Archive for July 17th, 2014

Malaysian passenger jet shot down over Ukraine, officials say

US & World | | July 17 2014, 6:54 PM

Ukraine accused pro-Russian separatists of shooting down a Malaysian jetliner with 298 people aboard Thursday, sharply escalating the crisis.

Israel invades Gaza after Hamas rejects truce

US & World | | July 17 2014, 6:48 PM

Thousands of Israeli soldiers backed by tanks invaded the Gaza Strip on Thursday, escalating a 10-day military operation to try to destroy Hamas' weapons arsenal.

Inmate dies after assault at prison in Susanville

Crime & Justice | | July 17 2014, 6:42 PM

California corrections officials say a 28-year-old inmate died after he was attacked by three other inmates using homemade knives.

FBI, cops crack down on South LA gang Rollin' 30s Harlem Crips

Crime & Justice | | July 17 2014, 6:34 PM

The FBI says more than 500 law enforcement officers served arrest warrants in a 30-month investigation targeting members of at South Los Angeles street gang.

Muslim jail inmates now guaranteed religious access in LA

Crime & Justice | | July 17 2014, 5:53 PM

Communal prayer at L.A.'s County jails is now guaranteed for Muslim inmates, following a new directive by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

'Toughest' race barred from Death Valley takes tougher route

Health | | July 17 2014, 5:18 PM

The 135-mile Badwater ultramarathon adopts a new route after the National Park Service halted permits for extreme sporting events in Death Valley.

Bank robbers intended to take hostages, prosecutor says

Crime & Justice | | July 17 2014, 4:27 PM

A bank robbery and planned hostage taking spun into a chaotic police chase and furious gunbattle during which a mother of two and two holdup men were killed.

'Midnight Rider' filmmakers say crash 'was not a crime'

Arts & Entertainment | | July 17 2014, 3:09 PM

Two filmmakers charged in a collision that killed camera assistant Sarah Jones while shooting a movie about singer Gregg Allman insist they committed no crimes.

Suit filed by woman seen in CHP beating video

Crime & Justice | | July 17 2014, 2:43 PM

The suit was filed Thursday by Caree Harper, attorney for 51-year-old Marlene Pinnock, against the commissioner of the CHP, the unidentified officer in the July 1 video and other officers.

Hey, Miss Idaho, is that an insulin pump on your bikini?

Health | | July 17 2014, 1:23 PM

Sierra Sandison couldn't imagine how she would hide an insulin pump during beauty pageants. So she decided to show it off for the Miss Idaho pageant. She won. Type 1 diabetics say they won, too.

Microsoft closes Santa Monica's Xbox studios (updated)

Business & Economy | | July 17 2014, 12:56 PM

Closure of Southern California's Xbox Entertainment Studios is part of the company's announced layoffs of 18,000 as it streamlines its Nokia mobile device business.

Glendora couple warned for having brown lawn

Environment & Science | | July 17 2014, 12:17 PM

A SoCal couple who scaled back watering due to drought received a letter from Glendora warning they could face fines if they don't get their brown lawn green again.

Blues guitarist Johnny Winter dies at 70

Arts & Entertainment | | July 17 2014, 12:03 PM

Texas blues legend Johnny Winter has died, ending a long and expansive career that included working alongside bluesman Muddy Waters and playing at the Woodstock festival.

GM recalls: CEO of ignition switch maker says no responsibility for deaths

Business & Economy | | July 17 2014, 12:02 PM

Rodney O'Neal, CEO of Delphi Automotive, says the ignition switch was redesigned according to GM specifications. GM CEO Mary Barra acknowledged "It's our responsibility."

Issa: Voicemail is evidence of Solis wrongdoing

Politics | | July 17 2014, 11:45 AM

Darrell Issa, chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, says a voicemail left by L.A. County Supervisor-elect Hilda Solis is evidence of illegal campaign fundraising.

Physicists use giant laser to crush diamonds, learn about planetary cores

Environment & Science | | July 17 2014, 11:31 AM

It's not a plot from a Bond film: Zapping diamonds could tell researchers more about the insides of giant planets.

Elaine Stritch, brash stage performer, dies at 89

Arts & Entertainment | | July 17 2014, 11:19 AM

Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a theatrical icon, has died, according to Brigade Marketing. She was 89.

Starline Tours bus company sued by injured woman

Crime & Justice | | July 17 2014, 11:08 AM

A woman who claims she suffered a fractured skull and eye injuries while on a Starline Tours bus in Venice filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the bus company.

After Thor, Marvel announces big change to Captain America

Arts & Entertainment | | July 17 2014, 9:13 AM

Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon, will carry Cap's shield. He's the second African-American to take on the iconic role. Also this week, Marvel announced that Thor will be female.

3 dead in California bank robbery, gunbattle

Crime & Justice | | July 17 2014, 8:41 AM

Stockton police officer Joe Silva said the violence erupted Wednesday afternoon when officers responded to a report of a robbery at a Bank of the West branch.

Ukraine: Air Force jet downed by Russian missile

US & World | | July 17 2014, 8:08 AM

A Ukrainian fighter jet was shot down by an air-to-air missile from a Russian plane and Ukrainian troops were fired upon by missiles from a village inside Russia.

FAQ: As Mars data pours in, what have we learned so far?

Environment & Science | | July 17 2014, 7:21 AM

Six hundred experts gathered at Caltech this week for a professional check-in. The Red Planet researchers met to discuss questions and developments pertaining to our celestial neighbor.

EPA hears testimony in Wilmington on proposed refinery rules

Environment & Science | | July 17 2014, 5:30 AM

As written, the rules would remove nearly 60,000 tons of air pollution and 700,00 metric tons of carbon dioxide from refineries each year across the country.

5 odd summer sodas from Galco's in Highland Park

Local | | July 17 2014, 5:30 AM

Galco's Old World Grocery will host a Great Root Beer Taste-Off 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, where you can sample more than 75 types of root beers, birch beers and sarsaparillas.

DOJ supports ACLU lawsuit on Calif. English learners

Pass / Fail | | July 17 2014, 7:33 PM

The lawsuit claims state officials knew school districts were failing to provide services for tens of thousands yet failed to act.

Batman kisses Spider-Man on pre-Comic-Con magazine cover

Without A Net | | July 17 2014, 5:56 PM

Free monthly Pacific San Diego Magazine combined the city's gay pride festival with the upcoming Comic-Con, delivering an upside-down Spidey/Bats kiss on their cover.

Increase in rent control fee goes to Santa Monica voters

The Breakdown | | July 17 2014, 3:11 PM

The Rent Control Board says without the increase it faces a $36,000 deficit next fiscal year, which would balloon to $150,000, then close to half a million dollars.

As screening advice changes, should we re-name the annual exam?

Impatient | | July 17 2014, 10:43 AM

If women don’t need pelvic exams, Pap smears and mammograms yearly, then do we still need the annual exam? One doctor says yes, just call it a "visit."

In immigration news: Border states, White House leak, hosting unaccompanied children

Multi-American | | July 17 2014, 10:40 AM

Residents in border states more likely to see immigration as top issue facing country. A testy public exchange between the White House and MD governor. State leaders consider housing unaccompanied children in their states.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Hilda Solis faces new questions

Represent! | | July 17 2014, 8:15 AM

Today is Thursday, July 17 and headlines include questions for Hilda Solis, an uptick in water usage and the effort to split up California.

Summer school will get you ahead, but it'll cost you

Pass / Fail | | July 17 2014, 5:00 AM

Public schools in Arcadia, Manhattan Beach, and Palos Verdes run fee-based summer school through foundations. Students say they need the credits to get into college.

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How smartphone addicts slow down restaurant service

| July 17 2014, 10:55 AM

Smartphones at restaurants can be both a help and a hindrance to their business owners.

Used cars with best value and safety for young drivers

| July 17 2014, 10:49 AM

Recognizing that most young drivers get used cars as their first set of wheels, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released its first ever list of recommended used vehicles for teens.

Malaysia Airlines flight reportedly shot down over Ukraine

| July 17 2014, 10:49 AM

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, a passenger plane carrying 295 people, has crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border.

How do you deal with embarrassing digital moments?

| July 17 2014, 10:46 AM

Accidental reply-alls, unintended uploads, autocorrect mishaps, and undeleted photos. Almost everyone has a story of a digital mishap that left them feeling embarrassed.

How will the entertainment industry change if the Fox and Time Warner merger goes through?

| July 17 2014, 9:56 AM

21st Century Fox and Time Warner Inc have been rivals for years in the entertainment industry, but that might be changing soon.

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Lab Notes: Sleep and a full moon, motivating yourself and more

Environment & Science | | July 17 2014, 1:27 PM

Looking for new ways to motivate yourself? Want to know about the REAL paleo diet? And might you be part werewolf? It's time for our regular science segment Lab Notes.

Banda music thriving in both the US and Mexico

| July 17 2014, 1:09 PM

Banda music is exploding in both Mexico and the US right now and it has to do with a bunch of young artists coming up that are ditching old school rules.

Food hubs create healthy, affordable options for communities

US & World | | July 17 2014, 10:23 AM

Eating healthy can be tough, not to mention expensive. For many, fatty fast foods are more accessible than a nutritious meal. But communities across the country are trying to change that.

How elder care changes when more nurses are Latino

| July 17 2014, 10:17 AM

When the growing number of white seniors need help, more of those nurses taking care of them will be Latino.

House votes to allow pot industry access to banks without penalty

| July 17 2014, 10:08 AM

On Wednesday, the House voted to keep law enforcement from targeting financial institutions that conduct business with marijuana-related companies, such as growers and dispensaries.

What happens to all those tweets after you die?

| July 17 2014, 9:59 AM

Think for a moment about how many emails, digital photos, Facebook or Twitter postings you create in a week, a year...a lifetime?

New study finds sexual harassment of female scientists persists

| July 17 2014, 9:41 AM

A new study shines light on what day to day life may be like for female scientists working in the field.

Ex-dictator Manuel Noriega sues over 'Call of Duty: Black Ops II'

| July 17 2014, 9:38 AM

This week, former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega filed a lawsuit against the video game publisher Activision for the use of his likeness in the game "Call of Duty: Black Ops II."

How the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is playing out on social media

| July 17 2014, 9:23 AM

A temporary humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza ended today after only a few hours, and both sides had agreed to hold fire in order to give civilians a chance to buy food and medicines .

Judge says California death penalty violates US Constitution

| July 17 2014, 9:22 AM

Yesterday, a federal judge in Orange County, California ruled that the state's death penalty violates the 8th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Gaza Unrest: Israeli woman translates names of the dead into Hebrew

| July 17 2014, 9:22 AM

An Israeli woman is taking the names of the dead from the unrest on the Gaza Strip, translating them into Hebrew and sharing them online.

State Of Affairs: New fire chief, Hilda Solis, 6 Californias and more

| July 17 2014, 9:20 AM

It's state of affairs, our weekly look at politics throughout the Golden State. Joining us in studio are Southern California Public Radio's political reporters Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze.

'Bosch' writer Eric Overmyer on working during TV's new Golden Age

| July 17 2014, 9:20 AM

What was once a dreary landscape of silly sitcoms and cookie cutter cop shows has now become a medium filled with fabulous programs.

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Louse Genderswap

| July 17 2014, 6:00 AM

This is the craziest story about lice you'll ever hear!

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A look at 2 big new art spaces coming to downtown LA

Arts & Entertainment | | July 17 2014, 1:37 PM

John Rabe gets an update on the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel gallery, coming to the downtown Arts District, and the Broad Museum coming to Grand Avenue.