Latest News Photo by The.Comedian via Flickr Creative Commons Dead leopard, other swag snagged at mansion party AP Authorities have recovered a huge haul of high-end swag snagged from a party at an empty mansion - including armor, shields, and a stuffed snow leopard worth $250,000. Add your comments Money More Fisher-Price iPad baby seat: Dangerous? A joke? What do you think? Ben Bergman Poll Fisher-Price promises the seat will “stimulate and engage baby…while protecting your iPad from sticky fingers.” Critics say they can't imagine a worse idea. What's your take? Former LA Times executive moves to SiriusXM Want tickets to the BCS Championship or Rose Bowl? Wait General Motors' first female chief executive shatters glass ceiling From the Comments “Unemployment benefits remove most of what incentive there is to working. If you can fall back on unemployment benefits, then losing your job is not so traumatic anymore” — Olivia Local More Gates latched at 5 Metro Blue Line stations Ashley Bailey and Monica Bushman Riders will need a TAP card to pass through turnstiles at five stations. Sriracha maker: California halting sauce shipments Man allegedly shoots, kills sister in North Hills nursing home (updated) Union Station addresses panhandling complaints by restricting seating Joe Rustan/LA Public Library Herald-Examiner Collection 50 years later: Remembering the Baldwin Hills Dam collapse Health More Covered California: 4 of 5 state doctors are in our plans Paul Glickman Covered California claims more than 58,000 California doctors and more than 360 hospitals are included in its health insurance plans. Chowing down on meat and dairy alters gut bacteria Enrollment jumps at Covered California, though national totals still lag California health exchange shares data without consent Adrian Florido/KPCC Why are so few Spanish speakers signing up for Obamacare? Crime More Kelly Thomas Trial: Prosecutors rest case in beating death Ed Joyce with Stephen Gregory Orange County prosecutors called 11 witnesses to the stand to testify against Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli in the death of Kelly Thomas. LAPD to officers on duty: Buckle up, it's the rule 13 MS-13 gang members and associates arrested in LA Kelly Thomas Trial update: Doctor testifies Thomas was in 'critical' condition at hospital Ken Scarboro/KPCC 18 current or former LA Sheriff officers charged in jail abuse case (update) Slideshow Politics & Government More LA River duck boats could showcase city's historic bridges Sharon McNary LA City Councilman Tom LaBonge says the land-water vehicles would only use the concrete-paved river bottom to take tourists on an unusual trek. LA City Council prepares to regulate boarding homes in 2014 Boehner's immigration deputy gets an early visitor 'Something for everyone to dislike' in budget deal From the Comments “If we cycle judges out with political changes, then we subject them to fundraising and the capriciousness of election-cycle thinking. ” — Odysseus Bostick California More Calif. Assembly Democrats urge $8B budget reserve AP Assembly Speaker John Perez says lawmakers will ask voters to approve a revised 'rainy day fund' in November 2014 in the hopes of building an $8 billion budget reserve. Boeing questioned about safety of 777 in Asiana crash hearing 8 injured when SUV plows into Folsom Starbucks Ex-San Diego mayor Filner sentenced to house arrest, probation Copeland McKinley/KQED Swimming with great whites off the San Francisco coast U.S. / World More India's Supreme Court upholds anti-gay sex law Nirmala George | AP The judges said only lawmakers and not the courts could change a colonial-era law that bans homosexual acts and makes them punishable by up to a decade in prison. As Mandela lies in state, South Africa says goodbye Time names Pope Francis the Person of the Year 'Fake' sign language interpreter marred Mandela memorial Eric B. Moore How Nelson Mandela transformed student Barack Obama's politics in LA Slideshow Education More Anaheim schools to try Kickstarter for musical instruments Mary Plummer City school district hasn't had instrumental music classes for its 19,000 k-sixth graders. School leaders are trying to give students an orchestra. California schools fear losing funds for low-income students LA schools want 100k more iPads iPads in the classroom: New challenges, new questions for students, parents and teachers Maya Sugarman/KPCC California groups get $4 million in NEA grant funding Environment / Science More Using satellite, scientists pinpoint coldest place on Earth Eyder Peralta | NPR Scientists measured temperatures of -137 Fahrenheit on the highest section of the East Antarctic ice divide. That's almost 10 degrees colder than the previous record. Microbiome candy: Could a probiotic mint help prevent cavities? NASA's Mars Curiosity rover finds possible sign of life Is mining on the moon's horizon? NASA / JPL Why is Antarctica's Totten Glacier shrinking faster than its neighbors?