January Special!
Alfonso Cuarón, Regina King, Mahershala Ali, ‘Green Book’ and ‘Roma’ Score Score Golden Globe Wins
1/9/2019 5:34:05 PM

By Staff Reports   BEVERLY HILLS—"Green Book," the story of the bond that grows between a Black musician and a white New York nightclub bouncer during a 1960s tour through the Deep South, took home a trio of Golden Globes Sunday evening, while the Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" was named best drama film. "Green Book" earned Globes for best comedy/musical film, best screenplay and best supporting actor for Mahershala Ali. Director Peter Farrelly called the film honor "beyond anything we ever imagined when we started shooting this...

DJ Art Laboe, 93, Spins Oldies to Link Inmates and Family
1/9/2019 5:32:37 PM

By Russell Contreras   PALM SPRINGS—It's approaching 9 p.m. and Art Laboe adjusts the microphone as Sister Sledge's “We Are Family” ends. “And now it's time for you to call up for those goodnight dedications,” Laboe announces. “Hello?” a young girl says. “I want to dedicate this to my dad that's in Lancaster (prison) and I miss tonight ... I just want to say, Dad, I love you no matter where you go...” She dissolves into tears. The 93-year-old DJ based in Palm Springs, California, credits one group of...

Netflix and Chill No More—Streaming Is Getting Complicated
1/9/2019 5:31:13 PM

By Mae Anderson   Streaming TV may never again be as simple, or as affordable, as it is now. Disney and WarnerMedia are each launching their own streaming services in 2019 in a challenge to Netflix's dominance. Netflix viewers will no longer be able to watch hit movies such as “Black Panther” or “Moana,” which will soon reside on Disney's subscription service. WarnerMedia, a unit of AT&T, will also soon have its own service to showcase its library of blockbuster films and HBO series. Families will have to decide between paying more each...

Arrest Made in Torrance Bowling Alley Shooting That Killed Three
1/9/2019 5:26:13 PM

By Staff Reports   TORRANCE—Police Monday announced the arrest of a 47-year-old parolee accused in the shooting deaths of three men during a fight at a bowling alley in Torrance. The arrest of Reginald Wallace of Los Angeles, who had been on parole since 2017 following a conviction for assault with a deadly weapon involving a firearm, was announced by Torrance police Chief Eve Irvine at a Monday afternoon news conference at police headquarters. Wallace was arrested early Sunday and was being held without bail at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility, according to...

L.A. County Earthquake Early Warning Mobile App Available for Download
1/9/2019 5:22:57 PM

By Staff Reports   LOS ANGELES—The nation's first publicly available earthquake early warning mobile application was officially launched Thursday by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who said the program could help save lives by potentially providing critical seconds of warning before shaking actually starts. The ShakeAlertLA app is designed to send a warning to anyone who has downloaded it and is within Los Angeles County when sensors placed by the U.S. Geological Survey detect that an earthquake of magnitude 5.0 or greater is striking. "We often say here in...

LAUSD, Teachers Fail to Reach Contract Agreement
1/9/2019 5:21:18 PM

Strike Looms, Affecting Some Local Schools By Staff Reports   LOS ANGELES—With the first L.A. teachers' strike in 30 years threatened starting Thursday, no negotiations took place Tuesday between the 600,000-student Los Angeles Unified School District and the union representing the district's teachers. Instead, the parties will attend separately to discrete aspects of their dispute, although they have scheduled a meeting Wednesday morning. A bargaining session meeting they held Monday failed to break the logjam in their protracted negotiations. The LAUSD said...

Next Tuesday Is Final Deadline to Sign-Up for Financial Assistance Through Covered California
1/9/2019 5:19:45 PM

By Staff Reports   These are the final days for open enrollment for Covered California, California’s health insurance marketplace. Applications must be completed by next Tuesday, January 15th for coverage to begin two weeks later on February 1st. Covered California continues to deliver on the promises of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, with 11 insurers serving consumers all over the state—96 percent of whom are able to choose from two insurers or more, while 82 percent of have three or more choices. “There has been so much noise—and at...

California Water Below Normal in Season's First Snow Survey
1/9/2019 5:18:46 PM

PHILLIPS STATION, Calif.—Winter storms have blanketed California's Sierra Nevada in snow, but the drought-prone state is still off to another drier-than-normal start to the crucial wet season, state officials said last week. California water managers said the Sierra snowpack is only 67 percent of normal in this winter's first manual measurement. The amount of snow is measured monthly through the winter at more than 260 locations to help water managers plan for how much they can deliver to customers later in the year. As snow in the Sierra melts in the spring and summer, it...

Gov. Newsom Points to California Exceptionalism, Challenges
1/9/2019 5:15:29 PM

By Staff Reports   SACRAMENTO—California Gov. Gavin Newsom boldly declared his state a model for the nation Monday but said its leaders have failed to rein in the soaring cost of living and stem inequalities that are making it harder for people to achieve what he called the “California dream.” “We face serious challenges—some that have been deferred for too long,” Newsom said in his inaugural address. “We face a gulf between the rich and everyone else—and it’s not just inequality of wealth, it’s inequality of...

Wells Fargo Pays Fine, Drops Insurance License in California
1/9/2019 5:13:29 PM

SACRAMENTO—Wells Fargo has agreed to pay California $5 million to settle allegations that it opened insurance policies for its customers and charged them without their consent. The San Francisco-based company agreed to give up its insurance licenses for two years and to pay another $5 million if it ever wants to sell insurance in California again. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones accepted the settlement on Wednesday. He says company representatives issued about 1,500 insurance policies without the consent of customers. The settlement is part of a massive fake-accounts scandal...