L.A.’s Afternoon News: Maggie McKay and Michael Shappee

Lupita Nyong’o accepts the award for best actress in a supporting role for "12 Years a Slave" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles.  (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

People’s ‘Most Beautiful’ title given to one with grace and humility

It’s Lupita’s world, and we’re all just living in it. The stunning Oscar winner for her role in “12 Years a Slave” has just been named People magazine’s Most Beautiful Woman in the world. People’s [...]

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In this April 16, 2014 image from video Dr. Thiran Jayasundera, left, looks at Roger Pontz’s left eye as Pontz’'s wife, Terri, right, looks on at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo, Mike Householder)

Michigan man among 1st in US to get ‘bionic eye’

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a [...]

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This image from Google Maps Street View shows what the Howard Theater in Washington looked like in July 2009, left, and after renovation in May 2012, right. (AP Photo/Google)

Memory Lane: Traveling through time on Google maps

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Trips down memory lane are now available on Google’s digital maps. The new twist on time travel is debuting Wednesday as part of the “Street View” feature in Google’s maps, [...]

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This April 18, 2014 photo provided by International Bird Rescue shows a California brown pelican which was found with its pouch slashed on April 16, 2014 near Bayshore Park in Long Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/International Bird Rescue)

$5,000 reward offered in case of pelican mutilation

SAN PEDRO (CNS) – A $5,000 reward was on offer today for information leading to the capture of whoever mutilated a California brown pelican, slitting its jaw pouch, preventing the bird from eating. Long Beach [...]

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SoCal mom and TSA settle breast milk lawsuit

PHOENIX (AP) — A Southern California woman who was held at a Phoenix airport four years ago after refusing to have her breast milk X-rayed has reached a settlement with the Transportation Security Administration. Stacey [...]

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The Duchess of Cornwall is shown an elephant sculpture designed in the style of a London taxi, as she is escorted around the Elephant Parade exhibition at Chelsea Hospital Gardens by her brother, Mark Shand, (right). (AP Photo/PA Wire, Ian Nicholson, Pool)

Camilla’s brother dies in US after head injury

LONDON (AP) — The brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has died after sustaining a serious head injury following a fall in New York, British royal officials said Wednesday. Clarence House said that the 62-year-old [...]

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A russet potato (Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons)

Police: Man ‘armed’ with potato in robbery attempt

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police say a man used a potato to pretend he had a gun while trying to rob a Rhode Island business. WPRI-TV reports that the man entered a convenience store Monday [...]

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This April 18, 2014 photo provided by International Bird Rescue shows a California brown pelican which was found with its pouch slashed on April 16, 2014 near Bayshore Park in Long Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/International Bird Rescue)

Reward offered in mutilation of pelican

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A bird rescue organization says a pelican found with its pouch slashed will undergo surgery in Southern California. The International Bird Rescue says authorities have offered a $2,500 reward for information [...]

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In this combination of March 2014 photos, a slackline walker enjoys the sunny and warm weather in Duesseldorf, Germany; a jogger runs on the snow-covered grounds of the Washington Monument in Washington; and a worker, suffering from heat exhaustion, leaves her shift early at the salt evaporation ponds in Anse-Rouge, Haiti.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Susan Walsh, Dieu Nalio Chery)

Globe had 4th hottest March; US cooler than normal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal forecasters calculated that for most of the Earth, last month was one of the hottest Marchs on record — except in the United States. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said [...]

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A rain barrel shown on TreePeople's website. (Photo credit: TreePeople)

TreePeople urges saving raindrops by the barrel

BEVERLY HILLS (CNS) – The founder of the long-standing nonprofit environmental group TreePeople urged Angelenos this Earth Day to save rainwater for trees and plants around their homes. “On this Earth Day it’s more important [...]

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

IRS awards bonuses to 1,100 employees who owe back taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said Tuesday. [...]

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LA Commission calls for Office of Child Protection

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A commission evaluating Los Angeles County’s child welfare system concluded today that it is “in crisis” and asked for a major overhaul, including the creation of an Office of Child Protection. [...]

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