LOS ANGELES — It had been 23 years since UCLA hosted ESPN's "College GameDay," so Bill Walton wanted to make sure no one felt forgotten. The Bruins basketball legend and guest picker mentioned Gary Beban, Troy Aikman, Mark Harmon, Kenny Washington, Woody Strode, Billy Kilmer … and that was just among the school's famous alumni. The Rolling Stones, Ahmad Rashad and the Lewis and Clark ...

DETROIT — Federal prosecutors in Detroit have seized about $12 million in cash they allege was part of a massive money-laundering operation, called "The Shadow Exchange," operating between the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates. A forfeiture complaint unsealed this week in federal court in Detroit alleges that some of the laundered money was used to buy armored vehicles for an illegal drug ...

DALLAS — Texas CBD and vape shops are searching for answers, and some have filed temporary restraining orders against the state after they say health officials abruptly announced last week that they had added delta-8 THC products to their list of Schedule I controlled substances. Delta-8 is a less-potent alternative to the delta-9 product known as marijuana, though it produces similar effects. ...

LOS ANGELES — A California state senator called for a ban on live ammunition on movie sets and in theatrical productions following the death Thursday of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins involving a prop gun fired by actor Alec Baldwin on a New Mexico movie set. State Sen. Dave Cortese, D-San Jose, chair of the Senate Labor Committee, said he would introduce legislation that would ban live ...

Donald Trump’s sagging fortune is suddenly poised to get a massive boost from meme-stock mania. News this week that the former president’s nascent media enterprise, Trump Media & Technology Group, is planning to go public via a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) has sent retail investors into a frenzy, even with few details released. The stock gain drove the implied value of the new ...

WASHINGTON — The White House’s concessions are piling up on President Joe Biden’s social-spending plan — including climate, education and child care provisions — as negotiations continue into the weekend. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday after breakfast with the president that “more than 90% is agreed to and written.” But by the time it’s finished, the legislation will be far less ...

SAN DIEGO — Coronavirus vaccines have a six-month shelf life after which medical providers must throw them in the trash. Nobody trained to administer vaccines can bear to throw them out, and medical providers across San Diego County thought they had hit on the perfect solution: Send some of those about-to-expire doses to Tijuana or other parts of Baja California where they could find a warm ...

Officials in Long Beach, California, relaxed restrictions on storing shipping containers in a bid to ease a bottleneck that’s left nearly 80 vessels waiting offshore to enter the biggest U.S. gateway for ocean freight. The city manager, in a statement late Friday, said the temporary zoning rule, effective immediately and set to last for 90 days, will allow stacks of four containers high ...

ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the ambassadors of 10 nations, including the U.S., Germany and France, were no longer welcome in Turkey after they demanded the release of a prominent businessman and philanthropist. “I gave the necessary orders and told our foreign ministry to quickly take care of declaring these 10 ambassadors personae non gratae,” Erdogan said in a televised ...

LOS ANGELES — Topping up your protection against severe COVID-19 while avoiding the risk of rare vaccine side effects should not be rocket science. But just ask the experts who advised federal regulators to authorize additional shots: There’s no simple formula to guide Americans’ decisions about booster shots. Whether you should get a booster shot and which one you should get depends on who ...

Saudi Arabia has pledged to eliminate planet-warming emissions within its borders by 2060. It marks a seismic shift for the world’s biggest oil exporter, though officials included plenty of caveats and emphasized that Saudi Arabia and others would need to pump crude for decades to come. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler, made the announcement in Riyadh on Saturday at the ...

ALBANY, N.Y. — New Yorkers heading to the polls for the general election have the chance to make some big changes, with major ramifications, to the state constitution. Early voting began on Saturday and will continue until Sunday, Oct. 31. Election Day is Nov. 2. The ballots include five proposals that will let voters approve or shoot down sweeping overhauls to the state’s complicated ...

It’s not exactly Sophie’s Choice, but it’s still painful for Democrats. Their big spending bill includes three programs for children: a subsidy for child care, monthly checks to parents and a paid family leave program. But they need the vote of Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and he says they can have only one of the three. They should go with the checks. Each idea has its advocates, as a ...

MIAMI — During its 2016 national convention in Orlando, the Democratic Party added abolishing the death penalty to its official party platform. But five years later, Democratic candidates vying to challenge Gov. Ron DeSantis are breaking with that stance. As the gunman in Florida’s deadliest school shooting faces a possible death sentence, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, Agriculture Commissioner ...

PITTSBURGH — For most of last season, the Steelers started eight players on defense who were first-round draft choices. On offense, they started four. That number has declined this season with the retirement of center Maurkice Pouncey and (likely) guard David DeCastro and the free agent departure of outside linebacker Bub Dupree. But that doesn't mean their roster, even their practice squad, ...

CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears shook the football world in September by announcing a $197 million purchase agreement for Arlington International Racecourse. Though team officials have flirted with the idea of moving to the suburbs for decades, and put in a preliminary bid for the property in June, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot previously had accused them of doing so as a “negotiating tactic” to ...

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Smack in the middle of the Power & Light District is the open-air area known as KC Live!, which bills itself as the "The Heartbeat of Kansas City" and has very much pulsated that part to the outer world during any number of U.S. men's and women's soccer matches. So on a gorgeous Thursday afternoon, it sure was an appropriate scene to try to bring the world to us with the ...

A federally endangered bumblebee has temporarily saved one of Illinois' rarest prairies from the bulldozer, but only until Nov. 1. Meanwhile, biologists and conservationists are working to convince the prairie’s owner, the Chicago Rockford International Airport, to change its plans for a roughly 280-acre expansion that would go through the heart of the Bell Bowl Prairie in Winnebago County. ...

Democrats’ latest paid family and medical leave proposal would offer workers four weeks annually — significantly lowering the promised benefits and leaving the U.S. lagging much of the world in guaranteed paid time off. President Joe Biden confirmed on Thursday night’s CNN town hall that the latest version of what could be the country’s first nationwide paid leave plan has been whittled down, ...

WASHINGTON — Get ready for a barrage of campaign ads — even more than usual. Democrats and Republicans are setting a torrid fundraising pace more than one year out from the midterm elections, stockpiling record-breaking amounts of cash as control of the narrowly divided House and Senate hangs in the balance. Between the tens of millions of dollars that candidates and groups are already ...