Archive for May 14th, 2014

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California Wildfires

New fires burn in Carlsbad, Anaheim, elsewhere

High temperatures have spawned several fires Wednesday, including six in the San Diego area, one in Mission Hills and others in Long Beach, Deer Springs and elsewhere.
Senate unanimously approves nomination of Andre Birotte, Jr. to federal bench
Federal prosecutors said members of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department changed the department's inmate visitation policy to thwart an FBI investigation into jailhouse wrongdoing.
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Gang banging in the neighborhood has at least partly moved to "Internet-banging" says one professor at L.A. gang violence conference.
California Governor Jerry Brown
Advocates for the poor want the state to restore an earlier 10 percent cut to the reimbursement rate for doctors who treat Medi-Cal patients.
Operation Kkang
Federal agents say $15 million was lost in the scheme; 12 people have been arrested and three others are being sought.
Temperatures hit record levels in Los Angeles by midday Wednesday, and the forecast called for continued hot weather at least through Friday.
Plastic bag ban
The bill by Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles includes $2 million to help plastic ban manufacturers change their processes and a 10-cent fee on paper bags.
Jose A. Fernandez
Centinela Valley Union High School District Superintendent Jose Fernandez has come under fire for drawing a total compensation package ranging from $663,000 to $750,000 in 2013.
Geothermal Production in the Imperial Valley has increased activities around the San Andreas Fault
The fault has unleashed some of the most devastating seismic disasters in state history including the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul spent four years and all his money making the documentary Searching for Sugar Man, about an American singer who was famous in South Africa for decades, but didn't know it. The film won an Oscar last year. Bendjelloul, 3
Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul won an Oscar for the poignant story about an American singer who was famous in South Africa for decades and didn't know it.
Fear of MERS is prompting Saudis to wear mouth and nose masks, like this man on the street of the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah on April 27.

MERS FAQ: What you need to know about the new virus

Scientists are racing to figure out how the Middle East respiratory syndrome virus infects people. It's spread to the U.S. and other countries.
An eyewitness photo shows an inflatable playhouse being blown high in the air after three children fell out of it, injuring two of them seriously. Proceeds from the licensing of this image are being donated to the kids' families.

Kids hurt after bounce house soars high in the air

Two children were seriously hurt in upstate New York after the inflatable playhouse they were in was sent high into the air by a strong gust of wind.
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A judge ordered an investigation into the whereabouts of Casey Kasem after allegations the former "Top 40" host had been removed from L.A. without his children's knowledge.
Smoke rises from a canyon where a wild fire burned Tuesday in San Diego. County officials say they're investigating how a rogue message appeared in their emergency app.
Fire officials hope they've seen the worst of a fire that has burned 1,548 acres. They also say they'll get to the bottom of a message in an alert stating, "fire in your pants."
LAPD Crash Folo - 1
Five LAPD officers have died this year, making it the LAPD's deadliest year in recent memory. Fellow officers are dealing with grief and disbelief.
Los Angeles Clippers v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Five
The Thunder overcame a seven-point deficit in the final 50 seconds to beat Los Angeles 105-104 on Tuesday night and go up 3-2 in the Western Conference semifinals.

Blogs

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A year after L.A. Unified moved to shutter an Indigenous charter school in El Sereno, state officials grant it a license to operate.
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UC Irvine's medical school announced it'll start using 40 Google Glass devices this year in everything from anatomy classes to teaching surgical techniques.
Glenn Greenwald's book would mark the first Snowden project to move forward at a major studio
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Patient advocates want the insurance commissioner to investigate whether specialty tiers violate a state law banning discrimination based on a medical condition.
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Some law enforcement leaders believe the Obama administration could be preparing to retool the controversial Security Communities program as part of its review of deportation policies. This and more.
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Today is Wednesday, May 14 and headlines include efforts to alleviate traffic jams at LAX, more parking tickets for L.A. drivers, and a debate for a county job.
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Wednesday's drought news roundup has us looking outside our state and realizing that we're not the only ones hurting. Time to go "Lost" and talk about the Others.
Preschool discipline
Nationwide, thousands of kids are suspended from preschool, which is becoming more and more academic. Experts say expulsion rates drop when teachers are coached.

Programs

Take Two

Episode: Prop 13, 103-year-old orca, Mona Simpson's 'Casebook,' swearing benefits and more
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A killer whale named Granny is the oldest known member of its species at 103 years old. To give a little perspective, she was swimming the seas even before the Titanic sank in the icy waters of the Atlantic.
LAPD Crash Folo - 1

5 LAPD officers down: Colleagues struggle to cope

Five LAPD officers have died this year, making it the LAPD's deadliest year in recent memory. Fellow officers are dealing with grief and disbelief.
Mónica Ortiz Uribe

Oil creates new demand in water-stressed New Mexico

In Southeast New Mexico water is scarce and oil is plentiful, yet both are in high demand. A barrel of oil will fetch a handsome profit at today's prices and producing it creates plenty of well-paid jobs, but it also takes a lot of water.
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What you need to know about net neutrality

Tomorrow, the FCC is going to vote on new rules related to how to regulate traffic online. It's part of the decade-long battle between internet providers, tech companies and the FCC over what's called Net Neutrality
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Sixty years ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. But, it looks like not much has changed since Brown vs Board of Education, at least not in California.
Wolf Tracking

Has California's lone wolf OR-7 found a mate in Oregon?

On this show, we've kept you up to date on OR 7 - the 5 year old wolf who's been on a solitary journey. But now it seems he might have a lady friend.
Million Dollar Arm
At one point, sports agent JB Bernstein had an all-star client roster, but as big names like slugger Barry Bonds retired, Bernstein found himself down on his luck.
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New bill proposes closing loophole in Propsition 13

More than 30 years ago, California voters approved Proposition 13 in an election known as the Tax Revolt. The measure drastically reduced property taxes on homes, businesses and farms.
Casebook
Author Mona Simpson's latest novel "Casebook," follows the life of 9-year-old Miles and his family living in Los Angeles.
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It's time for sports with Andy and Brian Kamenetzky. They've covered sports for ESPN and Los Angeles Times.
Preschool discipline

How young is too young to be suspended from school?

Nationwide, thousands of kids are suspended from preschool, which is becoming more and more academic. Experts say expulsion rates drop when teachers are coached.
Office Space
According to psychologists at England's Keele University, cursing is "a harmless emotional release," and can make you feel stronger and more resilient.
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SoCal Heat Wave: Good and bad for business?

With temperatures in Southern California reaching triple digits today and tomorrow, how are local businesses dealing with the heat?

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for May 14, 2014
The kidnapping of some 300 school girls in Nigeria by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram has outraged the world.
The national unemployment rate might be dropping, but ask anyone, and they’ll tell you it still isn’t easy finding a job.
FOX 2014 Programming Presentation
The upfronts are here -- the time of year when television network executives present their shows to advertisers, as an opportunity for marketers to buy television commercial time.
Ann Menasche
Laura’s Law, passed in California in 2002, allows court-ordered treatment of people with severe mental illness.
Anthem Blue Cross Rate Hike
A November ballot initiative would allow California’s insurance commission to reject health insurance rate increases, regulating Covered California in the same way it does property, casualty, and auto insurance.

Off-Ramp

We take you to the unveiling of five "wearable tech" prototypes -- like a data vaporizer and high-tech fingernail appliques -- that could make Google Glass obsolete. Maybe.

The Loh Down On Science

What's behind Internet troll behavior is darker than you think!

Don't feed the trolls!

First Person

First Person LaVal Brewer
Brewer heads Playworks Southern California, which works at increasing play at schools, with the goal of improving overall behavior and academic performance.

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