Kristin Lam, USA TODAY

Kristin Lam


Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Past articles by Kristin:

An 11-year-old gave birth, Missouri police said. Three of her relatives are facing charges

Three family members are facing charges after an 11-year-old girl gave birth in her suburban St. Louis home, authorities said. → Read More

Secession in the Pacific Northwest? Some Oregon residents petition to join Idaho

Frustrated by liberal policies, some Oregon residents are petitioning to leave the state by moving the border with Idaho. → Read More

Mandatory vasectomy at age 50? Alabama lawmaker proposes response to abortion ban

A proposed Alabama law would require all men get a vasectomy after they turn 50. The sponsor says the bill is a response to abortion bans. → Read More

Major teacher unions call for schools to stop 'psychologically distressing' active shooter drills

The two largest teacher unions in the nation on Tuesday called for an end to unannounced active shooter drills and life-like simulations for students. → Read More

'Toilets are not trash cans' campaign asks Utah to flush out funds for education

Utah lawmakers got a potty-mouthed funding request Monday: $150,000 to prevent toilet flushers from clogging sewers across the state. → Read More

National firestorm on horizon as states consider criminalizing transgender treatments for youths

Lawmakers in eight states this month have introduced bills that would restrict transition-related treatment for transgender youth, such as hormones. → Read More

Coronavirus is spreading. And so is anti-Chinese sentiment and xenophobia

Coronavirus is spreading. And so is anti-Chinese sentiment and xenophobia → Read More

Canine semen case: Jury awards $400,000 to Salem dog breeders after sperm bank loses Labrador DNA

An Oregon jury awarded two dog breeders $400,000 because a bank mistakenly destroyed frozen semen from esteemed Labrador Retrievers, documents show. → Read More

Confiscated California vape pens contained dangerous additives, regulators say

Marijuana vape pens seized from illegal shops in Los Angeles contained potentially dangerous additives, California authorities said Monday. → Read More

Kobe Bryant helicopter crash investigators to review records, fog conditions, experts say

The investigation of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant began to unfold on Monday, with experts questioning the chopper's flight records. → Read More

Lunar New Year 2020: What are the traditions, and which Asian cultures celebrate it?

Lunar New Year falls on Jan. 25 this year, and people of Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean cultures celebrate with family and traditional foods. → Read More

At least 1 dead, 7 injured in downtown Seattle shooting; police seek lone suspect

At least one person has died and seven others injured after a shooting in downtown Seattle on Wednesday night. → Read More

Illegal alien or undocumented immigrant? Colorado the latest to debate replacing terms

A Colorado lawmaker proposed replacing illegal alien with undocumented immigrant, bringing arguments heard in New York and Congress to a swing state. → Read More

US Navy honors Pearl Harbor hero Doris Miller with first aircraft carrier named for an African American

The U.S. Navy named an aircraft carrier after an African American for the first time on Monday, honoring World War II hero Doris Miller. → Read More

'His intention was to kill everyone in the home except himself': Utah boy, 16, charged for killing mother, 3 siblings

A 16-year-old boy was charged Wednesday after being accused of carrying out what appears to be the worst mass shooting in Utah in 13 years. → Read More

How did Martin Luther King Jr. Day become a federal holiday? Here's the history

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is observed yearly on the third Monday in January, but the push to make a federal holiday honoring him was controversial. → Read More

College fires professor for joking on Facebook that Iran should make a list of U.S. targets to bomb

Babson College professor Asheen Phansey was fired for a Facebook post suggesting that Iran's supreme leader list American cultural sites to attack. → Read More

Appeals court approves diverting $3.6B in military construction funds for Donald Trump border wall plan

A federal appeals court overturned a lower court ruling, approving the Trump administration to use military construction funds to build a border wall. → Read More

Iranian Americans aren't mourning Gen. Qasem Soleimani. They're glad he's dead. But, now what?

Few Iranian Americans in Los Angeles are mourning Gen. Qasem Soleimani's death, but they disagree on the consequences for family here and in Iran. → Read More

A Florida woman drowned her dog in the bathtub for barking too much, police say. She faces felony animal cruelty

Florida woman Margaret Kinsella allegedly drowned her dog in the bathtub for excessive barking. She now faces a felony animal cruelty charge. → Read More