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Supreme Court deals defeat to workers' rights, upholding arbitration for individuals only

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The Supreme Court has sharply restricted the rights of American workers to join with others to challenge their company for allegedly violating federal laws on wages, overtime pay or civil rights.

The gun industry claims to be a big job creator. Here's why you shouldn't believe it

Back on May 11, when the most vivid impressions of the carnage of gun violence were still coming from Parkland, Fla., the conservative TV commentator S.E. Cupp defended the gun industry with a tweet stating that the industry had “created…

5 women sue USC, alleging they were victimized by campus gynecologist

Five women filed civil lawsuits Monday alleging that a longtime gynecologist at the University of Southern California victimized them under the pretext of medical care and that USC failed to address complaints from clinic staffers about…

Faster-moving Hawaii lava gushes into sea and spews new danger

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A volcano that is oozing, spewing and exploding on Hawaii's Big Island has become more hazardous, sending rivers of molten rock pouring into the ocean Sunday and launching lava skyward that caused the first major injury.

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Whether amateurs or the sport's best, MMA fighters flock to an Albuquerque gym known for producing champions

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The instructions cut through the rustle of rolling bodies, the coach, slope shouldered, ears puffy with cauliflower topography, shouting his pleasure.

Reach out or resist? A Texas runoff tests Democrats' midterm strategy

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Democrats say they’re ready to take charge in Washington. They just can’t agree how.


Even at the Rose Bowl, Taylor Swift forges an intimate bond with fans

As another school year draws to a close, it has to cross Taylor Swift’s mind that, on the road to being one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, she sacrificed the formal education that most of her peers have experienced.


California is the first state to require solar panels on new homes. Here's why Big Brother is on to something


When a state regulatory body decrees that all new homes must have rooftop solar starting in 2020, my temperature rises.


Texas school shooter killed girl who turned down his advances and embarrassed him in class, her mother says

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As he heard the gunshots approaching down the hall Friday morning, Santa Fe High School student Abel San Miguel, 15, hid with a few classmates in the art class storage closet.


Shohei Ohtani snaps Angels out of slump with victory against Rays

Mike Scioscia is not a big-picture guy, not when he’s grinding through the six-month marathon of a season and he’s busy trying to squeeze some runs out of a cryogenic lineup and coax a few outs from a beleaguered bullpen.


Trump says he will demand Justice Department investigate the Russia probe

President Trump said Sunday that he will demand an investigation into whether federal law enforcement “infiltrated or surveilled” his presidential campaign “for political purposes,” escalating an already extraordinary clash between a…


U.S. is putting new tariffs on hold while negotiating with China, Mnuchin says

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The Trump administration carefully stepped back Sunday from a looming trade war with China, saying that it would refrain for now from applying major tariffs on Chinese goods in the wake of Beijing’s promise to ramp up purchases of American…

Sunday, May 20

Stalls, stops and breakdowns: Problems plague push for electric buses

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When Chinese battery maker BYD Ltd. approached Southern California officials in 2008 touting ambitious plans to build electric cars, local politicians jumped at the promise of thousands of jobs and cleaner air.

Memories of a massacre in Vegas: The aftermath of the nation's deadliest shooting

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Last week the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department released more than 1,200 pages of witness statements and interviews conducted by law enforcement with survivors of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Scandal after scandal focuses scrutiny on USC leadership, culture

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Last year, USC decided to oust longtime campus gynecologist George Tyndall after concluding that for years he had been making sexual comments and touching patients inappropriately during pelvic exams.

Santa Fe, unlike Parkland, says the issue behind the latest school shooting isn't guns

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Students and teachers returning to Santa Fe High School on Saturday to claim belongings left behind during the evacuation had to be escorted by police: The school was still a crime scene, cordoned off with yellow police tape.

Saturday, May 19

More than 100 are feared dead in jetliner crash in Cuba

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More than 100 people were feared killed Friday when a Boeing 737 passenger jet on a domestic flight in Cuba crashed shortly after takeoff from Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, officials and news reports said.

Patients flood USC with reports about doctor accused of misconduct; LAPD set to review cases

The University of Southern California said Friday it has received about 200 reports from former patients of gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall in the wake of a Los Angeles Times investigation detailing years of misconduct complaints and is…

Friday, May 18

At L.A.'s Immaculate Heart school, the mission is to tell the world about 'the real Meghan' Markle

Meghan Markle stood out to the students and teachers of her Los Feliz Catholic school long before she started standing out to the world.

A relationship sours and disputes emerge over money and dating, raising questions in fatal Aliso Viejo explosion

They met on a dating app in the summer of 2016. She was a skin care expert in her 40s who had recently filed for bankruptcy, he a widower who dabbled in acting and building model rockets.

New eruption at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano sends up 30,000-foot ash plume; residents told to ‘shelter in place’

An explosive eruption at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano early Thursday created an enormous ash plume that prompted the closure of schools and forced residents to remain indoors as a light ash rained over the surrounding area on the eastern edge…

USC's aggressive recruiting of Chinese students faces challenge amid gynecologist scandal

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USC has relied on bright young minds from across the Pacific to propel itself from prominent Southern California commuter school to international research university.

Thursday, May 17

The royal wedding: Fairy tale or 'Game of Thrones'?

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A royal romance. A fairy-tale affair. A love story for the ages.

Trump administration support for Israel goes beyond its predecessors and isolates U.S. internationally

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The Trump administration has gone further than any previous U.S. government in expressing full-throated support for Israel in the recent clashes that left dozens of Palestinians dead, isolating itself internationally and further…

'They’re shooting to kill us all': Police interviews with Las Vegas rampage survivors are released


At first, they thought it was part of the show. Some looked up for the fireworks. But within moments, however, a horrible feeling began to sink in as the screams filled the air.