Archive for May 5th, 2014

Settlement to remove suspected carcinogen from some cosmetics

Health | | May 05 2014, 5:39 PM

An environmental group sued over the use of cocamide DEA, which puts suds in soaps and emulsifies lotions. It has been found to cause cancer in animals.

Beverly Hills Hotel boycotted over Brunei's Sharia law

Local | | May 05 2014, 5:19 PM

People claiming rights abuses protested at the Beverly Hills Hotel against owner the Sultan of Brunei and his country's adoption of Sharia law.

Kim Pham Beating: Judge postpones jury selection (Update)

Crime & Justice | | May 05 2014, 4:51 PM

Defendants Candace Brito and Vanesa Zavala, both charged with murder, are due back in court Friday. Their trial had been scheduled to start Monday in Santa Ana.

Vatican tells UN abuse claims have dropped

US & World | | May 05 2014, 4:47 PM

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said there had been a "stabilization and even decline of cases of pedophilia."

The comeback of polio is a public health emergency

Health | | May 05 2014, 3:58 PM

Polio seemed on the verge of disappearing, but cases are being reported in 10 countries. The WHO has responded with strict vaccination rules.

Supreme Court says LA County responsible for stormwater pollution

Environment & Science | | May 05 2014, 3:14 PM

The county had argued that there are too many sources of storm water pollution to make any one entity solely responsible for cleaning it up.

Communication, management problems hampered Dorner manhunt, report finds

Crime & Justice | | May 05 2014, 3:05 PM

A report released Monday by a police research group highlighted communication, management and self-deployment problems among Southern California law enforcement agencies.

Rialto school district slammed over Holocaust assignment

Local | | May 05 2014, 2:57 PM

The original assignment was to do some research, and citing sources, write an essay on whether the Holocaust actually occurred or not.

LAPD officer injured in hit-and-run released from hospital

Crime & Justice | | May 05 2014, 2:56 PM

Authorities have identified the partner of an LAPD officer killed in a hit-and-run collision in Harbor City over the weekend.

Bridge fire shuts SoCal freeway in Hesperia

Local | | May 05 2014, 2:28 PM

All directions of the 15 Freeway in Hesperia were shut down after 2 p.m. Monday due to fire.

Man charged with hate crime for anti-Semitic graffiti in San Fernando Valley

Crime & Justice | | May 05 2014, 1:04 PM

Charges allege that on two separate occasions in April, Amos Hason painted swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti on the rear fence and dumpster of a Van Nuys plumbing business.

Suspect in custody after Ohio VA hospital shooting

Crime & Justice | | May 05 2014, 11:36 AM

One person suffered a minor leg injury at the Dayton VA clinic Monday.

All lanes open on 5 freeway after overturned cement truck (updated)

Local | | May 05 2014, 11:12 AM

Rescue crews worked to free one person who became trapped as a result of the crash, which shut down several lanes in Glendale.

High court ruling favors prayer at council meetings

US & World | | May 05 2014, 10:39 AM

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that prayers that open town council meetings do not violate the Constitution even if they routinely stress Christianity.

New LA newspaper begins delivery service

Local | | May 05 2014, 9:28 AM

The Los Angeles Register — the city's newest newspaper — has started its subscription delivery service.

Soldiers sentenced in Congo mass rapes

Crime & Justice | | May 05 2014, 8:27 AM

Authorities say at least 135 women and girls were raped by members of the Congolese army in and around the town of Minova in eastern Congo in November 2012.

Schools seek changes to healthier lunch rules

Education | | May 05 2014, 8:01 AM

Starting next school year, pasta and other grain products in schools will have to be whole-grain rich, or more than half whole grain.

Hello, he lied: How people judge you from your first word

Environment & Science | | May 05 2014, 7:42 AM

Maybe it's true that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. People are judging your personality from the first word you speak, scientists say. Try it yourself with our quiz.

Cause of LA Palisades fire probed

Local | | May 05 2014, 7:32 AM

The Fire Department says 200 firefighters battled the flames for more than four hours Sunday afternoon before the blaze was controlled.

You love Pinterest; find out why the police do, too

US & World | | May 05 2014, 7:15 AM

Cops worldwide are getting savvy about social media, branching out beyond Facebook to solve everything from murder cases to thefts.

Pilot dies as plane crashes at California air show

Local | | May 05 2014, 6:54 AM

Sunday's tragedy brought to a quick halt the "Thunder Over Solano" show at Travis Air Force Base, which was attended by an estimated 100,000 spectators.

Nigerian president addresses abduction of girls

US & World | | May 05 2014, 6:52 AM

President Goodluck Jonathan said security forces did not know where the more than 200 abducted girls are being held. He promised the government would "get them out."

In wake of massive data breach, Target CEO steps down

Business & Economy | | May 05 2014, 6:42 AM

Gregg Steinhafel held himself responsible for a data breach that exposed the personal data of about 70 million customers. In April, Target appointed a new chief information officer.

UCLA officials propose diversity class requirement

Education | | May 05 2014, 6:38 AM

The Los Angeles Times reports that this is the fourth effort to bring to UCLA a requirement that is already at most UC campuses and many other universities.

Tequila to lose weight? Agave sugars found to help diabetes

Health | | May 05 2014, 5:30 AM

A form of sugar made from the plant used to make tequila could help people lose weight and manage diabetes, according to new research.

Wall honoring fallen officers to go on display Wednesday

Local | | May 05 2014, 5:00 AM

As the L.A. police department mourns a third officer to die in the line of duty in as many months, a new memorial dedicated to fallen LAPD officers will go on display to honor their service.

Suicidal LA jail inmate, later found dead, was left alone for hours

Crime & Justice | | May 05 2014, 5:00 AM

Los Angeles sheriff’s deputies assigned to check on a suicidal Twin Towers inmate left him alone for nearly three hours, in violation of department protocol.

Charities debate Sterling gifts: To keep or not to keep?

Local | | May 05 2014, 5:00 AM

Five organizations and two high schools told KPCC they won't return Sterling donations. But will they accept future support if he offers it?

Online chat an increasingly popular suicide prevention tool

Health | | May 05 2014, 5:00 AM

Suicide prevention workers say online chat attracts young girls and women who might not otherwise reach out for help.

Forcing the Spring: Inside the fight for marriage equality

Politics | | May 05 2014, 2:01 AM

Author Jo Becker joined the forum to discuss her book, along with San Francisco Chief Deputy City Attorney Terry Stewart, who brought the first lawsuit challenging restrictions on gay marriage to the California Supreme Court.

California Latinos win backing of Eva Longoria's PAC

Multi-American | | May 05 2014, 6:35 PM

The Latino Victory Project launched by the actress/activist with fundraiser Henry Muñoz is trying to get more Democrats elected to office.

Alanis Morissette chimes in for Marianne Williamson

Represent! | | May 05 2014, 2:23 PM

The pop singer writes and records a campaign song for the self-help spiritual author who's running for Henry Waxman's Congressional seat.

In immigration news: California's Latino plurality, Asian American students, migrants' left-behind belongings, more

Multi-American | | May 05 2014, 1:51 PM

An estimate of California's population shortly before it became a state in 1850 points to how 2014 isn't the first time that residents of Hispanic descent outnumber non-Hispanic whites. This and more.

SoCal biz news: Red Bull back with Clippers' Griffin, Mayor foresees Sterling fight

The Breakdown | | May 05 2014, 11:38 AM

Red Bulls continues partnership with Blake Griffin. L.A. Mayor says getting Sterling to sell Clippers could be a long fight. Bonuses for Uber drivers.

LA sheriff’s race: In debate, candidates urge delay in jail expansion

Represent! | | May 05 2014, 9:58 AM

In Sunday night's debate, two former colleagues had a tense exchange over who was responsible for violence in the jails.

California Drought News: Fewer cows and more fires

Pacific Swell | | May 05 2014, 7:23 AM

If Monday's news were a meal, the main course would be wildfire. The side dishes would be stories about business, water technology, and incentives. And no limes.

LADWP switching to less hazardous, tastier drinking water

Pacific Swell | | May 05 2014, 5:30 AM

All of LA’s drinking water soon will be disinfected with the chemical compound chloramine, instead of the chlorine that’s been used for decades.

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The Loh Life

The Wild Party, Part Four: Jumanji

| May 05 2014, 11:44 AM

Sandra Tsing Loh throws a successful party for her tween daughter.

Take Two®

Supreme Court rules LA County liable for stormwater pollution

| May 05 2014, 11:52 AM

Los Angeles County is responsible for storm water pollution which flows down the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers. This morning the Court decided to let stand a 9th circuit ruling finding that the county violated the Clean Water Act

UC Berkeley students push for stronger response to sexual violence

| May 05 2014, 11:07 AM

Complaints that colleges and universities are mishandling sexual assault cases is creating a national outcry.

Who bears the burden of liability in the event of earthquake?

| May 05 2014, 11:05 AM

If a big quake hits and your apartment is damaged or, worse, you're injured, who, if anyone, is at fault?

Online chat an increasingly popular suicide prevention tool

| May 05 2014, 11:00 AM

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. They're now an important part of the daily lives of many Americans. The popularity of social media has changed the way we interact with friends, and with businesses, but it doesn't stop there.

Mexican-American 'cholo' style takes off in Bangkok

Arts & Entertainment | | May 05 2014, 10:20 AM

The look of cholos might be familiar to us in LA, but that style is catching on among men in Bangkok, Thailand — most of whom don't understand Spanish or truly understand what being a "cholo" is about.

Liberal donors develop new big-money strategy

| May 05 2014, 9:46 AM

There’s a new plan emerging that could revitalize the Democratic Party. The plan looks to give Democrats a stronger hand in the redrawing of district lines for state legislatures and the U.S. House.

Limepocalypse: Lime-free cocktails you can make for Cinco de Mayo

Arts & Entertainment | | May 05 2014, 9:33 AM

L.A. Magazine's Bill Esparza talks to Take Two host Alex Cohen on how to navigate eating and drinking Mexican-food scene without limes.

LA Kings, Anaheim Ducks playoff battle brings excitement to SoCal hockey

| May 05 2014, 9:23 AM

The freeway series so far has captured the attention of fans and novices alike, with the first game ending in a dramatic overtime win for the Kings.

Ciudad Juarez looks to move past city's murderous past

| May 05 2014, 9:11 AM

Ciudad Juarez, Mexico has a reputation as one of the cities with the highest homicide rates in the world. But in the past two years, the city has become less violent, and as the number of murders go down, the number of people and businesses returning have gone up.

The Headshot Truck aims to make actors' promo photos a breeze

Local | | May 05 2014, 9:09 AM

The Headshot Truck is a mobile photography studio, which caters to aspiring actors. Photographer Adam Adam Hendershott and his business partner Will Harper are two of the entrepreneurs behind the project.

Charities grapple with Sterling donations: To keep or not to keep?

| May 05 2014, 9:08 AM

Five organizations and two high schools told KPCC they won't return Sterling donations. But will they accept future support if he offers it?

In surpassing whites, Latino plurality points to California's historic trends

| May 05 2014, 9:08 AM

In California, Latinos are now the largest population group in the state. That's according to projections from experts, who say 39 percent of Californians are Latino, surpassing non-Latino whites.

Do snobby salespeople make for higher sales?

| May 05 2014, 9:08 AM

It's no surprise that salespeople at high end stores can be a little snobby. While you might expect that the a rude salesperson would turn customers off, in some cases, the opposite is true.

Target CEO resigns 5 months after data security breach

| May 05 2014, 9:08 AM

Target's CEO and President Gregg Steinhafel resigned from the company today. It comes just five months after a data breach ensnared millions of Americans' personal data.

On The Lot: Joel McHale, runaway film production, Kevin Spacey and more

| May 05 2014, 9:06 AM

It's Monday, which means its time for On The Lot with Rebecca Keegan of the LA Times, our weekly look at the movie business.

The Loh Down On Science

A small ship uses smart engineering to accomplish what bigger ships do with brute force

| May 05 2014, 6:00 AM

Clearing a path for others to follow

AirTalk®

Will Benghazi investigation change the story as we know it?

| May 05 2014, 11:00 AM

House Speaker John Boehner has tapped South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy to head a special committee investigating the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Can Carson prevent bullying by making it a misdemeanor?

| May 05 2014, 10:56 AM

The Carson City Council will consider a bill tomorrow night that would make bullying and cyberbullying a misdemeanor.

How should the sharing economy be regulated - and remain profitable?

| May 05 2014, 10:46 AM

The sharing economy is increasingly seeping into everyday life across genres and interests as Silicon Valley companies cut out the middlemen and cash in on their ability to connect people and resources.

Supreme Court okays religious prayer at town hall meetings

| May 05 2014, 10:44 AM

Today, in a ruling that split the justices 5-4, the Supreme Court ruled city council meetings across the country are legally allowed to include explicitly sectarian prayer.

What are the best ways to save money on travel this summer?

| May 05 2014, 10:43 AM

If you’re following the golden rules of online travel booking, you’re already buying flights on Tuesdays and making sure your plane takes off Wednesday. But the old tricks aren’t as money-saving as they used to be (and sometimes, none at all).

The new age of pets: the rise of cats and dogs from feral to family to…citizen?

| May 05 2014, 10:31 AM

Once considered property, now pets can own their own. In fact, cats and dogs now have more rights and protections than any other animal in the country. In his new book, pet lover and award-winning journalist David Grimm explores the evolution of the status of our four-legged friends, from their wild origins to their current elevated status.