Noah Smith

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Sumner Redstone Won't Have to Give Deposition in Competency Suit
The ailing media mogul Sumner M. Redstone will not be required to sit for a deposition in the legal battle over his mental competency, a California judge ruled during a brief...
CONTRIB 'It was like a war zone': Fires stretch across Southern California as wildfires roar from...
CARPINTERIA, Calif. — Fire continued to tear across Southern California on Thursday, surrounding communities and shrouding much of the region in searing flame and thick, choking...
PHOTOS Erin Brockovich lends star power to legal fight over huge California methane leak
Erin Brockovich sat in an empty hall, awaiting hundreds of people who would soon stream in from a cold California night seeking answers and reassurance, and gave a sigh of...
Los Angeles, With New Star, Far Eclipses City F.C.
CARSON, Calif. - M.L.S. has long relied on former European club stars to promote its game. Two of them, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, graced the cover of the program in...
PHOTOS North Korean defectors see American dream deferred as reality sets in the US
When Chang Ho Kim was living in North Korea, information trickled in from China about the world outside the closed country. Through the lens of pirated movies, he says, America...
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...
CONTRIB Fire and fear stretch across Southern California as wildfires rage from Ventura to San Diego
CARPINTERIA, Calif. - Fire continued to tear across Southern California early Friday, surrounding communities and shrouding much of the region in searing flame and thick,...
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 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 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 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 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 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 First fatality confirmed as raging wildfires spread across Southern California
VENTURA, Calif. - Firefighters continued to battle blazes across a large swath of Southern California on Saturday, and state officials warned that continued high winds into...
CONTRIB First fire-related death confirmed as raging wildfires cloaked Southern California in...
OJAI, Calif. - The Golden State kept burning on Friday, with raging wildfires cloaking Southern California in nightmarish flame and towering smoke while authorities reported the...
CONTRIB 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 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 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 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 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...

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