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February 22, 2017 1:25 AM Lakers’ Housecleaning Hands Reins to Magic Johnson

In a momentous organizational shake-up, the Los Angeles Lakers fired General Manager Mitch Kupchak on Tuesday and put Magic Johnson, one of the greatest players in N.B.A. history, in charge of the team’s front office as its president for basketball operations. It was a stunning power play by Jeanie Buss, the team president and co-owner, who removed her brother 18

February 21, 2017 10:27 PM Donald Trump's Star Dodges Jail in Plea Bargain

The Otis elevator heir who took a pickax to Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame cut a deal in his felony vandalism case and he won't spend a day behind bars. James Otis pled no contest to the vandalism charge and was placed on 3 years probation. He was also ordered to pay the Hollywood Historic Trust and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce 17

February 21, 2017 9:32 PM Scott Pruitt Signals Dramatic Shift in EPA Priorities

In speech before employees, the new chief emphasized giving business certainty about rules WASHINGTON—In his first speech as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt stressed a dramatic change of priorities at the agency, stating the importance of the agency’s communication and relationship with businesses but giving few details

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 8:58 PM 5 things to expect from CPAC 2017

The annual Conservative Political Action Conference will once again bring some of the brightest stars in the conservative political world together to share ideas and strategies. Speakers this year will include President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Ted Cruz among others. Below are five things viewers can expect to see discussed at the national 16

February 21, 2017 8:27 PM The future of the Lakers is all on Jeanie Buss now

NEW ORLEANS – Ever since Dr. Jerry Buss passed away four years ago, his daughter, Jeanie Buss, has largely stayed in the shadows. Yes, she’s ever present at Staples Center in his customary seat among the fans, shaking hands and talking to passersby, and she is a vocal presence on Twitter, as well. But as far as the basketball side of the operation is concerned 20

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 8:27 PM Lakers shake-up: Magic is in charge after GM Kupchak fired

With the Los Angeles Lakers mired in the worst years in franchise history, owner Jeanie Buss has turned to Magic Johnson to lead them back to championship contention. Jeanie Buss fired general manager Mitch Kupchak on Tuesday and put Johnson in charge of basketball operations. Jim Buss also was dismissed as the Lakers’ executive vice president of basketball 11

February 21, 2017 6:40 PM Pruitt to EPA employees: ‘We don’t have to choose’ between jobs and the environment

In his first full work day as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt made clear Tuesday that he intends to step back from what he sees as the agency’s regulatory overreach during the Obama administration. Pruitt, who spent years criticizing and suing the EPA before becoming its newest leader, reiterated an argument he often 12

February 21, 2017 6:32 PM Magic Johnson takes over the Lakers, ousts Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss in stunning front-office shakeup

Well, that didn’t take long. Less than three weeks after the announcement of his return to the Los Angeles Lakers as “an advisor” in “all areas of basketball and business,” Magic Johnson has now assumed control of the organization’s on-court arm, ascending to the role of president of basketball operations and prompting the ouster of longtime general 12