Take Two for February 15, 2013

Christopher Dorner Big Bear Manhunt
During the stand off with Christopher Dorner, police used what they call 'burners', or a type of tear gas grenade. Use of the grenades quickly started a fire, which engulfed the cabin and ended the standoff with Dorner.
FrogAds Pamela Anderson

'Pump and dump' stock scam bilks investors out of $30 million

Have you seen this ad? Yes, that’s Pamela Anderson of Baywatch fame, shilling for the company FrogAds. They and a few other companies got in trouble with the Feds this week for a stock scheme, known in the biz as a classic "pump and dump.
Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing For Chuck Hagel For Secretary Of Defense

Friday Flashback: Chuck Hagel, school board money and more

Once again, it's time for our analysis of the week that was in our weekly Friday Flashback.Joining us from the island of Manhattan is Heidi Moore, finance and economic editor for the Guardian.
A meteor's vapor trail above  the city of Chelyabinsk, Russia, on Friday.
Last night a large meteor exploded in the sky over the Western Russian city of Chelyabinsk. The event was captured by people with cell phones and dashboard cams:
Fallen Fruit
Walk around your neighborhood and you might see a neighbor's tree brimming with fruit ripe for picking. It might be tempting to help yourself, but is it legal?
Southern California Deals With Aftermath Of Deadly Train Crash

Metrolink vows to correct financial mess

KPCC‘s Corey Moore reports Metrolink plans to fix accounting problems after an internal report calls the agency’s bookkeeping process a “sham.”
Pound Foolish Helaine Olen

How not to be 'Pound Foolish' with personal finance

If you've ever bought a personal finance book, or watched a money makeover TV show you might have heard things like: A lack of belief is keeping you from wealth or you're latte-ing away your financial future.

Colleges are taking some delinquent borrowers to court

When college students don their graduation caps, they may be clutching a diploma in one hand, but are holding onto thousands of dollars in student loan debt in the other.
gay marriage

Mormons grapple with same-sex marriage

In 2008, Californians voted to pass Proposition 8, banned same-sex couples from marriage. In response, same-sex marriage advocates filed lawsuits challenging the law. The legal battle continues next month when the issue goes before the U.
Breastfeeding - 1

Advocates want mothers to breastfeed longer

Scientific evidence on the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding is uncontested, yet fewer than half of mothers are still nursing at six months

Housing inventory in California drops dramatically in January

It's only been a few years since the housing market imploded both here in southern California and across the country. The common refrain was that it would take another few years, possibly a decade or more for housing to bounce back.
Housing Downturn Spurs Unfinished Development and Labor Surplus in American Southwest

Home values up in Arizona, but labor force still waning

Last year home values in Phoenix were up 29 percent from the year before — the highest jump in the nation. That’s driving a rebound in new housing construction, but what’s not rebounding is the labor force.
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