Archive for February 13th, 2014

Court: No rehearing in Michael Jackson doc's case

Arts & Entertainment | | February 13 2014, 7:24 PM

The court unanimously upheld Conrad Murray's conviction, determining there was substantial evidence of his guilt presented at trial that he gave Michael Jackson a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol.

'Waltons' patriarch Ralph Waite dies at 85

Arts & Entertainment | | February 13 2014, 7:04 PM

Waite was best known for his role as the patriarch in the 1970s series "The Waltons," but he had had remained a working actor.

Rand Paul's NSA lawsuit helps him lay claim to a big issue

Politics | | February 13 2014, 6:37 PM

By suing the Obama administration, including the National Security Agency, for the agency's phone call data collection, Sen. Rand Paul now has ownership of an important issue in a way no other potential 2016 presidential candidate has yet to claim.

LA Metro introduces speed-dating train for Valentine's Day

Local | | February 13 2014, 5:19 PM

A little love is coming to public transit when the Red Line hosts speed dating for interested riders on Valentine's Day.

3 ex-governors to push Calif. death penalty reform

Politics | | February 13 2014, 5:12 PM

Former governors George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Gray Davis plan to announce the start of signature-gathering efforts for a ballot measure at a news conference.

Stopping microbes not missiles: US plans for next global threat

Health | | February 13 2014, 4:56 PM

The world is at greater risk than ever from pandemics and biological weapons, health officials said Thursday.

Court tosses California's concealed weapons rules (Updated)

Politics | | February 13 2014, 4:52 PM

A divided federal appeals court has struck down California's concealed weapons rules, saying they violate the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

Many flights canceled, but fewer fliers stranded on tarmac

Business & Economy | | February 13 2014, 4:45 PM

A fliers' revolt on Valentine's Day 2007 led to stiff fines against airlines that kept passengers waiting too long. The delays still happen, but they're less inconvenient.

First Oscar Concert honors nominated composers

Arts & Entertainment | | February 13 2014, 4:34 PM

The live concert will take place in the days leading up to the Academy Awards and celebrate the year's nominated music.

Sochi Winter Olympics: In men's figure skating, US pins hopes on a new class

Arts & Entertainment | | February 13 2014, 3:29 PM

The U.S. is defending its gold medal in men's figure skating, but without the star power of previous games. Two skaters in Sochi represent the near future of the sport in America.

Obama officials meet in LA to talk climate change

Politics | | February 13 2014, 3:18 PM

Thursday's private meeting in Los Angeles marked the second time the task force met since it was created by President Barack Obama.

Weekend Traffic: It's Jamzilla!

Local | | February 13 2014, 2:33 PM

The 80-hour paving operation is scheduled for this weekend and transportation agencies are asking commuters to stay away from the 405 North in Los Angeles.

UC Irvine chosen to compete in solar home design contest

Environment & Science | | February 13 2014, 2:22 PM

A team of Orange County colleges won one of 20 slots in a worldwide solar home design competition. Stanford, Cal Poly, CSU Sacramento and UC Davis also made the cut.

Driver charged with murder in deadly wrong-way freeway crash

Crime & Justice | | February 13 2014, 2:12 PM

The L.A. County District Attorney's Office charged Olivia Culbreath, 21, with six counts of murder related to a crash on Sunday that killed six people. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Tapes: No deaths, injuries from NJ bridge traffic

Politics | | February 13 2014, 1:16 PM

The Associated Press reviewed emergency dispatch audio and logs to see the possible repercussions of the traffic jam allegedly caused by members of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's staff.

It's great to be a woman in California, unless you're Hispanic

Business & Economy | | February 13 2014, 12:30 PM

Hispanic women in California are earning the lowest amount of any race, anywhere, in the United States.

Southern California experiences summer weather

Environment & Science | | February 13 2014, 12:03 PM

Much of Southern California will experience above-normal temperatures throughout the week. Forecasters say more records are in sight Thursday.

Facebook provides new gender options for users

US & World | | February 13 2014, 11:51 AM

Facebook has added an option with about 50 different terms people can use to identify their gender as well as three preferred pronoun choices: him, her or them.

Ivanpah, controversial desert solar project, goes online

Environment & Science | | February 13 2014, 11:48 AM

With a footprint covering more than five square miles, Ivanpah's fields of mirrors direct sunshine into towers that generate enough energy to power 100,000 homes.

Apple steps up the pressure on 'conflict minerals'

US & World | | February 13 2014, 11:07 AM

The maker of the iPhone has announced that its suppliers are no longer using the mineral tantalum sourced from conflict regions.

Man wounded in South LA shooting dies

Crime & Justice | | February 13 2014, 10:34 AM

Adrian Dawson, 22, died in a car-to-car shooting Wednesday. He was transported to a hospital near USC but later pronounced dead.

More cancellations at LAX as East Coast storms claim lives

Local | | February 13 2014, 8:56 AM

A spokesman for Los Angeles International Airport said 33 arrivals and 11 departures had been canceled since 4:30 a.m.

What California freeway has the most gridlock?

Local | | February 13 2014, 8:24 AM

Caltrans figures that, in 2012 alone, vehicles spent a cumulative 6.6 million extra hours in heavy congestion on this freeway — that's 753 years.

How bad is it for fliers today? Latest 'Misery Map' shows

US & World | | February 13 2014, 8:18 AM

The snow and ice storm that's moving up the East Coast has forced airlines to cancel or delay thousands of flights.

With this year's flu, young adults are not invincible

Health | | February 13 2014, 8:13 AM

Young people are usually less likely to become seriously ill with flu, but this season looks like an exception to that rule. Blame the H1N1 strain.

Sochi Winter Olympics: USA Hockey beats Slovakia 7-1

Arts & Entertainment | | February 13 2014, 8:04 AM

Team USA defeated Slovakia in its opening hockey game early Thursday after a six-goal streak in the second period.

Comcast to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion | | February 13 2014, 6:18 AM

The all-stock deal was approved by the boards of both companies. It is expected to close by the end of the year, pending shareholder and regulatory approvals.

New state Senate bill would seek health aid for undocumented

Health | | February 13 2014, 6:00 AM

State Senator Ricardo Lara plans to introduce a bill that would use state money to make Medi-Cal and private health insurance subsidies available to undocumented immigrants.

Higher rate of older kids with whooping cough worries health officials

Health | | February 13 2014, 6:00 AM

Health experts are asking whether kids need more pertussis shots, to combat a jump in recent years of cases involving 5 to 14-year-olds in L.A. County.

Free weekend? 10 fun and almost-free events

Arts & Entertainment | | February 13 2014, 6:00 AM

Jamzilla may be closing down a six-mile stretch of the 405 Freeway, but we won't be closing our hearts to a delightful three days off.

Comcast to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion

Business & Economy | | February 13 2014, 5:46 AM

The all-stock deal was approved by the boards of both companies. It is expected to close by the end of the year, pending shareholder and regulatory approvals.

Initiative to resume Calif. executions begins circulating

Crime & Justice | | February 13 2014, 5:03 AM

No prisoner has been executed since 2006, when the courts ruled California's lethal injection protocol violated the Constitution’s 8th Amendment, which bans cruel and unusual punishment.

Amy Chua, 'Tiger Mom' on 3 cultural traits that win

Multi-American | | February 13 2014, 6:47 PM

A superiority complex, insecurity and impulse control. According to “Tiger Mom” Amy Chua, they're the secrets to success. Follow the discussion of our live event with Chua here.

Uniqlo will open stores in Southern California (updated)

The Breakdown | | February 13 2014, 4:19 PM

The new locations will be in South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa and the Beverly Center in L.A., both malls confirmed to KPCC on Thursday.

Snow shuts down DC as president prepares to head west

Represent! | | February 13 2014, 3:05 PM

It's called serendipity: the president's scheduled trip to California will get him away from the storm that has paralyzed the capitol.

Cities, states say climate hazards, drought need urgent action

Pacific Swell | | February 13 2014, 2:57 PM

At a closed-door meeting in Los Angeles, local politicians offered federal officials views on adapting to climate change and preparing for hazards like drought.

California lawmakers to President: Back off on marijuana penalties

Represent! | | February 13 2014, 12:42 PM

Eighteen members of Congress, including eight from California, follow up on the president's recent comments about pot being less dangerous than alcohol.

In Immigration News: A discharge petition, Voting Rights amendment and teens' immigration mural

Multi-American | | February 13 2014, 11:55 AM

Proposed Voting Rights Fix May Leave Latinos Vulnerable at Polls - NBC News Last year, the Supreme Court struck down provisions of the Voting Rights Act that required federal supervision of nine states that have a record of discrimination against minorities at the polls.

In SoCal business news: Comcast's impact on Hollywood, Uniqlo comes to L.A.

The Breakdown | | February 13 2014, 11:42 AM

In this morning's business news roundup, implications of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal, and the Japanese retailer Uniqlo announces it will open stores in SoCal malls for the first time this fall.

LAO: Reject Gov. Brown's college funding plan

Pass / Fail | | February 13 2014, 10:14 AM

Gov. Brown is proposing a $1.2 billion funding increase for public colleges next fiscal year, but the legislative analyst's office wants funding goals.

Maven's Morning Coffee: LA County's fight with AIDS group

Represent! | | February 13 2014, 8:23 AM

Today is Thursday, Feb. 13 and headlines include L.A. County's dispute with an AIDS group, a San Bernardino congressman's retirement, and beekeeping in L.A.

Health care surcharge riles customers at top LA eatery

The Breakdown | | February 13 2014, 5:47 AM

Republique has been called the city’s hottest new restaurant, but it also might be the most controversial because of a three-percent surcharge added to every tab.

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Ex-governors of California push for death penalty reform

| February 13 2014, 10:12 AM

Former California Governors Gray Davis, George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson are announcing an effort today to place a death penalty reform initiative on the statewide ballot.

What's trending on the final day of New York Fashion Week?

| February 13 2014, 10:00 AM

We're joined by Booth Moore, she's the fashion critic for the Los Angeles Times and she's been on the ground there this week.

UCLA professor says Kristen Stewart's 'embarrassing' poem isn't that bad

Arts & Entertainment | | February 13 2014, 9:48 AM

Some critics have dubbed it the worst poem ever. But one poet believes Stewart's work shows some promise, and above all bravery.

LA City Council takes step to allow urban beekeeping

| February 13 2014, 9:34 AM

Yesterday, the LA city council voted unanimously to allow beekeeping in the city, which, as you can imagine, has created some buzz.

Ask Emily: What happens if your income changes?

| February 13 2014, 9:31 AM

Emily Bazar, senior writer for the California Healthcare Foundation Center for Health Reporting, joins us to answer questions about the Affordable Care Act.

State of Affairs: Death penalty proposal, Kamala Harris, beekeeping and more

| February 13 2014, 9:10 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 today, we're joined in studio by KPCC political reporters Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze.

The $1.5 billion e-cigarette industry faces FDA regulation

| February 13 2014, 9:10 AM

If you've been out and about lately you may have noticed the not so new trend of e-cigarettes. We're joined by Megan McArdle who wrote about the expanding industry for Bloomberg Businessweek.

Etiquette Lesson: The dos and don'ts of Valentine's Day

| February 13 2014, 9:10 AM

Valentine's Day is upon us, and while February 14th is usually a time for grand expressions of love, what should you do if you're in a new relationship?

Health care surcharge riles customers at top LA eatery

| February 13 2014, 9:09 AM

Republique has been called the city’s hottest new restaurant, but it also might be the most controversial because of a three-percent surcharge added to every tab.

Palm Springs Modernism Week: What to do when you get into town

Local | | February 13 2014, 9:09 AM

If you're heading out to Palm Springs for Modernism Week, Charles Phoenix has his list of favorite hotspots to see while you're there.

Winter storm shakes up the East Coast with 'frost quakes'

| February 13 2014, 9:07 AM

As another winter storm creeps up the Northeast and Midwest, people are bracing themselves for the snowy roads, canceled flights and power outages. But this winter storm is also bringing something east coast natives aren't used to: quakes!

The Comcast/Time Warner merger and what it means for your Internet service

| February 13 2014, 9:07 AM

Let's talk about the future of the Internet in the U.S. Or more specifically, the future of the Internet for about 30 million people.

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New athletic training regimen turns the hockey rink into a disco!

| February 13 2014, 6:00 AM

Should we make all hockey players wear glasses?


Federal court strikes down Calif. concealed gun ban

Politics | | February 13 2014, 12:21 PM

A 2-1 decision in the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules that California will allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms in public. The decision strikes down the core of California’s permit guidelines for handguns.

LA restaurateur adds health care surcharge to customer bills (Poll)

| February 13 2014, 10:57 AM

A hot new French restaurant in Hancock Park serves up rich dishes, delicate pastries and a surprise when the bill comes around. Republique servers explain to customers that a 3% surcharge called the “Healthy LA” tax pays for workers’ health care.

Dispute over garbage-truck driver breaks may prove costly

| February 13 2014, 10:51 AM

The L.A. City Council moved ahead with plans to end an 8-year class action lawsuit over garbage-truck driver breaks, to the tune of $26 million. The settlement comes after a long battle over restrictions placed on drivers breaks.

'12 Years A Slave' director Steve McQueen on depictions of slavery in film

| February 13 2014, 10:28 AM

Steve McQueen’s “12 Years A Slave” has been a box office hit and critical darling, earning nine Oscar nominations and snagging the Best Picture - Drama award at the Golden Globes.

The contest of the century: China vs. the U.S.

| February 13 2014, 10:26 AM

After decades of rising, China has entered a new and critical phase where it seeks to unseat the United States as the world’s top global power. This battle will take place in every arena: from control of the seas, where China's new navy is trying to ease the United States out of Asia and reassert its traditional leadership, to rewriting the rules of the global economy, with attempts to turn the yuan, the Chinese currency, into the predominant international currency, toppling the dominance of the U.

The ‘Tiger Mom’ strikes again with a controversial new book

| February 13 2014, 10:08 AM

Yale law professor and self-described 'Tiger Mom' Amy Chua is no stranger to controversy. Her first book, The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother incited a rancorous debate in the so-called 'mommy wars' over the best approach to raising successful children.

Hail the cable TV king! Will a Comcast & Time Warner Cable merger be bad for consumers?

| February 13 2014, 10:01 AM

The two biggest cable companies in the US want permission to merge into one giant media behemoth that would provide cable TV to nearly one-third of all homes in the country. Comcast has announced that it wants to buy rival Time Warner Cable in an all-stock deal worth $45.


We do come to praise Caesar - a television pioneer and genius

| February 13 2014, 11:24 AM

An exclusive, un-aired interview with the late Sid Caesar, the man who invented sketch comedy for television.