January Special!
Women's Jail Project May Not Have Votes to Move Forward
1/9/2019 5:12:26 PM

By Elizabeth Marcellino   LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles County's plan to retrofit an immigration detention center in Lancaster as a women's jail, long opposed by criminal justice advocates, seems likely to be abandoned in its current form based on Tuesday's lack of support from the Board of Supervisors. A vote to approve a $215 million budget for Mira Loma Detention Center and award a design-build construction contract to San Fernando Valley-based Bernards Bros. Inc. was postponed at the request of Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. The matter is set to come back before the...

'A Personal Legacy': Quilts Seek to Honor Lynching Victims
1/9/2019 5:11:20 PM

By Andrew J. Yawn   WASHINGTON—Willie Perkins. Zachariah Graham. Cornelius Robinson and Will Thompson. Names are the only heirlooms still left from the four, who were all lynched at various times in Alabama's history, and they are four of the thousands of people lynched nationwide who Lynda Tredway hopes to memorialize with her quilting project. Since she began in 2013, Tredway has completed 24 quilts for nine states, including Alabama, and she estimates she has 41 quilts and three years left to completion. Sewn into the front of each quilt is that state's...

California's First Latino Attorney General Targets Trump
1/9/2019 5:09:41 PM

By Don Thompson   SACRAMENTO—Xavier Becerra became perhaps the nation's most influential attorney general when he was named California's top lawyer two years ago, and he has since used his post atop what some call the “Resistance State” to pummel President Donald Trump's administration with dozens of legal actions. Heading into 2019, he may turn up the heat even more, buoyed by his overwhelming endorsement from voters, a Democratic U.S. House and a more aggressive governor who takes office Monday. Becerra kicked off the new year on Thursday by...

Run Benefits Mental Health Causes
1/9/2019 5:07:10 PM

By Staff Reports   VAN NUYS—A 5-kilometer fun run to raise awareness and funds to ensure that all in need get the mental health support they seek was held Sunday in Woodley Park in Van Nuys. Participants in the "5K for the Five Signs" included Talinda Bennington, the widow of Chester Bennington, the lead singer of the alt-rock band Linkin Park who committed suicide in 2017, and DJ Nash, the creator of the ABC drama "A Million Little Things." Talinda Bennington is a co-founder of 320 Changes Direction, what she described as an effort "to...

Doctors' Critical Role in Making the Diabetes Heart Connection
1/9/2019 5:06:04 PM

By Dr. Omar M. Lattouf   One in 10 Americans lives with type 2 diabetes. Among many communities, diabetes is downplayed as "having a little sugar" and, with long family histories with the disease, dismissed as an inevitability. The disease is far more dangerous than most realize. Diabetes doesn't merely put patients at risk of shock, limb amputation, and obesity. Patients with diabetes are up to four times more likely to die of heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, than their non-diabetic peers. Many people who have had diabetes for...

As Health Law Case Goes to Appeals Court, Sign-Ups Steady
1/9/2019 5:04:51 PM

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar   WASHINGTON, DC—Democratic Attorneys General last week appealed a federal court ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, as new enrollment numbers underscored the staying power of the Obama-era law. The government reported that about 8.4 million Americans have signed up this year under the law, reflecting steady demand for its subsidized health insurance. President Donald Trump still disdains “Obamacare,” but he failed to repeal it after promising a better plan in its place. The Democratic Attorneys General said...

After a Decade of Dormancy, Chaka Khan Blooms Again
1/2/2019 11:08:10 AM

By Mike Cidoni Lennox   PASADENA (AP)—If Chaka Khan were a flower, she'd be a perennial. “Because I go dormant and then I...” Khan stops and gracefully lifts her arms together, then slowly brings her hands apart, like a tulip emerging in spring. “I've done it many, many times,” explained the singer, perhaps best known for her multimillion selling 1984 cover of Prince's “I Feel For You.” On the brink of her first new album in a decade, and, on New Year's Day, serving as grand marshal at the Rose Parade, Chaka Khan is...

Mariah Carey's Christmas Classic Sets New Record on Spotify
1/2/2019 11:07:15 AM

By Mesfin Fekadu   NEW YORK (AP)—Mariah Carey's 24-year-old Christmas classic is so popular it set a new one-day streaming record on Spotify on Christmas Eve. Chart Data reported that “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” released in 1994, was played 10.8 million times on Spotify on Monday. The song bested the record set by rapper-singer XXXTentacion, who logged 10.4 million streams with “SAD!” a day after his death in June. Spotify wouldn't comment on the news when reached by The Associated Press. Carey called the new feat “such an...

Report Squashes Hopes for California-Backed Marijuana Bank
1/2/2019 10:57:21 AM

By Kathleen Ronayne   SACRAMENTO (AP)— California would likely lose money and face insurmountable federal hurdles if it tried to create a state-backed bank for the marijuana industry, according to a report released Thursday by the state treasurer. The report puts an end for now to hopes California could find a way to get around banking hurdles for marijuana businesses as the state's recreational market concludes its first year in operation. A working group launched by state Treasurer John Chiang commissioned the study by a San Diego-based firm in January. State...

Grande Cancels Show Due to 'Unforeseeable Health Reasons'
1/2/2019 10:56:43 AM

By Staff Reports   NEW YORK (AP)— Ariana Grande has canceled a Las Vegas performance days before New Year's Eve “due to unforeseeable health reasons.” Grande was originally scheduled to perform at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Saturday. The hotel said Friday in a statement to The Associated Press that the pop star will not perform. The hotel said guests can receive refunds at their point of purchase. Grande has had a busy year: Her song “Thank U, Next” is spending its sixth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart,...