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Last week, the city was named one of 20 finalists for the Bloomberg Philanthropies' first-ever Mayors Challenge. It comes on the heels of a similar youth study.

Reading 'Maxim' can make you a theft target

Criminologists in Texas find that you are more likely to become a victim of theft if your behavior somehow marks you as being "outside the mainstream."
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Americans fear developing Alzheimer’s disease more than cancer, stroke, heart disease and any other life-threatening illness.
A man who robbed a bank Tuesday in Orange County said he wanted to be arrested because he was homeless and needed shelter and medicine.

A 'green' gold rush? Calif. firm turns trash to gas

On Wednesday, CA. will begin a scheme where businesses will have to get a permit if they emit greenhouse gases. And one California company is turning trash into biomass energy.

A toast to building better beer bubbles through chemistry

Spanish scientists have identified the specific gene in yeast that's responsible for the foamy head on your glass beer. And that discovery could lead to more long-lasting foam.

Pakistan reaches a milestone in ending polio

Pakistan is close to eradicating one of the last two remaining types of polio left in the country. Health workers are cautiously optimistic that their vaccination efforts are paying off.
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Riverside council considers sale of iconic Mt. Rubidoux cross

At a full Riverside city council hearing, dozens spoke passionately in defense of the Mt. Rubidoux cross. A decision was postponed for the council to hear from more residents.
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Will Petraeus scandal be a topic at Obama's news conference?

A week ago, the affair that led to the CIA director's resignation wasn't a story. Now, it's likely to be a subject at the president's news conference. Should it be?
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Teen immigrant flees Guatemala violence, reaches LA & gains asylum

In each of the last three years, more than 7,000 kids from Mexico and Central America have illegally crossed the US-Mexico border alone. Many end up in California.

Blogs

L.A. County Coroner says an 89-year old man who was punched on a bus died from natural causes and not from the assault.
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New CSU Chancellor asks for pay 10 percent cut

Cal State trustees grant request from Timothy P. White, who says he must do his part 'to contribute to the rebuilding of this great university.'
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A new way of measuring poverty in the nation shows that California has the highest poverty rate in the United States, with nearly a quarter of state residents living in poverty.
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A special election to fill the vacancy that will be left by Councilman Tony Cardenas’ move to Congress will cost the city of Los Angeles about $400,000.

Man pleads not guilty to rape and other charges

A man pleaded not guilty to rape and other charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a disabled woman riding a Metro bus.
Los Angeles comedian Scott Aukerman announced this week that he’s retiring the live standup show he’s produced for the past 10 years, Comedy Bang Bang.
Holiday fares
Friday will kick off LAX's annual mad scramble for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Airport traffic is expected to increase. Before you head off into the hubbub, a few tips.
Like a terrible mirage, fake Coachella lineup posters have started to appear, bringing with them years of thirsty pleas for the same bands to play our local desert.
Spike TV's "Eddie Murphy: One Night Only" - Show
Eddie Murphy’s getting a tribute on Spike at 10 p.m. Wednesday. It’s not a roast, but Hollywood is paying tribute to one of the most popular and important comics ever.
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Runaway porn: What economic difference would it make to LA?

After the passage of condom-empowering Measure B, porn producers threaten to leave L.A. That wouldn't necessarily be a huge loss.
The L.A. Congressman is campaigning to become Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus; Republican Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield remains House Majority Whip.
Diwali
Diwali, the "Festival of Lights," has its roots in India and surrounding nations, but is celebrated around Southern California by local Hindus, Sikhs and others.
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A proposal to change how private haulers collect garbage from businesses and apartment buildings was endorsed Wednesday.
His expression said it all. KPCC Director of On-Air Fundraising Rob Risko walked into my studio about 10:45 a.m. to update me on where we stood with our Fall member drive. I knew we had a $10,000 challenge that had started first thing in the morning, but didn't have any idea how far behind we had fallen in reaching the required 1,000 member threshold.
It wasn't the 400 MTV secret show attendees inside a Santa Monica Airport hangar that prompted police to shut it down, it was the 2,000 people in line.
Disney's first "Latina" princess, who turned out to be not quite Latina after all, has inspired one mom to show the world what real-life Latina princesses look like.
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House Democrats want "two more years" from Leader Pelosi

LA homebuyers beware! Prices rising quickly

Rising home sales and prices are good news for housing markets...in most cases. But in Southern California, the market is distorted.
The LAPD released the composite sketches Tuesday night hoping someone can identify the reportedly missing girl and her possible kidnapper.
Pile of money
Today is Wednesday, Nov. 14 and headlines include California's money troubles, an editorial on LA's sales tax, and preparations for a debate between city attorney candidates.
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Gasoline prices decline
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County continues to decline, now at $3.89, the lowest since August 7.
There are nearly a dozen new members of Congress from California.
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Carmen Trutanich, the incumbent L.A. City Attorney, faces challenger Assemblyman Mike Feuer in their first debate at Notre Dame High School Wednesday.
The officers denied doing anything wrong and their attorney said they testified truthfully to the best of their ability. They are set to be sentenced in December.

Programs

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for November 14, 2012
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Christopher Plummer joins Larry to talk about immersing himself in the mind of an actor who is hoping to triumph in the role of a lifetime – for the second time.
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Newly-re-elected President Barack Obama stepped up to the podium today to lay out his agenda for the remainder of his first term, and set the stage for his second.
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The details of former CIA director David Petraeus’ affair are coming out, and a steady drip of new information reveals an increasingly expanding, twisted web of relationships.
The White House

Bridging the Red State-Blue State divide

How is the American electorate changing? How can the U.S. and its government heal the partisan divide on both individual and institutional levels?
City Councilman Herb J. Wesson Jr.
Angelenos voted on state tax measures one week ago, but they may be voting on another tax measure in March if the Los Angeles City Council successfully places a half-cent sales tax hike on the ballot.
"Black Friday" Marks Start Of Holiday Shopping Season

Black Thursday is the new Black Friday

Are you looking forward to lining up outside a store this Thanksgiving? Do you love bargain-hunting enough to cut your family time short?

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for November 14, 2012
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Does California have the highest poverty rate?

According to a new measure of wealth in the United States, nearly nine million Californians, about a quarter of state residents, live in poverty. If the new figure is correct, that would make California the state with the highest poverty rate in the country.
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President Obama held his first news conference in eight months.
Pioneers from the French Foreign Legion

A look at the modern-day French Foreign Legion

The French Foreign Legion has developed a lore of haunted romance, but it is still an elite fighting force made up of renegades and fugitives who are sent out on some of the most difficult and harrowing missions in the world.
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How the military handles issues of adultery

Former CIA Director David Petraeus is scheduled to testify tomorrow about the diplomatic mission in Benghazi before the Senate Intelligence Committee. This will be his first public appearance since the scandal broke.
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Now to Tampa, Florida, home of CentCom and of socialite Jill Kelley.
New Climate Report Names Current Decade As Warmest On Record
Molly Peterson and Matt DeBord explain how California's new cap-and-trade carbon market will work and who it will ultimately affect.
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Allegations of harassment and racism in the CA National Guard

While the national media have been focusing on Generals David Petraeus and John Allen for alleged inappropriate conduct, accusations of inappropriate conduct in the military have emerged here in California.

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Home Sweet Home

Monitoring the future of suburbia.

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