FROM Luis Chiappe
The Biggest New Things in Los Angeles One of the most impressive exhibits of its kind will open publicly this weekend. Dinosaur Hall at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County contains fossil exhibits unique in the world, including a 25-foot long Triceratops with a skull weighing more than 900 pounds, and the Tyrannosaurus Rex Growth Series, featuring skeletons of the youngest known baby T-Rex, an adolescent and a young adult. The $135 million make-over required two familiar buildings, constructed in 1913 and 1920.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.