Archive for February 13th, 2014

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Conrad Murray
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.
The Waltons
Waite was best known for his role as the patriarch in the 1970s series "The Waltons," but he had had remained a working actor.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., in front of the federal district court in Washington, where he filed his lawsuit against the Obama administration and the NSA.

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

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.
Metro Rail
A little love is coming to public transit when the Red Line hosts speed dating for interested riders on Valentine's Day.
Meg Whitman And Supporters Attend Election Night Gathering
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.
Hannah Rood, 3, receives an H1N1 vaccine at a clinic in San Pablo, California, during the 2009 swine flu epidemic.

Stopping microbes not missiles: US plans for next global threat

The world is at greater risk than ever from pandemics and biological weapons, health officials said Thursday.
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Court tosses California's concealed weapons rules (Updated)

A divided federal appeals court has struck down California's concealed weapons rules, saying they violate the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
Passengers wait in line at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Thursday. A major snowstorm has delayed flights from Atlanta to New York.

Many flights canceled, but fewer fliers stranded on tarmac

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.
Nate D. Sanders Auctions Collection Of Academy Award Oscar Statuettes Set To Be Auctioned

First Oscar Concert honors nominated composers

The live concert will take place in the days leading up to the Academy Awards and celebrate the year's nominated music.
Jason Brown skated to Prince during his short program Thursday.
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.
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Thursday's private meeting in Los Angeles marked the second time the task force met since it was created by President Barack Obama.
Orbitz Names LAX As Busiest Airport For 2011 Thanksgiving Travel

Weekend Traffic: It's Jamzilla!

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.
2015 Solar Decathlon
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.
60 Freeway Fatal Crash
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.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie smiles, in Trenton, N.J., at a news conference on Thursday.

Tapes: No deaths, injuries from NJ bridge traffic

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.
Wage-gap calculations by the Center for American Progress based on data from the U.S.Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey

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

Hispanic women in California are earning the lowest amount of any race, anywhere, in the United States.
Badwater Ultra Marathon
Much of Southern California will experience above-normal temperatures throughout the week. Forecasters say more records are in sight Thursday.
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Facebook provides new gender options for users

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.
Worlds Largest Solar Plant
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 CEO Tim Cook introduced the iPad Air in October 2013. The company says it is publicizing the names of suppliers that are still sourcing minerals from conflict regions.

Apple steps up the pressure on 'conflict minerals'

The maker of the iPhone has announced that its suppliers are no longer using the mineral tantalum sourced from conflict regions.
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Man wounded in South LA shooting dies

Adrian Dawson, 22, died in a car-to-car shooting Wednesday. He was transported to a hospital near USC but later pronounced dead.
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More cancellations at LAX as East Coast storms claim lives

A spokesman for Los Angeles International Airport said 33 arrivals and 11 departures had been canceled since 4:30 a.m.
Report Places Los Angeles At Top Of List For City With Worst Traffic And Smog

What California freeway has the most gridlock?

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.
Here's where the misery was this morning, according to FlightAware.com.

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

The snow and ice storm that's moving up the East Coast has forced airlines to cancel or delay thousands of flights.
A flu shot would have helped protect young adults, but most didn't get it.

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

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

Comcast to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion

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.
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.
Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of publi
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.
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.
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Comcast to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion

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.
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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.

Blogs

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

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.
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.
Winter Weather
It's called serendipity: the president's scheduled trip to California will get him away from the storm that has paralyzed the capitol.
California drought - highway signs
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.
Venice Beach Marijuana
Eighteen members of Congress, including eight from California, follow up on the president's recent comments about pot being less dangerous than alcohol.
Early Voting in El Paso, Texas spanish sign
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.
Comcast
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.
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.
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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.
Republique staff
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.

Programs

Take Two

Episode: Comcast/Time Warner merger, e-cigarettes, Valentine's Day etiquette and more
Anti-death penalty campaigners stage a d

Ex-governors of California push for death penalty reform

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.
Cynthia Rowley - Presentation - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014

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

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

LA City Council takes step to allow urban beekeeping

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

Ask Emily: What happens if your income changes?

Emily Bazar, senior writer for the California Healthcare Foundation Center for Health Reporting, joins us to answer questions about the Affordable Care Act.
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.
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The $1.5 billion e-cigarette industry faces FDA regulation

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.
Sydney Prepares For Valentine's Day

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

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?
Republique staff

Health care surcharge riles customers at top LA eatery

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.
Desert Shutdown
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 Affects Large Swath Of Southern States

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

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!
Cable Giant Comcast To Acquire Time Warner Cable
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.

The Loh Down On Science

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

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

Should we make all hockey players wear glasses?

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for February 13, 2014
Bloomberg Announces Largest Seizure Of Guns In NYC HIstory

Federal court strikes down Calif. concealed gun ban

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.
Republique staff
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.
California Budget Crisis Threatens Basic Services

Dispute over garbage-truck driver breaks may prove costly

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.
13th Annual AARP's Movies For Grownups Awards Gala - Arrivals
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.

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.
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.
Comcast Reports Quarterly Earnings Rise 16 Percent
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.

Off-Ramp

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

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