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Trump administration recognizes Venezuela's opposition leader as rightful president

23 Jan 2019 18:45

The Trump administration took the unusual and provocative step Wednesday of recognizing the leader of the political opposition in Venezuela as the country's legitimate president.

The move comes as the Trump administration has sought ways to ramp up pressure on the socialist government of President...

Michael Jackson musical to debut in Chicago before Broadway

23 Jan 2019 18:40

A new stage musical inspired by the life of Michael Jackson is one step closer to Broadway.

The Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage announced on Wednesday that the production, now named “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough,” will debut on Oct. 29 at the James M. Nederlander Theatre in Chicago....

Tensions flare among USC trustees as Caruso calls emergency board meeting to quell discord

23 Jan 2019 18:30

Months of tension and turmoil on USC’s board of trustees prompted an emergency meeting Wednesday on campus, with the university’s leadership as a top item for discussion.

The meeting was called by board Chairman Rick Caruso, the billionaire mall developer who has been the target of growing criticism...

Trump tells Pelosi he plans to give State of the Union address in House despite her security concern

23 Jan 2019 18:25

President Trump informed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he plans to deliver the State of the Union address Tuesday from the House despite her request — and her authority — to delay the speech because of security concerns until the partial government shutdown has ended.

“There are no security concerns...

South Korean officials investigate widespread sexual abuse in sports

23 Jan 2019 18:20

The U.S. isn’t the only country dealing with sexual abuse in sports.

While American officials continue to grapple with fallout from the Larry Nassar scandal, South Korea has announced an investigation into widespread allegations of coaches assaulting and mistreating female athletes.

The National...

Harvey Weinstein hires Jose Baez, lawyer who won Casey Anthony acquittal, to lead his defense

23 Jan 2019 18:15

Harvey Weinstein has hired the attorney who won Casey Anthony’s acquittal to lead his defense against sexual assault charges in New York City, his new legal team announced Wednesday.

In a statement issued Wednesday morning, Jose Baez said he and Harvard University Law professor Ronald Sullivan...

U.S. probes whether China-funded Confucius Institutes enhance U.S. campuses — or are beds of spies

23 Jan 2019 18:15

Hanging red lanterns welcome visitors to the University of Maryland’s Confucius Institute, the oldest of about 100 Chinese language and cultural centers that have popped up over the last 15 years on American campuses, subsidized by millions of dollars from China’s central government.

But last fall,...

Conservative anti-tax groups ask Trump to give the rich another tax cut by executive order

23 Jan 2019 18:15

Some people are never satisfied. That goes double for America’s 1%, especially when it comes to tax breaks.

Not content with the enormous tax cut they received from President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress in December 2016, they’re now angling for an additional tax cut. Even worse,...

Super Bowl LIII prop bets: Will Sony Michel rush for more yards than Todd Gurley?

23 Jan 2019 18:10

So many questions going into Super Bowl LIII between the Rams and New England Patriots … and where there’s questions concerning the NFL championship game and biggest sporting event of the year, you know there’s going to be some fantastic prop bets.

Here’s some of them (all odds are provided by ...

Jonas Mekas, known as the godfather of American avant-garde film, dies at 96

23 Jan 2019 18:05

Jonas Mekas the Lithuanian-born director, critic, patron and poet widely regarded as the godfather of modern American avant-garde film and as an indispensable documenter of his adopted New York City, has died. He was 96.

Mekas, who survived a Nazi labor camp and years as a refugee, died Wednesday...

Sumner Redstone probate case — after three-year court slog — finally ends in victory for family

23 Jan 2019 18:05

The titanic battle over media mogul Sumner Redstone’s mental capacity ended with a whimper in a nearly empty Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday.

More than three years after the mental capacity of the billionaire from Boston was challenged by his former live-in companion — who filed a lawsuit that...

Parents, students celebrate return to routine as L.A. teachers end strike, head back to class

23 Jan 2019 18:00

Los Angeles teachers and union staff returned to school Wednesday morning, hours after voting on a contract agreement with the Los Angeles Unified School District that put an end to a strike that spanned six school days.

The tentative agreement, announced early Tuesday, followed an all-night negotiating...

Thousands of riders brace for eight-month shutdown, makeover of Metro's Blue Line

23 Jan 2019 17:55

Major portions of the Metro Blue Line will close for eight months starting this weekend, inconveniencing tens of thousands of daily riders as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority launches a $350-million overhaul of the system’s oldest line.

Rail service to 12 stations along the southern half...

Evan Metropoulos shaves $10 million more off unfinished WeHo penthouse

23 Jan 2019 17:55

Evan Metropoulos’s unfinished penthouse is a tougher sell than expected.

Last spring, the businessman listed the double-unit condo atop West Hollywood’s Sierra Towers for $58 million before trimming the price to $48.8 million last summer. It’s now back on the market for $38 million, records show.


Alec Baldwin pleads guilty to harassment, asserts that he didn't punch anyone

23 Jan 2019 17:25

Actor Alec Baldwin pleaded guilty to a charge of harassment on Wednesday following a November dust-up over a parking spot, and later talked about it on Twitter.

The “30 Rock” star appeared in a New York City courtroom where he agreed to complete a one-day anger management class to resolve the violation,...

There’s an actual bipartisan proposal to end the shutdown, but it’s not Mitch McConnell’s

23 Jan 2019 16:55

Waking from his weeks-long slumber, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is expected to bring dueling bills to end the government shutdown to the Senate floor for a vote Thursday: a “bipartisan” proposal that includes funding for President Trump’s border wall, and a Democratic-penned...

Larry Fitzgerald returning to Cardinals for 16th season

23 Jan 2019 16:30

Larry Fitzgerald is returning to the Arizona Cardinals for a 16th NFL season.

The Cardinals announced Wednesday that they had signed the 11-time Pro Bowl receiver to a one-year contract. Team president Michael Bidwell says, “No player has meant more to this franchise or this community than Larry...

Comcast raises dividend as NBCUniversal and broadband spur revenue growth

23 Jan 2019 16:20

Comcast Corp. announced a 10% increase in its quarterly dividend on Wednesday as fourth-quarter revenues grew thanks to strong performances in its NBCUniversal TV business and the addition of broadband subscribers.

The numbers

Comcast earned $2.51 billion, or 55 cents per share, on revenue of $28.3...

Alyssa Milano addresses backlash after comparing MAGA hats to Ku Klux Klan white hoods

23 Jan 2019 16:15

Alyssa Milano was swiftly criticized on Twitter after comparing President Trump’s red Make America Great Again hats to the white hoods of the Ku Klux Klan. And now she’s planning to write an op-ed to address the brewing backlash.

Her initial tweet, which was shared on Sunday, appeared to reference...

Hulu will raise price of live TV packages, but lower the cost of basic streaming

23 Jan 2019 16:00

Netflix isn’t the only streaming video company raising prices. Add Hulu to the list.

Next month, Hulu will increase the cost of its services that include live TV channels. For example, a package that has access to Hulu and live TV would cost $44.99 a month, a $5 increase starting on Feb. 26. Access...

Review: ‘Ganges’ explores why the river draws pilgrims and emperors alike to dip in its sacred waters

23 Jan 2019 16:00

Over the next few weeks, more than 120 million people will converge at the confluence of three rivers, the Ganges, the Yamuna and the mythical Sarasvati, in the northern Indian city of Prayagraj for a Hindu pilgrimage. This year’s Kumbh Mela is expected to be one of the largest-ever gatherings...

Podcast: And the winner of Super Bowl LIII is ...

23 Jan 2019 15:55

On the latest episode of the “Arrive Early, Leave Late” podcast, columnist Bill Plaschke gives his prediction for Super Bowl LIII between the Rams and the New England Patriots.

He also discusses Los Angeles having a team in the Super Bowl for the first time in 35 years, his feelings toward the...

Santa Ana man charged with threatening Parkland shooting victims’ family and friends online

23 Jan 2019 15:40

A Santa Ana man is facing federal charges after authorities say he used Instagram to send threatening messages to family members and friends of people killed in a mass shooting last year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Brandon Fleury was arrested and charged Friday with...

At Frieze Los Angeles, the art fair goes Hollywood

23 Jan 2019 15:25

Act I, Scene I: A contemporary art fair, outdoors. Site-specific art installations dot the sidewalks. International artists, gallerists, collectors and lookie-loos flood the narrow, brownstone-lined streets of New York City.

Or do they?

The camera pulls back to reveal that the fair is on the Paramount...

Mayor Eric Garcetti kicks off annual L.A. homeless count: ‘Counting is the beginning of caring’

23 Jan 2019 15:25

On a night when temperatures dipped into the 40s in Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti joined thousands of volunteers documenting the area’s homeless population.

At a news conference Tuesday evening to open the yearly count, which helps the city and county gauge the area’s unsheltered population,...

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