FROM Ron Lin
Will Banning Raves Prevent Overdoses? Two young women died this weekend at a rave at the Fairplex in Pomona. County supervisors suspect overdoses from MDMA or Ecstasy. As investigations continue, they're considering a moratorium on permitting such events on county property. Ron Lin is reporting the story for the LA Times .
El Niño: Is It Coming, or Is It Here? Scattered thunderstorms are again battering the mountain and high desert areas with potential for flooding rain, fierce lightning and even hail. An El Niño, as it's known, could mean beneficial rain to combat a four-year drought in the region. But it could also mean some potentially dangerous and damaging weather as well.
New Focus on Vaccination Rates at Child Care Centers Measles outbreaks used to occur in low-income areas where parents couldn't afford vaccinations. Now, they're happening in the wealthy suburbs of Orange and Los Angeles Counties. On the campus of Santa Monica High School, a confirmed case at the Infant Toddler Center has 14 other babies staying home for the next 21 days. The outbreak has moved one Los Angeles pediatrician to post a notice on Facebook , and in his waiting room, that he won't see children whose parents refuse to have them vaccinated.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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?