Archive for January 31st, 2013


Real Women - American Heart Association Advertisement
Cardiovascular disease kills more women than all cancers combined, says the American Heart Associations Go Red For Women campaign.
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Transit supporters back lower threshold for sales tax measures

The razor-thin defeat of Measure J has transit advocates calling for lowering the threshold for passing sales taxes. They'll discuss it at the Move LA conference.
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Regulators are considering tougher air pollution rules for LA's ports. The ports warn that stricter rules could drive away business.
Super Bowl ads
Some Southern California companies – including LA-based Paramount Farms – are betting millions of dollars on Super Bowl commercials they hope will pay off.

Super Bowl 2013: Where to watch, party in LA, SoCal

No matter what team you'll be rooting for this Sunday, you're probably looking for a place to watch the game while grabbing some grub and drinks.
San Onofre has now been closed for a year. KPCC's Ben Bergman answers all your questions about the nuclear plant, including when it might reopen.
Huntington Beach Power Plant
The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) has been in shut down mode for one year. The nuclear facility was taken offline January 31, 2012, after a radioactive steam leak from one of the plant's two units.
Nguyen Quoc Quan in an undated picture taken by the Vietna.
The decision to release Nguyen Quoc Quan contrasts with the long prison terms given to Vietnamese activists who are members of the same US-based dissident group.
Super Bowl XLVI
The National Retail Federation says more than 179 million people will watch the Super Bowl, spending nearly $12.3 billion, up 12 percent from last year.
US consumers increased their spending at a slower pace in December, while their income grew by the largest amount in eight years.


LA Area Chamber backs sales tax increase

A measure that would increase the city of Los Angeles’ sales tax by 0.5 percent was endorsed Thursday by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.
Chris Squire Fish out of Water

Peter Stenshoel reviews Chris Squire's 'Fish Out of Water'

When Yes members each decided to release solo LPs, all roughly in 1975, one of the stronger creations was Chris Squire's effort.
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January jobs preview: We could be facing an ugly number

There's some optimism that the Labor Department will report nearly 200,000 jobs added. But a weak fourth quarter growth number is worrisome.
Los Angeles School Molestation - 1

Former LAUSD teacher Pimentel accused of another lewd act

A former L.A. Unified schoolteacher faces an additional charge of lewd act with a child stemming from a 2004 case in Orange County.
California v USC
The University of Southern California is pushing to attract students from all over the country and the world. And it's paying off
Rep. Gary Miller (R-San Bernardino)

Democratic PAC to target longtime SoCal GOP Congressman

The Democratic House Majority Political Action Committee calls Miller "the most endangered Republican incumbent in the entire country."
Houston Texans v Denver Broncos
How to throw an awesome, memorable Super Bowl party the easy, SoCal way.
TO GO WITH AFP STORY: Commodities-oil-en

Occidental Petroleum sees fourth quarter profits plunge

The L.A. based oil and gas behemoth sees year-over-year profits decline for the second consecutive quarter, leading to questions about the future of the business.
Gov. Jerry Brown

Standard & Poor's upgrades California's bonds

Prop 30 and improved fiscal discipline combine to improve the state's credit score. But there's still work to do to lower borrowing costs.
Los Angeles Universal Preschool

California bucks trend in preschool budget increases

At the White House and in governors' offices nationwide, there’s a move to increase access to early childhood education. Except in California.
Matt Szabo

Former CD13 councilwoman backs Matt Szabo

The one-time representative from District 13 endorsed Matt Szabo for the council seat that stretches from Echo Park to Hollywood to Atwater Village.
Los Angeles County Sheriff insignia.

Off-duty Sheriff's deputy pleads not guilty to murder

An veteran L.A. Sheriff's deputy pleads not guilty to murder for allegedly shooting a Sylmar neighbor last summer while off-duty.
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Longtime CA Democrat lines up 2014 endorsements

San Jose Congressman Mike Honda is hoping to fend off a possible challenge from fellow Democrat Ro Khanna, who has already raised $1.2 million.
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Forget citizenship and the border: Future immigration is the hard part - ABC/Univision From the story: "The Senate 'Gang of Eight' hasn't committed to a position on one of the most complicated and impactful aspects of reform: how to handle future waves of immigrant workers, specifically those doing manual labor.
Eric Garcetti
Ten years ago, the actress and the mayoral candidate were part of a group learning about global warming. He impressed her and now she's backing his campaign.
FILE PHOTO - Ronald Reagan Turns 93
Two proposals failed to make it out of Congress in 2006 and 2007, and the last major overhaul took place 27 years ago - with big compromises. What's different now?
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"Its signature sound combines insanely catchy disco-funk rhythms that music-licensing and ad-campaign directors adore."
ATF search Riverside home
Federal authorities are examining a house in Riverside loaded with possible explosives. They have resumed their search of the home Thursday morning.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Jerry Brown gets high marks

Today is Thursday, Jan. 31 and headlines include a high for governor's approval rating, a look at the mayor's history on transit, and money talks in city races.
2013 Homeless Count Downtown Los Angeles

PHOTOS: 'Homeless Count' takes place in Los Angeles

Volunteers hit the streets Wednesday night across Southern California to finish counting the homeless.The counts are expected to continue Thursday night.
Weekly applications for unemployment benefits leapt 38,000 to a seasonally adjusted 368,000. The increase comes after applications plummeted in the previous two weeks to five-year lows.
Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing For Chuck Hagel For Secretary Of Defense
The former Nebraska senator is the lone witness at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that could be crucial in determining whether he wins Senate confirmation. Watch live video of the hearing.
Mayor Villaraigosa talks public transportation
President Obama's Cabinet has no Latinos, which means LA's mayor could possibly get serious consideration to succeed Ray LaHood.

Principal may lose credential in LAUSD sex abuse scandal

A state commission will decide on Thursday whether to suspend a principal for allegedly failing to report abuse by one of her teachers.


The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Funny Names

Funny Names

Taking baby steps?


Episode: AirTalk for January 31, 2013
Naomi Watts The Impossible

Naomi Watts does 'The Impossible'

Naomi Watts talks with Larry about the physical and emotional demands of filming "The Impossible," the challenges portraying a real-life survivor of a tsunami and the close relationship she forged with the young actor who plays her son.
X Games Aspen 2013 - Day 4
Caleb Moore failed to land a backflip on his snowmobile resulting in a gruesome crash which led ultimately to his death. Is it time to create laws in a community that’s always prided itself on not playing by rules?
"The Gatekeepers" Portraits - 2013 Sundance Film Festival

Oscar-nominated Israeli documentary 'The Gatekeepers'

Israeli filmmaker Dror Moreh asked six former chiefs of Israel's secret service unit to speak in front of a camera for the first time. Their lengthy, candid may surprise you. How did Moreh secure these interviews?
Manti Te'o Workout at IMG Academy

The psychology and legality of the Manti Te’o hoax

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo admitted to masterminding the plan because he was in love with Manti Te’o.

The power of persuasion in the politics of guns

Are the emotional arguments in the gun control debate effective?
Author Lawrence Wright's controversial new book on Scientology cites unflattering, even frightening, accounts of the control the church over its members. Scientology officials respond by saying his book is filled with errors and call him bigoted. How does Wright react?

Take Two®

Episode: Take Two for January 31, 2013
Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party podcast and radio show.
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Washington State seeks pot consultant with unique mix of skills

Looking for work? Here's a job description in Washington that piqued our interest:
LA Mayors Debate

City Hall Pass: The race for LA mayor heats up

While Villaraigosa considers a possible future in Washington, we now look at the latest in the fight to replace him as mayor of LA. It's time now for our weekly segment on local politics.
Iowa Town Plans To Launch Video Game Hall of Fame And Museum
Tonight at the UCB Theater in Hollywood, a group of TV writers will perform an 8-bit musical version of a "King of Kong," based on the 2007 documentary film.
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San Bernardino's bark beetle battle ends

San Bernardino County supervisors voted to end the emergency proclamation against the bark beetle, a pest that had been ravaging conifers trees in the County's forests for a decade.
Kenneth Corley

Kenneth Corley wins freedom from prison under Prop 36

Last November, voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 36, the measure that changed California's three strikes law to require that third strike be serious or violent felonies. It also allowed some of the inmates serving life sentences to have those sentences reduced.

A look at the San Onofre power plant, one year after closure

One year ago today, a tube burst inside one the newly installed steam generators at the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant. A tiny amount of radioactive steam was released, and the plant been closed ever since.

Pentagon expanding cyber security efforts

The Grey Lady isn't the only one hiring additional security experts... The Pentagon is also expanding its cybersecurity forces. Three years ago, the Defense Department created it's Cyber Command, a group tasked with defending critical computer systems as well as launching offensive cyber operations.
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Why is sticking to a New Year's resolution so difficult?

It's the last day of January. So, how's that New Year's resolution you made while when you were nursing your hangover going? Are you sticking to it?If you are like most of us, probably not so well.
Democratic National Convention: Day 1
President Obama's Cabinet has no Latinos, which means LA's mayor could possibly get serious consideration to succeed Ray LaHood.
Riverside/Ontario area now leads the nationThe in unemployment among large population centers. Riverside and San Bernardino both were at the top of a list of worst run cities, and a once-proud park in downtown San Bernardino has turned into an urban eyesore.

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