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Federal judge casts doubt on Trump’s drilling plans because they ignore climate change

By JULIET EILPERIN WASHINGTON – A federal judge ruled late Tuesday that the Interior Department violated federal law by failing to take into account the climate impact of its oil and gas leasing in the West. The decision by U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras of Washington marks the first time the Trump administration has been held to account for the climate impact of its energy-dominance agenda, and it could have sweeping implications for the president’s plan to boost fossil fuel production a...
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How Rick Singer started the college admissions cheating scandal? It began with a reality TV audition

Rick Singer looks straight into the camera, auditioning for his own reality show about the cutthroat world of college admissions. Wearing a light blue sweater vest, he pitches himself as a “life-coach” for families desperate to get their kids into Stanford, Yale and USC. He has the look of a tennis pro and a voice that could pass for New York “fixer” Michael Cohen. “This is a game,’’ he says on the production company video submitted to a network in 2010 and unearthed last week by TMZ . “Just rea...
Tags: Politics, New York, Hollywood, News, California, Stanford, Boston, Africa, Sports, California News, Sacramento, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Higher Education, Phil Mickelson

LAPD civilian discipline option to be considered by City Council

LOS ANGELES — A new policy allowing police officers to chose a disciplinary panel composed of three civilian members is set to be considered Wednesday by a Los Angeles City Council committee. The City Council voted last year to have the city’s attorneys draft a proposed ordinance that would give Los Angeles police officers facing possible discipline the option of appearing before an all-civilian review board, or the current and only option of two command-level officers and a civilian. The ordina...
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New Zealand massacre shines light on threat of far right extremism worldwide

The mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, which left 49 dead and many others injured, is a reminder that far-right, white supremacist ideology — which was linked to an overwhelming majority of violent extremist murders in the United States in 2017 — is the “most prominent and ascendant threat not just in the United States, but around the world,” a Southern California expert who studies hate and extremism said Friday. A 74-page manifesto posted online by the 28-year-old man charged with the...
Tags: News, White House, Sport, Soccer, United States, New Zealand, Norway, Donald Trump, Adolf Hitler, Christchurch, Southern California, Trump, Charleston, Levin, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Irvine CA

Trump issues first veto after rebuke of border emergency order

By JILL COLVIN and ZEKE MILLER WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump issued the first veto of his presidency on Friday, overruling Congress to protect his emergency declaration for border wall funding. Flanked by law enforcement officials as well as the parents of children killed by people in the country illegally, Trump maintained that he is not through fighting for his signature campaign promise, which stands largely unfulfilled 18 months before voters decide whether to grant him another term. T...
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Potential presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg visits West Hollywood

WEST HOLLYWOOD — South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a potential candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, expressed optimism about his chances for victory Thursday night in West Hollywood. “The path is narrow, but I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t see a path,” Buttigieg told Fox11 at what his staff called a “meet and greet” at Bar Lubitsch. “What we found is, if we get in front of people, they respond.” The not-yet-a-candidate’s name is pronounced “BOOT-edge-edge.” The appr...
Tags: Politics, Hollywood, News, America, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Sport, Cnn, Afghanistan, Soccer, Harvard University, Beverly Hills, Warren, Smith, Los Angeles City Council, Presidential Election

Senate rejects Trump border emergency as Republicans defect

By ALAN FRAM, LISA MASCARO and CATHERINE LUCEY WASHINGTON — The Republican-run Senate rejected President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border on Thursday, setting up a veto fight and dealing him a conspicuous rebuke as he tested how boldly he could ignore Congress in pursuit of his highest-profile goal. The Senate voted 59-41 to cancel Trump’s February proclamation of a border emergency, which he invoked to spend $3.6 billion more for border barriers than Co...
Tags: Utah, News, Congress, Washington, Mexico, Senate, White House, Immigration, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Maine, Tennessee, House, Mitt Romney, Associated Press

Officials to tout 2.25-mile LAX Automated People Mover at groundbreaking

LOS ANGELES — A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Thursday for the 2.25-mile Automated People Mover at Los Angeles International Airport, which aims to cut down on auto traffic traveling in and out of the facility, officials said. The project has a targeted opening date of 2023. The groundbreaking ceremony will include Mayor Eric Garcetti, members of the City Council, officials from Los Angeles World Airports and other leaders. The Automated People Mover train is seen above the terminal l...
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Gov. Gavin Newsom’s death penalty moratorium lauded and lambasted

As workers dismantled California’s apple-green execution chamber Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s death penalty moratorium was criticized as a slap in the face to voters and praised as a strike for humanity. Newsom’s executive order, blocking execution for 737 prisoners on death row at San Quentin State Prison, came just as efforts to hasten executions were beginning to pick up steam in the aftermath of a 2016 ballot measure approved by voters. There has not been an execution in the state since 20...
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Joshua Tree to expand and 716,000 acres gain protection as Trump signs lands package

A years-long bipartisan effort to protect Southern California’s desert has paid off. President Donald Trump signed a national public lands package Tuesday, March 12, that includes legislation protecting 716,000 acres in Southern California. The land includes off-highway vehicle recreation areas, open space and wilderness in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts, and expands Joshua Tree and Death Valley national parks. The Southern California legislation was written by Rep. Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley, an...
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Presidential candidate Gov. Jay Inslee brings campaign to Malibu Hills mobile home park hit by Woolsey fire

AGOURA HILLS — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will take his nascent campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination to the Malibu Hills Monday to meet with residents of a Malibu Hills mobile home park devastated in the Woolsey fire. Inslee, who earlier this month launched a campaign overwhelmingly focused on climate change, is set to tour the Seminole Springs Mobile Home Park, where nearly 100 homes were destroyed in November, his campaign announced. California is the fourth state on what the In...
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Hollywood heavyweights boost Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s potential presidential bid in Beverly Hills events

BEVERLY HILLS — New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is scheduled to hold two fundraisers in Beverly Hills Saturday and Sunday for her exploratory campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. Gillibrand will hold a late afternoon reception Saturday at the home of Allison and Larry Berg, with comedian Will Ferrell and prolific television producer Shonda Rhimes among the co-hosts. The suggested contribution levels are $500, $1,000 and $2,800, according to an invitation obtained by City News Se...
Tags: Politics, New York, Hollywood, Shonda Rhimes, News, Washington, Senate, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Hillary Clinton, House, Beverly Hills, Howard Schultz, Cbs

Will California get rid of daylight saving? Only time will tell

Daylight saving time began at 2 a.m. today, so let’s take a minute to talk about time. Assembly Bill 7 After a failed attempt to end daylight saving time in California in 2016, Proposition 7 passed with 59.75 percent in favor of ending daylight saving time in 2018. It’s going to take time before daylight saving ends in the state. AB 7 needs a two-thirds vote by the Legislature and must be signed by the governor, then will need to be approved by the federal government. The state government is e...
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LA City Council votes to shut off utilities at illegal marijuana shops

The Los Angeles City Council voted Friday, March 8, 2019, to authorize the LADWP to shut off the utilities at illegal marijuana businesses. Mayor Eric Garcetti must sign the ordinance in order for it to become official. (AP file photo/Richard Vogel) LOS ANGELES — With hundreds of illegal marijuana shops continuing to operate in the city, the Los Angeles City Council on Friday unanimously approved an ordinance aimed at cracking down on the businesses by shutting off their utilities. “These are ...
Tags: Politics, News, California, Marijuana, Los Angeles, Sport, Ap, Soccer, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council, San Bernardino, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Police, LA City Council, Department of Water and Power

Ex-Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort sentenced to 47 months in prison for tax fraud

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been sentenced to 47 months in prison for tax and bank fraud related to his work advising Ukrainian politicians. Judge T.S. Ellis III imposed the sentence Thursday, capping the only jury trial following indictments stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. A jury last year convicted Manafort on eight counts, concluding that he hid from the Internal Revenue Service millions of dollars he earned from his work in Ukraine. Federal ...
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U.S. border agents kept tabs on journalists, ‘instigators’

SAN DIEGO  — The U.S. government kept a database on journalists, activists, organizers and “instigators” during an investigation into last year’s migrant caravan from Mexico, infuriating civil liberties and media groups. U.S. Customs and Border Protection kept the information that contained passport photos, date of birth, suspected role in the caravan and whether they had been arrested, the San Diego TV station KNSD reported Wednesday. Some of the people listed in the Homeland Security documents...
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Billionaire investor Bill Gross: Recent tax cuts were ‘giveaway to the rich’

Bill Gross, portfolio manager at Janus Henderson Investors, is selling his American stamp collection in a series of auctions. The 1847 Washington 10¢ stamp, shown on screen, was sold in a recent auction. He is pictured at his office in Newport Beach, CA on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG) Eighth is Pimco co-founder Bill Gross, 73, of Laguna Beach has his wealth estimated at $2.5 billion. Forbes did not adjust his fortune to the impact of his...
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Is ballot harvesting legal in California? Yes, and that worries some Republicans

Three years ago, a state law made it easier for Californians to have someone else collect and drop off their absentee ballot. Doing this on a mass scale became known as ballot harvesting. And in recent months many conservative politicians and their advisers have suggested the practice – not  Democratic voter enthusiasm nor a public backlash against President Donald Trump – is the reason Republicans lost ground federally and in Sacramento in the November midterms. Now, Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona ...
Tags: Politics, Elections, News, California, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Gop, House, San Diego, Paul ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Jerry Brown, North Carolina, Donald Trump

California wants new voting machines for next year. Most counties will have to spend to do it

With a year to go until the 2020 presidential primary, California counties are figuring out how to respond to a recent state order that says old voting machines that don’t meet security standards have to be replaced in time for the next election season. For most counties in California, the Feb. 27 order from California Secretary of State Alex Padilla figures to mean more spending. “While county officials have worked diligently to keep equipment up and running, our democracy faces increasingly so...
Tags: Politics, Elections, News, California, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Hillary Clinton, United States, New Jersey, Cia, Orange County, Riverside County, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, State

Michael Cohen says Trump behaved ‘much like a mobster would do’

By COLLEEN LONG WASHINGTON — He carried out the boss’ wishes. He understood “the code.” He was blindly loyal — but now he’s considered a rat. Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen spoke at length Wednesday about his life in the president’s inner circle, but the most vivid descriptor came in just six words. Trump ran his operation “much like a mobster would do,” Cohen said. In Cohen’s scathing testimony at a House committee hearing, he repeatedly described Trump, the onetime head of a family...
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Michael Cohen returns to Capitol Hill after slamming Trump as liar

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, ERIC TUCKER and MICHAEL R. SISAK WASHINGTON — In a damning depiction of Donald Trump, the president’s former lawyer cast him as a racist and a con man who used his inner circle to cover up politically damaging allegations about sex and who lied throughout the 2016 election campaign about his business interests in Russia. A day after publicly testifying before the House’s oversight committee, Michael Cohen returned Thursday to Capitol Hill, this time to testify behind clos...
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Michael Cohen call Trump a ‘racist,’ a ‘conman,’ and a ‘cheat’ in front of House committee

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, ERIC TUCKER and MICHAEL R. SISAK WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer told Congress on Wednesday that Trump knew ahead of time that WikiLeaks had emails damaging to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, and he testified that Trump is a “racist,” a “conman” and a “cheat.” Michael Cohen suggested in prepared testimony obtained by The Associated Press that Trump also implicitly told him to lie about a Moscow real estate project. Cohen has pleaded g...
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Michael Cohen calls Trump a ‘racist,’ a ‘conman,’ and a ‘cheat’ in front of House committee

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, ERIC TUCKER and MICHAEL R. SISAK WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer told Congress on Wednesday that Trump knew ahead of time that WikiLeaks had emails damaging to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, and he testified that Trump is a “racist,” a “conman” and a “cheat.” Michael Cohen suggested in prepared testimony obtained by The Associated Press that Trump also implicitly told him to lie about a Moscow real estate project. Cohen has pleaded g...
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Trump, Kim share smiles, dinner before nuclear talks

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, FOSTER KLUG and DEB RIECHMANN HANOI, Vietnam — U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, leaders of two nations with a long history of hostility, opened their second summit Wednesday with smiles, hopeful talk and a friendly dinner that will set the stage for the much more difficult talks to come about curbing North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. Facing widespread skepticism about whether they can solve a problem that has bedeviled generations of diplomat...
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Land bill that includes Feinstein’s attempts to protect California’s deserts wins House approval, heads to Trump’s desk

The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed its first significant public lands conservation bill in years, designating more than 1 million acres of wilderness for environmental protection and permanently reauthorizing a federal program to pay for conservation measures. There are several benefits for California, including an expansion of two of the most visited national parks in the California desert and designation of nearly 80 miles of scenic rivers while providing new off-highway vehicle re...
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You might have unclaimed property from California, but the process can be frustrating (and watch for scams)

Just for giggles, Paul Hegness entered his name into the California state controller’s online database for unclaimed property, where more than 48 million items worth $9.3 billion await their rightful owners. “What a surprise!” said Hegness of Newport Beach, delighted to discover $83 from an insurance company he did business with years ago. Delighted, that is, until he tried to claim that money. He spent 15 minutes filling out an online form, then got a response saying his claim could not be made...
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Democrat-led House passes bill blocking Trump’s national emergency declaration on border wall

Democrats ignored a veto threat and rammed legislation through the House Tuesday that would stymie President Donald Trump’s bid for billions of extra dollars for his border wall, escalating a clash over whether he was abusing his powers to advance his paramount campaign pledge. The House’s 245-182 vote to block Trump’s national emergency declaration throws the political hot potato to the Republican-run Senate, where there were already enough GOP defections to edge it to the cusp of passage. Vice...
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California needs to boost education spending, says LA City Council

Los Angeles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, right, offers doughnuts to teachers picketing in front of the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, the third day of the LAUSD strike by UTLA teachers. The City Council voted Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, to approve a resolution calling for the state to increase spending on education. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) LOS ANGELES — A little over a month removed from a strike by the Los Angeles teachers ...
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LAUSD Board President Monica Garcia announces City Council bid

LAUSD Board President Monica Garcia has announced her intention to run for the Los Angeles City Council. (File photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education President Monica Garcia announced Monday that she plans to seek the City Council seat to be vacated by Jose Huizar in 2020. Garcia has served on the school board since 2006 and joins former state Sen. Kevin de Leon as the second high-profile politician to enter the r...
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Illegal L.A. marijuana shops could have water, power shut off

Los Angeles is aiming to crack down on illegal pot shops by cutting off their utilities. (AP file photo) LOS ANGELES — With hundreds of illegal marijuana shops continuing to operate in Los Angeles, the City Council moved forward with a plan Tuesday aimed at cracking down on the businesses by shutting off their utilities. The idea of shutting off water and power at illegal pot shops was proposed last year by Councilwomen Nury Martinez and Monica Rodriguez, and the council voted 13-0 to have the...
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