Fox Searchlight dominates Oscars, with strong showing from Warner Bros.

Fox Searchlight co-presidents Stephen A. Gilula, right, and Nancy Utley, at Fox Searchlight headquarters in Los Angeles in January. The independent film studio, which is part of 20th Century Fox Film, dominated this year's Academy Awards.

Fox Searchlight co-presidents Stephen A. Gilula, right, and Nancy Utley, at Fox Searchlight headquarters in Los Angeles in January. The independent film studio, which is part of 20th Century Fox Film, dominated this year’s Academy Awards. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Watch live: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher holds a Facebook ‘town hall’ meeting

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, left, shakes hands with former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, left, shakes hands with former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Jay LaPrete / Associated Press)

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ohio Gov. John Kasich will headline an event to debut a new group seeking to reform the California Republican Party.

The pair will deliver speeches and participate in panels on March 21 in Los Angeles at an event for New Way California, a group formed by Assemblyman Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley).

“They will be focused on reminding the Republican Party we need them to be successful, but in order to be successful, they need to choose policies and messaging that helps them grow rather than continue to shrink,” said Daniel Ketchell, a spokesman for Schwarzenegger.

In President Trump’s notes: ‘I hear you’

 Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III (Associated Press)

A lawyer linked to Rick Gates and Paul Manafort, two of President Trump’s former campaign aides ensnared in the ongoing Russian probe, has been charged by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III with lying to federal investigators. 

The lawyer, Alex van der Zwaan, previously worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, a prominent law firm that worked on a controversial report used to defend what was then the pro-Russian government of Ukraine in its prosecution of a political opponent. 

Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, was an longtime advisor to Ukraine’s Kremlin-allied president at the time, Viktor Yanukovich, who subsequently fled to Russia amid widespread antigovernment protests. Manafort and Gates, his partner and later his deputy on the Trump campaign, have been charged with laundering money earned during their work on Ukraine’s behalf. 

Trump endorses Romney in Utah Senate race

McMaster last year with Trump

McMaster last year with Trump (Associated Press)

National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said Saturday that evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election was “now really incontrovertible” following the indictment of 13 Russian individuals and three companies.

Speaking at an international security conference in Munich, Germany, McMaster lent credence to a widening scandal that President Trump has routinely dismissed as a hoax.

“As you can see with the FBI indictment, the evidence is now really incontrovertible and available in the public domain,” McMaster said, noting that the United States was becoming “more and more adept at tracing the origins of this espionage and subversion.”

Trump lashes out at FBI over its handling of school shooting suspect tip: ‘Very sad’

McMaster last year with Trump

McMaster last year with Trump (Associated Press)

National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said Saturday that evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election was “now really incontrovertible” following the indictment of 13 Russian individuals and three companies.

Speaking at an international security conference in Munich, Germany, McMaster lent credence to a widening scandal that President Trump has routinely dismissed as a hoax.

“As you can see with the FBI indictment, the evidence is now really incontrovertible and available in the public domain,” McMaster said, noting that the United States was becoming “more and more adept at tracing the origins of this espionage and subversion.”

L.A. County attorneys who represent indigent clients in criminal court protest their new boss

L.A. County attorneys who represent indigent clients in criminal court protest their new boss

Deputy public defenders Jan Datomi, left, and Susan Roe hold up signs at a rally in opposition of their new interim boss, Nicole Davis Tinkham, who they and other lawyers in the office say is unqualified for the appointment. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Mirai Nagasu becomes first American woman to land a triple axel in the Olympics

A member of the North Korean cheerleading team holds a flag depicting a united Korean peninsula during the women's hockey game Saturday.

A member of the North Korean cheerleading team holds a flag depicting a united Korean peninsula during the women’s hockey game Saturday. (Ed Jones / AFP / Getty Images)

In a historic moment whose impact reverberated far beyond the happily noisy confines of Kwandong Hockey Center, diplomacy took the unusual form of ponytailed hockey players and a squadron of identically dressed cheerleaders who sang and swayed and clapped while a unique occasion unfolded on the ice below them.

The unified women’s hockey team of players from North and South Korea took to the ice amid waving flags and smiles of politicians who have long been bitter opponents. Long after the details of Korea’s 8-0 loss to a sound Swiss team are forgotten, the fact that North and South banded together and wore jerseys depicting a joined Korean Peninsula will be remembered as a landmark occasion.

“It definitely was a special moment, debuting as a unified team,” said Korea defenseman Marissa Brandt, who was born in South Korea but was adopted and raised by a couple in Minnesota. She’s known here by her birth name, Park Yoonjung.

Tennell, Shibutanis, Knierims will represent U.S. in next part of figure skating team competition

A general view of the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games on Feb. 9.

A general view of the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games on Feb. 9. (Jamie Squire / Getty Images)

The day started on a bus, and with a view that is common around here. South Korean soldiers were at the base of a resort mountain, metal detectors in hand, inspecting the grounds outside of a house serving as a designated meeting place for Slovenian athletes and officials.

The routine nature of these safety patrols underscores a disheartening reality: The Olympics don’t take place in a bubble. They are very much a part of the real world.

The opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Games on Friday night was designed to convince its audience otherwise. Peace and harmony were the primary themes of the program, which depicted the mystical journey of five children to a utopian future. The motif was reinforced by the North and South Korean athletes, who marched together under the Korean Unification Flag.

California teen who livestreamed crash that killed her sister is sentenced to prison

California teen who livestreamed crash that killed her sister is sentenced to prison

Obdulia Sanchez appears in Merced County Superior Court with her public defender, Ramnik Samrao, left, in 2017. Sanchez has been sentenced to more than six years and four months in prison for driving drunk while livestreaming the crash that killed her younger sister. (Scott Smith / AP)

Rob Manfred says baseball won’t institute a pitch clock — but only if the players agree to other measures to speed up games

Rob Manfred says baseball won't institute a pitch clock — but only if the players agree to other measures to speed up games

Kyle Lobstein of the Tigers delivers his first pitch of the second inning to Orioles hitter Matt Tulasosopo as the clock, background, counts down during a spring training exhibition in Lakeland, Fla., on March 3, 2015. (Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press)