Archive for October 31st, 2013


Vice President Joe Biden swears in Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) as his mother, Carolyn, holds a Bible on Thursday.

Booker brings dash of diversity to still old, white Senate

Former Newark Mayor Cory Booker, 44, was sworn in Thursday, becoming the second African-American in the U.S. Senate and only the fourth ever elected to the upper chamber.
Illustration by Katherine Streeter for NPR
Affectionate affirmations help mitigate hurts and frustrations, a study finds. But men who get flooded with texts from their significant other tend to say the relationship is unsatisfactory.
Abortion Texas

Appeals court gives Texas OK to enforce abortion law

A panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals says the state can go ahead with implementing the new restrictions requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.
Violence School Lessons
The federal affidavit alleges Calderon accepted almost $60,000 in bribes from an undercover FBI agent. The FBI, meanwhile, is investigating the leak of a document.
"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute Gala
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are suing a co-founder of YouTube over a video of their marriage proposal that was posted online.
The city has put on its Halloween Costume Carnaval for 26 years, and the free event has seen nearly 500,000 people over the years.
Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden has job at Russian website, lawyer says

The "NSA leaker" is set to start working Friday, his attorney claims. It isn't known yet just what website he'll be working for. He's been given asylum in Russia.
The conditional approval of a proposed desalination plant in Huntington Beach by coastal agency staff may kill the project.
Los Angeles Traffic

Weekend Traffic: Road closures in WeHo, 405 Freeway to close

West Hollywood will see a number of road closures for its annual Halloween carnival. Also, the 405 freeway will be closed between Long Beach and Orange County.
A Riverside judge decided Thursday a 13-year old who murdered his neo-Nazi father will go to a state-run detention center. His attorney argued he should go to a private facility.
Granada Hills Black Bear returns to the wild

New video shows Granada Hills bear returning to the wild

Remember that black bear that was loose in Granada Hills on Tuesday? We can report it was safely released back into the wild. Here's the video proof.
Care Harbor Medical Clinic - 1

Thousands flock to LA Sports Arena for free medical clinic

People began lining up early Thursday for free medical, dental and vision care as part of an annual event that will last through the weekend.
Los Angeles Dodgers v Toronto Blue Jays

Toronto police say they have mayor drug video

The police chief said the video, recovered after being deleted from a computer hard drive, did not provide grounds to press charges against populist Mayor Rob Ford.
Dr. Conrad Murray Trial

Michael Jackson's doctor sues Texas over license

Conrad Murray, released from jail this week after serving time for the pop star's death, accuses the Texas Medical Board of prematurely revoking his license.
Breastfeeding - 3

Cedars and UCLA stop handing out formula bags to new mothers

They join a growing list of hospitals across the country to promote exclusive breastfeeding by ending the formula freebies for new mothers.
CeBIT 2013 Technology Trade Fair
Owners of Dell Latitude 6430u laptops are complaining of an odor emitted by their new laptops. Some say the odor seems to be coming from the keyboard or palm rest.
A California driver who received a ticket for wearing a Google Glass headset this week says the existing laws are unclear.

'I was very shocked,' says driver ticketed for wearing Google Glass

The Google Glass is a hands-free device, but that didn't stop a California driver from getting a ticket for wearing the headset during a traffic stop this week.
Sam Atwood in the AQMD lab
The city sued over complaints about fumes from Huy Fong's hot chili sauce factory, but a judge has ruled it can continue operating.
Scientists and engineers work on a Mars Orbiter vehicle at the Indian Space Research Organisation's satellite center in Bangalore, India, on Sept. 11. The Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft is scheduled to be launched sometime in the next three weeks.

India's low-cost mission to Mars

India plans to launch a satellite to Mars in November. The mission is budgeted at less than $80 million – a real bargain when it comes to space exploration.
Owens Valley residents fear a DWP-proposed solar ranch will open new ways to drain resources from the valley.
In the northern Syrian city of Aleppo last month, there was a class about how to protect against chemical weapons attacks.

Syria's chemical weapons facilities destroyed, watchdog says

An important step has been taken to rid Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime of its lethal weapons and ingredients by mid-2014.
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New FAA rules on electronics on planes: What you need to know

A change to government safety rules will let airline passengers read, work, play games, watch movies and listen to music. Phone calls are still prohibited.
Poseidon Desalination Plant proposed for Huntington Beach
The California Coastal Commission staff is recommending approval for a proposed desalination plant in Huntington Beach, but with conditions.
The landfill contains about 130 million tons of solid waste, leaving behind a legacy that is visible from the 60 Freeway.
Dia de los Muertos

Free weekend? 6 ways to celebrate Día de los Muertos (map)

Celebrate the Day of the Dead with authentic art, mariachi music and uniquely decorated altars. Here's the ultimate guide to plan your weekend.
Plastic bag ban

Plastic grocery bag ban starts Nov. 1 in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach is the latest city in California to ban single-use plastic grocery bags to encourage the use of reusable bags.


The Hollywood Reporter's "Power 100: Women In Entertainment" Breakfast - Red Carpet
Two fan-favorite NBC comedies that met their demise this year are back — ish. "30 Rock" star Tina Fey is the co-creator of a new show starring Ellie Kemper from "The Office."

BYD accused of mistreating Chinese workers in LA

LA Metro and Long Beach Transit are being asked to cut ties with BYD because the electric vehicle maker has been cited for mistreating employees.
CBS Headquarters
Time Warner may concede they lost the battle, but not the war, according to analyst David Bank, who says to buckle up for more disputes.
Latinos for Obama
Pew Research has an update to the debate over "Hispanic" vs. "Latino" ethnic labels. Most survey respondents don't have a strong preference, unless they're in Texas.
Mercer 16089
An India-based tech giant pays a record fine for alleged immigration violations, more migrants are dying as they attempt to reach Europe, and some U.S. conservatives are rallying around a report on "sanctuary" laws. This and more.
The Art of Education asked arts teachers to share their most challenging moments in the classroom. The responses may surprise you.
Increased learning standards mean less play - even for the littlest kids. And some are worried about what children are losing in the process.


The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Do full moons affect our sleep?

Do full moons affect our sleep?

Happy Halloween! Understanding the werewolf effect.

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for October 31, 2013
Transitional Kindergarten

Experts say important learning lost when letter drills push out playtime

Increased learning standards mean less play - even for the littlest kids. And some are worried about what children are losing in the process.
Electric mind
A new experimental technology called BrainGate at Brown University hopes to allow immobilized patients to control robotic limbs with their thoughts. Jessica Benko writes about Cathy Hutchinson in the most recent issue of The Atavist.
Lancaster Zombie Walk - 5
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
Annual Heavyweight Pumpkin Contest Held In Half Moon Bay

How to grow a giant, record-breaking pumpkin

Underwood Farms here in California has a humongous pumpkin patch, which happens to grow some pretty big pumpkins. Their largest was about 625 pounds, but that's nothing compared to the pumpkin grown by Tim Mathison, the current World Champion of pumpkin growers.
Democrats Court Latino Vote At Mexican Independence Celebration
The question of how people of Latin American descent choose to be identified surfaced again this week after the Pew Research Center put out a brief report.

Boogaloo Assassins on their new album 'Old Love Dies Hard'

If you'd like to avoid the traditional Halloween music tonight, you can head to the Commonwealth Lounge in Fullerton. There you'll be able to listen to funk band Myron and E as well as the Boogaloo Assassins, who play a style of music called Boogaloo.
California Lawmaker Searched

State Of Affairs: Ron Calderon, union negotiations and more

It's Thursday and that means it's time for State of Affairs, our look at politics and government throughout California. To help us with that we're joined in studio now by KPCC political reporters Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze.
Janet Napolitano

Napolitano outlines vision for UC system

University of California president Janet Napolitano has announced she'll spend $5 million to help undocumented students succeed in the UC system. That's despite the lack of federal financial aid.
Border Security Unaffected By US Government Shutdown

Major drug trafficking tunnel discovered at US-Mexico border

Officials announced Wednesday that they had discovered a newly finished tunnel between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.
The iconic 1974 film "Chinatown" is a fictionalized version of the story of L.A. water, but one that's so ingrained in popular consciousness it's almost hard to separate from the truth.
Los Angeles Aqueduct Owens Valley

On aqueduct's centennial: Owens Valley braces for solar gold rush

Owens Valley residents fear a DWP-proposed solar ranch will open new ways to drain resources from the valley.
Peter Lee
All the media attention being paid to the technical glitches on, the federally run website to enroll for the Affordable Care Act, is confusing residents of states that have their own locally-run health care exchanges.


Episode: Airtalk for October 3, 2013
Premiere Of Focus Features' "Dallas Buyers Club" - Arrivals
Larry is joined by KPCC critics Henry Sheehan, Andy Klein and Charles Solomon to review this week’s releases, including Dallas Buyer’s Club, Ender’s Game, About Time and more! TGI-FilmWeek!
Buffalo Bills v Arizona Cardinals
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), in case all the pink ribbons everywhere aren’t enough of a reminder. BCAM was started in 1985 by Astra Zeneca, a pharmaceutical company that sells cancer drugs. In the 18 years since, BCAM has ballooned into one of the most successful awareness-raising campaigns the country has seen.
2013 Google Developer Conference Continues In San Francisco

Can driving with Google Glass get you a traffic ticket?

They may look just like a pair of glasses but driving while wearing Google Glass may actually get you a traffic ticket. An early adopter of Glass in San Diego found this out when she was pulled over for speeding and the officer cited her for wearing the tiny computer.

Are Halloween costumes getting too racy and too gory?

Oh Halloween – a night of dress up, fun and unleashed imagination. But as anyone who has perused a Halloween costume website can attest, costumes for women and girls are getting sexier and baring more skin than ever. Not only can you now be a sexy nurse, a sexy police woman, a sexy princess. You can also be a variety of sexy food items if you so choose.
Guests try out the wireless connection t

FAA changes policy on use of in flight devices

Get your iPad and get ready for take off! The Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday that passengers will now be able to read, play games and watch movies on their approved electronic devices from gate-to-gate, without turning them off for takeoff and landing.
We know playing contact sports like football and ice hockey can increase the risks of concussions and brain injury, especially in young athletes. But a report out Wednesday from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council found that helmets and protective gear don’t necessarily reduce that risk of injury.


John Ridley with John Rabe
John Rabe talks with John Ridley about finding a new way to talk about Jimi Hendrix, and how to cover slavery without being preachy.
Spring Street downtown LA
Thomas Edison’s employee James H. White went to downtown LA and pointed his unwieldy movie camera up South Spring Street. Lucky for White it was only 1898.
(L-R) Conservator Erik Risser and curator David Saunders with the statue that stars in the new Getty Villa exhibit, "Tiberius: Portrait of an Emperor."
Cruelty? Sexcapades? Drunken toga parties? The Getty Villa's new exhibit shows off a rare statue of Tiberius, portrayed as (mostly) victim of Roman tittle-tattle.

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