FROM Louis Sahagun
Once dried up, Owens Valley now prepares for flooding The Sierras have more than double the normal level of snowpack. About a million cubic feet of water is expected to run off the Sierras in the coming months. We learn what that means for residents of the Owens Valley and how they’re preparing for the big snowmelt.
Marines to relocate threatened California desert tortoises, with the help of lasers The U.S. Marines want to expand their combat training ground near Twentynine Palms. That’s where more than a thousand desert tortoises currently live. To move them, the Marines are using green lasers to scare away ravens, who like to eat the baby tortoises.
Troubled Veteran Formally Charged with Serial Killings Former Marine and Iraq war veteran Itzcoatl Ocampo has been formally charged in the stabbing deaths of four homeless men in Orange County from December 20 to January 13. That announcement came today from Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. After enlisting in the Marines right out of high school, Ocampo came home in 2008 a changed man. We speak with the DA and with reporter Louis Sahagun, who's been following the story for the Los Angeles Times . Banner image: Anaheim Police Department
SoCal Environmental Protection Gets Boost from Judge A federal judge today issued an order to three federal agencies: "Take all necessary measures" to better protect 40 endangered species in the Angeles, Cleveland, Los Padres and San Bernardino National Forests. Louis Sahagun reports for the Los Angeles Times .
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.