or the nation.
    Taking the county population into account — 3.19 million, No. 6 in the U.S. &mdash
  • Orange County suffers nation’s 10th biggest population outflow: 20,104 more exits than arrivals

    Orange County last year had 20,104 more people leave than move in, the 10th-worst net outmigration among the nation’s big counties.
    That’s what I learned when I filled my trusty spreadsheet with fresh Census population data for the 176 largest counties, places with 400,000 residents or more as of July 1, 2018. Domestic net movement comprises moves to or from elsewhere in California or the nation.
    Taking the county population into account — 3.19 million, No. 6 in the U.S. &mdash
  • 2019 NBA Awards Show: red carpet arrivals

    Basketball Hall of Famer and former Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal, center, and sons Shareef O’Neal, left, and Shaqir O’Neal arrive at the NBA Awards on Monday, June 24, 2019, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
    Basketball Hall of Famer and former Lakers center Shaquille O’Neal attends the 2019 NBA Awards presented by Kia at Barker Hangar on June 24, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for
  • Egyptologist shares update on sarcophagus finds at Bowers Museum visit

    Dr. Zahi Hawass has referred to himself as the real Indiana Jones.
    When asked about his signature wide-brimmed felt fedora, the same style worn by Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones character, Hawass says his is the authentic hate of an Egyptologist.
    Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass poses in front of one of the slides he showed when he spoke at Bowers Museum on Saturday, June 22, 2019. (Photo by Bill Alkofer, Contributing Photographer)
    Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass spoke at Bowers Museum on Saturday
  • LA Mayor Eric Garcetti presents rosy profitability outlook for 2028 Olympic Games

    LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti presented a profitability outlook of $1 billion for the 2028 Olympic Games on Monday, during a speech at the inaugural Los Angeles Sports Summit.
    Garcetti, speaking with reporters afterward, said that “there is no question we’ll be in the high hundreds of millions” in profit from the Olympics.
    The mayor made the opening remarks at the summit the same day a study released by the Los Angeles Sports Council found that $6.2 billio
  • Grand Jury: Should Orange County auditor-controller be strictly an accountant – or also a watchdog?

    An Orange County Grand Jury report is asking the Board of Supervisors to justify its choice to run the county’s internal audit function differently than every other county in the state.
    For decades, the elected auditor-controller served as a check on county finances by overseeing spending and investigating policies and controls. To regain the trust of the public and Wall Street after the county’s devastating 1994 bankruptcy, supervisors separated the accounting and internal audit fun
  • Do California’s politicians deserve a raise?

    California’s elected state officials are getting a raise.
    On Friday, the state Citizens Compensation Commission approved four percent raises to Gov. Gavin Newsom, the state attorney general, treasurer, controller, insurance commissioner and members of the state Legislature and Board of Equalization.
    The reason, according to Thomas Dalzell, who chairs the commission: “The economy is doing well, the state is doing well, and it’s important work that they do,” he said, accord
  • Bernie Sanders misdiagnoses America’s problems, proposes wrong solutions

    “If there was ever a moment where we had to effectively analyze the competing political and social forces which define this historical period, this is that time,” Bernie Sanders rightly observed in the big new speech presenting his campaign afresh to the American people.
    Unfortunately for us, Sanders checked any more political wisdom at the door.
    His case for “democratic socialism” may be an earnest response to the reality of our changed world, but it’s rooted in id
  • Public bank bill ignores reality of local government finance

    On the surface, the idea of a public bank is appealing.
    Its well-meaning proponents are buoyed by proposed legislation, Assembly Bill 857, that would authorize local governments to establish public banks. Its authors say that this legislation would “provide more local control, transparency, and self-determination in how local taxpayer dollars are leveraged in the banking system.”
    What’s not to like? From the perspective of county treasurers, a lot.
    The Orange County bankru
  • Wedge tower burned last week gets temporary replacement at iconic surf spot

    The wooden lifeguard tower at the Wedge was replaced over the weekend with a temporary structure – complete with the iconic “W” on its siding.
    An early-morning blaze on June 20 had destroyed the tower, a perch that gives guards a place to watch over the wild waves that can reach upwards of 20 foot during hefty summer south swells.
    A city crew from Newport Beach stands by on the scene of the what remains of the burned lifeguard tower at the Wedge in Newport Beach early on Thursd
  • Demian Brown: An eye on World Cup and the team next season

    There was Karen Bardsley, being Karen Bardsley, which in this instance, meant denying Japan what looked to be a gimme goal on June 19 in England’s Women’s World Cup group game against the 2015 finalists in Nice.
    And there was Demian Brown, being Demian Brown, which in this instance, meant following the former Cal State Fullerton goalkeeper and current England Women’s National Team No. 1 keeper as closely as he follows the U.S. Women’s National Team. This is not to be conf
  • UFCW grocery workers vote on strike authorization

    Grocery workers in Southern and Central California are voting Monday and Tuesday on whether they’ll authorize their union to call a strike at the region’s major supermarket chains.
    After months of fruitless contract negotiations with Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions and Ralphs, the seven locals of United Food and Commercial Workers are holding membership meetings where strike votes are being tallied.
    Authorizing a strike doesn’t mean there will be any labor action, but it does indic
  • Theater review: ‘Mysterious Circumstances’ is a whodunit and a how’d-they-do-it

    Arriving just in time for summer, Geffen Playhouse presents a theatrical version of a blockbuster. Smart, exhilarating, hilarious, cleverly and beautifully mounted, “Mysterious Circumstances” probes the real-life death of a Sherlock Holmes scholar.
    Was it murder or suicide?
    This world premiere play, written by Michael Mitnick and directed by Matt Shakman, was inspired by an article in The New Yorker titled “Mysterious Circumstances: The Strange Death of a Sherlock Holmes Fanati
  • Sweden advances in World Cup with 1-0 victory over Canada

    PARIS — Stina Blackstenius scored early in the second half and Sweden advanced to the quarterfinals at the Women’s World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Canada on Monday night.
    Blacktenius scored in the 55th minute. Canada had a chance to pull even in the 69th but goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl stopped Janine Beckie’s penalty kick after a handball was called on Kosovare Asllani.
    Ninth-ranked Sweden will face No. 2 Germany in a quarterfinal on Saturday in Rennes. Germany advanced to the
  • CSUF men’s soccer team to open with 6 home matches

    Cal State Fullerton men’s soccer and head coach George Kuntz has unveiled the 2019 schedule as the team looks to get back to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in six years.
    Tickets for the 2019 men’s and woman’s season go on sale at 10 a.m. July 1. Information for men’s team: https://bit.ly/2N6GW4W; women’s team: https://bit.ly/2KAqJTD.
    The first chance for fans to see this seasons Titans squad is Aug. 19 when the team hosts Cal in an exhibition match in Titan
  • ESPN pro ranking puts CSUF 13th among baseball programs

    David Schoenfield of ESPN.com rates Oakland Athletics’ Mark Kotsay as one of the greatest players in college baseball history. The former Titan’s pro years saw him play in 1,914 games with a .276 career batting average. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
    In a recent ranking of college baseball programs all-star lineups, David Schoenfield of ESPN.com has put Cal State Fullerton players at No. 13 on his list.
    His analysis reviewed performance of a college program’s 15 players by position i

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