Noah Smith

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Metrolink Train Headed to Los Angeles Crashes Into Truck, Injuring Dozens
OXNARD, Calif. - Rail cars skidded onto their sides, a fireball lit up the dark, and nearly 30 people were injured early Tuesday when a commuter train slammed into a truck that...
PHOTOS Welcome to the fire lab: California researchers re-create forest blazes
The doors clang shut, casting the laboratory into gloom, and the scientists don goggles, yellow helmets and flame-resistant jackets. Two crouch behind computers, readying...
'Blurred Lines' Infringed on Marvin Gaye Copyright, Jury Rules
For the last year and a half, the music industry has been gripped by a lawsuit over whether Robin Thicke's 2013 hit "Blurred Lines" was merely reminiscent of a song by Marvin...
CONTRIB ONLY Sumner Redstone Competency Case Will Go Forward
The lawsuit challenging the mental competence of the ailing 92-year-old media mogul Sumner M. Redstone will go to trial in May because of a "plethora of disputed factual issues"...
What the U.S. military can and cannot learn from the IDF's Gaza operation - Diplomacy and Defense
An old joke that made the rounds amongst United States military officers involved with doctrine research went, "At first, the Israeli army admired the American army, then the...
Plants That Won't Drain You
Californians who want to replace their water-guzzling lawns can choose plants that thrive in the state's dry climate. Here are some popular options.
CONTRIB ONLY Sumner Redstone Trial Could Be Lurid and Spark Power Struggle
Those questions will set the backdrop for the trial, as the court is expected to hear video testimony from Mr. Redstone, as well as from his daughter, doctors and nurses, Ms....
Pharrell Williams Acknowledges Similarity to Gaye Song in 'Blurred Lines' Case
LOS ANGELES - How closely does Robin Thicke's hit "Blurred Lines" resemble a classic by Marvin Gaye? That question is central to a closely watched copyright case here, and on...
PHOTOS Jesse Williams: 'Celebrity culture? I am not going to participate in that'
There is a heatwave making its way through Los Angeles. It's the second week of September yet temperatures remain at 32C (89F). At 8am, most of the city is still asleep or just...
CONTRIB ONLY Californians Who Conserved Wonder if State Can Overcome Those Who Didn't
LOS ANGELES - Some Californians are already showering just once a week, with buckets at their feet to catch every errant drop. They are building rainwater tanks in their...
PHOTOS On the hunt for 'moral breaches' with California's foremost drought-shamer
Tony Corcoran patrols the streets of Los Angeles on a bicycle, a lone crusader, his eyes peeled for injustice. He can detect villainy in a stream of water trickling down a...
Restroom Ordinance Is Just One More Sign of a City's Acceptance
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. - This city was one of the first in the nation to pass a same-sex marriage law. It was one of the first communities viewed as a haven for gay people: When...
VIDEO California's Surf Warzone: Meet the Warlords Going to Extreme Length to Defend Their Turf
Lunada Bay is a legendary surfing spot at the base of cliffs on the Palos Verdes peninsula, just south of Los Angeles. After clambering down a steep, crumbling path, visitors...
CONTRIB ONLY Deaths of Irish Students in Berkeley Balcony Collapse Cast Pall on Program
BERKELEY, Calif. - They come by the thousands - Irish students on work visas, many flocking to the West Coast to work in summer jobs by day and to enjoy the often raucous life...
CONTRIB ONLY Uncertainty on Whether Cosby Revelations Could Hurt Him in Court
New revelations about the sexual behavior of Bill Cosby have been greeted as a vindication to many of the women who have accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting them....
Starting Up and Starting Over: LA Tech Day reveals why everyone wants to be in tech
Henry Luc studied landscape architecture at UC Davis and graduated in 2008, just in time for the economic meltdown. Then the drought happened. Then he decided to take a...
CONTRIB ONLY The Path to Charlie Sheen's H.I.V. Disclosure
It was a secret that had finally become too burdensome to keep. "I'm here to admit that I am in fact H.I.V.-positive," Charlie Sheen told Matt Lauer during the "Today" show on...
CONTRIB ONLY Cosby Loses His Bid to Prevent Another Lawsuit
Bill Cosby on Wednesday lost his bid to stop another civil lawsuit against him from going forward, but his deposition in the case will be sealed at least until December.
CONTRIB ONLY Sumner Redstone's Medical Records to Stay Private, Judge Rules
The medical records of the media mogul Sumner M. Redstone will remain confidential, but some other court documents, including emails written by his nurses and a letter from Mr....
PHOTOS ONLY Katy Perry, the archbishop and the nuns who won't budge from their convent
It was probably the first audition that Katy Perry had to do in a long time - an improvised performance in a former convent to a handful of elderly Catholic nuns who, all things...
Kowabunga! Chosen People also ride waves
Every so often, passersby shoot Shaun Tomson a sideways glance. It's a foggy, Santa Monica weekday morning, and Tomson - about six feet tall with tousled dark hair and a deep...
CONTRIB ONLY Power Struggle at Viacom as New Leader Is Named
With the ailing 92-year-old Sumner M. Redstone in his final act as a media titan, the two rivals jousting over the future of his $40 billion entertainment empire repeatedly...
L.A.'s Eric Garcetti Dons Kippah for Instagram - Forward Thinking
Getty Images After a year on the job, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, 43, has enjoyed mostly positive reviews from Angelenos and from observers of City Hall, who have credited...
CONTRIB ONLY Clinton 'First Brother' Is Wary, Chatty and Still Occasionally Attracting Attention
TORRANCE, Calif. - At the height of Roger Clinton's fame, the struggling rock singer stood accused of taking cash and a gold Rolex to lobby for pardons as his half brother Bill...
PHOTOS Whisper: the facts
On Thursday the Guardian published three stories detailing how Whisper, the social media app that claims to be "the safest place on the internet", is tracking the location of...
CONTRIB ONLY Simmering Labor Fight Brings Crippling Delays to West Coast Seaports
LOS ANGELES - The container ships arrive here filled with appliances, toys, apparel, auto parts, computer components and untold other products from Asia, to head out to stores...
The Pen
Hold a pen in front of you and look at it; notice its size and color in particular. Now, slowly move it away until you have your arm fully extended. Notice anything different?...
L.A. Jewish community condemns Clippers owner - Jewish World News
In the wake of the scandal surrounding the racist remarks attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner and real estate billionaire Donald Sterling, the Los Angeles Jewish community...
UCLA chancellor condemns effort to ban student leader trips to Israel - Jewish World News
Following months of contentious debate, the chancellor of the University of California at Los Angeles has condemned efforts by pro-Palestinian groups to bar student council...
Israeli Television Hitmakers Take Hollywood by Storm - Eye Global Market
Amid rising calls in some quarters for a boycott of Israel, creating television shows is one export that is humming like never before around the world - and even making quiet...

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