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mike trout is back, but angels go down swinging in 2-1, 10-inning loss to rays

captionlonzo ball, the second overall pick in the 2017 nba draft, is introduced as the newest member of the los angeles lakers.lonzo ball, the second overall pick in the 2017 nba draft, is introduced as the newest member of the los angeles lakers.





indian motorcycle introduces its new scout bobber

hoping to capitalize on the current craze for chopped, “custom” motorcycles, indian has introduced a factory-custom bobber version of its successful line of scout bikes.the new bobber, due in u.s. and canadian dealerships in september, is powered by the same 69-cubic-inch, 100 horsepower v-twin engine as the scouts.but it features “knobby” tires, a blacked out headlight nacelle, exhaust system and wheels, bar end mirrors, chopped front and rear fenders, a special leather seat and other styling details that are meant to give it the “custom” look currently being successfully marketed by harley-davidson, triumph, ducati, honda, yamaha and others.the handlebars and foot pegs are closer to the rider, indian said, than on the scout.the bike also sits one-inch lower to the ground, which indian said allows the bike to “deliver unfiltered feedback from every inch of the blacktop” — not something that every rider will want, on every ride.“the new muscular scout represents a core passion for motorcyclists — connecting to the road without a need for anything unnecessary,” press materials read, offering “a tangible means of escape from a life that is so easily bogged down by commitments and a boatload of unnecessary ‘stuff.’”of course, it costs money for indian to remove all that “stuff,” so the bobber is priced just above the regular scout — starting at $11,499, to the scout’s $11,429.this is the third machine in indian’s scout line-up. the first...





hawaii dad, mom, grandma accused of starving girl to death

a hawaii father, mother and grandmother are charged with murder after allegedly starving a 9-year-old girl. police on hawaii's big island on friday arrested 49-year-old kevin lehano (leh-hah-noh), 33-year-old tiffany stone and 59-year-old henrietta stone. hawaii county prosecuting attorney mitch roth, reading from a grand jury indictment, says they are accused of denying the girl food, water and medical treatment for about a year before she died in june 2016. police say officers and firefighters called to the hilo (hee-low) home found the severely malnourished and unconscious girl lying on the floor. she was taken to a hospital, where she died. it was not clear if the suspects have attorneys. they are being held at a police cellblock on $100,000 bail each. court hearings are scheduled for monday. captionthe 2017 emmy nominations are in. record snowmelt triggers flooding in the sierra nevadas. harrison ford was supposed to land on runway 20l in the february incident. islamic state is fighting to hold on to the capital of syria.credits: associated press / mark boster / molly hennessy-fiske / ktlathe 2017 emmy nominations are in. record snowmelt triggers flooding in the sierra nevadas. harrison ford was supposed to land on runway 20l in the february incident. islamic state is fighting to hold on to the capital of syria.credits: associated press / mark boster / molly hennessy-fiske / ktlacaptionthe 2017 emmy nominations are in. record snowmelt triggers flooding in the ...





hot property: picture this - la times

some houses we write about sound pretty much the same. others have vivid characteristics that make them stand out almost as much as their celebrity connections.among real estate deals of note this week, screenwriter alan ball, who won an oscar for “american beauty,” snared a buyer for his distinctive arts and crafts compound. it’s got an aviary and a rustic wood-clad exterior.once you’re done checking out these star-studded transactions, visit and like our facebook page, where you can find hot property stories and updates throughout the week. that’s also a fine place to leave a tip about a celebrity home deal.– neal j. leitereg and lauren bealeroll the credits“american beauty” screenwriter alan ball has parted ways with his longtime home in hollywood hills, selling the more-than-one-acre compound for $7.115 million.within the hilltop grounds are a wood-clad 1954 craftsman house, a detached guesthouse, a two-story gym with a steam room and a studio/pool house. the structures contain six bedrooms and six bathrooms with 6,000 square feet of living space.outdoors, stone steps lead away from the main house to a swimming pool and spa. a fire pit with a seating area takes in city and canyon views. there’s also a large aviary.ball, 60, is the creator and producer of such shows as “true blood” and “six feet under.” more recently, he served as an executive producer for the television film drama “the immortal life of henrietta lacks,” starring oprah winfrey...





growing sinkhole swallows 2 houses, 1 boat in florida

a sinkhole that started out the size of a small swimming pool and continued to grow in florida swallowed a boat, destroyed two homes and prompted officials to evacuate residents from about a dozen homes friday. dramatic video showed the home in land o' lakes, north of tampa in pasco county, collapsing into the hole friday morning. it quickly engulfed one home and a boat and then consumed about 80% of another home, said kevin guthrie, pasco county's assistant county administrator for public safety. by friday afternoon, the hole stretched up to 250 feet wide and 50 feet deep, and threatened to damage a third home, guthrie said. pasco county fire chief shawn whited told reporters that no one was home when crews responded to a call about a “depression” under a boat in the backyard of a house in lake padgett estates in land o'lakes. within minutes, he said, “the hole opened up” and the boat fell in. firefighters were able to get two dogs out of the home and retrieve some belongings before the first home started collapsing into the quickly expanding hole. “this is people's lives. they have everything in that house. the house that i went into, the elderly woman was in a walker, so we wanted to make sure we got medications — things that she needed,” deputy jay murphy said. no injuries have been reported. sheriff chris nocco said that within roughly 30 feet of the sinkhole, the ground was soft underfoot and felt like it was moving. “walking down the street, you can...





3 dead in fire at honolulu high-rise with no sprinklers

at least three people died and 12 were injured friday in a fire at a honolulu high-rise that was not equipped with sprinklers, authorities said, and hundreds fled the giant condominium complex as smoke billowed from the upper floors. the dead were found on the 26th floor, where the fire broke out around 2:15 p.m. and then spread to the 28th floor of the marco polo residences, fire chief manuel neves said. firefighters went door-to-door searching for people who might be trapped. the 36-floor building was built in 1971, before sprinklers were required. “without a doubt if there were sprinklers in this apartment, the fire would be contained to the unit of origin,” he said. resident teresa sommerville was shaken after hearing a woman's pleas for help. “this lady's voice i'm trembling,” sommerville told khon-tv. “she's like `help me, help me,' and i couldn't see her because the smoke was so dark. all of a sudden the wind shifts and you see this lady is standing inside the lanai. she's not standing over the edge or anything, and she's like `help me, help me.“’ the blaze was still smoldering as the sun set, some four hours after it broke out, but no more flames were showing from outside the building and authorities said they expected to have it out soon. the high-rise, one of several near the tourist mecca of waikiki, has 568 condominiums that sell for an average of about $560,000 and four commercial spaces. the building is vast and wave-shaped, and has several...





mike trout is back, but angels go down swinging in 2-1, 10-inning loss to rays

the angels reconvened for the second half of their 2017 season on friday afternoon, upbeat and hopeful while welcoming back mike trout. seventy games remained to play, and they just survived 39 without trout. friday’s 2-1 loss to tampa bay in 10 innings, then, supplied a reminder to the club and its fans that flaws still abound. on a listless night for the angels’ offense, trout struck out swinging on three pitches to secure the defeat.brad miller supplied the winning rbi double in the top of the 10th for the rays off cam bedrosian.to start their second half, the angels chose ricky nolasco, the 34-year-old right-hander whom they also chose to commence their season. he carried a 4-10 record, a 5.06 earned-run average, and an uneven track record into the evening. in his last five starts, he had been wonderful or terrible, lacking any in between. he extended his streak friday and turned in a tremendous outing, his one blip a solo shot from evan longoria in the first inning. to begin, third baseman yunel escobar failed to field a routine popup down the third-base line, but nolasco rebounded to strike out corey dickerson. longoria next knocked the homer to left-center, the 26th home run nolasco has allowed this season, in his 102nd inning. he surrendered 26 in 1972/3 innings last year.the angels (45-48) faced 23-year-old rays rookie right-hander jacob faria, who attended nearby gahr high in cerritos and expected well over 100 friends and family members to attend friday’s gam...





costa rica advances to gold cup quarterfinals with 3-0 win

costa rica assured itself of a spot in the knockout rounds of the concacaf gold cup by posting a 3-0 win over french guiana on friday night at frisco, texas. ariel rodriguez scored in the fourth minute, and rodney wallace and david ramirez added insurance goals late in the second half.the result guaranteed that the costa ricans, with seven points, could finish no worse than second in group a. costa rica clinched first place in the group when honduras and canada played to a scoreless tie in the night’s second match. french guiana, which had to play with 10 men for the last 29 minutes, was eliminated with the loss.canada needed to defeat honduras by two goals to win the group, but it also clinched a spot in the quarterfinals, as did honduras, which hasn’t scored in three gold cup games.





when mike trout plays, baseball wins, even if the angels do not

captionlonzo ball, the second overall pick in the 2017 nba draft, is introduced as the newest member of the los angeles lakers.lonzo ball, the second overall pick in the 2017 nba draft, is introduced as the newest member of the los angeles lakers.





while recovering from injury, mike trout stayed busy keeping up with his angels teammates

the six-plus weeks mike trout could not play baseball because of a torn ligament in his thumb sped by quickly, he said friday, hours before his return to the lineup at angel stadium.while rehabilitating the injury, trout passed the hours by texting the club’s trainers during games to give his teammates a hard time. when kole calhounsneaked a rare opposite-field home run over the left-field fence in a june 6 game in detroit, trout sent a mid-game message to calhoun through head athletic trainer adam nevala.“hey adam,” trout texted nevala, “the wind must be blowing out to left.”trout said he did “little stuff” like that throughout his disabled-list stint.“i’m always trying to be part of the team,” he said friday. trout began to take batting practice near june’s end. he said his early concerns centered on the completion of his swing, the torque required by that aspect of mechanics, and turning his thumb in time to contact inside pitches.he started a rehab assignment july 5. his first few at-bats with class-a inland empire “cleared my mind a lot,” he said. baseball analysts speculated that the angels would no longer be in the american league wild card race by the time trout returned from the first serious injury of his career.but they still are, so trout has 14 games to convince the club’s management to add to the assembled roster in pursuit of improbable playoff position. he said he planned not to think about the july 31 non-waiver trade deadline as i...





yasiel puig's two-out, ninth-inning home run lifts dodgers over marlins

the outfield sculpture at marlins park is spectacular and grotesque. you do not often see a 70-foot tall menagerie of fish and seagulls and flamingos. it is a dayglo daydream, an art deco acid trip, and in the ninth inning of a 6-4 dodgers victory on friday, it received an unexpected visitor.as the baseball rose through the recycled air, soaring toward the shores of the sculpture, yasiel puig put on a display worthy of his own art installation. he chucked his bat toward his dugout. he slapped both hands across his chest. he waved at his teammates and spread his arms wide. he pointed toward the sky before he touched home plate.there was bedlam inside his dugout after puig took marlins closer a.j. ramos deep on a two-out, three-run shot for his second home run of the evening. the dodgers (62-29) slapped hands, pounded the railing, punched the air. they wore looks of delight and disbelief. they clambered toward the steps to greet puig and celebrate their 25th comeback victory of the season.“big players make big plays in big moments,” manager dave roberts said. “we seem to have a knack for the heroics late.”the start of the second half looked much like the first, as the dodgers extended their lead in the national league west to 8 1/2 games. the dodgers struggled most of the evening, making hard contact against marlins pitchers but only producing three runs. starter brandon mccarthy coughed up a two-run lead in the fifth inning. the offense went hitless in the sixth, seven...





'the walking dead' stuntman john bernecker dies after on-set accident

john bernecker, a stuntman on amc's popular show "the walking dead," has died from injuries suffered on the show's set in georgia, in the latest tragedy to strike a film set mid-project.after a wednesday afternoon fall, bernecker, 33, was flown to the atlanta medical center, where he died at 6:30 p.m. wednesday, coweta county coroner richard hawk said friday. the death, from blunt force trauma, was ruled accidental, hawk said. bernecker reportedly fell more than 20 feet from a balcony onto a concrete floor, suffering a head injury.the occupational safety and health administration and sag-aftra have both opened investigations into the circumstances surrounding bernecker's death.“as always, the safety and security of our members and others on set is of crucial concern to us and we are focused on this in our investigation,” sag-aftra said in a statement.amc networks has temporarily stopped production on the show, which is filming its eighth season.“we are deeply saddened by this loss and our hearts and prayers are with john’s family, friends and colleagues during this extremely difficult time,” amc said in a statement friday.bernecker had an extensive career as a stunt performer, appearing in recent films including “get out,” “logan” and “the fate of the furious.”“our production is heartbroken by the tragic loss of john bernecker. john's work on ‘the walking dead’ and dozens of other movies and shows will continue to entertain and excite audienc...





for the record - la times

cholera in yemen: in the july 13 section a, an article about the outbreak of cholera in yemen quoted iolanda jaquemet, a spokeswoman for the near east and middle east regions at the international committee of the red cross, as saying that there are “hundreds of millions of kids who are severely acutely malnourished.” jaquemet said there are “hundreds of thousands of kids who are severely acutely malnourished.”badwater ultramarathon: in the july 12 california section, a column about racers in the badwater ultramarathon referred to race director chris kostman as a former ultra-athlete. he is still an ultra-athlete.paul laxalt: in the july 13 section a, an article about nevada politics referred to “the late” paul laxalt, a former u.s. senator for the state. laxalt is alive.if you believe that we have made an error, or you have questions about the times’ journalistic standards and practices, you may contact deirdre edgar, readers’ representative, by email [email protected], by phone at (877) 554-4000, by fax at (213) 237-3535 or by mail at 202 w. 1st st., los angeles, ca 90012. the readers’ representative office is online at latimes.com/readersrep.





honolulu high-rise fire kills 3; mayor says building had no sprinklers

at least three people died as dozens of firefighters battled a multiple-alarm fire in a honolulu high-rise apartment building just outside waikiki on friday.honolulu mayor kirk caldwell said the high-rise was not equipped with sprinklers. caldwell made the revelation at a friday night news conference outside the marco polo condominium complex.the blaze began for unknown reasons on the 26th floor of the 36-story high-rise that was built in 1971.honolulu fire chief manuel neves says that without a doubt if there had been sprinklers, the fire would not have spread past the unit where it started.the blaze spread to at least the 27th floor and several other units, said honolulu fire department spokesman capt. david jenkins. he said the number of fatalities could change.firefighters said there were reports of people trapped in their units inside the burning building.the high-rise has 568 apartments and four commercial spaces. paramedics treated several injured people, and at least two people were sent to the hospital in serious but stable condition.troy yasuda, who lives across the street, was giving water to people who had evacuated. "they were choking from the smoke," he said, adding that people told him they had evacuated through dark stairwells. police were yelling through megaphones for people still inside to come down, yasuda said. he watched as people were carried out."it's been an orderly evacuation," said security guard leonard rosa, who was answering phones from the ...





all the intel on disney and pixar's new slate of animated films (now with more unicorns)

on the first day of its three-day, biennial fan expo known as d23, the walt disney co. offered hardcore disney-philes early peeks at some of its upcoming animated fare — including “the incredibles 2,” “coco” and “ralph breaks the internet: wreck-it ralph 2” — and announced a new pixar film set in a suburban fantasy world complete with sprites and unicorns.acting as ringmaster — and firing t-shirts into the crowd of some 8,000 attendees at the anaheim convention center — john lasseter, chief executive of pixar animation studios and walt disney animation studios, led the nearly two-hour presentation with assists from the films’ stars.here were the highlights:from walt disney animation studiosat the last d23, in 2015, disney pulled out the big guns by bringing the rock out to introduce “moana.” in terms of star wattage, that’s a tough act to follow, but disney did its best, bringing “frozen” stars kristen bell and josh gad to the stage to tease the upcoming featurette “olaf’s frozen adventure.”olaf (voice of josh gad) teams up with sven (the reindeer) for a holiday-themed short titled "olaf's frozen adventure." (walt disney animation studios)reuniting the cast from the animated 2013 musical smash, the 21-minute short film will accompany pixar’s november feature “coco.” in it, gad’s snowman olaf goes throughout the kingdom of arendelle in search of holiday traditions to bring seasonal cheer to anna and elsa, who don’t have any su...





trump tweets that he'll attend u.s. women's open on saturday, too

after attending the u.s. women's open at his new jersey golf club on friday, president trump tweeted that he planned to be there saturday, too.the president's arrival at his club on friday created such a commotion that crowds at the u.s. women's open were asked to keep it down as golfers lexi thompson, brooke henderson and stacy lewis approached the 15th green.trump, fresh off a quick trip to france, turned up in a glassed-off patio of the clubhouse with son eric by his side.acknowledging the crowds, the president waved, pointed and gave a thumbs-up, prompting squeals from a group of schoolgirls. dozens of people swarmed around the clubhouse snapping photos and waving as the president occasionally approached the window.trump's presence did pose a distraction to players. chinese golfer shanshan feng said she could hear crowds screaming for the president from the 15th green.asked if she could tell which direction the crowds were looking, thompson told reporters, "not toward the golf."





at least 3 die in fire in honolulu high-rise building

at least three people died as dozens of firefighters battled a multiple-alarm fire in a honolulu high-rise apartment building just outside waikiki on friday.the blaze at the marco polo apartments started on the 26th floor and spread to at least the 27th floor and several other units, said honolulu fire department spokesman capt. david jenkins. he said the number of fatalities could change.firefighters said there were reports of people trapped in their units inside the burning building.the high-rise has 568 apartments and four commercial spaces. paramedics treated several injured people, and at least two people were sent to the hospital in serious but stable condition.troy yasuda, who lives across the street, was giving water to people who had evacuated. "they were choking from the smoke," he said, adding that people told him they had evacuated through dark stairwells. police were yelling through megaphones for people still inside to come down, yasuda said. he watched as people were carried out."it's been an orderly evacuation," said security guard leonard rosa, who was answering phones from the front lobby of the 31-story building. police and firefighters were going door-to-door, he said.fourth-floor resident aaron dengler and his wife were helping their elderly neighbor get to an aid station the american red cross set up at a nearby park. "it doesn't help to just stand and watch," he said.about two hours after the fire started, it appeared as though the flames were g...





while galaxy wait, jose mourinho holds door open for zlatan ibrahimovic's return

while the galaxy anxiously await zlatan ibrahimovic’s signature on a contract, the swedish superstar’s former boss, manchester united coach jose mourinho, said friday he’s not so sure ibrahimovic is ready to move on.“we are speaking,” he said. “we are exchanging ideas.”ibrahimovic sustained a devastating knee injury in april, ending a season that saw him score 28 times in 46 games. but with the player set to turn 36 in october, manchester united released him when his contract expired last month.earlier this week the team replaced its leading scoring by signing everton striker romelu lukaku to a five-year deal, then completed the transaction by giving him ibrahimovic’s no. 9 jersey.the galaxy quickly swooped in, offering ibrahimovic a contract reported to be worth approximately $7.7 million a year, which would make him the highest-paid player in mls history. ibrahimovic and his italian-born agent mino raiola met to discuss their options earlier this week over a lengthy dinner in manchester, after which ibrahimovic told photographers to expect a “huge announcement soon” regarding his playing future.the galaxy have been mum about the negotiations but have not denied reports that talks are taking place. so mourinho filled the silence after manchester united’s training session at ucla on friday, saying ibrahimovic hasn’t closed the door on a premier league comeback.“possible,” he said. “it’s open. we wanted to be honest and open … in case his desi...





trump's day in tweets: friday, july 14

his tweets have the power to shape international relations, send stock prices up — or down — and galvanize the american public.we're watching how donald trump is using this platform of unfettered communication now that he’s commander in chief. here is everything trump has tweeted since he was sworn in as 45th president of the united states. in many cases, we look at what he was reacting to and whether what he said was accurate. and, as much as possible, we'll relate what else was going on at the time. check back for more as trump continues to tweet.





mlb notes: red sox cut ties with third baseman pablo sandoval

panda-mania is over in boston before it ever really began. the red sox designated third baseman pablo sandoval for assignment on friday, cutting their losses on the $95-million free agent who was never productive or healthy enough to replicate the popularity he had in san francisco. the red sox have seven days to trade or release the 30-year-old sandoval, who was activated from the disabled list (inner ear infection) and returned from an injury rehab assignment with triple-a pawtucket.unless they can find a taker for part of his salary, they will have paid $95 million for 161 games, 575 at-bats, 136 hits and 14 homers — and not a single one of them in the postseason. “it really came down to us feeling we were not a better club if he was on our club at the major league level,” boston president of baseball operations dave dombrowski said. dombrowski said conversations have been going on for the past few weeks with red sox ownership about sandoval. he said a possibility of a minor league assignment was discussed with sandoval and his agent, but that sandoval declined that option in a conversation on thursday. both manager john farrell and dombrowski said that sandoval showed a lot of improvement during spring training after shoulder surgery caused him to miss all but three games last season. it just didn't translate enough on the field in the regular season. “you're talking about a lot of money. i give ownership a lot of credit that they're willing to allow us to do t...