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Take Two for October 31, 2013

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Peter Lee
All the media attention being paid to the technical glitches on Healthcare.gov, the federally run website to enroll for the Affordable Care Act, is confusing residents of states that have their own locally-run health care exchanges.
Border Security Unaffected By US Government Shutdown

Major drug trafficking tunnel discovered at US-Mexico border

Officials announced Wednesday that they had discovered a newly finished tunnel between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.
Janet Napolitano

Napolitano outlines vision for UC system

University of California president Janet Napolitano has announced she'll spend $5 million to help undocumented students succeed in the UC system. That's despite the lack of federal financial aid.
The iconic 1974 film "Chinatown" is a fictionalized version of the story of L.A. water, but one that's so ingrained in popular consciousness it's almost hard to separate from the truth.
Los Angeles Aqueduct Owens Valley

On aqueduct's centennial: Owens Valley braces for solar gold rush

Owens Valley residents fear a DWP-proposed solar ranch will open new ways to drain resources from the valley.
Comikaze Expo

Meet the woman behind LA's Comikaze Expo

Tess Vigeland introduces us to the female chief executive of this heavily "fanboy" event.

Boogaloo Assassins on their new album 'Old Love Dies Hard'

If you'd like to avoid the traditional Halloween music tonight, you can head to the Commonwealth Lounge in Fullerton. There you'll be able to listen to funk band Myron and E as well as the Boogaloo Assassins, who play a style of music called Boogaloo.
California Lawmaker Searched

State Of Affairs: Ron Calderon, union negotiations and more

It's Thursday and that means it's time for State of Affairs, our look at politics and government throughout California. To help us with that we're joined in studio now by KPCC political reporters Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze.
Democrats Court Latino Vote At Mexican Independence Celebration
The question of how people of Latin American descent choose to be identified surfaced again this week after the Pew Research Center put out a brief report.
Annual Heavyweight Pumpkin Contest Held In Half Moon Bay

How to grow a giant, record-breaking pumpkin

Underwood Farms here in California has a humongous pumpkin patch, which happens to grow some pretty big pumpkins. Their largest was about 625 pounds, but that's nothing compared to the pumpkin grown by Tim Mathison, the current World Champion of pumpkin growers.
Transitional Kindergarten

Experts say important learning lost when letter drills push out playtime

Increased learning standards mean less play - even for the littlest kids. And some are worried about what children are losing in the process.
Electric mind
A new experimental technology called BrainGate at Brown University hopes to allow immobilized patients to control robotic limbs with their thoughts. Jessica Benko writes about Cathy Hutchinson in the most recent issue of The Atavist.
Lancaster Zombie Walk - 5
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