Archive for January 16th, 2013

WANTED: FBI offers $100,000 reward for AK-47 Bandit (bonus audio)

Crime & Justice | | January 16 2013, 6:08 PM

The FBI Wednesday announced a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the so-called "AK-47 Bandit."

Group says feds rushed approval of San Onofre generators

Local | | January 16 2013, 5:06 PM

An environmental group argues San Onofre’s operator should have been required to go through a license amendment process before installing new steam generators.

Federal case against L.A. gang activist dropped

Crime & Justice | | January 16 2013, 4:51 PM

A federal judge dismissed racketeering and conspiracy to murder charges against a well-known Los Angeles gang interventionist. But he may soon be back in court.

Dunkin' Donuts plans to open 170 SoCal stores

Business & Economy | | January 16 2013, 4:34 PM

Dunkin’ Donuts announced Wednesday it is returning to Southern California with a wave of new stores, after exiting the market 20 years ago.

9 SoCal cities lauded for tobacco prevention

Health | | January 16 2013, 2:19 PM

Only nine Southern California cities earn an overall top grade in the American Lung Association's annual tobacco control report.

California lawmakers' proposals to thwart gun violence

Local | | January 16 2013, 8:19 AM

President Obama has unveiled his plan to overhaul the nation’s gun laws. In California, which already has some of the nation’s toughest gun laws, lawmakers are moving forward with plans for more control.

US homebuilder confidence steady near 7-year high

Business & Economy | | January 16 2013, 7:10 AM

Confidence among U.S. homebuilders remained unchanged this month from December at the highest level in nearly seven years.

US factory output rises for 2nd straight month

Business & Economy | | January 16 2013, 6:20 AM

U.S. factory production rose in December for the second straight month, buoyed by more output of autos, electronics and business equipment.

Emergency landing grounds Boeing 787 jets in Japan

US & World | | January 16 2013, 6:14 AM

Japan's two biggest airlines grounded all their Boeing 787 aircraft for safety checks Wednesday after one was forced to make an emergency landing in the latest blow for the new jet.

Director Kathryn Bigelow defends torture scenes in "Zero Dark Thirty"

Arts & Entertainment | | January 16 2013, 5:59 AM

Director Kathryn Bigelow is defending torture scenes in "Zero Dark Thirty," saying the military hunt for Osama bin Laden wasn't free of moral consequences.

US consumer prices unchanged in December

Business & Economy | | January 16 2013, 5:49 AM

Lower gas costs offset more expensive food and higher rents to keep a measure of U.S. consumer prices flat last month.

LAPD union endorses Wendy Greuel for mayor

Represent! | | January 16 2013, 6:59 PM

The powerful Police Protective League is known to make large, independent expenditures on behalf of its favored candidates.

Empire strikes back at White House's Death Star decision

Without A Net | | January 16 2013, 5:40 PM

The White House made news by rejecting the idea of building a Death Star (while also promoting the space program and science education). Now, the Empire has responded.

Big gaps in database for gun background checks

The Latest | | January 16 2013, 5:26 PM

President Obama Wednesday suggested closing some of the gaps in a federal database used to check gun buyers for mental health issues that would prohibit them from owning a firearm.

Former Villaraigosa aide gets endorsement in council race

Represent! | | January 16 2013, 4:02 PM

Matt Szabo is one of a dozen candidates hoping to replace outgoing-Councilman Eric Garcetti in the Thirteenth District. He was endorsed Wednesday by the mayor.

LA City Council seeks third marijuana measure for May ballot

Represent! | | January 16 2013, 4:01 PM

An 11-1 vote on Wednesday calls for drafting language that would allow some existing clinics to remain in operation while formalizing restrictions.

New book traces link between early computer and atomic bomb

Patt Morrison | | January 16 2013, 3:58 PM

In Turing’s Cathedral, George Dyson tackles the origins of today’s digital universe, tracing them back to John von Neumann and a group of scientists and mathematicians that worked on building advanced computers, and expanding Alan Turing’s concept of a universal machine into a history-altering reality.

FAA grounds all U.S.-based Boeing 787 Dreamliners for fire risk (Updated)

The Latest | | January 16 2013, 3:37 PM

FAA officials ordered all U.S.-based airlines to temporarily ground their Boeing 787 Dreamliners until a "fire risk linked to batteries" can be fixed.

Former Yahoo CEO Levinsohn now works for Dodgers' owners

The Breakdown | | January 16 2013, 3:36 PM

The interim CEO of the Internet giant left after a brief stint last year. He will replace a media executive whose tenure was equally brief.

California representatives split on Obama gun control proposals

Represent! | | January 16 2013, 3:18 PM

California Democrats line up behind President's gun control proposals; Republicans have some concerns about the Second Amendment and government overreach.

4 LA neighborhoods make 'hottest in 2013' list

The Latest | | January 16 2013, 1:53 PM

Four neighborhoods in the Los Angeles metro area made a list of "hot neighborhoods" for 2013. Is your home in one of them? Check out the list.

Judge orders release of Boy Scout files detailing sex abuse

The Latest | | January 16 2013, 12:11 PM

A Southern California judge has ordered the Boy Scouts of America to release two decades of internal files detailing sexual abuse allegations.

'Clean Water, Clean Beaches' runs afoul of green values at LA supes meeting

Pacific Swell | | January 16 2013, 11:55 AM

Environmentalists have complex interests when it comes to stormwater management. No wonder the supervisors struggled to see the upside in the plan with the simple name.

Speculating on where Villaraigosa might land (UPDATED)

Represent! | | January 16 2013, 10:39 AM

A report that the transportation secretary may leave in the coming months gives LA's mayor a possible opening in DC.

VIDEO: Obama calls for new gun control measures to curb violence (Poll)

The Latest | | January 16 2013, 10:03 AM

The President called for universal background checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. He also signed 23 executive orders, which we detail. What do you think? Take our poll.

Sherman/Berman tiff continues

Represent! | | January 16 2013, 8:51 AM

Political feud in Sherman/Berman lingers months after election.

CA Congressman's new job could halt high speed rail

Represent! | | January 16 2013, 8:40 AM

Fresno Republican Jeff Denham, a staunch critic of California's high speed rail project, now heads the railroads subcommittee.

Dunkin' Donuts to open shops in LA, across Southland

The Latest | | January 16 2013, 8:30 AM

Dunkin' Donuts anticipates shops will start opening in 2015. Possible sites: college campuses, casinos, military bases, supermarkets, airports and travel centers.

Mayor: At least 1 more year of San Diego Chargers

The Latest | | January 16 2013, 8:03 AM

The team has been linked to a new football stadium proposed by AEG for Downtown Los Angeles. It has said it wants to stay in San Diego, but they can opt out of the contract.

LA Coliseum fails to make $500,000 rent payment

The Latest | | January 16 2013, 7:54 AM

The commission that operates the stadium wants to turn management over to the University of Southern California, but negotiations are stalled.

Maven's Morning Coffee: recap of city attorney debate

Represent! | | January 16 2013, 7:16 AM

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 16 and headlines include a recap of the city attorney debate, a delay in the storm water fee, and a look at the impact of Farmers Field.

EPA softens stand on fracking and drinking water contamination in Texas

Pacific Swell | | January 16 2013, 6:29 AM

When a man in a Fort Worth suburb reported his family's drinking water had begun "bubbling" like champagne, the federal EPA sounded an alarm on fracking, but later changed their tune.

CalPERS strikes fear in the hearts of private equity firms

The Breakdown | | January 16 2013, 6:00 AM

The huge public pension fund already has issues with venture capital investments. Now firms that buyout other companies could be in trouble.

Another day, another big rig accident on I-5 in LA

The Latest | | January 16 2013, 5:37 AM

All lanes of northbound Interstate-5 at Atlantic Boulevard reopened Wednesday morning at Commerce after three of four were closed due to a truck fire, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Flu or cold? How to tell what you have

The Latest | | January 16 2013, 1:50 AM

What are your symptoms? Consult our guide to assess whether you've got a common cold or something worse.

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| January 16 2013, 6:00 AM

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Is it brave, even beneficial, for Lena Dunham to be nude on HBO's 'Girls?'

| January 16 2013, 3:51 PM

Critics tell Dunham to put some clothes on, but fans of the show’s famously-awkward sexual scenarios have spoken up in defense of Dunham, her body, and the creative choice to focus on sex for the sake of sex, rather than what some have called “the gaze.”

'7 Up!' grows up into a life-long project for Michael Apted

Arts & Entertainment | | January 16 2013, 10:42 AM

Apted continued his own life trajectory by becoming an acclaimed director, while revisiting the series every seven years. The latest installment, directed by Apted, is 56 Up!, which opens in L.A. this Friday.

Safe Sex Smartphone App

| January 16 2013, 10:42 AM

The future may involve a much more candid sexual health disclosure between partners, thanks to smartphone apps like MedXCom. The app provides a service where doctor-approved test results and medical records are verifiable via smartphone. Scoundrels beware.

White House announces 23 executive orders on gun violence

| January 16 2013, 10:42 AM

What is the role of mental health in the gun violence discussion? What is the most important focus point in this dialogue? What kind of weight will President Obama’s executive action carry in the grand scheme of things?

Is Palisades Park in Santa Monica overcrowded by trainers?

| January 16 2013, 10:41 AM

Should personal trainers be taxed for holding classes in public parks? If you use public parks, are you bothered by an overcrowding of group fitness? What is the best way to make the parks usable and fun for everyone?

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California authors make shortlist for National Book Critics Circle awards

| January 16 2013, 10:41 AM

The National Book Critics Circle announced finalists for its annual awards earlier this week. Several California authors made the short list, including one based right here in Los Angeles.

Shackleton's Antarctic journey to be recreated by adventurers

| January 16 2013, 10:06 AM

Adventurer Tim Jarvis will lead a team of six on what would be the first authentic re-enactment of Shackleton's historical journey across the Antarctic.

Historian Ward Wilson debunks nuclear bomb myths in new book

| January 16 2013, 9:34 AM

Nuclear historian Ward Wilson explodes some misconceptions about the bomb in a new book called "Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons."

Budget cuts hurt ESL classes in California public schools

| January 16 2013, 9:17 AM

English class offerings at public schools are always in high demand, but because of budget cuts, many of those classes have been cut or eliminated. The California Report's Chris Richard has the story.

California lawmakers work to further thwart gun violence

| January 16 2013, 8:54 AM

President Obama unveils his administration’s plan to overhaul the nation’s gun laws Wednesday. In California, which already has some of the nation’s toughest gun laws, state lawmakers are moving forward with plans of their own to further thwart gun violence.

Should Scrabble's point system be rearranged?

| January 16 2013, 8:53 AM

In the future, the words luxury, boxy, zombie and doozy might not hold the same weight in a Scrabble game, that is, if one UC San Diego researcher has his way. He's been floating a very controversial proposal to change the value of some tiles to more accurately reflect modern usage.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner plans to open office in Tijuana

| January 16 2013, 8:53 AM

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has announced plans to open up an office in Tijuana. Adrian Florido explains where the office will be, what it will do and why this is another step in cross border cooperation.

San Jose State partners with Udacity to expand online education

| January 16 2013, 8:52 AM

The country's largest university system is wading into the world of online education. Yesterday, San Jose State announced it's joined forces with one of the leading for-profit online education companies, Udacity