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The huge Sierra Nevada wildfire and its smoke plume have caused some tourists to opt out of plans for the last big travel weekend of the summer.
Bruce Murray co-founded the Planetary Society with long-time friends and colleagues, Carl Sagan and Louis Friedman in 1979.
The 15-month-long campaign of television and radio commercials is aimed at California's uninsured residents.
The 5 freeway will be reduced to three lanes this weekend. Police agencies are planning to up their patrol this weekend to counter drunken driving.
Britain was a key piece of the international coalition President Obama was counting on, if he chose to launch a strike on Syria.
The Justice Department said Thursday that states can let people use the drug, license people to grow it and even allow adults to stroll into stores and buy it.
Democratic leaders in the state Senate and Assembly have been sparred over numerous pieces of important legislation.
Fast food and restaurant work used to be seen as an entry point for the young. Today, the average such employee is 29, and nearly a quarter are parents.
An Edison spokeswoman said power has been restored for some customers after an outage at 8:20 a.m, but it was still unclear what caused it.
Authorities have arrested nearly three dozen people in a crackdown on a Southern California street gang believed involved in a string of home invasion robberies.
Fire commanders said they would maintain use of a Predator drone to give them early views of any new flare-ups across the remote and rugged landscape.
A federal appeals court has upheld a first-of-its-kind law in California prohibiting health practitioners from offering psychotherapy aimed at making gay youth straight.
More than 4,500 retired players had been part of the lawsuits. They claimed the league hadn't properly protected them over the years. In the settlement, the NFL does not admit any liability.
Echoing previous comments by the Obama administration, British intelligence officials have now also said there's no other logical conclusion. Read their report.
Thursday marks the 25th birthday of the satirical paper, founded by two Wisconsin college students "intended mainly to ... sell pizza coupons."
Fast-food protests are under way in cities including Los Angeles and New York, with organizers planning for the biggest walkouts yet in a push for higher wages.
California used to attract millions of newcomers, but now more people are moving away — and with them goes a more progressive strain of politics.
Search our database to see how schools in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties performed according to state API numbers.
Scores out Thursday show only about half of L.A. Unified charter schools meet the state's performance goal. Some have struggled for years, but remain open.
Labor historians say even though the total number of protesters is relatively small, it could be the start of a significant moment for the estimated 181,000 fast-food workers in L.A.
California schools are doing slightly worse than last year, but the L.A. Unified School District gained three points on the latest Academic Performance Index report.
In immigration news: Reform prospects for fall, a 'Plan B' that targets deportations, noncitizen poll workers (and possibly jurors), moreMulti-American | | August 29 2013, 10:43 AM
As one White House official cites mid-autumn as a target for movement on immigration reform, some advocates plan to push for executive action to stop deportations if an overhaul fails. This and more.
KPCC DIGEST A.M. (Aug. 29) — Fast food fight, Playa power, California exodus, fanfare for the 'Area Man'The Latest | | August 29 2013, 8:45 AM
Catch up quick with our express news digest.
Today is Thursday, Aug. 29 and headlines include the trial of Robert Rizzo, San Bernardino's bankruptcy, and a rejection of the governor's prison plan.
Families throughout Southern California’s Egyptian American community have been receiving disturbing news as violence in Egypt continues.
The Loh Down On Science
A strategy that costs an arm or a leg.
Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party Download podcast and radio show.
POM Wonderful, makers of a variety of pomegranate juice products, is locked in a legal battle with the Federal Trade Commission over its ads. The case involving the California-based company could set an important precedent in false advertising litigation.
The insurance giant Allstate says LA drivers are the second worst the best in the nation, at least in terms of avoiding collisions.
Earlier this month, Rafael Caro Quintero was released early from prison on a legal technicality. It was seen as a slap in the face to the U.S., and officials here vowed to pursue charges against him stateside. But Caro Quintero has disappeared.
The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is accused of launching a large-scale chemical weapons attack against civilians. While the Obama administration has yet to say how the U.S. will respond to the attacks, it has indicated the strong possibility of punitive military strikes.
This morning, fast food workers across the country have been staging protests, calling for an increase in wages. These demonstrations began in New York last fall. Today marks the first time such an event is being held in southern California.
The Rio Grande River is the lifeblood of south Texas. A 70-year-old treaty between the U.S. and Mexico is supposed to keep the river's water flowing, but Mexico has fallen behind on its end of the deal.
When's the last time you told a lie? If you can't remember, you might be shocked to learn the answer because it's probably more recent than you think, thanks to technology.
A lot of 9-year-olds struggle with reading, even with books that are aimed at their age group. But across California, nearly 20 communities are taking part in a national campaign to enchant children with the magic of reading.
Now it's time for our regular explainer "Ask Emily," about the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Chances are, many of you may have questions about how exactly the new law will affect you.
Its time for State of Affairs, our look at politics throughout California with KPCC's political reporters Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze.
This week, Wal-Mart announced big changes to its health insurance policies. The mega retailer will offer benefits to its employees' domestic partners, including those of the same sex.
Take Two Evenings
Larry and KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan and Andy Klein review this week’s releases, including Getaway, Closed Circuit, Passion and more. Which movies should you catch this Labor Day weekend? Also, film critic Peter Rainer is at the Montreal World Film Festival. TGI-Filmweek!
The New York Times website was down this week for nearly two days thanks to a “malicious external attack” by group of hackers believed to be the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA). The NYT breach was the latest in a series of attacks on news and social media websites—including the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, CNN and Twitter—that exposes some vulnerabilities in internet security.
High school students who want to sell themselves to the college of their dreams aim for high SAT scores and nosebleed-level grade-point averages. What about ambitious college students who want to land the job of their dreams?
Sometimes we can’t help but think that some people would be genetically predisposed to particular abilities. For example, very tall men often hear that they should play basketball, bulky young boys are chided to try out football, and the long-legged are encouraged to take a go at track and field.
Leonardo DiCaprio is doing it. And he’s not the only A-list celeb making electronic cigarettes look cool. The faux smokes are showing up in movies and television shows and enthusiasts known as “Vapers” even have their own convention called VapeFest, coming to Vegas this September.
Erika Aguilar updates us on the gang injunction proposed for Echo Park, the rapidly gentrifying LA neighborhood.