• Jeff Bezos sets record with $165 million Beverly Hills home splurge

    Jeff Bezos sets record with $165 million Beverly Hills home splurge
    By Spencer Soper and Sophie Alexander, Bloomberg
    Jeff Bezos is on a shopping spree befitting the world’s richest man.
    The Amazon.com founder agreed to pay $165 million for a Beverly Hills mansion on nine acres, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, setting a record for a Los Angeles-area home.
    The property designed for Hollywood film titan Jack Warner in the 1930s was described by Architectural Digest in 1992 as the “archetypal studio mogul’s estate,” built
  • Motorcyclist killed in crash near highway on-ramp in Irvine

    Motorcyclist killed in crash near highway on-ramp in Irvine
    A motorcyclist was killed Tuesday night in a crash near an on-ramp to the 73 Toll Road in Irvine.
    The crash near the MacArthur Boulevard on-ramp to the northbound 73 occurred a little before 10:15 p.m., the California Highway Patrol reported.
    A SigAlert was issued at 10:24 p.m. closing the on-ramp for an unknown duration and a representative from the coroner’s office was called out to the scene at 10:31 p.m.
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  • Motorcyclist killed in crash near freeway on-ramp in Irvine

    Motorcyclist killed in crash near freeway on-ramp in Irvine
    A motorcyclist was killed Tuesday night in a crash near an on-ramp to the 73 Freeway in Irvine.
    The crash near the MacArthur Boulevard on-ramp to the northbound 73 occurred a little before 10:15 p.m., the California Highway Patrol reported.
    A SigAlert was issued at 10:24 p.m. closing the on-ramp for an unknown duration and a representative from the coroner’s office was called out to the scene at 10:31 p.m.
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  • CIF-SS boys basketball playoffs: Tuesday’s quarterfinals scores, updated schedule

    CIF-SS boys basketball playoffs: Tuesday’s quarterfinals scores, updated schedule
    Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe nowScores from Tuesday’s CIF-SS boys basketball playoffs and the updated schedule.
    OPEN DIVISION
    Pool play, Tuesday
    Pool A
    Sierra Canyon 61, St. Anthony 49
    Etiwanda 60, St. John Bosco 38
    Pool B
    Harvard-Westlake 68, Corona Centennial 57
    Mater Dei 76, Rancho Christian 71
    Pool play, Friday, 7 p.m.
    Pool A
    Etiwanda (2-0) vs. Sierra Canyon (2-0) at Calabasas
    St. John Bosco (0-2) at St. Anthony (0-2)
    Pool B
    Ranch
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  • Housing costs, migration expected to crimp Southern California’s economy

    Housing costs, migration expected to crimp Southern California’s economy
    Southern California’s economy remains strong, but it’s expected to lag slightly behind the state through 2021, according to a new report.
    As with other regions, housing affordability and a net migration inland pose challenges to growth and the efficient movement of people and goods, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. forecast said.
    On the plus side, per capita income growth is expected to continue to outpace the nation and state, buoyed by strong employment in the cons
  • Previews, predictions for Wednesday’s Division 1 girls water polo semifinals

    Previews, predictions for Wednesday’s Division 1 girls water polo semifinals
    Previews of Wednesday’s CIF-SS girls water polo playoffs
    DIVISION 1
    NEWPORT HARBOR (21-7) VS. LAGUNA BEACH (28-1)
    Where, when: Woollett Aquatics Center, 7 p.m.
    Outlook: The top-seeded and defending champion Breakers are 4-0 against the Sailors, though the teams haven’t play in about a month. Laguna Beach also has won 17 consecutive games. The Breakers’ strength is their depth and cohesion. Six different players have scored at least 30 goals, led by center Nicole Struss (66).
    Pr
  • Devin Askew has 43 points as Mater Dei basketball defeats Rancho Christian to stay unbeaten in Open Division

    Devin Askew has 43 points as Mater Dei basketball defeats Rancho Christian to stay unbeaten in Open Division
    TEMECULA >> Friday, Mater Dei boys basketball coach Gary McKnight said he had to put the reins on Devin Askew when his junior point guard picked up three fouls in the opening quarter.
    Askew avoided foul trouble and had free rein of the court Tuesday night, pouring in a game-high 43 points with an 14-of-18 shooting line as No. 7-seeded Mater Dei held off No. 3-seeded Rancho Christian 76-71 to remain unbeaten in the CIF-SS Open Division playoffs.
    Mater Dei (24-6) controls its fate and can ad
  • Bishop Montgomery loses heartbreaker to JSerra in basketball quarterfinals

    Bishop Montgomery loses heartbreaker to JSerra in basketball quarterfinals
    JSerra 7-foot center Hugo Clarkin (32) defends against Xavier Edmonds (24) during the CIF-SS Div. 1 quarterfinals at Bishop Montgomery High School on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)
    JSerra 7-foot center Hugo Clarkin (32) defends against Kelcy Phipps (10) during the CIF-SS Div. 1 quarterfinals at Bishop Montgomery High School on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsJSerra
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  • Capistrano Valley Christian basketball runs out of playoff surprises against Chaminade

    Capistrano Valley Christian basketball runs out of playoff surprises against Chaminade
    Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe nowSAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — The improbable playoff run of Capistrano Valley Christian’s boys basketball team ended Tuesday with a 73-57 loss to Chaminade of West Hills in the CIF-SS Division 2AA quarterfinals at Capistrano Valley Christian School.
    Chaminade (26-7) will play top-seeded Santa Clarita Christian in the semifinals Friday.
    CVC (16-16) had to beat Saddleback Valley Christian in a third-place t
  • 1 firefighter killed, another missing in fire in San Joaquin Valley town of Porterville

    1 firefighter killed, another missing in fire in San Joaquin Valley town of Porterville
    PORTERVILLE — A firefighter was killed and another went missing Tuesday while battling a fire at a Central California library, officials said.
    The blaze was reported at about 4:15 p.m. at the Porterville Public Library in Porterville, north of Bakersfield in the San Joaquin Valley, fire officials said.
    Staff called 911 when they noticed flames in the children’s section of the library, which has about 77,000 books, city librarian Vikki Cervantes told the Visalia Times Delta.
    Flames sh
  • León spoils Carlos Vela’s return to Mexico as LAFC drops CONCACAF Champions League match

    León spoils Carlos Vela’s return to Mexico as LAFC drops CONCACAF Champions League match
    Mexico’s Leon Angel Mena, left, vies for the ball with LAFC’s Eddie Segura during the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 matchup on Tuesday night at Estadio Leon in Mexico. (Photo by Victor Cruz/AFP via Getty Images)
    LEON, MEXICO – FEBRUARY 18: Luis Montes of Leon struggles for the ball with Diego Rossi of Los Angeles during the round of 16 match between Leon and LAFC as part of the CONCACAF Champions League 2020 at Leon Stadium on February 18, 2020 in Leo
  • Fountain Valley basketball tops Yorba Linda to reach semifinals for first time

    Fountain Valley basketball tops Yorba Linda to reach semifinals for first time
    Jeremiah Davis (5) of Fountain Valley drives to the basket against Connor Platt (11) of Yorba Linda during a CIF-SS Division 3A boys basketball playoff game at Yorba Linda High School in Yorba Linda on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)
    Roddie Anderson (10) of Fountain Valley goes over the defense of Omir Memon (21) of Yorba Linda during a CIF-SS Division 3A boys basketball playoff game at Yorba Linda High School in Yorba Linda on Tuesday, February
  • Investigators inspect bones found in Mission Viejo backyard

    Investigators inspect bones found in Mission Viejo backyard
    Investigators spent much of Tuesday examining bones in the backyard of a Mission Viejo home after the homeowner uncovered them Monday, authorities said.
    The homeowner had discovered the bones in a patch of dirt in their home in the 24000 block of Via Madrugada on Monday around noon and had called deputies, said Carrie Braun, spokeswoman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
    Investigators were sent to determine whether the bones were that of a human or an animal, she said.
    Throughout
  • CIF-SS boys soccer playoffs: Tuesday’s quarterfinals scores, updated schedule

    CIF-SS boys soccer playoffs: Tuesday’s quarterfinals scores, updated schedule
    Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe nowScores from Tuesday’s CIF-SS boys soccer playoff games and the updated schedule.
    BOYS SOCCER
    DIVISION 1
    Quarterfinals, Tuesday
    Servite 3, University 1
    Cathedral 1, Santa Barbara 0
    Mission Viejo 2, JSerra 1 (OT)
    Loyola 3, Santa Ana 0
    Semifinals, Saturday, 3 p.m. or 5 p.m.
    Cathedral at Servite
    Mission Viejo at Loyola
    DIVISION 2
    Quarterfinals, Tuesday
    Channel Islands 2, Redondo 0
    La Habra 1, Arlington 0
    St
  • Police agencies must do a better job of protecting privacy

    Police agencies must do a better job of protecting privacy
    California police agencies are making use of automated license plate reading technologies, but aren’t doing enough to protect the privacy of those affected, reported the state auditor last week.
    There is often a tension between law enforcement’s use of novel technologies to gather information that might help hold lawbreakers accountable and the civil liberties of Americans — especially but not only those who have done nothing wrong but who routinely find themselves swept up in
  • Arlington boys soccer takes big fall against La Habra in Division 2 quarterfinals

    Arlington boys soccer takes big fall against La Habra in Division 2 quarterfinals
    La Habra’s Dane Grassbaugh (#20) celebrates with teammates his winning goal against Arlington in a quarterfinal match of the CIF Southern Section Division 2 boys soccer playoffs in Riverside on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributing Photographer)
    La Habra’s team poses for a photo after defeating Arlington 1-0 in a quarterfinal match of the CIF Southern Section Division 2 boys soccer playoffs in Riverside on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Milka Soko, Contributin
  • State travel bans distract from real solutions

    State travel bans distract from real solutions
    Over the past few years, California’s decision-making majority has been on a travel-banning spree.
    As expected, the war of travel bans is escalating. Last week, Texas sued the Golden State over the travel ban imposed on around a dozen states over laws perceived as discriminatory against the LGBT community.
    The ban is only on state-sponsored travel, which includes public employees, college students, student athletes and faculty.
    The Texas lawsuit says California’s law amounts to econo
  • California’s long, complicated primary elections

    California’s long, complicated primary elections
    California moved its primary up from June to March to try to be more influential in the Democratic primary, but it turns out that the drama isn’t about who will win. It’s about who can figure out how to vote.
    Elections used to be simple. There was one Election Day. People mostly showed up to vote in person, with relatively few casting absentee ballots. A machine count of punch-card or ink-a-dot ballots produced nearly complete results on Election Night.
    That was so boring. Today, Cal
  • Servite soccer defeats University to claim first semifinals spot since 2015

    Servite soccer defeats University to claim first semifinals spot since 2015
    Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe nowIRVINE — Servite got a goal and an assist from Jesus Melgoza and controlled most of the action in a 3-1 victory over University in a CIF-SS Division 1 quarterfinal Tuesday at University High School.
    The Friars (12-5-7), who weren’t ranked in the coaches’ final poll, will play host to Cathedral of Los Angeles in a semifinal on Saturday. The Phantoms defeated Santa Barbara 1-0 in their qu
  • Kings fall in Winnipeg, as trade of another veteran looms

    Kings fall in Winnipeg, as trade of another veteran looms
    The Kings’ Derek Forbort, right, and the Winnipeg Jets’ Jansen Harkins compete for the puck during the first period of Tuesday’s game in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)
    Los Angeles Kings’ Dustin Brown (23) scores on Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos An
  • VOTE: Southern California Girls Athlete of the Week (Feb. 21)

    VOTE: Southern California Girls Athlete of the Week (Feb. 21)
    Each week, publications from the The Southern California News Group’s 11 properties (Orange County Register, L.A. Daily News, Press-Enterprise, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Long Beach Press-Telegram, The Daily Breeze, San Bernardino Sun, Daily Bulletin, Redlands Daily Facts, Whittier Daily News and Pasadena-Star News) nominate Athletes of the Week for their respective region.
    Each nominee is entered into the overall Southern California Athlete of the Week county-wide vote.
    Click on the news
  • VOTE: Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week (Feb. 21)

    VOTE: Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week (Feb. 21)
    Each week, publications from the The Southern California News Group’s 11 properties (Orange County Register, L.A. Daily News, Press-Enterprise, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Long Beach Press-Telegram, The Daily Breeze, San Bernardino Sun, Daily Bulletin, Redlands Daily Facts, Whittier Daily News and Pasadena-Star News) nominate Athletes of the Week for their respective region.
    Each nominee is entered into the overall Southern California Athlete of the Week county-wide vote.
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  • Natural gas fire put out in Aliso Viejo

    Natural gas fire put out in Aliso Viejo
    A fire that started in Aliso Viejo after a natural gas line ruptured was knocked down by firefighters on Tuesday evening.
    The fire broke out about 4:30 p.m. in the 22000 block of Pacific Park Drive, said Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Paul Holaday. Authorities evacuated a neighboring gas station and strip mall, Holaday said.
    Fire officials said there were no injuries and crews contained the fire until the gas company arrived to shut off the gas line.
    A construction crew accidentally ruptured
  • Santa Ana boys soccer falls to Loyola in CIF-SS Division 1 quarterfinals

    Santa Ana boys soccer falls to Loyola in CIF-SS Division 1 quarterfinals
    Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe nowSANTA ANA — The city of Santa Ana’s last remaining team in the boys soccer playoffs didn’t advance Tuesday but certainly earned more respect.
    The Orange Coast League champion Saints pushed No. 2 seed Loyola harder than the final score indicated before walking off the pitch with a 3-0 loss in the CIF-SS Division 1 quarterfinals at Santa Ana Stadium.
    Several players from Loyola, ranked No. 1 i
  • Santa Ana boys soccer falls in CIF Division 1 quarterfinals but gains respect from Loyola

    Santa Ana boys soccer falls in CIF Division 1 quarterfinals but gains respect from Loyola
    SANTA ANA The city of Santa Ana’s last remaining team in the boys soccer playoffs didn’t advance Tuesday but certainly earned more respect.
    The Orange Coast League champion Saints pushed No. 2 seed Loyola harder than the final score indicated before walking off the pitch with a 3-0 loss in the CIF-SS Division 1 quarterfinals at Santa Ana Stadium.
    Several players from Loyola, ranked No. 1 in the state by MaxPreps, spent time after the final whistle to console Santa Ana standout forwar
  • CIF-SS playoffs schedule for Wednesday, Feb. 19

    CIF-SS playoffs schedule for Wednesday, Feb. 19
    CIF-SS PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
    WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19
    BOYS BASKETBALL
    Quarterfinals
    DIVISION 2A
    Bonita vs. Pacifica Christian/NB at Vanguard University, 7:30 p.m.
    GIRLS BASKETBALL
    Games 7 p.m. unless noted
    OPEN DIVISION
    Pool play, Pool A
    Lynwood (0-1) at Mater Dei (1-0)
    Pool play, Pool B
    Rosary (0-1) at Windward (1-0)
    DIVISION 1
    Quarterfinals
    Troy at Eastvale Roosevelt
    DIVISION 2AA
    Flintridge Prep at Orangewood Academy
    Fairmont Prep at Saugus
    DIVISION 2A
    San Clemente at Summit
    Burbank Burroughs at Whi
  • Angels photo day at spring training: See the new and returning faces

    Angels photo day at spring training: See the new and returning faces
    Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout poses for a portrait during Spring Training Photo Day at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)
    Los Angeles Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani poses for a portrait during Spring Training Photo Day at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels infielder Anthony
  • Jenny Offill talks ‘Weather,’ climate change and presidential elections ahead of Los Angeles book event

    Jenny Offill talks ‘Weather,’ climate change and presidential elections ahead of Los Angeles book event
    Jenny Offill spent years paring down her new novel “Weather” into short powerful fragments saturated with meaning, emotion and humor. Offill said she aimed to write sudden flurries of action followed by quieter sections to mimic the changes in the weather.
    “I was thinking how people say that a novel is atmospheric — and I was like, well, what would that look like if it was really atmospheric?” said the author, who will be coming to Skylight Books in Los Angeles on W
  • Rob Manfred apologizes for ‘piece of metal’ remark, explains why players were granted ‘blanket immunity’

    Rob Manfred apologizes for ‘piece of metal’ remark, explains why players were granted ‘blanket immunity’
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — It has not been a good few days for MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.
    Possibly the best player in the history of one sport (Mike Trout) called the sign-stealing scandal surrounding the Houston Astros “sad” and said the punishment wasn’t enough.
    Possibly the best player in the history of an entirely different sport (LeBron James) piled on, calling the commissioner out on Twitter on Tuesday to do something about the “disgusted, mad, hurt, broken”
  • Orange County DA, public defender clash again in court over mishandled evidence

    Orange County DA, public defender clash again in court over mishandled evidence
    Fired Orange County sheriff’s Deputy Joseph Atkinson had a chronic problem when it came to booking evidence. Twenty-six times in two years, Atkinson wrote in his official reports that he had booked property he had seized — drugs, weapons, videos — when he had not.
    According to internal sheriff’s investigation records, the seven-year veteran falsely reported on four occasions from 2016 to 2018 that he had booked methamphetamine evidence. On another four occasions, he repor

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