1. 10 things to know about the IPCC climate panel (KPCC)
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a U.N.-sponsored scientific group, will present a landmark report on global warming on Friday.
For an overview of the IPCC, the accuracy of their projections, how the information will be used, the position of the critics, why everybody's in Stockholm, and who's in charge, read our primer of 10 essential things.
2. Breaking Bad series finale: Want to follow Twitter, Facebook and avoid spoilers? Here's how — (KPCC)
A new app called "Spoiler Shield" has been developed by a disgruntled Game of Thrones fan who was bummed when he couldn't watch the the pivotal "Red Wedding" episode, and then double bummed by the flood of social media spoilers he couldn't avoid by the time he got home.
The West Hollywood designer created the app to block thousands of keywords on Twitter and Facebook and it currently supports more than 30 TV shows, including Breaking Bad. The series finale airs on AMC this Sunday at 6 p.m. (PT).
3. Team rivalry led to fatal SF stabbing; victim was the son of a Dodger Stadium security guard (KPCC)
Two people were taken into custody and one faces a homicide charge in the stabbing death of a 24-year-old man after a Dodgers-Giants game in San Francisco. Police say that the incident began as a heated argument over the baseball rivalry before turning violent.
The victim, Jonathan Denver, is "the son of one of our security guards,” the LA Dodgers wrote in a press release. The organization expressed shock and sadness, adding: "There is no rational explanation for this senseless act."
4. IOC 'fully satisfied' over Russia's anti-gay law (KPCC)
The International Olympic Committee has dismissed concerns over Russia's law banning gay propaganda, saying it doesn't violate the Olympic charter's anti-discrimination clause, and pronounced Russia ready to host the 2014 Winter Games.
IOC chairman Jean-Claude Killy announced the approval Thursday following the commission's 10th and final visit to Sochi before the games, which begin on Feb. 7. "The IOC doesn't have the right to discuss the laws that are in place in the country hosting the games, so unless the charter is violated we are fully satisfied," he said.
5. A catastrophic procedure: What declawing really means (KPCC)
Considered animal cruelty to many, the process of declawing cats is not as simple as some pet owners may think. That’s the message Dr. Jennifer Conrad, a California veterinarian, is trying to spread in her documentary. She seeks a broader ban against the practice that's outlawed in Germany, Brazil, Israel, some European countries and certain parts of California.
"The Paw Project" addresses surgical declawing, or onychectomy, a multiple amputation of the last bones in a cat’s claws. It's likened to humans having the tips of their fingers cut off at the last knuckle.
6. Justice Department talks trauma treatment for kids exposed to violence (NPR)
The new administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is working to better understand the impact of exposure-to-violence on children. A report of his previous recommendations received little immediate attention — it emerged same day as the Sandy Hook massacre.
"It's important for everyone to recognize that the trauma that comes from exposure to violence is multifaceted," he says, and that specific types of trauma require specific treatments like psychiatric counseling, and a better system of inquiries and interventions.
7. Wildlife photography in the urban jungle (KPCC)
On Nov. 3, wildlife photographers looking to snap a pro pic of a cotton-top tamarin or a white-crested turaco can do so without ever leaving the city as the LA Zoo hosts its 24th annual Photo Day.
Admission includes workshops with wildlife photography experts, equipment loan and lunch. Most importantly, Photo Day allows for close-ups for shots that lean more toward National Geographic than Instagram.
8. Bud Selig to retire in January 2015; central baseball management to be reorganized (KPCC)
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says he plans to retire in January 2015. The 79-year-old Selig has repeatedly said since 2003 that his retirement was imminent, but Thursday marked the first time he issued a formal statement.
He says he will announce a transition plan shortly that will include a reorganization of central baseball management. Selig took over as acting commissioner in 1992. He repeatedly said he would not take the job full time but was formally elected commissioner July 9, 1998. He agreed to new contracts in 2001, 2004, 2008 and 2012.