Southern California

Motorcyclist killed after hitting dead pig in roadway

LITTLEROCK, Calif.(AP) — Authorities say a motorcycle rider has died after he hit a dead pig on a Southern California road and was thrown from his bike. KABC-TV says 57-year-old Bradley St. John was doing about 55 mph Thursday night in Littlerock when he struck the animal, which was directly in his path. St. John was … Continue reading Motorcyclist killed after hitting dead pig in roadway

SANTA BARBARA, Calif | Rare sea creature washes ashore in Southern California

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A 7-foot (215-centimeter) sea creature that washed ashore in Southern California has been identified as a hoodwinker sunfish, a recently identified rare species thought to live in the Southern Hemisphere. The University of California, Santa Barbara, said an intern spotted the stranded fish last week at Sands Beach in the … Continue reading SANTA BARBARA, Calif | Rare sea creature washes ashore in Southern California

LOS ANGELES | Pilot in deadly California house crash had been disciplined

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pilot whose plane broke apart and crashed into a Southern California home was disciplined for dangerous flying years earlier. Antonio Pastini died Sunday along with four people on the ground when his Cessna came apart and wreckage struck and burned a Yorba Linda home. The Los Angeles Times reports Friday … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Pilot in deadly California house crash had been disciplined

LOS ANGELES | Authorities say pilot in fatal California wreck had fake ID

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man piloting a small plane that broke apart over a Southern California neighborhood had false credentials identifying him as a retired Chicago police officer, authorities said Tuesday, but they still had no immediate answers for the cause of the crash. Antonio Pastini was killed when the twin-engine plane he was … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Authorities say pilot in fatal California wreck had fake ID

Neighbors: Plane ‘sounded like a missile’ as it broke apart

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (AP) — A small plane shook homes and “sounded like a missile” as it broke apart and rained chunks of metal into a Southern California neighborhood, igniting a house fire that killed four people, witnesses said Monday. The pilot, a retired Chicago police officer living in Nevada, also died Sunday. Investigators were … Continue reading Neighbors: Plane ‘sounded like a missile’ as it broke apart

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif | Rams’ McVay knows PI call missed, but also saw Goff facemask

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. —January 21, 2019—When the Los Angeles Rams’ team bus rolled into their suburban training complex after a boisterous flight from New Orleans, the players and coaches were greeted by rowdy fans welcoming home the new NFC champions in the middle of the night. The Rams and their fans lost some sleep Sunday … Continue reading THOUSAND OAKS, Calif | Rams’ McVay knows PI call missed, but also saw Goff facemask

SAN FRANCISCO | California dries off after storms batter state for days

SAN FRANCISCO —January 18, 2019— Californians were cleaning up and drying off Friday after a series of storms dumped heavy rain and snow throughout the state, caused at least six deaths and forced the rescue of more than a dozen people in rushing rivers. Road crews will be working to clear mud, debris and trees that … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | California dries off after storms batter state for days

LOS ANGELES | UCLA, USC meet amid rocky seasons for crosstown rivals

LOS ANGELES —January 17, 2019— A fired coach. A transfer. Suspensions. Injuries. UCLA and Southern California have experienced it all barely halfway through the season. Things began promisingly enough for the Bruins. They were an AP Top 25 team and were predicted to finish second in the Pac-12 before early consecutive losses to ranked Michigan State … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | UCLA, USC meet amid rocky seasons for crosstown rivals

LOS ANGELES | USC’s Helton “happy for” Kingsbury after Cardinals swoop in

LOS ANGELES —January 08, 2019— Although Kliff Kingsbury was Southern California’s offensive coordinator for just 34 days, Clay Helton says he isn’t mad after the Arizona Cardinals swooped in. Kingsbury became the Cardinals’ head coach and left the Trojans in the lurch Tuesday, leaving LA just over one month after he agreed to take charge of … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | USC’s Helton “happy for” Kingsbury after Cardinals swoop in

Schools fall short when it comes to helping students in grief – here’s how they can improve

—Jan 04, 2019—(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) David Schonfeld, University of Southern California (THE CONVERSATION) An adolescent experiences the death of his mother after a lengthy illness. When I ask what services he would like to receive from the school, he initially says he … Continue reading Schools fall short when it comes to helping students in grief – here’s how they can improve

LOS ANGELES | Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino among Coachella headliners

LOS ANGELES  —Jan 02, 2019 — The organizers of the 2019 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival have announced the top acts scheduled to appear at the multiday event in April. Goldenvoice, the promoter of the event, said Wednesday night that the big names scheduled to perform at the two-weekend event in Southern California from April 12 … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino among Coachella headliners

An app that nudges people to eat their veggies only works when it’s introduced with a human touch

Jan 02, 2019—(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Susan H Evans, University of Southern California and Peter Clarke, University of Southern California (THE CONVERSATION) Paula, a 59-year-old mother of two in Southern California, is getting out of a cooking rut with VeggieBook, a free mobile … Continue reading An app that nudges people to eat their veggies only works when it’s introduced with a human touch

INGLEWOOD, Calif | In Vegas or LA, UFC 232 is a dynamite show to fans, fighters

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Dana White knew the UFC would take some pretty big hits, both financial and otherwise, when he moved its traditional end-of-the-year show from Las Vegas to Southern California on six days’ notice to keep Jon Jones on the card despite his latest positive drug test. Some hits are more damaging than others, … Continue reading INGLEWOOD, Calif | In Vegas or LA, UFC 232 is a dynamite show to fans, fighters

HELENA, Mont. | Montana lawmaker proposes state rock and roll song

HELENA, Mont. — Montana has a state song, a state ballad and a state lullaby. And, for goodness sake, Democratic Rep. Jacob Bachmeier of Havre would like to see the 2019 Legislature declare the “Hippy Hippy Shake” Montana’s official rock and roll song. It was written in 1959 by Chan Romero when he was a … Continue reading HELENA, Mont. | Montana lawmaker proposes state rock and roll song

LAS VEGAS | Rivers, Fresno State top Arizona State in Las Vegas Bowl

LAS VEGAS— Ronnie Rivers rushed for 212 yards and two touchdowns, Anthoula “Tank” Kelly had a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown and No. 19 Fresno State beat Arizona State 31-20 in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday. Marcus McMaryion rushed for a touchdown and was 15-of-29 passing for 176 yards to help the Bulldogs … Continue reading LAS VEGAS | Rivers, Fresno State top Arizona State in Las Vegas Bowl

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | Insurance claims at $9 billion from California fires

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Insurance claims from last month’s California wildfires already are at $9 billion and expected to increase, the state’s insurance commissioner announced Wednesday. About $7 billion in claims are from the Camp Fire that destroyed the Northern California city of Paradise and killed at least 86 people, making it the deadliest U.S. wildfire … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif. | Insurance claims at $9 billion from California fires

LOS ANGELES | Tim Rossovich, actor and former NFL player, dies at 72

LOS ANGELES— Tim Rossovich, a consensus All-America defensive end at Southern California who played in the NFL before going on to an acting career, has died. He was 72. Rossovich died Thursday in Sacramento after a long illness, the school said Friday. Rossovich played at USC from 1965-67 and appeared in two Rose Bowls. He … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Tim Rossovich, actor and former NFL player, dies at 72

LOS ANGELES | USC lands Kliff Kingsbury as Helton’s offensive coordinator

LOS ANGELES  — Former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury was named Clay Helton’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Southern California on Wednesday. Kingsbury is considered one of the top offensive minds in football despite being fired by Texas Tech on Nov. 25. He went 35-40 in six seasons in charge of his alma mater, … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | USC lands Kliff Kingsbury as Helton’s offensive coordinator

AP Top 25: Oklahoma No. 4 behind Alabama, Clemson, Irish

The Associated Press poll voters have put Oklahoma at No. 4 in the final regular-season Top 25, behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame. Georgia dropped from fourth to sixth, behind No. 5 Ohio State, after the Bulldogs lost the Southeastern Conference championship game to the Crimson Tide. The Sooners … Continue reading AP Top 25: Oklahoma No. 4 behind Alabama, Clemson, Irish

LOS ANGELES | Gloria Katz, ‘American Graffiti’ screenwriter, dies at 76

LOS ANGELES— A Hollywood writer and director has announced the death of his wife and longtime collaborator, Gloria Katz, who co-wrote “American Graffiti” and helped give Princess Leia her power in “Star Wars.” She was 76. Willard Huyck told the Hollywood Reporter that Katz died on Sunday, their 49th wedding anniversary, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Gloria Katz, ‘American Graffiti’ screenwriter, dies at 76

LOS ANGELES | USC keeping Helton after 5-7 season, but changes promised

LOS ANGELES — Although Clay Helton has lost the support of a sizable portion of Southern California’s fan base, athletic director Lynn Swann still believes. Helton will remain USC’s head coach despite presiding over the Trojans’ first losing season since 2000, Swann announced Sunday. Swann secured his coach’s future one day after the Trojans finished … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | USC keeping Helton after 5-7 season, but changes promised

Rivalry week playing major role in conference races

Rivalry week should help sort out the College Football Playoff picture while finalizing the conference championship game matchups. No. 3 Notre Dame (No. 3 CFP ) can pretty much wrap up one of the four playoff spots Saturday by winning at Southern California. No. 4 Michigan (No. 4 CFP) seeks to remain in playoff position … Continue reading Rivalry week playing major role in conference races

CHICO, Calif. | The Latest: Newly released video shows dramatic fire rescue

CHICO, Calif.— Newly released video shows the dramatic moment firefighters rescued three people and two dogs as thick smoke and flames fast approached in Southern California. The Los Angeles Fire Department released video Tuesday of a helicopter crew rescuing the group from a mountain peak as a wildfire bore down. The Nov. 9 video was … Continue reading CHICO, Calif. | The Latest: Newly released video shows dramatic fire rescue

PARADISE, Calif | Trump consoles Californians suffering from twin tragedies

PARADISE, Calif. — President Donald Trump has acknowledged Californians this weekend suffering from twin tragedies. He walked through the ashes of a mobile home and RV park in a small town all but destroyed by deadly wildfires. And he privately consoled people grieving after a mass shooting at a popular college bar outside Los Angeles. … Continue reading PARADISE, Calif | Trump consoles Californians suffering from twin tragedies

LOS ANGELES | House win part of major realignment in Southern California

LOS ANGELES— Democrat Gil Cisneros has captured a Republican-held U.S. House seat in Southern California, cementing a stunning political realignment that will leave a vast stretch of the Los Angeles metropolitan area under Democratic control in that chamber. Cisneros had waged a tight battle with Republican Young Kim for the 39th District seat held by … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | House win part of major realignment in Southern California

PARADISE, Calif | Trump sees wildfire areas, consoles those harmed by shooting

PARADISE, Calif.  — President Donald Trump on Saturday acknowledged Californians suffering from twin tragedies, walking through the ashes of a mobile home and RV park in a small northern town all but destroyed by deadly wildfires and privately consoling people grieving after a mass shooting at a popular college bar outside Los Angeles. “This has … Continue reading PARADISE, Calif | Trump sees wildfire areas, consoles those harmed by shooting

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump tours wildfire-ravaged Malibu area

WASHINGTON  — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 7:25 p.m. President Donald Trump is getting a personal look at the wildfire damage in Southern California’s Malibu area. Trump arrived at the oceanside conclave Saturday afternoon after visiting Northern California to survey the damage in the town of Paradise. In Malibu, the president … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump tours wildfire-ravaged Malibu area

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. | Trump takes helicopter tour of scorched California landscape

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif.  — President Donald Trump took a helicopter tour Saturday over the Northern California landscape scorched by a killer wildfire. A full cover of haze and the smell of smoke greeted the president upon his arrival at an Air Force base, as did the governor and his successor. Trump planned to … Continue reading BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. | Trump takes helicopter tour of scorched California landscape

MALIBU, Calif. | More Southern California fire evacuees return home

MALIBU, Calif.  — More residents were allowed Friday to return to homes they fled during the rapid spread of Southern California’s huge wildfire. Authorities reopened more areas in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, but kept some locations within the Woolsey Fire zone off-limits due to hazards ranging from burned power poles to compromised gas lines … Continue reading MALIBU, Calif. | More Southern California fire evacuees return home