Health Care Reform: The System Actually Worked

And you should not be tempted into such a huge overhaul by party-line votes (or executive orders, either, for that matter). The point is most assuredly not to rush things through on a narrow party-line vote in order to hit an anniversary of the law you are trying to undo. Sadly, important principles of our representative democracy like deliberation, consensus-building and federalism seem to be important only when you are not in power. It’s bad enough that, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said last month, we plan to repeal Obamacare and reform the tax code without any Democrats. We need to stop veering from one direction to another based on party-line votes or executive orders and return to deliberation and consensus.

March 25, 2017 19:30 UTC

Las Vegas Strip shooting leaves one dead

(CNN) [Breaking news update, published at 4:39 p.m. ET]One person was killed Saturday by a shooter on the Las Vegas Strip, police spokesman Officer Larry Hadfield said, and one other person was wounded. The suspect is barricaded on a bus, and tactical teams and negotiators are on the scene on Las Vegas Boulevard. ET]Part of the Las Vegas Strip was shut down Saturday as police investigated a shooting that sent at least one person to the hospital. Police surrounded a bus as they investigated the shooting, Officer Larry Hadfield told CNN.

March 25, 2017 19:22 UTC

Uber Suspends Tests of Self-Driving Vehicles After Arizona Crash

PhotoUber said on Saturday that it was suspending the testing of its self-driving vehicles, a day after one of the vehicles was involved in a collision in Tempe, Ariz. The Uber vehicle, which was in self-driving mode, was not at fault in the accident, according to Josie Montenegro, a Tempe Police Department spokeswoman. Ms. Kohler said on Saturday that Uber was suspending the testing of its self-driving vehicles in Arizona, pending the results of the investigation of the accident. Shortly after the San Francisco testing began, one of Uber’s self-driving cars failed to recognize a stoplight and sailed through a crosswalk. Google, which has long tested self-driving vehicles in California, has also been in a number of accidents over the years.

March 25, 2017 19:22 UTC

Protesters outside White House demand ‘Pizzagate’ investigation

Kori and Danielle Hayes at a March 25 “PizzaGate” protest outside the White House. Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, admitted traveling to Comet Ping Pong in Northwest Washington on Dec. 4, anticipating a violent confrontation over his personal investigation of Pizzagate. (Whitney Shefte/The Washington Post)Jones posted a 6-minute video on his website, “InfoWars,” in which he apologized to James Alefantis, the owner of Comet Ping Pong. The story, he said, “was based upon what we now believe was an incorrect narrative.”Neither of those developments dissuaded the 50 or so protesters from demonstrating outside the White House on Saturday. “This paper in my hand is at least enough for an investigation,” the 25-year-old said, holding a flier labeled “Pizzagate/Pedogate” that listed “pedophile code words and symbols” supposedly found at Comet Ping Pong.

March 25, 2017 19:19 UTC

Villain and heroine: The real-life husband and wife onstage in 'Tales of Hoffmann'

On Saturday, the couple begin a six-performance run of Los Angeles Opera’s production of Jacques Offenbach’s “The Tales of Hoffmann,” conducted by Placido Domingo. SANTA MONICA, CA, SU Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times Nicolas Testé and Diana Damrau sing in concert at the Broad Stage earlier this month. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times) Nicolas Testé and Diana Damrau sing in concert at the Broad Stage earlier this month. Sometimes you don’t find it and, like Hoffmann, you stay alone.”♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦L.A. Opera’s ‘The Tales of Hoffmann’Where: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. Caption Beauty and the Beast video - A Portrait of 'Gaston' "Beauty and the Beast" actors Josh Gad and Luke Evans, along with composer Alan Menken, talk about the impact of the song "Gaston."

March 25, 2017 19:18 UTC

Out to Fix the Twins, a New Executive Wants More From the Mound

In Falvey — who hired Thad Levine from the Texas Rangers as his general manager — the Twins have an acknowledged pitching expert. Advertisement Continue reading the main story“Clearly, his vision for pitching got our attention,” St. Peter said. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyIt was resourceful, sure, but lots of people could have completed that task. In the past, Twins teams chafed at the “pitch to contact” label, but that was what the staff did, filling the zone with strikes and counting on stellar defense for support. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyPutting his ideas into effect, and tailoring so many individual strategies, will take time and manpower.

March 25, 2017 19:18 UTC

Dubai World Cup 2017: With Stunning Come-from-behind Win, Arrogate Takes Home $6-million

Hall of Fame jockey Smith put the disastrous start in perspective after the race. Superb tactician that he is, Smith maintained his otherworldly cool and threaded Arrogate precisely through the field over the next two minutes. We can honestly describe him as positively ebullient, a rare emotional condition for the man renowned for his laconic control. When I was watching it I thought ‘I hope Mike takes care of him.’ Maybe I shouldn’t have come here. In Smith's tactical wisdom-in-the-nanosecond, weaving and working deliberately thorugh the huge pack in front of him and his horse, lay this win.

March 25, 2017 19:14 UTC

Uber Suspends Self-Driving Vehicle Program After Accident

Uber Technologies Inc. said on Saturday it is suspending testing of its autonomous vehicles after one of the autos was involved in an accident in Tempe, Ariz., casting doubt on one of the most high-profile self-driving programs. The ride-hailing company is pulling vehicles from streets in Pittsburgh, Tempe and California, while it investigates the incident in which a Volvo XC90 sport-utility vehicle operated by Uber was upended....

March 25, 2017 19:07 UTC

Police Release Two More Who Were Arrested in Probe of London Attack

LONDON—Police on Saturday released two more people who had been questioned in connection with the Westminster attack, as hundreds of investigators worked to piece together whether the attacker worked alone or with accomplices when he carried out a bloody rampage outside Parliament. After arresting 11 people in the days following the attack, by Saturday evening only one person remained in custody. A second person, a 32-year-old woman...

March 25, 2017 19:07 UTC

What the new ‘Justice League’ trailer is really revealing about the DC universe’s future

With their biggest splash of a preview since last year’s San Diego Comic-Con — and a year to the day since the release of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” — Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have released a new “Justice League” trailer. The path to the formation of the Justice League has been a dark one, yielding few laughs in between movies (unless you count the few minutes the Joker was yukking it up in “Suicide Squad”). Judging by this nearly three-minute trailer, however, WB/DC is heeding the need for a shift. So for now, we get a look at Batman, knowing that the threat from Apokolips is real — and we require uniting the meta-humans to form the Justice League. The rest of the trailer is a lot of action with the current five members of the Justice League (Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman) backed by the rockin’, on-the-nose “Come Together.”“Justice League” arrives Nov. 17.

March 25, 2017 19:07 UTC

Five Museums In London Worth Paying For

They may have some world-class art works, but they are often overlooked. (Adults £7, children free)Queen’s GalleryBritain’s reigning monarch of Britain is also custodian of the largest art collection in the world. The Queen’s Gallery, housed next to Buckingham Palace usually displays around 450 art works on a rotating basis. Portrait of the Artist currently concentrates on self-portraits by world-renowned artists including Rembrandt, Rubens, Artemisia Gentileschi, Lucian Freud and David Hockney In May, an exhibition on Canaletto and Venice has blockbuster appeal. (Adults £10.50, children £7)Churchill War RoomsPart of the Imperial War Museum, this collection of bunkers close to Downing Street, was pivotal to the Allied success in World War II.

March 25, 2017 19:07 UTC

Lady Gaga: Gay Men 'Helped Me Become A Woman'

Lady Gaga delivered a poignant and passionate monologue during her “RuPaul’s Drag Race” appearance this week about her relationship with the LGBTQ community and the significant role gay men have played in her life. Just after the 15:00 mark, Los Angeles-based contestant Valentina thanked Gaga for what she’s done “for the gay community” over the years. I’m not a gay woman, you know? But I have always been surrounded by incredibly intelligent, powerful gay men who have lifted me up through lots of changes in my life. Becoming famous was very strange and it’s the gay men in my life that helped me to become a woman.

March 25, 2017 18:58 UTC

North Korea’s Rising Ambition Seen in Bid to Breach Global Banks

North Korea has denied involvement in the attacks on Sony and others, instead accusing South Korea of disrupting its websites. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyThe Polish episode provides a case study of how North Korean cyberattack goals have escalated. South Korean cybersecurity officials began detecting attacks attributed to North Korean hackers around 2009. While North Korea lags developed countries in hacking capabilities, it has occasionally startled observers in South Korea. North Korean hackers have also begun using ransomware — viruses that encrypt all data in an infected computer or smartphone — to make money.

March 25, 2017 18:56 UTC

Girls' basketball: Sacramento West Campus wins Division IV title

A dominating rebounding performance, particularly offensive rebounding, helped propel Sacramento West Campus to a 63-55 win over Los Osos in the CIF state championship Division IV girls' final on Saturday morning at Golden 1 Center. West Campus had 22 offensive rebounds to Los Osos' 10 and outrebounded Los Osos, 44-32. "To struggle with that was quite frustrating," Los Osos Coach Dawnesha Buckner said. The good news for Los Osos was the performance of its young players. Los Osos finished 27-4.

March 25, 2017 18:56 UTC

Are we there yet? Looking back over a decade of local travel

Readers share their concerns, and together, we work on their relationships — with our transportation system. I’m going to retire at the end of the month, so I want to assess the past decade of local travel, as well as its future, knowing that the past is open to interpretation and the future full of surprises. The greatest safety change on the horizon is the arrival of self-driving cars. But given the region’s growth and the fact that Metro has shed tens of thousands of riders, I thought all local travel would be grinding to a halt. New technologies are creating new ways of thinking about local travel.

March 25, 2017 18:56 UTC

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