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    Stabbing of popular student devastates South El Monte High School; teen friend suspected in slaying


    When administrators at South El Monte High School called Jeremy Sanchez’s parents to say he never showed up for class Wednesday, his father began to worry. It was unusual for the 17-year-old junior to miss school, so his father filed a missing...

    When administrators at South El Monte High School called Jeremy Sanchez’s parents to say he never showed up for class Wednesday, his father began to worry.

    It was unusual for the 17-year-old junior to miss school, so his father filed a missing person’s report and assembled two of Jeremy’s close...

    'The Judge' documentary explores Middle East's first female jurist in sharia law courts


    “The Judge" is not the eagerly anticipated documentary on Supreme Court luminary Ruth Bader Ginsburg. That film, "RBG," is coming soon, but in the interim viewers would be wise to take in this story of another woman jurist who is just about as...

    “The Judge" is not the eagerly anticipated documentary on Supreme Court luminary Ruth Bader Ginsburg. That film, "RBG," is coming soon, but in the interim viewers would be wise to take in this story of another woman jurist who is just about as impressive.

    That would be Kholoud Al-Faqih, who is...

    For Ellen Pompeo, this 1920s Spanish villa in Hollywood Hills is history


    Ellen Pompeo, who stars on “Grey’s Anatomy,” is asking $2.795 million for a 1920s Spanish-style villa in the Hollywood Hills. In case you are wondering, that’s just a rounding error in her checkbook. In January, the highly paid actress signed a...

    Ellen Pompeo, who stars on “Grey’s Anatomy,” is asking $2.795 million for a 1920s Spanish-style villa in the Hollywood Hills. In case you are wondering, that’s just a rounding error in her checkbook. In January, the highly paid actress signed a $20-million contract with ABC.

    Set above the street...

    Valeska Grisebach's 'Western' is a broodingly intelligent drama of culture clash


    Like its title, “Western” is both startlingly direct and full of resonance and ambiguity. Written and directed by the gifted Valeska Grisebach, the movie follows a group of German construction workers into a remote stretch of Bulgarian countryside,...

    Like its title, “Western” is both startlingly direct and full of resonance and ambiguity. Written and directed by the gifted Valeska Grisebach, the movie follows a group of German construction workers into a remote stretch of Bulgarian countryside, near the Greek border, where they have come to...

    After another blown save, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen still searching for answers


    Hidden behind a partition in the visitors clubhouse at Petco Park, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was scrolling through his iPhone when a reporter approached on Wednesday afternoon. Jansen looked up and wondered what the visitor wanted to talk about. The...

    Hidden behind a partition in the visitors clubhouse at Petco Park, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen was scrolling through his iPhone when a reporter approached on Wednesday afternoon. Jansen looked up and wondered what the visitor wanted to talk about. The topic felt obvious.

    On a recent four-game...

    'Little Pink House' muddles an important story of eminent domain


    Writer-director Courtney Moorehead Balaker taps a pair of powerful actresses to face off in her film “Little Pink House,” which depicts a real-life battle surrounding eminent domain laws. Catherine Keener stars as Susette Kelo, a paramedic who...

    Writer-director Courtney Moorehead Balaker taps a pair of powerful actresses to face off in her film “Little Pink House,” which depicts a real-life battle surrounding eminent domain laws.

    Catherine Keener stars as Susette Kelo, a paramedic who returns to her Connecticut hometown of New London,...

    Qualcomm begins layoffs, trying to cut $1 billion in costs, and its NXP bid faces objections in China


    Qualcomm Inc. has begun notifying workers of layoffs at the same time the San Diego chipmaker’s $44-billion bid to acquire NXP Semiconductors is running into problems getting antitrust clearance from China. Qualcomm, a leading provider of chips for...

    Qualcomm Inc. has begun notifying workers of layoffs at the same time the San Diego chipmaker’s $44-billion bid to acquire NXP Semiconductors is running into problems getting antitrust clearance from China.

    Qualcomm, a leading provider of chips for mobile phones, did not specify the number of employees...

    When is the 2018 NFL draft?


    The 2018 NFL draft is coming up, and fans have numerous viewing options for the event. The first round is Thursday, April 26, starting at 5 p.m. PT. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, NFL Network and Fox will broadcast the event on TV, and the ESPN, NFL and Fox...

    The 2018 NFL draft is coming up, and fans have numerous viewing options for the event.

    The first round is Thursday, April 26, starting at 5 p.m. PT. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, NFL Network and Fox will broadcast the event on TV, and the ESPN, NFL and Fox Sports digital properties will stream it.

    ...

    'Keep the Change' is a fresh take on love in New York City


    New York City is the rom-com capital of the movie world, and it’s rare to watch a cinematic love story set in the metropolis that we haven’t seen before. But writer-director Rachel Israel’s debut, “Keep the Change,” manages to make romance in...

    New York City is the rom-com capital of the movie world, and it’s rare to watch a cinematic love story set in the metropolis that we haven’t seen before. But writer-director Rachel Israel’s debut, “Keep the Change,” manages to make romance in the city feel fresh, while still using tropes of the...

    Farce 'Let's Kill Grandpa This Christmas' is no holiday


    Black comedies don’t get much broader or more cheerless than “Let’s Kill Grandpa This Christmas,” a low-budget tale of malice and murder played out by six singularly unlikable people. Writer-director-star Brian Gianci keeps a snappy pace, and his...

    Black comedies don’t get much broader or more cheerless than “Let’s Kill Grandpa This Christmas,” a low-budget tale of malice and murder played out by six singularly unlikable people. Writer-director-star Brian Gianci keeps a snappy pace, and his cast is admirably willing to take chances, but when...

    'Super Troopers 2': Has it aged, or have we?


    Like many of a certain age, I was a fan of Broken Lizard's 2001 stoner cop cult classic “Super Troopers,” which circulated smoky dorm rooms in the early aughts. The energetic, silly and wordy comedy of the then-unknown troupe was absurd, naughty and...

    Like many of a certain age, I was a fan of Broken Lizard's 2001 stoner cop cult classic “Super Troopers,” which circulated smoky dorm rooms in the early aughts. The energetic, silly and wordy comedy of the then-unknown troupe was absurd, naughty and endlessly quotable.

    Seventeen years later, the...

    Netflix's 'Kodachrome' reminds that Ed Harris can make standard roles transcendent


    Ed Harris. Ed Harris. Ed Harris. The accomplished actor did not inspire "Kodachrome" and he's not the only thing in it, but when you're looking for reasons to watch, his arresting performance stands way out. No one needs to be told how good the four-time...

    Ed Harris.

    Ed Harris.

    Ed Harris.

    The accomplished actor did not inspire "Kodachrome" and he's not the only thing in it, but when you're looking for reasons to watch, his arresting performance stands way out.

    No one needs to be told how good the four-time Oscar nominee is, but there is a tendency...

    SpaceX gets approval to develop its BFR rocket and spaceship at Port of Los Angeles


    The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to approve a permit that allows SpaceX to build and operate a facility at the Port of L.A. to develop its BFR rocket and spaceship system. The formal approval came days after L.A....

    The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to approve a permit that allows SpaceX to build and operate a facility at the Port of L.A. to develop its BFR rocket and spaceship system.

    The formal approval came days after L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that SpaceX...

    Readers think Coachella has become less about the music and more about the scene


    From experiment in the desert to massive brand and pop culture phenomenon, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has undergone serious changes since its 1999...

    From experiment in the desert to massive brand and pop culture phenomenon, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival has undergone serious changes since its 1999 debut.

    Horror flick '4/20 Massacre' is best experienced while buzzed


    Whatever else can be said about “4/20 Massacre,” at least it lives up to its ridiculous name. Equal parts goofy and gory, the horror movie directed by Dylan Reynolds never intends to be an arty mood piece or social commentary covered in blood....

    Whatever else can be said about “4/20 Massacre,” at least it lives up to its ridiculous name. Equal parts goofy and gory, the horror movie directed by Dylan Reynolds never intends to be an arty mood piece or social commentary covered in blood. Instead, its C-movie horror should only be experienced...

    Documentary 'Lives Well Lived' offers positive paths for aging


    Sky Bergman’s documentary “Lives Well Lived” — offering positive snapshots of a variety of functioning, happy seniors — is less a film than an upbeat birthday video, which isn’t surprising given the project was inspired by Bergman’s perky,...

    Sky Bergman’s documentary “Lives Well Lived” — offering positive snapshots of a variety of functioning, happy seniors — is less a film than an upbeat birthday video, which isn’t surprising given the project was inspired by Bergman’s perky, ever-smiling, Italian Bronx grandmother Evelyn turning...

    Housing, immigration, inequality are among Californians' concerns


    We asked Californians to name the top issues facing the state today and what the next governor should do. Here's what they had to...

    We asked Californians to name the top issues facing the state today and what the next governor should do. Here's what they had to say.

    With recession in the rear view, a more upbeat California looks to choose a new governor


    Scores of interviews over the length and breadth of the state find an upturn in attitudes, despite concerns about the uneven spread of affluence emerging from the depths of the Great...

    Scores of interviews over the length and breadth of the state find an upturn in attitudes, despite concerns about the uneven spread of affluence emerging from the depths of the Great Recession

    H.B. wildlife center reports positive results with new incubators and aviary for threatened shorebirds


    The Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach is seeing positive results with new equipment for a program designed to nurse abandoned western snowy plover eggs and release the birds into nature once hatched, officials say. The center bought two...

    The Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach is seeing positive results with new equipment for a program designed to nurse abandoned western snowy plover eggs and release the birds into nature once hatched, officials say.

    The center bought two new Grumbach egg incubators and an outdoor...

    Garcetti seeks to repair more streets and sidewalks — and make them safer


    Flush with revenue from a solid economy, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is planning to ramp up efforts to fix buckled sidewalks, rebuild the city’s most damaged roads and reduce the number of traffic deaths, according to budget materials prepared by...

    Flush with revenue from a solid economy, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is planning to ramp up efforts to fix buckled sidewalks, rebuild the city’s most damaged roads and reduce the number of traffic deaths, according to budget materials prepared by his office.

    Garcetti’s proposed $9.9-billion...

    Luis Alberto Urrea and the birth of his big new book, 'The House of Broken Angels'


    All Luis Alberto Urrea wanted to do was write a short tribute to his late sibling. But President Trump got in his way. When his half-brother Juan died in 2016, Urrea was determined to write something brief inspired by their relationship, though epics are...

    All Luis Alberto Urrea wanted to do was write a short tribute to his late sibling. But President Trump got in his way.

    When his half-brother Juan died in 2016, Urrea was determined to write something brief inspired by their relationship, though epics are more familiar territory for him: His novels...

    Doctor saves lives in region under siege in documentary 'The Heart of Nuba'


    The title of the gripping, inspiring documentary “The Heart of Nuba” describes Catholic missionary Tom Catena, an American doctor running the Mother of Mercy Hospital in southern Sudan’s remote Nuba Mountains. Since 2011, the oil-rich, rebel-held...

    The title of the gripping, inspiring documentary “The Heart of Nuba” describes Catholic missionary Tom Catena, an American doctor running the Mother of Mercy Hospital in southern Sudan’s remote Nuba Mountains. Since 2011, the oil-rich, rebel-held region has been targeted for aerial bombings by...

    A Word, Please: Whoa! There are so many different ways people spell it


    When I was a kid, I had a pony. I don’t mention that a lot. People get the wrong impression: pampered rich girl prancing around a snooty stable on an English saddle. Not even close. My sister’s and my ponies were obtained in a swap for some used CB...

    When I was a kid, I had a pony. I don’t mention that a lot. People get the wrong impression: pampered rich girl prancing around a snooty stable on an English saddle.

    Not even close.

    My sister’s and my ponies were obtained in a swap for some used CB radios (remember those, good buddy?). In hindsight,...