Archive for November 15th, 2012

Inland workers strike Wal-Mart warehouse

Local | | November 15 2012, 5:34 PM

Workers stage a two-day strike at a Riverside area warehouse that ships products for Wal-Mart. Deputies arrest six protestors trying to block delivery trucks.

Visa fraud scheme involved laundering money by buying cemetery plots

Local | | November 15 2012, 5:34 PM

An unusual employment visa fraud scheme that laundered money through the purchase of cemetery plots has landed the president of a now-defunct law firm behind bars.

$20 million deal ends dispute over Temecula strip mine

Local | | November 15 2012, 5:13 PM

The long fight over a quarry project near Temecula will be over soon, but in an unexpected way. The Pechanga tribe has bought the land in a $20 million agreement.

Starbucks to buy Teavana for $620 million

Business & Economy | | November 15 2012, 4:46 PM

Starbucks purchases Teavana for $620 million, in a bid to expand its tea business. Teavana has about 300 stores in the U.S. and Mexico.

LA County smoking rates fall to lowest levels

Health | | November 15 2012, 3:12 PM

Smoking in LA County is at its lowest level since health officials began keeping track in 1997. But it still costs billions in medical care and lost work time.

Study shows bleak quality of life for Orange County poor

Local | | November 15 2012, 2:52 PM

One in three Orange County residents lacks access to essential health care. That was among the findings in a new report about the quality of life in Orange County.

DirecTV enters deal with Time Warner to air Lakers games

Business & Economy | | November 15 2012, 2:32 PM

The agreement leaves the Dish Network as the sole local carrier without access to two new sports chennels that also air LA Galaxy and Los Angeles Sparks games.

BP's $4 billion criminal penalty: Who gets the money?

Environment & Science | | November 15 2012, 10:56 AM

The bulk will go to the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences. The remainder is yet to be determined.

United Airlines reboots after computer failure causes major delays

US & World | | November 15 2012, 9:11 AM

The airline's third major computer outage since June disrupted travel for thousands today. Read how local departures were affected.

Democrats win 'supermajority' in California Assembly

Local | | November 15 2012, 7:36 AM

California's majority party now dominates state politics, with the ability to raise taxes unilaterally. The party already had a two-thirds majority in the Senate.

FBI agent in Petraeus case tied to LAX millennium bomb plot

US & World | | November 15 2012, 7:23 AM

The New York Times and CBS News identify him as Frederick Humphries, a veteran agent at the bureau who investigated the foiled LAX millennium terrorist plot in 1999.

Superstorm Sandy sends jobless claims up sharply

Business & Economy | | November 15 2012, 6:16 AM

The storm threw some people onto unemployment rolls and shut down some state offices – meaning some laid-off workers couldn't file their claims until last week.

As Xi Jinping takes top post in China, hopes of reform fade

US & World | | November 15 2012, 6:02 AM

He was elected general secretary of the Communist Party of China early Thursday morning. But the make-up of the party's elite makes it unlikely major reforms will come anytime soon.

Black women more likely to die of breast cancer, says CDC

Health | | November 15 2012, 12:31 PM

Federal health officials say black women see nine more deaths than white women for every 100 breast cancer diagnoses in each group.

FPPC is investigating $11 million campaign donation

Represent! | | November 15 2012, 7:28 PM

The Fair Political Practices Commission wants to know the identities of individuals who made the contribution in its efforts to determine is laws were broken.

Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2: Insults vs. Tattoos

The Latest | | November 15 2012, 7:17 PM

Twilight body art battles Breaking Dawn-induced jokes in a war between zingers and ink slingers. Who's winning?

Doctor ousts Rep. Dan Lungren in close congressional race

Represent! | | November 15 2012, 5:18 PM

Republican Rep. Dan Lungren has lost his re-election bid to Democratic challenger Ami Bera in one of California's most hotly contested congressional contests.

PHOTOS: Hollywood Improv Lab comedy venue closes

Without A Net | | November 15 2012, 5:01 PM

The Hollywood Improv Lab, the 50-seat experimental theater attached to the Hollywood Improv, is closing its doors after several years to become a bar/lounge.

Troubled San Fernando city council gets overhaul

Represent! | | November 15 2012, 4:14 PM

Three new members take office on Dec. 3, replacing predecessors who were enmeshed in small-town sexual and political intrigue.

Watchdog group's report condemns immigrant detention facilities

Multi-American | | November 15 2012, 3:51 PM

A watchdog group has issued a report condemning 10 immigrant detention facilities, including one in Orange County. Federal officials say they are reviewing the report.

Assembly Speaker: Democrats won't exploit 'supermajority'

Represent! | | November 15 2012, 3:09 PM

The party's new 'supermajority' in both state houses empowers them to raise taxes and override the Governor's vetoes, but leaders say they have no such plans.

VIDEO: Johnny Depp and Ke$ha pay tribute to Tom Petty

Without A Net | | November 15 2012, 2:50 PM

Members of the Black Keys and the Strokes joined together with Ke$ha on vocals and Johnny Depp on guitar (yes, this happened) for a Petty Fest concert in Hollywood.

Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2: LA says bye to Bella, Edward (video)

The Latest | | November 15 2012, 1:56 PM

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 opens in movie theaters starting Thursday, Nov. 15 at 10 p.m. Here's where to go/what to avoid as events unfold in L.A.

Gen-X politicos boost L.A. Central American issues

Represent! | | November 15 2012, 1:09 PM

Latino Coalition of Los Angeles seeks to get Central Americans into positions of political power and is making endorsements in city races.

UPDATE: LA County sheriff's deputy charged with murder

The Latest | | November 15 2012, 11:40 AM

On Wednesday, LAPD detectives detained veteran Deputy Francisco Gamez on suspicion of homicide. On Thursday, he was formally charged with murder.

Marc Haefele at former LA City Councilman Art Snyder's funeral

Off-Ramp | | November 15 2012, 11:08 AM

"Sometimes his guiding hand felt like a boot in my butt," said his brother Patrick, "but his influence was always positive."

In the news this morning: Shifting politics give immigrants hope, report condemns detention centers, remembering an LA Chinese American leader, more

Multi-American | | November 15 2012, 10:01 AM

Immigration U-turn has Hispanics seeing 'light at end of tunnel' - Reuters Some Latin American immigrants,"regardless of their immigration status, feel fresh optimism this week over newfound Republican willingness to consider immigration reform to avoid further alienating Hispanic voters.

Bail stays at $1 million for LA County Assessor John Noguez

Represent! | | November 15 2012, 9:04 AM

A judge refused to lower bail for LA County Assessor John Noguez. Bail was lowered to $1.1 million but Noguez' lawyer said he's unable to post bail.

Maven's Morning Coffee: LAFD response times

Represent! | | November 15 2012, 7:46 AM

Today is Thursday, Nov. 15 and headlines include an analysis of LAFD response times, Democrats win a supermajority, and mayoral candidates debate finances.

LA mayors race: Four candidates take part in Koreatown forum

Represent! | | November 15 2012, 7:28 AM

Four candidates faced off Wednesday in a forum sponsored by the Korean American Coalition. Among the topics was moving new city workers into a 401 (k) style plan.

California's home foreclosure rate among highest in US

The Breakdown | | November 15 2012, 7:01 AM

California continues to deal with a huge number of distressed homes. But even as foreclosures decline, a new problem has emerged: High home prices.

LA County deputy shoots, kills man in struggle for gun in Compton

The Latest | | November 15 2012, 6:44 AM

Detectives say there was a brief foot chase before the man fought with the deputy and tried to grab the deputy's weapon. The man was shot and he died at the scene.

Budget cuts may lead to the closure of 10 LA County courthouses

The Latest | | November 15 2012, 6:25 AM

The courts are still absorbing $70 million in cuts made earlier this year which led to closed courtrooms, elimination of court reporters in civil courts and layoffs.

Southland group accused of $5 million unemployment fraud scheme

The Latest | | November 15 2012, 6:14 AM

The defendants are accused of creating fake companies and recruiting people to pose as laid off employees and collecting a portion of the unemployment payments.

17-mile walk through the heart of Los Angeles

Off-Ramp | | November 15 2012, 6:00 AM

This weekend, Michael Schneider will provide the perfect remedy for locals to abandon their vehicles, avoid the traffic and experience the city on foot.

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| November 15 2012, 6:00 AM

Encouraging pets to shed.

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Filmweek: Anna Karenina, Silver Linings Playbook, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 and more

| November 15 2012, 3:38 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Claudia Puig and Henry Sheehan to review the week’s new film releases including Anna Karenina, Silver Linings Playbook, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

Poll: No more Twinkies? Hostess says it will close (UPDATED)

US & World | | November 15 2012, 12:00 PM

Hostess has said that the strike could be the end of the already-struggling company. If it follows through, it would mean the loss of almost 18,000 jobs.

LA judge throws out charges in first anti-paparazzi chase case involving Justin Bieber

| November 15 2012, 10:38 AM

Is Judge Rubinson justified in throwing out the charges brought against photographer Paul Raef? Does the anti-paparazzi law need to be modified?

When disaster strikes, what is the federal responsibility?

| November 15 2012, 10:38 AM

Is it fair to ask residents of low-risk states to fund a program that predominantly serves states with regular, predictable natural events?

Brice W. Harris becomes chancellor of California Community Colleges

Local | | November 15 2012, 10:38 AM

How will the new chancellor go about rehabilitating California’s community colleges? Will there be enough classes, funds and opportunities to go around?

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Goodwill charities push for greater regulation of donation bins

Local | | November 15 2012, 5:10 PM

Gov. Brown recently vetoed legislation brought forth by the Goodwill Charity that would have regulated clothing donation bins.

BP to pay $4.5 billion for Deep Water Horizon oil spill

| November 15 2012, 9:58 AM

The oil company BP will pay $4.5 billion to settle criminal charges related to the Deep Water Horizon explosion and oil spill. BP pled guilty to criminal misconduct charges related to the deaths of 11 workers who perished on the rig.

The Petraeus scandal and the shaky relationship between the FBI and CIA

| November 15 2012, 9:49 AM

To discuss how this scandal might affect the two agencies, we're joined by Mark Riebling, the author of "Wedge: The Secret War Between The FBI And CIA."

Louise Erdrich, Katherine Boo winners of National Book Awards

| November 15 2012, 9:38 AM

Well, the lasting effects of superstorm Sandy didn't put a damper on the National Book Awards. They were presented at a gala in New York last night.This despite the fact that the offices of the National Book Foundation, which presents the awards, are still closed due to flood damage.

Wilbur K. Woo, leader in LA's Chinese community, dies

Local | | November 15 2012, 9:12 AM

Woo was a successful businessman, and though he never held political office, he was influential in the Chinese community and was an avid political fundraiser.

Republican Governors huddle over election outcome and future of GOP

| November 15 2012, 9:03 AM

Executives of the Republican Governors Association are meeting in Las Vegas this week to discuss the election results and the future path of the party.

'Twilight' screenwriter reflects on success of vampire series

Arts & Entertainment | | November 15 2012, 8:58 AM

"Twilight" saga screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, who wrote all five screenplays, talks about the success of the vampire romance series. The final movie opens tonight.

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Frayed: Mental illness steals David Haldane's son

Health | | November 15 2012, 11:00 AM

To be honest, I can't tell you how much Drew understands. Visiting him is like being on a carnival ride; sometimes it's smooth, then the craziness pops up to holler boo. At various times Drew has told us he's a powerful drug dealer and a famous songwriter on TV. Recently he had to be restrained after violently attacking an aide.