1. Cooler than usual: Rain, snow possible mid-week (NBC LA)
As a storm system pushes into Southern California, NWS says to expect measurable rainfall for most of L.A. County, with L.A. County mountains possibly seeing light snowfall at higher elevations on Wednesday night.
"The first cold storm of the season will bring light rain during the middle of this week as day-time high temperatures in mountain areas dip to 15 to 25 degrees below normal," reports NBC LA.
2. Mandatory pit bull spaying/neutering ordinance unanimously passed (KPCC)
The Riverside County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance to mandate spaying/neutering of pit bulls county-wide. The supervisors heard from the public before the vote who called into question whether the legislation unfairly singles pit bulls out as a dangerous breed.
1. Immigration rally to go on at National Mall despite closure (KPCC)
The National Mall in Washington, DC is closed thanks to the government shutdown, but for proponents of immigration reform, the show will go on. Tuesday's Camino Americano Rally was OK'd by the National Park Service.
This protest follows weekend marches in different cities across the nation, including Hollywood where some 2,000 demonstrators called on Congress to do something to act on reform.
2. LA officials investigate new accusations of 'patient dumping' on Skid Row (KPCC)
The L.A. City Attorney confirmed to KPCC that they are investigating claims by Skid Row workers who say they've seen at least a dozen people in recent months wearing hospital gowns or ID bracelets.
The new accusations of “patient dumping” — the practice of hospitals discharging homeless patients to somewhere other than their home without their consent — is a violation of a city ordinance.
1. Benjamin's makeover (KPCC)
The new $100 dollar bill goes into circulation Tuesday. Benjamin Franklin is still the face of note, but there are changes and additions. The bills will feel different, have “raised printing,” and come with various high-tech, counterfeit-thwarting designs.
The Federal Reserve, which has not been affected by the shutdown, will fan out the armored trucks from its regional banks around the country sending them off to banks and other financial institutions.
2. Experimental airship damaged in OC roof collapse (KPCC)
A WW II-era blimp hangar in Tustin partially collapsed Monday, damaging a 230-foot experimental airship. The dirigible, developed by Worldwide Aeros, might one day be capable of carrying 66 tons of cargo to disasters and military bases.
NASA and the DoD have invested $35 million in the prototype. The rigid-framed flying machine is filled with helium, takes off vertically like a helicopter, and changes buoyancy for landing. The extent of the damage to the vessel was not known.
1. Closed parks could be an open invitation to vandals (KPCC)
The National Park Services reported that vandals cut locks at two sites in the Santa Monica Mountains Friday night, after park officials limited access to the national recreation area due to a red flag warning. Officials say “it appears that the gates were vandalized in response to the Federal government shutdown.”
26 properties national parks remain closed in California. As federal furloughs continue, conservationists have warned of the risk of environmental harm.
2. NFL is in a 'league of denial' about brain injury (NPR)
"One of the more chilling things about this whole thing is that the people who are dying, many of them are dying in very macabre ways. They're drinking anti-freeze or they're driving their trucks into a tanker truck at 100 miles per hour...[Dave] Duerson, after spending years denying that this was an issue and warning that the NFL was turning the league into a league of sissies, he then shoots himself in the chest to preserve his brain and then he writes this note... 'PLEASE, SEE THAT MY BRAIN IS GIVEN TO THE NFL'S BRAIN BANK'...it was found to have CTE."
1. Destruction of Syria's chemical weapons system begins (NPR)
In Syria, a team of international weapons experts has begun the process of destroying the country's chemical weapons arsenal.
"The inspectors used sledgehammers and explosives to begin the work," NPR's Deborah Amos reports for our Newscast unit. "They are on a tight deadline to destroy more than 1,000 tons of nerve gas and banned weapons within a year."
2. Iran says 4 have been arrested in nuclear sabotage plot (NPR)
Iran arrested four people it says were intent on sabotaging facilities in its nuclear program. The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran says the four are being questioned.
As for who Iran might hold responsible for the alleged plot, the AP reports that Ali Akbar Salehi told the semiofficial Fars news agency, "hostile countries." Decoding the possible meaning of that statement, the AP says, "In Iranian official terminology, hostile countries are usually a reference to Israel and the United States."