Lakers beat Pelicans, advance to face Nuggets in the playoffs

NEW ORLEANS —  D’Angelo Russell walked to the bench in the first quarter, goading the New Orleans crowd to jeer. The Lakers guard had just gotten tangled up with Pelicans’ fan favorite and All-NBA pest Jose Alvarado, the two players both being called for technical fouls. The crowd loved it. As Alvarado led a New Orleans second-half comeback, the fiery guard jawed right at Russell every time he beat him off the dribble, every time he made the right pass or hit the big shot. But with Alvarado stuck at the table watching, Russell stood open in front of the Pelicans bench. And as Austin Reaves kicked the ball to Russell, he had a chance for revenge. He got it. Russell’s huge corner three and two Anthony Davis free throws after an offensive rebound were the big plays in the big moments, the Lakers advancing to the playoffs with a 110-106 win in the play-in game at Smoothie King Arena. The Lakers will get Denver in the first round beginning on Saturday, a Western Conference finals rematch from a year ago. Zion Williamson, a thorn in

Estos son los artistas latinos que participarán en la temporada 2024 del anfiteatro Ford

La Asociación Filarmónica de Los Ángeles anunció hoy el calendario completo de la temporada 2024 del Ford, el encantador anfiteatro al aire libre que se erige en plena ciudad de Hollywood y que se ha encontrado administrado por esta institución a lo largo de los últimos cinco años. Como es ya sabido, el Ford se caracteriza por albergar a artistas de diferentes procedencias y culturas, lo que hace inevitablemente que la agenda que se ha dado a conocer, y que va del 14 de julio al 31 de octubre, incluya a varios representantes latinos en diferentes modalidades expresivas. De ese modo, el 28 de julio, encontraremos en la tarima del auditorio a Meridian Brothers, una agrupación bogotana de carácter experimental que combina elementos de la música tropical con sonidos modernos y vanguardistas, sin dejar de lado a la psicodelia, y que se ha convertido en una banda de culto dentro de Sudamérica. El 3 de agosto, la ya tradicional “Boleros de Noche” regresará por octava vez para cederle las tablas al legendario cantante y guitarrista boricua José Feliciano, ganador de nueve Grammys, quien estará antecedido

Review: ‘Home Alone’ with fangs, ‘Abigail’ is a comedy that goes violently wrong for kidnappers

The filmmaking team known as Radio Silence, made up of directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, plus producer Chad Villella, struck black (comedy) gold with their 2019 horror-thriller “Ready or Not,” about a young bride, played by Samara Weaving, who has to battle her way out of a murderous game hosted by her wealthy soon-to-be in-laws. The film demonstrated their mastery of coupling an irreverent tone with splashy violence, and netted the team the responsibility of making the next two “Scream” movies, the first without Wes Craven behind the camera. With their latest feature, “Abigail,” Universal gets into the Radio Silence business, hoping that their brand of female-driven horror can pay big dividends at the box office (and birth a franchise?). With a script by Stephen Shields and Guy Busick, who co-wrote “Ready or Not,” Radio Silence have delivered what is essentially a spiritual sequel to their breakout hit, this time with vampires rather than superstitious old-money sadists, and starring “Scream” queen Melissa Barrera. Once again, the setting is an old creepy mansion filled with taxidermy and firelight. Once again, our heroine is a steely

Police discover woman’s body stuffed inside Sunland trash can

The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating after a body was found inside a “sealed trash can” in Sunland on Tuesday morning, according to KTLA. (KTLA) April 16, 2024 7:01 PM PT Los Angeles police are investigating after a woman’s body was found inside a trash can in Sunland on Tuesday morning, a department spokesperson said. Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department responded to a call from a residential neighborhood around 10:30 a.m. When they arrived, they discovered the body of what appeared to be a 30- to 40-year-old female inside the trash can. Helicopter video from KTLA showed police investigating near a closed black bin at a curb in the neighborhood. No other information was immediately provided by the police. LAPD Operations-Valley Bureau detectives are in charge of the investigation. More to Read Sign up for Essential California for news, features and recommendations from the L.A. Times and beyond in your inbox six days a week. You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. Andrew J. Campa is a member of the Fast Break team at the Los Angeles Times

USC valedictorian’s grad speech is canceled: ‘The university has betrayed me’

When Asna Tabassum learned that USC had barred her from speaking at next month’s graduation, she hadn’t yet planned what she would say in her remarks, beyond that she would convey a message of hope. University leaders who announced the decision Monday, after pro-Israel groups criticized a link on Tabassum’s Instagram page as evidence of her being antisemitic, didn’t know the theme of her speech because she hadn’t shared it with them, the class valedictorian said an interview with the Times on Tuesday. Tabassum, a biomedical engineering major, said that in addition to hope, she was thinking of touching on “how we must continue to use our education as a privilege to inform ourselves and ultimately make a change in the world.” In barring Tabassum from giving a three to five minute speech in front of 65,000 people during the May 10 ceremony, USC Provost Andrew T. Guzman cited the need to “maintain campus safety and security.” The university alluded to unnamed threats but has not publicly detailed them. The move was unprecedented for a ceremony where students regularly make political and cultural statements through

Gunman in Southern California shooting rampage facing life in prison

Charges have been filed against the 41-year-old gunman who opened fire from the roof of a Marina del Rey apartment complex over the weekend, endangering the lives of terrified residents and law enforcement officers who responded to the scene, authorities announced Tuesday.   The incident unfolded April 13 around 10:15 p.m. at the Pearl Apartments in the 4100 block of Via Marina.   Armed with two assault rifles, a handgun, numerous loaded magazines and wearing a tactical vest, Victoryloc Nguyen is accused of going on a three-hour shooting rampage, firing some 90 rounds at deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and residents from several locations throughout the complex.  Weapons allegedly left by the gunman on the rooftop of a Marina del Rey apartment complex on April 13, 2024. (LASD) Tenants in the building were forced to shelter in place, many huddled in their bathtubs for safety. People arriving home from a night out had to duck for cover on the street.   “There would be like 20 minutes of silence,” Jeff Rubin, who was hiding with his wife, Elizabeth Amos, in their apartment’s

Flash robbery crew wanted for ransacking Southern California stores

Authorities are searching for suspects wanted for a series of “flash robberies” targeting stores across Los Angeles County.  The group of suspects began targeting retail shops on March 3, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The robbery crew involves around 10 to 20 male suspects who are all between 15 to 25 years old, authorities said. The suspects entered retail stores at nighttime while wearing hooded sweatshirts and face coverings. They would quickly overtake the shops and begin grabbing as much clothing and merchandise as they could hold. They would then run out of the store without paying for the items and typically fled the area on bicycles, police said. All the recently targeted stores were located within a few miles of each other.  A group of suspects wanted for a series of flash mob robberies targeting stores in L.A. County. (Los Angeles Police Department) A group of suspects wanted for a series of flash robberies targeting stores in L.A. County. (Los Angeles Police Department) Suspects captured on security video who are wanted for a series of flash mob robberies targeting stores in L.A. County.

4/16: Prime Time with John Dickerson

4/16: Prime Time with John Dickerson – CBS News Watch CBS News John Dickerson reports on jury selection in Donald Trump’s NY criminal trial, a new splintered plan for foreign aid in Congress, and the new sports set to debut at the Summer Olympics. Be the first to know Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting. Not Now Turn On

Some families in limbo due to Idaho ban on gender-affirming care for minors

April 16, 2024 / 9:45 PM EDT / AP Laws restricting gender-affirming care minors CBS Reports explores laws restricting gender-affirming care for transgender minors 04:36 Forced to hide her true self, Joe Horras’ transgender daughter struggled with depression and anxiety until three years ago, when she began to take medication to block the onset of puberty. The gender-affirming treatment helped the now-16-year-old find happiness again, her father said. A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court late Monday allowing Idaho to enforce its ban on such care for minors could jeopardize her wellbeing once again. Horras is scrambling to figure out next steps and is considering leaving Idaho, where he’s lived his whole life, to move to another state. “It would be devastating for her,” Horras, who lives in Boise, told The Associated Press. “If she doesn’t have access to that, it will damage her mental health.” Horras is among the Idaho parents desperate to find solutions after their trans children lost access to the gender-affirming care they were receiving. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision allows the state to put in place a 2023 law that

Elephant named Viola escapes circus, takes walk through Montana town

By Cara Tabachnick April 16, 2024 / 9:17 PM EDT / CBS News Elephant on the loose in Butte, Montana Escaped circus elephant, Viola, stops traffic in Montana city 00:34 A circus elephant named Viola gave the performance of her life on Tuesday  – a grand disappearing act.  The mammoth animal was scheduled to appear on stage at Jordan World Circus in Butte, Montana, but before her act, Viola escaped and wandered through the city, a city official confirmed to CBS News. The circus had two shows scheduled, one at 4:00 p.m. and one at 7:00 p.m. local time. “One of the circus elephants managed to escape from its trainer and wandered onto Harrison Ave, a bustling street in town,” J.P. Gallagher, the county’s chief executive, said to CBS News.  Video shared on social media showed the elephant walking down the middle of the road through traffic in the southwest Montana city. She walked in front of the town’s casino and into a storage facility as people ran alongside her, video showed.  Video on social media shows Viola walking down the middle of the road

Prep sports roundup: Santa Margarita stays tied for first place in Trinity League

Santa Margarita is hanging tough in the Trinity League baseball race. The Eagles (16-6-1, 7-3) remain tied for first place with Orange Lutheran after scoring two runs in the top of the seventh inning to pull out a 5-2 road victory over Servite on Tuesday. Three straight walks with the bases loaded broke the 2-2 tie. Cade Townsend struck out 10 in 5-2/3 innings. Chris Saucedo got a strikeout in the sixth and Brennan Bauer picked up the save in the seventh. Gavin Spiridonoff finished with two RBIs. Santa Margarita defeated Orange Lutheran twice in a three-game series, so if it stays tied, the Eagles have the tiebreaker to be the league’s No. 1 for the Division 1 playoffs. Orange Lutheran 7, Mater Dei 2: Vinny Hudson had three RBIs and Josiah Hartshorn and Gabe Fraser contributed two hits each in the Lancers’ Trinity League win. St. John Bosco 3, JSerra 2: Macade Maxwell and Noah Everly each had two hits for the Braves. Jack Champlin threw 4 2/3 innings for scoreless relief. Crespi 6, St. Francis 1: Freshman Justin Kim threw a complete game

Flash robbery crew wanted for ransacking Los Angeles County stores

Authorities are searching for suspects wanted for a series of “flash robberies” targeting stores across Los Angeles County.  The group of suspects began targeting retail shops on March 3, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The robbery crew involves around 10 to 20 male suspects who are all between 15 to 25 years old, authorities said. The suspects entered retail stores at nighttime while wearing hooded sweatshirts and face coverings. They would quickly overtake the shops and begin grabbing as much clothing and merchandise as they could hold. They would then run out of the store without paying for the items and typically fled the area on bicycles, police said. All the recently targeted stores were located within a few miles of each other.  A group of suspects wanted for a series of flash mob robberies targeting stores in L.A. County. (Los Angeles Police Department) A group of suspects wanted for a series of flash robberies targeting stores in L.A. County. (Los Angeles Police Department) Suspects captured on security video who are wanted for a series of flash mob robberies targeting stores in L.A. County.

Violent sexual assault suspect at large in Southern California, police say

Police have released a grainy image taken from surveillance footage of a man believed to be responsible for a violent sexual assault on a woman who was sitting in her car outside of a restaurant in Pasadena on Saturday. The terrifying ordeal unfolded at around 8:40 p.m. on Sierra Madre Villa Avenue, north of Foothill Boulevard, authorities with the Pasadena Police Department said in a news release.   “The suspect got into the car with her,” PPD Lt. Tim Bundy told KTLA’s Jennifer McGraw. “He produced a knife and forced her to drive to another location in Pasadena where he then sexually assaulted her.”   Police said the woman was able to fight back, fend off the man and call 911 when he fled the area.   “It’s absolutely scary and this guy is a straight predator,” Lt. Bundy said. “That’s why we want to get the word out there. We’re actively searching for him, obviously, but we want people to be aware that he’s still out there at this point.”   The suspect is described as an approximately 30 to 40-year-old Black male, around

Escaped circus elephant, Viola, stops traffic in Montana city

Escaped circus elephant, Viola, stops traffic in Montana city – CBS News Watch CBS News Viola the elephant was scheduled to perform with the Jordan World Circus in Butte, Montana, before she escaped her handler and took a walk through the city. Be the first to know Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting. Not Now Turn On

How to watch the 2024 NBA Playoffs free with Hulu + Live TV

By Meredith Gordon Updated on: April 16, 2024 / 9:10 PM EDT / Essentials CBS Essentials is created independently of the CBS News editorial staff. We may receive commissions from some links to products on this page. Promotions are subject to availability and retailer terms. This content is sponsored by Hulu. Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors and LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers joke around with one another during their game at Chase Center on January 27, 2024 in San Francisco, California.  Ezra Shaw/Getty Images The 2024 NBA Playoffs are here and conference leaderboards are looking very different than in years past. There’s a new class of NBA stars, led by OKC Thunder star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, looking to dethrone league legends like LeBron James and Steph Curry. Judging by this season’s standings, the 2024 NBA Playoffs are going to be one of the most dramatic series’ to date. Hulu + Live TV is one of the few live TV streaming apps on which you can watch every game of the 2024 NBA Playoffs. That’s

Paris Olympics flame lit as athletes prepare for Summer Games

Paris Olympics flame lit as athletes prepare for Summer Games – CBS News Watch CBS News The 2024 Olympic torch has been lit ahead of the Summer Games in Paris. CBS News producer Elizabeth Campbell joins with a preview of the event. Be the first to know Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting. Not Now Turn On

23-Year-Old Woman Last Seen in Inglewood Located

A 23-year-old woman who went missing in Inglewood was found, authorities said Tuesday. Noelle M. Lynch was last seen around 5 p.m. on April 3 walking from an apartment building in the 900 block of East Redondo Boulevard, near Florence Avenue and the Inglewood Park Cemetery, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Detective said that Lynch has since been safely located. No further details were available.

Man with Gunshot Wound Found in Creek Bed in Hawaiian Gardens Identified

Sheriff’s detectives Tuesday are investigating the circumstances surrounding the body of a 28-year-old man found near a creek bed in Hawaiian Gardens. Deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were called at just after 11 p.m. Monday to a remote area near Coyote Creek, regarding a shots fired call. Upon their arrival, they found the man’s body with multiple gunshot wounds near a hillside, Fox 11 reported. “There was information about shots being fired in the area,” sheriff’s homicide Lt. Omar Camacho told Fox 11. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner later identified the man as Markus Michel, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

He shot an 18-year-old in the back of the head. A jury couldn’t decide if it was murder

Throughout the one-week trial of Eddie Gonzalez, prosecutors painted the former Long Beach school officer as a wannabe cop who wildly overreacted to a minor fight between girls and turned it into a lethal situation. Gonzalez’s attorneys — defending him for shooting 18-year-old Manuela “Mona” Rodriguez in the back of the head as she fled the scene of the incident — called the 2021 killing a “tragedy, but not a crime.” But the jurors deciding Gonzalez’s fate deadlocked Tuesday, seemingly split not by the dueling narratives presented in court, but whether the defendant was guilty of murder or manslaughter. The jury had the option to convict on the lesser charge if they determined he killed Rodriguez in an act legally defined as “imperfect self-defense.” On Tuesday, seven jurors said they were ready to convict Gonzalez, 51, of murder, while another five said they could only convict him of voluntary manslaughter. Jurors on Monday asked if they could consider a charge of involuntary manslaughter, but Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Richard Goul said they could not. Prosecutors could still choose to retry the case. A

LeBron James has never been NBA defensive player of the year — and it really bugs him

LeBron James has scored more points than anyone in NBA history. The four-time champion and 20-time all-star has been named league MVP and Finals MVP four times each. He also has finished second in defensive player of the year voting twice. Apparently that last part really bugs the Lakers superstar. “I mean, that’s the only award that I don’t have in my house. It kind of stings,” James said in a clip released from the latest episode of “The Shop: Uninterrupted,” which will drop Thursday on HBO. “I’ve talked about this before, like, it don’t make sense. It’s almost what [Jay-Z] just said about [Beyoncé]. How could she have the most Grammys, but never won Album of the Year?” James won his first league MVP award as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2009. He finished second to Orlando’s Dwight Howard for defensive player of the year and the voting wasn’t close. Howard received 105 first-place votes and 542 total points from the 119 sports writers and broadcasters who cast ballots; James got four first-place votes and 148 points. The one that really seems