Take Two for September 5, 2013

Pelican Bay State Prison.

California prison officials say inmate hunger strike is over

California prison authorities say inmates have ended a lengthy hunger strike. The strike began on July 8, and initially involved more than 30,000 inmates.

France: An unlikely ally for military action in Syria

President Francois Hollande says that French military troops, following recent action against an Islamic insurgency in Mali, are preparing to strike against Syria.

How severe drought has worsened the conflict in Syria

There are many factors that led up to the unrest in Syria: political, religious, and maybe some environmental reasons, too.
Southern California Swelters Under Major Heat Wave

What's behind the latest humid SoCal heatwave?

In L.A. we've come to expect perfect weather all the time. So when we get a week like this one, with unbearable heat and East Coast-like humidity,we have to ask, "what gives?"
IFA 2013 Consumer Electronics Trade Fair

Apple and Samsung's war for the smartphone market

This year's battle for the smartphone market has begun. On Monday Apple is expected to unveil a new iPhone, but it was Samsung that fired the first shot yesterday.
Most kids are back in class, and for many families, that means a new school. New friends and new teachers can be exciting, but the situation can also mean new conflicts.
Eric Garcetti DWP City Hall

State of Affairs: Prison strike, political families and more

Its time for State of Affairs, our look at politics throughout California with KPCC's political reporters Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze

Why speaking Spanish can be tricky for politicians

With America's growing Latino voting bloc, more and more politicians are trying to speak Spanish with varying degrees of success.

Second HIV diagnosis refuels call for mandatory condoms in porn

Two adult film performers have allegedly tested positive for HIV in recent weeks. This news has fueled the push to mandate the use of condoms and other protective barriers on the set of porn productions.
Just Salad

Dinner Party Download: Net obsession, 'Just Salad' and more

Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party Download podcast and radio show.
Beach Battle

What to do along California's Highway 1

Summer technically ends on September 21st, so you definitely have enough time for one last road trip. If you're looking for places to go, may we recommend California's Highway 1?
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