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Gang Crackdown
The FBI arrested 13 members and associates of the MS-13 gang Tuesday as part of an investigation into the gang's alleged drug trafficking and extortion scheme activities.
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LA County social workers suspend 6-day strike

Los Angeles County social workers say they're suspending a six-day strike and returning to the bargaining table.
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7 arrested at LA County social worker protest

A loud but peaceful demonstration made up of hundreds of people in support of striking L.A. County social workers continued for the fourth day of demonstrations.
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Los Angeles to settle officers' lawsuits for $6M

Officers claimed they were reprimanded, punished or harassed if they failed to meet ticket quotas.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., announce a proposed spending plan at the Capitol on Tuesday.
The deal hammered out by GOP Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray would restore $65 billion in sequestration cuts in exchange for cuts elsewhere and additional fees.
Homeless Death Police
Chief of trauma at UCI Medical Center testifies Thomas' blood pressure and heart rate were critically low following altercation with officers
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Five indictments involving 18 deputies sparked questions over how to effectively oversee the department that runs the largest jail system in the United States.
This undated family photo provided by the Pershing County Sheriff's Office shows Shelby Fitzpatrick, left, and Chloe Glanton, two of the children who found "alive and well" after an extensive search in northern Nevada.

Missing couple, four kids found safe in Nevada mountains

The family had gone to an abandoned mining town in northern Nevada to play in the snow and didn't return. They faced sub-zero temperatures.
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France snubs Google culture launch

France and some other European countries think Google is not doing enough to stop the unauthorized collection of personal data through its online outlets.

Some angered by Obama-Castro handshake

Cuban-American Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida called today's encounter a "propaganda coup" for Raul Castro, a man she calls a "ruthless dictator" and "tyrant."
Precious snack: In Tolkien's books, lembas was a special bread made by elves that could stay fresh for months — perfect for sustaining travelers on a long journey (or engaging in an all-day movie marathon.) Try it for elevenses.

Elevenses and then some: How to prepare a feast fit for a Hobbit

The latest in the Hobbit movie trilogy opens this week. Hardcore fans plan to celebrate with a Lord of The Rings marathon and a day of feasting. Here's the menu.
Sastrugi stick out from the snow surface in this photo near Plateau Station in East Antarctica. Most of Antartica looks quite flat, despite the subtle domes, hills, and hollows.

Using satellite, scientists pinpoint coldest place on Earth

Scientists measured temperatures of -137 Fahrenheit on the highest section of the East Antarctic ice divide. That's almost 10 degrees colder than the previous record.
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Income-verification rules could cost districts millions in funding for low-income students. Many districts receive extra money for low income students.
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Traffic accident causes LAX access problems

A vehicle accident has caused traffic problems outside LAX, but the airport itself continues to operate. The westbound I-105 has been closed at Sepulveda Blvd.
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UFC heavyweight Shane Del Rosario dead at 30

UFC fighter Shane Del Rosario died Monday, nearly two weeks after the heavyweight had a heart attack. He was 30. His doctors believe he had a congenital heart disorder.
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KPCC live stream back after technical difficulties

We experienced technical difficulties with our live stream Tuesday morning, but it's now back up.
Bales of imported clothing are wheeled into the Gikombo Market in Nairobi, Kenya.

The afterlife of American clothes

The U.S. exports a billion pounds of used clothes every year. Much of that winds up in used clothing markets in sub-Saharan Africa.
Erica Lafferty (right), daughter of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim Dawn Hochsprung, consoles Carlee Soto, sister of victim Victoria Soto, after representatives of 14 families addressed the media on Monday in Newtown, Conn.

Newtown calls for 'acts of kindness' on shooting anniversary

Relatives of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School say they will light candles in memory of the victims. Extra police officers will be on duty on Saturday.
A sweet way to avoid the dentist? Microbiologists are developing a probiotic mint that uses dead bacteria to fight off cavities.

Microbiome candy: Could a probiotic mint help prevent cavities?

Candy with the right kind of bacteria might one day help fight off tooth decay. An experimental mint lowered the levels of cavity-causing bacteria found in saliva.
Patients Being Forced To Wait In Ambulances Outside A&E Departments
At least 60 people were evacuated from a South El Monte hospital today as crews tried to put out a small fire on the hospital's roof.
Members of the public sing and dance as they arrive for the Nelson Mandela memorial service at the FNB Stadium, on Tuesday in Johannesburg, South Africa.

South Africa honors Nelson Mandela; Listen to Obama's eulogy

With a mix of joy and mourning, tens of thousands of South Africans and dozens of world leaders gathered in a huge soccer stadium to celebrate the country's emancipator.
Totten Glacier
Totten Glacier is a massive ice sheet in Eastern Antarctica. It's shrinking much faster than other glaciers. New research looks at why.
Honey-nut Old Fashioned, 1886 at The Raymond
Leading up to our cocktail party at The Virgil Thursday, we asked KPCC staff and listeners to share their favorite place in L.A. to order an Old-Fashioned.

Blogs

LA Sheriff Corruption
Fewer than half the defendants have entered pleas in one of the biggest corruption cases ever brought against Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials.
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Both games are already sold-out, but in the ticket resale market, prices are going in opposite directions compared to last year.
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With a unanimous vote, the Los Angeles City Council approved a new contract that includes benefit changes for current and future employees.
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As Congress prepares to adjourn for the year, proponents of reform are telling Republican members they have unfinished business regarding immigration reform.
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A new Obama administration policy aims to make it easier for immediate relatives of U.S. military to obtain legal status, but not everyone likes it. This and more.
Godzilla - Official Teaser Trailer [HD]
The new trailer shows the latest take on the character, both classic and updated with modern computer graphics looking to bring the epic monster to life once more.
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Today is Tuesday, Dec. 10 and headlines include the arrest of 18 sheriff's deputies, the conviction of a former Bell official, and legalizing marijuana.
Downey Middle Class
Some upwardly mobile Latinos have chosen to settle in Latino-majority suburban communities that reflect their reality. Downey is one of them.
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In the contest to get Boeing 777X production, California keeps its bid under wraps, while Long Beach is confident.

Programs

Take Two

Episode: LA Sheriff's Dept. scandal, Denver's pot editor, Kurt Sutter and more

How to get your kids to love the movies you do

Winter break is quickly approaching, and one option many parents have to keep their kids preoccupied is taking them to the movies.
Mary Barra speaks at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit earlier this year. General Motors has picked her to lead the company.
General Motors, the nation's largest automaker, announced that Mary Barra will replace retiring Daniel Akerson as the company's chief executive.
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Downey: A new kind of suburban idyll

Neighborhoods across Southern California are being reshaped by the adult children of immigrants. KPCC's Leslie Berestein Rojas reports on the Latino experience within one storied Los Angeles suburb.
Sons of Anarchy
Kurt Sutter talks about where he stands on creating the show, the importance it's had in his life and the real outlaws that help him keep the show accurate.
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Today is the deadline for cities to submit proposals to build the new Boeing 777X airliner on their turf. More than a dozen sites have been chosen as the potential recipient for the billion-dollar contract.
The 14th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards - Press Room
It's time for Tuesday Reviewsday our weekly new music segment. This week we're going to be talking about rock with Justino Aguila from Billboard Magazine and music critic Steve Hochman.
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Can the 2014 World Cup boost soccer's popularity in the US?

How many soccer fans are out there in the U.S.? NFL games still pull in 80 times more viewers than pro soccer matches.
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Update on the LA Sheriff misconduct scandal

Yesterday federal officials indicted 18 current and former Sheriff's Deputies for charges including conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and giving false statements.
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Eviction protesters block Google bus in San Francisco

Yesterday, protesters blocked a Google bus filled with tech workers to bring attention to the widening income discrepancy.
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If you have a particular passion for all things cannabis, you might want to run off to Denver and start applying at The Denver Post.
Totten Glacier

Why is Antarctica's Totten Glacier shrinking faster than its neighbors?

Figuring out what causes glaciers to shrink is important because melting glaciers are one of the factors behind rising sea levels.
South Africa Mandela Mourning
Along with the President, 23 members of Congress (many of those being members of the Congressional Black Caucus) travelled to South Africa to honor Nelson Mandela.

Take Two Evenings

Episode: Take Two Evenings for December 10, 2013

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for December 10, 2013
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The modem dial tone and other sounds of obsolescence

When was the last time you heard that distinctive clunk of a pay phone hanging up? Or the screech of a modem coming to life?
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Under a new state law this year, school districts with a high percentage of low-income and English-as-a-second-language students are eligible for extra funding. In order to qualify for that money, the California Department of Education is asking districts to provide family income verification to ensure that the money is distributed fairly.
Service Employees Union Protest Outside LAX On Day Before Thanksgiving
The Los Angeles Police Department is having a tough time finding qualified candidates that want to join the force, despite hitting its long-stated goal of hiring 10,000 officers less than a year before.
FORTUNE Most Powerful Women Summit - Day 2

From shop floor to top floor: new GM head Mary Barra

General Motors has named product development chief Mary Barra as the company’s new CEO—making her the first woman to head a major U.S. car company.
TIME Person Of The Year Panel
TIME Magazine has released its top 10 finalists for the publication’s “Person of the Year” awards. The 2013 shortlist includes N.S.A. leaker Edward Snowden, pop star Miley Cyrus, Jesuit pontiff Pope Francis and Syrian President Bashar Assad.
California Levee System Vulnerable To Natural Disasters
Drafts of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Bay Delta Conservation Plan were released Monday and have renewed debate on the $24.7 billion plan. The goal of the BDCP is to improve the condition and conservation of the diverse ecosystem that exists in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta while creating an efficient water delivery system.
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Feds crack down on LA Sheriff's Department

The Justice Department indicted 18 L.A. County Sheriff's deputies yesterday in connection with separate instances of alleged misconduct, including inmate abuse, false arrests and obstruction of justice.

The Loh Down On Science

How goldfish feel about music will interest you

Bach and Stravinsky go head to head ... in a fish tank!

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