Archive for January 11th, 2017

Why going organic just got easier for farmers

Business & Economy | | January 11 2017, 6:26 PM

Farmers have to follow organic rules for three years before they can sell their food as certified organic. That transition period can mean much lower profits. But a new certification may change that.

Police say high-profile fatalities, protests have made their jobs harder

Crime & Justice | | January 11 2017, 6:22 PM

Pew surveyed nearly 8,000 officers. Among other things, the group asked about recent killings of black civilians by police and the protests that followed. Officers said they now feel less safe.

6 lesser-known Obamacare provisions that could evaporate

Health | | January 11 2017, 5:56 PM

Private rooms for pumping breast milk and expanded therapy coverage for children with autism are two of the less publicized mandates of the Affordable Care Act. Also, being able to choose your OB-GYN.

Money for early education disappears in Brown's budget proposal

Education | | January 11 2017, 5:36 PM

Preschoolers from low-income families waiting for a preschool seat may not get it in 2017 if Governor Jerry Brown’s austere budget proposal passes.

Angeles National Forest lowers fire danger — to 'High'

Environment & Science | | January 11 2017, 5:35 PM

The fire danger level for Angeles National Forest and the nearby San Gabriel Mountains National Monument was lowered from "Very High" to "High" on Wednesday — with officials warning of a lingering wildfire risk.

Palm Springs will draft competing vacation rental initiative

Business & Economy | | January 11 2017, 5:21 PM

A coalition of council members and public safety officials announced Wednesday they are requesting city staff draft a ballot measure on vacation rentals.

Something's fishy in LA's sushi supply, study says

Environment & Science | | January 11 2017, 4:16 PM

UCLA researchers say they found mislabeled sushi at more than 25 restaurants and grocery stores, possibly indicating a bait-and-switch is occurring earlier in the supply chain than at the point of sale to consumers.

Laurel Canyon Boulevard closed between Valley and West Hollywood

Local | | January 11 2017, 2:59 PM

Commuters who take Laurel Canyon Boulevard between the San Fernando Valley and West Hollywood may need to look for alternative routes Wednesday evening, due to the road being closed between West Gould Avenue and Kirkwood Drive.

Watch: Trump's first post-election press conference (plus fact-checking)

Politics | | January 11 2017, 1:24 PM

The president-elect denounced as "fake news" reports that Russia has compromising information about him. He acknowledged for the first time that Russia was behind DNC hacking. And he provided details of how he plans to separate himself from business and financial interests.

Grand juries can probe police shootings, California court says

Crime & Justice | | January 11 2017, 12:55 PM

A California appeals court has tossed out a law that sought more transparency by banning grand juries, which meet in secret, from determining whether police officers involved in fatal shootings should face criminal charges.

Second Paramount firm agrees to chromium 6 reduction plan

Health | | January 11 2017, 12:24 PM

If Anaplex Corp.'s emissions exceed a certain threshold, it must shut down any equipment that could emit the carcinogen. Aerocraft agreed to a similar plan last month.

LA had 47M visitors in 2016, a new record for tourism

Business & Economy | | January 11 2017, 11:52 AM

More tourists came to Los Angeles in 2016 than in any year before, breaking the previous record for the sixth consecutive year.

VW admits emissions cheating and cover-up, will pay US $4.3B

Crime & Justice | | January 11 2017, 11:04 AM

The penalty is the largest against an automaker in U.S. history. A grand jury also returned an indictment against six VW executives and employees for their roles in the scheme.

Southern California gets another rainy morning commute

Local | | January 11 2017, 7:09 AM

Back-to-back storms bearing down on Southern California have dumped rain on the region every day this week, and at least one more rainstorm is expected before Friday.

Fitness trackers aim to improve the health and happiness of zoo elephants

Health | | January 11 2017, 7:07 AM

OK, so they're not using Fitbits. But zoos across America are using software to minutely track the activity, behavior and physiology of captive elephants, and using that data to improve zoo life.

Watch live: Rex Tillerson's secretary of state confirmation hearing

Politics | | January 11 2017, 6:48 AM

The former Exxon Mobil CEO is appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday. His business dealings with foreign countries, particularly Russia, are likely topics of inquiry.

California DA finds police were justified in shooting death

Crime & Justice | | January 11 2017, 6:42 AM

No criminal charges will be filed against an El Cajon police officer in the shooting death of Alfred Olango last year. His family says they won't be swayed in their search for justice.

A bid to expand sharing of Californians' medical records

Health | | January 11 2017, 5:01 AM

Two database companies want to merge to create an organization with millions of patient records that can be shared among different providers, in a bid to improve care.

Alex Cohen named 89.3 KPCC's 'Morning Edition' host

Inside KPCC | | January 11 2017, 2:00 PM

The veteran journalist and host will become KPCC's first morning voice as the station sharpens its focus on news; A Martínez will host a new one-hour "Take Two," which will be followed by "AirTalk" and "Fresh Air."

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A disturbing trend: More violence in PG-13 films

Arts & Entertainment | | January 11 2017, 5:11 PM

A new study shows more gun violence than ever in top-grossing PG-13 films, even more so than in R-rated movies.

"Equity" producer: a show about strong women 'is needed more than ever'

Arts & Entertainment | | January 11 2017, 5:08 PM

Film writer, actor and producer Sarah Megan Thomas hopes that making a TV series with strong women will have a positive influence.


Unpacking Trump’s first post-election news conference

| January 11 2017, 10:57 AM

A verbal tussle with a CNN reporter, the President-elect's denial of everything in a dossier purported to detail Trump's involvement with Russia, the claim that Congress will repeal and replace the ACA very soon, that's for starters.

Supreme Court case may change public school education for disabled students

| January 11 2017, 10:56 AM

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the Supreme Court is deciding a case today that may change the legal standard of how public schools provide education for disabled students.

The legality of the FBI’s paid Best Buy technician informants

| January 11 2017, 10:24 AM

United States of America v. Mark A. Rettenmaier has brought to light a small group of paid Geek Squad informants which the FBI has been cultivating over a four-year period – a relationship which will be explored by the defense attorneys in a Los Angeles hearing starting Wednesday.

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The Styled Side: A sneak peek into awards show gift bags

| January 11 2017, 3:08 PM

We are in the midst of awards season. With the Golden Globes just behind us and the Oscars at the end of next month, we are in for more glitz and glamour.

About that Donald Trump press conference: An analysis

| January 11 2017, 2:55 PM

The President-elect outlined how he plans to limit conflicts of interest; he also shouted down CNN's Jim Acosta and called Buzzfeed "garbage."

K2 Sports: Streep on sports, possible NFL home switch-ups

| January 11 2017, 2:00 PM

The Sunday deadline approaches for San Diego Chargers owner Dean Spanos to decide whether he'll move his team to Los Angeles; NFL team owners meet to talk about the Oakland Raiders' request to move to Las Vegas; reactions to Meryl Streep's Golden Globes comments on sports, and more.

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RIP Formosa Cafe: Hollywood watering hole, touchstone for generations

Arts & Entertainment | | January 11 2017, 4:49 PM

The Formosa Cafe has closed after 90+ years of being a Who's Who of Hollywood history. With luck, a responsible owner will rehab it. Until then, we have the fiction and the movies it was a touchstone for.