Former U.S. Atty. Eileen Decker nominated to the Los Angeles Police Commission

Former U.S. Atty. Eileen Decker has been nominated to join the Los Angeles Police Commission by Mayor Eric Garcetti. If her appointment is confirmed by the City Council, she will be the second recent addition to the five-member civilian panel, which oversees the LAPD. She replaces...

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Review: Less than scary 'Strange Nature' does get rural Minnesota right

The phenomenon of mysteriously deformed frogs populating rural American waterways provides the impetus for “Strange Nature,� an environmental horror film that’s better at exploring life in a decaying Minnesota farming community than at delivering old-fashioned monster-movie thrills. Written...

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Yosemite seeking volunteers for next week's end-of-summer trash cleanup

Ready to spruce up one of the most splendid places on the planet? Yosemite National Park is seeking volunteers for a five-day litter pickup next week (Sept. 26-30) that includes roads, trails and climbing routes. A kickoff event is Tuesday, and volunteer cleanup starts Wednesday and continues...

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California Gov. Jerry Brown rejects bill to prohibit schools from starting before 8:30 a.m.

California teenagers will not get to sleep in on weekdays after Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have required middle and high schools to start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. Scientific findings about how sleep affects teenagers’ developing brains inspired advocates for the bill. But many...

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