Archive for July 25th, 2014


USC students
Police said Xinran Ji, an engineering student from China, was assaulted early Thursday morning on the street near his off-campus apartment building.
The suspect allegedly funneled weapons, including 12-gauge shotguns and .45-caliber pistols, to an associate for sale on the black market.

12-hour Gaza cease-fire to start Saturday

The Israeli military said in a statement that the lull will start at 8 a.m. local time Saturday and end at 8 p.m. local time.
I-405 toll lanes

Caltrans approves the addition of paid lanes on the I-405

California Department of Transportation officials announced Friday they will eventually replace carpool lanes on the 405 Freeway in Orange County with paid lanes.
Starting today for the next five weeks, fishermen who net swordfish will find a large stretch of local waters closed off to protect sea turtles.
It's easier — and cheaper — than you'd expect to hack a cellphone, say a team of white hat hackers.

Bill allowing Americans to unlock cellphones passes House

The bill also directs the Librarian of Congress to review whether the exemption should also apply to tablets and other devices.
An official assists a voter at a polling station inside Fort Garrison Elementary School in Pikesville, Md., on primary day, June 24. As in many states this primary election season, turnout was low in Maryland.

As political disenchantment soars, poll lines grow shorter

There has been record low turnout among voters in the 2014 primaries so far. Is it political dysfunction? What might this mean for November's general elections?

Unanimous vote in Congress to fight sex trafficking

An estimated 300,000 children are at risk for sexual exploitation in the United States. Congress finally voted as one to help protect them.
Whooping Cough Vaccinations Administered In Los Angeles
Whooping cough cases in California continue to climb, kids are impacted the most.
A fence surrounds the state prison in Florence, Ariz., where Joseph Rudolph Wood was put to death on Wednesday. The execution process took nearly two hours.

Are opponents of the death penalty adding to its problems?

It's become an article of faith among supporters of capital punishment that abolitionists are doing everything they can to undermine executions.
Century/Aviation Station Rendering
Starting Friday night, a bridge demolition project will shut down the intersection of Century and Aviation boulevards. Plan ahead with this map — or avoid the area.
Muslims in Los Angeles held prayers and a rally in support of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip amid the intense conflict between Israel and Hamas militants.
City Council Members Found Guilty Of Corruption In Poor Los Angeles County City
Teresa Jacobo was sentenced to two years in prison for misappropriating public funds. She was the third ex-council member from Bell to be sentenced this month.

Israeli media: Security cabinet rejects Kerry truce proposal

The worst round of cross-border fighting in more than five years has killed 828 Palestinians and wounded more than 5,200, according to Palestinian health officials.
construction collapse
Fire spokesman Eric French says a large planter fell from a crane, causing the collapse Friday morning.
The soup isle at a grocery store in Washington, D.C, Tuesday, November 22, 2011.
Experts are more likely than the general public to buy generic products — but not always. Here's a breakdown of which foods and drugs experts buy generic.
Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks during a news conference in Sydney, Australia, last week. Abbott has announced the deployment of 190 police to help secure the MH17 wreckage site, where 37 Australians were killed.

Australia sending 190 police to secure MH17 wreckage

The Netherlands, which lost 193 of its citizens in the shoot-down of the Malaysia Airlines flight, is also negotiating to send 40 unarmed police to the site in eastern Ukraine.
A Palestinian man cries after bringing a child, wounded in a strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, to the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya on Thursday.

Kerry presents proposal for seven-day truce in Gaza

Secretary of State John Kerry wants fighting to stop temporarily as Ramadan ends this weekend. Both Israel and Hamas are considering the proposal.
The Torrance Police Department said Thursday it will settle with a 38-year-old surfer who was injured when his truck was rammed and shot up after police mistook it for manhunt suspect Christopher Dorner.

Democrats miss votes to hang with the president

Do you need a note from the president to miss votes on Capitol Hill? Democrats disappear from Washington to grab valuable California photo ops and face time.
Red Legged Frogs - 1
The species has been absent from the mountains for nearly five decades. Researchers transplanted eggs from a population in Simi Hills and grew them into tadpoles.

How this year's US Open of Surfing will be different

After a violent disturbance following last year's event in Huntington Beach, the event will return the focus to surfing and police will be out in force.

8 fun and almost-free things to do this weekend

We're planning your weekend — on a budget. From a party in the garden to a free Shakespeare Festival, here's everything you need to know.


Central Americans Undertake Grueling Journey Through Mexico To U.S.
Central American leaders have come to meet with President Obama on the border migrant crisis as children and families flee violence in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. This and more.
Santa Monica Airport 3
Two competing ballot measures will give Santa Monica voters a chance to weigh in on the future of the Santa Monica Airport.
Immigration court sketch 3 b&w
On the high floors of a bank building near in downtown Los Angeles, immigration judges hear the cases of children.
Purple line to reach La Cienega
Today is Friday, July 25 and headlines include Mayor Garcetti's chairmanship of Metro, a contractor for the Purple Line, and LAPD officers consider a new contract.
Nearly 200 Cambodians who survived Khmer Rouge rule and are now living in the U.S. submitted written testimony to assist prosecutors in the U.N.-backed tribunal.



Episode: Filmweek (7/25/14): "Lucy", "A Most Wanted Man", "Magic In The Moonlight" and more
Host Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Claudia Puig and Henry Sheehan review this week’s releases, including "Lucy," "A Most Wanted Man," "Magic In The Moonlight" and more. TGI-Filmweek!

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Episode: Filmweek (7/25/14): "Lucy," "A Most Wanted Man", "Magic In The Moonlight" and more
Host Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Claudia Puig and Henry Sheehan review this week’s releases, including "Lucy," "A Most Wanted Man," "Magic In The Moonlight" and more. TGI-Filmweek!


Episode: AirTalk for July 25, 2014
hpv vaccine

Why aren’t more teens getting the HPV vaccination?

A new report from the CDC says that less than half of American children are vaccinated against human papilloma virus (HPV), a form of cancer.
The U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach kicks off tomorrow.
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" - UK Film Premiere - Red Carpet Arrivals
Host Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Claudia Puig and Henry Sheehan review this week’s releases, including "Lucy," "A Most Wanted Man," "Magic In The Moonlight" and more. TGI-Filmweek!

Iraq elects a new Kurdish president

Iraqi lawmakers elected Fuad Massoum, one of the founders of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party, as the new president of Iraq on Thursday.
A man who says he shot a home intruder describes the encounter in Long Beach.
Investigation continues into the death of a woman who was shot by an 80-year-old man after she and an accomplice broke into his home.
A growing number of Comic-Con attendees are protesting incidents of sexual harassment at San Diego's massive annual celebration of geek culture.

Take Two

Episode: Central American presidents, MIles Tackett, Rob Reiner and more
Boyle Heights Beat

Youth reporters take on community issues in East LA

The Boyle Heights Beat is a bilingual newspaper and website based in East LA that trains youth to report on important issues in their community.
Miles Tackett lit up the funk scene in LA for over a decade with his band Breakestra, but now he's back with a solo album that calls to his roots in Topanga Canyon, CA.
California Department of Corrections
In AZ this week, convicted murderer Joseph Rudolph Wood struggled for more than an hour and a half before dying from a lethal injection, once again stirring up the debate over how we execute people in the U.S.
"Happy Christmas" Portraits - 2014 Sundance Film Festival
"Happy Christmas" was written and directed by Joe Swanberg, who also plays Jenny's older brother Jeff. He joins Take Two to talk about his new film.
Khmer Rouge ruling

Local Cambodians still awaiting Khmer Rouge verdict

It's been more than 30 years since the Khmer Rouge tore apart Cambodia, but some of its senior members are still being prosecuted.
Chicago's Field Museum Cleans Its Preserved T. Rex "Sue"

New fossils suggest T. Rex hunted in packs

As if one single tyrannosaurus rex weren't menacing enough, there's now evidence that these massive carnivores might have hung out in posses.
U.S. Agents Take Undocumented Immigrants Into Custody Near Tex-Mex Border
A couple of times a week, on the high floors of a bank building near Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles, immigration judges hear the cases of migrant children.
Whales Ship Strikes

Study: Blue whales at risk of being struck by ships

A recent study found that whale hot spots off the coast of California intersect with some of the busiest shipping lanes, causing them to get hit and die.

Battle in the Big Bend of Texas over water right for fracking

Parts of the The Big Bend of Texas lie within the oil-rich Permian Basin, the nation's highest producing oil field thanks to fracking technology.
Red Legged Frogs

Threatened red-legged frogs return to the Santa Monica Mountains

Roughly 850 tadpoles, hatched from red-legged frog eggs, were released into the Santa Monica Mountains on Tuesday, marking the first time the threatened species has been reintroduced into the area after a decades-long absence.
Religious leaders of all stripes come out in support of migrant children, Southern California city of Bell votes to create a shelter for undocumented immigrants and the return of the Minutemen.
President Obama is meeting today with the presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, the three countries that have been the source of the recent surge in child migrants to the United States.
"And So It Goes" East Hampton Premiere
Award-winning actor, director, writer, producer Rob Reiner's career has run the gamut, from his days as Meathead in "All in the Family," to his directorial contributions with the "Princess Bride," "When Harry Met Sally," and "Stand By Me."

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Jumping Cows

Jumping Cows

How kangaroos can help fight global warming


KPCC pop culture bogger Mike Roe reports from Comic Con. He's one of 125,000 people who have descended on San Diego for the annual convention.

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