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Anthem Inc. announced this morning a deal to buy Cigna Corp for $54.2 billion, creating the largest health insurer in the nation by the number of members. Also, nearly two-thirds of roads in the Los Angeles and Orange County area are in poor condition. Then, in an effort to mitigate food waste, a company, Imperfect Produce, is selling produce with an off color, strange shape or unusual size. Would you buy it?
A task force led by L.A. District Attorney Jackie Lacey is releasing a roadmap for reducing L.A.'s ever-growing number of mentally ill jail inmates, and diverting those who need it into treatment. Also, more children are ditching their board games and barbies for digital screens with apps on an iPad, video games or TV. Then, a new study published in the journal “Psychological Bulletin” has disproved a long-held wisdom in the advertising industry: that sex and violence sell.
If need be, the City Council can now call for limiting outdoor watering to just two days a week, down from the current allocation of three days a week. Also, AT&T’s nearly $49 billion purchase of DirecTV is on its way to approval, which would make it the largest cable or satellite provider. Then, with work seemingly taking up more and more of our day, knowing how to make the most of your down time is paramount.
Governor Jerry Brown pays a visit to the Vatican this week, where he’ll meet with Pope Francis during a symposium on climate change. Also, the group claiming to have hacked cheaters' website Ashley Madison for personal information of millions of adulterers allege the company failed to secure users' data. Then, proposed bike lanes going through Westwood Village on Westwood Boulevard are being discussed.
Gun-rights supporters are arguing that lives could have been saved in last week’s shooting of four unarmed Marines in a “gun free zone” in Chattanooga, TN if soldiers were permitted to carry weapons. Also, while Donald Trump’s stance on immigration may have won him conservative Republican fans, his latest statements could have sunk his presidential bid for good. Then, how do you defeat writer's block?
An audit by the LAUSD’s Office of Inspector General this week found that the second largest school district in the country wasted about $10 million of food in a recent school year. Also, The CA Board of Equalization (BOE), the state’s tax commission, is throwing its weight behind a plan aiming to get underground medical marijuana dispensaries to pay taxes. Then, it's T-G-I-Filmweek!