• 5 things to know about winning Mega Millions or Powerball in California

    5 things to know about winning Mega Millions or Powerball in California
    The lack of a Mega Millions winner Tuesday means the jackpot will be at least $750 million on Friday, and the Powerball draw on Wednesday is for an estimated $550 million jackpot.
    If you plan to claim one of the fortunes, the California lottery office lays out the details in its “winner’s handbook.” Among them:
    You can’t remain anonymous. California makes public the name of the winner and the location where the ticket was bought. Even if you create a trust to claim the pr
  • Orange County restaurants shut down by health inspectors (Jan. 8-15)

    Orange County restaurants shut down by health inspectors (Jan. 8-15)
    Restaurants and other food vendors ordered to close and allowed to reopen by Orange County health inspectors from Jan. 8 to Jan. 15:
    Makino Sushi Seafood Buffet, 1818 Main St., IrvineClosed: Jan. 14
    Reason: Cockroach infestationRelated Articles Orange County restaurants shut down by health inspectors (Dec. 31-Jan. 8) Orange County restaurants shut down by health inspectors (Dec. 15-31) Orange County restaurants shut down by health inspectors (Dec. 11-18)
    This list is published online every week
  • Boys volleyball season to start March 13

    Boys volleyball season to start March 13
    The CIF-Southern Section boys volleyball season will begin March 13.
    The section office today was able to announce its boys volleyball schedule after the CIF State office presented its dates for its Southern California Regionals playoffs.
    When the CIF State office first announced its 2020-21 school year sports plan, much affected by the COVID-19 pandemic that has delayed the start of the sports year, boys volleyball was a “Season 1” sport and would played at the same time girls volle
  • Wetlands work helps restore, spruce up dwindling coastal habitat

    Wetlands work helps restore, spruce up dwindling coastal habitat
    It’s a glimpse at what coastal Orange County once was – and volunteers want to keep it clean and pristine.
    Helpers with OC Habitat showed up at the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy on Saturday, Jan. 16, to pluck out invasive plants, pick up trash and spruce up the area, one of the few remaining wetlands of its kind along the coast.
    Stacey Chartier-Grable, founder and executive director of OC Habitat, said the goal is to do education and habitat conservation for the scarce resour
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  • Senior Living: Don’t let urinary incontinence control your golden years

    Senior Living: Don’t let urinary incontinence control your golden years
    Jennifer Liu, M.D., MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center. (Courtesy photo)
    As you age, you will notice different changes in your mind and body, like memory loss, vision changes and fatigue. A common change in both older men and women that isn’t as openly discussed is changes in bladder function. 
    With age, the elastic bladder tissue can toughen and become less stretchy, and pelvic floor muscles can weaken. When this happens, problems with bladder emptying and urinary incontinence (l
  • Mother Nature delivers another blow to Capistrano Beach

    Mother Nature delivers another blow to Capistrano Beach
    Mark Olson took a break on his coastal bike ride to survey the damaged stretch of sand.
    “Unbelievable,” said Olson, looking down at the battered beach from above on Thursday, Jan. 14. “I’m just blown away. I wonder what next that’s going to give?”
    Mother Nature took a big bite out of Capistrano Beach, chomping away at the eroding coastline with the recent run of swell and high tides that have slammed California beaches in recent weeks.
    The latest damage is yet
  • Is that President Obama outside a Santa Ana auto repair shop?

    Is that President Obama outside a Santa Ana auto repair shop?
    It’s him all right, sitting on a bench in front of Jacqueline Wheels and Tires auto shop. There’s no denying that presidential smile.
    Upon closer inspection though, Barack Obama has seen better days. The life-size sculpture has a broken foot mended with silver tape and three missing fingers. He has a burgeoning bald spot on the back of his head and his eyes seem wonky.
    Jacqueline Rivera and her husband, Roberto Perez, bought the tire service shop in Santa Ana about five years ago. Th
  • High School Sports #LetThemPlayCA rallies on social media

    High School Sports #LetThemPlayCA rallies on social media
    High school sports in California have been shut down since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making it one of the few states in the country that has not returned to the playing fields this school year.
    A group called Let Them Play CA wants to change that and held simultaneous rallies near high school campuses and other locations throughout California on Friday afternoon using the social media hashtag #LetThemPlayCA in hopes of urging state and local officials to lift restrictions on high schoo
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  • Petition seeks resignation of Placentia-Yorba Linda school board member Blades

    Petition seeks resignation of Placentia-Yorba Linda school board member Blades
    Leandra Blades, a former police officer in Los Angeles County who was elected in November to the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified Board of Education, attended the “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
    A petition has been established requesting her resignation. Blades said the petition has more to do with her political beliefs than her presence at the rally and that she would not resign. She has no regrets about attending the rally.
    The petition calls
  • Beyond Meat expanding to 300,000 square-foot headquarters in El Segundo

    Beyond Meat expanding to 300,000 square-foot headquarters in El Segundo
    While many offices are closed across the region because of the pandemic, Beyond Meat, the popular maker of plant-based burgers and sausage, has signed a $178 million lease in El Segundo for a new headquarters.
    The 391,000-square-foot building at 888 N. Douglas St. is being developed by Culver City-based Hackman Capital Partners and is expected to be completed this spring.
    The 1930s facility once housed a bus manufacturing plant for Pickwick Stage Co., and later served as an airplane manufacturin
  • Postal Service to remove collection boxes in L.A., O.C. ahead of potential protests

    Postal Service to remove collection boxes in L.A., O.C. ahead of potential protests
    The U.S. Postal Service has announced plans to temporarily remove 14 blue mail collection boxes in Los Angeles and Orange counties as a safety precaution ahead of potential protests.
    The Postal Service joins many other agencies across the nation making plans for protests leading up to and after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. Experts and law enforcement fear the demonstrations could potentially turn violent, after rioters last week breached the U.S. Capitol.
    “T
  • Republicans should stop backing Trump apologist Kevin McCarthy

    Republicans should stop backing Trump apologist Kevin McCarthy
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, has made a career of being a political chameleon. During his time in the California Legislature, he was a dedicated dealmaker, working with Democrats to get what he could for his caucus while maintaining his popularity across the aisle.
    In those heady days before Donald Trump, McCarthy was firmly ensconced in the Republican political establishment. Along with Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor, they comprised the “Young Guns”
  • Los Angeles native Amanda Gorman will be youngest poet to read at presidential inauguration

    Los Angeles native Amanda Gorman will be youngest poet to read at presidential inauguration
    When Amanda Gorman reads one of her poems during the installation of Joe Biden as 46th president of the United States, the 22-year-old Los Angeles native will become the youngest poet ever to appear in a presidential inauguration.
    Gorman, while young, is no stranger to sharing her work on significant stages. Even before she was named the nation’s first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017, she’d been invited to the White House during the Obama administration.
    Among those for who
  • Long Beach State basketball teams cancel games, pause for COVID protocols

    Long Beach State basketball teams cancel games, pause for COVID protocols
    The Long Beach State men’s and women’s basketball teams have both entered an immediate pause of activities related to COVID-19 protocols.
    As a result, the men’s Friday and Saturday home games against Cal State Northridge and the women’s Friday and Saturday games at UC Irvine have been canceled.
    The canceled women’s games had been added to the schedule earlier this week as both teams were looking to fill a bye week. UCI and LBSU are still slated to meet in their orig
  • Southern California heat records fall as dry Santa Ana winds keep on blowing

    Southern California heat records fall as dry Santa Ana winds keep on blowing
    LOS ANGELES — New heat records were set Friday in Los Angeles and Long Beach as Santa Ana winds continued battering parts of Southern California, coupling with low humidity to increase the danger of wildfires.
    Downtown LA reached 86 degrees, breaking the record of 85 set in 2014, according to the National Weather Service. Long Beach hit 90 degrees, topping the daily record of 89 set in 1976.
    The NWS said the city’s all-time high in January is 93 degrees, which was still within range
  • Aquarium of the Pacific offers virtual tours, online learning exhibits

    Aquarium of the Pacific offers virtual tours, online learning exhibits
    The Aquarium of the Pacific has launched virtual tours as a way to both engage guests and bring in money while patrons are unable to visit because of coronavirus restrictions.
    The aquarium held its first virtual tour last month, with viewers watching as tour guides moved from exhibit to exhibit discussing the animals and the ocean.
    Now, people can sign up for multiple types of tours: The aquarium hosts seal and sea lion tours at 11:15 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday, and sea otter ones at 2 p.
  • Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger agrees to $16.1 million, 1-year deal, avoids arbitration

    Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger agrees to $16.1 million, 1-year deal, avoids arbitration
    LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers have reached agreement on a one-year contract with outfielder/first baseman Cody Bellinger, avoiding arbitration with the 2019 National League Most Valuable Player.
    The 25-year-old Bellinger will reportedly earn $16.1 million after receiving an $11.5 million salary in 2020 (prorated for the shortened season), a record for a first-year arbitration-eligible player.
    Friday (10 a.m. PT) was the deadline for teams and arbitration-eligible players to exchange salary fig
  • Dodgers avoid arbitration with Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager and Julio Urias

    Dodgers avoid arbitration with Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager and Julio Urias
    LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers have reached agreement on one-year contracts with outfielder Cody Bellinger, shortstop Corey Seager and left-hander Julio Urias, avoiding arbitration with the trio.
    The 25-year-old Bellinger will reportedly earn $16.1 million after receiving an $11.5 million salary in 2020 (prorated for the shortened season), a record for a first-year arbitration-eligible player.
    Seager (who can become a free agent next winter) agreed to a $13.75 million deal for 2021 and Urias ag
  • OC man who led Whittier police on chase with 75 pounds of cocaine in his car pleads guilty

    OC man who led Whittier police on chase with 75 pounds of cocaine in his car pleads guilty
    A 40-year-old La Habra man pleaded guilty Friday, Jan. 15, to a federal narcotics charge after leading Whittier police officers on a high-speed car chase with around 75 pounds of cocaine in his vehicle.
    Anthony Martinez admitted to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, as part of what prosecutors described as a trafficking conspiracy that also involved seven other men.
    Federal prosecutors accused the group of storing large quantities of cocaine in “stash houses”
  • NRA declares bankruptcy, plans to incorporate in Texas

    NRA declares bankruptcy, plans to incorporate in Texas
    By Paul J. Weber | The Associated Press
    The National Rifle Association announced Friday it has filed for bankruptcy and will seek to incorporate the nation’s most politically influential gun-rights group in Texas instead of New York.
    The announcement made on the NRA’s website comes months after New York’s attorney general sued the organization over claims that top executives illegally diverted tens of millions of dollars for lavish personal trips, no-show contracts for associat
  • Rams’ defense can send a chill through the Packers

    Rams’ defense can send a chill through the Packers
    The best offense is a good defense. Good defense beats good offense. Defense wins championships.
    The Rams will rely on those old saws when they try to cut down quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Saturday at Lambeau Field.
    There are other subplots in this second-round playoff game, like the battle of coaching wits between Sean McVay and former Rams assistant Matt LaFleur, the health of Rams quarterback Jared Goff and wide receiver Cooper Kupp, and how the Rams will handle the
  • Chargers keeping options open, but Brian Daboll appears to be the front-runner

    Chargers keeping options open, but Brian Daboll appears to be the front-runner
    The Chargers’ second round of interviews for their head coach opening was starting to take shape Thursday when Robert Saleh was reported as the first candidate to land a follow-up meeting.
    But that second interview won’t occur because Saleh was announced as the New York Jets’ head coach Thursday night.
    As of Friday afternoon, there’s no second round of interviews to speak of regarding the Chargers. There’s silence coming from Costa Mesa as other teams schedule secon
  • Ducks’ youngest players listened, learned and produced in season opener

    Ducks’ youngest players listened, learned and produced in season opener
    It was no secret the Ducks asked more of their youngest players this season. More goals, more assists, more consistent play with the puck, and, perhaps just as important, without it. Priorities changed from 2019-20. Ice time would have to be earned rather than given.
    General Manager Bob Murray spoke of it heading into training camp.
    Coach Dallas Eakins talked about it going into the season.
    Left wing Max Comtois, 22, center Sam Steel, 22, and right wing Troy Terry, 23, listened and responded dur
  • Orange County Republicans help drive recall effort against Gov. Newsom

    Orange County Republicans help drive recall effort against Gov. Newsom
    Republican politicians, donors, organizations and volunteers from Orange County are playing a pivotal role in reviving a once-stagnated recall effort against Gov. Gavin Newsom.
    “Orange County is the heart and soul of this campaign,” said Randy Economy, spokesman for Recall Gavin 2020.
    Organizers had secured more than 1.1 million signatures as of Thursday, Jan. 14, from Californians who support putting the recall question on the ballot, with many citing frustration over how Newsom has
  • UCLA men’s basketball wary of Washington as a trap game

    UCLA men’s basketball wary of Washington as a trap game
    A Saturday afternoon start doesn’t exactly scream primetime. Neither do the makings of the game between UCLA and Washington, each on the other side of the Pac-12 standings.
    The Bruins are in first place at 6-0, while the Huskies are 0-6. Some might call it a “trap game”.
    It’s cliché because it happens all too often. A high-flying team off a big win – like Thursday afternoon’s 30-point win over Washington State – hosts a one-win team looking to cla
  • Santa Anita horse racing consensus picks for Saturday, Jan. 16

    Santa Anita horse racing consensus picks for Saturday, Jan. 16
    The consensus box of picks comes from handicappers Bob Mieszerski, Art Wilson, Terry Turrell and Eddie Wilson. Here are the picks for Saturday Jan. 16 for horse racing at Santa Anita.
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  • EDD unemployment fraud triggers lawsuit against BofA

    EDD unemployment fraud triggers lawsuit against BofA
    Bank of America exposed unemployed California workers to fraud and suspended jobless payments after it failed to properly safeguard their benefits accounts, a federal class-action lawsuit claims in a widening Employment Development Department fraud scandal.
    The lawsuit alleges the bank, despite being required by its exclusive contract with the EDD to provide secure accounts for the processing of unemployment benefits, didn’t use an array of techniques such as industry-standard chip technol
  • Dana Point landslide drama likely to be replayed elsewhere along the coast

    Dana Point landslide drama likely to be replayed elsewhere along the coast
    Some 60 oceanview homes in Dana Point sit precariously on a landslide-prone bluff, but efforts to upgrade the protective boulder wall lining the beach below have been rebuffed — even as the cliff becomes increasingly vulnerable to rising seas and pounding winter waves.
    The county is drawing up a third set of plans to submit to the state Coastal Commission, which rejected previous permit applications in 2012 and again last February. But it’s far from certain those plans will be approv
  • Cerritos firm secured unemployment benefits for 82-year-old Long Beach woman with dementia

    Cerritos firm secured unemployment benefits for 82-year-old Long Beach woman with dementia
    Michele Gutierrez’s 82-year-old mother hasn’t worked a day since retiring 18 years ago from a successful career as the owner of a Long Beach home health care business.
    So it was with dismay in December that Gutierrez discovered an unusual $450 charge to her mom’s debit card from ML Tax and Insurance in Cerritos to process an application for California unemployment benefits and qualify her for an additional $300 a week in federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.
    “She told
  • 18-year-old Concordia student dies after motorcycle collides with car in Irvine

    18-year-old Concordia student dies after motorcycle collides with car in Irvine
    An 18-year-old Concordia University student died Friday, Jan. 15 when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car in Irvine, police said.
    The crash happened around 8:15 a.m. near the intersection of Walnut Avenue and Kazan Street, said Irvine police Karie Davies.
    The motorcyclist, identified as Garrett Ryder Wade of Orange, was taken to a hospital where he died.
    The driver of the car that collided with Wade stayed at the scene and was cooperative with police. The cause of the crash was unde

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