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Orange County Register
Starting today, the new newspaper The Los Angeles Register will be available at 5,500 retail locations throughout L.A. County. But the city already has one paper of record, the LA Times.
Muslims participate in the Eid al-Fitr p
In the wake of 9/11, the New York Police Department launched a program known as the Demographics Unit. The controversial unit tracked Muslims as part of an effort to stop terrorism threats, relying on databases which looked at where Muslims lived, shopped, worked and prayed.
Semana Santa Fronteras
Throughout Latin America people are observing Semana Santa, and as it turns out, the week is a huge boost to businesses on the U.S. side of the border.
The bloody drug wars in Mexico have claimed the lives of more than 70,000 people since they began last decade.
Michoacan protest
In Los Angeles, families with close ties to the Mexican state of Michoacán are playing a role in an effort to end the violent drug conflict in their home country, spurring a debate over the armed civilian groups that have risen to counter drug cartels.
Musician and carpenter Scott Belsha

Obamacare: Confusion, cost keep some Californians uninsured

Many Californians remain without health insurance this year, choosing instead to pay a fine for forgoing the Affordable Care Act.
Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Clippers
The NBA playoff picture will be in full focus by the end of the night, will the road to the Stanley Cup go through Southern California? And college kids might finally get to eat.
Shepard Fairey
50 Shades Of Black features pieces inspired by the 12-inch record cover format and is inspired by Shepard Fairey's love for music like British punk rockers the Clash.
Supreme Court Campaign Finance
Do Republicans or Democrats benefit more from the Supreme Court's ruling to loosen limits on political contributions?
Income Tax Time

Makers of Turbo Tax lobby Congress to keep tax prep costly

According to one report, Intuit, the makers of Turbo Tax who are based here in Southern California, spent $11.5 million lobbying Congress. Not to simplify the process, but to prevent people from being able to file federal returns for free.
Machine Brain

Humans' cognitive development peaks by age 24, says study

A new study out of Simon Fraser University conducted experiments with over 3,000 participants playing video games to determine the peak of their cognitive development. They also looked at how we adapt as our brains get older.
KUOW feature

The Millennial work-life revolution in Seattle

Millennials — the term for young people between 18 and 33 — are beginning to change things. They are the first demographic group to rival the baby boomers in size, and they're creating new demands in everything from living spaces to work styles.
Believe it or not, scientists have genetically modified goats with spider DNA to secrete spider silk in their milk. The silk is incredibly strong and is being harvested for medical uses, like replacing ligaments or making protective material with the strength of kevlar.
Oyster Farm On Point Reyes Nat'l Seashore Loses Court Appeal To Stay Open

Drake's Bay Oyster Co. takes fight to the Supreme Court

An oyster farm on the Northern California coast is taking its fight to stay open to the Supreme Court. It's the latest move in a years-long legal battle by Drakes Bay Oyster Company in Marin County.
California Report

California farmers look to oil industry for water

The state's historic drought means many farmers in the Central Valley are still struggling to keep their crops alive. Reservoirs and wells are running dry.
Jay-Z is coming to LA. Today the rapper appeared with mayor Eric Garcetti to announce that his Made in America music festival is coming to downtown's Grand Park come Labor Day.

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