Southern California breaking news and trends

KPCC DIGEST A.M. (Aug. 29) — Fast food fight, Playa power, California exodus, fanfare for the 'Area Man'

1. Some LA fast-food workers join nationwide call for higher pay (KPCC/AP)

Fast-food protests are under way in cities including Los Angeles and New York, with organizers planning for the biggest walkouts yet in a push for higher wages.

2. Egypt's violent upheaval hits home in Southern California (KPCC)

Families throughout Southern California’s Egyptian American community have been receiving disturbing news as violence in Egypt continues.

3. LADWP to retool Scattergood Generating Station (KPCC)

DWP crews will replace an old steam boiler unit with smaller, more efficient generating units that will cut air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

4. How California is turning the rest of the West blue (NPR)

California used to attract millions of newcomers, but now more people are moving away — and with them goes a more progressive strain of politics.

5. Rim Fire: Yosemite wildfire grows to 6th largest in state history at 192,466 acres (map) (AP/KPCC)

Fire commanders said they would maintain use of a Predator drone to give them early views of any new flare-ups across the remote and rugged landscape. Crews have managed to increase containment to 30 percent and expect to fully contain the fire within three weeks.

6. Will the Rim Fire affect your Labor Day? Some campgrounds close (KPCC)

Although five of Yosemite's 13 campgrounds are closed due to the Rim Fire, most of the national park will remain open this Labor Day weekend.

7. Area man realizes he's been reading fake news for 25 years (NPR)

Today marks the 25th birthday of The Onion, founded by two Madison, Wis., college students as a local satirical newspaper "intended mainly to ... sell pizza coupons," says its editor-in-chief.

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