Metrolink changes, water politics, WhatsApp sale and more

Metro Rail

Metrolink to unveil new collision avoidance system

Today the Southern California passenger rail system Metrolink said it will install new safety measures on its trains. It's partly in response to a deadly crash in 2008 where a Metrolink train collided head-on with a freight train near Chatsworth, killing 25 people.
President Obama Inspects Drought-Stricken California
Yesterday, the governor announced a plan which includes funding to improve conservation, clean up drinking water and make irrigation systems more efficient.
WhatsApp

Facebook acquires WhatsApp for $19 billion

Facebook is paying $19 billion in cash and stock for start-up messaging application WhatsApp, a company that employs just 55 people.

LED lights will change the way LA looks on the big screen

While new LED streetlights have a positive impact on the environment and on energy savings, it also affects the way the city itself looks on film. And Hollywood will never be the same.
UCLA/ USC Asian Pacific Coalition town hall

UCLA, USC students band together after racist fliers hit campuses

More than 120 UCLA and USC students attended a town hall meeting Thursday night to discuss racist, sexist fliers sent to each school.
The Square
Filmmakers spent more than two years recording the volatile events and created what has become the first Egyptian movie to be nominated for an Academy Award, "The Square."
Governor Brown Declares Statewide Drought Emergency
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.
MillerCoors' Fortune

MillerCoors releases Fortune beer to attract younger crowd

Fortune has a higher alcohol content, comes in a black bottle, and its makers suggest serving it in a whiskey glass, instead of a pint.
Glendale Arts Complex
Developers in Glendale got the go-ahead Tuesday to build an affordable housing complex in the city's Arts District.
Bryan Stow beating suspects in court

2 plead guilty in beating of Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium

Earlier today two men charged in the attack on Giants Fan Bryan Stow pleaded guilty in a Los Angeles Courtroom.
Dallas Buyer's Club
Starring Mathew McConaughey, it was shot in less than a month, with no lights and a fraction of the budget of most of its competitors in the Best Picture field.
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