Archive for November 26th, 2013

Judge rejects OJ Simpson's bid for new trial

Crime & Justice | | November 26 2013, 6:35 PM

A judge in Las Vegas rejected O.J. Simpson's bid for a new trial on Tuesday, dashing the former football star's bid for freedom.

Elephant who accidentally killed woman now in San Diego

Local | | November 26 2013, 6:01 PM

Mila, a 7,600-pound African elephant who accidentally killed a New Zealand zookeeper, arrived at the San Diego Zoo on Nov. 14 but remains under a health quarantine.

County approves $722,000 settlement in jail inmate lawsuit

Local | | November 26 2013, 5:55 PM

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved the payout to Dion Starr, who was an inmate in Men's Central Jail in 2006.

No home-cooked Thanksgiving donations for Pasadena homeless

Local | | November 26 2013, 5:34 PM

The 37-year Pasadena tradition of community members preparing and donating home-cooked meals for the homeless has ended because of concerns over food safety.

Sewer body parts ID'd as missing LA County woman's

Crime & Justice | | November 26 2013, 5:08 PM

Authorities on Tuesday identified a woman whose body parts were found at two Los Angeles County water treatment plants, but there was still no word on how she died.

Video: Obama speaks at DreamWorks, talks US culture's world influence

Business & Economy | | November 26 2013, 4:50 PM

President Barack Obama says thanks to television and movies, the rest of the world has had a front-row seat for America's march toward progress. Watch the video here.

Royal seal at LACMA may have been stolen during Korean War

Arts & Entertainment | | November 26 2013, 1:11 PM

South Korean officials say a 16th century royal seal in the collection of the L.A. County Museum of Art may have been stolen out of a shrine in Seoul during the Korean War.

After internal review on Benghazi report, Logan put on leave

US & World | | November 26 2013, 12:52 PM

CBS has asked Lara Logan, the "60 Minutes" correspondent whose October story on a deadly 2012 attack on a U.S. mission in Libya was found to have multiple flaws, to take a leave of absence, along with her producer on the story.

Jazz drummer Chico Hamilton passes away at 92

Arts & Entertainment | | November 26 2013, 11:41 AM

An NEA Jazz Master saluted as a Living Jazz Legend by the Kennedy Center, Hamilton recorded more than 60 albums as a band leader, beginning in the 1950s, and also appeared in and scored films.

3 ways Obamacare is changing how a hospital cares for patients

US & World | | November 26 2013, 11:16 AM

For the first time, doctors have a financial incentive to keep patients out of the hospital. That's leading to some interesting changes.

'Papers, Please' puts your loyalty, sympathy to the test

US & World | | November 26 2013, 10:51 AM

In the game 'Papers, Please,' a "dystopian document thriller," you are an immigration agent on the border of the fictional nation of Arstotzka. Will you follow the rules?

More travelers expected through LAX this Thanksgiving

Local | | November 26 2013, 10:30 AM

LAX officials say an increase in passengers will flow through LAX this Thanksgiving season. Their advice? Avoid rushing by giving yourself plenty of check-in time.

Supreme Court to take up health law's birth control rule

US & World | | November 26 2013, 9:58 AM

The justices said they will take up the question of whether businesses can use religious objections to escape a requirement to cover birth control for employees.

Calif. nuptials increase 35 percent after gay marriage ruling

Local | | November 26 2013, 8:16 AM

According to new data, more California couples tied the knot in July than in any other month since 2006, following the U.S. Supreme Court's historic ruling.

Infamous reporter Stephen Glass vies for bar admission

US & World | | November 26 2013, 7:31 AM

The New York State Bar rejected reporter Stephen Glass on moral character grounds nine years ago, and the California Supreme Court is likely to do the same.

Emergency contraceptive pill might be ineffective for obese

Health | | November 26 2013, 7:30 AM

European drug regulators are warning that the emergency contraceptive called Plan B does not work in women who weigh 176 pounds or more.

Comet fans psyched for a celestial feast on Thanksgiving Day

Environment & Science | | November 26 2013, 7:28 AM

Astronomers will turn skyward to glimpse ISON, an unusual comet from the outermost edge of our solar system that is now plunging toward the sun.

NFL Redzone: Why watch one game when you can watch eight?

Business & Economy | | November 26 2013, 6:15 AM

RedZone cuts between every Sunday NFL game, showing every scoring play. “People tell us they get the impression they’re almost watching something they shouldn’t be.”

Irvine City Council considers Great Park proposal again

Local | | November 26 2013, 6:00 AM

The Irvine City Council Tuesday is expected to consider a development proposal for the Great Park. The council failed to vote on the proposal at its last meeting.

The 405: A freeway tour through eons of geology (photos)

Environment & Science | | November 26 2013, 6:00 AM

The project to expand the 405 through the Sepulveda Pass may be a headache, but it's also a rare chance to see the insides of a mountain range.

LA political, religious leaders fast for immigration reform (photos)

Multi-American | | November 26 2013, 5:34 PM

Dozens of fast participants squeezed into a chapel within the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, invited by Archbishop Jose Gomez, himself a Mexican immigrant.

Cash-strapped California Arts Council pays it forward

Pass / Fail | | November 26 2013, 5:03 PM

The California Arts Council will spend about $2 million in new funds on public school arts education, community-building grants, and arts in juvenile detention.

Mayor Eric Garcetti dances, celebrates Hanukkah

Represent! | | November 26 2013, 3:59 PM

The mayor marked the start of Hanukkah at City Hall with some Jewish traditions, and a little break dancing. (Huh?)

Boxer's battle with NRC over San Onofre heats up

Represent! | | November 26 2013, 3:14 PM

The nuclear power plant is shut down. But the fight over documents related to the beleaguered facility is heating up in Washington.

2014 Election: Democratic Congresswoman getting a challenge

Represent! | | November 26 2013, 10:51 AM

Republican Assemblyman Jeff Gorell will take on first-term representative Julia Brownley of Ventura County. She won the seat last year in a narrow victory.

In immigration news: Obama's exchange with SF heckler, path to citizenship poll, photos from detention, more

Multi-American | | November 26 2013, 10:45 AM

President Obama continues to push immigration reform, but some immigrant activists are complaining that he hasn't done enough as deportations continue. This and more.

Study: kids in poverty have smaller brains

Pass / Fail | | November 26 2013, 10:33 AM

Researchers found that children exposed to poverty from an early age had smaller “brain volumes” in the regions of the brain that process emotions and memory.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Settlement for LAFD fire inspector

Represent! | | November 26 2013, 8:18 AM

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 26 and headlines include a judgement against the LAFD, repairs to Getty House, and a concessions agreement at city golf courses.

Gays and lesbians fight to join Vietnamese Tet parade in Westminster

Multi-American | | November 26 2013, 6:30 AM

Vietnamese-American Federation attorneys successfully fought a bid to force the parade organizers to include a gay rights contingent in the 2013 event.

What's in Google and Intel 'pop up' stores in LA?

The Breakdown | | November 26 2013, 6:00 AM

Tech firms joining the pop-up act: Intel's "experience store" on Venice's Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Google's "Winter Wonderlab" in the Westfield Topanga mall.

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Judge blocks sale of state bond funds for California bullet train plan

| November 26 2013, 10:32 AM

On Monday, a judge in Sacramento blocked the sale of billions of dollars worth of bonds for California's high-speed rail project.

3 LA top chefs share their favorite recipes for Thanksgiving (photos)

Arts & Entertainment | | November 26 2013, 9:58 AM

Check out holiday recipes from Mo-Chica's Ricardo Zarate, AOC's Suzanne Goin and The Roof's Eric Greenspan. What's on your plate?

Holiday Gifting: The best children's books for 2013

Arts & Entertainment | | November 26 2013, 9:18 AM

Here to give us her picks for the best new children's books of the season is Mara Alpert, a children's librarian with the Los Angeles Public Library.

New farm-to-fork restaurant hopes to put Fresno on the foodie map

Local | | November 26 2013, 9:17 AM

If you eat at a gourmet restaurant in LA or the Bay Area, there's a good chance your meal with include some high-end produce from the Central Valley. But ironically, even though small farms near Fresno nourish the state's farm-to-fork movement, few restaurants there serve food grown nearby.

LAUSD's locavore plan healthy for kids and business

| November 26 2013, 9:17 AM

Locavorism means more fruits and veggies on school lunch menus. And that, in turn, means not only healthier students, but also a boom in business for local food product companies

Big data is transforming the way employers hire and fire

| November 26 2013, 9:17 AM

Some companies are using a new emerging trend called "People Analytics," gathering all sorts of data information to hire, assess, and maybe even fire workers

Geologist's dream unearthed by the 405 construction project (photos)

| November 26 2013, 9:17 AM

The project to expand the 405 through the Sepulveda Pass may be a headache, but it's also a rare chance to see the insides of a mountain range.

Getting to know LA's powerful labor leader Maria Elena Durazo

| November 26 2013, 9:16 AM

She's been called the most powerful person in Los Angeles. Not the mayor, not the police chief, not any city official, but Maria Elena Durazo, head of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.

Nazi-looted art to be donated to LACMA

| November 26 2013, 9:16 AM

Lawsuits and settlements have returned much of that art to its rightful owners, but a recent recovery story has an unusual twist to it. A twist that will bring a previously plundered piece to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

How is California's economy faring compared to the rest of the US?

| November 26 2013, 9:16 AM

Jerry Nickelsburg, senior economist for UCLA's Anderson Forecast, joins the show to give us an better view of the employment picture now and in the coming months.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Blood Orange, Nils Frahm, Glen Hansard, and more

Arts & Entertainment | | November 26 2013, 9:15 AM

It's time for Tuesday Reviewsday our weekly new music segment. This week we're going to be talking about rock with Shirley Halperin from The Hollywood Reporter and Chris Martins from Spin Magazine.

Hydrogen cars on display at L.A. Auto Show

| November 26 2013, 9:13 AM

Some 900,000 people are expected to visit the L.A. Auto Show by the time it rolls up the carpets on Sunday. Hundreds of models are on display catering to every taste.

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Finally! Bringing sandboxes into the 21st century.

| November 26 2013, 6:00 AM

Moving mountains with a wave of the hand.

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'Meat is murder!' and other things you shouldn’t say at Thanksgiving

| November 26 2013, 3:33 PM

Thanksgiving is a time for families to come together — but for many, it’s also extremely fraught with unresolved family issues.

White House press corps revolts against image control

| November 26 2013, 11:01 AM

Yesterday, USA Today became the latest major media outlet to boycott photos officially issued by the White House. The paper joins the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) and 37 other media outlets, including The Associated Press, Reuters, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, ABC, CBS, and Fox News, in protest.

How texting is changing the meaning of punctuation marks

| November 26 2013, 10:58 AM

An American University study found in 2007 that college students use sentence-ending punctuation marks only 39 percent of the time in texts and 45 percent of the time during instant messaging.

Supreme Court to hear challenge to ACA’s birth-control rule

| November 26 2013, 10:52 AM

The Supreme Court today agreed to hear two legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act dealing with whether companies can refuse to pay for coverage of contraceptive drugs that violate the religious beliefs of the companies' owners.

How political pressures could deliver immigration reform, little by little

| November 26 2013, 10:50 AM

Despite a new call by the president for immigration reform, all signs are pointing to a strategic shift by the White House on the divisive issue. After lengthy stalls by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, President Obama has essentially endorsed a piecemeal approach to achieving comprehensive immigration overhaul.

GoldieBlox aims to build a new generation of girl engineers

| November 26 2013, 10:20 AM

Walk down just about any toy aisle and you’ll see two colors – blue for boys and pink for girls. The boy’s side has the building blocks, erector sets and tool belts. The girl’s section is dominated by ponies and princesses. Now, there’s a new toy company on the horizon that aims to “disrupt the pink aisles.”