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

Young men listen intently as President Barack Obama speaks about the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, at the Walker Jones Education Campus in Washington, Monday, July 21, 2014. President Obama announced that leaders of 60 of the largest school systems have pledged to expand minority boys' access to better preschools and advanced classes and to try to prevent grade retention, suspensions and expulsions. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Obama touts expansion of program for minority boys

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced a major expansion of his initiative to improve the lives of boys and young men of color, with educators, star athletes, companies and foundations announcing partnerships to help [...]

07/21/2014

Screenshot of Metro's page for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project.

Traffic service for ‘Century Crunch’ to help during 16-month project

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A cellphone- and Web-based traffic information service will offer a special feature this weekend to help steer motorists around a bridge-demolition project that will close a stretch of Century Boulevard near [...]

07/21/2014

Los Angeles Lakers forward Nick Young, right, loses his shoe as he puts up a shot while Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Lakers sign Ryan Kelly and Nick Young

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent forward Ryan Kelly, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.  Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released. “When we extended a qualifying [...]

07/21/2014

FILE - In this May 13, 2014 file courtroom sketch, defendant Azamat Tazhayakov, a college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, sits during a hearing in federal court in Boston. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)

Marathon suspect’s friend guilty of impeding probe

BOSTON (AP) — A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted Monday of impeding the investigation into the bombing. Azamat Tazhayakov was charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy, with prosecutors [...]

07/21/2014

A pro-Russian rebel speaks on the phone as a refrigerated train loaded with bodies of the passengers departs the station in Torez, eastern Ukraine, 15 kilometers (9 miles) from  the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Train with plane crash bodies leaves rebel town

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — A refrigerated train carrying Malaysia Airlines victims’ bodies pulled away Monday from a rebel-held town in eastern Ukraine, one small step forward in easing the agony of their grieving families. In [...]

07/21/2014

The Shetland Sheepdog, often known as the Sheltie, is a breed of herding dog. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

57 dogs displaced by fire in Riverside County

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — An animal services spokesman says 57 dogs displaced by a fire at a Riverside County home will be put up for adoption. The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports the dogs, all miniature Shetland [...]

07/21/2014

President Barack Obama turns toward former Army staff sergeant Ryan M. Pitts, after bestowing him with the Medal of Honor in the East Room of the White House Monday, July 21, 2014, in Washington. Pitts is the ninth living recipient of the nation's highest decoration for battlefield valor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama bestows Medal of Honor on NH veteran

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor Monday on a former Army staff sergeant who fought off enemy fighters during one of the bloodiest battles of the Afghanistan war. Ryan M. [...]

07/21/2014

Shelly Sterling, the wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, arrives at a Los Angeles courthouse for a trial over the $2 billion Los Angeles Clippers sale on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Sterling trial: CFO says revoke of trust opened Pandora’s box

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Donald Sterling’s decision to revoke a family trust put the company controlling the Sterlings’ real estate holdings on the hook for $500 million in loans that can only be covered by [...]

07/21/2014

Maggie and Michael sound bite

Listen: How to Elope without Hard Feelings

Is the thought of planning your wedding too overwhelming?  Maggie & Michael spoke with Lindsay Nicol of Weddings Etc. about how to elope without offending your friends and loved ones (too much!).  

07/19/2014

Caffeine powder products sold on the Internet.

FDA warns against powdered caffeine

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to avoid pure powdered pure caffeine sold on the Internet after the death of an Ohio teen. Even a teaspoon of the powder could [...]

07/18/2014

Lois Lerner, head of the IRS unit that decides whether to grant tax-exempt status to groups, listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

IRS says hard drive that lost emails destroyed

WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS said Friday that Lois Lerner’s computer hard drive was destroyed three years ago, ending any chance of retrieving her lost emails. In court papers, the IRS said the hard drive [...]

07/18/2014

Joseph O'Donnell  (AP Photo/Suffolk County District Attorney's Office)

Unlicensed mortician had remains of 50

BOSTON (AP) — An unlicensed funeral director accused of stealing more than $12,000 from an elderly couple could face more criminal charges after authorities found 12 bodies and the cremated remains of more than 40 [...]

07/18/2014