Archive for February 12th, 2013

State of the Union: Obama will push ahead with or without Congress

US & World | | February 12 2013, 9:14 PM

President Obama called repeatedly on Congress to address issues of paramount importance to the country during his State of the Union address Tuesday. But he also made it clear that when Congress fails to act or agree with his policies, he intends to push ahead on his own.

Update: Officials find 'human remains' in burnt-out Big Bear cabin (photos, map)

Local | | February 12 2013, 7:32 PM

The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department say they have identified "charred human remains" amid the debris of the burned down cabin that was the scene of a fierce firefight earlier in the day.

State lawmakers want tougher regulations for fracking

Local | | February 12 2013, 7:21 PM

California lawmakers want tougher oversight rules for an oil-and-gas extraction method called “fracking." They discussed those rules during a hearing Tuesday.

San Bernardino Sheriff's Department asks media to stop tweeting | | February 12 2013, 5:23 PM

In the midst of the flurry of news activity Tuesday afternoon came a request from the San Bernardino District Attorney's office: please stop tweeting.

State of the Union: Archived video of President Obama's address to Congress (full text)

Politics | | February 12 2013, 4:25 PM

Watch a video of the president's speech to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night, or read the full text here.

NRC meeting Tuesday in Orange County on San Onofre nuclear plant restart

Local | | February 12 2013, 8:56 AM

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds a public meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. with Southern California Edison to talk about the restart of the San Onofre nuclear plant.

LAPD manhunt: More than 1,000 tips received; Arcadia school closes due to Dorner threat

Local | | February 12 2013, 8:41 AM

Police are prioritizing the tips from the public as they search for the fugitive ex-LAPD officer. And classes were cancelled at an Arcadia school after the pastor called police to say a member of his family was named in Dorner's online manifesto.

STUDY: Researchers able to block HIV virus in some mice

Health | | February 12 2013, 8:00 AM

A UCLA study found an enzyme that can permeate a cell’s wall and potentially block deadly viruses from entering it. The finding could lead to new anti-viral drugs.

Vascular brain injury may play a role in dementia

Health | | February 12 2013, 7:24 AM

UC Davis study finds vascular brain injury may play a far more significant role than toxic brain plaques in the development of Alzheimer's and other dementias.

Sen. Marco Rubio's response gives GOP a chance to woo Hispanics

Politics | | February 12 2013, 6:33 AM

The 41-year-old Florida senator's response to President Obama address is a chance for a party that has fared badly with both young and Hispanic voters to showcase new stances.

4 things to expect in Obama's State of the Union address

Politics | | February 12 2013, 6:25 AM

Look for more of what Pres. Obama said at his inaugural address: a challenge to Congressional Republicans, plus a focus on the economy, immigration, gun control and climate change.

North Korean nuke test timed to upstage State of the Union?

US & World | | February 12 2013, 6:21 AM

North Korea's claim the device was smaller and lighter than previous ones may be a sign it's closer to fitting it on a missile. Leaders around the world condemn the test.

Army Corps, conservationists visit Sepulveda Basin together

Pacific Swell | | February 12 2013, 10:09 PM

After suspending work on vegetation management in the final week of December, the US Army Corps of Engineers now says it will restart the project one week from today.

LAUSD cancels proposed layoffs; approves iPads

Pass / Fail | | February 12 2013, 6:04 PM

Board of Education changes course, decides against laying off more than 200 non-teaching staff; Also approves iPad program.

Korean American voter drive aims to engage young and old

Multi-American | | February 12 2013, 5:43 PM

The idea is to boost civic participation among working-age voters 30 to 55, with some persuasion from teens their children's age.

LA Area Chamber of Commerce endorses Wendy Greuel for mayor

Represent! | | February 12 2013, 5:28 PM

Politics makes strange bedfellows: pro-business group finds itself backing the same candidate favored by several unions.

City Hall union backs proposed sales tax measure

Represent! | | February 12 2013, 5:03 PM

Members of SEIU Local 721 voted to support the sales tax hike, though a committee for the union urged opposition when it was proposed last fall.

Tesla vs. NYTimes: Did reviewer know data logging was on?

The Breakdown | | February 12 2013, 4:07 PM

The startup carmaker's CEO says that the results of a Model S range review were "fake." But did the Times know that Tesla was gathering data?

LAPD manhunt: Twitter chronicles the Christopher Dorner chase in Big Bear in real time Tuesday

The Latest | | February 12 2013, 3:42 PM

Followers could track events in real time as various residents, officials and others posted their reports on Twitter throughout Tuesday afternoon.

Comcast now owns all of Universal Studios

The Breakdown | | February 12 2013, 3:26 PM

The entertainment giant has accelerated a deal to acquire General Electric's stake in NBCUniversal, parent company of the famous theme parks.

Subway, 20 others reduce salt in New York-led effort

OnCentral | | February 12 2013, 1:47 PM

Subway, Heinz and Kraft are three of 21 companies that have reached goals to reduce the salt content in their foods as part of a New York City-led effort.

In immigration news: Lawmakers push for highly-skilled visas, Asian American reform priorities, lateral deportation, more

Multi-American | | February 12 2013, 10:53 AM

Lawmakers, entrepreneurs push immigration proposals ahead of State of the Union - Washington Post From the story: "A group of entrepreneurs and legislators is urging President Obama to put particular emphasis on bringing more highly skilled, foreign-born individuals into the country, as calls for broad immigration reform grow louder.

Young people drinking illegally prefer Bud Light, Smirnoff

OnCentral | | February 12 2013, 10:31 AM

People who are legally forbidden to drink also tend to enjoy Budweiser, Coors Light, Corona and Captain Morgan.

How less salt could save lives: In health news today

OnCentral | | February 12 2013, 9:09 AM

OnCentral's daily round-up of the health headlines southside Angelenos ought to know about.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Bell officials take the stand

Represent! | | February 12 2013, 7:49 AM

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 12 and headlines include Bell officials on the witness stand, a former city aide questioning the deficit, and updates in the Dorner case.

Abraham Lincoln quiz: 10 surprising answers you probably don't know

Without A Net | | February 12 2013, 6:00 AM

Tuesday, Feb. 12 is Abraham Lincoln's 204th birthday. Learn more about the man behind the recent film with a look at some of the surprising, little-known details of his life.

LAUSD school board considers nearly 200 layoffs

Pass / Fail | | February 12 2013, 5:00 AM

The board will consider cutting psychologists, counselors and other non-teaching staff. They will also look at a $50 million project to give every student and teacher with a tablet computer.

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Business Update with Mark Lacter

What an airline merger means for passengers at LAX

| February 12 2013, 10:27 AM

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says American Airlines is close to a deal with US Air.Steve Julian: Mark, what impact will this have on L.A.?Mark Lacter: Whenever two big airlines are combined, Steve, it often means fewer flights and higher fares, but a lot depends on the individual markets they're serving.

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Episode: Print-a-Part


| February 12 2013, 6:00 AM

A new use for tissue paper.


'Zero Dark Thirty' writer Mark Boal on the film's torture controversy

Arts & Entertainment | | February 12 2013, 4:24 PM

"Zero Dark Thirty," screenwriter Mark Boal joins Larry to talk about the research involved in creating the film and responds to attacks of being pro-torture.

Breaking: Christopher Dorner reportedly engaged in shootout with police in Big Bear

| February 12 2013, 1:00 PM

News broke in the middle of the show today that ex-LAPD fugitive Christopher Dorner was reportedly engaged in a shootout with police.

Nation, what do you want to hear from the President tonight?

| February 12 2013, 10:46 AM

What do you want to hear from the President tonight?

The new modern family includes non-romantic co-parents

| February 12 2013, 10:46 AM

As ideas of what constitutes a “traditional” family change and expand to include divorced couples, same-sex partners, and step-parents, are non-romantic parenting matches a sign of a change in the tides? Should people who raise a child together be romantically involved? How should the law accommodate these couples?

Will Governor Rick Perry's southern charm lure California business?

| February 12 2013, 10:46 AM

Texas Governor Rick Perry is in Los Angeles and Orange County this week trying to tempt California businesses to the lone star state. Yesterday, Perry told the San Jose Mercury-News that Austin, Texas is set to be the "next Silicon Valley." He said high taxes and strict regulation in California are stifling growth.

California releases new rules for motorcycle lane-splitting

| February 12 2013, 10:46 AM

Are you a motorcyclist? How do you feel about these rules? Have you ever had any encounters with lane-splitting as a driver? Should motorists be more aware of cyclists when they’re driving, or is the road no place for such risky behavior?

Take Two®

'On The Map' traces the history of cartography and what it says about human nature

| February 12 2013, 10:13 AM

We speak with author and map collector Simon Garfield about his latest book, "On The Map: A Mind Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks," which charts the history of map making and the way maps showcase the best and worst of human nature.

Patt Morrison on what it takes to get fired from the LAPD

| February 12 2013, 9:57 AM

Patt Morrison joins take two to talk about what kinds of infractions can get an officer fired from the LAPD. In light of Christopher Dorner's accusations and subsequent dismissal Morrisson will look at how typical this case is.

Esquire cover story stirs controversy over veteran benefits

| February 12 2013, 9:43 AM

A cover story in Esquire magazine about a former Navy Seal is generating lots of controversy. According to the report, the unnamed Seal claims he was the man who actually killed Osama Bin Laden.

What's on the horizon for the Department of Defense?

| February 12 2013, 9:22 AM

President Obama addresses the nation tonight in his fifth State of the Union speech. The focus will be jobs and the economy, but he's also expected to announce the withdrawal of 34,000 troops from Afghanistan.

Military bonds cross over from the front lines to the film set (Photos)

Arts & Entertainment | | February 12 2013, 9:07 AM

Veterans who've already gained a toehold in the entertainment business are helping newcomers break in, and the rest of the industry may be following suit. Josie Huang reports.

Who should succeed Pope Benedict XVI?

| February 12 2013, 8:57 AM

Speculation is mounting over who will succeed Pope Benedict the sixteenth. Will it be a liberal or a conservative, and what does that even mean? Joining us to define terms is senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter, John Allen.

Catholic Latinos increasingly find new faith in Pentecostalism

| February 12 2013, 8:57 AM

While the Latino population of Catholics is fast-growing, influential and will no doubt have some bearing on the choice of the new pope, the church that once dominated Latin America now has serious competition from Pentecostalism.

Using lasers to make 3D models of California's missions

| February 12 2013, 8:56 AM

Lasers can do more than taunt your tabby: a California non-profit is using thousands of lasers to create 3D digital models of the 28 cultural heritage sites along the state's El Camino Real.

Wrestling's out of the ring at the 2020 Olympics

| February 12 2013, 8:56 AM

Wrestling is down for the count at the 2020 Olympic Games.

SAP Open tennis tournament leaves California for Brazil after 125 years

| February 12 2013, 8:56 AM

The SAP Open tennis tournament is moving on after 125 years in the Bay Area. It's been home to some of the tennis greats, like John McEnroe, Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras.

New Music Tuesday: Thao and the Get Down Stay Down

| February 12 2013, 8:56 AM

This week for our New Music Tuesday segment, we turn our attention north to San Francisco. That's where you'll find Thao Nguyen, the Vietnamese-American lead singer of the indie rock band Thao and the Get Down Stay Down.

A mistake on your credit score? You're not alone

| February 12 2013, 8:05 AM

This week the Federal Trade Commission released a report saying that one in 20 consumers had significant errors on their credit reports, mistakes that could lower their credit scores, making them pay more for things like auto and home loans.