Grand Jury Indictment Unsealed Involving Alleged Attack on Actor, Actress
7/12/2018 8:27:02 PM

LOS ANGELES—Two men were charged with kidnapping an actor and actress in South Los Angeles last year and holding the actor for ransom in a plot allegedly involving a woman whose arrest was caught on video that went viral on social media, according to an unsealed indictment Keith Andre Stewart, 33, and Johntae Jones, 27, are charged with a dozen counts each including kidnapping for ransom, kidnapping and conspiracy to commit a crime involving the alleged May 3, 2017, attack at the home of actress Daisy McCrackin. According to the indictment, actor Joseph Capone was allegedly...

Not Exactly Great Sleeping Weather as LA Sets Record High Lows
7/12/2018 8:08:26 PM

LOS ANGELES—Even when it was cool this weekend, it was hot, the National Weather Service said Sunday. Saturday morning's low temperatures were the hottest ever recorded in Burbank, where it "cooled" down to only 82 degrees. Also busting the all-time record high-low was Woodland Hills, at 77. Record high minimums for the date of July 7 were also set at the downtown weather station, at USC, where it chilled down to 79 degrees overnight. And it was just 74 at LAX, which tied the record for the date. Other high lows were 74 at Long Beach Airport, 77 at UCLA and...

Long Beach State Offers Summer STEM Lessons for High School Girls, Local Children
7/12/2018 8:07:38 PM

LONG BEACH—Learning doesn’t stop during the summer months—Long Beach State University’s commitment to STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics) education includes summer programs for female high school students and economically-disadvantaged children enrolled in Long Beach area schools. The campus’ Physical Science for High School Girls program, also known as “Phun Physics for Phemales,” has an all-female teaching staff that includes student teachers who are themselves preparing to educate the next generation of science...

Ex-Officer Involved in Rodney King Beating Charged with DUI
7/12/2018 8:06:59 PM

SANTA CLARITA (AP)—A former Los Angeles police sergeant who went to prison for his role in the beating of Black motorist Rodney King is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Prosecutors on Thursday confirmed that 67-year-old Stacey Koon faces two misdemeanor counts for allegedly crashing his truck into a parked pickup truck on May 1 in the Castaic area northwest of Los Angeles. Koon wasn't hurt. It's unclear whether he has an attorney. Koon and three other LAPD officers were charged with using excessive force for a 1991 videotaped beating of King that...

U.S. Will Reunite and Release Over 50 Immigrant Children
7/12/2018 8:04:21 PM

By Elliot Spagat   SAN DIEGO (AP)—More than 50 immigrant children under age 5 will be reunited with their parents by Tuesday's court-ordered deadline for action by Trump administration, and the families will then be released into the U.S., a government attorney said Monday. That's only about half of the 100 or so toddlers covered by the order. At a court hearing, Justice Department lawyer Sarah Fabian acknowledged the government wouldn't meet the deadline for all the children, citing a variety of reasons, including that the parents of some of the youngsters...

U.S. Army Quietly Discharging Immigrant Recruits
7/12/2018 8:03:00 PM

By Martha Mendoza and Garance Burke   SAN ANTONIO—Some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged, the Associated Press has learned. The AP was unable to quantify how many men and women who enlisted through the special recruitment program have been booted from the Army, but immigration attorneys say they know of more than 40 who have been discharged or whose status has become questionable, jeopardizing their futures. “It was my dream to serve in the military,”...

Rape Victim's Story Is Window on Injustice, Activism
7/2/2018 8:00:03 PM

By Lynn Elber   LOS ANGELES (AP)—When Oprah Winfrey saluted unheralded (hash)MeToo crusaders at the Golden Globes last January, she chose a rape victim from 1940s Alabama to drive home her point. “Recy Taylor, a name I know, and I think you should know, too,” Winfrey said, sketching the outlines of the African-American woman's assault by six white youths and her quest for justice. Taylor's wrenching story and its connection to female civil rights activists, most notably Rosa Parks, are illuminated in filmmaker Nancy Buirski's documentary...

Jury: Dr. Dre's Beats Headphones Owes Ex-Partner $25 Million
7/2/2018 7:58:31 PM

By Andrew Dalton   LOS ANGELES (AP)—A jury on Wednesday found that Dr. Dre, music mogul Jimmy Iovine and their headphone company Beats Electronics LLC owe a former partner $25.2 million in royalties. The Los Angeles Superior Court jury found Wednesday by a 9-3 margin that Beats breached a contract with Steven Lamar and his company Jibe Audio. Dr. Dre and Iovine, the music producer and co-founder of Interscope Records, were not in court for the verdict. Both testified during the three-week trial and sat in the audience for opening statements. The suit said Lamar in...

Joe Jackson Dead at 89
7/2/2018 7:56:00 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   Joseph Jackson, the patriarch of the Jackson family of superstars, has died. Family members said Jackson died at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday at a hospital in Las Vegas. Jackson was 89. After his own failed musical aspirations, Joseph Jackson help launch his children to international stardom in the 1960s and 1970s. He managed the Jackson 5 before the group left Motown and was rebranded as the Jacksons. Ultimately, the patriarch is responsible for the emergence of the biggest star in pop music history, the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Last week,...

Saving the Earth with Artificial Intelligence (AI)
7/2/2018 7:38:33 PM

Artificial Intelligence (AI), defined as the capability of machines to imitate intelligent human behavior and learn from data, is considered by many to be the final frontier of computing. And environmentalists and tech companies are now harnessing the power of AI to service to the environment. To wit, Microsoft announced in December 2017 that it is expanding its “AI for Earth” program and committing $50 million over the next five years to put AI technologies in the hands of individuals and organizations working to solve global environmental challenges, including climate change...