Photo: House Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Ranking Member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) speak with the media about the ongoing Russia investigation on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S. March 15, 2017. (Aaron P. Bernstein / Reuters)
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Two California congressmen are at the center of the investigation into possible ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russia. Devin Nunes, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, is a Central Valley dairy farmer. His Democratic counterpart is Adam Schiff, a Los Angeles former prosecutor.
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Lonni Sue Johnson was a successful artist, viola player, and private pilot. Then a virus attacked her brain, destroying most of her memory. Her story – and why her amnesia may not be such a tragedy after all – is the subject of a new book titled “The Perpetual Now: A Story of Amnesia, Memory, and Love.”
Lonni Sue Johnson was a talented viola player and skilled private pilot. But then she suffered permanent amnesia. She’s the subject of the book titled “The Perpetual Now: A Story of Amnesia, Memory, and Love.” (Photo courtesy of Michael Lemonick)
Michael D. Lemonick
There is so much runoff water from the Sierra Nevada that Owens Lake may be flooded. This would ruin hundreds of millions of dollars of infrastructure that Los Angeles has paid for. The good news: The Silver Lake reservoir will be refilled earlier than planned.
Richard Harasick, Water System at LA Department of Water and Power
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