Compton’s Cowboys

Photos by Richard Vogel

Long before NWA put the place on the map as the birthplace of gangsta rap and its streets echoed with the sounds of drive-by gunfire, Compton was a cowboy town. And it still is. Continue reading “Compton’s Cowboys”

A Sip-and-Step Guide to Hiking the Napa Valley

Photos by Eric Risberg

Here’s a wine country secret that can help you raise your glass and your heart rate. Along with the Napa Valley’s famous wine-tasting trails, there are miles of scenic trails of the hiking variety, beckoning visitors who want to exercise more than their palates. Continue reading “A Sip-and-Step Guide to Hiking the Napa Valley”

California Grants Rare Look Inside Largest Death Row

Photos by Ben Margot

With executions on hold in California and a death penalty appeals process that can take years, many inmates on the nation’s largest death row say they spend little time worrying about the lethal injection that may one day kill them. Continue reading “California Grants Rare Look Inside Largest Death Row”

Lifting the Veil on Drug Abuse in LA’s Koreatown

Photos by Jae C. Hong

In a blue-and-white church on the outskirts of Los Angeles’ Koreatown, pastor Young Ho Han is trying to lift the veil on a problem silently afflicting his community: drug abuse among young Korean-Americans. Continue reading “Lifting the Veil on Drug Abuse in LA’s Koreatown”

Daily Life Around the World

For this week’s installment of AP’s Daily Life series, we feature photography from all over the world: A diver performs with a school of fish in an aquarium in Seoul, a couple walk across a bridge crossing to Beeston Castle in England, and a Pakistani Muslim devotee lights an oil lamp at a local shrine in Islamabad.  Continue reading “Daily Life Around the World”

California’s Salton Sea

Photos by Gregory Bull

For centuries, the Colorado River periodically emptied into a body of water known as Lake Cahuilla on the northern reaches of the Gulf of California. The Salton Sea was created there in 1905 when the river breached a dike and flooded for two years, bringing farm settlers to the Imperial Valley in California’s southeast corner. Continue reading “California’s Salton Sea”

Close Up: Photographer Jae C. Hong

Jae C. Hong is a staff photographer at the Associated Press currently based in Los Angeles. Hong first joined the AP as a photo intern and was hired full time to cover Las Vegas shortly after completing his summer internship.  Continue reading “Close Up: Photographer Jae C. Hong”