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Everly Brothers
Phil Everly and his brother, Don, rose to popularity during the 1950s and '60s and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Los Angeles Sparks v Phoenix Mercury - Game Two

Los Angeles Sparks ownership group gives up WNBA franchise (updated)

The Los Angeles Sparks' ownership group can no longer financially support the franchise. Sparks chairman Paula Madison informed the league right before Christmas.
Rock in Rio 2013

Beyonce samples Challenger disaster, reactions differ

Beyonce came under fire this week for sampling audio from the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion in a song on her new album.
Airlines at LAX are reporting cancellations of a total of 35 flights through midnight Friday related to the storm system affecting the Northeastern United States.
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Jahi McMath has been on a ventilator for nearly a month after a tonsil surgery, and her family has been fighting with medical officials to have her transferred out of Children's Hospital Oakland.
Texas Senate Race

Ted Cruz still a dual US-Canadian citizen

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz vowed months ago to renounce his Canadian citizenship by the end of 2013, but the Calgary-born Republican is still a dual citizen.
A computer workstation bears the Nationa

Government moves to appeal surveillance ruling

The move comes in the midst of dueling decisions in two civilian federal courts about whether the surveillance program is constitutional.
Glenn L. Allen

Architect pleads no contest in LA fireman death

Gerhard Albert Becker entered the plea Friday and was sentenced to three years of probation and a year in county jail.
Justice Sotomayor
The couples' response comes three days after Utah officials asked Justice Sonia Sotomayor to block same-sex marriages in the state.
A 3.1 earthquake hit Los Angeles's Westside late Friday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's website.
Vice President Biden and House Speaker John Boehner applaud President Obama

7 political dates to watch in 2014

Aside from a full roster of House, Senate and gubernatorial races, 2014 is shaping up as another critical period for the Affordable Care Act.
iPads in Schools

Texas library offers glimpse of bookless future

Texas has seen the future of the public library, and it looks a lot like an Apple Store. Known as BibiloTech, it is the nation's only bookless public library.
Before their split: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, and his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, in February 2012. Earlier this month, Jang was executed.
There are many reasons to doubtf the gruesome story that North Korea's secretive leader executed his uncle by throwing him to a pack of starving dogs.
mega millions lottery ticket

2nd winner of $636M lottery jackpot comes forward (updated)

Steve Tran, the second of two winners of the $636 million Mega Millions jackpot, has come forward to claim the lottery prize, the second-largest in U.S. history.
Syria Aleppo

5 Doctors Without Borders staffers seized in Syria

Five staffers of the international aid organization Doctors Without Borders have been taken in for questioning in northern Syria, the group said Friday.
Los Angeles To Allow Homeless To Sleep On Sidewalks
The settlement ends a lawsuit brought by the city of L.A. Beverly Hospital will also update its policies and procedures, and provide its staff with more training.
Premiere Of Universal's "Fast & Furious" - Arrivals
Roger Rodas, who was driving at the time, lost control "for unknown reasons" leading to the fatal crash that killed the pair, according to the report.
Ford says it sold the most F-series trucks since 2006. Here, a 2014 F-150 goes through Quality Control on the assembly line at Ford's Dearborn Truck Plant.

Ford tops resurgent U.S. car industry, 2013 sales results show

Ford and GM are calling 2013 the best year for U.S. auto sales in at least five years, as they report double-digit annual gains.
Government workers exercise at their office in Mexico City, August 2013. To counter the obesity epidemic, the city requires all government employees to do at least 20 minutes of exercise each day.

Obesity rises as poor countries get richer

One-third of adults worldwide are overweight. Globalization has made high-calorie foods readily available at low cost almost everywhere.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 2001.

In Israel, Ariel Sharon's family gathers at his bedside

The former prime minister has been in a coma since suffering a stroke in 2006. This week, doctors said his condition has worsened. Sharon is 85.
At the center of the debate: Prescription contraceptives.

Nuns' objection to health care law is unwarranted, Justice Dept. says

The Obama administration says one group of nuns is already exempt to the new health care law's requirement to include contraception coverage and has no standing to object.
Reeve Carney (right) handed off the lead role in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark to successor Justin Matthew Sargent in September 2013. The show closes Jan. 4, and the Smithsonian Institution announced today that it's acquiring Carney's costume.

Broadway's 'Spider-Man' musical turns off the lights at last

By most estimates, the trouble-plagued show will have lost about $60 million when it closes tomorrow. It has been commercial theater's most stunning flop.
Metropolitan Water District Headquarters
A consultant cites a "potential" for "collapse" in a major quake. MWD insists the $100 million building is safe, and says the consultant used outdated computer models.
Former NASA scientist Homa Taraji's gallery features art from her homeland with the goal of changing the conversation about Iran and its people.

Blogs

Jerry Meral will advocate for a controversial $25 billion plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta on behalf of the Natural Heritage Institute.
solar plant
Thursday marked a milestone for California solar energy, with the state's solar facilities adding enough electricity into the state grid for about 3 million homes
House Holds Hearing On Benghazi Consulate Attacks
Congress returns next week to revisit its decision from December that reduced a cost of living increase for military retirees by one percent.
California state capitol
The State Senate committee retains a prominent legal firm to help dig through the federal investigation into State Sen. Ron Calderon.
Immigration Rally
Watch Out: Immigration Could Still Happen in 2014 - U.S. News and World Report New year, new hope. Immigration rights activists are saying that 2014 may the year for comprehensive immigration reform -- even though pols will be busy with mid-term elections.
Veronica Mars - Theatrical Trailer  (In Select Theaters: March 14, 2014)
One of the first major projects to test the big-time capacity of crowdfunding for films, "Veronica Mars" has released its trailer.
Metropolitan Water District Headquarters
Today is Friday, Jan. 3 and headlines include earthquake safety at the MWD, the plastic bag ban in Los Angeles, and a bill to curb corruption.

Programs

Take Two

Episode: Film tax breaks, Boeing contract, Bald Eagle deaths and more
US Mail
It's time now for the Comment Box, when we get to hear what you have to say about the work we're doing on Take Two.
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Earlier this week, the popular photo-messaging app Snapchat was hacked. A reported 4.6 million user names and phone numbers were leaked, though according to the company, no photographs went out to the public.
Room Service

Inside Denver's 'bootcamp for butlers'

John P. Davidson visited a school for servants and wrote about it for the current issue of Harpers magazine. We spoke with him about his experience at the Starkey International Institute, what he calls a "bootcamp for butlers."
Metropolitan Water District Headquarters

Memo raises questions about MWD headquarters' seismic fitness

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California delivers drinking water to nearly 19 million people in six counties. The agency's nerve center is its headquarters in downtown Los Angeles.
The Countrywide Banking and Home Loans office in Glendale, Calif., in an April  2007 photo.

More homeowners turning to adjustable-rate mortgages

ARMS nearly disappeared after the housing crisis of 2008, in part because they made up a huge bulk of the subprime loans that eventually floundered. But in November, more than a tenth of new mortgages in Southern California had an ARM, double the amount compared to a year earlier.
Job Seekers Attend West Palm Beach Florida Career Fair

Will 2014 be a better year for the US economy?

No one knows for certain what 2014 will hold, but there are some indications that, economically speaking, it could be a good year. For a look ahead we turn to Jordan Levine of Beacon Economics.
Take Two Bags

A collection of vintage shopping bags from LA's past

With the new plastic bag ban now in effect, Alison Martino of Vintage Los Angeles joins us to bring a big of nostalgia with vintage shopping bags from the past.
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Friday Flashback: Boeing, Olympics in Sochi and more

Today we've made it to the end of the first working week of 2014! In this week's Friday Flashback, we're actually going to Flash Forward, to the biggest stories of this coming year.
Bald eagle deaths
Since December first, 27 bald eagles have died in northern and central Utah. The birds all had similar symptoms: head tremors, signs of seizures, weakness in the legs and feet and paralysis of the wings.
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Tax incentives make film financing in LA a tricky business

Tax incentives have led to the creation of a whole new type of Hollywood financier who helps filmmakers figure out how to navigate state tax codes and take advantage of them.
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Do detox cleanses live up to the hype?

Body cleanses that claim to rid the body of toxins through juice fasting and diet restrictions are considered a popular fad to some, but a way of life for others. But do the benefits actually live up to the hype?
California Condor Lead Poisoning

Why we let some animals go extinct

Historically, choosing which animals and plants we help has been decided mostly by whether we like them or not.
smiling baby

What lies ahead for babies born in 2014?

As we look ahead to 2014, we thought we'd ponder the fate of children born in this year. Time Magazine has crunched some statistics and made some proclamations about their futures as adults. For more we turn to the magazine's Alice Park.
JAPAN-US-AVIATION-COMPANY-BOEING
Today, the machinist union at Boeing will have a final vote on an updated proposal that affects workers' benefits for the next eight years. If they vote "no", Boeing would then consider moving production of its new 777x aircraft to another state.

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for January 3, 2014
Veterans Secretary, Entrepreneur Feed Homeless Vets

Can you actually become addicted to food?

Americans typically pick going on a diet as their New Year's resolution but many don't make it past the end of January. If you're having trouble swearing off the chocolate cake or large sodas, could an addiction to sugar be the culprit?
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The ubiquitous photo app Instagram was bought by Facebook for $1 billion back in 2012. Yahoo bought Tumblr, the popular social network, for $1 billion in 2014. It’s only three days into the new year and already we have a new tech entrant into the $1 billion acquisition club.
The Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce & The Hollywood Sign Trust Celebrates The 90th Anniversary Of The Hollywood Sign
When he ran for City Attorney last year, Mike Feuer promised to make Los Angeles a safer place. His vision included creating a gun violence prevention unit and expanding the Neighborhood Prosecutor Program created by former City Attorney Rocky Delgado.
70th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Show
Trailers for the Golden Globes and the Oscars have been floating around the internet, circulating on social media, and sneaking in some screen time in preparation for awards show season.

FilmWeek Marquee

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., Grudge Match and more. TGI-Filmweek!

FilmWeek

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. TGI-Filmweek!

The Loh Down On Science

Is there a best time to have a baby?

Planning when to put a bun in the oven.

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