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7 things to know before lunch—The largest leak, the safest car, the shakiest building, the wildest trip, the trouble with money

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1. For the largest leak of classified information in US history, Bradley Manning gets 35 years in prison (KPCC)

A judge sentenced Army Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison for giving U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks via more than 700,000 documents that included battlefield reports and U.S. embassy cables.

The former intelligence analyst — responsible for the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history — had faced a maximum sentence of 90 years in prison for the crimes he committed in 2010. Manning was convicted in July of multiple counts of espionage but was acquitted of the most serious: aiding the enemy.

2. Tom LaBonge wants to find all the buildings that could collapse in an earthquake (KPCC)

LA city councilman Tom LaBonge is proposing an inventory of possibly thousands of  "soft-story" buildings that have top floors that could collapse onto lower floors during a major quake.

The list would look at structures built pre-1978 with at least two stories and five units. Many suspects are apartment and condo buildings with ground-floor parking like the 200 that were damaged or destroyed in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. One such collapsed complex killed 16 people.

San Francisco passed a law four months ago forcing owners to strengthen about 3,000 soft-story apartment buildings.

3. ACLU: Muslims face more scrutiny for citizenship (KPCC)

Civil liberties advocates say they've discovered a government program to screen immigrants for national security concerns that has blacklisted some Muslims and put their U.S. citizenship applications on hold for years.

The ACLU of Southern California says immigration officers are instructed to find ways to deny applications deemed to be a national security concern, for example, by flagging discrepancies in a petition.

4. A good problem to have: LA Unified wrestles with influx of cash (KPCC)

With several new state-mandated priorities and funding streams, L.A. Unified officials are still working out how to spend the millions. The principal source is coming from the state to help implement Common Core — a national set of learning standards emphasizing critical thinking over memorization.

L.A. Unified will receive $113 million to fund teacher training, new technology and materials over the next two years. 75 percent will be used for professional development, a large chunk of which will go to salaries for some 200 teacher coaches at schools.

5. No link found between hallucinogens and mental problems, says mind-blowing study (NPR)

There is a lack of evidence that psychedelics cause lasting mental health problems, says a new study that found about 1 in 6 Americans aged 21-64 have tried LSD, psilocybin (the brain-bending chemical in magic mushrooms) or mescaline.

Those individuals were no more likely than those who hadn't tried hallucinogens to wind up in mental health treatment or have symptoms of mental illness. The study has limitations — for example, it did not take the dose of drugs into account or factor in family histories of mental illness.

6. Hannah Anderson kidnapper may have been the girl's father, says DiMaggio family (L.A. Now)

James Lee DiMaggio's sister is asking for a paternity test to see if he is the biological father of his kidnapping victim, Hannah Anderson, and her younger brother, Ethan, whom DiMaggio allegedly killed along with the children's mother Christina Anderson.

The kidnapping set off a multi-state Amber Alert that led to by federal agents killing DiMaggio in the remote Idaho wilderness where Hannah was rescued. On Monday it was revealed that DiMaggio left $112,000 in life insurance to Hannah's grandmother.

7. Tesla Motors says their Model S is the safest car ever tested (KPCC)

Tesla's luxury, all-electric, battery-powered Model S scored the highest possible rating in federal crash tests. The company released a statement claiming it's the safest car ever tested.

The  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs three safety tests on cars; a front impact test, a side impact test and a roll-over test. The Model S aced all three.

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