Archive for October 11th, 2013

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Republican senators after their meeting with President Obama, which was described by one as inconclusive.

Government shutdown day 11: More talk — but no deal

President Obama and Senate Republicans met Friday, but there was no breakthrough to reopen the government and keep the country from defaulting on its debts.
Men chat Thursday in front of badly damaged buildings in the central city of Homs. Many Syrians are critical of the Nobel Peace Prize that was announced Friday for the group that is in Syria to dismantle its chemical weapons program.

Syrians are widely critical of Nobel Peace Prize decision

Many say the award fails to recognize the victims in the country's war. Some even call it a present to President Bashar Assad for agreeing to give up chemical weapons.
Kissing illustration by Katherine Streeter for NPR

What humans can learn from a simple kiss

Why is kissing found in practically every culture? A kiss can convey passion, love and, perhaps subconsciously, a veritable catalog of information about the worthiness of a potential mate.
President Obama arrives to make a statement to the press at the White House.

Worst since Nixon? Report slams White House leak policy

The Committee to Protect Journalists delivers a sharp critique of the Obama administration's "war on leaks and other efforts to control information."
California Gun Control

Brown vetoes bill banning some semi-automatic rifles

The governor announced signing other gun-related legislation but rejected the centerpiece bill, which he called too far-reaching. It would have imposed the nation's toughest restrictions on gun ownership.
The launch-key mechanism at the deactivated Delta Nine Launch Facility near Wall, S.D., photographed in 2002.

Top US missile commander Michael Carey fired

Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, who led the 20th Air Force, was relieved of his command over an issue concerning his behavior while on temporary assignment.
Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Four
Friends are wearing more blue and using terms like "ERA." Why? The Dodgers are playing for a championship again. Here's what you should know to jump on the blue bandwagon.
Rebel fighters from the Al-Ezz bin Abdul Salam Brigade attend a training session at an undisclosed location near the al-Turkman mountains, in Syria's northern Latakia province, in April.

Report: Syrian rebels executed pro-regime villagers

Human Rights Watch says that Jihadist-led rebels killed and kidnapped hundreds of villagers belonging to the minority Alawite sect.

California trains helpers to meet demand for health insurance

Service Employees International Union has received a grant from Covered California to educate people about receiving health insurance.
Los Angeles Traffic

Weekend Traffic: Freeway closures in Riverside, Los Alamitos

Caltrans is scheduled to close multiple freeways this weekend, all of which are part of longterm, multi-million dollar projects.
A United Nations vehicle carrying inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) leaves a hotel in Damascus, on Wednesday. Some 19 OPCW arms experts are in Syria and have started to destroy weapons production facilities.

Chemical weapons watchdog gets Nobel Peace Prize

The organization currently overseeing Syria's dismantling of its chemical weapons stockpile won for having "defined the use of chemical weapons as a taboo under international law."
Toyota Lawsuit
Jurors concluded that vehicle design didn't contribute to the death of Noriko Uno, who died in August 2009 when her car struck a telephone pole and tree.
Last Lullaby

Highland Park gallery celebrates Día de los Muertos

Avenue 50 Studio will host the "Honoring Fallen Heroes in Our Lives: Altars and Artwork in Celebration of Día De Los Muertos" exhibition in Highland Park.
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Free weekend? Here are 6 cheap ways to get #LostinLA

Catch a flick with your furry friend, see a live NPR show or chill with modern artists at a former PBR brewery. This weekend's list of local events is promising.

Blogs

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Janet Napolitano sat down with UCLA faculty, students, and staff as part of her 10 campus listening tour. She started the job September 30.
TV diversity
A UCLA analysis of 67 scripted cable and broadcast shows found that those with more diverse cast members posted above-average ratings.
Mike Feuer
More than 40 medical marijuana clinics have voluntarily closed since the city's new pot shop regulations took effect in July, according to City Attorney Mike Feuer.
Angeles National Forest Government Shutdown
The closure of national parks and forests means some film, television and commercial projects must find alternative locations, while the government loses revenue.
iPads in Schools
All pilot schools were slated to receive their iPads by the end of the month, but deployment has hit several snags. Some have backed out, others say WiFi is glitchy.

LA as Subject presents the 8th annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar

Hosted by L.A. as Subject (an association of archives and collections hosted by the USC Libraries) the Archives Bazaar is like Disneyland for local history buffs.
Republicans Discuss 2004 Convention In NYC
The GOP is launching an effort to win over Latino voters in California and other key states, part of a $10 million effort by the Republican National Party. This and more.
Today is Friday, Oct. 11 and headlines include the firing of Fire Chief Brian Cummings, Mural Day in Los Angeles, and a makeover for the LA River.
RNC Hispanic engagement
Republicans hire their first-ever Hispanic state director in California and announce a new strategy to court the Latino vote in strategic areas across the country.
Students test-taking.
Tests will be taken on computer and the programs provide different questions to different students. Is this enough to prevent student — and teacher — cheating?

Programs

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for October 11, 2013
US-JUSTICE-GAY-MARRIAGE

Finding humor in Supreme Court oral arguments

Trial consultant Ryan Malphurs reviews Supreme Court oral arguments and parses them for instances of humor.
Silk Road
All over the world buyers and sellers who were using The Silk Road are now being arrested. Joining the show to talk about the aftermath of this bust is Bridget Carey from CNET.
Richard Buckner

Musician Richard Buckner on his new album 'Surrounded'

Richard Buckner has been making incredible, critically-acclaimed albums for more than a decade now, but you can still find him working odd jobs during the day.
US-TECHNOLOGY-IPHONE 5S-APPLE
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.
Government Shutdown Continues Without Resolution
It's time for our Friday Flashback, a look back and analysis of the week's biggest news stories. Today, we've got our "A-team" in today.

DC budget battle turns off the tap on craft brewers

A small federal agency which approves the labels on beer bottles and kegs is shut down, and that means dozens of craft breweries are in limbo, unable to legally distribute their product.
Escape From Tomorrow
Director Randy Moore joins the show to talk about how he managed to film a feature-length horror film right under Disney's nose.
Mayor Garcetti And Gov. Brown Sign Bill Allowing Illegal Immigrants Driver's License Eligibility

The latest bills to be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown

California Governor Jerry Brown recently broke a new record as the longest serving governor of California. Lately he's been a pretty busy governor, too. For more on what he's up to, we're joined by John Myers.

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for October 11, 2013
A Monarch butterfly is in a flower in Lo

Flight of the Butterflies unlocks mystery of the monarchs

Monarch butterflies may be a common sight much of the year for those living in the U.S. and Canada, but where do they disappear to in the winter? That’s the question the late scientist Fred Urquhart spent much of his life trying to answer.
NASA Mercury Astronaut Scott Carpenter speaks during an unveiling ceremony of two USPS stamps that commemorate and celebrate 50 years of US Spaceflight and the MESSENGER program during an event, Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in C

Remembering Astronaut Scott Carpenter's dramatic NASA career

M. Scott Carpenter, whose 1962 spaceflight nearly ended in disaster, died at age 88 yesterday [THURS] in Denver. Carpenter was the second American to orbit the Earth - after John Glenn - in a mission that suffered technical glitches and an uncertain landing 250 miles off target.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris Announces Lawsuit
California Attorney General Kamala Harris filed a lawsuit against Corinthian Colleges, Inc and its subsidiaries, which run a number of for-profit colleges across the country, claiming that they lied to students and investors about job-placement prospects, as well as illegally using military seals in their ads to attract veteran students.
Publix First To Offer Free Antibiotics To Customers
Maine became the first state in the country to enact a law that lets residents purchase mail-order drugs from some pharmacies in Canada, the U.K., New Zealand and Australia. Michael Brennan, mayor of Portland, the largest city in Maine, told the Wall Street Journal that the practice saved the city over $3 million between 2004 and 2012 for employees’ drugs.

FilmWeek

Larry is joined by KPCC critics Tim Cogshell, Wade Major and Charles Solomon to review this week's releases, including Captain Phillips, CBGB, Muscle Shoals and more! TGI-Filmweek!

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Larry is joined by KPCC critics Tim Cogshell and Wade Major to review this week's releases, including Captain Phillips, CBGB, Muscle Shoals, A Touch of Sin and more! TGI-Filmweek!

Off-Ramp

Med House Hecko

Help science find new species of geckos in your backyard

Natural History Museum curator Greg Pauly wants to know what's in your backyard. He's interested in geckos, and your own porch might be the home of a new species.

The Loh Down On Science

Were the moon landings faked? A new way to tell!

One giant leap for forensic photography

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