Archive for January 28th, 2013

Former LA union chief found guilty of embezzling

Local | | January 28 2013, 6:38 PM

Federal prosectuors say the former head of a major Los Angeles union local has been found guilty of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from his labor organization.

As developing world goes mobile, can Apple make the sale?

Business & Economy | | January 28 2013, 6:29 PM

Up to 1 billion people in emerging markets will buy mobile phones in the coming years, and while this might seem a natural opportunity for Apple, it may be a struggle for the tech giant to land these new customers.

Immigration overhaul could splinter GOP

US & World | | January 28 2013, 4:36 PM

If President Obama wanted to pick the perfect wedge issue to split the Republican Party, he could hardly have improved on a comprehensive overhaul of the nation's immigration laws.

On climate change, Americans may trust politics over preachers

US & World | | January 28 2013, 4:27 PM

If studies are correct, most religious Americans take their cue on this issue from political — not religious — beliefs.

Senate approves $50.5 billion Superstorm Sandy aid bill

US & World | | January 28 2013, 3:45 PM

Earlier this month, the House's failure to vote on the measure unleashed bipartisan furor. The measure passed easily in the Senate with a vote of 62-36.

In new immigration plan, a fraught phrase is mostly sidelined

US & World | | January 28 2013, 3:27 PM

Mostly missing from the bipartisan plan to overhaul immigration: the term "illegal immigrant."

New gold rush has little luster for some in the Golden State

Local | | January 28 2013, 3:23 PM

Companies are reopening mines that have been shut down for decades, but past experiences with environmental damage have made some communities leery of gold diggers.

The Los Angeles mayoral debate at UCLA

Politics | | January 28 2013, 1:25 PM

With only 36 days before the March 5 primary, the five top candidates for Los Angeles mayor faced off Monday night in a live TV debate at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

Boy Scouts considering lifting ban on gay scouts, leaders

US & World | | January 28 2013, 1:15 PM

If approved, the new policy would allow local organizations across Southern California to determine how to address the issue. The national organization recently affirmed the ban.

Iran claims monkey was sent into space (Video)

US & World | | January 28 2013, 11:35 AM

Iran's official media reports the primate was sent up about 75 miles. Iran is aiming to launch a manned mission in five to eight years. Other nations say the program is aimed at developing long-range missiles.

What's wrong with calling obesity a medical problem?

Health | | January 28 2013, 10:40 AM

A sociologist argues in a book that framing obesity as a public health crisis takes a heavy social toll. She says big bodies should be embraced as human diversity, and not a sign of sickness.

UPDATE: New bipartisan immigration plan by Senators includes citizenship (Poll)

US & World | | January 28 2013, 10:23 AM

Four Democrat and four Republican U.S. Senators are unveiling an immigration overhaul that would let some undocumented immigrants get probationary legal residency. Citizenship may come after more reforms.

How one man tried to slim down big soda from the inside

Arts & Entertainment | | January 28 2013, 9:01 AM

Public health expert Derek Yach surprised nutrition advocates when he joined PepsiCo and got it to cut salt, sugar and fat from some popular products. But critics say he did more harm than good.

Tight inventory slows pending home sales in US

Business & Economy | | January 28 2013, 7:30 AM

A measure of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes fell last month after reaching a 2 ½-year high in November. Sales were held back by a limited supply of available homes.

LA Metro and Metrolink find solution to rider transfer issue

Local | | January 28 2013, 6:00 AM

Metrolink is testing new paper tickets embedded with smart chips so riders who want to transfer to Metro trains will be able to pass through locked turnstiles.

Regulators delay decision on San Onofre nuclear plant re-start

Local | | January 28 2013, 6:00 AM

Federal regulators have pushed back the date when they hope to decide whether to restart the San Onofre nuclear plant to late April or early May.

Rock Candy Funk Party proudly renews the fusion

Without A Net | | January 28 2013, 10:30 PM

Rock Candy Funk Party - a stellar quintet of Joe Bonamassa, Ron DeJesus, Tal Bergman, Renato Neto and Mike Merritt - makes the case for a fusion revival

Groundhog Day is 20! History repeats at the Aero on Feb 2

The Latest | | January 28 2013, 7:15 PM

The Bill Murray time-trap classic turns 20. What's your favorite line?

Senate immigration reform proposal draws mixed reactions

Multi-American | | January 28 2013, 5:53 PM

The U.S. Senate has announced a new comprehensive immigration reform plan that's meeting with criticism across the political spectrum.

Doctor shot, killed at Orange County medical building

The Latest | | January 28 2013, 4:31 PM

Police say a man has been shot and killed at an Orange County medical building and another man is in custody.

Former Cudahy mayor sent to prison for bribery

The Latest | | January 28 2013, 4:15 PM

David Silva, 62, pleaded guilty to extortion and bribery back in August. He will spend one year in federal prison for accepting a $5,000 bribe.

Getty: A Vermeer before and after?

Off-Ramp | | January 28 2013, 3:37 PM

My first thought was that some modern artist was doing a series of updates of famous depictions of women - Girl with a Pearl Earring, the Mona Lisa, Venus on the Half Shell, etc. -- pregnant.

How can you profit from Apple's decline? Listen to Gundlach

The Breakdown | | January 28 2013, 3:23 PM

Last year, it looked like the contrarian bet to end all contrarian bets: Apple collapse? Never! But the L.A. investor was clearly on to something.

Watch teen Jennifer Lawrence covered in cake in old MTV promo video

The Latest | | January 28 2013, 2:34 PM

At the Screen Actors Guild awards, Lawrence's reveals her dark, blond past — she earned her SAG card as the birthday girl in MTV promos for "My Super Sweet 16."

Write a winning college financial aid application

Pass / Fail | | January 28 2013, 2:04 PM

As March 2 deadline nears, find out if you qualify, where to get help filling out the form, and what you can do if the award isn't enough.

Judge upholds offset rules in state's cap-and-trade market

Pacific Swell | | January 28 2013, 12:59 PM

A San Francisco judge has upheld key provisions creating offsets in California's scheme to cap and create a market for greenhouse gases.

Lancaster mayor sues Palmdale over voter discrimination

Represent! | | January 28 2013, 12:56 PM

The mayor of Lancaster is suing nearby Palmdale, arguing that the way Palmdale conducts its elections is keeping black and Hispanic residents off the City Council.

Big city life can change the weather far away

Pacific Swell | | January 28 2013, 12:37 PM

The energy people use every day can widen the jet stream – changing global atmospheric systems, and influencing temperatures, with a noticeable effect in Europe.

Arsonist gets death for 2003 'Old Fire' that killed 5

The Latest | | January 28 2013, 12:35 PM

Rickie Lee Fowler, 31, has been sentenced to death for murdering five men who died of heart attacks during a San Bernardino wildfire a decade ago.

Marc Haefele goes inside Motivo Engineering

Off-Ramp | | January 28 2013, 11:48 AM

"A cool concept is only 20% of the engineering effort, the other 80% of the effort is in ensuring that the concept translates into something that can be built and assembled."

State senator proposes California earthquake warning system

The Latest | | January 28 2013, 11:01 AM

Warning times would range from a few seconds to tens of seconds – enough time for people to take cover or begin shutting down systems that could be damaged.

4 good reads on the new Senate reform plan

Multi-American | | January 28 2013, 9:27 AM

Senators offer a bipartisan blueprint for immigration - New York Times A bipartisan group of senators "has agreed on a set of principles for a sweeping overhaul of the immigration system, including a pathway to American citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants that would hinge on progress in securing the borders and ensuring that foreigners leave the country when their visas expire.

Los Angeles County plans crackdown on maternity tourism

The Latest | | January 28 2013, 8:18 AM

Authorities say pregnant women from Asia are coming to LA to give birth so their children will be US citizens. They pay thousands to stay in homes illegally converted to boarding facilities.

Maven's Morning Coffee: LA's race for mayor heats up

Represent! | | January 28 2013, 7:52 AM

Today is Monday, Jan. 28 and headlines includes more updates in the mayoral race and a look at the changes coming to the Los Angeles City Council.

New 'SportsNet LA' to carry Dodgers games in 2014 season

The Latest | | January 28 2013, 7:06 AM

SportsNet LA, a new regional sports network, will carry the Los Angeles Dodgers beginning with the 2014 season, according to a news release.

Report: Los Angeles County deputies shot man in back

The Latest | | January 28 2013, 6:44 AM

Five bullets hit Jose De La Trinidad of Culver City in the back. Two more, also from behind, struck his hip and forearm. His family wants an FBI investigation.

Inmate dies at Los Angeles County's downtown jail

The Latest | | January 28 2013, 6:12 AM

Homicide detectives are investigating the circumstances of the death. The man's name and age have not been made public.

Stakes high for candidates in televised LA mayoral debate

Represent! | | January 28 2013, 6:00 AM

The Monday night forum, broadcast live from UCLA's Royce Hall, provides an opportunity for candidates who won't have a lot of TV advertising money to get exposure on TV.

A new bipartisan effort gets a foothold on Capitol Hill

Represent! | | January 28 2013, 6:00 AM

With public opinion of Congress at an all-time low, the group No Labels says it's "dedicated to promoting a new politics of problem solving."

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Not the top of the morning, part one: forks that sing

| January 28 2013, 10:29 AM

Sandra Tsing Loh talks about her struggles to get her daughter out of bed every morning.

The Loh Down On Science
Episode: Muggle Magic

Muggle Magic

| January 28 2013, 6:00 AM

Abracadabra explained.

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Earthquake early warning system proposed for California

| January 28 2013, 10:51 AM

If an unexpected disaster of the magnitude of Hurricane Katrina or Superstorm Sandy hit populated areas of California, would we be ready?

Is transgender equality 'the civil rights issue of our time'?

| January 28 2013, 10:42 AM

How could transgender rights change in the next four years, socially and politically? What kind of federal legislation might feasibly pass? Should gender identity discrimination be handled on a national level, or by individual states?

Is viable immigration reform on the way?

| January 28 2013, 10:42 AM

Eight leading senators have reached a consensus proposal for immigration reform that allows a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, as long as they pay back taxes, a fine and pass a background check. Meanwhile, how will Obama and the House of Representatives respond?

Awards overkill?

| January 28 2013, 10:41 AM

It’s awards season in Hollywood, but celebrities aren’t the only ones passing around golden statues. These days, you’re likely to see awards given out in every industry under the sun, from best closet organizer to longest beard.

Take Two®

Children's book authors celebrate Newbery and Caldecott medals

| January 28 2013, 10:36 AM

The Newbery and Caldecott medal winners were announced today. They're the equivalent of Pulitzer prizes for children's books.

Is the political climate right for immigration reform?

| January 28 2013, 9:54 AM

The last time Congress tried to pass comprehensive immigration reform was in 2007, and that was, well, a failure. Many of the measures proposed that time around are resurfacing, now, in a new plan, but under a much different political environment.

OC reporter offers peek into the world of immigration detainees

| January 28 2013, 9:18 AM

Throughout the country, about 32,000 immigrant detainees are living behind bars, with no legal right to a visit from family or friends. Most of them have no legal representation at all.

Jane Austen's classic novel 'Pride & Prejudice' turns 200

Arts & Entertainment | | January 28 2013, 9:11 AM

Jane Austen's classic novel "Pride and Prejudice" turns 200 today. What makes this piece of literature still relevant two centuries since its first publication?

Farmers and advocates want guest worker reform

| January 28 2013, 9:06 AM

The immigration reform plan being proposed later today calls for legislation to help the agricultural industry find more workers. Some say that the nation's current guest worker program makes it hard to bring in foreign workers. Adrian Florido from the Fronteras Desk reports.

A new bipartisan effort gets a foothold on Capitol Hill

| January 28 2013, 8:58 AM

With public opinion of Congress at an all-time low, the group No Labels says it's "dedicated to promoting a new politics of problem solving."

Should gun violence be considered a public health issue?

| January 28 2013, 8:58 AM

Gun violence will be the focus of a joint hearing at the California state capitol on Tuesday.California lawmakers have previously looked at banning certain weapons or limiting ammunition.

Hollywood Monday: SAG Awards, Sundance, and more

| January 28 2013, 8:58 AM

L.A. Times film writer Rebecca Keegan joins the show to discuss the latest industry news coming out of Hollywood.

New book explores how 'Tinkerers' made America great

| January 28 2013, 8:58 AM

Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Dad in the garage with his tool box. America is a country known for it's tinkerers, people with a passion for fixing, improving and inventing useful objects.

'Gang of 8' Senators unveil immigration reform proposal

| January 28 2013, 8:58 AM

Immigration reform is getting its moment in the sun. In just a couple of hours, a bi-partisan group of Senators nicknamed "the gang of eight" will unveil their proposal for overhauling the nation's immigration policies.

San Bernardino manager quits bankrupt city

Local | | January 28 2013, 6:00 AM

After just 8 months on the job, San Bernardino’s acting city manager is leaving. The Finance Director is rumored to be right behind her. They are two big blows to a city limping through bankruptcy court.