Archive for January 2nd, 2014

FireEye buys firm that tied cyberattacks to China

Business & Economy | | January 02 2014, 6:14 PM

FireEye, a computer-security software maker, said the purchase of privately held Mandiant would increase its ability to stop attacks in their early stages.

Obamacare: What to do if you don't have an insurance card yet

Health | | January 02 2014, 5:51 PM

The California Hospital Association lays out the steps you can take if you have enrolled but not yet received a bill or an insurance card.

FBI investigating San Francisco Chinese Consulate arson attack (updated)

Local | | January 02 2014, 5:13 PM

The Chinese Consulate in San Francisco said Thursday that its compound was damaged in an arson attack and urged American authorities to protect the safety of its diplomats and its premises.

Arrest made in murder of California priest

Crime & Justice | | January 02 2014, 5:02 PM

The say the body of the Rev. Eric Freed, found in the rectory of St. Bernard Church in Eureka on New Year's Day, showed signs of a struggle.

Weekend Traffic: 405, 22 and 605 freeways to see nightly closures

Local | | January 02 2014, 5:00 PM

The closures begin tonight and continue through Saturday. We also have information regarding road closures for the 2014 New Year's Race and a list of more closures happening throughout Southern California.

Tonight's meteor shower: Live, from space, it's the Quadrantids

Environment & Science | | January 02 2014, 4:32 PM

Even NASA calls the Quadrantids "a little-known meteor shower named after an extinct constellation." But in the Northern Hemisphere, they can be well worth watching.

Crime down, officer-involved shootings up in Long Beach

Crime & Justice | | January 02 2014, 3:30 PM

Initial data from 2013 show the lowest violent crime numbers for the city in 41 years. But the number of officer-involved shootings more than doubled in a year.

Obamacare brings Medicaid to skid row's 'ugly reality'

Health | | January 02 2014, 2:56 PM

Among those who stand to benefit the most from the expansion of Medicaid are homeless adults, many of whom are mentally ill or addicted to drugs and alcohol.

‘Breaking Bad’ finale contest winner arrested on drug charges

Crime & Justice | | January 02 2014, 2:23 PM

Ryan Lee Carroll of Florida won a raffle to watch the series finale of AMC’s Breaking Bad with the cast.

Woman cited for trying to bring stun gun on plane

Crime & Justice | | January 02 2014, 1:45 PM

The agency says a TSA officer using an x-ray machine spotted the pink stun gun in the woman's carry-on bag Wednesday.

Palestinian diplomat's death is a mystery

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | January 02 2014, 1:06 PM

At first, officials said he may have triggered a bomb meant to explode only if a safe was tampered with. But other officials are disputing that account.

Feds seek long sentence in 'Jihad Jane' case

Crime & Justice | | January 02 2014, 12:48 PM

Prosecutors say in court papers that Colleen LaRose should spend decades behind bars for plotting to kill a Swedish cartoonist whose work had offended Muslims.

How language seems to shape one's view of the world

Environment & Science | | January 02 2014, 12:47 PM

Research suggest that speaking another language fluently changes what you pay attention to and how you remember events. But some say the idea that language can make you see and think differently is overblown.

Medicaid enrollees visited ER more than others, study finds

Health | | January 02 2014, 12:00 PM

The research comes as millions of Americans gain health insurance this week under the federal health care law, many of them through Medicaid.

Mississippi flag causes flap in Santa Ana

Local | | January 02 2014, 11:55 AM

Some Southern California attorneys want the Mississippi state flag, the last in the nation to include the Confederate stars and bars, removed from a display at Santa Ana's civic center.

Warring South Sudan factions arrive in Ethiopia for peace talks

US & World | | January 02 2014, 11:39 AM

The talks in Ethiopia will focus on a cease-fire, as well as political prisoners and the 2015 presidential elections.

Davenport and Humboldt beaches closed after sewage spill

Local | | January 02 2014, 11:33 AM

An 800 gallon sewage spill has shut down a portion of Huntington Harbour in Huntington Beach, including Davenport and Humboldt beaches.

Hearing postponed in Venice boardwalk tragedy

Crime & Justice | | January 02 2014, 10:46 AM

A superior court judge rescheduled the arguments after defense attorney Philip Dube said Thursday that he had only just received transcripts of the hearing.

Snapchat plans to put out more secure app following breach

US & World | | January 02 2014, 10:12 AM

After millions of Snapchat usernames and other data were posted online, a claim of responsibility includes a motive: the service didn't do enough to increase its security, those allegedly involved say.

Driver killed after car crashes off 101 freeway

Local | | January 02 2014, 9:39 AM

A body was found in a car on its side Thursday morning in the Tujunga Wash off the northbound Hollywood Freeway in the San Fernando Valley.

Portugal's baby bust is a stark sign of hard times

US & World | | January 02 2014, 7:57 AM

The poorest state in Western Europe faces a demographic time bomb as its population ages, the workforce shrinks, and youth are unemployed or going abroad.

Food As Punishment: Giving US inmates 'the loaf' persists

Arts & Entertainment | | January 02 2014, 6:49 AM

In many prisons and jails across the U.S., a bland, brownish lump is served to inmates who misbehave. But the practice is starting to fade as more prisoners argue that the loaf is cruel and unusual punishment.

More than 300 sharks in Australia are now on Twitter

Environment & Science | | January 02 2014, 6:45 AM

Government researchers tagged the sharks with transmitters, triggering an automatic tweet when they swim close to a beach. This comes after several high-profile shark attacks, some fatal.

100 million people in path of 2014's first wintry blast

US & World | | January 02 2014, 6:39 AM

Parts of the Northeast and New England are expected to be hit the hardest today and Friday. More than a foot of snow may fall on Boston. The wind chill may plunge to 40 degrees below zero in the Adirondacks.

More earthquake mapping needed, LA-area state senator says

Local | | January 02 2014, 6:00 AM

State budget cuts have slowed efforts to map active faults in California to a crawl.

New snail species invades renovated Echo Park

Environment & Science | | January 02 2014, 6:00 AM

An invasive snail introduced during a makeover of Echo Park Lake now threatens the health of the lake, including the signature lotus plants

Behind the battle to preserve LA's historic Lummis Home

The Latest | | January 02 2014, 5:39 PM

The home that was an early LA cultural center is cracking apart. Now the city seeks a new caretaker for the hand-built mini-castle that overlooks the Arroyo Seco.

A battle looms in Central Valley Congressional district

Represent! | | January 02 2014, 4:16 PM

The well-connected Amanda Renteria will challenge Republican incumbent David Valadao, who has already proven he can beat a Democrat in his heavily Latino district.

5 tips for college federal financial aid application

Pass / Fail | | January 02 2014, 3:57 PM

More than 10 million people receive federal financial aid for higher education. But it all starts with an application, which is now available.

#KPCCforum: 5 events you don't want to miss in January 2014

The Latest | | January 02 2014, 2:48 PM

The coming-of-age industry in Texas, a film director's take on our current education system, and a panel on the Mars rovers' many feats are just a few of the events coming to KPCC.

New Year's resolutions that kids can make — and keep

Pass / Fail | | January 02 2014, 1:02 PM

We adults may not be the greatest resolution-keepers, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t encourage our kids to start the year right.

Harvard president and Wynton Marsalis advocate for arts education

Pass / Fail | | January 02 2014, 12:46 PM

In an opinion piece for USA Today, Drew Faust and Wynton Marsalis called for an increase of arts education. They cited statistics showing that arts ed has declined.

In Immigration News: Immigrant allowed to practice law, border searches of electronic devices and Asian-American millennials

Multi-American | | January 02 2014, 12:04 PM

Calif. Supreme Court rules undocumented law school grad can join State Bar - Southern California Public Radio Sergio Garcia won his bid to practice law on Thursday morning, after a years-long fight.

Palm Springs International Film Festival gives foreign films momentum

The Breakdown | | January 02 2014, 6:05 AM

Foreign films get Oscar momentum and a shot at second lives in English at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, January 3-13.

Guillermo Cespedes, LA anti-gang czar, takes strategy to Central America

Represent! | | January 02 2014, 6:00 AM

Guillermo Cespedes' last day in L.A.'s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development is Thursday. His innovative programs contributed to a dramatic drop in crime.

Will more money mean more teachers for LA schools?

Pass / Fail | | January 02 2014, 6:00 AM

School board member Steve Zimmer says years of staff cuts have affected overall school conditions He wants to use new state money to re-hire laid off staff.

California school board voting on template for new funding

Pass / Fail | | January 02 2014, 6:00 AM

School districts will have to submit a detailed plan by July on how they plan to use new funding to improve learning for disadvantaged students.

The new year brings Congressional midterm elections

Represent! | | January 02 2014, 6:00 AM

All 53 California seats are up for grabs, including races in San Bernardino and Palm Springs that have both parties spoiling for a fight.

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Calif. Supreme Court grants law license to undocumented law school grad (updated)

Local | | January 02 2014, 10:26 AM

Sergio Garcia calls the ruling "wonderful"; he had challenged a 1996 federal law that bars people living in the country illegally from receiving the professional license.

New snail species invades renovated Echo Park

| January 02 2014, 10:04 AM

There’s a new species inhabiting the grounds of the freshly renovated Echo Park Lake, snails. The snails can reach the size of a small apple and they lay many bright pink eggs, which are visible throughout the whole park.

Disneyland markets resort to Latino visitors on Three Kings' Day

| January 02 2014, 9:41 AM

The Christmas season is anything but over for Latino children around the world. This Sunday, they're celebrating "Three Kings' Day," or "El Día de los Reyes."

What will the new year bring? Congressional midterm elections

| January 02 2014, 9:35 AM

It's only six months until California's mid-term Congressional primary. 53 seats are up for grabs, though KPCC's Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde says the number of competitive races is considerably smaller than it was two years ago.

Why paternity leave benefits the mother most

| January 02 2014, 9:30 AM

Increasingly, men are embracing programs that let them spend six weeks or more with their newborns. Social scientists say that while it's good for the dad and the infant, it may be the mother who benefits the most.

How Mexico's soda tax could impact US debate

| January 02 2014, 9:18 AM

Attempts to limit soda consumption tend to fizzle out here in U.S. New York City unsuccessfully tried to restrict drink sizes in restaurants and there are several failed measures around the country to tax soda. That's why lawmakers here are watching what happens down in Mexico.

Arizona border search case may go to the Supreme Court

US & World | | January 02 2014, 9:10 AM

A Tucson lawyer has asked the Supreme Court to take up a case that may help determine just how thoroughly border officials can search electronics from U.S. citizens without reasonable suspicion.

State Of Affairs: Election year, Sheriff Lee Baca and more

| January 02 2014, 9:09 AM

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 by KPCC political reporter Alice Walton and KPCC political editor Oscar Garza.

Will 2014 be the year for marijuana legalization in the US?

| January 02 2014, 9:09 AM

Will the rest of the country follow Colorado and Washington in legalizing recreational marijuana? John Hudak from Brookings thinks that there could be other major changes in pot policy across the US.

Study finds teens face barriers in obtaining emergency contraception

| January 02 2014, 9:09 AM

By law, the emergency contraceptive known as Plan B should be made available at pharmacies to anyone of any age. But a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that's seldom the case.

2014's New Laws: Transgender student bathroom law AB1266

| January 02 2014, 9:08 AM

A new California law, AB1266, defines the rights of transgender children in public schools, and educators have been scrambling to figure out how exactly to put this law into place.

How will UC, CSU campuses implement the new smoking ban?

| January 02 2014, 9:08 AM

One of the major policy changes in 2014 is the tobacco ban on all UC and CSU campuses. The schools join over 1,000 other colleges and universities nationwide that now prohibit the use of tobacco products on their grounds.

Ask Emily on Take Two: Obamacare officially in effect

| January 02 2014, 9:08 AM

Emily Bazar of the California Healthcare Foundation Center for Health Reporting joins the show for her regular explainer of the Affordable Care Act, Ask Emily.

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| January 02 2014, 6:00 AM

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Filmweek: The Best Offer, Interior. Leather Bar., Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and more

| January 02 2014, 4:46 PM

Guest host Frank Stoltze and KPCC film critics Lael Loewenstein, Henry Sheehan and Claudia Puig review this week's releases, including The Best Offer, Interior. Leather Bar., Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Grudge Match and more.

A conversation with LA’s outgoing anti-gang czar Guillermo Cespedes

Crime & Justice | | January 02 2014, 12:11 PM

Guest host Frank Stoltze talks with LA's outgoing anti-gang czar Guillermo Cespedes about his tenure and the future of the city’s anti-gang efforts.

What drives adrenaline junkies such as Michael Schumacher to chase danger?

| January 02 2014, 10:38 AM

One racing champion Michael Schumacher is still comatose after a skiing accident in the French Alps last Sunday. Although he was wearing a helmet and reportedly didn't take great risks on the slopes, he hit his head on a rock and suffered a brain injury.

Does vigilant baby monitoring help parents, or hurt them?

| January 02 2014, 9:53 AM

Personal health tracking is on the rise. Adults use devices like Fitbit and Jawbone to measure every aspect of their lives, from heart rate and breathing to the number of steps taken, and how deeply they sleep.

Wish you could get rid of your office management? Zappos is doing it

| January 02 2014, 9:40 AM

The online retailer Zappos is making a major change to their company's management - they're getting rid of them all together.