Archive for January 10th, 2013

I-5/SR-14 HOV connector allows carpoolers to zip between freeways

Local | | January 10 2013, 5:46 PM

Transportation officials will mark the opening of an HOV connector linking I-5 and SR-14. Car pool drivers can change freeways without coasting into regular lanes.

Brown says he'll expand Medi-Cal to all eligible under ACA

Health | | January 10 2013, 5:20 PM

Gov. Brown commits to a full expansion of MediCal as part of federal health reform, but beneficiaries now eligible won't get the same coverage.

Orange County sees 'dramatic' increase in flu cases (map)

Health | | January 10 2013, 4:54 PM

Health officials say flu season in L.A. County seems average so far – but Orange County has already seen two deaths, and officials are concerned about more.

Court reporters find work outside of courtrooms

Local | | January 10 2013, 1:47 PM

Court reporters lose jobs in courtrooms as state funding cuts to the judicial branch continue - but many hope to find work elsewhere.

Lawmakers release documents on Wal-Mart bribery

Business & Economy | | January 10 2013, 11:22 AM

Lawmakers are making public emails that show that Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s CEO found out in 2005 that the retailer was handing out bribes in Mexico.

More than 300 college presidents push for gun law reform

Education | | January 10 2013, 11:06 AM

In an open letter to lawmakers, they also push for reform of gun safety laws. The list of signatories include at least 16 from California schools.

Wake-up call: FDA pushes drugmakers to weaken sleeping pills

Health | | January 10 2013, 10:56 AM

Zolpidem, the active ingredient in many sleep aids, stays in the body longer and can make people drowsy the next day. The FDA is ordering companies to change the labeling.

Albertsons sold to Cerberus Capital Management affiliate

Business & Economy | | January 10 2013, 10:07 AM

Grocery chain Albertsons will be sold to an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management in a larger $3.3 billion deal, officials said Thursday.

Rubles for time, not coffees, at Russian cafe chain

Arts & Entertainment | | January 10 2013, 8:46 AM

At most cafes, a customer buys a drink or food to hang out. A Russian entrepreneur wants to change that: At Clockface Cafes, money buys time. Everything else is free.

If Obama took 'Executive Action' on gun control, what might he do?

US & World | | January 10 2013, 8:36 AM

The president might do such things as bolster the federal database on gun buyers and order stepped-up prosecution of felons and others barred from buying weapons.

US unemployment applications rise slightly

Business & Economy | | January 10 2013, 6:46 AM

Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits ticked up slightly last week, the latest sign of stability in the job market.

NFL player, ex-Charger Junior Seau had CTE brain disease

Health | | January 10 2013, 5:55 AM

One of the NFL's best and fiercest players for nearly two decades, Seau had a degenerative brain disease linked to other suicides when he took his life last May.

Gov. Brown to propose budget with boost to public education

Local | | January 10 2013, 5:42 AM

When Gov. Brown releases his state budget plan Thursday he's expected to increase spending in a few key areas but he said to expect frugality.

Find opportunities to volunteer or contribute

Local | | January 10 2013, 10:00 AM

In an effort to provide a resource for KPCC listeners, we have compiled this database of local volunteer opportunities, nonprofit organizations and charities. Use the database to search these organizations to learn of their needs. Are there organizations we missed? Let us know.

Los Angeles 2013 Mayoral Race: Key endorsements

Politics | | January 10 2013, 6:00 AM

Check our listing of the politicians and organizations throwing their weight behind the candidates vying to be the city's next mayor. Check back for updates!

Eric Garcetti wins latest round in money race for LA's mayor

Represent! | | January 10 2013, 7:25 PM

The City Councilman has raised $3.6 million, but his main rival, City Controller Wendy Greuel, trails by less than $128,000.

FDA orders Ambien dose cut in half for women

The Latest | | January 10 2013, 6:09 PM

Manufacturers of Ambien, as well as certain other medications containing zolpidem, were ordered Thursday by the FDA to lower the recommended dose by half — for women.

Warner wins rights to Superman; creators lose out on royalties (video)

Without A Net | | January 10 2013, 5:52 PM

A loss would have meant that money earned since 1999 would have had to be shared with the creators' heirs. Here’s a look at some of Superman's big box office portrayals.

How big should venture capital be? Try less than $25 billion

The Breakdown | | January 10 2013, 5:28 PM

Venture capital brought in more than $20 billion in 2012. But at the same time, the industry is developing a "new normal" for companies that survive.

Garcetti, Greuel get most show biz donations in mayor's race

Represent! | | January 10 2013, 5:00 PM

Eric Garcetti has the bulk of entertainment industry dollars that have been donated in the mayor's race. His main rival, Wendy Greuel, has about one-third.

Ask the Chief: 2012 crime stats, patrolling LAUSD schools and 10,000 LA cops

Patt Morrison | | January 10 2013, 4:00 PM

LAPD chief Charlie Beck stops by for his monthly chat with Patt Morrison.

VIDEO: LA Kings news conference kicks off 2012-13 NHL season

The Latest | | January 10 2013, 3:39 PM

The Kings hosted a news conference to kick off their 2012-13 season. It's not 2012, you say? Technicalities — the lockout's over, and the NHL is getting ready to play.

Once endangered, now flourishing - time to count bald eagles

Pacific Swell | | January 10 2013, 3:10 PM

The formerly endangered national symbol likes to winter in the inland mountains, so the U.S. Forest Service conducts an annual bald eagle count there.

Don't send everyone your email list. Thank you.

Off-Ramp | | January 10 2013, 3:03 PM

The most horrendous of misfortune and treachery reduced me to my present state trapped in Ouagadougou with a check worth 800 gazillion English pounds.

Villaraigosa endorses Feuer in LA city attorney race

Represent! | | January 10 2013, 2:47 PM

There's no love lost between the mayor and incumbent Carmen Trutanich, but it's unclear how much Villaraigosa's support will help the challenger.

(POLL) Oscars: Who got snubbed? And who would you have picked?

The Latest | | January 10 2013, 1:58 PM

Spanning the disbelief spectrum from disappointment to outrage, here is an exhaustive collection of snubees. Which film do you think deserved a shot at best picture?

Hope for pending adoptions? Russian ban won't take effect right away

Multi-American | | January 10 2013, 1:55 PM

The announcement could represent good news for families well into the adoption process, but not for those just getting started, one expert warns.

VIDEO: If we had Google Street View in the '50s and '60s

Without A Net | | January 10 2013, 1:46 PM

Watch videos giving tours of classic Hollywood by car in the 1950s and '60s, offering us a long forgotten perspective from behind the wheel.

UPDATE: Kern Co. shooting: Teacher, aide talk student into surrendering gun

The Latest | | January 10 2013, 1:03 PM

One 16-year old student was shot and taken to a hospital by helicopter and is in critical, but stable condition. A teacher convinced the student with the shotgun to surrender.

Sheila Kuehl to run for LA County Board of Supervisors

Represent! | | January 10 2013, 12:25 PM

The former member of the state Assembly and Senate Sheila Kuehl confirms that she will run for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 2014.

UPDATE: Gov. Jerry Brown presents new budget (Video)

The Latest | | January 10 2013, 11:14 AM

The proposed $97.6 billion general fund budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year wipes out years of deficits, includes a surplus and puts more money into public education.

In immigration news: Maritime smuggling patrols, enforcement spending, E-Verify, the casting of 'Argo,' more

Multi-American | | January 10 2013, 10:24 AM

Border Patrol beefs up California coast enforcement - Reuters From the story: "In the past two years, agents have apprehended some 1,300 people, seized more than 200 vessels and recovered more than 135,000 pounds (61,235 kg) of drugs along the coast between the Mexican border and Rancho Palos Verdes.

In immigration news: Maritime smuggling patrols, enforcement spending, E-Verify, the casting of 'Argo,' more

Multi-American | | January 10 2013, 10:17 AM

Border Patrol beefs up California coast enforcement - Reuters From the story: "In the past two years, agents have apprehended some 1,300 people, seized more than 200 vessels and recovered more than 135,000 pounds (61,235 kg) of drugs along the coast between the Mexican border and Rancho Palos Verdes.

UPDATE: Rain, snow and wind forecast; I-5 reopens at Grapevine

The Latest | | January 10 2013, 9:46 AM

The CHP has reopened Interstate 5 through the Grapevine. An inch or two of snow is possible in the mountains, with the level dropping as low as 2,000 feet.

BP oil spill settlement payments exceed $1B mark

Pacific Swell | | January 10 2013, 8:43 AM

Businesses and individuals who claim BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cost them money have been paid more than $1 billion.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Hilda Solis returns to California

Represent! | | January 10 2013, 7:55 AM

Today is Thursday, Jan. 10 and headlines include Hilda Solis' return to Los Angeles, a drop in homicides for the Sheriff's Department, and new Republican leadership.

PHOTOS: The real-life 'Gangster Squad' and mobster Mickey Cohen

Without A Net | | January 10 2013, 7:00 AM

The new film “Gangster Squad” takes a fictionalized look at the LAPD vice division of the 1940s. The details are given dramatic license, but it's based in reality.

Liveblogging the Herbalife investor webcast

The Breakdown | | January 10 2013, 6:28 AM

Is the L.A.-based nutritional supplements maker a pyramid scheme, and hedge fund manager Bill Ackman has claimed? The company is now responding.

'Argo', 'Lincoln', 'Zero Dark Thirty' among Oscar nominees (Photos)

Without A Net | | January 10 2013, 5:56 AM

The 85th Academy Awards will be held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24. The live broadcast begins at 4 p.m. PST on ABC.

VIDEO: Watch the announcement of the Oscar nominations

Without A Net | | January 10 2013, 5:42 AM

The 85th Academy Awards will be held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24. The live broadcast begins at 4 p.m. PST on ABC.

Why hedge funds are fighting over the future of Herbalife

The Breakdown | | January 10 2013, 5:30 AM

Two of the biggest names in hedge funds are squaring off over the L.A.-based nutritional supplements maker Herbalife. One says it's a pyramid scheme. The other says it isn't.

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Location, Location, Location

| January 10 2013, 6:00 AM

Change for the better.

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Can Kickstarter replace old money models in entertainment?

| January 10 2013, 3:45 PM

It's been just three years since Kickstarter was created, and already it's being called one of the most notable Internet ventures ever.

David Magee on Life of Pi's journey from novel to film

Arts & Entertainment | | January 10 2013, 11:02 AM

'Life of Pi' writer David Magee talk about their journey to transform Yann Martel's magical novel into film.

Governor Brown releases the state budget

| January 10 2013, 11:01 AM

After years of being in debt, California’s budget deficit is gone for the first time since the recession.

Fool’s Golden Globes? Debating the integrity of award shows

| January 10 2013, 10:58 AM

While no one can argue that the Globes are the biggest party in Hollywood, there is a debate over the integrity and reputation of the event.

Ask the Chief

| January 10 2013, 10:55 AM

Hear the latest LAPD news from Chief Charlie Beck

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Study shows massive California-wide earthquake not unlikely

| January 10 2013, 10:24 AM

For a long time geologists believed it was unlikely that a massive quake in say, San Diego could reach all the way to San Francisco.But a new study published by the journal Nature says that kind of mega-quake isn't out of the question.

Yosemite plans to remove ice rink, pools and limit visitors

Local | | January 10 2013, 9:49 AM

For years, Yosemite National Park authorities have been looking for ways to balance the interests of its 4-million annual visitors with preserving the environment. Last week the park unveiled how it plans to do so.

How will the CA Health Insurance Exchange work?

| January 10 2013, 9:35 AM

By the end of the year, there will be a new option for Californian's shopping for health care coverage. It's called a Health Insurance Exchange, and California was the first state in the nation to begin the process of creating one.

CA insurance commissioner Dave Jones critical of Anthem Blue Cross rate hike

| January 10 2013, 9:09 AM

Although one goal of President Obama's Affordable Care Act was to rein in the high cost of health insurance, dozens of health plans continue to hike up rates. In California, premiums on insurance coverage rose almost 19%. And although California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones calls some of the increases unreasonable, he admits that he has no authority to stop them.

Autopsy shows Junior Seau suffered from brain disease

| January 10 2013, 8:58 AM

Today on Good Morning America, it was revealed that former USC and San Diego Chargers star Junior Seau had the degenerative brain disease called CTE when he committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest.

California Gov. Jerry Brown to unveil new budget proposal

| January 10 2013, 8:58 AM

Today, Governor Jerry Brown will unveil his plans to close a $1.9 billion budget gap. That may sound like a lot of money, but $2 billion is practically peanuts compared with the fiscal mess Brown has faced in the past.

VIDEO: Anglers reel in thousands of jumbo squid off Orange County

Local | | January 10 2013, 8:58 AM

Fishermen are reporting huge catches of Humboldt squid off the coast of Orange County, which can measure up to 6 feet long and weigh up to a 100 pounds.

Oscar nominations: Who came out on top and who got snubbed?

| January 10 2013, 8:57 AM

The big movie news is the Oscar nominations, and by now, you probably already know the big winner was a movie about a big guy, "Lincoln."Daniel Day Lewis, as Abraham Lincoln, received a Best Actor nomination, one of 12 the film earned, including Best Picture.

PHOTOS: SoCal woman fights to save her dino statue from extinction

Local | | January 10 2013, 8:57 AM

In San Juan Capistrano, a heated battle has been raging between city planning commission and an unlikely duo — a woman and her dinosaur.

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KPCC's Instagram challenge winner likes to keep it weird

Local | | January 10 2013, 3:25 PM

Meet Chris Rivera, the winner of KPCC + IGLA's Instagram challenge "Double Exposed." Rivera makes surreal portraits that delight his 7,600 followers.

Jeanne Manford, PFLAG founder, 92

US & World | | January 10 2013, 11:56 AM

'When I first marched, I said, "There must be other people, I'm not the only one." But I bet each parent thinks he or she is the only person.'