Snapchat firm reportedly closing in on $25-billion valuation for IPO

Snap Inc.’s IPO updates: How we’ve described Snapchat over the years Feb. 28, 2017, 3:06 p.m. Snapchat app maker Snap Inc. filed papers Feb. 2 to move forward with what’s expected to be the biggest initial public offering ever for a Los Angeles company. Follow our coverage here. All updates Analysis…

Alex Caputo-Pearl wins second term as L.A. teachers union president

Alex Caputo-Pearl has won a second three-year term as president of United Teachers Los Angeles, the union that represents teachers, counselors and nurses in L.A. Unified.

The results announced Monday were a strong vote of confidence for the union leader, who received 82% of the vote against challenger…

After the Oscars, Calvin Klein celebrates ‘Moonlight’ cast in new men’s ad campaign

Oscars 2017 updates: Dwayne Johnson, Jimmy Kimmel and more reveal what was going on in the crowd during the ‘Moonlight’ surprise Feb. 28, 2017, 3:26 p.m. The day after Oscar’s craziest, shocking moment ever, questions still linger about why “La La Land” was announced best picture when “Moonlight”…

12 injured, four critically, during Mardi Gras parade in Alabama

Authorities say a 73-year-old driver slammed into a marching band during a Mardi Gras parade on the Alabama coast, critically injuring four young people and leaving eight with less severe injuries.

Officials with the city of Gulf Shores said at a news conference they don’t believe the crash Tuesday…

Former O.C. teacher gets 190 years for molesting girls in the Philippines and making videos of abuse

Essential Education: Union president reelected Feb. 28, 2017, 3:06 p.m. Welcome to Essential Education, our daily look at education in California and beyond. Here’s the latest: The votes are in: Alex Caputo-Pearl stays on as president of United Teachers Los Angeles. There’s just one day left to…

Trump will pitch his agenda to lawmakers in major speech tonight

Trump will pitch his agenda to lawmakers in major speech tonight Feb. 28, 2017, 2:39 p.m. A look at President Trump’s administration and the rest of Washington: Trump will demand that Congress boost defense spending The real goal of Trump’s executive orders: Reduce the number of immigrants Trump…

California Rep. Maxine Waters is skipping Trump’s speech: ‘I don’t respect this president’

Trump will pitch his agenda to lawmakers in major speech tonight Feb. 28, 2017, 2:39 p.m. A look at President Trump’s administration and the rest of Washington: Trump will demand that Congress boost defense spending The real goal of Trump’s executive orders: Reduce the number of immigrants Trump…

Essential Politics: Trump provides excitement for California Republicans, elections officials digging into campaign reports of Issa opponent

Essential Politics: Trump provides excitement for California Republicans, elections officials digging into campaign reports of Issa opponent Feb. 28, 2017, 2:38 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here’s what we’re watching right now: California…