Archive for April 11th, 2014


Bus Crash Kills 10 In Northern California

10 killed as truck, tour bus carrying students collide

A tractor-trailer crossed a grassy median on a Northern California freeway and slammed into a bus carrying more than 40 high school students in an explosive crash that left 10 people dead.
Pointing to almost two dozen recent violations of lead standards, the AQMD seeks to stop maintenance work at the already-closed Exide Technologies plant in Vernon.
Interim LA County Sheriff John Scott
Murder charges have been filed against a man accused of holding three people hostage in a West Hollywood apartment.
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Among the new cases, two were intentionally unvaccinated and one had appropriate vaccination. There were only four cases in the state at the same time last year.
The LAX police officers union issued a statement Friday calling for immediate changes. LAX said it's reviewing the audit.

'God' files suit in New York to resolve credit dispute

God Gazarov, a Russian immigrant who owns a jewelry store in Brooklyn, says Equifax won't give him a credit history, suggesting he change his first name to resolve the problem.
Mayor Garcetti announced plans for a rating system to evaluate a building's seismic safety and said he will develop a mandate for retrofitting older buildings.
In this colored transmission electron micrograph, an infected cell (reddish brown) releases a single Ebola virus (the blue hook). As it exits, the virus takes along part of the host cell's membrane (pink, center), too. That deters the host's immune defens

Ebola drug could be ready for human testing next year

There's no treatment yet for the deadly viral disease, but several approaches are in the works. At least one experimental drug seems effective in monkeys. Next step: safety tests in people.
Pozole soup Jalisco-style with chipotle-marrow matzo balls.
At Rosa Mexicano restaurants, where tequila meets Manischewitz in the same glass, the Passover menu is inspired by the cuisine of Mexico's nearly 40,000 Jews.
Actor Mickey Rooney arrives for the prem
City News Service reports that a judge signed off Friday on an agreement between Rooney's survivors to have the actor buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Jose A. Fernandez
The superintendent of a small Southern California school district who makes more than the president of the United States has been put on administrative leave while his salary is reviewed.
The moon seen from Manila, Philippines, during a total lunar eclipse in December 2012, as the Earth casts a shadow across the face of our nearest celestial neighbor.
The "Blood Moon" lunar eclipse peaks late Monday or early Tuesday, depending on your time zone. It begins a so-called tetrad of four eclipses occurring roughly six months apart.
Vice President Biden (from left), Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, President Obama and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell at the White House Friday. Sebelius is stepping down. Burwell is being nominated to replace her.

Sebelius: 'I knew it wouldn't be easy'

With Kathleen Sebelius leaving as health secretary, the president is turning to budget chief Sylvia Mathews Burwell to run the agency that oversees the Affordable Care Act — better known as Obamacare.
The Heartbleed bug has exposed up to two-thirds of the Internet to a security vulnerability.

NSA denies it knew about 'Heartbleed' bug before it was made public

Bloomberg reported that the spy agency knew about the critical Internet vulnerability for two years and used it to gather intelligence.
OK Go helped us us move our office across town. You can help us win a Webby for the video we shot.

NPR music nominated for 3 webby awards

A couple of videos we're particularly proud of — a Tiny Desk Concert with OK Go and a Field Recording with Gregory Porter — are up for Webbys this year.
President Obama Speaks On The Defense Strategic Review At The Pentagon
Denying visas to U.N. ambassadorial nominees or to foreign heads of state who want to attend United Nations events in the United States is rare, if not unprecedented.
Downtown Glendale, California.

Weekend Traffic: Heart of the City 5K closes roads in DTLA

Also, Caltrans says the 5 freeway will close in both directions Sunday night. The closure is in Burbank, but it's only scheduled for two hours.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ducks after a woman threw a shoe at her while she was delivering remarks at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries conference on Thursday in Las Vegas.

VIDEO: Woman throws shoe at Hillary Clinton, no harm done

The flying footwear missed the former secretary of state and potential 2016 presidential contender. She was giving a speech in Las Vegas. "Is that part of Cirque du Soleil?" Clinton joked.
Potato, Onion, and Cheese Frittata
Food writer Michael Ruhlman has a new cookbook that's an homage to eggs. And where do Americans so often go wrong? Ruhlman says we usually overcook even the simplest dish of scrambled eggs.
SUBWAY March Madness with Seth Davis

Subway: 'Yoga mat chemical' almost out of bread

Subway says an ingredient dubbed the "yoga mat chemical" will be entirely phased out of its bread by next week.
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A growing body of research suggests icy moons around Saturn and Jupiter may be the best candidates for finding life beyond Earth
We're starting the weekend with a date night at The Grove followed by LA Times' Festival of Books and then a festival of avocados. What more can an Angeleno ask for?


The blue ribbon group issued a major report Wednesday, which the mayor has ignored. City Council President Herb Wesson is left to play the broker.
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Councilman Jose Huizar was sued for sexual harassment and retaliation by a former staffer. He hired a private lawyer because the City Attorney's office has a conflict of interest.
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Maker Studios ex-CEO and other executives are suing to block a shareholder vote on Disney's plan to acquire the Culver City-based digital video company.
Friday's news reminds us that there are winners and losers in the drought - some of whom you wouldn't guess at, like birds near a naval air station.
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Rep. Henry Waxman wrote another letter to Tribune Co.'s CEO, saying media and business experts are also concerned about how the newspaper spin-off is structured.
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Many of the migrants now arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas are from Central America, and many come seeking asylum, fleeing poverty and gang violence in their native countries. This and more.
Paul Tanaka Hearing
Today is Friday, April 11 and headlines include a profile of Paul Tanaka, a recap of the mayor's State of the City address, and new numbers on the race for secretary of state.
Paul Tanaka Hearing
The former second-in-command at the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. may be the best known candidate in the race to succeed Lee Baca, but he's also a lightening rod for criticism.


Take Two

Episode: Bus crash, State of the City, Boeing moves to LA, Colin Firth and more
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" Rings The NYSE Opening Bell

What it takes to produce a 'Winter Soldier'

Many credit the new dark and thrilling tone that the directing team of Joe and Anthony Russo injected into the sequel. Host A Martinez sat down with both of them recently to talk about the movie, and what it took to make it.

Phillip Bailey and his Shining Star

From up and coming bands to one of the most successful and critically acclaimed bands of the twentieth century - Earth Wind and Fire.
Eric Garcetti
Frank Stoltze joins Take Two to talk about last night's State of the City address, the first given by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti's first.
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Colin Firth opens up about his new film 'The Railway Man'

Take Two's Alex Cohen spoke with actor Colin Firth about the process of making "The Railway Man," a film about a British Army Officer who was captured and tortured by Japanese soldiers during World War II.
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This weekend isn't just about the massive Southern California music festival, Coachella. Thirty minutes up the road in Palm Springs, Desert Gold is also starting.
LBJ Presidential Library Hosts Summit Marking 50 Years Since Civil Rights Act Of 1964
It's the end of another week and time for the Friday Flashback, Take Two's look at the week in news. This morning we're joined in-studio by Los Angeles Times columnist James Rainey, and in DC by Jamelle Bouie of Slate.
Boeing 787 Dreamliner Takes First Test Flight
While Boeing is still moving forward to close a production plant in Long Beach, the company announced it will move 1,000 jobs to two Southern California cities by 2016.
Paul Tanaka Hearing

LA Sheriff's race: A look at the many faces of Paul Tanaka

Among the candidates running for Los Angeles Sheriff this year is Paul Tanaka, a 55-year-old Gardena resident who has already seen overwhelming support and criticism.
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Scientists look at icy moons in search of alien life

A growing body of research suggests icy moons around Saturn and Jupiter may be the best candidates for finding life beyond Earth


Episode: AirTalk for April 11, 2014
According to authorities, a FedEx tractor-trailer crossed over a freeway median and crashed into a bus carrying a group of high school students on their way to tour Humboldt State University, killing five teenage students and five adult chaperones.
Senate Finance Cmte Holds Confirmation Hearing For Kathleen Sebelius

DC Round-up - What’s going down on Capitol Hill?

It’s never a dull week in Washington.
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" Rings The NYSE Opening Bell

Have you had enough of superhero films yet?

Movie blockbusters have almost become synonymous with superhero movies. "Iron Man 3" was the highest grossing film of 2013, and "Man of Steel," the "Superman" reboot, came in at the number fourth spot last year.
Stephen Sestanovich knows a thing or two about foreign policy. The career diplomat worked for the State Department during the Reagan administration and served as ambassador-at-large to the Soviet Union under Clinton.
San Bernadino Kindergarten
Pushed by Common Core standards, kindergarten teachers have put academic pressure on their students, pushing out play to make more room for letter and number drills and test prep.

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Larry and KPCC critics Claudia Puig, Alynda Wheat and Charles Solomon review this week's releases, including Rio 2, Draft Day, Only Lovers Left Alive, Joe, Afternoon of a Faun and more. TGI-Filmweek!


"Racing is much more terrifying, so it makes baseball less intimidating. When you've gone sideways or crashed into a wall at 120-mph, it's not a big deal if somebody scores a run."

The competitive sport of tree climbing comes to Pasadena

Three of the thirty-four climbers were from California. KPCC's Alana Rinicella spoke with two of them about the art of climbing.
Hertiage Square car crash
Years ago, they moved a 19th Century to Heritage Square to save it from the wrecking ball. But on Sunday, someone ran into it with their car.


Filmweek (04/11/14): Rio 2, Draft Day, Oculus and more

Larry and KPCC film critics Claudia Puig, Alynda Wheat and Charles Solomon review this week’s releases, including Rio 2, Draft Day, Oculus and more. TGI-Filmweek!

The Loh Down On Science

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Can thoughts literally be weighty?

Teeter-tottering, for science!

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