Children's Hospital LA Ranks Nationally Again
7/2/2018 7:37:29 PM

LOS ANGELES—For the second straight year, Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) has been named the top pediatric hospital in the western United States and No. 6 nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report Best Children's Hospitals rankings announced today. CHLA also was named to U.S. News' Honor Roll of Best Children's Hospitals for the 10th consecutive year. The distinction recognizes elite pediatric academic medical centers with the largest, most comprehensive clinical programs that result in the best health outcomes for their patients. "An...

Clean Energy and Smart Grids: Where Are We Now?
7/2/2018 7:34:25 PM

For decades, scientists have been warning us about global warming and the types of risks we face if we don’t change the way we treat the planet. Still, there are many skeptics who choose to chime in and spark a global warming debate. However, scientists continue to warn the public about global warming, backed with research and horrifying projections that the Earth could heat up to 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit, even if we make drastic changes, and 10 degrees if we don’t. Clearly, action is necessary. There are many sources of clean energy available — solar, wind, hydro —...

On a Big Night for 'Panther,' Boseman Honors Real-Life Hero
6/27/2018 5:09:44 PM

By Pablo Arauz Peña   SANTA MONICA (AP)—The MTV Movie & TV Awards gave “Black Panther” its first taste of awards glory, with Marvel's blockbuster taking home four honors including two awards for its star, Chadwick Boseman. Boseman quickly handed off his best hero award to James Shaw Jr., who wrestled an assault-style rifle away from a gunman in a Tennessee Waffle House in April. “This is going to live at your house,” Boseman told Shaw, giving him the show's golden popcorn award. The actor said while it was an honor to be...

Han Solo's Blaster from 'Return of the Jedi' Tops Auction
6/27/2018 5:08:51 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP)—Han Solo's Blaster from the “Return of the Jedi” has sold for $550,000 at a Las Vegas auction. Julien's Auctions says Ripley's Believe It or Not bought the item Saturday. The sci-fi weapon was the top-selling item at the Hollywood Legends auction. The blaster was part of a collection from the U.S. art director on the film, James L. Schoppe. An Imperial Scout Trooper Blaster from the movie sold for $90,625. Julien's says other items at the auction included a full Superman III costume worn by actor Christopher Reeve. It sold for...

Teen Actress Wears 'I Do Care' Jacket to Protest First Lady
6/27/2018 5:07:42 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Teen actress Jenna Ortega cares, and says Melania Trump should do the same. Ortega wore a green, hooded military jacket reading “I do care and u should too” on the red carpet at the Radio Disney Music Awards Friday night, countering the “I really don't care, do u?” jacket the first lady wore as she left Washington to visit detained migrant children this week. The 15-year-old, whose credits include “Jane the Virgin” and “Iron Man 3,” told The Associated Press Trump's jacket showed poor judgment, and she...

Give Up After Scandals? Television History Shows Otherwise
6/27/2018 5:05:36 PM

By Mark Kennedy   NEW YORK (AP)—Say this about TV creators in 2018—they don't give up easily. Three current shows—“Roseanne,” “Transparent” and “House of Cards”—have been crippled by scandal, but each plans to continue without their disgraced stars. “The bottom line is fundamentally money,” said Karen Tongson, a professor of English, Gender Studies and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. “These crews, these actors, these shows that have audiences, that have...

Koko the Gorilla Used Smarts, Empathy to Help Change Views
6/27/2018 5:01:06 PM

By Seth Borenstein and Janie Har   SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Koko the gorilla, whose remarkable sign-language ability and motherly attachment to pet cats helped change the world's views about the intelligence of animals and their capacity for empathy, has died at 46. Koko was taught sign language from an early age as a scientific test subject and eventually learned more than 1,000 words, a vocabulary similar to that of a human toddler. She became a celebrity who played with the likes of William Shatner, Sting, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robin Williams and Mr. Rogers. At her home...

Nearly 400 people Used California Assisted Death Law in 2017
6/27/2018 4:59:02 PM

By Don Thompson   SACRAMENTO (AP)—California health officials reported Friday that 374 terminally ill people took drugs to end their lives in 2017, the first full year after a law made the option legal. The California Department of Public Health said 577 people received aid-in-dying drugs last year, but not everyone used them. The law allows adults to obtain a prescription for life-ending drugs if a doctor has determined they have six months or less to live. They can self-administer the drugs. Of the 374 who died, about 90 percent were more than 60 years old, about 95...

Los Angeles Civic Leader John Mack Dies at 81
6/27/2018 4:19:11 PM

LOS ANGELES—Funeral services were pending Tuesday for Los Angeles civil-rights leader John Mack, as tributes poured in locally and nationally for a man hailed for improving the lives of people in disenfranchised communities and helping to reshape the direction of the Los Angeles Police Department. Mack, 81, died Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, according to his family. Mack served as president of the Los Angeles Urban League from 1969 until his retirement in 2005, when he was named president of the Board of Police Commissioners of the Los Angeles Police...

California Advances Biggest U.S. Change to Police Use of Force
6/27/2018 4:18:25 PM

By Sophia Bollag and Don Thompson   SACRAMENTO (AP)—California would lead the U.S. in significantly changing the standard for when police can fire their weapons under legislation that cleared its first hurdle Tuesday after an emotionally charged debate over deadly shootings that have roiled the country. It's time to change a “reasonable force” standard that hasn't been updated in California since 1872, making it the nation's oldest unchanged use-of-force law, said Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, a San Diego Democrat who introduced the...