• Albertsons unveils list of 63 California stores to be sold ahead of trial

    Albertsons unveils list of 63 California stores to be sold ahead of trial
    By Jaewon Kang and Leah Nylen | Bloomberg
    Kroger Co. released the full list of stores, distribution centers and plants — including 63 supermarkets in California — that it plans to divest to secure approval for the proposed merger with Albertsons Cos.
    The companies have started notifying staff at affected locations, Chief Executive Officer Rodney McMullen wrote in a memo to employees on Tuesday.
    Workers will become employees of C&S Wholesale Grocers after the transaction closes, M
  • Richard Simmons, fitness guru and TV personality, dead at 76

    Richard Simmons, fitness guru and TV personality, dead at 76
    Richard Simmons, the fitness guru whose flamboyant personality and infectious energy made him a mainstay of television talk shows and infomercials for years, was found dead at his Hollywood Hills home today, one day after his 76th birthday.
    Simmons’ death was first reported by TMZ.
    Authorities were dispatched at 9:55 a.m. Saturday to 1350 Belfast Drive in Hollywood Hills West on a call of a cardiac arrest/suspected death, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. They did not transport
  • More than 50 guns stolen from Orange store after burglars use car to ram security gates

    More than 50 guns stolen from Orange store after burglars use car to ram security gates
    Orange police were searching for approximately 10 men who used a car to smash the front of a gun shop on Tustin Avenue before going in and stealing dozens of firearms early Saturday morning, July 13, authorities said.
    The heist at Fowler’s Gun Room, 358 S. Tustin Ave., was completed within a few minutes after the men arrived in three vehicles at about 5 a.m., Orange Police Lt. Phil McMullin said.
    One of the suspects put a silver Kia sedan into reverse and rammed the front of the shop befor
  • Dodgers blow 5-run lead in 9th inning, lose in 10th

    Dodgers blow 5-run lead in 9th inning, lose in 10th
    DETROIT — With the starting rotation in tatters, the Dodgers have asked a lot of their bullpen. A lot.
    The group has mostly been up to the challenge. Not Saturday.
    Ricky Vanasco and Evan Phillips combined to blow a five-run lead in the ninth inning and Yohan Ramirez gave up a two-run home run in the 10th as the Dodgers lost a game they had well in hand, 11-9, on Saturday afternoon.
    The loss was the Dodgers’ ninth in their past 14 games as they stagger toward the All-Star break.
    The D
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  • Dodgers’ Teoscar Hernandez takes Home Run Derby practice run

    Dodgers’ Teoscar Hernandez takes Home Run Derby practice run
    DETROIT — Teoscar Hernandez knows what he’s getting into now.
    An hour before game time Saturday at Comerica Park, the first-time Home Run Derby participant took the field to simulate the Derby as best he could, taking timed swings off Dodgers coach Dino Ebel, who will throw to him Monday at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.
    “It’s good. I’m just trying to get a taste of the timing, the pitches and how I feel, how many swings I’m going to take in one minute,
  • Lakers’ Bronny James open to playing in G League

    Lakers’ Bronny James open to playing in G League
    LAS VEGAS — It’s common for second-round picks – especially ones selected in the back half of the round – to spend a significant portion of their first NBA season in the G League.
    The Lakers’ 2023 second-round pick, Maxwell Lewis, played 25 games for the organization’s G League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers, after being selected 40th overall.
    So when asked about a potential G League assignment at some point during his rookie season, Bronny James seemed open
  • Who can resist puppies? Meet Starsky and Hutch

    Who can resist puppies? Meet Starsky and Hutch
    Breed: Beagle-Chihuahua mixes
    Age: 6 months
    Sex: Males
    Size: Starsky, 10 pounds; Hutch, 8 pounds
    Starsky and Hutch’s story: These brothers are good with other dogs, friendly with new people, and pretty active little guys. They’re a bit shy at first, but warm up after getting to know someone new. They love to snuggle and know how to use a doggy door. Expect them to grow bigger.
    Adoption cost: $550 each; they do not need to be adopted together but can be
    Adoption procedure: Contact Kim
  • Calico kitty Bella is a sweetheart who loves to cuddle

    Calico kitty Bella is a sweetheart who loves to cuddle
    Breed: Domestic shorthair calico
    Age: About 1 year
    Sex: Spayed female
    Bella’s story: Look no further – you’ve found your ideal cat. Bella is a sweet, belly rub-loving girl who will curl up and spend the night in your bed, preferably right next to you. She is in a foster home with three adult cats and a kitten. She started playing with the kitten a couple of weeks ago. She loves the people in her foster family. Bella is up-to-date on her vaccinations and flea- and parasite-free.
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  • Dr. Ruth Westheimer, America’s diminutive and pioneering sex therapist, dies at 96

    Dr. Ruth Westheimer, America’s diminutive and pioneering sex therapist, dies at 96
    By MARK KENNEDY | Associated Press
    Dr. Ruth Westheimer, the diminutive sex therapist who became a pop icon, media star and bestselling author through her frank talk about once-taboo bedroom topics, has died. She was 96.
    Westheimer died Friday at her home in New York City, surrounded by her family, according to publicist and friend Pierre Lehu.
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    Westheimer never advocated risky sexual behavior. Instead, she encouraged open dialogue on previously closeted issues that affected her audience of mil
  • Euro 2024 final: What you need to know as Spain faces England

    Euro 2024 final: What you need to know as Spain faces England
    BERLIN — Spain and England meet in the final of the European Championship on Sunday. Spain is seeking a record fourth title at the Euros to break a tie with Germany/West Germany, while England is bidding for a first major trophy in men’s soccer since the 1966 World Cup.
    Kickoff is at noon PT in Berlin. Here’s what to know about the match:
    Match facts
    — Spain will start as the favorite after winning all six of its matches at Euro 2024 and being widely regarded as the best
  • Dry lightning and gusty winds could increase wildfire dangers in Southern California this weekend

    Dry lightning and gusty winds could increase wildfire dangers in Southern California this weekend
    A red flag warning has been issued for parts of Ventura and Los Angeles counties, and a fire weather watch has been issued for much of Riverside County as dry lightning and gusty winds increase the threat of wildfires, the National Weather Service said on Saturday, July 13.
    Red flag warnings mean weather conditions could lead to a wildfire within 24 hours. A fire watch is issued when dangerous weather could exist in the next 12-72 hours.
    “An upper-atmospheric weather disturbance off the Pa
  • Wimbledon: Alcaraz faces Djokovic again in men’s final

    Wimbledon: Alcaraz faces Djokovic again in men’s final
    LONDON — Not surprisingly, Novak Djokovic was far from convinced he could win Wimbledon when the tournament began less than a month after his surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.
    “I was just thinking about moving well (and) not injuring myself,” he said.
    After getting through his first few matches at the All England Club, though, Djokovic thought: “OK, I’m actually playing close to my best, and I can have a shot at the title.”
    Now he’s ju
  • Tour de France: Pogacar extends lead with mountainous 14th stage win

    Tour de France: Pogacar extends lead with mountainous 14th stage win
    SAINT-LARY-SOULAN PLA D’ADET, France — Two-time champion Tadej Pogacar surged ahead on the last climb to win the mountainous 14th stage of the Tour de France and extend his overall lead to nearly two minutes on Saturday.
    The elite climbers’ duel between Pogacar and two-time defending champion Jonas Vingegaard finally came when Pogacar peeled away with about five kilometers (three miles) left.
    Pogacar caught up with and overtook his UAE Emirates teammate Adam Yates, while Vingeg
  • Wimbledon: Krejcikova beats Paolini for second Grand Slam trophy

    Wimbledon: Krejcikova beats Paolini for second Grand Slam trophy
    LONDON — Barbora Krejcikova won Wimbledon for her second Grand Slam title with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 victory over Jasmine Paolini in the final on Saturday.
    Krejcikova is a 28-year-old from the Czech Republic who adds this trophy to her championship at the French Open in 2021.
    She was unseeded in Paris back then and was only the 31st of 32 seeds at the All England Club after illness and a back injury this season limited her to a 7-9 record entering this tournament.
    Krejcikova is the eighth woman
  • Thinking about lawns and gardens during this powerful summer heat

    Thinking about lawns and gardens during this powerful summer heat
    With the recurring droughts we have endured over the past several decades, lawns have all but vanished from Southern California. 
    Perhaps I should say new lawns since some old lawns are still green and do not need copious amounts of water to stay that way. Often these are hybrid lawns that may have started as tall fescue (typically the Marathon brand) but over time were taken over by perennial grasses such as Bermuda and Kikuyu grass. The former has thin blades and the latter has wider blad
  • Latest “State of Immigrants” report reveals ongoing barriers for L.A. County’s fastest-growing group

    Latest “State of Immigrants” report reveals ongoing barriers for L.A. County’s fastest-growing group
    Over 3 million Los Angeles County residents are immigrants, according to the newest report from USC’s Equity Research Institute. But these diverse communities, facing longstanding barriers, still struggle to get culturally competent services, food security, medical treatment and other resources, researchers say.
    The latest State of Immigrants in L.A. County (SOILA) report — launched at the 5th annual Immigration Summit, hosted by the California Community Foundation in Los Angeles on
  • Susan Shelley: Gavin Newsom’s pipe-dream goes up in smoke

    Susan Shelley: Gavin Newsom’s pipe-dream goes up in smoke
    On Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom was in New Hampshire, the world capital of presidential ambition.
    Newsom was campaigning as a surrogate for the country’s politically decomposing president, still Joe Biden as of this writing. The governor stepped away from California’s problems to be the featured speaker at the “Blue Summer Campaign Kick-off” hosted by New Hampshire House and Senate Democrats. Tickets were free. A Boston TV station reported that about 200 people RSVP’d
  • Lock in 5% CDs before the Fed starts cutting rates

    Lock in 5% CDs before the Fed starts cutting rates
    Not everyone will be happy when the Federal Reserve begins lowering interest rates after it declares victory over inflation.
    Remember, there is a large but low-profile flock of folks with money who like to profit in a very old-fashioned way – savings accounts.
    For almost two years, these investors enjoyed the highest rates on these zero-risk bets since the turn of the century. But now it seems the “bull market” for no-brainer savings may be coming to an end.
    So for fans of
  • Larry Wilson: To weave a better cloth in common

    Larry Wilson: To weave a better cloth in common
    I’d heard about the Aspen Institute’s new effort to go beyond ordinary politics in our fractious America and focus instead on what we have in common.
    Because, otherwise, it’s pretty bad out there. When we just parrot the — admit it — propaganda of our own tribe, we’re not going to get anywhere.
    Before I get to the really good stuff that Weave: The Social Fabric Project is doing, I will go to a family version of the really divisive stuff we all are living.
    A co
  • 3rd annual Marian Days celebration at Christ Cathedral expects largest crowd yet

    3rd annual Marian Days celebration at Christ Cathedral expects largest crowd yet
    Mai Vu, 66, drove eight hours from Santa Rosa to Garden Grove to join the more than 20,000 Catholic faithful expected to attend the Marian Days festival at the Christ Cathedral.
    This is the third year making the trek with her friends for the two-day event that continues Saturday with masses, a rosary procession onto the streets, workshops, cultural dances, inspirational speakers, live entertainment and more.
    The Vietnamese choir performs during the first day of the Diosese of Orange’s
  • Orange County restaurants shut down by health inspectors (July 4-11)

    Orange County restaurants shut down by health inspectors (July 4-11)
    Restaurants and other food vendors ordered to close and allowed to reopen by Orange County health inspectors from July 4 to July 11.
    Donut Villa, 801 N. Fairview St., Santa AnaClosed: July 10
    Reason: Cockroach infestation
    Reopened: July 10Frida & Diego Mexican Restaurant, 6300 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road, AnaheimClosed: July 9
    Reason: Rodent infestationPepz Pizza, 6304 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road, AnaheimClosed: July 9
    Reason: Rodent infestation
    Reopened: July 10
    Updates since last week’s li
  • Column: Do we need movie stars?

    Column: Do we need movie stars?
    Why aren’t actors like Jon Bernthal, Oscar Isaac and Walton Goggins “the biggest movie stars in the world right now?,” someone wondered on social media recently, comparing their talents to Robert De Niro and his peers in the 1970s.
    Hollywood has weathered shifting tides since the dawn of cinema. But it’s only more recently that stardom itself, as a pop cultural force, has taken such a hit. Even so, the question gave me pause. What are we being denied, if anything, when ac
  • When ‘universal’ pre-K really isn’t: Barriers to participating abound

    When ‘universal’ pre-K really isn’t: Barriers to participating abound
    Elaine S. Povich | Stateline.org (TNS)
    When Tanya Gillespie-Lambert goes to an event in a local park in Camden, New Jersey, she takes a handful of brochures about free preschool with her. She has no hesitation about approaching strangers — moms with kids especially — to plug the service in the local public school district, where she’s director of community and parent involvement.
    Gillespie-Lambert and her team also hold door-knocking events several times a year to put the word
  • Mishandled bodies, mixed-up remains prompt tougher funeral home regulations

    Mishandled bodies, mixed-up remains prompt tougher funeral home regulations
    Kevin Hardy | Stateline.org (TNS)
    The headlines were the stuff of nightmares.
    One Colorado funeral home owner let the body of a woman decompose for two years in a hearse parked outside a house he rented, while hoarding the cremated remains of dozens of others inside.
    Last year, authorities discovered nearly 200 improperly stored bodies at another Colorado funeral home after receiving an odor complaint from neighbors. Investigators later learned that the funeral home had sent
  • Emergency fund amount: How much should you have in emergency savings?

    Emergency fund amount: How much should you have in emergency savings?
    Marcos Cabello | Bankrate.com (TNS)
    When unexpected expenses arise, having an emergency fund can provide peace of mind and financial stability. However, Bankrate’s 2024 Annual Emergency Savings Report found that the majority of U.S. adults (56 percent) do not have enough emergency savings to cover even three months of expenses.
    So, how much emergency savings should you have? For some, following the standard advice of three to six months of living expenses might be suffi
  • Gas taxes can’t pay for roads much longer, but Amazon deliveries might

    Gas taxes can’t pay for roads much longer, but Amazon deliveries might
    Alex Brown | Stateline.org (TNS)
    For decades, states have relied on gas taxes to provide much of the money to maintain roads and bridges. But as cars become more fuel efficient, and some Americans switch to electric vehicles, state leaders say the gas tax won’t pay the bills for much longer.
    At the same time, many cities have seen their streets crowded with delivery trucks from Amazon and other companies, as consumers increasingly opt to have products delivered to their homes. In a few sta
  • Commercial property market a waiting game ahead of election

    Commercial property market a waiting game ahead of election
    Occasionally, it’s a great idea to clear your mind, empty the inbox, and allow your thoughts to be random. Today, dear readers, is such a moment.
    It’s fascinating how the mind can wander through a labyrinth of thoughts, each one seemingly unrelated yet all part of the same intricate web of our daily lives.
    Today, I’m embracing the randomness and sharing a glimpse into the eclectic musings of a commercial real estate broker’s mind.
    Someone famous once opined, they’re
  • Jordan Miller leads Clippers past Nuggets in Summer League opener

    Jordan Miller leads Clippers past Nuggets in Summer League opener
    As a two-way player, Jordan Miller spent most of his rookie season playing on the Clippers’ G League team in Ontario.
    But that was last season.
    This season, Miller is looking to earn significant minutes beyond the 28 he played over eight NBA games in 2023-24 and he took a big step forward with a strong display in the Clippers’ first Summer League opener on Friday night in Las Vegas.
    Miller scored 36 points on 11-of-18 shooting (6 for 10 from 3-point range) to lead the Clippers to an
  • Willie Calhoun’s 2nd homer gives Angels a 10-inning, walk-off win against Mariners

    Willie Calhoun’s 2nd homer gives Angels a 10-inning, walk-off win against Mariners
    ANAHEIM — Willie Calhoun finished the game the way he started on Friday night.
    Calhoun blasted a two-run, walk-off homer in the 10th inning to lift the Angels to a 6-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners in the second game of their four-game series on Friday night at Angel Stadium.
    Calhoun, who had hit just one homer since May 12, also hit a two-run homer in the first to help the Angels end a seven-game losing streak against their American League West rivals. His third career multi-homer gam
  • Lakers kick off Las Vegas Summer League play with loss to Rockets

    Lakers kick off Las Vegas Summer League play with loss to Rockets
    LAS VEGAS — The crowd inside Thomas & Mack Center is typically extremely pro-Lakers.
    That was especially the case in the Lakers’ first Las Vegas Summer League game on Friday against the Houston Rockets.
    Fans were eager every time second-round draft pick Bronny James, the son of Lakers star LeBron James, had the ball in his hands.
    The younger James, selected No. 55 overall last month after one season at USC, rewarded them early, converting a contested layup for his first points to

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