In one of the fastest-paced civic construction jobs in recent U.S. history, hundreds of carpenters, operating engineers and iron workers are rushing to complete repairs to the damaged Oroville Dam spillway. A panel of investigators believes the water penetrated the spillway’s massive concrete slabs and heaved them upward, causing the dam’s foundation to fall apart. The company is “burning” through about $1 million a day, a ferocious rate of spending in the construction industry, Petersen said. The original estimate came in at $275 million, but it now looks like the tab will hit $500 million, said Erin Mellon, a Department of Water Resources spokeswoman. When the main chute was damaged in February, operators shut it down and let water overflow the emergency spillway.
October 20, 2017 02:48 UTC
“So it’s really up to the coaches.”Anyone who has watched Rector play for the last four weeks wouldn’t think Rector has anything to worry about. CAPTION The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs four games to one in the 2017 NLCS. The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs four games to one in the 2017 NLCS. CAPTION The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs four games to one in the 2017 NLCS. The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs four games to one in the 2017 NLCS.
October 20, 2017 02:15 UTC
Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin is expected to miss the rest of the season after rupturing the patella tendon in his right knee. Lin was hurt midway through the fourth quarter of the Nets' 140-131 loss Wednesday night in the season opener at Indiana. The former Harvard guard was hoping for a stronger second season with the Nets. He was limited to 36 games last season, mostly because of a left hamstring injury, while Brooklyn finished with the NBA's worst record. “Jeremy worked really hard to get back from injury, so we hope everything's OK,” Atkinson said after the game.
October 20, 2017 00:18 UTC
In an interview with the New York Times published Thursday, director Quentin Tarantino admitted that he has known some details of Harvey Weinstein's alleged misconduct toward women for decades. “I knew enough to do more than I did,” he said. “There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. He also revealed that he knew actress Rose McGowan, who says she was raped by Weinstein, had reached a settlement with the producer. “If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him.”“What I did was marginalize the incidents,” he added.
October 20, 2017 00:13 UTC
“One of the drawbacks of the fairgrounds is this vast asphalt parking lot,” said Costa Mesa resident Rick Huffman. “Being in a built-out city with cities around us, agriculture is very important, especially for children,” said Costa Mesa resident Teresa Drain. Others said the Fair & Event Center could stand to work closer with the city of Costa Mesa and local residents and be more accessible for community groups and events. “I’m not sure why it costs so much to use space here.”Another community forum on the business plan was scheduled for Thursday evening. The goal, he said, is to have a draft plan ready for the board’s review by the end of the year.
October 20, 2017 00:07 UTC
Former president George W. Bush spoke about the perils facing U.S. democracy on Oct. 19, and appeared to weigh in on President Trump's tenure. (The Bush Center)Former president George W. Bush spoke about the perils facing U.S. democracy on Oct. 19, and appeared to weigh in on President Trump's tenure. (The Bush Center)Former president George W. Bush on Thursday delivered a rare political speech in which he warned of threats to American democracy and a decay of civic engagement, a message that was interpreted as a rebuke of President Trump’s divisive leadership style. Though he was not as dire as Bush, Obama said in New Jersey that “some of the politics we see now we thought we put that to bed. “Bigotry or white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed,” Bush said in a line that drew the most applause.
October 20, 2017 00:00 UTC
Chris Savino, the creator of the Nickelodeon cartoon “The Loud House,” has been fired by the network after sexual harassment allegations were made against him. “We take allegations of misconduct very seriously, and we are committed to fostering a safe and professional workplace environment that is free of harassment or other kinds of inappropriate conduct.”Nickelodeon had previously suspended Savino, 46, after sexual harassment allegations surfaced against the producer. "As we came together to share our stories of sexism, sexual harassment and, in some cases, sexual assault, we were struck by the pervasiveness of the problem. This week, Amazon Studios head Roy Price resigned following sexual harassment allegations against him. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times) CAPTION Musician Tom Petty died Monday after being rushed to the hospital after a cardiac arrest.
October 19, 2017 23:51 UTC
President Trump called Natasha De Alencar to offer condolences after her husband, Army Staff Sgt. Days before, two Army men told her that her husband, Army Staff Sgt. [Trump offered a grieving military father $25,000 in a phone call]De Alencar was killed during a firefight with Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan. De Alencar told Trump that her son had received a scholarship, and Trump asked whether it was an academic or sports scholarship. Natasha De Alencar describes her phone call with President Trump, who called her after her husband, Mark Rochetto De Alencar, was killed in action.
October 19, 2017 23:45 UTC
When the Trump administration chose E. Scott Lloyd, a prominent antiabortion activist and attorney, to head the federal agency that oversees refugee affairs, he quickly set about enforcing strict policies. For months, even as he personally intervened in cases and tried to talk young women out of getting abortions, his efforts drew little attention. The case of a 17-year-old pregnant girl in an immigration detention center in Texas has suddenly changed that. The dispute could be an important early test of both abortion rights and the treatment of immigrants in custody in the Trump era. The legal battle is playing out as the Trump administration moves toward other policies championed by religious conservatives.
October 19, 2017 23:44 UTC
13 Notre Dame, with both teams ranked for the first time in a long time, there’s no avoiding the magnitude of the matchup. — former Notre Dame coach Lou HoltzGiven the long-standing success of the programs, it shouldn’t be surprising that both teams were ranked in 32 of those games. Five times — three for USC, two for Notre Dame — the winner ended up as national champion. Stephen Dunn / Getty Images Coach Pete Carroll celebrates USC's win over Notre Dame in 2006. (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images)Pete Carroll turned the tables during the 2000s with an 8-1 record versus Notre Dame.
October 19, 2017 23:37 UTC
A man from the Little Saigon area of Westminster pleaded guilty today to a felony charge for illegally importing more than a dozen federally protected turtles and fish species from Vietnam. Kevin Duc Vu, who sold fish and turtles on the internet, faces up to 20 years behind bars when he is sentenced Feb. 5 by U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder. Vu, 44, admitted in a plea agreement that he imported seven big-headed turtles and seven Asian arowana fish — both of which are protected under the federal Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora and can only be brought into the United States with permits. The package from Vietnam — labeled “aquarium supplies” — also contained seven four-eyed turtles, six Asian box turtles and a black-breasted turtle, which are also all protected under federal law, according to the plea deal filed in Los Angeles federal court. The value of the illicit wildlife totaled more than $67,000 on the black market, according to the U.S. attorney's office.
October 19, 2017 23:26 UTC
A bar and restaurant in Ventura, CA, may have a ghost on their hands. Cronies Bar uploaded two videos on Facebook showing furniture in their restaurant moving on its own. The surveillance tapes show two incidents where a chair moves without anyone touching it – once after hours of a chair toppling over by itself and another during business hours where a different chair tilts up and down. In the second video, a family who spots the moving chair goes over to investigate the strange event. “For this to happen it’s pretty creepy,” Cronies co-owner, Dave Foldes, told CBS2.
October 19, 2017 23:22 UTC
The Walter Johnson tennis team poses after winning its first Montgomery County girls’ championship since 2006. (Kelyn Soong/Washington Post)All the right pieces fell into place for the Walter Johnson girls’ tennis team this season. Walter Johnson senior Jessica Fatemi, left, finished runner-up to Wheaton junior Ayana Akli in No. 4 singles from junior Stacy Ternovskaia, who held off Wootton senior Claire Chen, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5). 1 singles, Wheaton junior Ayana Akli continued her undefeated streak by beating Walter Johnson senior Jessica Fatemi, 6-1, 6-1.
October 19, 2017 23:15 UTC
White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, a retired Marine general who lost his son in combat, gave an emotional defense Thursday of President Trump's calls to the families of soldiers killed this month in Niger, and assailed a Democratic congresswoman who was among the president's chief critics. Wilson later described Trump's message as insensitive for suggesting the sergeant knew what he was getting into when he joined the Army. He will say anything," Wilson told Politico. Kelly said his initial piece of advice to Trump was to not call the families. “There is nothing you can do to lighten the burden on these families,” Kelly recalled telling Trump, adding that the most important phone calls come from a dead soldier’s buddies in the field.
October 19, 2017 23:15 UTC
The U.S. Supreme Court temporarily delayed the execution of an Alabama inmate on Thursday night just minutes before he was scheduled to die. Torrey Twane McNabb, 40, has challenged the humaneness of the state's lethal injection procedure. He was scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection at 6 p.m. CDT, but the Supreme Court granted a stay after McNabb's attorneys filed a flurry of appeals. The attorney general's office has asked justices to let the execution proceed. The state has argued they have allowed multiple executions to proceed using the sedative midazolam and that McNabb presents "nothing new" to justify halting the execution.
October 19, 2017 23:15 UTC