Archive for January 2nd, 2013

Key figure in LA jail abuse investigation retires

Crime & Justice | | January 02 2013, 6:22 PM

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.

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

Local | | January 02 2013, 5:07 PM

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.

Fiscal cliff legislation means $15B less in Medicare for hospitals

Health | | January 02 2013, 5:04 PM

Hospitals lose billions in reimbursements under last-minute Congressional deal to avert fiscal cliff tax hikes and spending cuts.

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

Local | | January 02 2013, 4:40 PM

California starts this year with nearly $1 billion less in tax revenue than expected. The shortfall results mostly from Facebook’s slumping stock price.

Fiscal cliff deal prolongs holding pattern for defense contractors

Business & Economy | | January 02 2013, 2:48 PM

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

Politics | | January 02 2013, 1:17 PM

The lessons of the final deal come down to this: Washington is very nearly broken. Next up? Finishing the work this agreement postponed.

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

Health | | January 02 2013, 12:41 PM

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.

Social Security payroll tax rate rises, reduces paychecks

Business & Economy | | January 02 2013, 12:33 PM

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

US & World | | January 02 2013, 12:24 PM

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

US & World | | January 02 2013, 10:45 AM

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

Health | | January 02 2013, 8:36 AM

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.

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

Arts & Entertainment | | January 02 2013, 8:18 AM

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

US & World | | January 02 2013, 6:13 AM

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

Local | | January 02 2013, 6:00 AM

Conducting and presenting oral histories reveals to UC Irvine students some ways that Vietnamese culture adapted when it arrived in America.

Fewer traffic deaths across the Southland this New Year's holiday

Crime & Justice | | January 02 2013, 5:50 AM

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.

New state law to let some immigrants get driver's licenses might have little effect

Multi-American | | January 02 2013, 5:05 PM

A new state law that allows some undocumented immigrants to apply for a driver's license might have little effect. Many had already applied.

New rules aim to end visa seekers' long family separations

Multi-American | | January 02 2013, 4:52 PM

A rule change would allow undocumented immigrants seeking visas to file paperwork while in the United States, instead of in heir home countries.

The "amazing" list of banished words is "literally" "awesome"

Larry Mantle | | January 02 2013, 4:06 PM

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.

2 charged in murder of Pasadena youth coach, mentor

The Latest | | January 02 2013, 4:06 PM

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office charged two young men on Wednesday in connection with the Christmas Day murder of Victor McClinton.

Fandango records 57 percent increase in ticket sales last year

The Latest | | January 02 2013, 3:52 PM

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 Breakdown | | January 02 2013, 2:41 PM

The state's housing market continues to improve, as fewer homeowners are delinquent on their mortgage payments. But housing supply is still tight.

Gov. Brown wants more money for poor schools

Pass / Fail | | January 02 2013, 2:26 PM

Governor Brown says he wants to increase state funding for public schools with high proportions of low-income students to "balance" opportunities

Jon Stewart to host Bruce Springsteen tribute show in LA

The Latest | | January 02 2013, 1:47 PM

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.

Departing CA Brian Bilbray makes final pitch for E-verify

Represent! | | January 02 2013, 11:52 AM

In his final House floor speech, departing Congressman Brian Bilbray urges mandatory E-verify so employers may check job applicants' immigration status.

Fiscal cliff package extends production tax credit for wind

Pacific Swell | | January 02 2013, 11:43 AM

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

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

The Breakdown | | January 02 2013, 11:36 AM

PIMCO, TCW, and DoubleLine Capital are all investing in an ongoing housing recovery and have notched substantial gains in 2012.

Law enforcement deaths drop dramatically in 2012

The Latest | | January 02 2013, 11:02 AM

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.

UPDATE: Clippers owner Donald Sterling's son found dead in Malibu

The Latest | | January 02 2013, 10:36 AM

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.

In immigration news: Reform on post-fiscal cliff agenda, lessons from immigrants, outcry over 'Make Me Asian' app, more

Multi-American | | January 02 2013, 8:36 AM

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.

CA homeowners behind on payments get some mortgage relief

The Latest | | January 02 2013, 7:53 AM

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.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Jerry Brown adjusts school funding

Represent! | | January 02 2013, 7:52 AM

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.

Paparazzo killed in LA while shooting Bieber's car

The Latest | | January 02 2013, 7:51 AM

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.

New year, new gear for Los Angeles mayor’s race

Represent! | | January 02 2013, 6:04 AM

The race to succeed Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa kicks into high gear now, with the primary election just 64 days away.

CA freshmen face busy week in Congress

Represent! | | January 02 2013, 6:00 AM

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

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Improving the Odds

| January 02 2013, 6:00 AM

Waiting for the shoe to drop.


Nuts, bolts and nuance of the 'Fiscal Cliff' deal & debacle

| January 02 2013, 10:40 AM

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?

Spoiler alert, fiscal cliff and artisanal make list of banished words for 2012

| January 02 2013, 10:32 AM

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?

| January 02 2013, 10:32 AM

Do you have trouble making or breaking habits? What are your plans for keeping your resolutions this year?

Another fiscal cliffhanger coming in February

| January 02 2013, 10:31 AM

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®

'Best Of Rivals' looks at the greatest QB rivalry in NFL history

| January 02 2013, 5:02 PM

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, Apple, Facebook and Amazon face off to escalate in 2013

| January 02 2013, 9:20 AM

Google is facing off against Apple, Facebook and Amazon in a tech rumble that's promising to heat up this year.

'The Little Book of Heartbreak' takes a look at love lost through the ages

| January 02 2013, 9:14 AM

We've all been there before... dumped. Broken hearted. Certain that you will never find love again.

Is the US all-volunteer military system developing a warrior class?

| January 02 2013, 9:05 AM

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

| January 02 2013, 8:58 AM

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.

Scientists race to save endangered frogs from lethal fungus

Environment & Science | | January 02 2013, 8:58 AM

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.

Remembering the Korean War after 60 years

| January 02 2013, 8:58 AM

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.

Economist theorizes that America's period of growth may be ending

| January 02 2013, 8:57 AM

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.

Why Guantanamo Bay remains in operation

| January 02 2013, 8:56 AM

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

| January 02 2013, 8:17 AM

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.

LA city animal shelters celebrate a no-kill December

Local | | January 02 2013, 6:00 AM

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.