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LA Election Results: Monica Rodriguez certified as CD7 winner, Karo Torossian concedes

By Elizabeth Chou|

As hate crimes rise in LA, new report says ‘hard left’ actions also pose threat

Violent clashes and arrests as a result of political intolerance increased in 2016 on California college campuses and at pro-Trump rallies, as did far-left extremism that could lead to more civil conflicts, researchers concluded in a report presented ...

By Susan Abram|


  • Illegal immigration

    Of 188 arrested in this week’s ICE sweep, 23 were in San Fernando Valley

    A wide-ranging crackdown on criminal immigrants this week netted 23 people in the San Fernando Valley – part of 188 who were arrested in a five-day sweep that spanned from Los Angeles County to the Inland Empire. All were “public safety threats” and they included criminal foreign nationals, illegal re-entrants and immigration fugitives, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Thursday. • RELATED STORY:

    Staff reports|

  • Elections

    GOP candidate for US House charged with assaulting reporter in Montana

    BOZEMAN, Mont. — The Republican candidate in the nationally-watched election Thursday for Montana’s sole congressional seat has been charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly grabbing a reporter by the neck and throwing him to the ground. Voters decide in the special election whether Republican Greg Gianforte or Democrat Rob Quist will fill the U.S. House seat left vacant when Ryan Zinke resigned to join President Donald Trump’s Cabinet as secretary of the...

    By Bobby Caina Calvan Associated Press|

  • Executive branch

    Subpoenas pile up for Michael Flynn’s documents

    WASHINGTON >> Subpoenas for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn piled up Wednesday as the House intelligence committee pressured Flynn to cooperate with its investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The prospect of new congressional subpoenas came one day after the committee’s Senate counterpart served its own subpoenas to Flynn’s businesses. The FBI also informed a House committee that it would not be complying with a...

    By Deb Riechmann and Chad Day The Associated Press|

  • International relations

    Why Melania Trump covers her head one day and not the next on foreign trip

    WASHINGTON — To cover up or not to cover up? Melania Trump wore a veil to the Vatican on Wednesday to meet the pope, but no head covering a few days earlier to meet the king of Saudi Arabia, a religiously conservative country where most women cover themselves up from head to toe. Why the difference? The answer is a complicated mix of personal preference, diplomatic protocol and religious dictates. Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for the first lady, said Mrs.

    By Darlene Superville Associated Press|

  • International relations

    Setting aside past rude talk, Trump and Pope Francis focus on peace

    VATICAN CITY >> Handshakes, gifts, friendly small talk and big hopes for peace. Setting aside past differences and rude comments aside, President Donald Trump and Pope Francis put a determinedly positive face on their first meeting Wednesday at the Vatican. The two global leaders, vastly different in temperament and views of the world, talked seriously and extensively in a 30-minute private meeting about terrorism, the radicalization of young people, immigration and climate...

    By Jonathan Lemire, Nicole Winfield and Julie Pace Associated Press|

  • Executive branch

    Trump budget director defends social safety net cuts

    WASHINGTON — White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney told lawmakers on Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s plans to slash social programs are designed to increase economic growth to 3 percent and put “taxpayers first.” Mulvaney told the House Budget Committee that he went “line by line” through the federal budget and asked “Can we justify this to the folks who are actually paying for it?” Mulvaney’s appearance was...

    By Andrew Taylor Associated Press|

  • Health care policy

    Health care bill would leave 23 million more Americans uninsured, analysts say

    WASHINGTON >> The health care bill Republicans recently pushed through the House would leave 23 million more Americans without insurance and confront others who have costly medical conditions with coverage that could prove unaffordable, Congress’ official budget analysts said Wednesday. Premiums on average would fall compared with President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul — a chief goal of many Republicans — but that would be partly because...

    By Alan Fram and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar The Associated Press|

  • Local governments

    With LA election certification on fast track, Valley district could soon have its caretaker

    Council President Herb Wesson is expected to wait until after election results are certified before taking steps to appoint a caretaker for a northeast San Fernando Valley district that has been vacant since September, a council aide said Tuesday. Even though the City Clerk’s Office has until mid-June to certify the results, a spokeswoman for Wesson said the tally could be verified by Friday. The City Clerk’s Office on Tuesday announced their office will be...

    Elizabeth Chou

  • Local governments

    Fear of feds’ tough immigration stance could be slowing LA’s wage-theft complaints

    Recent federal immigration policy may be deterring some low-wage workers in Los Angeles from coming forward to report employers who cheat them out of their wages, the city’s lead wage theft inspector said Tuesday. John Reamer, an inspector who works out of the Public Works Department, told the City Council their office recovered $250,000 in back wages or paid leave compensation in their first year, but complaints came in slower than anticipated. He said there could be a...

    Elizabeth Chou

  • Local governments

    More than 700,000 people may be eligible, but not enrolled for food stamps in LA County

    Hoping to ease pressure on area food banks and secure $1.8 billion in federal funding, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create a special unit to boost enrollment in the state’s CalFresh food stamp program. Supervisors Hilda Solis, Janice Hahn and Sheila Kuehl approved the move on the same day...

    Susan Abram

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