Tony Cárdenas won’t seek reelection in 2024

WASHINGTON —  Tony Cárdenas (D-Pacoima) will not seek reelection in 2024, setting up what could become a contested race for his heavily Democratic San Fernando Valley-based seat. Cárdenas, 60, who was the first Latino to represent the district, told The Times he plans to leave Washington at the end of his term, capping off three decades … Read more

Chinese squid-fishing crews seek to escape beatings and more

Nov. 7, 2023 2 AM PT ABOARD THE OCEAN WARRIOR ON THE SOUTH ATLANTIC —  On the high seas roughly a thousand miles north of the Falkland Islands, an 18-year-old Chinese deckhand working on a Chinese squid ship nervously ducked into a dark hallway to whisper his plea for help. “Our passports were taken,” he said … Read more

Animal rescuers seek pets wandering in Lahaina fire’s ruins

Shelly Polson woke up Aug. 8 to see her neighbor’s house engulfed in flames. The Lahaina resident lived with two dogs, Shadow and Rebel, and has provided refuge to numerous cats in her home near the southeast edge of town. On the day of the Lahaina fire, the indoor cats were hiding, so she simply … Read more

In an L.A. suburb, Chinese ‘border crossers’ seek a new life after harrowing journey

Drawn by a message on the WeChat app, the Chinese immigrants lined up for free bags of leafy greens that volunteers handed out from a battered minivan in a Monterey Park parking lot. Many had recently survived a novel and dangerous journey — flying from China to Ecuador, braving the treacherous rainforest of the Darien … Read more