Noah Smith

Multimedia Journalist

Los Angeles, CA

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The Washington Post

CONTRIB California fires rage into second week as massive blazes are 'expected to spread'

VENTURA, Calif. - Raging wildfires continued to burn through Southern California on Sunday, stretching into a second week as authorities warned that the blazes could still...

The Guardian

PHOTOS In the Californian desert, UK and US forces crave 'a crack at the headcutters'

It was a victory foretold and started soon after dawn, just as the sun began to bake the desert. Two American F-16 jets roared out of a clear blue sky and dropped heavy payloads...

The New York Times

In Downtown Los Angeles, a Potential Anchor for Offices

LOS ANGELES - Wilshire Grand Center, an estimated $1.2 billion mixed-use project in downtown Los Angeles, promises many things upon its 2017 completion date. At 1,100 feet, it...

The Guardian

PHOTOS Sod it: Californians turn back to grass lawns as drought shaming ebbs

Yumi Wong adores the latest addition to her southern California home: a lush, emerald lawn. "It just looks much nicer with all the green. It feels clean and peaceful," she said...

The Guardian

PHOTOS Far away, so close: anguish of Syrian Americans for family left back home

Steve Badour is not used to feeling helpless. In 2014, Badour ran a relay across the US to raise funds for the 2013 Boston Marathon victims. In doing so, he qualified for the...

The New York Times

Judge Approves Orange County Register Sale to Digital First

SANTA ANA, Calif. - Last week, Tribune Publishing won an auction for a coveted asset - Freedom Communications, the parent company of The Orange County Register and The...

The Guardian

PHOTOS Lisa Ann: how one of porn's biggest stars transformed into a fantasy football guru

In the brightly lit, hyper-modern lobby of the Ritz-Carlton hotel in downtown Los Angeles, adult film star Lisa Ann and I try to order coffee while avoiding the curious gaze of...

The New York Times

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...

The Washington Post

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...

The Guardian

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...

The New York Times

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...

The Guardian

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...

The New York Times

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...

The Washington Post

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,...

The Guardian

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...

The New York Times

'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...

The New York Times

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"...

Washington Post

PHOTO Arizona will offer high school esports, including a state championship

Arizona high school students will be able to compete for a state championship in video games starting this winter, the state announced this week. The Arizona Interscholastic...