Archive for January 2nd, 2014

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Secure Cloud Computing
FireEye, a computer-security software maker, said the purchase of privately held Mandiant would increase its ability to stop attacks in their early stages.
Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Fair Held In Southern California
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.
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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.
A photo released by the Eureka Police Department shows Gary Lee Bullock, who police arrested in connection with the murder of the Rev. Eric Freed.

Arrest made in murder of California priest

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.
Google Earth: 405 & 605 & 22 Freeways
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.
The Quadrantid meteor shower is seen shortly after 5 a.m. on Jan 3, 2013. This year's shower will be helped by a new moon that will keep the night sky dark.
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.
Long Beach Police Department
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.
Martha Castro lives on the streets in Los Angeles' Skid Row neighborhood. She's still resistant to the idea that she can now get health coverage because of California's expansion of Medicaid.

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

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 (Season 4)
Ryan Lee Carroll of Florida won a raffle to watch the series finale of AMC’s Breaking Bad with the cast.
Holiday Travelers Crowd NYC Airports
The agency says a TSA officer using an x-ray machine spotted the pink stun gun in the woman's carry-on bag Wednesday.
The scene outside the residence of Palestinian diplomat Jamal al-Jamal in Prague. An explosion there Wednesday killed the 56-year-old ambassador.

Palestinian diplomat's death is a mystery

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.
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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.
"It's on the left," he says. "No, it's southeast of here," she says.

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

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.
Florida Governor Reverses Medicaid Stance

Medicaid enrollees visited ER more than others, study finds

The research comes as millions of Americans gain health insurance this week under the federal health care law, many of them through Medicaid.
Mississippi to Vote on New State Flag

Mississippi flag causes flap in Santa Ana

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.
Tens of thousands of refugees are flocking to United Nations compounds like this one in Juba, while fears fester that fighting in the capital will resume.

Warring South Sudan factions arrive in Ethiopia for peace talks

The talks in Ethiopia will focus on a cease-fire, as well as political prisoners and the 2015 presidential elections.
Public docks, Sunset Harbor
An 800 gallon sewage spill has shut down a portion of Huntington Harbour in Huntington Beach, including Davenport and Humboldt beaches.
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A superior court judge rescheduled the arguments after defense attorney Philip Dube said Thursday that he had only just received transcripts of the hearing.
The logo and a page of mobile app "Snapchat" are displayed on tablets. Hackers broke into Snapchat, the popular mobile app, accessing the phone numbers and usernames of 4.6 million users and publishing them online.

Snapchat plans to put out more secure app following breach

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.
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Driver killed after car crashes off 101 freeway

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.
Nurse Carina Araujo gives care to a child in the neonatal intensive care unit at Maternidade Doutor Alfredo da Costa Hospital in Lisbon, Portugal, on June 6, 2013. Portugal's birthrate has dropped 14 percent since the economic crisis hit.

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

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.
Illustration of a prison loaf.

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

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.
A shark warning is displayed near Gracetown, Western Australia, in November. An Australian man was killed by a shark near the area that month, sparking a catch-and-kill order.
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.
Brooklyn Hill, 3, got help from 10-year-old Thalia Epps on Tuesday as they skated in Ann Arbor, Mich. From the upper Midwest through New England, more bitter cold and stormy weather is expected in coming days.

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

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.
Ara's Pastry - Before
State budget cuts have slowed efforts to map active faults in California to a crawl.
Echo Park Snails

New snail species invades renovated Echo Park

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

Blogs

Lummis Home - tower and mission-inspired wall
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.
Amanda Renteria
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.
A Counselors Life
More than 10 million people receive federal financial aid for higher education. But it all starts with an application, which is now available.
Curiosity Rover
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.
Physical Fitness Exam
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.
Class Of 2009 Graduates From Harvard University
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.
Sergio Garcia speaks at The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) news conference on Aug. 27. Garcia, 36, is a law school graduate who passed California's bar examination, but he's living in the United States illegally. California
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.
Paris or Perish
Foreign films get Oscar momentum and a shot at second lives in English at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, January 3-13.
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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.
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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 Governor
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.
Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Springs)
All 53 California seats are up for grabs, including races in San Bernardino and Palm Springs that have both parties spoiling for a fight.

Programs

Take Two

Episode: New laws, Obamacare in effect, pot legalization and more
Sergio Garcia speaks at The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) news conference on Aug. 27. Garcia, 36, is a law school graduate who passed California's bar examination, but he's living in the United States illegally. California
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.
Echo Park Snails

New snail species invades renovated Echo Park

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.
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Disneyland markets resort to Latino visitors on Three Kings' Day

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."
Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Springs)

What will the new year bring? Congressional midterm elections

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.
Germany Debates Expanding Parental Leave

Why paternity leave benefits the mother most

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.
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How Mexico's soda tax could impact US debate

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.
Homeland Security Agencies Work To Secure U.S.-Mexico Border In Arizona

Arizona border search case may go to the Supreme Court

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.
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State Of Affairs: Election year, Sheriff Lee Baca 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 by KPCC political reporter Alice Walton and KPCC political editor Oscar Garza.
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.
Levonorgestrel, one of the main ingredients in emergency contraceptive pills, including Plan B, was found in a recent study to be less effective in overweight and obese women.
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.
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2014's New Laws: Transgender student bathroom law AB1266

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.
Smoking can raise your insurance rates, but that doesn't mean you'll get coverage for help with quitting.

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

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

Ask Emily on Take Two: Obamacare officially in effect

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.

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for January 2, 2014
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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.
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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.
F1 Grand Prix of Brazil - Qualifying
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.
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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.
The online retailer Zappos is making a major change to their company's management - they're getting rid of them all together.

The Loh Down On Science

Journey to the center of the earth, for science!

Get ready for the biggest spin cycle on the planet!

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