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Industry hires its city clerk to fix its housing program

By Jason Henry|

Traffic signal unveiled at busy East Whittier intersection, site of injury accidents

EAST WHITTIER >> Nearly six months after a 7-year-old boy was badly injured while crossing a busy street, officials unveiled a traffic signal Thursday at the intersection. Supervisor Janice Hahn, with about two dozen community members and ...

By Sandra T. Molina|


  • Politics

    After New Yorker tirade, Anthony Scaramucci still coming to Politicon in Pasadena this weekend

    Anthony Scaramucci, President Trump’s new communications director who on Thursday was reported to have gone on a profanity-laced tirade to a reporter for the New Yorker, will be among the big names appearing in Pasadena this weekend at Politicon, the self-described “Unconventional Political Convention.” In addition...

    Jason Henry

  • Military and defense

    Transgender troops say a presidential tweet is not an order

    WASHINGTON — Unmoved by President Donald Trump’s proclamation-by-Twitter, top Pentagon leaders declared on Thursday they’ll allow transgender troops to remain in uniform until Defense Secretary Jim Mattis receives an authoritative directive to remove them. For now, “there will be no modifications” to current policy, Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an internal memo to all military service chiefs, commanders and...

    By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer|

  • Executive branch

    Why Twitter won’t ban President Donald Trump

    NEW YORK — Twitter has made it clear that it won’t ban Donald Trump from its service, whether the president follows its rules against harassment or not. That’s no surprise: The president’s tweets draw attention to the struggling service, even if tweets mocking reporters and rivals undercut Twitter’s stated commitment to make the service a welcoming place. The company has been cracking down on accounts that violate its terms, and Trump’s...

    By BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Technology Writer|

  • Executive branch

    Trump’s transgender troops ban divides veterans in Congress

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s decision to ban transgender service in the armed forces drove a wedge through military veterans in Congress, with one camp standing squarely behind the commander in chief and the other decrying his order as an ugly attack on dedicated troops. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., a former Army helicopter pilot who lost her legs and partial use of her right arm during the Iraq war, called Trump’s announcement...

    By RICHARD LARDNER Associated Press|

  • Health care policy

    When high deductibles hurt: Even insured patients postpone care

    In November 2015, Tina Heck was in her garage lifting 40-pound bags of wood pellets to fuel her heating stove, when something went very wrong with her back. “The next day, I could barely walk,” said the 55-year-old who lives on an acre of land in Nevada City, Calif., 60 miles northeast of Sacramento. The cause: a bulging disc in her lower spine, which shoots pain down her leg and makes her back stiff. The injury wasn’t Heck’s only setback. The initial...

    By Pauline Bartolone California Healthline|

  • Health care reform

    GOP disunity painfully clear in Senate health care debate

    WASHINGTON — The Senate debate over health care has made it painfully clear: behind their self-confident “repeal and replace” slogan, Republicans were never united around an alternative to “Obamacare.” Rolling back a government program that’s benefiting millions of people is hard enough — maybe next to impossible — but Republicans compounded their own difficulties with factional divisions, a president lacking a policy of his own,...

    By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press|

  • International agreements

    US seeks to test Iran nuclear deal with more inspections

    WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is pushing for inspections of suspicious Iranian military sites in a bid to test the strength of the nuclear deal that President Donald Trump desperately wants to cancel, senior U.S. officials said. The inspections are one element of what is designed to be a more aggressive approach to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. While the Trump administration seeks to police the existing deal more strictly, it is also working to fix...

    By JOSH LEDERMAN and MATTHEW LEE Associated Press|

  • Executive branch

    Under blistering Trump criticism, Jeff Sessions heads to El Salvador

    WASHINGTON — With his future as the nation’s top prosecutor in doubt after a week of blistering public scorn from the president, Attorney General Jeff Sessions flew to El Salvador Thursday seeking ways to stamp out the brutal street gang MS-13. As the Trump administration tries to build support for its crackdown on illegal immigration, it has increasingly tried to make the gang with Central American ties the face of the problem. Recent killings tied to its members have...

    By SADIE GURMAN Associated Press|

  • Gubernatorial elections

    Governor hopeful Villaraigosa offers vision for improving California

    While gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa displayed his Democratic colors on key issues during visit to Orange County Wednesday, he also took several positions more commonly associated with Republicans. Villaraigosa pointed out that the number of charter schools tripled in Los Angeles while he was mayor there, advocating a aspect of school choice embraced by many in the GOP. And he blamed over-regulation for stymying the progress of a host of issues, including small businesses...

    Martin Wisckol

  • Local taxes

    El Monte residents to go to the polls in November to extend the half-cent tax

    EL MONTE >> Voters will decide in November whether or not to extend city’s current half-cent sales tax until 2029. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to place on the Nov. ballot an extension of Measure GG, which is currently set to end March 31, 2019. Before they moved to place the tax extension on the ballot, council members also voted unanimously to declare a fiscal emergency, claiming that current city sales tax revenue is still below pre-Great Recession...

    Christopher Yee

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