California budget surplus, Scottsboro Boys pardoned, payday lender fined and more

CA State Legislator's Office

California state analyst projects budget surplus

The latest report from the legislative analyst's office says we are recovering more quickly than expected from the deficit plague of just two and three years ago. The Golden State's treasury is now befitting of its name.
Scottsboro Boys Pardon

Alabama issues posthumous pardons to 'Scottsboro Boys'

The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles voted unanimously this morning to posthumously pardon the men in the "Scottsboro Boys" rape case.
Ask Emily
Emily Bazar, senior writer for the California Healthcare Foundation Center for Health Reporting, joins Take Two for her regular explainer on the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.
Fronteras Desk

New immigration hope for military dependents, but enlistment hurdles remain

Now military spouses and children who are in the country illegally can stay here without fear of deportation and work towards permanent legal status.
The Changing Face Of The UK High Street

Federal bureau fines payday lender Cash America $19 million

This week the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced a $19 million settlement with payday lending company Cash America.
A computer workstation bears the Nationa
The terms PRISM, FISA and metadata have become familiar in the debate over NSA surveillance of global communications. But there is another cryptic-sounding expression to add to the list: twelve-triple-three, or 12333.
2013 Latin Recording Academy Person Of The Year Honoring Miguel Bose - Show

Latin Grammy Awards 2013: Who to watch for in tonight's ceremony

Las Vegas hosts the the 14th annual Latin Grammys tonight, airing on the Univision network, and it will include a diverse field of artists from around the world.
Eric Garcetti in DC
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 by KPCC political reporter Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze.
Our lives have become more tricky with new technology, and a new book explores that relationship: "Dot Complicated," by the sister of Mark Zuckerberg, Randi Zuckerberg.
Bakersfield

Charles Phoenix finds country charm in Bakersfield

Phoenix is pumped up about a town he loves that's less than 100 miles north of LA: Bakersfield.
Center for Investigative Reporting
The investigation dubbed Rehab Racket found centers were being run by operators with criminal pasts and allegations of criminality separate from the treatment centers.
John F Kennedy

JFK's fateful last night and the Latino vote

As the nation remembers the last tragic day of John F. Kennedy's presidency - many Latino voters of that era reflect on what the 35th president meant to their emerging political bloc.
Harry Potter
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