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L.A. Times headlines
Tue, 18 Jan 2022 13:00:18 GMT
Let's put COVID-19 in perspective. Today we explore centuries of pandemics, how they all ended and what we've learned from them.
COVID killed droves of Indian health workers. Their families must fight for recompense
Tue, 18 Jan 2022 11:00:27 GMT
The struggle highlights the fragility of India's healthcare system as another wave of the coronavirus fueled by the Omicron variant gathers momentum.
Op-Ed: The Texas hostage-taking was a symptom of conspiracy theories run amok
Tue, 18 Jan 2022 01:15:18 GMT
Why would a British Muslim threaten four Texas Jews over the actions of a Pakistani in Afghanistan in 2008?
Time to start over on voting rights and election security
Sun, 16 Jan 2022 12:00:16 GMT
Our electoral system is still in peril. Congress should try a different approach — less ambitious, more bipartisan.
Op-Ed: Here's how Biden can fix the Supreme Court's terrible mistake in the vax or mask case
Sat, 15 Jan 2022 11:00:50 GMT
The court's majority opinion leaves open a surprisingly straightforward way for the administration to protect the health of American workers.
Glendora man pleads guilty to felony in connection with Jan. 6 insurrection at Capitol
Sat, 15 Jan 2022 04:08:28 GMT
Hunter Ehmke, 21, was arrested last year at his family's home after an officer saw him smashing a window at the Capitol building.
U.S. says Russia preparing 'false flag' operation as pretext to invade Ukraine
Sat, 15 Jan 2022 01:31:25 GMT
U.S. officials say Russia aims to create a pretext to invade Ukraine and has placed operatives for a 'false flag' operation.
Federal website to order free at-home coronavirus tests is launching next week
Fri, 14 Jan 2022 22:30:20 GMT
The White House plans to launch a website Wednesday where Americans can order a limited number of free, rapid coronavirus tests to be sent to their homes.
Alec Baldwin turns over cellphone in 'Rust' shooting investigation
Fri, 14 Jan 2022 22:26:10 GMT
Sheriff's investigators want to search Baldwin's iPhone for evidence in the fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins.
Ecuador expands protected area around Galapagos Islands, providing safe passage for marine life
Fri, 14 Jan 2022 18:00:26 GMT
Ecuador will expand protection around the Galapagos Island, safeguarding a critical migration route for sharks, fish and other marine life.
Anxious. Helpless. Upset. Omicron surge leaves U.S. parents, teachers and students on edge
Fri, 14 Jan 2022 11:00:06 GMT
Nationwide teachers, parents and students have had to deal with the Omicron surge.
Earth experienced 6th hottest year on record in 2021, but 4th hottest for United States
Thu, 13 Jan 2022 21:53:14 GMT
Last year wasn't quite as hot as 2020, due in part to a cooling La Niña pattern that persisted through much of 2021.
Former Syrian intelligence officer convicted for crimes against humanity
Thu, 13 Jan 2022 11:44:48 GMT
The conviction in a German court of Anwar Raslan was seen as a watershed moment in the fight for accountability in Syria's war.
Litman: Hannity had an unholy alliance with Trump. The 1st Amendment still protects him
Thu, 13 Jan 2022 11:00:49 GMT
Allowing courts to strip away 1st Amendment protections based on judges' psychoanalyzing journalists' motives would erode society's right to know.
Ukraine mood: Wary of Russia's 'imperial ambition,' but hoping war won't happen
Thu, 13 Jan 2022 11:00:06 GMT
Stash food and cash, Facebook-unfriend Russia nationalists: yes. Learn that bomb shelter map: maybe. Ukraine hopes for best and readies for the worst.
Sick staff. Endless COVID patients. Doctors 'just scraping by' as Omicron sweeps hospitals
Thu, 13 Jan 2022 10:00:45 GMT
After two years, hospitals thought they had a handle on treating COVID-19. But Omicron has hit them harder than ever.
'Rust' armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed sues weapons provider on Alec Baldwin film
Thu, 13 Jan 2022 01:40:18 GMT
The lawsuit alleges Seth Kenney and his PDQ Arm & Prop provided "Rust" crew members on the film with a box labeled "dummies" that contained live ammunition. Kenney has said he did not provide live ammo.
'They underestimated this virus.' Omicron cuts through U.S. defenses despite Biden's efforts
Wed, 12 Jan 2022 17:14:37 GMT
President Biden plans to speak about the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday as he faces rising criticism during the Omicron wave.
President Biden urges filibuster changes to protect voting rights
Tue, 11 Jan 2022 15:44:55 GMT
President Biden calls for changing filibuster rules to protect voting rights. But he still lacks the Senate votes to follow through.
Myanmar teak shipments imported to U.S. despite sanctions, group says
Tue, 11 Jan 2022 09:00:34 GMT
The prized tropical hardwood used in building luxury yachts helps fund Myanmar's military dictatorship and has long ties to crime syndicates.
U.S.-Russia talks on Ukraine end after eight hours, without agreement
Mon, 10 Jan 2022 21:48:27 GMT
U.S. and Russian officials hold talks aimed at averting war in Ukraine but agree on little more than holding more discussions.
'Don't panic.' How parents with kids too young to vaccinate can navigate Omicron
Mon, 10 Jan 2022 19:46:55 GMT
COVID case numbers are still going up. Kids under 5 won't be eligible for vaccination for months. How can parents make smart decisions in the meantime?
Podcast: Goodbye, gas stoves? The fight heats up
Mon, 10 Jan 2022 13:00:34 GMT
To fight climate change, cities are banning gas hookups in new buildings. (Adios, gas stoves. Hello, induction burners.) But the gas industry is fighting back.
Nicholas Goldberg: Democracy is dying in Hong Kong. But why should the rest of us care?
Mon, 10 Jan 2022 11:00:00 GMT
The last time I visited Hong Kong, the pro-democracy movement was in full swing. Two years later, the battle seems to have been lost.
News Analysis: 'Gun pointed to Ukraine's head.' Blinken, ahead of talks, warns Russia against invasion
Sun, 9 Jan 2022 14:00:32 GMT
On upcoming Russia talks, Secretary of State Antony Blinken says it's hard to make diplomatic progress when there's 'a gun pointed to Ukraine's head.'
Column: The lesson of Jan. 6: Jan. 6 still isn't over
Sun, 9 Jan 2022 12:00:19 GMT
The day turned into a festival of national division — not a single, unifying commemoration but three very different observances.
Some escapees pay bribes, cross rivers, risk lives to return to Kim Jong Un's North Korea
Sun, 9 Jan 2022 11:00:39 GMT
While tens of thousands risk everything to flee North Korea, a few, having failed to adjust to the capitalist South, make a desperate journey back.
Detectives still seek Alec Baldwin's cellphone in 'Rust' shooting investigation
Fri, 7 Jan 2022 22:58:59 GMT
New Mexico and New York investigators team up to retrieve Baldwin's phone in a search for evidence in "Rust" shooting investigation.
Three white men sentenced to life for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery
Fri, 7 Jan 2022 20:15:16 GMT
A judge sentenced three white men to life in prison for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, in Georgia in 2020.
Contemplating a COVID party for your kids? It's still a bad idea
Fri, 7 Jan 2022 16:47:07 GMT
The apparently milder Omicron variant has some parents thinking it might be helpful to let their kids get infected. But experts say there's no upside.
Supreme Court casts doubt on Biden's vaccine rule for the workplace
Fri, 7 Jan 2022 11:00:47 GMT
Supreme Court conservatives express skepticism of President Biden's mandate that most workers be vaccinated for COVID-19.
'Unwelcome just about everywhere': Europe tightens the screws on the unvaccinated
Fri, 7 Jan 2022 10:00:27 GMT
From mandating COVID-19 shots for everyone over 50 to excluding the uninoculated from more venues, European countries get tougher on the unvaccinated.
Child sex trafficking endures in Bali despite collapse of international tourism
Thu, 6 Jan 2022 18:17:26 GMT
Encrypted apps, domestic tourists and local residents are keeping a notorious trade alive in Indonesia's most famous tropical vacation destination.
News Analysis: Biden, in blasting Trump, acknowledges the nation has yet to heal
Thu, 6 Jan 2022 17:27:33 GMT
President Biden's first year is dominated by tension between his vow to return the U.S. to normal and the reality that Trump changed it profoundly.
Nation finds no solace a year after Jan. 6 attack
Thu, 6 Jan 2022 14:58:23 GMT
President Biden challenged the nation to reject political violence in a speech on the anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Podcast: The rising left in South America
Thu, 6 Jan 2022 13:00:23 GMT
Chile's next president, Gabriel Boric, is a tattooed millennial who wants to fight inequality, protect the environment and reform the police. He's not alone.
Adam Schiff: A year after the Capitol attack, democracy itself is on every ballot
Thu, 6 Jan 2022 11:00:57 GMT
What is required on the anniversary of Jan. 6 is nothing less than a national awakening.
The battle for the Capitol ended. The war for democracy continues
Thu, 6 Jan 2022 11:00:14 GMT
One year later, the lies that fueled the Jan. 6 attack remain deeply embedded in American politics.
Atty. Gen. Merrick Garland vows to hold Jan. 6 insurrectionists to account
Wed, 5 Jan 2022 22:50:20 GMT
The Justice Department is working to hold accountable those responsible for the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, Atty. Gen. Merrick Garland says.
Podcast: The next pandemic is already lurking
Wed, 5 Jan 2022 13:00:56 GMT
The virus that will cause the next pandemic is probably already out there. Here's how humanity is raising — and working to lower — the risk of someone catching it.
Jan. 6: By the numbers
Wed, 5 Jan 2022 12:00:24 GMT
How many people took part in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot? How many were arrested? How long did Trump speak before the insurrection? The answers readers need to know.
How politicized has vaccination become? Thousands of U.S. troops are disobeying orders that they get shots
Wed, 5 Jan 2022 10:00:19 GMT
Their defiance of a vaccine mandate order in the military is a striking illustration of how politicized the pandemic has become.
Boy Scouts of America falls short in bid to emerge from sex-abuse bankruptcy
Wed, 5 Jan 2022 06:50:03 GMT
A $2.7-billion settlement offer fails to garner enough support from thousands of men who said they were sexually abused in Scouting.
'I really thought that I was going to die.' Members of Congress remember Jan. 6
Tue, 4 Jan 2022 13:03:36 GMT
During the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, six Congress members from California hid, fled or watched as a pro-Trump mob attacked. They look back and discuss what's changed.
Inside Klete Keller's fall from Olympic gold to the Capitol riot
Tue, 4 Jan 2022 13:00:25 GMT
A look at the life of former Olympic swimmer Klete Keller and his participation in the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot.
Podcast: She was inside the Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection. A year later, she reflects
Tue, 4 Jan 2022 13:00:05 GMT
Times reporter Sarah D. Wire sheltered with Congress members during the Jan. 6 insurrection. She gives a glimpse into the minds of our lawmakers while chaos invaded the seat of American democracy.
The Jan. 6 assault like you've never seen it: from our photographer's helmet camera
Tue, 4 Jan 2022 12:00:18 GMT
Never-before-seen footage of the chaos during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, from Los Angeles Times photographer Kent Nishimura's GoPro.
As Capitol riot anniversary nears, Western allies fear for health of U.S. democracy
Tue, 4 Jan 2022 12:00:04 GMT
Close U.S. partners like Germany heaved a quiet sigh of relief over Trump's exit. But worries persist over the erosion of American democracy.
Nicholas Goldberg: Of course you can't fly a banner with a Christian cross on a giant flagpole at City Hall
Tue, 4 Jan 2022 11:00:08 GMT
The Supreme Court should rule that Boston was right to ban a religious group from hanging a Christian flag on a city flagpole. But, as usual, there are nuances.
Photos: Snowstorm blankets D.C. area
Mon, 3 Jan 2022 16:41:33 GMT
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management announced that federal offices in the area would be closed on Monday due to the storm.
Scientists struggle to understand the competition between Omicron and Delta
Fri, 31 Dec 2021 23:14:09 GMT
COVID-19 just broke its year-old record for new U.S. infections in a week. But this time, far fewer hospitalizations and deaths are likely to follow.
Chief Justice Roberts calls for better enforcement of conflict laws involving judges' stock ownership
Fri, 31 Dec 2021 23:00:06 GMT
Federal law requires judges to step aside from deciding cases involving companies in which they own stock.
Biden offers condolences to Chilean president after LAPD shooting death of girl
Fri, 31 Dec 2021 22:56:32 GMT
The LAPD shooting death of 14-year-old Valentina Orellana-Peralta reverberated in diplomatic circles from Washington, D.C., to South America this week.
Calmes: Remember Harry Reid for doing what had to be done — nuking the filibuster
Fri, 31 Dec 2021 03:35:15 GMT
Republicans left the Nevada senator with little choice but to break the filibuster rule.
Biden and Putin speak again on Ukraine, eyeing next month's talks
Thu, 30 Dec 2021 20:48:59 GMT
Biden and Putin hold their second direct conversation in the last three weeks, as roughly 100,000 Russian troops take position near the Ukraine border.
Mexico takes a pandemic-as-usual approach to Omicron
Thu, 30 Dec 2021 20:26:42 GMT
Scientists are worried that Mexico is unprepared for a post-holiday season wave in coronavirus cases as the Omicron variant spreads.
Column: Do Trump's Jan. 6 sins of omission and commission make him criminally liable?
Thu, 30 Dec 2021 11:00:56 GMT
People don't usually land in jail for doing nothing. But President Trump's scandalous inaction while the Capitol was under attack could be cause for a criminal referral from Congress.
Harry Reid dealt first blow to filibuster, leaving Democrats to decide whether to kill it
Thu, 30 Dec 2021 02:33:09 GMT
In the last years of his life, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urged Democrats to build on his legacy of ending the filibuster.
Biden, Putin to talk as tensions rise over military buildup near Ukraine
Wed, 29 Dec 2021 18:14:54 GMT
U.S. and Western allies have watched the buildup of Russian troops near the border of Ukraine, fueling fears that Moscow is preparing to invade.
9th Circuit rules that California man can be charged with threatening Mitch McConnell
Wed, 29 Dec 2021 13:00:36 GMT
A court rules that the 1st Amendment does not protect a California man from being charged with threatening the U.S. Senate minority leader.
No longer 'guests': Germans of Turkish descent are finding greater acceptance at last
Tue, 28 Dec 2021 11:00:43 GMT
Inventors of a COVID-19 vaccine, top politicians and film stars are among the Germans with Turkish roots blazing new trails in societal acceptance.
Biden pledges to support states in struggle against COVID
Mon, 27 Dec 2021 17:44:10 GMT
In meeting with COVID response team and U.S. governors, Biden reiterates his plan to make 500 million rapid tests available to Americans next month.
The woman defending Black lives on the border, including her own
Mon, 27 Dec 2021 13:00:19 GMT
Black activist Felicia Rangel-Samponaro has emerged as a vigorous defender of immigrants, reckoning with how race and ethnicity shape lives at the border.
Nicholas Goldberg: Can the U.S. strike a balance between isolationism and policing the world?
Mon, 27 Dec 2021 11:00:51 GMT
With Ukraine and Taiwan and other hot spots at risk, the U.S. has been looking inward lately and shrugging off its leadership role.
As Western states pledge to take less water from Colorado River, tribes seek a bigger role
Sun, 26 Dec 2021 12:00:33 GMT
As states agree to leave more water in the Colorado River reservoir, Native tribes get more involved after a history of being left on the water management sidelines.
The Year in Review: Confessions of an Incurable Optimist
Sun, 26 Dec 2021 12:00:26 GMT
Columnists make lots of predictions. Here's some of what I got wrong in 2021 — mostly, I succumbed to optimism. I still do.
An Indian village braces for a New Year's tribute to the downtrodden
Sun, 26 Dec 2021 11:00:09 GMT
The annual tribute to India's oppressed castes remains marred by the violence that broke out four years ago.
Desmond Tutu, cleric who campaigned against apartheid in South Africa, dies at 90
Sun, 26 Dec 2021 06:59:25 GMT
Desmond Tutu, the cleric who won the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his impassioned campaign against apartheid in South Africa, died at age 90.
Webb telescope launches on daring quest to behold first stars
Sat, 25 Dec 2021 12:22:38 GMT
The James Webb Space Telescope is on a high-stakes quest to detect light from the first stars and galaxies and scour the universe for hints of life.
6 ways to donate to Typhoon Rai relief in the Philippines
Fri, 24 Dec 2021 13:00:49 GMT
Hundreds were killed and thousands left homeless when a powerful typhoon slammed into the Philippines this month. Here's how you can help the victims.
South Korea pardons ex-President Park Geun-hye, ousted in massive corruption scandal
Fri, 24 Dec 2021 09:53:49 GMT
The impeachment of Park Geun-hye, after huge protests over corruption, marked the first time a South Korean president was legally removed from office.
Iraq's Great Thirst: Farmers quit as climate change and politics dry up a once-fertile land
Sun, 26 Dec 2021 20:00:53 GMT
Ancient humans are believed to have first begun land cultivation in Iraq. Their modern-day counterparts are giving it up.
With Christmas fast approaching, White House is aglow
Thu, 23 Dec 2021 23:34:54 GMT
The White House opened it doors to the public to view the 41 Christmas trees, 6,000 feet of ribbon and 300 candles used in this year's decorations.
Harris arrives in L.A. as staffer, lawmakers test positive for coronavirus
Thu, 23 Dec 2021 22:10:48 GMT
The vice president, who tested negative twice Wednesday, will be tested again for the coronavirus on Friday and Monday.
A hacking slugfest between Iran and its foes sparks fears of a wider cyberwar
Thu, 23 Dec 2021 19:01:51 GMT
A longtime campaign of military cyberattacks between Iran and its adversaries, including the U.S. and Israel, is shifting to include civilian targets.
How bad is Omicron? Here's what to watch for
Thu, 23 Dec 2021 15:00:26 GMT
Here's what scientists are watching for as they gauge what Omicron has in store for us this winter.
What makes the Omicron variant spread so easily?
Thu, 23 Dec 2021 13:00:10 GMT
Early research points to mutations in the spike protein. But much remains unknown or unconfirmed.
'An invisible addiction.' Amid pandemic, a rise in gambling addiction emerges
Thu, 23 Dec 2021 12:00:21 GMT
Sports betting is on the rise in recent years. So are calls to gambling help hotlines. Then there's the pandemic: 'People are alone and struggling'
Congress launches probe into Live Nation's deadly Astroworld festival
Wed, 22 Dec 2021 22:10:31 GMT
The House Committee on Oversight and Reform has asked Live Nation for information regarding the crowd-crush disaster at Travis Scott's Astroworld festival.
Jan. 6 committee seeks interview with GOP Rep. Jim Jordan
Wed, 22 Dec 2021 21:04:42 GMT
The House panel wants information from GOP Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio about the Jan. 6 insurrection and efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.
Texas abortion law spurs copycat measures, from guns in California to critical race theory in Florida
Wed, 22 Dec 2021 13:00:31 GMT
After the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a Texas "vigilante" antiabortion law, governors on the left and right call for similar schemes targeting firearms and school instruction.
Texas militia sanctioned by sheriff seeks government support to halt flow of migrants
Wed, 22 Dec 2021 01:30:41 GMT
Patriots for America asks for the blessing of a county commission to stop the flow of migrants on the Texas border.
Biden outlines new Omicron strategy, will order 500 million at-home tests for Americans
Tue, 21 Dec 2021 20:36:38 GMT
President Biden warns that the Omicron variant of the coronavirus will result in more breakthrough infections among vaccinated Americans.
Chile's new president (Taylor's version): Gabriel Boric is a Swiftie
Tue, 21 Dec 2021 19:10:28 GMT
Chile's millennial president-elect enjoys tattoos, socialist policies and Taylor's remake of her 'Red' album.
Biden administration starts denying Afghans' requests to enter U.S.
Tue, 21 Dec 2021 17:23:45 GMT
Advocates say the government belatedly set unnecessarily steep barriers that many Afghans can't surmount.
From soured friendships to Bannon advising the president, Brazil looks a lot like the Trump-era U.S.
Tue, 21 Dec 2021 11:00:16 GMT
Ten months before the next presidential election, Brazil is more polarized than at any point in recent memory.
Photos: New York is rattled by a stunning virus spike
Mon, 20 Dec 2021 23:36:28 GMT
The city had more than 15,000 new positive COVID-19 tests Monday.
Nicholas Goldberg: House Speaker Donald Trump -- could there be a worse idea?
Mon, 20 Dec 2021 11:00:34 GMT
At first it seemed like crazy talk that an ex-president who wasn't a member of Congress could become speaker, but given U.S. politics, you never know.
Leftist lawmaker Boric wins polarized election in Chile, to become nation's youngest president
Mon, 20 Dec 2021 00:00:51 GMT
Run-off vote settles most polarized election in South American nation since return to democracy more than three decades ago.
The young are at the forefront of a perilous global migration surge
Sun, 19 Dec 2021 13:00:56 GMT
Slumping economies, conflict and lack of opportunity at home are pushing many young people across borders — even oceans.
Russia feels threatened by NATO. There's history behind that
Sun, 19 Dec 2021 12:00:36 GMT
To Americans, the end of the Soviet Union 30 years ago is a done deal. To Putin, it's a catastrophe he longs to reverse.
Chileans going to polls to elect president in polarized election
Sat, 18 Dec 2021 22:08:00 GMT
Chileans face a stark choice Sunday between presidential candidates representing the left and right who've both tried to appeal to moderate voters.
Kamala Harris, in interview, says administration did not anticipate Omicron variant
Sat, 18 Dec 2021 00:47:23 GMT
Vice President Kamala Harris said the administration did not anticipate the variants that have led to a fifth wave of COVID-19, and she underestimated the role misinformation would play in prolonging the pandemic.
Biden administration halts immigrant family detention for now
Fri, 17 Dec 2021 18:02:58 GMT
The Biden administration has apparently halted for now the practice of holding migrant parents with their children at three ICE detention centers.
In speech in South Carolina, Biden makes pitch for Senate to pass voting rights measure
Fri, 17 Dec 2021 16:36:42 GMT
Biden says world leaders no wask him if America is going to be all right and where the country's democracy is headed.
Unprecedented die-offs, melting ice: Climate change is wreaking havoc in the Arctic and beyond
Fri, 17 Dec 2021 13:00:14 GMT
Scientists are seeing changes off Alaska that have never been documented before, as warming upsets a vast ecosystem and one of the world's vital fisheries.
Could humanity catch a break with Omicron?
Fri, 17 Dec 2021 12:00:38 GMT
With the fast-spreading but less virulent Omicron variant, the coronavirus may finally be cutting humanity a little slack.
Concerns over a winter wave of Omicron prompt closures, mask mandates and new COVID fears
Fri, 17 Dec 2021 10:00:32 GMT
Exactly one year after the U.S. kicked off its vaccination campaign against COVID-19, cases are surging once again as the country cobbles together a response.
A decade later, North Korea under Kim Jong Un is even more isolated and oppressed
Fri, 17 Dec 2021 01:21:13 GMT
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reaches 10 years in power
Biden recognizes three soldiers with Medal of Honor
Thu, 16 Dec 2021 23:48:50 GMT
President Biden awarded the Medal of Honor to Army Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn Cashe, Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Celiz and Master Sgt. Earl Plumlee.
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