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California Governor Jerry Brown Unveils State Pension Reform Program

Legislative analyst wary of Governor’s Medi-Cal plan

Gov. Brown says the state could assume the cost of medical care for indigent patients, but local governments aren't sure it'll be a bargain.

Evangelical leaders to pray for immigration reform (video)

Major evangelical groups want Congress to pass immigration reform legislation. And they're asking Christians to look at biblical passages for solutions.
Nuclear Plant Problems
The head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission visited the damaged and offline San Onofre nuclear plant for the first time Monday.
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The first large-scale, national survey of its kind suggests that obesity among kids exposes them to a slew of childhood health problems.
OxyContin Abuse On the Rise
The L.A. County Department of Public Health calls for steps to improve training, tracking, and disposal of prescription drugs to counter abuse problem.
Cold temperature cause some early risers in Santa Monica to layer up, but that causes others from much colder places to laugh.
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Elder President Bush released from a Houston hospital

Bush, 88, had been in Houston's Methodist Hospital for nearly two months. He was being treated for complications related to bronchitis and a stubborn fever.
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Justice Sotomayor's amazing rise told in 'My Beloved World'

Intelligent, gregarious and at times disarmingly personal, Justice Sonia Sotomayor's memoir – "My Beloved World" – recounts her trailblazing journey from the Bronx to the Supreme Court.
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The air in China's capital has been classified as hazardous to human health for a fifth consecutive day. Environmentalists say it's the worst pollution since monitoring began.
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UPDATE: Obama holds news conference, talks debt ceiling, gun control

The president will take questions and among the topics likely to be discussed: the budget, gun control, the economy, Afghanistan and immigration.
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It's cold! But there's no chill on optimism for Southern California who think they may escape crop damage from the frigid weather of the last few days.
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LA-area lawmaker: No more immunity for gun makers, dealers

"Good gun companies don't need special protection from the law," says Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. He will propose a law revoking the gun industry's immunity. The National Rifle Association calls the law "vitally important."
Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chair Allison Macfarlane meets Monday in Orange County with several environmental groups about the damaged San Onofre nuclear power plant.
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Former President Bill Clinton will address a conference devoted to patient safety Monday afternoon in Orange County.
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Leon Leyson, who was the youngest of 1,100 Jews saved from the Nazis by Oscar Schindler, has died in Southern California at 83.
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Police: Lack of data on felons threatens public safety

In 2011, California shifted thousands of felons to county custody. But local officials still lack critical information about who they are and where they reside.
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A California lawmaker prepares legislation to make it easier for counties to implement a law that mandates outpatient treatment for certain severely mentally ill patients.
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Three Riverside non-profit groups have teamed up to bid on an iconic cross that’s been at the center of a legal battle over its display on public land.
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LA County officials want to cut coastal pollutants by capturing runoff close to where it falls. It would be paid through a property tax that will affect almost all property owners.
Barack Obama Is Sworn In As 44th President Of The United States

Critics decry looser rules for Obama inauguration fundraising

President Obama is now allowing bigger donations. Advocates for overhauling campaign finance laws wonder what happened to his pledge to change how Washington works.
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A cold snap continued Monday and growers in the Central Valley fought to protect citrus crops from overnight lows. Downtown LA dipped to a record 35 degrees early Monday.
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See a chart showing contributions as reported by the candidates in the Los Angeles mayor's race.

L.A. 2013 mayoral race debates, stories and data

The race for the 2013 Los Angeles mayorship is underway. Watch the debates, read the stories, and browse information on endorsements and campaign contributions.

Blogs

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The Southern California-based Church of Scientology got some social media attention Monday with a headline declaring “David Miscavige Leads Scientology to Milestone Year.”
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Think L.A. residents are dramatic about the weather? Meet our pets.
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LA's Mayor is in DC precisely when President Obama is looking to fill a couple of cabinet jobs. But what about the Charlie Sheen factor?

Will Ackman face a 'short squeeze' on his Herbalife bet?

As the stock price of the LA-headquartered nutrition company rises, the hedge funder who's betting against it faces the risk of big losses.
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The President and Florida Republican Senator are preparing to propose different plans for overhauling the immigration system.
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The Lady of the Lake — an Art Deco statue and local fixture since the 1930s — was returned Monday morning to her original location in Echo Park.
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Woman who died following LAPD struggle had cocaine in system

A coroner's report says a woman who died in a Los Angeles police patrol car after a violent arrest by officers had cocaine in her system when she went into cardiac arrest.
Opening Hearing For Bell City Administrators

Corruption trial starts this week for 6 Bell city leaders

Six former officials of the scandal-ridden city of Bell go on trial this week in a massive corruption case that nearly bankrupted the Los Angeles suburb.
70th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Show
Jodie Foster made news by kind-of-coming out at the Golden Globes Sunday night, but in an odd opening she shouted out NBC’s “Saturday Night Live."
School Shooting

Parents plan protest of changes at Crenshaw High

The battle around proposed changes at Crenshaw High School are intensifying as the LAUSD Board prepares to take action. Parents organize a protest Superintendent John Deasy's plan for the troubled school.
L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told the National Press Club that a "pathway to legal, permanent residency and citizenship ... must be at the core of reform."
Calif School Shooting
A high schooler who was teased by his classmates for his red hair, social awkwardness and bookish appearance and responded with a shotgun will be charged as an adult.
Natalie Woods
A forensic re-review of Natalie Wood's death suggests the actress — found floating in the ocean off Catalina in 1981 — could have been assaulted before entering the water.
SCE Power Lines
The California Public Utilities Commission issued a final report on the 2011 windstorms and related power outages. Read the complete report, which faults Southern California Edison.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced arrests in connection with the takeover of a Nordstrom Rack store in Westchester last week where one woman was sexually assaulted.
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The body of a homeless man was found just before dawn Monday on a Los Angeles Skid Row sidewalk, but it was unclear if the death was caused by the record cold.
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Obama will seek citizenship path in one fast push - New York Times White House officials say President Obama plans to soon push Congress on "an ambitious overhaul of the immigration system that would include a path to citizenship for most of the 11 million illegal immigrants in the country.
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Fullerton's Leon Leyson--the youngest survivor on Oskar Schindler's list died Saturday from Lymphoma. Listen to Leyson tell Off-Ramp's John Rabe his amazing story.
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Prosecutors argued the boy knew what he was doing when he shot 32-year-old Jeff Hall, a regional leader of the National Socialist Movement and the boy's father.
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Today is Monday, Jan. 14 and headlines include a look at LAPD's numbers, a protest against a county tax, and profiles on two mayoral candidates.

Programs

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for January 14, 2013
In what ways has peanut butter influenced the American economy or society? Has the recession boosted your family’s peanut butter habit? Is there a PB&J in your lunchbox right now? What do you think are all-American foods? And of course, do you prefer creamy or crunchy?
Biden Meets With Pro-Gun Groups In Washington

Setting sights on practical solutions to gun violence

The federal government has had a no-gun-sale database since 1998. California maintains its own Armed Prohibited Persons list. Yet millions of mentally ill people remain unlisted, ostensibly still able to purchase firearms legally. Vice President Biden’s task force to reduce gun violence has focused on improving the effectiveness of such databases.
modern family
If you’ve been keeping close tabs on TV’s midseason, what are you most excited for? And what more do ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox have to do get you to tune in?
Britney Spears Eats Fast Food

POLL: What's the right minimum wage for California?

What are the economics of a modern minimum wage? How does California compare to the rest of the country?
Del Aire Public Fruit Park

Los Angeles gets state’s first public fruit park

Figurative seeds have been planted for a fruit park in Del Aire that may mark a change in the way communities approach and use public space.

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for January 14, 2013
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On Monday, former champion cyclist Lance Armstrong apologized to staff of Live Strong, the cancer foundation he founded, the same day Oprah Winfrey is scheduled to interview him.
Calif School Shooting
Taft Union High School remains closed Monday after a 16-year-old walked in last week with a shotgun and critically injured one of his classmates. As news crews pack up and leave Kern County, the town is still in a state of shock over the incident.
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This weekend, Southern California lost a prominent Holocaust survivor and educator. Leon Leyson of Fullerton died Saturday after a 4-year-long battle with lymphoma. He was 83.
Oregon Car Bomb Plot
In November of 2010, a young Somali American man named Mohamed Mohamud was arrested in Portland, Oregon. He was charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction after allegedly trying to set off what he believed to be a bomb at a popular tree-lighting ceremony in Pioneer Square.
President Obama Holds Final News Conference Of First Term
We just heard President Obama holding his last press conference of his first term as president. The president took on subjects ranging from the debt ceiling to gun control.For more on this we're joined now by Josh Gerstein, White House Reporter for POLITICO.
Cold Snap Endangers California Citrus Crop

Southern California cold snap threatens citrus farming

First we're going to start with the news everyone is talking about: the cold weather. Downtown Los Angeles hit a record low this morning at 35 degrees. The cold snap is now in its fifth day, but we're not burning surfboards yet.
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CA judge finds boy guilty of murdering neo-Nazi father

On May 1, 2011 at about 4 a.m., a 10-year-old boy crept down the stairs of his family's home with a .357 magnum and killed his sleeping father with one shot to the head. The trial of the boy, now 12, has focused not on his guilt in the act, but whether or not he understood the difference between right and wrong.
Public Fruit Park

LA opens first public fruit orchard near LAX

Del Aire Public Fruit Park, located here in Southern California, encourages visitors to help themselves to fruit. But will it foster a 'pick what you need' spirit? Susan Valot reports.

Police: Lack of data on felons threatens public safety

In 2011, California shifted thousands of felons to county custody. But local officials still lack critical information about who they are and where they reside.

Investor Bill Ackman calls Herbalife a pyramid scheme

The L.A.-based company, Herbalife, makes billions of dollars selling nutritional supplements all over the world; the company did $3.5 billion in net sales last year.Sounds profitable, yet hedge fund manager and activist investor Bill Ackman is betting that Herbalife stock will soon be worth zero.
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Hollywood Monday: Golden Globes recap

Hollywood's brightest stars were out last night for the Golden Globes, but it was the ladies who really shined. Including the evening's hosts, Tina Fey and Amy PoehlerHere to recap some of the big moments is Rebecca Keegan, film writer for the L.
Aggressive Flu Strain Arrives Early And Spreads Rapidly Through U.S.

How to keep yourself healthy during a bad flu season

Flu season this year began about a month early, and it is already taking its toll across the U.S. How can you protect yourself and your loved ones from the virus?

The Loh Life

Roses: Part Two, Poop and Circumstance

Sandra Tsing Loh has a problem when "nature calls" at the Rose Parade.Parades make me sullen. At last year’s Rose Parade, I had my children and their cousins to blame for having to be somewhere at the crack of dawn on New Year’s morning.

The Loh Down On Science

Mousey Melodies

Making beautiful music together.

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