Noah Smith

Multimedia Journalist

Los Angeles, CA

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The Washington Post

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...

The Washington Post

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...

The New York Times

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...

The New York Times

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.

The New York Times

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....

The Guardian

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...

Haaretz

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...

The New York Times

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...

The Forward

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...

The New York Times

CONTRIB 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...

The Guardian

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...

The New York Times

CONTRIB 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 New York Times

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?...

Haaretz

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...

Haaretz

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...

The Forward

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...

Forward

Max Steinberg's Jewish Journey From Los Angeles Suburb to Death in Gaza

courtesy of steinberg family (Haaretz) - The death of a 24-year-old Birthright graduate from L.A. has brought the battles taking place in the Middle East home for many in this...

The Forward

Anti-Defamation League Signals New Path as Jonathan Greenblatt Takes Helm

In its choice of a new leader, the century-old Anti-Defamation League has clearly signaled its determination to pursue a course of generational change that reflects the...

The Oakland Press

As new settlements will dominate politics in Israel, some see benefit of both sides living together

With Israeli Prime Minsister Benjamin Netanyahu retaining power in this week's election, future construction in the E1 area will remain at the forefront of international...

Haaretz

Anti-Israel protests go viral - and violent - in U.S. and Europe - Jewish World

Fallout from the hostilities between Israel and Hamas is spreading across Europe and the United States. Protests about the conflict have flared up, much like they did during...