Archive for March 11th, 2014


San Francisco Fire
San Francisco firefighters have prevented a major blaze from spreading from a condominium construction site to nearby buildings.
Salazar Park Head Start 1

East LA families worry about lead from Exide plant; how to get tested

Elevated lead in soil at a local preschool and homes worries local communities. State officials don't require lead testing at child care sites. Find out how to get tested here.
Florida Congressional Race
Republican David Jolly won Tuesday in a Tampa-area House district where President Obama's health care overhaul got its first test ahead of November's midterms.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein looking for GOP votes

Sen. Dianne Feinstein's CIA outrage splits Senate

The Senate was a chamber divided in reaction to Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein's diatribe against the CIA for allegedly hacking into Senate computers.
The missing Boeing 777 jetliner changed course over the sea, crossed Malaysia and reached hundreds of miles from its last position recorded by civilian authorities.
Former East Los Angeles high school volleyball coach Jonathan Adam Roldan, 23, pleaded no contest Tuesday to sexually molesting two teen girls.
Dominguez High School Health Center
The majority of teachers at Manuel Dominguez High School in Compton called in sick Tuesday, leaving a reduced staff behind to take care of more than 2,500 students.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks Thursday in Phoenix.
Officials expect a surge in the number of Americans enrolling in health plans as the March 31st deadline nears.
39th AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Morgan Freeman - Backstage & Audience
Anne Sweeney, one of Disney's top television executives who helped bring TV shows to Apple's iTunes digital store, is leaving the company at the end of the year.
California Wildfires

Southern California winds to raise fire danger

The National Weather Service says red flag warnings will be in effect Wednesday morning through afternoon.
Echo Mountain Hike

Missing hiker found in Los Angeles County canyon

A hiker who spent a chilly night huddled under chaparral in a Los Angeles County wilderness area has been airlifted to safety.
Iraqi Shiite mourners carry the coffin of a soldier killed in clashes with anti-government fighters in Fallujah earlier this month. The government faces a months-long crisis in Anbar province, where it has lost the city of Fallujah as well as shifting par

Iraq faces extremists stronger than those US fought

The extremists now committing a wave of attacks in Iraq's Anbar province are significantly better trained, funded and equipped than the al-Qaida-linked groups American soldiers battled there.
A masked man, believed to be a Russian soldier, holds a Crimean flag as members of a pro-Russian self-defense unit stand in formation Monday in the regional capital of Simferopol.

Crimean parliament passes 'declaration of independence'

Tensions continue to build in advance of a regional referendum on Sunday. Crimeans will be asked whether they wish to split from Ukraine and join the Russian Federation.
Men's Wearhouse Pursues Hostile Takeover Of Jos. A. Bank

Men's Wearhouse bid of $1.8 billion suits Jos A Bank just fine

Men's Wearhouse is buying Jos. A. Bank, whose outlets will keep their name and possibly keep their "buy one suit and get three free" deals.
In Beijing, anxious relatives continue to wait for word about the fate of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The Beijing-bound jet disappeared on Saturday.

'Ringing' phones do not mean Malaysian passengers are OK

Some friends and family of the 239 people who have been missing since Saturday have called their loved ones' cellphones and heard rings. Sadly, that doesn't mean their owners are safe.
 People look at camera on top of a Google self-driving car at the Google headquarters on September 25, 2012 in Mountain View, California.

California mulls how to regulate 'driverless cars' (updated)

The DMV held an initial public hearing Tuesday as it puzzles through how to regulate the public's use of the self-driving car technology that is still being tested.
Calif.  Medical  Marijuana

More than 100 Los Angeles pot shops closed

On Monday, the city attorney and L.A. police chief announced an education campaign to alert business owners and realtors about requirements of Proposition D.
Funny or Die affordable care act video
Trading insults and hilarity, the comic met the Commander-in-chief in the latest edition of the Funny of Die sketch series: 'Between Two Ferns.'
Pasific Coast south of Point Mugu
Water containing traces of radioactive material released by the Fukushima nuclear power plant is expected to reach California sometime this year.
Infant Mortality - 6

LA County unhappy about changes to black infant health program

The state revised the program to make it more effective. L.A. County says the new approach means it will be able to serve roughly half as many women.

Obamacare Explained: A Guide for Californians

Gotten or lost a job? Newly married or divorced? Just moved to a new town? Then you’re eligible to sign up for health insurance at Covered California. Here’s how.


glendale brand americana traffic accident
Glendale drivers pay 62 percent above the cost of annual premiums for basic liability car insurance in California, according to ValuePenguin.
The Television Academy

As television changes, its Academy re-brands

At a time when the way people view "television" is constantly changing, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is changing its name and image.
ladwp building
LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and DWP general manager Marcie Edwards sat down with top customers to talk about ongoing problems with the utility’s new billing system.
An alliance between left-leaning immigration reform advocates and right-leaning church, business and other groups that have pushed Congress for immigration reform could be losing steam. This and more.
Angels Flight
Hunter S. Thompson, Kerouac, Bukowski, Kahlo ... okay, we get it. They were cool. Now, get off your duff, people, and help us find some new artists to write about.
Ports O' Call Village
Every weekday, KPCC compiles a list of interesting business stories in the region.
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) takes to Senate floor
Ahead of a controversial report on a Bush-era detention program, Feinstein accused the CIA of removing key information from Senate computers.
Today is Tuesday, March 11 and headlines include a sit-down interview with Mayor Eric Garcetti, L.A. County's work on child welfare, and a candidate sits out the 2015 race.
Dry RIver
Tuesday's drought news points to bad times for salmon, but on the upside, we're less likely to be conquered by Mongols.
Guatemalan government officials are planning to open a new consulate in San Bernardino by July.
Westside Ballet School - 1
About 90 students gathered at Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica for an audition with Boston Ballet. We take you inside the summer program auditions.


Take Two®

Episode: Nancy Pelosi, El Salvador elections, SXSW food, and more
Gov. Brown Signs Legislation At Google HQ That Allows Testing Of Autonomous Vehicles

California DMV holds driverless car workshop

California's DMV is hosting a driverless car workshop today in Sacramento. The department wants input from the public on how to regulate the vehicles in the state.
Infant Mortality - 1

LA County unhappy about changes to black infant health program

The state revised the program to make it more effective. L.A. County says the new approach means it will be able to serve roughly half as many women.
Little Dragon Play Mulberry Mix Tape Tour
It's Tuesday, which means that it's time for Tuesday Reviewsday, our weekly new music segment. This week we're joined by music supervisor Morgan Rhodes.
Authorities Seize 1,500 Paintings Looted By Nazis
David Toren, a Holocaust survivor, claims that Germany has been too slow to recognize the painting belongs to him, after it was discovered two years ago in a Munich apartment that was full of looted art.
Electronic Car Maker Telsa Reports Quarterly Earnings

Tesla takes direct sales model to chagrin of auto dealers

The California based company wants to make it a bit easier for customers to get their hands on these electric sedans by offering them customized vehicles straight from the showroom. But that idea isn't going over too well with car dealers across the country.

Obama extends protections for northern California coast

Today, President Obama will designate more that 1,600 acres of the northern California shore a National Monument. Here to tell us more about this move and this stretch of the Mendocino Coast, we're joined now Juliet Eilperin, White House reporter for the Washington Post.
California Voters Participate In The State's Pivotal Primary
A Bay-Area congressional race got a bit more crowded last week. Thanks to the new "top two" primary system, Democratic incumbent Mike Honda is now facing four challengers, including three Republicans.
The Academy's Official New York Oscar Night Party Preview

How to submit your cocktail to LA's signature drink search

London has the Pimm's Cup, New Orleans has the Sazerac, New York City has the Manhattan. Plenty of cities around the world proudly boast signature cocktails, but what about Los Angeles?
Nancy Pelosi
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi talks about the challenges facing democrats in the midterm elections.

LA voters play role in tight El Salvador election

In El Salvador votes are still being tallied in a narrow presidential election. The outcome could be influenced by a small number of ballots from abroad, especially from the Los Angeles area, where a large number of Salvadorans live.
Earthquake In Japan Prompts Tsunami Warning For California Coast

How CA's tsunami-prone cities plan for the next big wave

Three years ago today, a powerful earthquake and tsunami slammed into northeast Japan and laid waste to coastal towns in its path. The tsunami's wide reach stretched all the way to northern California, and in Crescent City, one person was killed and the harbor was badly damaged.
affordable housing

Did the end of California's redevelopment agencies hurt affordable housing?

There's new evidence every day of the brutal housing market in parts of California. Many housing experts think the short supply of affordable rental units is likely to get worse
Westside Ballet School - 3

Inside the audition: Elite dancers compete for summer training

About 90 students gathered at Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica for an audition with Boston Ballet. We take you inside the summer program auditions.
SXSW Breakfast Taco

SXSW 2014: How to make the perfect Austin breakfast taco (recipes)

My biggest take away in terms of Austin cuisine at South by Southwest has been the lack of breakfast burritos. Here they're all about the breakfast tacos.
Jackson Pollock

Restored Pollock 'Mural' to be unveiled at Getty Museum

L.A. is a great place to go when you're looking for a makeover, not just for people, but also for great works of art. Today, a Jackson Pollock painting titled "Mural" will be unveiled at the J. Paul Getty Museum with a brand new look.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: New software lets everyone feel like William Shakespeare!

New software lets everyone feel like William Shakespeare!

How Shakespearean are you? Find out!


Episode: AirTalk for March 11, 2014
Obama Departs White House For New England Campaign Events
President Obama made his comedy web series debut on Tuesday by sitting down with comedian Zach Galifianakis as his guest on "Between Two Ferns."

Happy Birthday WWW! The World Wide Web turns 25

It's nearly impossible to imagine life in 2014 without the internet but 25 years ago the web was just a twinkle in the eye of a computer scientist named Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
A man walks past a medicinal marijuana d
Two California lawmakers have introduced bills aimed at regulating medical marijuana in the state. Senator Lou Correa’s SB 1262 and Assemblyman Tom Ammiano’s AB 604 take different approaches to medical marijuana regulation.
CIA Director Nominee Brennan Meets With Senate Intelligence Chair Feinstein
Today, in a 40-minute speech on the Senate floor, Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA) publicly accused the Central Intelligence Agency of spying on Senate staffer computers.

Study finds smartphone use sparks distracted parenting

A new study published this week in the journal Pediatrics shows that parents are increasingly distracted by their mobile devices.
San Diego University Student Found Dead In Frat House
The American college fraternity system has been in the hot seat lately after a number of high profile incidents landed some new recruits in the hospital.
He's been called a 'rock star' and Superman, but how much impact has Pope Francis had on the Catholic Church during his first year in office?

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