Cleaning up California’s image, New York Police Department's #MyNYPD campaign goes wrong, travel apps that will help you get over jet lag, tracing the origins of the chili pepper and more

Sen. Leland Yee Appears In Court On Corruption Charges
Yesterday, lawmakers pushed eleven measures through committee that would set tougher ethical guidelines for politicians.
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Amid controversy, the Congressional Black Caucus has now invited Ryan to a closed-door meeting to discuss strategies for alleviating poverty.
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Offers The Latest Technological Advances In Its Care
Hundreds of thousands of low-income Angelenos became newly-eligible for Medi-Cal on January first. The idea under the Affordable Care Act was to switch them away from a transitional program that LA County started a few years ago.
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Kern County hopes to run groundwater to Calif. aqueduct

If desperate times call for desperate measures, then California's severe drought is sure to inspire some unusual efforts.
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Research pinpoints geographic origin of chili pepper

New research out of UC Davis traces the family tree of the domesticated chili pepper back to a region of east central Mexico.
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It's hip to Clip except if you're a Dodger fan, the Southern California hockey war may be on ice and and Manchester United is down a manager. This means it's time for sports with Andy and Brian Kamenetzky.
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What's the future of wearable technology?

Last week, Nike reportedly laid off a significant chunk of the the team responsible for its fitness tracker, FuelBand. For more on this, we're speaking with senior editor at CNET.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette speaks to reporters after arguing the case before the U.S. Supreme Court in October. He's with XIV Foundation CEO Jennifer Gratz, who was a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the University of Michigan's affirmative act

Supreme Court upholds Michigan ban on affirmative action

African Americans currently make up just 4.6 percent of University of Michigan's undergraduates, but they comprise 14 percent of the state's population.
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For forty years, the school had an interdepartmental program that offered classes in the field and a degree program. Now its become a full-fledged department.
Everyone’s first tweets are boring
NYPD launched #myNYPD Tuesday asking community members to tweet cute, friendly pics with officers. It worked for a little bit, but then things went awry.
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It's time for our next installment of App Chat. And today we have three apps that want to save you from jet lag, sketchy situations and your bad memory
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Amazon announces deal to stream HBO shows

Today, Amazon announced that they had struck a deal with HBO to make old seasons of several of their series available for Amazon Prime subscribers to view.
Olive Garden's chicken scampi dish is on the regular carb-heavy menu.

Menu psychology: How food tricks our brains

We may not realize it but everything around us, from lighting to smells to menu organization can affect how much food we eat.
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Travel agency could be sending tourists to space soon

Virgin Galactic says it could start sending tourists into near-Earth orbit as early as next year. KPCC's Sanden Totten spoke to the travel agent who's sold more tickets in the US than anyone else.
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A new exhibit tells the story of how bowling alleys became architectural gems of the 1950s.
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