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  1. Latinos grab spotlight at Oscars, and hope to hold itRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Mar 8 | Mercury-Register

    Guillermo del Toro, winner of the awards for best director and best picture for “The Shape of Water,” poses in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. NEW YORK >> The 90th annual Academy Awards were a moment of triumph for Latinos, but a watchdog group for Hispanic representation in media says Hollywood has a long way to go.


  2. CPUC sets Oroville high-speed internet workshopRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Mar 2 | Mercury-Register

    Oroville >> The California Public Utilities Commission has scheduled a workshop in Oroville to take comment on an initiative to expand broadband internet access in California. The commission is charged with implementing the Internet for All Now Act , which has a goal of providing high-speed internet in no less than 98 percent of California households.


  3. Timea s Up will be a part of Oscar show, but no dress codeRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Mar 2 | Mercury-Register

    In this Oct.14, 2017 file photo, Ava DuVernay arrives at the 15th annual Hammer Museum Gala in the Garden in Los Angeles. The organizers of Time's Up say the movement to eradicate discrimination in the workplace will have a presence at Sunday's Oscar show, but has no plans for a red-carpet dress code.


  4. Guillermo Del Toroa s a Shape of Watera lands a leading 13 Oscar nodsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 23, 2018 | Mercury-Register

    In this Feb.26, 2017 file photo, Oscar statuettes appear backstage at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Nominations for the 90th Oscars will be announced on Tuesday.


  5. What will the #MeToo movement mean for Bill Cosbya s next trial?Read the original story w/Photo

    Jan 12, 2018 | Mercury-Register

    FILE – This combination of file photos shows Andrea Constand, left, walking to the courtroom during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial June6, 2017, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.; and Bill Cosby, right, arriving for his sexual assault trial June16, 2017, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. A judge declared a mistrial June17, 2017, when a jury was hopelessly deadlocked on charges Cosby drugged and molested Constand in 2004, but Cosby's retrial is set to begin April2, 2018, in a vastly different cultural climate, one in which powerful men from Hollywood to the U.S. Senate are being toppled by allegations of sexual misconduct.


  6. Residents in mudslide areas describe a eeriea scene as cleanup continues in Burbank, La Tuna CanyonRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 11, 2018 | Mercury-Register

    Jody Wodrich's golf cart was a welcome sight to his wife and three children on Wednesday as he helped transport them - with groceries - from muddy Penrose Street through even muddier La Tuna Canyon Road. “Daddy!” his children shouted as Wodrich pulled up in a blue golf cart with a smile to help load his family's grocery items, which included dog food, toilet paper and tissues.


  7. 8 dead in Southern California as rain triggers mudslidesRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 9, 2018 | Mercury-Register

    In this photo provided by Santa Barbara County Fire Department, U.S. 101 freeway at the Olive Mill Road overpass is flooded with runoff water from Montecito Creek in Montecito on Tuesday. Several homes were swept away before dawn Tuesday when mud and debris roared into neighborhoods in Montecito from hillsides stripped of vegetation during a recent wildfire.


  8. What to look for in the Californiaa s 2018 political arenaRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 2, 2018 | Mercury-Register

    With two competitive top-of-the-ticket races and a national spotlight on the state's congressional districts - to say nothing about the Legislature's busy agenda coupled with a growing sexual harassment scandal in the state Capitol - 2018 will be a blockbuster year for California politics. To keep it all straight, here's a cheat sheet with some of the biggest political questions that will be answered in 2018.


  9. New evacuations as huge Southern California fire flares upRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 11, 2017 | Mercury-Register

    In this early morning Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 photo released by Santa Barbara County Fire Department, firefighters working on structure protection, keep a close eye on nearby flames atop Shepard Mesa Road in Carpinteria, Calif. The area has been evacuated by law enforcement and FD has moved in to protect homes.


  10. Southern California wildfires force more than 27,000 to evacuateRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 5, 2017 | Mercury-Register

    Flames from a wildfire loom up over a neighborhood in Santa Paula, Calf., Monday. Ventura County fire officials say the blaze broke out Monday east of Santa Paula, a city of 30,000 people about 60 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.


  11. First-term lawmaker to lead Assembly hearings on harassmentRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 27, 2017 | Mercury-Register

    SACRAMENTO >> Assemblywoman Laura Friedman had no idea a sexual harassment scandal was about to explode at the California Legislature when she was elected last year or that she would help lead the response. Starting Tuesday, though, the first-term lawmaker and former movie producer will lead a series of public hearings aimed at cleaning up a culture at the Capitol that women say allows sexual harassment to go unchecked.


  12. British Prince Harry, American actress Meghan Markle to wed next yearRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 27, 2017 | Mercury-Register

    Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle pose for photographers during a photocall in the grounds of Kensington Palace in London, Monday. Britain's royal palace says Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle are engaged and will marry in the spring of 2018.


  13. 2nd woman accuses Sen. Al Franken of inappropriate touchingRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 20, 2017 | Mercury-Register

    WASHINGTON >> A second woman has accused Minnesota Sen. Al Franken of inappropriate touching, saying Monday that he put his hand on her bottom as they posed for a picture at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010 - after he had begun his career in the Senate. Lindsay Menz told CNN that the interaction made her feel “gross.” She said she immediately told her husband that Franken had “grabbed” her bottom, and she said she posted about it on Facebook.


  14. Vegas shootera s brother faces child porn chargesRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 26, 2017 | Mercury-Register

    Los Angeles >> The brother of Las Vegas mass-shooter Stephen Paddock was arrested in Valley Village on Wednesday on suspicion of possessing child pornography, Los Angeles police confirmed. Bruce Douglas Paddock was taken into custody in the 5300 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard, the LAPD said in a news release.


  15. In Weinsteina s wake, is Hollywood truly capable of change?Read the original story w/Photo

    Oct 16, 2017 | Mercury-Register

    In this file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles. In the wake of sexual harassment and abuse allegations against Weinstein, many in Hollywood are calling for sweeping changes to the entertainment industry to prevent the mistreatment of women.


  16. Decades in the making, Harvey Weinsteina s fall comes swiftlyRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 9, 2017 | Mercury-Register

    In this file photo, Ashley Judd arrives at the world premiere of “Divergent” at the Westwood Regency Village Theater in Los Angeles. Harvey Weinstein has been fired from The Weinstein Co., effective immediately, following new information revealed regarding his conduct, the company's board of directors announced Sunday.


  17. Los Angeles quake rattles nervesRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 19, 2017 | Mercury-Register

    In this Jan. 21, 2011, file photo, the sun sets beyond the Los Angeles skyline, as seen from Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The U.S. Geological Survey said a magnitude-3.6 quake hit at about 11:20 p.m. on Monday Its epicenter was about 3.6 miles northwest of Westwood While the quake wasn't big enough to cause much damage, the USGS says dozens of people in the Los Angeles area reported feeling the tremor.


  18. The Butcher Shop returns with a My Name was DeceptionaRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 30, 2017 | Mercury-Register

    Chico >> The free outdoor theater festival, The Butcher Shop, returns for its 14th year and once again showcases a dramatic spectacle of art, music, and original theater under the stars and in the orchards of Chico on Sept. 2 and 3. This year's cult-classic production, a two-hour musical deemed “My Name Was Deception,” is the creation of the Slow Theatre, the nonprofit organization responsible for the outdoor event since 2015.


  19. Cash dash: Inside a nerve-rattling trip to pay marijuana taxesRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 3, 2017 | Mercury-Register

    In this photo, bundles of $20 bills are placed on a table as Jerred Kiloh, owner of the Higher Path medical marijuana dispensary, prepares a trip to Los Angeles City Hall to pay his monthly tax payment in cash in Los Angeles. LOS ANGELES >> Jerred Kiloh's eyes narrowed as he checked his mirror again.


  20. Young dancer taps way into HollywoodRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 26, 2017 | Mercury-Register

    Kira Montgomery will be performing Friday at the Hollywood Ford Amphitheatre for concert and dance event “Syncopated Ladies: Live in L.A.” When Kira Montgomery, 13, learned she got accepted into the Los Angeles dance company #NoFilter: Sole Talk , she ran through her house overjoyed. “I was obviously very excited,” she said.


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