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As much of California remains in a state of extreme drought, worried eyes are turning toward the coming fire season — which is expected to be particularly destructive.
Avi Feinstein, manager of a controversial L.A. strip club, received 47 votes to earn one of two retail/service businesses representative slots on the council.
It's a busy weekend in freeway closures folks. Here's what you should know — from the 91 closing in San Bernardino to DUI checkpoints in Hollywood.
The recession had caused Americans to favor the economy over the environment, but that trend reversed itself in Gallup's latest survey.
In light of Twitter's 8th birthday, it's created a "tweet tool" so we can reminisce about our baby tweets. KPCC joined Twitter in January 2008; when did you join?
Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been in a bitter election battle and launched a verbal assault on social media after recordings surfaced that allegedly tie him to corruption.
President Obama and the European Union introduced new sanctions against Russia on Thursday. Russia announced it had imposed entry bans on U.S. officials.
Central Basin's insurance authority is threatening to pull its coverage because of 'dysfunction' on the water agency's board of directors.
About 20 percent of all fish caught in U.S. waters are unintended targets. "Bycatch" animals are often killed or injured as a result.
Justin Casquejo, 16, scaled scaffolding, took the elevator and then crept past a sleeping guard before climbing a ladder all the way to the top of the antenna.
Drug lords face a recurring problem: what to do with all that cash? Time and again, they have managed to launder their fortunes through some of the world's leading banks.
Google says it is now encrypting data as it moves between its servers and every session of Gmail will use a secure connection. The government has said tech companies knew the NSA was collecting data.
The mayor's office says the next scheduled Fire Academy class will not be held and no more hiring will be made from the current civil service list.
Shareholders are being asked to vote on the packages in a non-binding advisory vote. The details were contained in a securities filing Comcast made Thursday.
Evidence has long suggested that exercise may help prevent breast cancer. After looking at cancer risk in 4 million women, French researchers concluded any type of exercise is beneficial.
The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., founder of the tiny Kansas church known for anti-gay protests and pickets at military funerals, has died. He was 84.
Around the world, millions of families of Iranian descent will gather around a ceremonial table to mark the start of spring.
An air search in the southern Indian Ocean for possible objects from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane described as the "best lead" so far ended for the day without success Thursday but will resume in the morning, Australian rescue officials said.
While California had the first law on the books permitting home water recycling, homeowners have been slow to adopt it. That may be changing.
"Second generation anticoagulant" rodenticides are effective killers of rats and mice. Unfortunately, they also impact raptors, coyotes, bobcats and mountain lions.
Los Angeles County was supposed to offer free tests by last fall. A county official says planning took much longer than expected.
A Bureau of Labor Statistics study suggests that families' college decisions are based on the parents' income and educational level and not their culture.
As L.A. County faces an influx of jail inmates under California's prison realignment plan, activists on Thursday night will ask sheriff candidates about solutions.
The Vergara v. California trial seeks to strike down state teacher job protections including tenure after 18 months and seniority-based layoffs.
An L.A. Unified committee probing iPad purchases has been asking to see the software. Members were finally granted a viewing - but officials kept a reporter out.
LA's mayor calls in the RAND Corporation as a consultant after learning workshops were held for potential applicants with ties to the fire department.
The company submitted three versions of its risk reduction plan before air officials signed off, though AQMD is still trying to halt lead smelting operations.
In Immigration news: Dozens found in stash house, Piolin's extortion claims rejected, Silicon Valley's lack of diversityMulti-American | | March 20 2014, 12:49 PM
Five will face federal charges in Pearland stash house - Houston Chronicle More than 110 people were found imprisoned in a squalid stash house, apparently pending payment to the smugglers who brought them to the US.
Kimi Yoshino came to The Times in 2000 after stints at the Fresno Bee and Stockton Record. Read the internal memo making the announcement.
Speculation heats up on Anne Sweeney's successor as co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group
The app, called Newsbeat, streams about 7,000 stories a day. The free app is available for Apple and Android products.
Today is Thursday, March 20 and headlines include Sen. Dianne Feinstein talks marijuana, KPCC profiles a whistleblower, and the Democratic Party makes endorsements.
Thursday's drought fortune cookie says, "Dry times bring rare unity." But since that's not very predictive, we crack open another which reads, "You will someday water your ficus with water from your whites."
L.A. County Democrats on Wednesday announced endorsements in key local races, including what's expected to be an expensive battle for a coveted Board of Supervisors seat.
Bob Olmsted served in the Sheriff's Department for more than 30 years, following in his father's footsteps. Now he's running for the top job, touting his role as a whistleblower.
Gray water recycling could help Californians reduce water usage during the drought, but obstacles are slowing its adoption.
Force-feeding in Guantanamo is causing controversy as some argue it just causes pain and others say it is for the health and welfare of detainees.
We find out more about Bob Olmsted, one of seven candidates running for LA County Sheriff.
The tricolored blackbird was once the most abundant bird species in southern California. But disappearing wetlands have destroyed much of the birds' habitat and the current drought is making the situation worse.
KPCC political reporters discuss the latest in state politics and government including the race for Board of Supervisor, sheriff and an open seat on the LAUSD school board.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris will release a report Thursday looking at the effects international criminal organizations are having on Californians and businesses in the state.
The Loh Down On Science
Mitt Romney goes head to head with ... Mitt Romney.
Larry and KPCC film critics Alynda Wheat and Henry Sheehan review this week’s releases, including Muppets Most Wanted, Divergent, Nymphomaniac: Volume I and more. TGI-Filmweek!
Figures from the California Department of Public Health show that 32 cases of measles have been reported so far this year. That's up from just 3 cases by this time last year. KPCC reports that nearly half of the cases - 14 in total - come from children who were intentionally not vaccinated.
The constitutionality of the U.S. government's anti-terrorism "no fly" list was questioned by a federal judge during a hearing at the U.S. District Court in Oregon Monday.
President Obama announced another round of sanctions against Russian officials today. The group contained legislative and executive officials and one bank.