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It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.
L.A. Times headlines
Sun, 1 Aug 2021 06:00:01 -0400
Sonora is the cattle capital of Mexico. But prolonged drought is killing off the herds.
Beneath the Olympic flame, some of Tokyo's most vulnerable stay tucked out of view
Sun, 1 Aug 2021 05:00:33 -0400
Normally unnoticed or tolerated, homeless people have found themselves at the intersection where compassion collides with image, commerce and national pride.
Mexico to vote on whether former presidents should be subject to prosecution
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 19:52:59 -0400
The president calls the referendum a moral imperative. Critics label it a PR show. Its potential impacts are unclear.
Native Americans press for the reburial of ancestors and return of cultural items
Sat, 31 Jul 2021 06:00:49 -0400
The process of returning Indigenous remains and cultural items to tribes is often drawn out.
Waiting for Garcetti: India evaluates its ties with a post-Trump U.S.
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 17:18:52 -0400
India was a favored nation under Trump. Will those ties change under President Biden and what role does ambassadorial nominee Eric Garcetti play?
Ruth Pearl, mother of slain journalist who turned her grief into activism, dies at 85
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 15:41:28 -0400
Ruth Pearl, who became an activist for cross-cultural understanding after her journalist son Daniel was killed by Al Qaeda in 2002, has died at 85.
What is it about the Delta variant that makes it spread so easily?
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 14:23:43 -0400
By now, we all know that the Delta variant is about twice as transmissible as the original coronavirus. What exactly makes it so good at spreading?
Podcast: Drought wants your carne asada and iPhone
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 08:00:01 -0400
Beef. Microchips. Infrastructure. Around the world, drought — and the flip side, floods — are coming after them all.
News Analysis: How the Delta variant could shake up the 2022 midterm election
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 07:00:55 -0400
Democrats must contend with plunging optimism and frustration with new rules on masking and vaccinations, while Republicans risk being blamed for the large number of vaccine holdouts in their party.
Afghans who assisted U.S. arrive at Virginia base. Many others remain in peril
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 05:01:26 -0400
The first flight of Afghan contractors landed Friday in Virginia as the administration scrambles to relocate interpreters and contractors to safety.
CDC document paints more dire picture of threat posed by Delta variant
Fri, 30 Jul 2021 04:18:42 -0400
The Delta variant is more formidable than previously believed, due to its ability to infect and be spread by people who are vaccinated, a CDC document says.
For South Sudan mothers, COVID-19 shook a fragile foundation
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 19:18:25 -0400
Even before the pandemic hit, South Sudanese women were accustomed to building lives on the edge of uncertainty.
Muñecas rotas, cuellos torcidos y conmociones cerebrales: La brutalidad de los clavados olímpicos
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 17:54:14 -0400
Los clavadistas olímpicos experimentan muchas de las mismas lesiones que afectan a los atletas de deportes de contacto más tradicionales, y el dolor comienza antes de tocar el agua.
Litman: Mississippi's abortion brief dynamites standing law and 'super duper' precedents
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 17:30:51 -0400
Whatever the conservative Supreme Court justices think of abortion rights, they should not countenance a case that demeans and trivializes 50 years of jurisprudence.
Podcast: Our biggest reservoir will save us! Wait, no
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 08:00:33 -0400
Drought has brought Lake Mead's water levels to record lows. That's bad news for tens of millions of people.
Broken wrists, twisted necks and concussions: The brutal nature of Olympic diving
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 07:00:40 -0400
Olympic divers experience many of the same injuries that affect athletes of more traditional contact sports, and the pain begins before they hit the water.
The pandemic plunged millions of Latin Americans into poverty. Young people are inheriting the consequences
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 06:00:49 -0400
The pandemic made the poor of Latin America poorer and set back a fledgling middle class throughout the region, threatening a generation.
Biden to require COVID-19 vaccinations, or regular testing, for federal workers
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 03:00:37 -0400
President Biden says he will require federal workers to wear masks and get tested regularly for the coronavirus if they're not vaccinated.
Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya says democracy will prevail
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 20:20:15 -0400
Thrust into the spotlight, Belarus politician Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya says she's not 'that important,' but her country's fate is.
Bipartisan infrastructure deal clears key Senate vote
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 12:07:17 -0400
The Senate approved the first procedural hurdle to passing a major piece of President Biden's infrastructure plan.
Masks on. Masks off. Masks on again at the White House as Delta threat grows
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 11:02:27 -0400
Biden made adherence to COVID guidelines a cornerstone of his campaign to defeat Trump. He beat Trump, but beating the pandemic may be harder.
Podcast: Drought threatens iconic plants. Lawns, watch out
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 08:00:53 -0400
Drought in the American Southwest is hurting saguaro cactuses and Joshua trees. And here come laws against ornamental lawns.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris approval ratings dip in new California poll
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 06:00:52 -0400
Biden's performance rating slips among Californians in the poll, but his overall approval is strong and support for his spending plans is even higher.
Amid crushing floods in China, officials focus not on climate change, but on control
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 06:00:24 -0400
Henan adheres to a familiar formula in Xi Jinping's China: Authorities turn tragedy into triumph, while controlling victims' narratives.
She was promised school. She ended up enslaved and tortured as a housemaid
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 06:00:05 -0400
Millions of domestic workers in Indonesia risk abuse in a job dismissed as "women's work." A law designed to protect them has languished for 17 years.
A former schoolteacher who champions the poor, Peru's new president takes office amid deep divisions
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 05:00:31 -0400
He has never held elective office and was little known until a few months ago. Now Pedro Castillo must govern a divided nation.
Photos: Jan. 6 hearings begin. 'I recall thinking to myself, this is how I'm going to die'
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 22:59:07 -0400
Four Capitol and Metropolitan Police Department officers on Tuesday recounted their experience fighting off the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
A timeline of the CDC's advice on face masks
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 19:47:38 -0400
Rules and guidance about face masks have changed throughout the pandemic. Here's how the CDC's advice has evolved.
Capitol officer at Jan. 6 hearing: 'I could have lost my life that day ... many times'
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 13:00:38 -0400
Officers relive the hours-long fight with rioters in testimony to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
CDC recommends masks indoors in U.S. where cases are surging
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 11:11:01 -0400
The CDC recommends that even vaccinated people wear masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the coronavirus is surging.
Georgia man pleads guilty to four Asian spa killings and is sentenced to life
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 10:49:35 -0400
A Georgia man accused of killing eight people at three Atlanta-area spa businesses is pleading guilty to four counts of murder.
Still planning summer travel? Here's how to make it as painless as possible
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 08:00:51 -0400
Passengers, airlines and agencies are bracing for the last dash of summer air travel amid a surge in the coronavirus. Prepare for delayed flights and crowded planes.
Podcast: A drying lake in Oregon attracts the far right
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 08:00:34 -0400
The Klamath Tribes have first rights to the lake water. Farmers don't get any this year. The tension is ripe for far-right exploitation.
Myanmar's political crisis is fueling an 'uncontrolled' outbreak of COVID-19
Tue, 27 Jul 2021 06:00:12 -0400
Record numbers are dying as Myanmar's healthcare system all but collapses. Virus-stricken households in Yangon fly flags to plead for medicine, food.
Actual number of U.S. coronavirus cases may be more than double the official tally
Mon, 26 Jul 2021 15:00:12 -0400
A new study adds to the growing body of evidence that the pandemic's true toll is far greater than official tallies show.
Congress to assist brain-injury victims of mysterious 'Havana syndrome'
Mon, 26 Jul 2021 13:53:55 -0400
Congress is expected to authorize financial aid to dozens of American officials for unpaid medical bills related to the treatment of Havana syndrome.
Podcast: Our Masters of Disasters break down the fierce drought
Mon, 26 Jul 2021 08:00:30 -0400
Welcome to Drought Week, an in-depth view of the devastating drought affecting the American West. Also: We meet an Olympian.
Column: Remembering the Alamo, Texans fight over myth versus history
Mon, 26 Jul 2021 08:00:12 -0400
A new book debunking popular lore results in the kind of cancellation conservatives decry.
With Olympic seats empty, the hottest ticket in Tokyo is not the Summer Games but pro wrestling
Sun, 25 Jul 2021 15:50:03 -0400
While the world's biggest sporting event is being carried out before empty seats, elsewhere in Tokyo, enthusiastic fans are enjoying live sporting events.
Why Border Patrol is doing more to rescue and identify missing migrants
Sun, 25 Jul 2021 06:00:56 -0400
The agency's approach to missing migrants has evolved amid an increase in migration and deaths.
Mar-a-Lago primary: Trump wields power with endorsements, but some in GOP fear midterm damage
Sun, 25 Jul 2021 06:00:06 -0400
Ex-President Trump rewards allies and punishes enemies with endorsements. He meets this week with Wyoming Republicans running against Rep. Liz Cheney.
Fauci: 'There's no way' the coronavirus was made with U.S. research funds. Here's why
Sat, 24 Jul 2021 08:00:33 -0400
Sen. Rand Paul accused Dr. Anthony Fauci of funding research in China that created the coronavirus. Fauci says that's a lie and explains why.
Photos: Tokyo Olympics officially starts with a made-for-TV opening ceremony
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 21:26:57 -0400
A look at some of the biggest moments from the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony from Times photographers Robert Gauthier and Wally Skalij.
Tokyo Olympics: Diverse faces are representing Japan. Does it reflect real change?
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 19:42:02 -0400
Can diverse athletes representing Japan push the society toward acceptance and inclusion?
Oregon communities struggle to hold off the Bootleg fire, the largest blaze in the U.S.
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 16:37:41 -0400
Rural Oregon communities accustomed to big blazes have been taken aback by the unpredictability of the Bootleg fire, currently the largest in the U.S.
Trump ally Thomas J. Barrack Jr. released on $250-million bail
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 15:44:43 -0400
Thomas J. Barrack Jr., also a prominent L.A. investor, awaits trial on charges of obstruction of justice and acting as an agent of the United Arab Emirates.
Lebanon's people line up in 'queues of humiliation' as their country unravels
Fri, 23 Jul 2021 05:00:43 -0400
Shortages of basic goods have hit Lebanon as its leaders do little to resolve a long-running currency crisis that has sparked despair and desperation.
Misinformation is killing people. Here's the truth about COVID vaccines
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 15:20:14 -0400
Misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines is costing people their lives. We separate the myths from the reality.
Biden hits Cuba with more sanctions over its crackdown on protesters
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 13:13:29 -0400
The Biden administration announced a new round of sanctions against the Cuban government for its violent crackdown on demonstrators.
Tokyo Olympics teeter on the edge of being both a psychological and political drama
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 07:30:18 -0400
A Tokyo Games mired in controversy could cast the Olympic movement into a void that could have consequences that reach all the way to Los Angeles.
U.S. details plans to evacuate some Afghan translators who worked with American troops
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 20:05:28 -0400
The U.S. will move thousands of interpreters from Afghanistan, but it faces criticism for its lack of plans for other Afghans in danger from the Taliban.
Biden makes prime-time pitch for infrastructure, but Ohioans press on voting rights and more
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 16:55:11 -0400
President Biden went to Cincinnati to promote his infrastructure plans at a union hall and a CNN town hall, amid bipartisan talks at the Capitol.
More than a laugh: Kamala Harris' is a sound check for a divided country
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 15:17:35 -0400
To gauge how some people view Kamala Harris, the first woman and woman of color to be vice president, look at how they respond to her laugh.
GOP blocks infrastructure bill for now, but Democrats are likely to try again next week
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 11:19:47 -0400
Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer forces a vote to speed up infrastructure negotiations. Republicans want to hold off until Monday.
Summer of disaster: Extreme weather wreaks havoc worldwide as climate change bears down
Thu, 22 Jul 2021 00:18:09 -0400
Climate change is making the world more prone to floods like those in China and Europe and to heat waves and fires like those in the U.S. and Russia.
California's electric car revolution, designed to save the planet, also unleashes a toll on it
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 06:00:41 -0400
In the name of climate action, California pushed the world toward electric cars. But building enough of them is creating its own environmental crises.
U.S. life expectancy fell by 1.5 years in 2020, largest drop since World War II
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 00:02:05 -0400
U.S. life expectancy fell by a year and a half in 2020, the largest one-year decline since World War II, according to new report from the CDC.
The largest wildfire in the U.S. advances toward Oregon mountain towns
Tue, 20 Jul 2021 15:38:22 -0400
The threat of thunderstorms and lightning prompts Oregon officials to ask for firefighters from outside the region to prepare for additional blazes.
Tom Barrack, L.A. investor and Trump ally, charged with acting as agent of UAE
Tue, 20 Jul 2021 15:17:54 -0400
Chair of Trump's 2017 inaugural committee is jailed on charges that he conspired to influence U.S. policy to benefit the United Arab Emirates.
Jeff Bezos launches new era of space travel with Blue Origin ride
Tue, 20 Jul 2021 09:15:10 -0400
Following Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson to the edge of space, Amazon.com billionaire Jeff Bezos ushered in the era of lower-cost commercial spaceflight -- or so many scientists and would-be astro-tourists hope.
For Japan's Gen Z, anxiety-ridden pandemic Olympics mar a 'once-in-a-lifetime' moment
Tue, 20 Jul 2021 06:00:13 -0400
The Tokyo Olympics are not inspiring Japan's fatalistic Gen Z. The young are coping with COVID-19, empty stadiums and economic stagnation.
After an assassination, Miami's Haitian community wonders: Who can fix this mess?
Tue, 20 Jul 2021 05:00:36 -0400
As another chapter in the saga that is Haiti comes to a close with the scheduled funeral Friday of the slain president, Haitians ponder who can fix their beleaguered country.
Same hospitals but worse outcomes for Black patients than white ones
Tue, 20 Jul 2021 05:00:10 -0400
A new report has found that Black patients are more likely to suffer illnesses or injuries tied to surgical procedures than white patients, even when they go to the same hospitals.
Prince Harry promises to tell the 'wholly truthful' story of his life in new memoir
Mon, 19 Jul 2021 15:44:10 -0400
Royal rebel Prince Harry is working on a memoir, due in 2022, about life in the public eye and his growth inside and outside of palace walls.
Justice Department releases formal policy restricting its access to reporters' records
Mon, 19 Jul 2021 13:02:35 -0400
Justice has issued a policy restricting its access to reporters' records after disclosures involving Trump subpoenas of journalists' phone, email accounts.
'I definitely want to stay': Afghan women grapple with prospect of life under the Taliban again
Sun, 18 Jul 2021 08:00:31 -0400
As the U.S. hastens to exit Afghanistan by Aug. 31, women fear a potential return to power by the Taliban and its harsh view of their role in society.
Instead of braving the river, these endangered salmon take the highway
Sun, 18 Jul 2021 07:00:47 -0400
Idaho biologists are trucking Snake River sockeye upriver this summer, trying to save them from record-breaking Northwest heat.
Haitian president's assassination exposes shady world of Colombian mercenaries
Sun, 18 Jul 2021 06:00:07 -0400
Ex-soldiers from Colombia have been implicated in the assassination of the Haitian president.
Losing Rosario: A mother sent her daughter across the border. Before they could reunite, one died
Sat, 17 Jul 2021 08:00:37 -0400
Texas' Brooks County and the Rio Grande Valley to the south have been popular smuggling routes for decades. Six months into 2021, deaths in the county had already reached 55, up from a total of 34 last year.
'They're killing people': Biden blames social media for COVID-19 vaccine misinformation
Fri, 16 Jul 2021 16:04:39 -0400
The Delta variant and vaccine hesitancy in red states stall progress in President Biden's battle against COVID-19 and threaten the economy's revival.
Olivia Rodrigo collaborates with Dr. Fauci for a 'Mean Tweets'-inspired vaccine PSA
Fri, 16 Jul 2021 16:03:10 -0400
Olivia Rodrigo, Gen Z poster child, visited the White House to deliver a message to fellow young Americans about COVID-19 vaccines. Let the PSAs flow.
Vaccine 'obstinance' is fueling Delta variant's spread across America
Fri, 16 Jul 2021 10:00:45 -0400
The Delta variant of the coronavirus has taken on a decidedly American feel, mainly targeting those who just won't get vaccinated.
Podcast: El Salvador wants to be a bitcoin paradise
Fri, 16 Jul 2021 08:00:32 -0400
El Salvador is the first country to make a cryptocurrency legal tender. Some locals like it. To others, it's "the devil's money."
Police officers treat Black and white men differently. You can hear it in their tone of voice
Fri, 16 Jul 2021 08:00:06 -0400
Scientists who listened to police officers speaking to motorists they've pulled over heard differences in the tone of voice used with Black and white drivers.
The current drought is worldwide. Here's how different places are fighting it
Fri, 16 Jul 2021 06:00:53 -0400
Stricken by drought, countries on nearly every continent are struggling with the same question: How do we save water?
Heffernan: Donald Trump just won't go away
Fri, 16 Jul 2021 06:00:24 -0400
Michael Wolff delivers the dark-arts inside story of the end of Donald Trump's wrecking ball presidency. Or is it?
ICE may finally get a Senate-confirmed director after over four years without one
Thu, 15 Jul 2021 16:30:46 -0400
Senators grilled Texas Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, President Biden's nominee to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, at his confirmation hearing.
Column: He called out Trump's election lie. Fellow Republicans pushed to fire him
Thu, 15 Jul 2021 15:55:07 -0400
For Jason Roe, a veteran California strategist, truth-telling ends his brief leadership of Michigan GOP.
News Analysis: U.S. expands fight against Central American corruption. Will it stem immigration?
Thu, 15 Jul 2021 15:17:08 -0400
The Biden administration is expanding its offensive against corruption and other causes of immigration from Central America.
Biden and Merkel reaffirm U.S.-German cooperation as her time on Europe's center stage wanes
Thu, 15 Jul 2021 15:04:34 -0400
President Biden's White House welcome to German Chancellor Angela Merkel reflects her close alliance with U.S. leaders — besides Biden's predecessor.
Litman: Biden's DOJ just went AWOL on an issue crucial to core American values
Thu, 15 Jul 2021 14:50:56 -0400
Apparently, the Justice Department has no opinion on whether due process applies to the Guantanamo detainees.
California's immigrant crackdown propelled Latinos to Washington. After Trump, could it happen again?
Thu, 15 Jul 2021 08:00:02 -0400
Proposition 187 propelled some California Latinos into civic life and Democratic politics, even Congress. After Trump, could it happen again?
News Analysis: U.S. expands fight against Central American corruption. Will it stem immigration?
Thu, 15 Jul 2021 07:00:14 -0400
The Biden administration is expanding its offensive against corruption and other causes of immigration from Central America.
The Olympics are coming. COVID infections are rising. Was Japan's strategy the right one?
Thu, 15 Jul 2021 06:00:26 -0400
With a week to go until the Tokyo Olympics, COVID-19 cases are once again on the rise in Japan. What went wrong with the once-celebrated "Japan model"?
Outside Britney Spears' hearing, Rep. Matt Gaetz slams Jamie Spears as 'a grifter'
Wed, 14 Jul 2021 18:58:12 -0400
Continuing a conservatorship-reform push he began in March, embattled U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) spoke at a #FreeBritney protest in downtown L.A.
Texas governor threatens to arrest Democrats who blocked voting law by fleeing state
Tue, 13 Jul 2021 15:12:10 -0400
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has threatened to arrest Democratic lawmakers who blocked voting rights legislation by fleeing the state.
With Trump appointees, Supreme Court delivers 9th Circuit another year of reversals
Tue, 13 Jul 2021 13:58:51 -0400
The Supreme Court overturned 15 of the 16 decisions by the liberal U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California that it reviewed this session.
Trying to figure out Sen. Joe Manchin? A Sandy Hook gun bill offers clues
Tue, 13 Jul 2021 08:00:18 -0400
The failed push to expand federal background checks for gun purchases is key to understanding the mind of Joe Manchin, one of the most influential members of the Senate.
Biden says U.S. stands with Cuban protesters, but officials deflect policy criticism
Mon, 12 Jul 2021 20:29:29 -0400
Biden pledges to stand with Cuban protesters and calls on Havana to refrain from a violent crackdown. But U.S. officials deflect criticism for lag in policy changes.
Prince William is 'sickened' by racism yet backed royal family after Meghan interview
Mon, 12 Jul 2021 15:01:50 -0400
Prince William spoke out against racist abuse that Team England players endured after the Euro Championship final, but Twitter users aren't buying it.
Edwin Edwards, flamboyant ex-Louisiana governor who knew power and prison, dies
Mon, 12 Jul 2021 14:42:48 -0400
Edwards dominated state politics for decades before being convicted for taking payoffs
Are COVID-19 symptoms different if I'm infected with the Delta variant?
Mon, 12 Jul 2021 14:29:34 -0400
If the Delta variant catches you, will your COVID-19 symptoms be different than for people infected with earlier strains of the coronavirus?
Podcast: Daniel Ortega's Nicaragua revolutions
Mon, 12 Jul 2021 08:00:14 -0400
Critics say Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega is turning into the type of authoritarian leader that he once helped to topple.
Two found guilty of sedition in Jordan over alleged plot involving former crown prince
Mon, 12 Jul 2021 04:35:51 -0400
A former top confidant of Jordan's King Abdullah II and a relative of the monarch are found guilty of sedition and incitement in a high-profile trial.
'Unrecognizable.' Lake Mead, a lifeline for water in Los Angeles and the West, tips toward crisis
Sun, 11 Jul 2021 08:01:02 -0400
Lake Mead is at the lowest water levels in its 85-year history. Federal officials who manage the lake expect to soon declare a water shortage.
Trump's still waging a war on truth — and it's still bad for democracy
Sun, 11 Jul 2021 07:00:39 -0400
Former President Trump still insists that Joe Biden stole the election. His loyalists agree — and others in the GOP are too cowardly to object.
Who killed Haiti's president? Plot thickens as Moise's guards come under scrutiny
Sat, 10 Jul 2021 17:25:57 -0400
Three days after the assassination of Haiti President Jovenel Moise, it's still unclear who ordered it and who did it. His security team is scrutinized.
Vaccines are terrific, but where are the COVID-19 treatments?
Fri, 9 Jul 2021 08:00:25 -0400
It may seem like biotech companies are focused solely on developing vaccines for COVID-19, but some are hard at work on drugs that could treat those who become sick.
Do Biden administration assurances on Afghanistan reflect the reality on the ground?
Thu, 8 Jul 2021 18:52:28 -0400
U.S. defense of its Afghanistan pullout is based on a conviction that education and development gains are irreversible. But reality is very different.
As Taliban gains, Biden defends U.S. exit from Afghanistan, says it's ahead of schedule
Thu, 8 Jul 2021 15:04:35 -0400
President Biden says 'speed is safety' as U.S. troops withdraw from Afghanistan and he defends his decision to end America's longest war.
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