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LA art museum unveils wide ranging tribute to Jasper Johns

LOS ANGELES — Jasper Johns’ decision more than 60 years ago to paint a picture of an American flag launched what became one of the most heralded artistic careers of modern times. So it’s fitting The Broad’s latest exhibition, “Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth,” begins with a first-floor gallery filled with nearly a dozen of …

Mudslides claim couple married 50 years, real estate agent

MONTECITO, Calif. — A victim of California’s deadly mudslides had celebrated his 89th birthday just hours earlier, while another was a ballerina turned real estate agent known as “The First Lady of Luxury Real Estate” in parts of Montecito, an enclave for the wealthy and famous. Survivors included a 14-year-old girl miraculously pulled muddy and …

Legal weed hurts prognosis for California medical pot market

LOS ANGELES — When Elias Zaldivar was an 18-year-old college freshman and decided he was in the market for marijuana, he knew just how to get it, and it didn’t involve canvassing the corridors of his campus in search of that stoned-out dude who sold pot from his dorm room. Instead, he went straight to …

In wake of Weinstein, men wonder if hugging women still OK

LOS ANGELES—Steve Wyard thought he knew what sexual harassment looked like: a put-out-or-lose-your-job overture. Now he’s not so sure. “Have we gotten to the point now where men can’t say, ‘That’s a nice dress’ or ‘Did you do something with your hair?”’ says the veteran sales associate for a Los Angles company. “The potential problem …

Killer Charles Manson alive as reports swirl of ill health

LOS ANGELES — For nearly 50 years Charles Manson has been the living personification of evil, a demonic presence captured in scores of photos, each of them marked by his piercing dark eyes and the crude Nazi swastika he carved into his forehead. That personification returned to the public consciousness again this week, complete with …

Richard Anderson, popular TV actor, dies at 91

LOS ANGELES— Richard Anderson, the tall, handsome actor best known for costarring simultaneously in the popular 1970s television shows “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “The Bionic Woman,” has died at age 91. Anderson died of natural causes on Thursday, family spokesman Jonathan Taylor told The Associated Press. “The Six Million Dollar Man” brought a …

Artist David Hockney gives close up look at self in exhibit

LOS ANGELES— The aspiring artist was 17 when he took pencil to paper in 1954 and sketched a stunningly mirror-like image of himself as a student at England’s Bradford School of Art. In the 63 years since, David Hockney has become world famous, not for self-portraits, but for colorful painted landscapes, portraits of others and …

Cannabis company plans to turn desert town into pot paradise

NIPTON, Calif. — Now that one of the nation’s largest cannabis companies has bought the entire California desert town of Nipton, a question remains: Will the new owners rename the place Potsylvania? American Green Inc. announced Thursday it is buying all 80 acres of the town whose current owner likes to describe it as being …

Stay classy, USC, Will Ferrell delivers commencement talk

LOS ANGELES — One of the University of Southern California’s most distinguished alums — funnyman Will Ferrell — is returning to his alma mater to give the keynote address at this year’s 134th commencement. The question remains: Will the member of the Class of 1990 bring arguably his most famous comic persona with him to …

Social media’s 4 month old Bernie Sanders lookalike has died

LOS ANGELES—Bernie Baby, the cheerful infant who won the affections of people of all political stripes after his mom posted photos on social media of him greeting Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in a lookalike white-haired wig, oversized glasses and plaid tie, has died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Oliver Jack Carter Lomas-Davis of Los …