L.A. County Votes to Keep Kids Out of Juvenile Halls
10/31/2018 10:09:02 PM

By Elizabeth Marcellino LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create a comprehensive plan to divert young offenders from the juvenile justice system and offer them programs and services to get their lives back on track. The move comes in advance of a state law set to take effect in January, prohibiting the prosecution of anyone under the age of 12 other than for crimes of rape and murder. Supervisor Hilda Solis said Senate Bill 439 recognizes criminal behavior by children as a bid for help and turns away from a historic bias toward...

Trump Off Track on Birthright Citizenship
10/31/2018 10:07:52 PM

By Mark Sherman and Calvin Woodward   WASHINGTON (AP)—President Donald Trump has astonished legal scholars with his claim that he can end birthright citizenship with a swipe of his pen. No, they say, he can’t. Trump also went far off track in asserting that the U.S. is the only country that automatically grants citizenship to anyone born in the country. Many do. His comments in an interview with “Axios on HBO”: TRUMP: “It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t. ... Well, you can definitely...

Trump Says New Proposal Will Lower Some U.S. Drug Prices
10/31/2018 9:55:42 PM

By Ricardo Alonoso-Zaldivar and Deb Reichmann   WASHINGTON (AP)—Less than two weeks before the midterm elections, President Donald Trump on Thursday announced a plan to lower prices for some prescription drugs, saying it would stop unfair practices that force Americans to pay much more than people in other countries for the same medications. “We are taking aim at the global freeloading that forces American consumers to subsidize lower prices in foreign countries through higher prices in our country,” Trump said in a speech at the Department of Health and Human...

Dialysis Companies Spend $111 Million to Kill Ballot Measure
10/31/2018 9:54:58 PM

By Sophia Bollag   SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)—Dialysis companies have contributed an extraordinary $111 million to defeat a California ballot initiative. Proposition 8 would cap profits for dialysis clinics that provide treatment for people with damaged kidneys. A $5 million donation from dialysis company Fresenius pushed the anti-Proposition 8 campaign's total past the $109 million pharmaceutical companies spent two years ago to defeat a measure limiting prescription drug costs. Proposition 8 opponents have raised more than any group on one side of a U.S. ballot...

Old-School R&B Group the O'Jays Get into a Political Groove
10/24/2018 4:56:32 PM

By Mark Kennedy   NEW YORK (AP)—The iconic R&B group The O'Jays has always made music for the heart. Now the group is going for the jugular on what it says is its last album. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees known for the classic song “Love Train” on Friday released the politically charged single “Above the Law ,” which explores racial and class inequality. The lyrics include: “Game is fixed/ Pure parlor tricks.” The single will be part of The O'Jays' final studio album, the socially conscious “The Last...

Willa Roars Over Mexico Prison Island, Heading for Resort Area
10/24/2018 4:55:14 PM

By MARCO UGARTE MAZATLAN, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Willa roared over an offshore penal colony and closed in on Mexico’s Pacific coast with 120 mph (195 kph) winds Tuesday, threatening a major resort area along with fishing villages and farms. Emergency officials said they evacuated more than 4,250 people in coastal towns and set up 58 shelters ahead of the dangerous Category 3 storm, which was expected to blow ashore in the evening near Mazatlan, a tourist spot of high-rise hotels and about 500,000 people, many of them U.S. and Canadian expatriates. At press time, Willa...

Over 7K-Strong, Migrant Caravan Pushes On; Still Far from U.S.
10/24/2018 4:54:03 PM

TAPACHULA, Mexico (AP)—Thousands of Central American migrants resumed an arduous trek toward the U.S. border Monday, with many bristling at suggestions there could be terrorists among them and saying the caravan is being used for political ends by U.S. President Donald Trump. The caravan’s numbers have continued to grow as they walk and hitch rides through hot and humid weather, and the United Nations estimated that it currently comprises some 7,200 people, “many of whom intend to continue the march north.” However, they were still at least 1,140 miles (1,830...

Thousands More California 3-Strikers Eligible for Parole
10/24/2018 4:52:26 PM

By Don Thompson   SACRAMENTO (AP)—Up to 4,000 California inmates serving life sentences for nonviolent convictions will have a chance at parole following the state's decision to let stand a judge's ruling saying those prisoners are eligible for freedom under a voter-approved law. The state will craft new regulations by January to include the repeat offenders in early release provisions. Gov. Jerry Brown also will not appeal a court ruling that the state is illegally excluding the nonviolent career criminals from parole under the 2016 ballot measure he championed to...

Beloved Fallen Georgia Policeman Has Local Roots
10/24/2018 4:50:02 PM

Since the time he was a toddler, his elder siblings recall that their youngest brother Antwan Toney loved all things police, whether a toy police car or the work of the officers themselves. And that persisted from his childhood in Orange County through his college days living with a sister in Bellflower. Toney’s first real taste of the work came as a teenager while a student at El Modena High School, when he volunteered as an explorer for the City of Orange Police Department. He later worked as a security guard for hospitals from Newport Beach to downtown Los...

L.A. Care Offers Free Flu Shot Clinics at Lynwood and Inglewood Family Resource Centers
10/24/2018 4:49:13 PM

More than 80,000 people died from the flu last season in the United States. An estimated 900,000 were hospitalized. While medical professionals always promote the flu vaccine for the elderly, children and those with major health problems, they were surprised that many of the cases last year involved younger patients who were otherwise healthy. With that in mind, L.A. Care Health Plan, the largest publicly-operated health plan in the country, is stepping in to help Angelenos protect themselves. People often balk at getting a flu shot, but the startling numbers from last year should cause...