Archive for December 27th, 2012

California grows few Rose Parade blooms

Politics | | December 27 2012, 8:12 PM

The Rose Parade remains one of the world's foremost showcases of floral beauty, but is now dominated by foreign-grown flowers.

Walmart wins another Chinatown battle

Business & Economy | | December 27 2012, 7:54 PM

Walmart wins third round in a fight over whether the retailer should open up a store in LA’s Chinatown.

Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf dies

US & World | | December 27 2012, 5:45 PM

Retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who commanded the U.S-led forces in the 1991 Gulf War, died Thursday of complications arising from pneumonia. He was 78.

Black turnout may have surpassed that of whites in 2012

US & World | | December 27 2012, 5:02 PM

Blacks also voted at a higher rate than other minorities in what could turn out to be a historic election, according to the Pew Research Center.

2 years after sudden acceleration woes, Toyota prospers

Business & Economy | | December 27 2012, 4:55 PM

Toyota has made a much quicker comeback than most people expected after reports that its vehicles caused "sudden acceleration issues" two years ago.

LA judge rules media may intervene in sex abuse records

Local | | December 27 2012, 4:25 PM

An L.A. County judge has ruled that media organizations can intervene to oppose redactions in the personnel files of priests accused of sex abuse

Don't blame fiscal cliff for weak holiday sales, analysts say

Business & Economy | | December 27 2012, 3:40 PM

Holiday sales increased just 0.7% this year, according to MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse report. Analysts say don't blame worries about the "fiscal cliff."

Friends to honor Pasadena youth mentor with vigil

Crime & Justice | | December 27 2012, 12:27 PM

A candlelight vigil is planned for Thursday evening to honor a Pasadena neighborhood leader killed during a Christmas day shooting outside his home.

California schools on edge of fiscal cliff

Education | | December 27 2012, 11:19 AM

Education programs will lose $4.7 billion if the country goes off the fiscal cliff next week. The impacts would be huge, but some wouldn't be felt right away.

'Nap Nanny' infant recliners recalled by the Feds

Health | | December 27 2012, 11:00 AM

Three models are being recalled voluntarily by big retailers like and Buy Buy Baby. Regulators say the products are hazardous. The manufacturer disagrees.

Census bureau rethinks the best way to measure race

US & World | | December 27 2012, 10:46 AM

To keep pace with the nation's increasing racial and ethnic diversity, the Census Bureau could change how it asks about identity in the 2020 count.

Census bureau rethinks the best way to measure race | | December 27 2012, 10:39 AM

To keep pace with the nation's increasing racial and ethnic diversity, the Census Bureau could change how it asks about identity in the 2020 count.

US new home sales jump to fastest rate in more than 2 years

Business & Economy | | December 27 2012, 8:12 AM

Americans bought new homes last month at the fastest pace in more than two and a half years, further evidence of a sustained housing recovery.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson stepping down

Environment & Science | | December 27 2012, 8:04 AM

Accused by the GOP of issuing "job-killing regulations," Jackson has faced stiff political opposition in her four years at the Environmental Protection Agency.

US consumer confidence falls on fiscal cliff fears

US & World | | December 27 2012, 7:39 AM

U.S. consumer confidence tumbled in December, driven lower by fears of sharp tax increases and government spending cuts set to take effect next week.

Connecticut left to reconcile tragedy with proud gun history

US & World | | December 27 2012, 6:51 AM

Connecticut, the state that once led the world in making modern weaponry, is now the backdrop for arguments over the U.S. gun industry.

Wintry weather blasting Northeast on its way out

US & World | | December 27 2012, 6:43 AM

The storm that spread blizzards from Texas to the Great Lakes, and spawned tornadoes will dump more snow before it heads off toward Canada and the Atlantic Ocean.

Elder President Bush remains hospitalized in intensive care

US & World | | December 27 2012, 6:36 AM

George H.W. Bush, 88, has been in a Houston hospital since just after Thanksgiving for a persistent cough. He has developed a fever and is now in intensive care.

US jobless aid applications fall to 5-year low

Business & Economy | | December 27 2012, 6:17 AM

The average number of people seeking unemployment benefits over the past month fell to the lowest level since March 2008, a sign that the job market is healing.

Is an NFL-ready stadium a Hail Mary pass for LA?

Business & Economy | | December 27 2012, 6:00 AM

The courtship ritual between greater LA and the NFL involves money, politics, design details and environmental considerations - and lacks one key element: a pro team.

A rock, a shuttle, a King and a Batman: The best KPCC news photos of 2012

Local | | December 27 2012, 6:00 AM

The year brought us joy and tragedy and a gallery of great photos; share the best moments with us in our slideshow.

80 acres of Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve decimated, Audubon Society furious

The Latest | | December 27 2012, 7:21 PM

Count bird lovers among the outraged following the Army Corps of Engineers' decimation of 80 acres of wildlife refuge last week.

OC Register owners consider buying Tribune

The Latest | | December 27 2012, 6:29 PM

The CEO of the company that owns the Orange County Register says he may want to buy Tribune Co.'s newspapers after the media conglomerate emerges from bankruptcy.

Russian adoption ban likely to be signed into law

Multi-American | | December 27 2012, 5:41 PM

In apparent retaliation for an American law, Russian president Vladimir Putin is likely to sign a measure that would ban adoptions between his country and the U.S.

Construction to start on W. hemisphere's largest seawater desalination plant

The Latest | | December 27 2012, 5:37 PM

The Carlsbad facility should produce 50 million gallons of water a day — surpassing output at plants in Trinidad and Tobago — and supply 7% of the region by 2020.

Witness led police to suspect who set homeless woman ablaze

The Latest | | December 27 2012, 5:34 PM

LAPD said an eyewitness helped lead investigators to the 24-year old suspect they believe set a homeless woman on fire early Thursday morning in Van Nuys.

California pharmacy settles kickback allegations for $11.4M

The Latest | | December 27 2012, 4:09 PM

A San Diego pharmacy accused of offering doctors kickbacks in exchange for issuing prescriptions of their products will pay over $11 million to settle.

UPDATE: Woman sleeping on bench set on fire in Los Angeles

The Latest | | December 27 2012, 12:59 PM

Police said a man left the store and poured something on the woman – who had been sleeping on a bench – before striking a match and setting her ablaze.

A phase-out for 287(g) immigration enforcement programs

Multi-American | | December 27 2012, 12:58 PM

Twenty-five of the federal-local partnerships are set to end Dec. 31; officials are reviewing the others to "see which ones make sense"

SeaWorld going public: Shamu making splash in stock market

The Latest | | December 27 2012, 12:37 PM

SeaWorld, the company famous for water shows featuring killer whales, dolphins and other animals said Thursday it's planning to go public.

UPDATE: Partisan bickering stalls fiscal cliff talks

The Latest | | December 27 2012, 12:12 PM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the government appears headed over the fiscal cliff because of a lack of progress in bipartisan negotiations.

EPA waiver permits California's Advanced Clean Car program

Pacific Swell | | December 27 2012, 11:57 AM

The program increases control of smog, soot and global warming gases. plus requires more zero-emission vehicles. The waiver allows other states to follow suit.

Pacific Ocean shipping lanes to be re-routed to save whales

Pacific Swell | | December 27 2012, 11:15 AM

Migrating blue, fin and humpback whales are prone to ship strikes. A whale carcass that recently washed up on a Malibu beach was likely one of those hit, experts said.

Master keys found on auto theft parolee arrested in mid-street hold up

The Latest | | December 27 2012, 11:12 AM

An armed man stood in the street by a stolen car and demanded, with gun in hand, money from employees arriving at a Garden Grove business Thursday morning.

LA gun buyback gets 2,037 guns in exchange for gift cards

The Latest | | December 27 2012, 10:09 AM

The tally included 901 handguns, 698 rifles, 363 shotguns and 75 assault weapons collected from locations in South Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.

Occupy LA protesters removed from foreclosed Van Nuys home

The Latest | | December 27 2012, 9:04 AM

A group of Occupy LA protesters had been living at the home to protest an eviction order for nearly two months. Eighteen people and five dogs were removed.

In immigration news: Employer audits on the rise, long-term effects of a local crackdown, deported veterans, more

Multi-American | | December 27 2012, 7:58 AM

Immigration audits on businesses rise - New York Times Immigration officials have announced the highest number yet of companies audited for hiring undocumented workers; there were more than 3,000 audits of employer I-9 forms in fiscal year 2012.

Maven's Morning Coffee: abuse in county jails

Represent! | | December 27 2012, 6:31 AM

Today is Thursday, Dec. 27 and headlines include a look at abuse allegations in county jails, opposition to a water fee, and questions for neighborhood councils.

LA apartment fire kills elderly woman, injures husband, son

The Latest | | December 27 2012, 6:14 AM

A neighbor tried to rush into the burning apartment to help, but said the smoke was too thick to see anything. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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| December 27 2012, 6:00 AM

The five most surprising words in Korean.


Biggest failures and flops of 2012

| December 27 2012, 10:44 AM

Who do you think ended 2012 with egg on his or her face? What companies came out with products that just didn’t cut it for you…or anyone? Which politicians lost their dignity along with the vote this year? Give us a call and let us know your “favorite” failure or flop of 2012.

Life on another planet not far, far away...maybe

| December 27 2012, 10:43 AM

What is the likelihood that this new planet has life on it? How did the scientists find it in the first place?

Do you have a right to know who’s packing heat in your neighborhood?

| December 27 2012, 10:43 AM

Should gun permit information be readily accessible? Is the map useful even if it can’t track unlicensed gun owners, or long gun owners?

Next year’s big story: will the NFL come to LA?

| December 27 2012, 10:43 AM

Everyone in Los Angeles was excited to see a new ownership team take over the Dodgers in 2012, so looking forward to 2013, all eyes are on the NFL. L.A. has been without a football team since the Raiders moved back to Oakland in 1995.

Fiscal cliffhanger: What’s the holdup?

| December 27 2012, 10:43 AM

With only five days to go before ‘Cliffaggeddon,’ President Barack Obama cut his Christmas vacation short and flew back to the capitol to try to broker a deal.

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Our critics on the best music, trends of 2012 (Video)

Arts & Entertainment | | December 27 2012, 9:29 AM

Our regular music critics Steve Hochman, Josh Kun and Drew Tewksbury give us their top picks for 2012.

Russian Adoption Ban: Tell us how the new law will affect you

| December 27 2012, 9:17 AM

Today, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he plans to sign a law banning all adoptions from his country to the U.S. It's retaliation for an American law that punishes Russian officials for human rights violations.

Nicholl Fellowship winner Allan Durand on 'Willie Francis Must Die Again'

| December 27 2012, 9:08 AM

The Academy Awards aren't just for billion-dollar blockbusters and art-house films.

Could gun liability insurance help curb gun violence?

| December 27 2012, 8:51 AM

Even though the nation is still reeling from the tragic Sandy Hook School shooting, passing gun control laws will not come easy. But would it be easier to get Congress to approve a law if it avoided banning any guns, and just imposed stricter restrictions?John Wasik, contributor to Forbes.

Electronic medical records vulnerable to attack by hackers

| December 27 2012, 8:51 AM

Nearly four years ago, Congress mandated the widespread adoption of electronic health records. Since then, thousands of hospitals, clinics and doctors have made the move to digitize medical records.

Primary care physician shortage worsening

| December 27 2012, 8:51 AM

The way things are going, finding a family doctor is going to be increasingly challenging. Fewer and fewer medical students are signing up to become primary care physicians.According to the American Medical Association only 2 percent said they were interested in practicing primary care.

NY paper under scrutiny for publishing map of gun permit holders

| December 27 2012, 8:51 AM

A New York newspaper is coming under fire for publishing a map that identifies licensed gun owners in the area. The Journal News of suburban Westchester, New York published the map last week in the wake of the mass shooting in nearby Newtown Connecticut.

The new definition of drones

Environment & Science | | December 27 2012, 8:51 AM

Earlier this month, Chris Anderson resigned as editor-in-chief of Wired magazine to team up with a 26-year-old engineering whiz from Tijuana. From the Fronteras Desk in San Diego, John Rosman says they plan to jumpstart what they call the, "personal drone industry."

A look at the new California laws coming in 2013

| December 27 2012, 8:51 AM

Governor Brown signed nearly 900 bills into law last year, many of which will take effect on Tuesday.For more on what you can and can't do in California come January 1st, we're joined by John Myers, he's the political editor for the ABC affiliate in Sacramento.

A look ahead to the biggest environmental issues of 2013

Environment & Science | | December 27 2012, 8:50 AM

KPCC reporter Molly Peterson fills us in on the biggest environmental issues ahead in 2013.