Judge Criticizes Plan to Reunify Families Split at Border
7/18/2018 3:24:43 PM

By Elliot Spagat SAN DIEGO (AP)—A federal judge, responding to a plan to reunify children separated at the border, said he was having second thoughts about his belief that the Trump administration was acting in good faith to comply with his orders. The Justice Department on Friday filed a plan to reunify more than 2,500 children age 5 and older by a court-imposed deadline of July 26 using “truncated” procedures to verify parentage and perform background checks, which exclude DNA testing and other steps it took to reunify children under 5. The administration said the abbreviated vetting...

Woman Survived 7 Days After Driving Off Cliff
7/18/2018 3:21:31 PM

MORRO BAY (AP)—Authorities say a couple on a camping trip came upon a missing Oregon woman who survived nearly a week after her car went over a cliff in coastal California. The Sacramento Bee reports Chelsea and Chad Moore were hiking near Big Sur on Friday when they spotted a Jeep Liberty at the bottom of a 200-foot (60-meter) coastal bluff. They gathered items from the scene, including the Jeep's license plate, to bring to authorities. About 30 minutes later they located the driver, Angela Hernández, who was injured but stable. The 23-year-old had been missing since July 6. Chad...

PBS KIDS Characters Come to Compton
7/18/2018 2:48:22 PM

COMPTON—In an effort to fight the natural summer learning slump, PBS SoCal hosted its 4th Annual Summer Learning Day at the Dollarhide Community Center in Compton. Whyatt from SuperWhy and WordGirl were on hand to encourage parents to continue with educational activities throughout the summer. More information on Summer Learning Day visit: https://www.pbssocal.org/events/pbs-socal-reads-4th-annual-summer-learning-day/ For information on PBS SoCal educational initiatives:...

Will LA Mean LeBron Behind the Scenes and On the Big Screen?
7/12/2018 10:35:10 PM

By Andrew Dalton   LOS ANGELES (AP)—“Space Jam 2?” A whole new “House Party” franchise? With the leadership of LeBron James, anything is possible. As James comes from Cleveland to Los Angeles looking to take the Lakers to more championships with a blockbuster $154 million contract announced this week, he could also push those two 1990s properties closer to reality and go from part-time presence to major player in Hollywood. James hasn't yet spoken about his plans for Los Angeles. But if he wants to, he's already shown he can act, and...

Queen Latifah Celebrates with Hip-Hop Legends at Essence
7/12/2018 10:34:07 PM

By Stacey Plaisance and Chevel Johnson   NEW ORLEANS (AP)—Iconic females in the music industry shined at the Essence Festival, where Queen Latifah used her debut performance to celebrate “Ladies First” and her 30 years in the trenches. Latifah was one of the headliners on the festival's main stage Saturday and was joined—to the delight of the crowd—by hip-hop legends MC Lyte, Yo-Yo, Salt-N-Pepa, Missy Elliott and Monie Love as well as rapper Remy Ma and R&B singer Brandy. She also entertained the audience with her vocal skills, showcasing...

Show on Slavery Prompts Artist to Quit Montreal Jazz Fest
7/12/2018 10:33:21 PM

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP)—American singer-songwriter Moses Sumney is performing two last-minute club shows in Montreal after pulling out of the Montreal International Jazz Festival over a show on slavery performed by whites. The Black artist canceled his Tuesday performance at the jazz fest because of its ties to SLAV, a theatrical production on Black slavery put on by a primarily white group of entertainers. Sumney complained of cultural appropriation in a note to festival organizers. In the letter, he says: “Their songs are taken from them by white people and performed to rooms...

Temps Rise, Records Fall: Things to Know About the Heat Wave
7/12/2018 9:26:07 PM

By Malcom Ritter   NEW YORK (AP)—If you've been hot lately, you're not alone. Record high temperatures have been logged over the past week in the U.S. and around the world. Here's a quick look at the heat. WHAT'S GOING ON? For the week through Tuesday, 227 U.S. records were broken for highest temperature for particular days, and another 157 were tied, federal statistics show. There was also a lack of cooling overnight, with 451 records broken for warmest minimum temperatures for particular days, and another 421 tied. In Burlington, Vermont, for...

Trump Administration Takes Another Swipe at 'Obamacare'
7/12/2018 9:25:11 PM

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar   WASHINGTON (AP)—The Trump administration is freezing payments under an “Obamacare” program that protects insurers with sicker patients from financial losses, a move expected to add to premium increases next year. At stake are billions in payments to insurers with sicker customers. The latest administration action could disrupt the Affordable Care Act, the health care law that has withstood President Donald Trump's efforts to completely repeal it. In a weekend announcement, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said...

Fresh Grounds for Coffee: Study Shows it May Boost Longevity
7/12/2018 9:21:59 PM

By Lindsey Tanner   CHICAGO (AP)—Go ahead and have that cup of coffee, maybe even several more. New research shows it may boost chances for a longer life, even for those who down at least eight cups daily. In a study of nearly half-a-million British adults, coffee drinkers had a slightly lower risk of death over 10 years than abstainers. The apparent longevity boost was seen with instant, ground and decaffeinated, results that echo U.S. research. It's the first large study to suggest a benefit even in people with genetic glitches affecting how their bodies use...

Authorities Seeking Suspects Who Assaulted 92-Year-Old Man in Willowbrook Area
7/12/2018 8:36:14 PM

Authorities Monday sought public help to find the people who assaulted a 92-year-old man with a piece of concrete while he was walking in the Willowbrook area on the Fourth of July. The attack occurred about 7 p.m. that day at 118th and Robin streets, according to sheriff's Detective Matt Luna of the Century Station. The victim was identified by his family on a GoFundMe page as Rodolfo Rodriguez. "My grandfather ... was going for his daily walk around the block when he was assaulted by an African American lady and five other guys," according to the family statement on...