Archive for January 30th, 2013


Gasoline prices Jan 9, 2013 Newport Beach, CA
Why are gas prices spiking lately? Refiners are switching to cleaner burning summer blends, and some refineries are down for maintenance.
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Calif. wins extension to reduce prison crowding

California fails to meet prison population cap, but judges gave the state a six-month extension.
Broken camera

In China, the government isn't the only spy game in town

Former journalist Qi Hong has helped many detect bugs and hidden cameras planted by others. In one year, his bug hunt turned up more than 300 devices.
Military Airship
The airship is undergoing testing this month and must go through several more rounds of flight testing before it could be used in a disaster zone or anywhere else.
2012 LAPD Gun Buyback Program

NRA's LaPierre, Giffords to testify at senate gun control hearing

The national debate over gun laws that has taken on added urgency since last year's mass shootings takes center stage on Capitol Hill Tuesday.
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In Los Angeles County, the department of public health is reporting that the flu has killed four residents, all of whom were 65 years and older. Other counties have also reported deaths.
Marine Recruits Endure Basic Training On Parris Island
The U.S. economy was hurt by the biggest cut in defense spending in 40 years, fewer exports and sluggish growth in company stockpiles.


 bankrupt pensions

San Bernardino is not having a very good week

The bankrupt city is trying to get its financial house in order - even as it struggles with a troubled economy and the foreclosure crisis.
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Eric Garcetti announces entertainment industry endorsements

The mayoral candiate's campaign released the names of 200 actors, producers and writers who are supporting him for the city’s top billing.
63rd Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards - Arrivals
Ron Jeremy, one of the biggest names in pornography, has undergone surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after suffering a near-heart aneurysm.
2012 Consumer Electronics Show Showcases Latest Technology Innovations

Qualcomm beats Wall Street earnings expectations

The San Diego chipmaker made investors very, very happy in early 2013 and revised expectations for it financial performance in the upcoming quarter.

Avery Dennison makes profit, is selling office products unit

The labelmaking giant turned in an impressive financial performance and announced that it's leaving highlighters and markers behind.
Gun Buyback - 2
Assemblyman Donnelly said Wednesday that he introduced AB 202 in response to the December shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that killed 20 children and six adults.
Jose Gomez Named New Archbishop

LA Catholic archdiocese reverses on priest file redactions

L.A.'s Catholic Archdiocese says it will turn over 30,000 pages of files without blacking out the names of leaders who decided how to handle priests accused of sex abuse.
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Firefighters' union endorses Wendy Greuel for mayor

Support from UFLAC Local 112 could mean more money and exposure for the candidate. The union has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in past mayoral elections.
Beach Ball Comics in Anaheim was robbed Tuesday night of books like a Stan Lee-signed Amazing Spider-Man #1 and a Superman comic signed by Superman's creators.
Patt Morrison
I truly did not dress this way as an homage to our women in uniform, and, soon, in combat. Nor was it a subliminal nod to the interview we had scheduled to tape today about a new genre of military erotica – we’ll let you know when that will be on the air.
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Convention on breastfeeding begins in Anaheim

Physicians, nurses, lactation consultants, nutritionists, advocates and moms will discuss how breastfeeding is promoted -- and undermined.
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Law regulating LA's group homes sent back to working group

A proposal to regulate group homes in the city of Los Angeles is subject to more study after neighborhood and social service groups voiced concerns.
"One of the most striking findings from this study is the discovery of a deadly mange epidemic, as well as a correlated exposure to anti-coagulant rat poisons."
TJ Martell Honors Gala, Nashville
The Grammy-winning singer was charged Wednesday for failing to exchange information with a driver whose car she hit on a freeway on Oct. 1.
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The university will get $1 million donation to improve wine-making degree program.
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Your toddler knows what you're thinking

The ability to reason has an enormous impact on how both adults and children understand, evaluate and accept what they are taught -- how we come to know the things that we know.
RIM Blackberry Makeover
RIM is promising a speedier device, a superb typing experience and the ability to keep work and personal identities separate. Previews have gotten favorable reviews on blogs.
Bipartisan Group Of Senators Announce Major Agreement On Immigration Reform
Obama vs. Senate immigration reform plans: Differences in the details - Southern California Public Radio The White House and Senate immigration plans announced this week share common principles, including more border security and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
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Maven's Morning Coffee: a city council race in the Valley

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 30 and headlines include a city council race in the San Fernando Valley, no endorsement from SEIU, and a look at the city attorney.
puppy bowl
Streaming from the locker room every pregame frolick, nibble, nap, and prance, Animal Planet's answer to the Super Bowl has all the tiny canine action. Meet the pups.
Road closure La Cienega Boulevard
Crews were still working on the road early Wednesday morning and opened it at about 7 a.m. They are still trying to determine what caused it to buckle.
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After several rounds of voting, the executive board is expected to meet next week to decide if the union will endorse a candidate.


The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Dancing with the Doctors

Dancing with the Doctors

Science, gangnam style?


Episode: AirTalk for January 30, 2013
San Francisco 49ers v Arizona Cardinals

Sibling rivalry and the 'SuperBro-wl'

You’re born, and your life is great. Then, you get a little brother or sister and everything changes. Suddenly, time with the family is ripped between the two siblings.

Are human beings headed for extinction?

The common perception is that as time marches on, the human population will continue to rise. Advances in technology and health will lead to longer lives, and thus the Earth will be burdened by billions upon billions of hungry mouths to feed, both young and old. And not just food, but oil, land, water and other resources will be gobbled up until there isn’t enough to go around.

Is Egypt on the verge of collapse again?

Egypt President Mohamed Morsi has dismissed the violence and told reporters, “What is happening now in Egypt is natural in nations experiencing a shift to democracy,” but as the bodies pile up and the calls for his ouster grow louder, what could be done to shift the course in Egypt?
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How do you handle your sick days?

In the pre-digital days it was okay to just stay home, eat chicken soup, curl up in bed and watch Andy Griffith reruns. Nobody expected you to do anything. But nowadays with our digital interconnection, we feel compelled to keep up with email, participate in conference calls, and work remotely.
Blockbuster To Close 300 Stores In U.S.
Does digital streaming mean physical copies of movies on DVD and blu-ray disc will go the way of the vinyl record?
BlackBerry 10 launch 2013

Blackberry’s last stand

Blackberry rolls out two phone models today, the Z10 and Q10. But if these phones are not well received by consumers, Blackberry may be out of the smartphone game for good. Where do your Blackberry loyalties lie?

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for January 30, 2013
An engineering professor from our own backyard is heading to the White House. Dr. Solomon Golomb has spent the past 50 years teaching engineering at the University of Southern California.
The Myth Of The Perfect Girl
Girls today face a lot of pressure: Be smart, popular and perfect while doing well in school, playing sports and volunteering. But too often they spend so much time meeting everyone else's expectations, which doesn't leave them much time for themselves.
FILE: Brothers Jim & John Harbaugh To Face Each Other As Coaches In Super Bowl XLVII
This Sunday's Super Bowl is the first time in American sports history that brothers will compete for a championship as head coaches. On one side, we have John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens, and on the other, his little brother Jim, with the San Francisco 49ers.
U.S Stocks Surge Upwards In 2013

US economic growth shrinks during fourth quarter

Economic growth shrank in the last quarter of 2012, according to a preliminary report by the Commerce Department. The nation's output of goods and services decreased slightly, after growing at an annual rate of more than three percent in the previous quarter.

Why Guantanamo Bay won't be closed any time soon

This week the State Department announced that their special envoy assigned to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been reassigned. Some say its another sign that President Obama may not fulfill his campaign promise to close the base.
Los Angeles Dodgers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

LA Dodgers and Time Warner Cable reach deal for new channel

This week Time Warner Cable announced a 25-year, $7 billion deal for a Dodgers baseball channel.
Portugal Surf McNamara
Professional surfer Garrett McNamara barreled down a behemoth wave off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal earlier this week, and some witnesses in his camp claim it was 100-feet high.

What is 'unlocking' a cell phone and why is it illegal?

As of January 26, it became illegal to unlock your cell phone, meaning that even if you own it outright, you can't alter the device to make it to work on another carrier without risking a fine.

California high speed rail plan still in need of land

Just six months remain until California is set to break ground on its high speed rail project. A project with a price tag of more than $68 billion. The intensely debated plan would link San Diego to San Francisco by way of trains traveling up to 220 miles per hour.
Senate Judiciary Committee Hears From Prominent Voices On Both Sides Of Gun Control Debate

Gabby Giffords, NRA's Wayne LaPierre testify on gun violence

This morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding the first Congressional hearing on gun violence since the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords made the opening statement:
Federal Appeals Court Rules Anti-Gay Marriage Bill, Proposition 8 Unconstitutional
Earlier this week, a group of senators, the so called Gang of Eight, unveiled their plans for immigration reform.
Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge Project Complete

Climate change could have negative effects on hydropower

We've heard a lot about immigration today but one of the other big issues President Obama pledged to tackle in his inaugural address is climate change. It's an important issue for California, which relies on heavy snow in the winter and abundant runoff in the spring to produce cheap energy.


Gordon and family need professional help, preferably someone who is not only qualified as a family counsellor, but who appraises items for Antiques Roadshow.

Debunking Disney myths, Philip Glass opera 'The Perfect American'

I've spent decades researching Walt Disney and his films, from his first days as an animator in Kansas City to his last weeks in Burbank. This misbegotten portrait is as bogus as the rumor Walt's body was frozen and stored somewhere under Disneyland.

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