There are many ways a college student might spend spring break. Making an archaeological breakthrough is not usually one of them. In his first year at Harvard, Manny Medrano did just that. “There’s something in me, I can’t explain where it came from, but I love the idea of digging around and trying to find secrets hidden from the past,” Medrano says. […]

The 14 quilts that make up the Migrant Quilt Project are each unique. One looks like a large American flag, one shows silhouetted cacti against an orange sunset, one is quilted with rows of small white skulls. But all of the quilts share one feature: long lists of names, such as Jose Lara Avila, Margarita Rios Rodriguez, or Rufino Hernandez. But […]

PHOENIX (Reuters) – A federal judge on Wednesday upheld President Donald Trump’s pardon earlier this year of 85-year-old former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, rejecting legal challenges by outside groups. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton said that she had considered the petitions filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona and other organizations, including one staffed by lawyers who worked […]

With its gently rolling water and twinkling lights, San Antonio’s Riverwalk is well-known as a charming spot for a leisurely stroll. Each year, millions of visitors relax among its shaded patios, picturesque bridges, verdant landscaping—and as of late, its growing flocks of brilliant orange and black monarch butterflies who frequently skate through the air, drawn in by the flora found […]

A plea agreement between U.S. prosecutors and former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who had pleaded guilty to lying to investigators in a corruption and civil rights probe, was rejected on Monday by a federal judge who said it “understates the seriousness of the offense.” Baca, who had previously run the largest U.S. jail system, faced a maximum six-month […]

With California’s primary about 10 weeks away, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders each set their sights west, and paid visits to Southern California this week. Sanders visited San Diego Tuesday. He held a rally at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theater Wednesday night. He also appeared on the late-night program “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” “The road to the White House goes right through […]

    More than 10 years after LAPD officers shot him in the back leaving him paralyzed, Robert Contreras will receive compensation from the City of L.A. The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday gave final approval to a jury-awarded payout of $5.7 million to Contreras. Including interest and attorneys fees, the total will amount to $6.9 million, the city attorney’s […]

LOS ANGELES (RNS) Alongside programs like “Orange Is the New Black” and “House of Cards,” Netflix now offers users another type of content: Christian sermons. The online video streaming service added lectures by four popular Christian pastors in early December. “I believe if Jesus were on planet Earth today in the flesh he’d be on Netflix,” said Ed Young, one […]

(RNS) It’s a weekday afternoon, and Jaspreet Singh is usually at work, but power drill in hand, he’s attaching new “security cameras in use” signs to the outside of the Sikh temple in Buena Park, Calif. Singh took the time off from his job as an information technology manager to protect the temple where he serves as a board member after he learned […]

(With Piya Sinha-Roy and David Gregorio) Three more women accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault on Wednesday, providing detailed allegations of abuse they said the veteran television star subjected them to decades ago. Colleen Hughes and Linda Ridgeway Whitedeer said Cosby, 78, had sexually assaulted them in the early 1970s, while Eden Tirl said he sexually harassed her on […]