FROM Mark Heisler
Kobe Bryant Retires Kobe Bryant plays his last NBA game tomorrow night. For 20 years he was the center of the L.A. sports universe. Even though the Lakers haven’t been dominating the spotlight lately, all eyes will be on the Staples Center tomorrow night to say goodbye to the one and only “black mamba.” Madeleine speaks to a longtime NBA writer who met Kobe when he was 17, just before he entered the league.
What Went Wrong on LeBron's Journey from Cleveland to Miami? Lebron James wants to win and he's going to Miami to do it. But did he lose something valuable along the way? A funny thing happened on James' free-agent highway. Almost overnight he went from beloved hometown-hero and superstar with the Cleveland Cavaliers to reviled basketball player en route to Miami, still a superstar. Mark Heisler is a sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times .
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.