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 Riverside Cross

Trouble over iconic Riverside cross

Riverside city officials could decide Tuesday night to sell public land beneath an iconic Christian cross that’s stood over the city for half a century.
Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Los Angeles Angels centerfielder Mike Trout has been selected American League Rookie of The Year, by a unanimous vote.
Investigators are still trying to determine that cause of a house fire that displaced nine Chapman University students over the weekend in the city of Orange

As the clock ticks, U.S. trains Afghan troops

Logar Province shows the challenges facing U.S. forces as they try to prepare Afghan troops. In some areas, Afghan troops lead operations. In others, U.S. troops still have the lead role.
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Lew, Bowles rumored to replace Treasury's Geithner

After four grueling years, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has says he will be leaving Washington. Erskine Bowles and Jack Lew are two possible replacements.

Spanish theater sells carrots not tickets

In Spain, carrots are being sold in place of theater tickets to avoid a 21 percent tax. Many say this is a creative response to the country's austerity measures, but some call it tax evasion.

GOP 'investors' saw little return election night

After the Democrats won most of the close elections last week, there are questions about the seven- and eight-figure "investments" made by dozens of conservative donors.

Weighing the prospects of the Keystone XL pipeline

President Obama faces the decision whether to give the go ahead for the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Environmentalists want it blocked, while advocates say it will create thousands of jobs.
As the cold and flu season bears down upon us, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say more people need to know how to properly use antibiotics.

Hot and cold: Southland temperatures to fluctuate this week

Don't be fooled by the blast of frosty temperatures this past weekend. Forecasters predict highs returning to the 80s as early as Tuesday.
CIA Director Petraeus And Director Of Nat'l Intel. Clapper Testify To House Committee

Woman in Petraeus affair spoke about access to classified info

Paula Broadwell is an Army Reserve major who focuses on counterterrorism issues with access to some secrets. She and Petraeus have told investigators he did not give her classified information.
Indy Bomb

In Indianapolis, search for answers continues after explosion

At least two people died, 30 homes were damaged and about 200 are homeless. Authorities do not think a bomb or meth lab was responsible. The cause remains unknown.
Corporate Money Out of Politics

Study: LA federal judges have higher caseloads

A spokesman said he wasn't surprised with the findings. He noted, however, that the federal judiciary needs more judges, particularly across the Southwest.

Blogs

The $40 million award in the Wynn versus Francis defamation lawsuit was scaled back by roughly half on Friday.

Elon Musk on a roll: First SpaceX, now Tesla car of the year

The CEO of two of the the world's most innovative companies is seeing his disruptive companies rack up the accolades. Tesla has picked up a big one.

San Diego law firm investigates Priceline-Kayak deal

Did Kayak deprive shareholders of potential future earnings by accepting Priceline's takeover deal? That's what a SoCal law firm wants to argue.
Three writers analyze the electoral demographics and offer thoughtful takes on the changing face of the nation
Jose de la Trinidad memorial
Jose de la Trinidad was the passenger in a car that led deputies on a low-speed chase after they attempted to pull it over for a traffic violation.
Dodger Stadium
Dodgers add Pedro Avila, Gene Grimaldi, Patrick Guerrero, Pat Kelly, Jamey Storvick and Mike Tosar to their team of international baseball scouts.
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Comic book convention WonderCon is officially coming back to Anaheim for a second year in spring 2013 — and not going home to San Francisco.
harp sponge
Candelabra-shaped and carnivorous, a newly discovered sea creature — the "harp sponge" — has been found clinging to the ocean floor off Monterey Bay.
Wall Street Protest Spreads To Other Cities
Serving the city of Los Angeles is apparently good work if you can get it – with 92 people declaring plans to run in the 2013 primary.
L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has yet to say whether he will support a sales tax increase -- but in the meantime he wants to see seven financial reforms.
Antivirus software pioneer John McAfee is wanted for murder in Belize, Gizmodo reports. Gregory Faull was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head.
The lines for family-sponsored visas are especially slow for immigrants coming from certain countries; some filed paperwork more than two decades ago.
Homes

Why the Obama administration says housing is improving

A report for October from the Treasury and the Department of Housing and Urban Development is signaling some good news on housing. At last.
Rose Bowl Renovation
Temporarily hosting a professional football team in Pasadena’s Rose Bowl could be a financial win for the city, even though it will tie up traffic, a report finds.
An autopsy report could establish whether an 89-year old man died from injuries sustained during an assault that happened on a Metro bus in October.
This isn't the first itme I've posted this photo, but I like it. The banner with this Marine's name was hanging along with many others featuring names of local service members - most of them also with Latino surnames - along the main streets a couple of years ago in Bell Gardens, a city in southeast Los Angeles County.
Immigration reform could be on new Congress' agenda - Boston Globe Since President Obama's reelection last week, aided by the support of Latino voters, "several Republican leaders, including House Speaker John Boehner, have said the GOP needs to reckon with immigration reform and pass a comprehensive bill.
Military Families
Advocates say educators have done a poor job supporting kids in military families at school through the stressful times before, during, and after military deployments. That’s changing.
It has been nearly a week since the election, but California still does not know who is going to Capitol Hill in two Congressional districts.
A truck heading south apparently hit the low-hanging wire about 7:15 a.m. It is unknown at this time when the freeway will reopen.
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Today is Monday, Nov. 12 and headlines include the future of the Republican Party in California, Mayor Villaraigosa to South America, and Jan Perry as the pro-business candidate.
Mojave Cross
The missing Mojave Cross was found last week tied to a post hundreds of miles away in the San Francisco Bay area. It returned in time for Veterans Day.
Olympics Day 2 - Basketball

Mike D'Antoni new LA Lakers coach; team passes on Phil Jackson

The LA Lakers hired Mike D'Antoni as its new coach Sunday night to replace Mike Brown, who was fired Friday. The team passed on bringing back ex-coach Phil Jackson.

Programs

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for November 12, 2012
Hallucinations
Oliver Sacks’s latest book, “Hallucinations,” explores peculiar sensations of things that aren’t really there, not as a sign of madness but as a commonplace occurrence in humans.
New York Knicks v Washington Wizards
What do you think of this coaching change? Do you think the Lakers made a mistake in hiring D’Antoni instead of Jackson?
Senate Candidate Tammy Baldwin Holds Election Night Gathering In Madison, Wisconsin

Women and minorities are gaining on Capitol Hill

Are these changes simply outliers in the political landscape, or are they more indicative of a new normal?
CIA Director David Petraeus, testifies b
Was it appropriate for Petraeus to have resigned over his infidelity? Was his affair a security breach? What’s next for the C.I.A.?
The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden
Author Mark Bowden has provided one of the most extensive accounts of the long hunt for bin Laden in his new book “The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden.” It is the first such publication written with the cooperation of President Barack Obama, who granted Bowden a lengthy exclusive interview for the book.

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for November 12, 2012
New York Knicks v Cleveland Cavaliers

Can new coach Mike D'Antoni turn the Lakers' season around?

The Lakers have a new coach and it's not Phil Jackson. Despite rumors he'd return as head coach, the team announced late last night that Mike D'Antoni will take the helm.
UCLA v USC

UCLA and USC fans look ahead to Rose Bowl game on Saturday

As the USC and UCLA football teams gear up to play this weekend, fans are already excited for the match. We'll have two dedicated fans in to talk about the importance of the game, the history between the two teams and what this means for them and their families this upcoming weekend.
Voice Therapy - 1
Nationwide, voice therapy like this is gaining mainstream traction, thanks in part to recent high-profile cases of voice illness among singing superstars.
Fatherhood Training
Babies don't come with instruction manuals. But now men can train to become more engaged parents. We stop in on one fatherhood training session to learn more.
Military Families

Movement growing to help students in military families

Advocates say educators have done a poor job supporting kids in military families at school through the stressful times before, during, and after military deployments. That’s changing.

What will the fiscal cliff mean for California?

When it come to the fiscal cliff, it's California that's peering over the edge. A report by George Mason University shows our state will lose over 225,000 jobs through the end of next year if Congress doesn't act.
Democratic Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren Holds Election Night Party In Boston

The year of women in US government

Five women were elected to the Senate last week, bringing a total of 20 female senators to the chamber. They include Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Deb Fischer (R-NE);

Rumors and predictions for the 2013 Academy Awards nominees

Just when you thought all the campaigning was over here comes The Oscars. The awards nominations won't be announced until January 10, 2013, and the statues won't be handed out until February 24, but voting for nominees begins next month and the star-making machinery is shifting into high gear.
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Close your eyes and think if you can name 10 recognized geniuses. Now, are any of them women?

The Loh Life

Blue Tuesday

Sandra Tsing Loh was a bit skeptical about her candidate winning on Tuesday.It’s almost too easy being a Democrat in California. When I picked up my 10 year old from the school bus Tuesday afternoon, all the kids were joyously chanting “O-ba-ma! O-ba-ma!” as lockstep as in any madrassah.

The Loh Down On Science

Spice of Life

Pesty puns.

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