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Chemistry class

Because you liked chemistry, we recommend these classes

The same kind of technology that recommends movies on Netflix or purchases on Amazon is now helping students choose college courses.
Miami Health Care Clinic Treats Patients
People in the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan who missed the deadline to buy private insurance starting Jan. 1 can keep the coverage one more month.
Several Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are developing services that manage consumers' investment portfolios with algorithms rather than people.

Can robots manage your money better than you?

Algorithms can monitor a person's financial behavior better than most advisers, some entrepreneurs say, and aren't biased by commissions or complex fee structures.
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Life support extended for Oakland girl declared brain dead

A California judge has ordered a 13-year-old girl declared brain dead to be kept on life support until Jan. 7.
LA Revenge Killings

Judge dismisses ranger's claims for Dorner reward

A judge has dismissed all claims against the cities of Los Angeles and Riverside by a camp ranger who felt he deserved reward money for helping locate fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner.
Exide Community Meeting - 4
California's political watchdog agency has declined to open an investigation into a lawmaker whose name has surfaced in a federal investigation of a state senator.
Covered California Spanish application
Covered California officials hope the rollout of the Spanish-language application will help spur Latino enrollment, which has been lagging.
People drew maps of body locations where they feel basic emotions (top row) and more complex ones (bottom row). Hot colors show regions that people say are stimulated during the emotion. Cool colors indicate deactivated areas.

Mapping emotions on the body: Love makes us warm all over

Emotions start off in the brain, then ripple through the whole body. Now scientists have charted where we consciously feel specific emotions.
First-place finisher Jessica Jerome competes in the women's ski jumping event at the U.S. Olympic trials in Park City, Utah, on Sunday.

At long last, female ski jumpers can go for Olympic gold

The event makes its debut in Sochi after a fight that landed in a Canadian courtroom and endured years of setbacks.
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Boeing says union vote will decide fate of jobs

Boeing executive Ray Conner told the government leaders that an accepted contract will ensure that the wing work stays in the Puget Sound, but a vote to reject the deal will ensure the jobs go elsewhere.
California Lawmaker Considers Bill Banning Conventional Light Bulbs

Home electricity use in US falling to 2001 levels

Because of more energy-efficient housing, appliances and gadgets, power usage is on track to decline in 2013 for the third year in a row.
Rose Parade
Are you planning to brave the crowds and see the Rose Parade in person? Here's how to do it and how to send us you photos of the parade.
The HealthCare.gov website.

Official in charge of creating HealthCare.gov steps down

Michelle Snyder, who was responsible for the problem-plagued website, will retire from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Russian firefighters and security personnel inspect the damage at a train station following a suicide attack in the Volga River city of Volgograd, Russia.

US eyeing Olympic security after Russia attacks

White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said the U.S. would welcome "closer cooperation" to ensure the safety of athletes, spectators and other participants.
Some of the electronic equipment atop the National Security Agency's facility in Fort Meade, Md.

Report details NSA's high-tech tricks for snaring data

The NSA's Tailored Access Operations division uses everything from modified USB plugs to fake cell towers to access targets' data, according to a German magazine.
Fire
The agency issued a ban Monday on 31 million acres of state property and private land in seven counties.
The Federal Aviation Administration's map showing the locations of the six "unmanned aircraft systems" test sites it has chosen.

Test sites chosen for commercial drone testing

The six sites stretch from Alaska to New York and are expected to produce jobs as companies try out ways to make money with "unmanned aircraft systems."
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan on stage with their wives Ann Romney and Janna Ryan at the Republican National Convention on Aug. 30.

GOP crafts new rules to shorten 2016 primary season

With a February start and a June convention, the party hopes to regain some control over the chaotic presidential nominating process. Among the proposed changes: A June convention.
He's out: Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan on Sunday during the team's loss to the New York Giants. He was fired on Monday.

NFL firings begin: Browns, Vikings, Redskins ax coaches

With the 2013 regular season now over, teams are starting to fire coaches who produced disappointing results.
Gun Buyback - 2

2013: fewest police deaths by firearms since 1887

The annual report from the nonprofit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund also found that deaths in the line of duty generally fell by 8 percent and were the fewest since 1959.
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Federal health care sign-ups pass 1 million mark

Combined with numbers for state-run markets, that should put total enrollment in the new private insurance plans under President Barack Obama's health law at about 2 million people through the end of the year.
Juvenile Probation Damien
LA County probation says many kids in custody perform well in juvenile camps, but too many go home and return to juvenile court. Officials seek to lower the recidivism rate by helping ease the transition.
pill bottle

$1,000 pill for hepatitis C spurs debate over drug prices

Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration approved a class of drugs that can cure most hepatitis C infections. But the high cost — $84,000 per course of treatment — means some patients could miss out.
FAA To Shut Down Air Traffic Control Tower At L.A.'s Whiteman Airport

Some homes still without power after Pacoima plane crash

A small plane crashed in Los Angeles Sunday and took out two high-voltage lines and one residential line.
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Russian fireball, zero-gravity Bowie cover among this year's highlights from the final frontier
The phenomenon is the result of a new moon and the Earth's making its closet pass to the sun.
Work Visa Immigration Paperwork File
LAPD has been holding community meetings in South LA and to warn immigrants about potential scams as new immigration laws take effect next year.

Blogs

Escondido Latino vote
Latinos still face electoral hurdles in California - Associated Press Even with Latinos poised to become California's largest ethnic group in 2014, they lack political clout in surprising places.
Nordstrom Greeter - 1
Nordstrom greeter Ted DiNunzio turns 100 today. DiNunzio greets guests at the Nordstrom in Arcadia and is chain's only greeter nationwide.
California Gov. Jerry Brown.
Today is Monday, Dec. 30, 2014 and headlines include 2014 resolutions for elected officials, KPCC's look at Californian of the year, and a deep dive on DWP pay.
The immigration reform debate isn't going away, but there are other immigration stories likely to play out in a big way next year. Here's a look ahead.
Rose Bowl
The 2013 Rose Bowl and Rose Parade generated more than $300 million in economic activity. They are especially beneficial because most attendees are from out of town.
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Just over half of Teach for America's teachers label themselves "people of color." The group wants to further diversify its teacher corps.
Eric Garcetti
Eric Garcetti wants to hear from Angelenos about their wishes for improving neighborhoods around town.
Retiring House Democrat Henry Waxman
House Republicans still want to overturn the health care law; they voted more than three dozen times for its repeal. More attempts in 2014?

Programs

Take Two

Episode: Faulty GPS devices, photographing a meteor, pop culture species and more
Banchan

The 5-plus best Korean restaurants in LA

Koreatown native Matthew Kang has put together the official list of the best Korean restaurants in L.A. and share it with Take Two.
Farmworkers Mobilize In Miami For Immigration Reform
2013 started out as the year for sweeping overhaul , at least, that's what President Obama and many Senate Democrats were hoping for.
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Why 2013 is the year of the taco

As we take a look back at the year that was, we're looking at all the epic moments, all the trends and important people that defined 2013. We turned to our intrepid food contributor, LA Magazine's Bill Esparza, to talk about the flavors that defined the last year.
Timberwolves Lakers Basketball

Forget the Lakers, here come the Triquis

Los Angeles lives and breathes basketball. It should come as no surprise Oaxacan immigrants in L.A. operate a children's basketball league with dozens of teams.
Daenerys Targaryen sea slug
The news that scientists in Brazil recently discovered a new species of sea slug is catching headlines because of its peculiar "Game of Thrones"-inspired name.
MAVEN

2013: A look back on the year in space

2013 was quite a year for space fans. We had that supersonic fireball explode in February over Russia, NASA launched the MAVEN mission last month to unlock the mystery of what happened to Mars' atmosphere, plus much more.
South African National Congress President Nelson Mandela addresses in 1990.

Remembering the notable voices we lost in 2013

As we say our goodbyes to 2013, we also bid farewell to some of the people who touched our lives. From Take Two's Steve Proffitt, we bring you the voices of some of the ones we'll miss the most.
California Continues To Lead U.S. In Green Technology

California's cap and trade program reels in the green

A program to make California green has brought in a lot of green. The state's program designed to control CO2 emissions has netted one-point-one billion dollars in its first full year. But what to do with that money is another matter ent
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Time for On The Lot, our weekly look at the business of entertainment with Rebecca Keegan of the LA Times.
Scott Rinckenberger

Picture This: Scott Rinckenberger captures a fleeting meteor

Seeing a meteor streak through the night sky takes a certain amount of luck. Turn away for a second and you could miss it. Capturing one on film is even harder.

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for December 30, 2013
The LAPD will begin administering voluntary cheek swabs that detect drug and alcohol levels at their DUI checkpoints on New Year’s Eve.

Hotels nixing minibars forevermore?

The hotel minibar may soon be a thing of the past, experts say.

Bombings spur security concerns ahead of Sochi Olympics

Two suicide bomb blasts in Volograd in the past two days highlight Russia's security challenges as the country prepares to host the Winter Olympics in six weeks.
Pew Research Center has declared the 113th Congress the least productive when it comes to passing "substantive laws" than any Congress in previous two decades.

Is 2014 the year California voters legalize marijuana?

2014 is going to be a big year for pot legalization advocates.

The Loh Life

Wheat belly, part 1: I'm beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Sandra Tsing Loh loves the name of her new book.

The Loh Down On Science

This is the strangest phobia you've never heard of!

Nothing to fear?

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