• Twitter’s more like traveling circus than public square

    Twitter’s more like traveling circus than public square
    SACRAMENTO – Until fairly recently – namely around the time that the world’s richest man, Elon Musk, bought Twitter – conservatives have been hyperventilating about the threat that social media posed to “free speech.” Republicans proposed various big-government solutions to the problem, including having the feds commandeer these private companies and turn them into public utilities.
    This led to proposed federal and state laws that ranged from mandating what th
  • Kim Kardashian condemns Balenciaga in child ad controversy

    Kim Kardashian condemns Balenciaga in child ad controversy
    By Toyin Owoseje
    Kim Kardashian says she is “re-evaluating” her working relationship with Balenciaga after the luxury fashion house featured children cuddling teddy bears dressed in bondage gear in its latest advertising campaign.
    The Skims founder and reality TV star, who has been an ambassador for the fashion label, broke her silence Sunday after receiving a barrage of messages from fans and commentators urging her to denounce the brand.
    In comments posted to her social media, Kard
  • Swanson: UCLA women’s basketball relishes opportunity vs. No. 1 South Carolina

    Swanson: UCLA women’s basketball relishes opportunity vs. No. 1 South Carolina
    It’s not every week the top team in the country invites you over for a playdate.
    Not every season you get a 7-0 start – and a trip to The Bahamas with it.
    Not typically the time of year you’re getting columns about women’s basketball in L.A., either.
    But UCLA, whose whole thing is that it wants to be “uncommon,” is having a moment. (USC is too, actually, with its 6-0 start and the recent recruiting commitment from Sierra Canyon’s Juju Watkins, the No. 1-
  • Death toll in landslide on Italian island of Ischia climbs to 8; area has strong ties to San Pedro

    Death toll in landslide on Italian island of Ischia climbs to 8; area has strong ties to San Pedro
    A dog who got trapped in his owners’ car for some 72 hours peeks through the windscreen while rescuers search for possible survivors of the family in Casamicciola, on the southern Italian island of Ischia, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. Authorities said that the landslide that early Saturday destroyed buildings and swept parked cars into the sea left at least eight people dead and more missing. (AP Photo/Salvatore Laporta)
    A house is left standing on the edge of a landslide in Casamicciola, on the
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  • Status Update: MOMS OC seeks donations to support families this holiday

    Status Update: MOMS OC seeks donations to support families this holiday
    Are you feeling the giving spirit this year?
    If so, MOMS Orange County is looking for supporters for its annual Adopt-A-Family holiday program, which helps struggling families.
    Due to the high number of requests for assistance this year, the Santa Ana-based nonprofit said it needs donors willing to provide gift cards for their families, all of which have at least one child under the age of 2.
    Donors can be individuals, families or even businesses. For more details or to select a family, go to ro
  • China’s Xi faces threat from public anger over ‘zero COVID’

    China’s Xi faces threat from public anger over ‘zero COVID’
    By DAKE KANG
    SHANGHAI — Barely a month after granting himself new powers as China’s potential leader for life, Xi Jinping is facing a wave of public anger of the kind not seen for decades, sparked by his “zero COVID” strategy that will soon enter its fourth year.
    Demonstrators poured into the streets over the weekend in cities including Shanghai and Beijing criticizing the policy, confronting police — and even calling for Xi to step down. On Monday, demonstrators ga
  • Harry Connick Jr. jazzes up the holidays with a tour and ‘Make It Merry’ album

    Harry Connick Jr. jazzes up the holidays with a tour and ‘Make It Merry’ album
    Singer-songwriter, composer, actor and former “American Idol” judge Harry Connick Jr. loves the Christmas season.
    It’s not all about the fancy gifts, twinkling lights and the holiday rush for the Connick family, the 55-year-old performer insists. It’s more about the time spent together, lounging around the house with his wife, Jill, who he says is an “absolutely amazing cook,” and their three adult daughters.
    “We just like being together,” he said
  • Leo Laporte, KFI’s ‘The Tech Guy,’ will retire from radio in December

    Leo Laporte, KFI’s ‘The Tech Guy,’ will retire from radio in December
    Leo Laporte — “The Tech Guy” — heard locally on KFI (640 AM) Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., announced his retirement from radio effective in December. His last live show will air Dec. 18.
    Technically it wasn’t Laporte who announced the retirement … comedian Steve Martin called in to make the announcement for him, during the Nov. 19 edition of the program. Laporte retires after nearly 50 years on the air, the last 19 of which were spent as &ldqu
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  • Just 1 in 20 people in the U.S. have dodged COVID infection so far, study says

    Just 1 in 20 people in the U.S. have dodged COVID infection so far, study says
    An estimated 94% of people in the U.S. have been infected with the COVID-19 virus at least once, according to according to a new paper from researchers at Harvard’s School of Public Health.
    The big reason for the surprising surge? The omicron variant’s record-shattering case rates early this year and middling booster rates that fell short of what experts had hoped to see.
    While that’s far from good news, there is a silver lining: As of early November, the percentage of people w
  • Farm Failures: How the Angels’ player development system broke and the plan to repair it

    Farm Failures: How the Angels’ player development system broke and the plan to repair it
    Note: This is the first of a three-part series examining the causes of the decline of the Angels’ farm system, and what measures they have taken to improve it.The painful narrative around the Angels grows each season, as two of the greatest talents the sport has ever seen watch years pass by without trips to the postseason.
    While the knee-jerk explanation for the Angels’ failures is that they’ve made the wrong moves over the winter, the core issue is that they have had one of
  • Buffalo gunman pleads guilty to racially motivated killings at supermarket

    Buffalo gunman pleads guilty to racially motivated killings at supermarket
    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The white gunman who massacred 10 Black shoppers and workers at a Buffalo supermarket pleaded guilty Monday to murder and hate-motivated terrorism charges, guaranteeing that he will spend the rest of his life in prison.
    Payton Gendron, 19, entered the plea Monday in a courthouse roughly two miles from the grocery store where he used a semiautomatic rifle to carry out a racist assault he hoped would help preserve white power in the U.S.
    He pleaded guilty to all the char
  • Day of Service at CSUF inspires students, faculty to give back

    Day of Service at CSUF inspires students, faculty to give back
    Cal State Fullerton held a Day of Service event Nov. 10 on the CSUF campus, inviting students and faculty to complete tabletop projects on-site. Volunteer projects included packaging produce for Orange County Food Bank, writing postcards and packing comfort kits for deployed service members, and painting murals for local hospitals.
    Volunteers received a Titans Give Back T-shirt.
    Juan Contreras, center, volunteers during California State University, Fullerton’s Day of Service on Thursday, N
  • Inland Empire home sales plummet 40% as payments rise 60%-plus

    Inland Empire home sales plummet 40% as payments rise 60%-plus
    Homebuying’s slump in Riverside and San Bernardino counties pushed sales down 40% in October as house payments jumped more than 60%.
    Inland Empire sales totaled 4,769 in the two counties — down 3,149 from October 2021, according to data from CoreLogic.
    Many house hunters were scared off by surging mortgage rates that cut buying power by 35% in a year, making high home prices even more unaffordable. Overall economic unease, especially soaring inflation, further spooked potential buyer
  • Too soon: Political Cartoons

    Too soon: Political Cartoons
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    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.
  • America needs bipartisan compromise on immigration policy

    America needs bipartisan compromise on immigration policy
    The United States is facing three major problems: a humanitarian crisis at our Southern border, the unauthorized status of over 11 million immigrants, and a shortage of both skilled and unskilled workers.
    All three problems could be remedied significantly with the passage of immigration reform legislation that physically strengthens and enhances the border, provides law enforcement with the resources they need to expeditiously process applications, creates a pathway to citizenship for those who
  • Diesel trucks could be phased out in California in 20 years

    Diesel trucks could be phased out in California in 20 years
    Twenty years from now, diesel-powered trucks in California might go the way of the pay phone and video rental stores.
    That’s the goal of a sweeping new rule before the California Air Resources Board.
    The Advanced Clean Fleets rule, which could get an air board public hearing in spring, seeks to phase out diesel trucks across the state by 2042 at the latest.
    If it’s approved, everything from garbage trucks, delivery vans and buses to long-haul tractor trailers would eventually have to
  • Senior living: Medicare plan finder likely won’t note new $35 cap on out-of-pocket insulin costs

    Senior living: Medicare plan finder likely won’t note new $35 cap on out-of-pocket insulin costs
    By Susan Jaffe,
    Kaiser Health News
    A big cut in prescription drug prices for some Medicare beneficiaries kicks in next year — but finding those savings isn’t easy.
    Congress in August approved a $35 cap on what seniors will pay for insulin as part of the Inflation Reduction Act, along with free vaccines and other Medicare improvements. But the change came too late to add to the Medicare plan finder, the online tool that helps beneficiaries sort through dozens of drug and medical
  • Mexican authorities search for 2 missing Americans in the Gulf of California

    Mexican authorities search for 2 missing Americans in the Gulf of California
    By Karol Suarez, Michelle Watson and Sonya Hamasaki | CNN
    Mexican authorities are searching for two Americans who went missing after a kayaking trip off the coast of Puerto Peñasco in the Gulf of California, local authorities said late Saturday.
    It’s unknown exactly when the couple went missing.
    Yeon-Su Kim is a forestry professor at Northern Arizona University, according to her university bio.
    Kim’s husband is Corey Allen, according to a verified GoFundMe page established to
  • Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano starts first eruption since 1984

    Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano starts first eruption since 1984
    HONOLULU — Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, has started to erupt, prompting volcanic ash and debris to fall nearby, authorities said Monday.
    The eruption began late Sunday night in the summit caldera of the volcano on the Big Island, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Early Monday, it said lava flows were contained within the summit area and weren’t threatening nearby communities.
    “However, lava flows in the summit region are visible from Kona.
  • LA-Orange County home sales dip 38% as payments jump 57%

    LA-Orange County home sales dip 38% as payments jump 57%
    Homebuying’s slump in Los Angeles and Orange counties pushed sales down 38% in October as house payments jumped 57% or more.
    Sales totaled 6,749 in the two counties — down 4,153 from October 2021, according to data from CoreLogic tracking closed transactions for single-family homes and condos, existing and new construction.
    Many house hunters were scared off by surging mortgage rates that cut buying power by 35% in a year that made high home prices unaffordable. Overall economic unea
  • LA-OC home sales dip 38% as payments jump 57%

    LA-OC home sales dip 38% as payments jump 57%
    Homebuying’s slump in Los Angeles and Orange counties pushed sales down 38% in October as house payments jumped 57% or more.
    Sales totaled 6,749 in the two counties — down 4,153 from October 2021, according to data from CoreLogic tracking closed transactions for single-family homes and condos, existing and new construction.
    Many house hunters were scared off by surging mortgage rates that cut buying power by 35% in a year that made high home prices unaffordable. Overall economic unea
  • Kings fall in overtime against Senators

    Kings fall in overtime against Senators
    Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk, second from left, smiles after scoring a goal against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy)
    Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk scores a goal against Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick while Kings center Blake Lizotte watches during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John McCoy)
    Ottawa Senators right
  • No. 19 UCLA routs Bellarmine without Jaylen Clark

    No. 19 UCLA routs Bellarmine without Jaylen Clark
    Bellarmine guard Jaylen Fairman, left, drives past UCLA guard Abramo Canka to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
    Bellarmine guard Jaylen Fairman, left, drives past UCLA guard Dylan Andrews during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
    Bellarmine guard Peter Suder, left, drives to the basket against UCLA guard Jaime Jaquez Jr.
  • John Gibson injured in Ducks’ loss to the Kraken

    John Gibson injured in Ducks’ loss to the Kraken
    Seattle Kraken’s Andre Burakovsky (95) and Anaheim Ducks’ Dmitry Kulikov (29) watch a shot by Burakovsky during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
    Seattle Kraken’s Ryan Donato (9) chases the puck as he is followed by Anaheim Ducks’ Dmitry Kulikov (29) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
    Anaheim Ducks celebrate a goal by Mason Mc
  • Tsohonis, Murray lead Long Beach State to 3rd-place finish in Bahamas

    Tsohonis, Murray lead Long Beach State to 3rd-place finish in Bahamas
    NASSAU, Bahamas — The Long Beach State backcourt found its groove on Sunday. That and some stifling defense set the tone in a 78-58 victory over Vermont in the third-place game of the Baha Mar Hoops Nassau Championship at the Baha Mar Convention Center.
    LBSU (4-3) was short-handed with Jadon Jones unavailable, but Marcus Tsohonis came through with a gritty performance in his absence, going 9 for 19 from the field (3 for 7 from 3-point range) on his way to a team-high 23 points. Returning t
  • 96-year-old wins one heck of a deal

    96-year-old wins one heck of a deal
    By Penny E. Schwartz
    Correspondent
    When contestant Selma Bukstein was offered a chance to change her mind on “Let’s Make a Deal,” she stuck with Curtain Number 3.
    “Everyone in the audience was screaming and yelling,” she said.
    When Bukstein turned around, she saw a brand-new bright red Kia electric car. The 96-year-old Village resident had won the Big Deal of the Day on the TV game show.
    “I was so surprised,” Bukstein recalled in an interview. “It
  • Ducks’ Urho Vaakanainen takes part in pre-game skate, moves closer to returning

    Ducks’ Urho Vaakanainen takes part in pre-game skate, moves closer to returning
    ANAHEIM – There was a valid explanation behind the (somewhat) surprising appearance of Ducks defenseman Urho Vaakanainen during warmups shortly before their game on Sunday against the Seattle Kraken at Honda Center.
    On Saturday, Vaakanainen played his first game – with the AHL San Diego Gulls – since crashing into the end boards in a preseason game against the San Jose Sharks on Sept. 30. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher and hospitalized and released later that night.
    &l
  • More offensive woes for Rams, Bryce Perkins in loss to Chiefs

    More offensive woes for Rams, Bryce Perkins in loss to Chiefs
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On a day that started with Sean McVay being accidentally struck in the face by one of his own players, the hits continued Sunday for the injury-riddled Rams against the mighty Kansas City Chiefs.
    With Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson sidelined, the Rams predictably fell to the Chiefs 26-10 at Arrowhead Stadium. But the short-handed Rams kept it close before backup quarterback Bryce Perkins threw two interceptions in the fourth quarter.
    The Rams might have
  • Notable midterm losses across Southern California

    Notable midterm losses across Southern California
    In the game of politics, there are winners and losers.
    Here, I highlight and discuss the significant figures and entities on the losing side of the ledger across Southern California.
    Some of these fill me with particular joy — you’ll figure out which political graves I’m dancing on — others not so much.
    Here we go.
    1. Christy Smith in L.A. County
    Four years ago, Democrat Christy Smith ousted Republican Assemblyman Dante Acosta in the Santa Clarita area.
    One year and a vot
  • Gift cards, early deals, trips: Why retailers are trying extra hard to woo holiday shoppers

    Gift cards, early deals, trips: Why retailers are trying extra hard to woo holiday shoppers
    Amazon held what amounted to an extra Prime Day in October, blanketing its site with deals. Best Buy rolled out Black Friday-level sales last month. And on Friday, Kohl’s entered the first 200 people to walk into each of its stores into a sweepstakes, with prizes including gift cards to Sephora and a family trip to a Legoland resort.
    With the arrival of the all-important holiday shopping season, retailers are not just competing with one another to attract customers. They are also competing

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