Archive for January 3rd, 2013


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

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.
George Lucas Poses With A Group Of "Star Wars" Inspired Disney Characters At Disney's Hollywood Studios
"Star Wars" creator George Lucas is engaged.
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World's tallest thermometer in Baker may become billboard

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.
Tourist Slaying Santa Monica
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.
Scientists have established the authenticity of a cloth dipped in the blood of France's King Louis XVI. A memorial depicts the executed king and Queen Marie-Antoinette at Saint-Denis, near Paris.

DNA links bloody handkerchief to French king's execution

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

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

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

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.
House Speaker Boehner Holds News Conference On Impending Fiscal Cliff

John Boehner re-elected speaker of the House

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.
Macy's Shoppers Flock To Post-Christmas Sales
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 School

Sandy Hook Elementary students, staff return after shootings

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

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.
Tax Increase
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

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.


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.
A jobs sign hangs above the entrance to

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

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

Long Beach Congressman wants bipartisanship to last

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

California legislature's musical chairs

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

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

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

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 was honored Thursday with star no. 2,488 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The Young Tradition self titled record

Album review: The Young Tradition - Self-Titled

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.
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 Opens New Berlin Office

Google's antitrust win and the perfect monopoly on search

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

California expected a huge, budget-repairing windfall from the sale of Facebook stock. But a disappointing IPO undermine that hope.
The White House in Washington D.C.
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.
ICE Operation Sunflower Couple Sought
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.
Los Angeles skyline

UPDATE: Cold, windy weather forecast for Southern California

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.
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Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP lobbying contracts

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


The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Fish Tales

Fish Tales

Sandra sings show tunes.


Episode: AirTalk for January 3, 2013
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Al Jazeera closes deal to buy Current TV

The Qatar-based media company Al Jazeera has purchased former Vice President Al Gore’s Current TV.
2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show - Pink Carpet Arrivals
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?
Google Announces Nexus Tablet At Its Developers Conference I/O

Tablet tech talk

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

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

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?
50 Los Angeles-Area Children Sworn In As U.S. Citizens
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.

Take Two®

Episode: Take Two for January 3, 2013
ESPN writer Tim Keown tells us how California’s Inland Empire has become the epicenter for a new generation of Mixed Martial Arts fighters.
Sung Kim Instrument

San Francisco-area woodworker crafts new instruments, sounds

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

Blind architect finds inspiration in loss

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.
Tribune Co. Prepares For Possible Bankruptcy Filing

After bankruptcy, Tribune Company expected to sell assets

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

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

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

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.
President Barack Obama

New immigration policy to ease family separation time

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.
American Dialect Society
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.
Current TV-Al Jazeera

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

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.
Denny's Hobbit
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 re-enacts "Carrie" with Off-Ramp host John Rabe
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

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

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