• Pop Mart opens first US store in Costa Mesa

    Pop Mart opens first US store in Costa Mesa
    Pop Mart, a global entertainment company known for its art toys and collectibles, has opened its first U.S. pop-up location in Costa Mesa.
    The 2,148-square-foot store at South Coast Plaza, features art toys that are designed and inspired by popular culture. The company has recruited a variety of designers, including Kenny, Pucky, Ayan, Kasing Lung and Skullpanda to launch thousands of creations that have resonated with customers, the company said.
    The toys include the Zoe Monster Story Series, S
  • Chicago White Sox make Shohei Ohtani work but strike out 15 times in a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels

    Chicago White Sox make Shohei Ohtani work but strike out 15 times in a 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels
    Tim Anderson and José Abreu singled in the first inning for the Chicago White Sox against Shohei Ohtani.
    Anderson reached third and Abreu second on a wild pitch. But the Los Angeles Angels two-way star struck out Gavin Sheets to end the threat.
    The Sox had another big opportunity in the fourth, loading the bases. But Ohtani struck out Josh Harrison for the third out.
    The Sox made Ohtani work but they couldn’t cash in Wednesday, falling 4-1 in front of 27,612 at Angel Stadium.
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  • LAFC extends dominance with victory over FC Dallas

    LAFC extends dominance with victory over FC Dallas
    LOS ANGELES — Call it the Chiellini effect. Or perhaps just another positive night for the best team in Major League Soccer.
    Securing a 3-1 victory after a non-stop 90 minutes, the Los Angeles Football Club extended its points lead over the league Wednesday.
    Impressive goals by Danny Musovski, Cristian Arango and Mahala Opoku helped turn away fourth-place FC Dallas on an evening that marked the return of center back Eddie Segura following knee surgery and the presence of its new Itali
  • 1 injured, house destroyed in Victorville explosion

    1 injured, house destroyed in Victorville explosion
    VICTORVILLE — A pre-dawn explosion and fire leveled a home, injuring one person inside, and damaged at least two other homes Wednesday, authorities said.
    The blast occurred shortly before 3 a.m. in the San Bernardino County desert community of Victorville, in the 14900 block of Adalane Court, about an hour’s drive northeast of Los Angeles. The cause of the blast was under investigation.
    Brenda Ogaz said she was awake when she heard an explosion and then a second one.
    “I looked
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  • Shohei Ohtani shuts down White Sox in Angels’ victory

    Shohei Ohtani shuts down White Sox in Angels’ victory
    ANAHEIM ― Shohei Ohtani made history last week by becoming the second player in the history of Major League Baseball to drive in eight runs as a hitter and record double-digit strikeouts as a pitcher. That he did so on consecutive days merely added to his legend.
    Ohtani took the mound again Wednesday. One day after going 3 for 3 with a home run, Ohtani pitched 5⅔ innings and did not allow a run in the Angels’ 4-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
    The Angels have won four cons
  • Norco man gets nearly 14 years in prison for his role in the kidnapping of an Irvine woman

    Norco man gets nearly 14 years in prison for his role in the kidnapping of an Irvine woman
    SANTA ANA — A man pleaded guilty Wednesday and was immediately sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for his part in the kidnapping of an Irvine woman to extort money from her family.
    George Armando Medrano, 36, of Norco, pleaded guilty to kidnapping, burglary and attempted extortion, all felonies. Medrano, who has been in custody since his arrest Aug. 31, 2019, was sentenced to 13 years and eight months in prison, according to court records.
    Co-defendant Ezra Schley, 73, Huntington Be
  • Galaxy allows 3 first-half goals in loss to Minnesota United FC

    Galaxy allows 3 first-half goals in loss to Minnesota United FC
    CARSON — On a night that was viewed as a chance to erase the pain of last week’s U.S. Open Cup loss, the Galaxy only found more frustration Wednesday night.
    The Galaxy (7-5-4, 24 points) allowed a goal inside the first 10 minutes against Minnesota United FC and in the 25th minute, the game was changed as Kevin Cabral was given a red card for violent conduct, leaving the Galaxy down to 10 men for the rest of the night.
    Minnesota United (6-8-3, 18 points) didn’t waste its time, a
  • Orlando Magic extend two-way qualifying offer to Admiral Schofield

    Orlando Magic extend two-way qualifying offer to Admiral Schofield
    The Orlando Magic extended a two-way qualifying offer to Admiral Schofield on Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the situation told the Orlando Sentinel, making him a restricted free agent when free agency officially opens at 12:01 a.m. on Friday.
    If Schofield accepts the qualifying offer, he’ll return to the Magic on a 1-year, two-way contract with $50,000 guaranteed.
    He also has the option of negotiating a standard contract — with Orlando or other teams.
    By making Schofield a re
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  • Angels still deciding who will manage Sunday, Tuesday

    Angels still deciding who will manage Sunday, Tuesday
    ANAHEIM ― Acting manager Ray Montgomery and interim manager Phil Nevin can watch the Angels’ game in Houston together on Sunday, and do so again Tuesday in Miami. They can even sit wherever they please – as long as it isn’t in the Angels’ dugout.
    As a result of the overlapping suspensions to Montgomery and Nevin, a temporary manager and bench coach will be needed for two of the Angels’ nine games on their upcoming road trip. As of Wednesday, those roles remain
  • Dodgers’ offense finally wakes up at Coors Field in win over Rockies

    Dodgers’ offense finally wakes up at Coors Field in win over Rockies
    DENVER — The Dodgers checked in to Coors Field on Monday. They finally took advantage of its amenities on Wednesday.
    Home runs by Freddie Freeman, Will Smith and Cody Bellinger highlighted an 11-hit night as the Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies, 8-4, to avoid a three-game sweep in Denver.
    The Dodgers were shut out on Monday and managed a total of just 12 hits while losing the first two games of the series.  Add the season-opening series loss and the Dodgers had scored a total of 15 r
  • Westminster police seek driver in hit-and-run that injured a woman

    Westminster police seek driver in hit-and-run that injured a woman
    WESTMINSTER — A woman in her 30s was struck by a hit-and-run driver while walking her dogs Wednesday, sending her to a hospital in critical condition.
    The woman, who is 30 to 35 years old, was crossing a street at Kalamath Drive and Iroquois Road just before 6:15 a.m. when she was struck by a silver Ford Explorer, Westminster police Cmdr. Kevin MacCormick said.
    The intersection is a four-way stop in a residential neighborhood, MacCormick said. Nearby freeway construction has led to an incr
  • Italian veteran Giorgio Chiellini excited to join LAFC

    Italian veteran Giorgio Chiellini excited to join LAFC
    Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini has no plans of being anyone but himself.
    For however long Chiellini wears Black & Gold, Los Angeles Football Club fans should not desire more than that.
    Joining Major League Soccer at the tail end of his stellar career, the lanky 37-year-old center back, a Juventus legend and Italian national team captain, has been heralded as highly intelligent and a gladiator on the field.
    “This is a day clubs dream of and a day I’ve dreamt of since star
  • Congresswoman Liz Cheney tells crowd at Reagan Library “we forget the price of freedom”

    Congresswoman Liz Cheney tells crowd at Reagan Library “we forget the price of freedom”
    By Marianne Love, correspondent
    The Wyoming Republican Congresswoman, one of two representing her party on the Jan. 6 committee looking into the insurrection against the U.S. Capitol in 2021 took to the stage Wednesday to voice her opinion about what she thinks it is to be a member of the GOP party, and where its focus and direction should be.
    Liz Cheney spoke to 700-plus attendees at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, sharing her message about the meaning, and cos
  • California exposes names, addresses of potentially hundreds of thousands of gun permit applicants

    California exposes names, addresses of potentially hundreds of thousands of gun permit applicants
    SACRAMENTO – The personal information of California residents who received or were denied a concealed and carry weapons permit between 2011 and 2021 was wrongly disclosed online this week, according to the California Attorney General’s Office.
    The data breach, which could potentially involve hundreds of thousands of gun owners, occurred as part of an update to the state Department of Justice’s 2022 Firearms Dashboard Portal, the office said in a statement Wednesday. The informa
  • California exposes names, addresses of potentially hundreds of thousands of concealed weapon permit applicants

    California exposes names, addresses of potentially hundreds of thousands of concealed weapon permit applicants
    SACRAMENTO – The personal information of California residents who received or were denied a concealed and carry weapons permit between 2011 and 2021 was wrongly disclosed online this week, according to the California Attorney General’s Office.
    The data breach, which could potentially involve hundreds of thousands of gun owners, occurred as part of an update to the state Department of Justice’s 2022 Firearms Dashboard Portal, the office said in a statement Wednesday. The informa
  • Hoornstra: Lakewood’s baseball culture lives on through 3 MLB alumni

    Hoornstra: Lakewood’s baseball culture lives on through 3 MLB alumni
    The city of Lakewood sprang to existence as a conduit to home ownership for World War II veterans. In a span of three years at the turn of the century, empty fields gave way to 17,500 homes. It is still regarded as one of the original model bedroom communities in Southern California.
    It is also the hometown of three established major leaguers: Angels infielder Matt Duffy, Seattle Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford and Atlanta Braves catcher Travis d’Arnaud. All three graduated from Lakewood
  • New problem for ‘Erin Brockovich’ town: Burning poop

    New problem for ‘Erin Brockovich’ town: Burning poop
    On the evening of May 28, residents of the unincorporated high desert outpost of Hinkley who cranked up their swamp coolers, or stepped outside for a clear view of the stars, noticed a foul stench in the air.
    And it didn’t go away. An odor reminiscent of burning plastic mixed with smoldering sewage has plagued the roughly 3,000 people who call Hinkley home for going on five weeks. Now, residents are reporting sinus issues, headaches, nausea and sick pets. One woman’s doctor, an
  • Andrew Vaughn, back at the site of his big-league debut, is putting up All-Star-caliber numbers for the Chicago White Sox

    Andrew Vaughn, back at the site of his big-league debut, is putting up All-Star-caliber numbers for the Chicago White Sox
    A tribute board hangs near the entrance of the visiting clubhouse at Angel Stadium, acknowledging players who made their major-league debuts at the ballpark since 2020.
    The list includes Andrew Vaughn.
    The Chicago White Sox designated hitter enjoyed returning to Angel Stadium this week.
    “It’s kind of cool,” Vaughn said before Monday’s series opener against the Los Angeles Angels. “They have a little thing in the clubhouse that has a bunch of (autographed) balls from
  • Ready to retire, Dodgers’ David Price content in relief role

    Ready to retire, Dodgers’ David Price content in relief role
    DENVER — Andrew Heaney made two starts in April then went to the injured list for two months with a shoulder problem.
    Tyler Anderson stepped into the rotation. David Price’s name never really came up.
    Clayton Kershaw went to the IL for over a month with the latest renewal of his back issues.
    Again, Price was not mentioned as an option to help absorb Kershaw’s absence in the starting rotation.
    Earlier this month, it happened again. Walker Buehler was subtracted from the Dodgers&
  • Mo Bamba becomes unrestricted free agent, but reunion with Magic possible

    Mo Bamba becomes unrestricted free agent, but reunion with Magic possible
    The Orlando Magic didn’t tender a qualifying offer to Mo Bamba by Wednesday, which will make him an unrestricted free agent when free agency officially opens at 12:01 a.m. Friday, a person with knowledge of the situation told the Orlando Sentinel.
    The Magic not extending the qualifying offer doesn’t mean Bamba won’t return. They still have an interest in bringing him back and are expected to work on negotiating a new deal when the period opens.
    Bamba, the No. 6 pick in the 2018
  • Thursday procession, memorial service to honor two El Monte police officers killed in the line of duty

    Thursday procession, memorial service to honor two El Monte police officers killed in the line of duty
    A memorial service for two El Monte Police Department officers killed in the line of duty this month will be held Thursday morning following a procession from the city police department.
    Cpl. Michael Domingo Paredes, 42, and Officer Joseph Anthony Santana, 31, were fatally shot while responding to a report of a possible stabbing when they encountered a gunman inside the Siesta Inn on Garvey Avenue on Tuesday, June 14. Paredes served with the department for more than 20 years; Santana was a one-y
  • Procession, memorial service to honor two El Monte police officers killed in the line of duty

    Procession, memorial service to honor two El Monte police officers killed in the line of duty
    A memorial service for two El Monte Police Department officers killed in the line of duty this month will be held Thursday morning following a procession from the city police department.
    Cpl. Michael Domingo Paredes, 42, and Officer Joseph Anthony Santana, 31, were fatally shot while responding to a report of a possible stabbing when they encountered a gunman inside the Siesta Inn on Garvey Avenue on Tuesday, June 14. Paredes served with the department for more than 20 years; Santana was a one-y
  • Lakers face daunting task in free agency without much to spend

    Lakers face daunting task in free agency without much to spend
    Last season, the Lakers took a chance: They signed Malik Monk, a former lottery pick fallen on hard times, to a minimum deal.
    Monk has talked several times about the ache of last summer – hoping for bigger deals before swallowing his pride to come to L.A. at the minimum. It turned out to be a win-win: Monk helped the Lakers absorb a season-long injury to Kendrick Nunn, starting 37 games and averaging 13.8 points as one of the team’s microwave scorers. Playing for the Lakers helped re
  • Mo Bamba becomes unrestricted free agent after Magic don’t make offer

    Mo Bamba becomes unrestricted free agent after Magic don’t make offer
    The Orlando Magic didn’t tender a qualifying offer to Mo Bamba by Wednesday, which will make him an unrestricted free agent when free agency opens at 12:01 a.m. Friday, a person with knowledge of the situation told the Orlando Sentinel.
    The Magic not extending the qualifying offer doesn’t mean Bamba won’t return. They still have an interest in bringing him back and are expected to work on negotiating a new deal when free agency opens.
    Bamba, the No. 6 pick in the 2018 draft, fi
  • Four takeaways from the Orioles’ final series of a winning June: Dean Kremer shines and Cedric Mullins covers ground

    Four takeaways from the Orioles’ final series of a winning June: Dean Kremer shines and Cedric Mullins covers ground
    For the most part, the low points the Orioles experienced Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners were infrequent in June. Those lopsided losses — the kind that have been all too familiar throughout four years of a rebuild — suddenly gave way to more wins.
    Baltimore clinched its first winning month since August 2017 on Monday night, sealing the 14-12 June with a series-opening win against the Mariners. Getting that win out of the way was imperative, given it was their only victory in
  • 6 months’ home confinement for ex-USC soccer coach in college admissions scam

    6 months’ home confinement for ex-USC soccer coach in college admissions scam
    BOSTON — A former University of Southern California soccer coach who took bribes in exchange for helping unqualified kids into the school was sentenced Wednesday to six months in home confinement after cooperating with authorities investigating the college admissions scandal.
    Prosecutors had not been seeking home confinement or prison time for Ali Khosroshahin, citing his quick acceptance of responsibility and his help in prosecuting others in the massive case.
    But U.S. District Judge Indi
  • Last Medal of Honor recipient from World War II dies at 98

    Last Medal of Honor recipient from World War II dies at 98
    By John Raby | Associated Press
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Hershel W. “Woody” Williams, the last remaining Medal of Honor recipient from World War II, whose heroics under fire over several crucial hours at the Battle of Iwo Jima made him a legend in his native West Virginia, died Wednesday. He was 98.
    Williams’ foundation announced on Twitter and Facebook that he died at the Veterans Affairs medical center bearing his name in Huntington.
    “Today, America lost not just a val
  • Overbilling, racism alleged at Costa Mesa Sanitary District

    Overbilling, racism alleged at Costa Mesa Sanitary District
    A $590,000 settlement by the Costa Mesa Sanitary District to end a whistleblower lawsuit has opened a window on allegations of overbilling and racism in the agency.
    The settlement was finalized in February with former Finance Manager Steve Hodges, who alleged retaliation after he accused a veteran district engineer of overbilling for inspections.
    The litigation also unearthed evidence that a high-ranking administrator verbally disparaged Mexican employees and often used the “N-word.”
  • Mets lose pitching duel to Justin Verlander, Astros as losing streak hits 3

    Mets lose pitching duel to Justin Verlander, Astros as losing streak hits 3
    Taijaun Walker refused to be outdueled by Justin Verlander in the Mets’ 2-0 loss to the Astros on Wednesday at Citi Field.
    Of late, the right-hander’s starts have only been getting better and better, reminiscent of his first-half performance in 2021 that earned him his first career All-Star nod. Walker threw 7.1 shutout innings in his best start of the season so far, against an Astros lineup that has given the Mets a lot of trouble. Walker at one point retired nine in a row, matching
  • Yankees Notebook: Aroldis Chapman likely to be activated off IL on Friday

    Yankees Notebook: Aroldis Chapman likely to be activated off IL on Friday
    Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless inning Tuesday night with Triple-A Scranton and his rehab from an ankle issue is over. The Yankees used the time, afforded to them by the excellent performance of Clay Holmes, to rework Chapman’s delivery.
    They’ve seen progress.
    “I think the biggest thing for me [is] it’s delivery related,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday morning before the Yankees swept the A’s at the Stadium. “When he’s in control of

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