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Bushmaster rifle

Private equity firm drops investment in Bushmaster gun maker

In rapid response to criticism, a large private equity firm says it's selling its holdings in the company that makes the rifle used in Friday's Sandy Hook School shooting.Cerberus Capital Management Group says it will sell its stake in Freedom Group, a conglomerate of gun companies that includes brands such as Remington and Bushmaster.
Sandy Hook Elementary School

Will the Sandy Hook shooting result in actual policy change?

In Newtown, Conn., students in schools other than Sandy Hook return to class for the first time since last Friday's tragic shootings. Meanwhile funerals for those slain in the massacre continue today.
Schwarzenegger Holds Press Conference On Passing Of California Budget

Many new faces in Sacramento when legislature reconvenes

When the state legislature returns from holiday break next month, it will mark the start of a new era shaped by voter approved reforms and dozens of brand new members. The California Report's Scott Shafer spoke with some members of the freshmen class.
Original Batman

Librarian Mara Alpert's favorite children's books of 2012

Our favorite children's librarian Mara Alpert joins the show to recommend her favorite children's books for the holidays.

Venice becomes Silicon Beach as tech companies move in

When it comes to bang for the buck, high tech is a great way to jump start your local economy, according to a recent report from a UC Berkeley economist. That could be good news for Los Angeles, where Google is recruiting with the phrase, "Who needs Silicon Valley when you can have Silicon Beach?" The company opened an office in Venice Beach last year, leading a wave of tech and media companies setting up shop there.
2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival - Day 1

New Music Tuesday: The best songs of 2012

NPR music critic Ann Powers and Oliver Wang from Soul-Sides.com look back at the best in pop, R&B and hip hop in the year that was.
Russian Orphans - 1

PHOTOS: Russian officials may ban US adoptions

Tomorrow, the Russian Parliament will consider a bill that would ban Americans from adopting Russian children.

Medical companies mining social media to track illnesses

Medical companies are researching ways to mine the tweets and Facebook posts you make about your health and to track outbreaks, analyze drug side-effects, and more.
There's been a lot of hand-wringing about how companies mine the personal information of social media users to deliver targeted advertising. That strategy is now increasingly being used by political campaigns.
Los Angeles Dodgers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
We look at the rivalries between the Lakers and the Clippers, and the Dodgers and the Angels, and which team is going after the best talent.
UPDATE: In response to public concents, Instagram has released a statement clearing up confusion about their new policy. Read the statement here.

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