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NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals

LA Dodgers season ends with loss to St. Louis Cardinals

The 9-0 loss Friday night eliminates Los Angeles from the National League Championship series and St. Louis moves on to play in the World Series.
Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey

Court clears way for same-sex marriages in New Jersey

Same-sex couples can start marrying Monday, after the state's Supreme Court rejected Gov. Chris Christie's request to halt the weddings.
LAX Bradley Terminal

2nd LA airport worker in custody for dry ice bombs

Officials say a second airport employee is in custody for an alleged role in setting off dry ice bombs at Los Angeles International Airport.
Jet Crash
The NTSB's Van McKenny says he was lucky to get time at the scene of the crash before the shutdown. Much of the most crucial information is "perishable."
Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks
Hanley Ramirez was a late addition to the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup, batting cleanup for Game 6 of the NL championship series Friday night.
Environmental groups are fighting to stop the leveling of 154 acres of coast redwoods and Douglas firs to make way for grapevines.

In Sonoma County, redwoods battle red wine (POLL)

Environmental groups are suing to stop a winery from leveling redwoods and Douglas firs to make way for grapevines. As climate change heats up, the wine industry creeps toward the coast, where majestic redwoods grow.
Vanity Fair Party - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival
The district attorney said he has contributed to the defense of a child-rape suspect who is a close friend, although he recused himself from the case months ago.
High Rise Fire
Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey says three people have been taken to hospitals and "a handful" of others are being assessed for non-life threatening injuries.
Ed Dufresne
Authorities say a traveling California minister and his pilot are dead after a small-Texas bound plane crashed soon after taking off from a Kansas airport.
Raging Waters Flowrider
The bags were taken from outside the security office at Raging Waters in San Dimas. The suspects also got away with wallets, cellphones and two e-readers.
Two former Fullerton Police Department officers face a November 18 trial in connection with the beating death of Kelly Thomas, a homeless, mentally-ill man.
Boeing 777 Crashes At San Francisco Airport
A firefighter who ran over and killed a survivor of the Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport will not be charged with a crime, prosecutors said.
Sister Antonia Brenner touches the statue of San Pablo Encandenado (St. Paul chained) outside the chapel at the La Mesa State Penitentiary in a photograph taken in 2005.

Mexico's 'Prison Angel', Sister Antonio Brenner, dies at 86

In 1977, she moved into a 10-by-10 cell at Tijuana's notorious La Mesa penitentiary, where she came to be known as 'La Mama' by the prisoners, who she called her children.
A motorist fuels up at a service station in Springfield, Ill.

Declining gas prices pump up a shaky economy (Map)

Gasoline prices are the lowest in three years — under $3 a gallon in some places. Here are some reasons why, plus a map to help you find the right price.
Earns Google

Google stock crosses $1,000 mark after earnings

The stock had never been higher than $928 in regular market trading sinceGoogle went public at $85 per share nine years ago.
Members of the bipartisan budget conference (left to right), Sen. Jeff Sessions, Rep. Paul Ryan, Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Chris Van Hollen on Thursday. Can they reach a deal by Dec. 13?

Can GOP, Democrats come together on a budget by Dec. 13?

More than a month before the Jan. 15 deadline on government spending expires, a bipartisan, bicameral committee is expected to produce a compromise budget.
Every year, thousands of people gather at a large arenas to celebrate Navratri, a nine-day Hindu event that has gained a large presence in Southern California.
Bay Area Transit Union Workers Continue To Threaten Strike As Talks Carry On

2nd SF Bay Area transit strike in 4 months begins

The walkout began at midnight Thursday, the culmination of six months of on-again, off-again talks that fell apart.
Downtown Los Angeles

Free weekend? Here are 6 cheap ways to hang like a local

This weekend, we're enjoying the city like true Angelenos. That includes happy hour at the Rabbit Hole and horse racing at Santa Anita. What are your weekend plans?
What are your favorite songs from around the world? Share with us on Twitter using #PepeAguilarKPCC or in comments below.

Blogs

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Engineers at UC Berkeley and UCLA have been studying the risk of older concrete buildings in Los Angeles, but say they aren't assessing specific structures.
Metro Rail
Putting affordable homes near job sites in LA County is such a challenge, civic leaders and developers are looking to link the two with mass transit.
"Escape Plan" New York Premiere - Inside Arrivals
Former California governor/action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger really wants you to go see his new movie, so he's yelling your favorite lines on video.
Mercedes Marquez has led the city department for 18 months. The mayor's office said her departure is unrelated to ongoing performance reviews of general managers.
Thousands March In National Day Of Immigrant Dignity And Respect
With budget issues left unresolved and lawmakers bruised by the shutdown battle, is there any chance of comprehensive immigration reform this year?
About 1,200 students gathered in downtown Los Angeles for a day of performances and artwork showcases. More than 1,000 student art pieces were on display.
City Council Los Angeles
Was it a consensual affair? Or harassment? Either way, the City of Los Angeles could pay the price to defend Councilman Jose Huizar in a messy lawsuit.

SF Jazz Collective to Perform at Zipper Concert Hall

See a rare appearance by the brilliant SF Jazz Collective
car impound boot
As U.S. lawmakers talk about contemplating reform once more, a California court has given a temporary stay to a Los Angeles police policy that benefits unlicensed immigrant drivers.
Diversity committee
A New Year's Eve attack by two Latino men from Compton on four African-Americans prompted the creation of a special legislative committee to explore race issues.
Sheriff Lee Baca
Today is Friday, Oct. 18 and headlines include Sheriff Lee Baca's liability for inmate abuse, Councilman Jose Huizar's personal problems, and an earthquake czar.
LAUSD Music Repair Shop
The L.A. Unified School District has an estimated backlog of about 3,000 broken instruments. It's getting one more staffer and outside help — an improvement, but not enough.
iPads in Schools
Assemblyman Curt Hagman requested a review of L.A. Unified's iPad project. The state legislature has that power — but he picked the wrong committee.

Programs

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for October 18, 2013
X Games Los Angeles - Day 2

Should all states have an official sport?

Every state in the union has its own flag. There are state birds, some even have their own song. So why not a state sport?
Southern California Edison

New energy storage rules in California aim to aid grid

The rules require the big utility companies — including Southern California Edison — to invest big in storing energy for later use. That includes creating enough storage to power almost a million homes by 2020.
Head and the Heart

The Head and the Heart on 'Let's Be Still'

The latest album from the six-member outfit is called Let's Be Still. The music is complex and lush, and a big step up from where the band started out.
Houston Texans v San Francisco 49ers

Would you buy stock in a professional athlete?

The company FanTex Holdings will allow fans and Wall Street gurus alike to invest individual athletes as if they were stocks. Houston Texans running back Arian Foster is the first player to join this market.
Walking Dead
Zombies are all the rage now, but that wasn't always the case. In fact, we might never have known zombies as we do today were it not for a 1968 film directed by a college drop out, "Night of the Living Dead."
Fronteras New Mexico Water

Rural New Mexico faces water supply crisis

For years now, the Southwestern United States has been crippled by drought. At the beginning of summer in New Mexico that meant dry, brittle landscapes. Several communities there ran out of water.
Prison Realignment

LA County Probation Department understaffed amidst growing responsibilities

Los Angeles County's probation department has nearly 1,200 vacant positions out of a total of 6,500 employees.
Government Shutdown Enters 2nd Week

Friday Flashback: Shutdown hangover, John Boehner and more

At the end of a week when Washington got just about as strange as it ever gets, it's time for our analysis of the news, The Friday Flashback
Delta

The Bay Delta Conservation Plan: A solution for the Delta's future?

On Bolden Island in the central Delta, excavators are filling trucks with dirt for a levee improvement project. The Delta has 1,100 miles of levees.

New money creates new worries for Oakland Unified

Governor Jerry Brown's new education funding formula sets aside additional money for districts serving large numbers of at-risk students. Now it's up to parents, teachers and principals to help figure out how to spend it.
Reel Moms and Babies See Movies In New York

Study: Eating popcorn makes you immune to in-theater ads

A new study out of Cologne, Germany shows that eating popcorn while sitting through in-theater commercials makes you immune to effects of advertising.
NETHERLANDS-NOBEL-PEACE

Weapons inspectors in Syria face many dangers, challenges

Weapons inspectors have been in Syria since the first of October. While they've inspected at least 11 chemical weapons sites so far, there are a few sites that remain inaccessible because of security reasons.

LA Sheriff Lee Baca liable in inmate abuse case

The jury found his conduct, and that of four other jail officials, was "malicious, oppressive or in reckless disregard," of inmate Tyler Willis during a 2009 incident in which deputies severely beat him.

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for October 18, 2013
New Zealand Dollar Rises To A 26 Year High

China credit agency downgrades US debt

In the run-up to the debt ceiling deadline, stateside credit rating agency Fitch threatened downgrade US sovereign debt rating. Congress acted on time and that was that. But last week, we found out that US credit rating did get slashed, from an A to an A-
Screenwriter John Ridley on set of  his film "All Is By My Side"
The new critically acclaimed film “12 Years a Slave” is the gripping true story of a man’s fight to survive after being sold into slavery. Set before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a free black man from New York. He is taken from his home and sold into slavery.
XVI Pan American Games - Previews
The deadline for certifying hundreds of thousands of police nationwide in Mexico is October 29th and it is looking like they will be missing that deadline. Overhauling the police force has been one of the most important components for nearly a $2 billion U.S. aid package and one of the centerpiece issues for the government.
Leroy Baca, Sheriff of Los Angeles County
Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca could be on the hook for $100,000 for failing to stop inmate abuse in Men's Central Jail. A federal jury has found Baca personally liable for in a deputy use-of-force case, in which plaintiff Tyler Willis alleged that county deputies punched and kicked him in 2009 while he was an inmate.
NLCS - St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers
After their monster win against the Cardinals in Game 5, the Dodgers are heading back to the Busch Stadium in St. Louis for another must-win ballgame. Ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw will take the mount.

FilmWeek Marquee

Larry is joined by KPCC critics Henry Sheehan and Lael Loewenstein review this week's releases including 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, All Is Lost and more!

FilmWeek

Larry is joined by KPCC critics Henry Sheehan and Lael Loewenstein to review this week's releases, including 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, All Is Lost and more!

Off-Ramp

'Gourmet Ghosts' finds scary stories in LA landmarks

If you'd rather read a ghost story than a food review when deciding on a place for your next night out, then "Gourmet Ghosts" is the book for you.

Opera for wireless headphones opens this weekend

If you travel through Union Station this weekend, you might walk right into the middle of an opera performance and not even realize it.

The Loh Down On Science

One-hundred genes promote jet lag, only one prevents it

"Stop fiddling with the lights!" Why mice hate jet lag, too.

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