Early this morning, actor Chris Hemsworth presented this year's Academy Award nominees along with the president of the Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. "Gravity" and "American Hustle" led the pack with 10 nominations each. Here to help us sort through the rest is Rebecca Keegan, who writes about film for the Los Angeles Times.
Earlier this week, Congress failed to extend unemployment benefits for people who've been out of work in the long-term. The proposal on the table was to provide assistance past the usual 26 weeks that are available.
Over the past 10 years, Valley Fever has increased 10-fold and an estimated 150,000 people are affected by it every year. According to infectious disease specialists, that's equal to the impact of Polio or Chicken Pox before vaccines were discovered, but there's no vaccine for Valley Fever.
It's the time that studios pull out all the stops in hopes of earning Oscar nominations, which means a lot of actors and directors are in town to promote their best work. One of them is filmmaker Wong Kar-wai, director of the sweeping martial arts film, "The Grandmaster."
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 reporters Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze.