Archive for January 2nd, 2013


Men's Central Jail
L.A. County Sheriff's Captain Daniel Cruz oversaw the Men’s Central Jail for over two years. A colleague claimed he shielded abusive deputies from investigation.
Rose Parade

Video: The story behind a soldier's Rose Parade family reunion

A surprise reunion between a U.S. army sergeant deployed to Afghanistan and family was one of the most memorable moments during Tuesday’s Rose Parade. Here's the story behind it.
Hospitals need to cut patient load
Hospitals lose billions in reimbursements under last-minute Congressional deal to avert fiscal cliff tax hikes and spending cuts.
Facebook Debuts As Public Company With Initial Public Offering On NASDAQ Exchange

Facebook blamed in part for California's $900M tax shortfall

California starts this year with nearly $1 billion less in tax revenue than expected. The shortfall results mostly from Facebook’s slumping stock price.
Aerowire Velma Searcy
A deal was done, but businesses that depend on defense contracts are still dangling off the fiscal cliff. Congress put off a sequestration decision for two months.

'Fiscal cliff' deal: What we learned; what comes next

The lessons of the final deal come down to this: Washington is very nearly broken. Next up? Finishing the work this agreement postponed.
Children's Hospital Offers "Alternatives" to Healing

Cystic Fibrosis drug's success was 20 years in the making

The success of Kalydeco, a drug to treat cystic fibrosis, has been decades in the making — since the discovery of the gene associated with the disease.
Markets Soar On Budget Deal OnFirst Trading Day Of 2013
Your income tax rate might not be going up, but your Social Security payroll tax rate is, and it'll probably show in your next paycheck.

Gov suing NCAA to stop Penn State sex abuse sanctions

Gov. Tom Corbett says the NCAA is unfairly punishing Penn State students and businesspeople for the crimes of former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky.

UN: More than 60,000 have died in Syria conflict

It was estimated about 45,000 people have died since anti-regime protests began in March 2011. Now, the U.N. says it's more like 60,000 and that may be underestimated.

CDC research: A little extra fat may help you live longer

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention finds that being overweight, but not obese, is associated with lower risk of death. But don't ditch your diet goals yet.
Dominick Cruz After-Fight Party At Studio 54

Can skinny models undermine your New Year's dieting goals?

Does repeated exposure to skinny models help or hinder dieters? Many people turn to models for weight-loss inspiration. There's growing evidence this is a mistake.

Big budget battles ahead even after 'fiscal cliff' deal

First, a fight to raise the debt ceiling. Then another deadline for deep spending cuts. It's clear there's going to be a lot of nastiness before the day is saved.

UC Irvine course explores Vietnamese American oral history

Conducting and presenting oral histories reveals to UC Irvine students some ways that Vietnamese culture adapted when it arrived in America.
Mercer 2100
The new year got off to a good start on Southern California’s highways, with fewer traffic deaths in the days leading up to the first day of 2013.


A new state law that allows some undocumented immigrants to apply for a driver's license might have little effect. Many had already applied.
Mercer 1067
A rule change would allow undocumented immigrants seeking visas to file paperwork while in the United States, instead of in heir home countries.
When "Offramp" host John Rabe's father, Bill, created the list at Lake Superior State University in Michigan he likely didn't know it would thrive nearly 40 years later. As language evolves there should never be a shortage of words and phrases we want to "kick to the curb.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office charged two young men on Wednesday in connection with the Christmas Day murder of Victor McClinton.
Movie website Fandango had a record-setting 2012 with noteworthy increases seen in ticket sales, online traffic and mobile usage.

CA 'shadow inventory' of real estate drops through October

The state's housing market continues to improve, as fewer homeowners are delinquent on their mortgage payments. But housing supply is still tight.
Governor Brown says he wants to increase state funding for public schools with high proportions of low-income students to "balance" opportunities
Comedy Central's Night Of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together For Autism Programs - Show
Jon Stewart will host the 2013 MusiCares tribute to Bruce Springsteen. Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Elton John and a dozen more to perform on Feb. 8 in Los Angeles.
Mercer 2033

Departing CA Brian Bilbray makes final pitch for E-verify

In his final House floor speech, departing Congressman Brian Bilbray urges mandatory E-verify so employers may check job applicants' immigration status.
Moon Appears Bigger And Brighter, As Its Closer To Earth Than Normal

Fiscal cliff package extends production tax credit for wind

As Washington worked to avoid the fiscal cliff, wind producers in California were among the industries concerned about what a budget resolution might bring.
A short sale home in the Spring Valley a

Bond kings chase returns in a low-interest-rate world

PIMCO, TCW, and DoubleLine Capital are all investing in an ongoing housing recovery and have notched substantial gains in 2012.
The past year saw the second lowest number of officers killed in the line of duty in 50 years. In 2012, 127 law enforcement officers died while working.
Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Three
Detectives are at a residence on Pacific Coast Highway conducting an investigation into the death of Scott Sterling, 32. A cause of death was not immediately known.
Immigration and gun violence top president's post-fiscal cliff agenda - NBC Before yesterday's deal was reached to avoid so-called fiscal cliff, President Obama spoke with NBC's "Meet the Press" about issues he plans to address next: "I've said that fixing our broken immigration system is a top priority," he said.
Foreclosures Spike As Banks Accelerate Loan Default Notices
A new law went into effect January 1 giving troubled homeowners some protection when facing foreclosure. It is supposed to make it easier for people to modify mortgages.
Jerry Brown Attends Rally In Support Of Proposition 30

Maven's Morning Coffee: Jerry Brown adjusts school funding

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 and headlines include the governor's decision to adjust school funding, a look at the CD 7 race, and new laws for the new year.
2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show - Pink Carpet Arrivals

Paparazzo killed in LA while shooting Bieber's car

The pop star's friend was driving the car when it was pulled over for a traffic stop and the photographer arrived. Police say he was struck by a car as he returned to his own car.
The race to succeed Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa kicks into high gear now, with the primary election just 64 days away.
Congressman Dan Lungren

CA freshmen face busy week in Congress

California is sending 14 freshmen to Congress. It will be a busy week for the new kids on the Hill.


The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Improving the Odds

Improving the Odds

Waiting for the shoe to drop.


Episode: AirTalk for January 2, 2013
How will this deal affect the middle class? What about those who rely on entitlement programs? And does this deal really add up to make any noticeable dent in the country’s deficit?
View of the Oxford American College dict
What words, phrases and twitterisms are you sooo over? Call in and tell us - YOLO!

What’s the secret to keeping a New Year’s resolution?

Do you have trouble making or breaking habits? What are your plans for keeping your resolutions this year?
US Secretary of the Treasury Timothy F.

Another fiscal cliffhanger coming in February

Will more debt hurt already fragile economic growth?Why didn’t the Fiscal Cliff deal resolve this issue? Why does the US Government need to borrow trillions of dollars simply to pay its bills? And why is the actual deadline so nebulous?

Take Two®

Episode: Take Two for January 2, 2013
San Francisco 49ers vs. Phoenix Cardinals
Adam Lazarus, author of the new book "Best of Rivals: Joe Montana, Steve Young, and the Inside Story behind the NFL's Greatest Quarterback Controversy," joins the show to talk about the rivalry between 49ers Joe Montana and Steve Young.
Google Maps Returns To Apple's iPhone
Google is facing off against Apple, Facebook and Amazon in a tech rumble that's promising to heat up this year.
Meghan Laslocky
We've all been there before... dumped. Broken hearted. Certain that you will never find love again.
New York And New Jersey Continue To Recover From Superstorm Sandy
The draft ended almost 40 years ago, and even though the U.S. population has grown, the size of the military has declined.

The political repercussions of the fiscal cliff deal

It seems that the dreaded tumble over the fiscal cliff was avoided. Though the House didn't vote until after the Monday deadline, but there is a deal. It avoids cuts to defense and other programs, and prevents an income tax increase for all but the richest Americans, but it's still a short-term deal.
Panamanian Golden Frog
Hundreds of species of frogs from the basins of the Sierra Nevada to Panama, and even extending to Australia and Europe, face extinction due to a deadly fungus.
124th Rose Parade Presented By Honda

Remembering the Korean War after 60 years

It was nearly 60 years ago that Americans fighting a grueling war in Korea saw an end in sight. The armistice to end the war was signed in July 1953, but since then, the Korean War has often been called, "The Forgotten War.
Markets Soar On Budget Deal OnFirst Trading Day Of 2013
KPCC's Matt DeBord talks about economist Robert Gordon's theory that the period of economic growth that began in the 18th century may be drawing to an end.
Members of social organizations protest

Why Guantanamo Bay remains in operation

Shortly after President Obama took office in 2009, he vowed that he would close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility within a year. But as of now it remains open.Joining us once again to talk about what's been happening of late at Gitmo is Mattathias Schwartz, a contributor for the New Yorker magazine who has been covering Guantanamo.

How to keep your kids 'Unbored' during the long winter break

You've done a lot this holiday season. You've gone to see some movies, went up to the mountains for a day in the snow, maybe even headed to the mall for some post-holiday sales.So now what?If you've got kids at home for winter break and are looking for creative ways to keep them occupied, you'll want to check out a new book called "Unbored: The Essential Field Guide To Serious Fun.
Chihuahuas Overwhelm California Animal Shelters

LA city animal shelters celebrate a no-kill December

December 2012 was the first month on record that no adoptable healthy animals were euthanized by L.A. animal shelters. About 4,000 fewer animals were killed this year.

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