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February 22, 2017 1:25 AM Lakers expected to hire Rob Pelinka as general manager

The Lakers are closing in on hiring agent Rob Pelinka to be their new general manager, people with knowledge of the situation confirmed to The Times. And as they worked to finish that deal, they made a trade, sending Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets. According to the Vertical, the Rockets are giving the Lakers a first-round pick and wing player Corey 16

February 21, 2017 11:19 PM Judge blocks Texas from cutting Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood

AUSTIN, Texas – A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Texas can't cut off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015 that launched Republican efforts across the U.S. to defund the nation's largest abortion provider. An injunction issued by U.S. District Sam Sparks of Austin comes after he delayed 29

February 21, 2017 11:01 PM Civilities: Simon & Schuster needs to apologize for the Milo Yiannopoulos debacle

Tuesday was another very bad day for now former Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos, who resigned from his position with the conservative publication in a news release. On Monday, he lost his publisher, Simon & Schuster, when the company canceled his forthcoming book, “Dangerous,” after the unearthing of a highly offensive video that quoted him advocating 19

February 21, 2017 10:30 PM No evidence of shooting at Houston hospital, police say

A hospital in Houston was locked down for nearly two hours Tuesday after getting reports of shots fired, but no evidence of an actual shooting or gunman was found inside, officials said. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo told reporters all six floors of the Ben Taub Hospital, including the basement, were searched by SWAT teams before they were cleared 15

February 21, 2017 9:51 PM Milo Yiannopoulos Said He Was Sexually Abused As A Child And Resigned From Breitbart News

The move comes after he made comments defending pedophilia, leading to his book deal being canceled. Conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos said Tuesday he was sexually abused twice as a child, once by a priest, during a news conference where he apologized for and defended comments he made condoning pedophilia. “I am a gay man, and a child abuse victim 12

February 21, 2017 9:02 PM In one exchange, Sean Spicer demonstrated why there’s skepticism about Trump’s claims of tolerance

After a rash of bomb threats at Jewish community centers nationwide and vandalism at a Jewish cemetery over the weekend, President Trump was pressed for a response more forceful than those he offered during news conferences last week. Asked about that spike in anti-Semitic activity last Wednesday, Trump chose first to talk about his electoral vote totals 35

February 21, 2017 8:27 PM Lakers' Magic Johnson to handle trade inquiries before NBA trade deadline Thursday

Not only will Magic Johnson call the shots as the Lakers’ president of basketball operations, he also will be in charge of how the Lakers handle the NBA trade deadline Thursday. In an interview with the Lakers’ cable station, Spectrum SportsNet, Johnson said he had already taken calls from five general managers. Although Johnson generally said he would 15

February 21, 2017 8:23 PM Houston's Ben Taub hospital on lockdown after reports of shots fired

Houston's Ben Taub hospital on lockdown after reports of gunfire A Houston hospital went on lockdown after reports of shots fired Tuesday afternoon. Shots were reported on the second floor of Ben Taub Hospital around 2 p.m, leading Houston police to send a SWAT team to the scene. A shooter was found on the third floor and had barricaded himself, a source 12

February 21, 2017 7:26 PM Karrueche Tran Gets Restraining Order, Claims Chris Brown Threatened To Kill Her!

It seems Chris Brown is not through getting in trouble over his ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran. The model has been granted a restraining order against her singer ex. In a sworn statement acquired by TMZ, Karrueche says Chris "told a few people that he was going to kill me." But it doesn't stop there. She gets even more specific in her statement, going 12

February 21, 2017 6:40 PM Ronda Rousey RETURNS TO ACTING ... Guest Role On 'Blindspot'

The UFC legend scored herself a guest role on the hit NBC show "Blindspot" -- where she'll play a tough prison inmate who's serving time for transporting weapons across state lines. A rep for the show tells TMZ Sports the episode is scheduled to air in early May. We're told her episode has NOT been shot yet but will be done in the near future. So, no, this didn't 11