Take Two for January 11, 2013

Biden Meets With Pro-Gun Groups In Washington
Last night, Vice President Joe Biden met with various leaders from the film industry to talk about efforts to curb gun violence. For years politicians have called on the entertainment industry to reduce depictions of violence, but they've been mostly unsuccessful.
HAITI-QUAKE-POVERTY
Saturday marks three years since a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit the impoverished Caribbean island nation of Haiti. The quake caused tremendous damage in some of the country's major cities, including the capital of Port-Au-Prince.
Obama Makes Statement On Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

Friday Flashback: Gun-law reform, Obama's cabinet

Now it's time for the Friday Flashback, our weekly wrap-up of the week's big news. Joining us from the offices of The Guardian newspaper in New York, Heidi Moore, U.S. finance and economics editor, and James Rainey, political columnist for the L.
Along California's coast today, the highest tides of the winter season will batter the shore for the third day in a row.
Richmond, CA Hit Hard By Foreclosures

Report: Short sales now outnumber foreclosed homes

The real estate research firm Data Quick reports that for the first time since the housing crash in 2007, short sales now outnumber the sale of foreclosed homes. This is good news, not just for homeowners who find themselves underwater with their loans, but for banks as well.
Strawberry Farm - 1
Cue the wind machine. Ventura County farmers need it during cold nights to keep their expensive strawberry crops warm.
Beijing Culture Fair Universal Studios - 04
Since the Chinese government deemed the US an "approved destination" in 2008, tourism from China has risen. It is now the top source of international tourism for LA, leading to a demand for Mandarin speakers.
Mercer 14968
Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party podcast and radio show. On tap this week, texting prayers, Bernie Madoff's reading materials and the birth of the Texas oil business.
Compton horses

LA's crime capital reputation starting to wane

L.A. County's reputation as a crime capital is beginning to wane. Sheriff Lee Baca released statistics that indicate declines in crime - including in Compton.
LA Mayoral Candidates

City Hall Pass: A look ahead to the LA mayoral race

In just a few months the city of Los Angeles will choose a new mayor, so today we're kicking off the first in a regular series we're calling: City Hall Pass. Think of it as your ticket to all the latest political news coming out of downtown
Richmond, CA Hit Hard By Foreclosures

Zombie titles plague foreclosure victims

In other housing news, the curious phenomena of zombie titles. Thousands of homeowners are finding themselves legally liable for houses they didn't know they still owned after banks walk away from foreclosed homes before they're final.
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