Fan Hit by Bat at Minor League Game Revives Safety Debate
5/31/2018 7:17:00 PM

RANCHO CUCAMONGA—A Southern California woman's recent injury by a baseball bat has renewed attention to fan safety at games. The Sun of San Bernardino reports Saturday that 27-year-old Cloey Heckendorn was hit in the head during the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes' game on Mother's Day. The Chino Hills resident was looking at her phone from her seat behind the third-base dugout when a bat from Los Angeles Dodgers' third baseman Justin Turner slipped and flew toward her. She was taken to the hospital where she got 10 staples. Quakes general manager Grant Riddle says...

USC President Agrees to Step Down Amid Gynecologist Scandal
5/31/2018 7:02:41 PM

By Michael Balsamo   LOS ANGELES—The president of the University of Southern California has agreed to step down amid a raging sex scandal involving a university gynecologist who is accused of conducting inappropriate exams for decades, the chairman of the school's board of trustees said last Friday. The university's board has “agreed to begin an orderly transition and commence the process of selecting a new president,” Rick J. Caruso, the board's chairman, said in a letter to students and faculty members. The letter did not say when C.L. Max...

Tommy Chong Reflects on Pot's Evolution as He Turns 80
5/31/2018 7:00:39 PM

By John Rogers   LOS ANGELES—Yeah man, Tommy Chong says he always knew he'd live to see the day marijuana legalization would be sweeping America. He knew when he and partner Cheech Marin pioneered stoner comedy 50 years ago, a time when taunting the establishment with constant reminders that they didn't just play hippie potheads in the movies—they really were those guys—could have landed them in prison. He even knew in 2003 when Chong was imprisoned for nine months for conspiring to distribute handcrafted artisanal bongs the government declared drug...

Mexican Mafia Run Jail Crime Like an 'Illegal Government'
5/31/2018 6:59:20 PM

By Brian Melley   LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles County jails are run by the sheriff, but the Mexican Mafia wields the power in the underworld behind bars. The organization made up of leaders from various Latino gangs operated like an illegal government, collecting “taxes” on smuggled drugs, ordering hits on people who didn't follow their rules and even calling the shots on street crimes, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Their clout was diminished as 83 members and associates were charged in a pair of sweeping federal racketeering conspiracies that...

Bill to Create Health Care Price Controls in California Dies
5/31/2018 12:50:29 PM

By Jonathan Cooper   SACRAMENTO—A proposal to create government price controls in California for surgeries, hospital stays, doctor visits and other health care services died Friday when it failed to clear a key committee, but the author says he plans to bring it back next year. The measure was a longshot from the beginning, but it drew national attention from health care policy observers. Hospitals, doctors and other influential health care providers lobbied intensely against the bill, which they said would lead to longer waits for medical care. The bill has helped to...

U.S. Deaths—With Death Rate Up, U.S. Life Expectancy Is Likely Down Again
5/31/2018 12:48:00 PM

By Mike Stobbe   NEW YORK—The U.S. death rate rose last year, and 2017 likely will mark the third straight year of decline in American life expectancy, according to preliminary data. Death rates rose for Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, flu and pneumonia, and three other leading causes of death, according to numbers posted online Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Full-year data is not yet available for drug overdoses, suicides or firearm deaths. But partial-year statistics in those categories showed continuing increases. Just as...

Gut Check: Swallowed Capsule Could Spot Trouble, Send Alert
5/31/2018 12:45:17 PM

By Carla K. Johnson   Scientists have developed a swallowed capsule packed with tiny electronics and millions of genetically engineered living cells that might someday be used to spot health problems from inside the gut. The capsule was tested in pigs and correctly detected signs of bleeding, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported Thursday in the journal Science . At more than an inch long, it will have to be made smaller for testing in people. But the results suggest the capsule could eventually be used in people to find signs of ulcers, inflammatory...

How Plant-Based Diets Can Heal Our Bodies, Planet
5/31/2018 12:31:48 PM

By Avery Phillips   There are many reasons people choose to cut meat out of their diet: health trends, diet goals, environmental reasons, to name a few. While plant-based diets have been growing in popularity, only two percent of the American population is vegetarian, although many people adopt the diet for a short period of time. Whether they are adopting the diet for health reasons, for the animals or for the environment, there are many benefits to adopting a plant-based diet — including the opportunity to heal our bodies and the planet.   Healing Our...

Coroner Confirms ID of Compton Bicyclist Killed in Hit-and-Run
5/24/2018 4:30:21 PM

COMPTON—The coroner's office Monday confirmed the identity of a bicyclist struck and killed by a hit-and-run motorist in Compton. He was Compton resident Darnell Parker, 58, coroner's Investigator Jerry McKibben said. The crash happened at Bradfield Avenue and Alondra Boulevard early Sunday morning, shortly after midnight, said Sgt. Daniel Martinez of the Sheriff's Compton Station. Parker was pronounced dead at the scene, he said. Parker's daughter-in-law, Tracy Brown, said the crash left Parker's children without a father. "He has children that are...

Markle Offers Insight into Her New Role as Duchess of Sussex
5/24/2018 4:21:18 PM

LONDON—Meghan Markle has offered a glimpse of how she sees her new role as the Duchess of Sussex in two new pages posted on the royal website hours after the former actress married Britain’s Prince Harry. The newly minted duchess’ pages highlight her focus on social issues and notes that she campaigned successfully at age 11 to have a company change the sexist language it used to sell dishwashing soap. The “About the Duchess of Sussex” page also pointed out that she volunteered at a soup kitchen in Los Angeles’ Skid Row and worked at another kitchen in...