Archive for January 3rd, 2013

Leader of US movie-pirating group gets 5 years in prison

Local | | January 03 2013, 8:45 PM

A man who admitted to being the leader of the IMAGiNE Group, which released unauthorized versions of theatrical films online, has been sentenced to serve 60 months in prison.

'Star Wars' creator George Lucas engaged

Arts & Entertainment | | January 03 2013, 8:18 PM

"Star Wars" creator George Lucas is engaged.

World's tallest thermometer in Baker may become billboard

Local | | January 03 2013, 6:42 PM

The world's tallest thermometer is looking for a new owner. It's part of a 4.3-acre property listed for $1.75 million.

Man gets 32 years in 1998 Santa Monica murder of German tourist

Crime & Justice | | January 03 2013, 3:39 PM

The South Los Angeles man, who evaded capture for a decade, was sentenced for his role in the killing of Horst Fietze near a hotel.

DNA links bloody handkerchief to French king's execution | | January 03 2013, 3:28 PM

In France, a team of scientists says that a piece of cloth dipped that was reputedly dipped in the blood of Louis XVI is genuine.

Palm Springs International Film Festival begins

Local | | January 03 2013, 2:53 PM

A son examines the legacy of his famous father in the opening night presentation of the 24th Annual Palm Springs Film Festival.

Health union alliance could threaten larger rival

Local | | January 03 2013, 12:26 PM

Two health care unions are joining forces in a move that could threaten the dominance of a powerful rival and lead to a new round of labor tensions.

Google makes changes and avoids antitrust charges

Business & Economy | | January 03 2013, 11:23 AM

Google has agreed to change some business practices, in an agreement made with the Federal Trade Commission that will end the agency's antitrust probe.

John Boehner re-elected speaker of the House

Politics | | January 03 2013, 10:44 AM

The 113th Congress is now in session. It begins as it left off, with Republicans controlling the House, Democrats controlling the Senate and John Boehner (R-OH) as house speaker.

Updated: Macy's to close store at Paseo Colorado in Pasadena

Business & Economy | | January 03 2013, 8:49 AM

The store has been open since 1980. Clearance sales will begin Jan. 7. The company said it's part of a plan that will see new stores open in the region.

Sandy Hook Elementary students, staff return after shootings

US & World | | January 03 2013, 6:26 AM

For the first time since the mass shooting, kids and educators are gathering. A nearby empty school building has been transformed into a new Sandy Hook Elementary.

Less layoffs, more hiring, but jobless claims are higher

Business & Economy | | January 03 2013, 6:13 AM

American companies had the fewest number of layoffs in 2012 for any year since 1997. In December, they added on 215,000 workers. But more people filed first-time claims for unemployment insurance.

Increased payroll taxes hurt lower income workers

Business & Economy | | January 03 2013, 6:00 AM

The fiscal cliff has been averted, but many Southern Californians still have to deal with smaller paychecks, with more money going toward social security.

Feds: Calif. on track to operate health insurance exchange

Health | | January 03 2013, 11:43 AM

States have to be ready to operate their own affordable health insurance exchanges by October – otherwise the federal government will step in and do it for them.

Field of 'Dreamliners': LAX launches Boeing 787s to Japan and Chile

The Latest | | January 03 2013, 6:24 PM

Boeing 787 Dreamliners: United expanded service with its first regularly scheduled 787 route between LAX and Tokyo. LAN celebrates its inaugural US flight to Chile.

Did the U.S. economy add more than 200,000 Dec. jobs?

The Breakdown | | January 03 2013, 5:47 PM

Job growth in the U.S. has been subpar for months, but December could end the year on an optimistic note as the recovery picks up steam.

CA Court: It's not rape since victim wasn't married

The Latest | | January 03 2013, 5:45 PM

A California appeals court reluctantly overturned a 2009 rape conviction Wednesday, finding that impersonating a boyfriend is not the same as impersonating a husband, according to an arcane state law.

Cheaper, quicker college degrees on the horizon?

Pass / Fail | | January 03 2013, 5:04 PM

Assemblyman wants to make it quicker and cheaper for students to earn college degrees in lucrative, job-rich industries.

Long Beach Congressman wants bipartisanship to last

Represent! | | January 03 2013, 5:03 PM

Long Beach freshman Congressman Alan Lowenthal has made a pitch for bipartisanship. "That’s why we were elected," he said.

California legislature's musical chairs

Represent! | | January 03 2013, 4:53 PM

Democrat's Congressional win sets musical chairs in motion in California's legislature.

Who had the longest wait for an immigrant visa this month?

Multi-American | | January 03 2013, 4:51 PM

The line for family-sponsored visas moves slowly month over month, year over year: Some categories have budged little since January 2011.

New U.S. Reps. face challenge of hiring staff

Represent! | | January 03 2013, 4:44 PM

New members of the House of Representatives rely on familiar faces and veteran Washington hands to get their offices up and running.

Report: Sequestration could mean $115M loss for Los Angeles

Represent! | | January 03 2013, 4:41 PM

The city of Los Angeles could take a $115 million hit this fiscal year if the federal government fails to approve an agreement that would avert severe spending cuts.

Helen Mirren honored with star on Hollywood Walk of Fame (Photos/Video)

The Latest | | January 03 2013, 4:10 PM

Helen Mirren was honored Thursday with star no. 2,488 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Album review: The Young Tradition - Self-Titled

Off-Ramp | | January 03 2013, 3:18 PM

For an outfit virtually unknown within the United States, The Young Tradition, in their 4-year span, had a major impact on one corner of popular music.

Parents appeal for release of kidnapped US journalist

The Latest | | January 03 2013, 1:04 PM

The parents of 39-year-year-old James Foley, a videojournalist working with Agence France Press, are appealing for his release, more than a month after he went missing in Syria.

Google's antitrust win and the perfect monopoly on search

The Breakdown | | January 03 2013, 12:14 PM

How the online search giant has built the perfect monopoly. And the Federal Trade Commission has decided that the company isn't breaking laws.

The 'Facebook Effect' that wasn't in California

The Breakdown | | January 03 2013, 12:11 PM

California expected a huge, budget-repairing windfall from the sale of Facebook stock. But a disappointing IPO undermine that hope.

In immigration news: A White House reform push planned, new rules for immigrants seeking to adjust status, more

Multi-American | | January 03 2013, 12:01 PM

Obama's immigration reform push to begin this month - Huffington Post From the story: "An Obama administration official said the president plans to push for immigration reform this January.

UPDATE: Californians among hundreds arrested in child porn probe

The Latest | | January 03 2013, 11:49 AM

The investigation also yielded a warrant for the arrest of two unidentified adults (above) accused of molesting a 13-year-old girl in the LA area in about 2001.

UPDATE: Cold, windy weather forecast for Southern California

The Latest | | January 03 2013, 10:34 AM

A National Weather Service wind advisory, which means winds of 35 mph, will be in effect until 2 p.m. Temperatures are forecast to be a few degrees warmer.

Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP lobbying contracts

Represent! | | January 03 2013, 8:06 AM

Today is Thursday, Jan. 3 and headlines include no-bid contracts in the Department of Water and Power and medical marijuana measures for May ballot.

Pleitez qualifies for matching funds in LA mayors race

Represent! | | January 03 2013, 7:08 AM

Pleitez, a Stanford graduate from East L.A., says he’s raised about $210,000 for his longshot bid to succeed Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Giant Panda blood has antibiotic that kills 'superbugs' (Video)

The Latest | | January 03 2013, 7:00 AM

A substance found in the blood of endangered Giant Pandas could lead to new antibiotics to help preserve the health of humans.

Medical marijuana initiatives qualify for LA ballot (correction)

Represent! | | January 03 2013, 6:02 AM

One measure would allow almost all medical marijuana dispensaries to stay open, as long as they follow certain guidelines. The other would allow about 100 pot shops.

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Episode: Fish Tales

Fish Tales

| January 03 2013, 6:00 AM

Sandra sings show tunes.


Al Jazeera closes deal to buy Current TV

| January 03 2013, 10:41 AM

The Qatar-based media company Al Jazeera has purchased former Vice President Al Gore’s Current TV.

The risky business of celebrity photography: are paparazzi laws tough enough?

| January 03 2013, 10:40 AM

Are entertainers, their publicity machines and the star-hungry tabloids somehow complicit? In the age of Instagram, anybody with an iPhone can shoot for the stars if they’re in the right place at the right time. So why do paparazzi still go to such dangerous lengths?

Tablet tech talk

| January 03 2013, 10:40 AM

Who will get the next generation of tablet computer right? Why are tablets so popular in an era of amazing smart phones and superpowered laptops?

How best to handle student reactions to tragedy

| January 03 2013, 10:40 AM

In San Francisco, a high school student has been suspended for writing a poem with violent allusions and referencing the Newtown shooting.

Two new pot-shop referenda coming on LA ballot

| January 03 2013, 10:40 AM

Is California on its way to looser marijuana laws? How should Los Angeles regulate medical marijuana? With two competing measures on the May ballot, how will Angelenos cast their votes?

Immigration reform by fiat? Families can now wait for visas inside US

| January 03 2013, 10:40 AM

Immigrants closely related to U.S. citizens can now apply for visas from the U.S., according to a rule announced by the Department of Homeland Security, Wednesday.

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Inland Empire breeds next generation of MMA fighters (Video)

Local | | January 03 2013, 9:54 AM

ESPN writer Tim Keown tells us how California’s Inland Empire has become the epicenter for a new generation of Mixed Martial Arts fighters.

San Francisco-area woodworker crafts new instruments, sounds

Arts & Entertainment | | January 03 2013, 9:17 AM

California woodworker Sung Kim creates musical devices that look and sound like nothing else. The California Report's Rachel Dornhelm has the story.

Blind architect finds inspiration in loss

Arts & Entertainment | | January 03 2013, 9:04 AM

Architect Chris Downey designed buildings for 20 years, but then he lost his eyesight. Using special technology he's managed to continue his career in architecture and help design buildings for the blind.

After bankruptcy, Tribune Company expected to sell assets

| January 03 2013, 8:59 AM

The Tribune Company, parent to the L.A. Times and Chicago Tribune, emerges from bankruptcy. It's board of directors reads like a who's who of the entertainment world, including executives from News Corp, Disney and Discovery. The group's background may signal which way the company moves as speculation swirls around the likelihood it will get rid of some assets.

Fiscal cliff deal extends big tax breaks for Hollywood

| January 03 2013, 8:53 AM

Many of Hollywood's elite will be paying more in personal income tax under the new rules that were part of the fiscal cliff legislation. But the corporations that rule Hollywood came out as winners.

A look at the biggest issues ahead for California in 2013

| January 03 2013, 8:48 AM

For once, here in California, a budget crisis is not at the top of the agenda. And 2013 is not an election year.Here to tell us which issues will be in play at the Capitol this year, we're joined by John Myers, political editor for the ABC affiliate in Sacramento.

The 113th Congress to be sworn in today

| January 03 2013, 8:48 AM

Today is moving day in Congress. Whatever you thought of the old Congress — that would be number 112 — you'll now have a new class to blame for fiscal cliffs and the like.

New immigration policy to ease family separation time

| January 03 2013, 8:47 AM

The Obama administration made a big change to its immigration policy yesterday. A new rule issued by the Department of Homeland Security aims to reduce the time immigrants are separated from their American families while applying for residency.

Dialect experts convene in Boston to track evolution of American English

| January 03 2013, 8:47 AM

From the way Mormons speak to the influence of reality TV shows, a convention of American dialect experts meets tomorrow to track developments and the direction of American English.

Al Jazeera sale marks end of Current TV's bold experiment

| January 03 2013, 8:47 AM

It's official. The Al Gore-founded cable news channel Current TV has been sold to Al Jazeera. The purchase gives Al Jazeera the opportunity to establish a bigger presence here in the United States.

The Dinner Party: Denny's Hobbit menu, the first morse code, King Louie’s blood

| January 03 2013, 8:47 AM

Rico Gagliano from the Dinner Party talks with Alex Cohen about the Hobbit menu at Denny’s, the first emergency morse code sent to ships, and the discovery of King Louie’s blood on a handkerchief.


Piper Laurie in-depth, or 'I'll have what she's having, hold the knives.'

Arts & Entertainment | | January 03 2013, 1:51 PM

Piper Laurie, nominated for three Oscars, on acting opposite Paul Newman in "The Hustler," working on "Twin Peaks," and why she played her death scene in "Carrie" as if she was having an orgasm.

Dylan Brody's lament for Newtown

Arts & Entertainment | | January 03 2013, 1:13 PM

I am out of respect. Let us now observe not a single moment of silence.