Archive for December 10th, 2012

Grieving fans remember singer Jenni Rivera as tough, unsinkable

Local | | December 10 2012, 7:07 PM

Fans of the late Mexican American singer Jenni Rivera, who died Sunday in a plane crash, admired the star for her personal strength.

Prayers and hymns welcome the new Bishop of Orange

Local | | December 10 2012, 7:03 PM

Kevin W. Vann became the fourth Bishop of Orange in an elaborate ceremony Monday at a cavernous UC Irvine basketball arena transformed into a grand cathedral.

Kamala Harris' comments on Secure Communities face scrutiny

Local | | December 10 2012, 3:50 PM

A policy shift at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has provoked responses among people on many sides of the immigration issue.

Files on accused Los Angeles priests could become public next month

Crime & Justice | | December 10 2012, 3:47 PM

The confidential files the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles kept on priests accused of sexual child abuse could become public in January.

New prostate biopsy may end era of blind testing

Health | | December 10 2012, 3:39 PM

UCLA doctors and engineers have developed a new prostate cancer biopsy that may reduce the number of biopsies and help early detection of serious cancer.

Stores use mobile to make sales on the spot

US & World | | December 10 2012, 3:35 PM

Cash registers may be on the wane in some stores as more retailers help customers complete their purchases using mobile devices.

Hunger still haunts North Korea, citizens say

US & World | | December 10 2012, 2:35 PM

A U.N. report says North Korea has more food than in previous years. But North Koreans who spoke to NPR say conditions are still dire.

Everyone chip in, please: Crowdfunding Sandy

US & World | | December 10 2012, 12:30 PM

Crowdfunding is a simple way for anyone to ask for money online from friends, family and strangers. One woman raised $10,000 to help her neighbors affected by Hurricane Sandy.

FAQ: How to get tickets to Obama's 2nd Inauguration

Politics | | December 10 2012, 11:35 AM

Tickets to the inauguration are free, but they aren't easy to come by. Here are all the details on the Inauguration — and how you can score tickets.

Spain's crisis leads to rise of grass-roots groups

US & World | | December 10 2012, 11:30 AM

The country's protest movement has evolved into a broad range of groups now filling the gaps left by the eroding welfare state. From homeowners to judges, Spaniards are organizing.

As childhood strokes increase, surgeons aim to reduce risks

US & World | | December 10 2012, 10:30 AM

Many kids have conditions that put them at higher risk to have strokes. Surgeons have developed a technique to cut the risk in these kids by giving part of the brain a new blood supply.

A tumultuous year, seen through North Korean eyes

US & World | | December 10 2012, 9:24 AM

The sudden death of North Korea's leader, the ascension of his little-known son, and a rocket-launch failure marked a rocky year for the reclusive nation.

UPDATE: Jenni Rivera: A beautiful voice goes silent (Photos)

Arts & Entertainment | | December 10 2012, 8:30 AM

Officials confirm the Mexican-American singer was on a jet that crashed Sunday in Mexico. A Southern California native, she sold millions of records and was a rising TV star.

Royal hoax: Radio hosts 'shattered' by nurse's death

US & World | | December 10 2012, 8:22 AM

The two Australian radio hosts also had their show canceled after a simple prank call turned into a tragedy.

Buzz off: Bedbugs unfazed by ultrasonic devices

Health | | December 10 2012, 7:22 AM

Scientists say gadgets that claim to drive off the bloodsucking insects with high-pitched sounds are a waste of money. Plus, there is the toll on your mental health and pocketbook.

Gunman, 4 dead in Tulare County Indian reservation shootings

Local | | December 10 2012, 6:25 AM

The shooting rampage left a daughter, his mother and her two brothers dead. The suspect was wounded by deputies and died hours later at a hospital.

Hundreds pack inaugural Mass at new USC Catholic church

Local | | December 10 2012, 6:00 AM

Our Savior church is expected to serve the university's estimated 10,000 Catholic students. An adjacent Catholic Student Center is named for donor Rick Caruso.

How Obama's 2nd inauguration will differ from 1st

Politics | | December 10 2012, 5:49 AM

Details are emerging about the inauguration next month. Unlike in 2009, a record-breaking crowd is not expected in Washington, D.C. Plus, the festivities are expected to cost less.

Downtown Women's Center serves as 'safe haven' for Skid Row homeless

Local | | December 10 2012, 7:49 AM

The Downtown Women's Center relies on volunteers for nearly all of its programs – from cooking meals, to teaching crafts or helping with computer literacy.

LA District Attorneys admit fault in Northridge suspect case

The Latest | | December 10 2012, 8:56 PM

The LA County District Attorney says prosecutors erred when they told a judge a man who's the lead suspect in a murder case was eligible for drug rehab in September.

Miramonte students’ attorneys pull out of settlement talks

Pass / Fail | | December 10 2012, 7:19 PM

Two lawyers representing 35 students who say they were abused by a teacher at Miramonte Elementary School are pulling out of settlement negotiations with L.A. Unified.

VIDEO: Snoop Lion sacrifices Marley for Moses, battles Santa Claus

The Latest | | December 10 2012, 6:47 PM

The Long Beach prophet's latest brush with alter ego-ism sees the reincarnated Reggae legend dressed in robes and rap battling Santa Claus.

Appeals court: 100 LA digital billboards should be removed

The Latest | | December 10 2012, 6:30 PM

An appeals court has ruled the L.A. City Council violated existing laws when they approved a deal to allow digital billboards in Hollywood and other L.A. neighborhoods.

Henry's Tacos closes; What Valley restaurants closed too soon?

The Latest | | December 10 2012, 5:29 PM

After 51 years, Henry's Tacos in the San Fernando Valley is closing. A few other restaurants in the area have also gone away.

Councilman Jose Huizar faces $10K fine for 2011 campaign

Represent! | | December 10 2012, 5:13 PM

The Ethics Commission says the councilman accepted contributions that exceeded the city's cap. His campaign also failed to file three emails that went to supporters.

UC logo: New 'Boldly Californian' mark draws shaky support (Poll)

The Latest | | December 10 2012, 4:24 PM

Is it possible for an initially despised logo to peacefully assimilate into society? Ask the UC system in about a year. What do you think of their new look?

Greuel beating Garcetti in race for prominent elected Latino endorsements [UPDATED]

Represent! | | December 10 2012, 4:02 PM

With endorsements come quibbles over the true Latino candidate in the campaign for L.A. mayor.

Are U.S. households really paying an 'Apple tax?'

The Breakdown | | December 10 2012, 3:57 PM

Families are routinely spending hundreds of dollars each year not just on Apple devices but on the company's technological ecosystem.

All I want for Christmas is an iPad...or maybe an iPad Mini

The Breakdown | | December 10 2012, 3:52 PM

If the very youngest demographic is any indication, then Apple is poised to have a very good holiday season selling its devices.

Should opting out of smart meters cost more?

Pacific Swell | | December 10 2012, 3:30 PM

California regulators want to know how utilities should charge people who decide they don’t want “smart meters.”

Comedian Maria Bamford's 10 best Reddit AMA answers

Without A Net | | December 10 2012, 2:02 PM

L.A. comedian Maria Bamford did a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) Monday. She answered about 40 questions, and here’s a look at some of her most interesting answers.

Greenbar Collective's new roots in LA's Cleantech Corridor

Pacific Swell | | December 10 2012, 1:21 PM

Greenbar Collective is nearing the end of its first year as an LA-based distillery in the city's cleantech corridor.

Cal State grad student shot by police was bipolar

The Latest | | December 10 2012, 12:35 PM

Police say graduate student Bartholomew Williams suffered from bipolar disorder for at least 17 years and frequently neglected to take his medication.

Dozens detained after smuggling boat intercepted in LA County

The Latest | | December 10 2012, 10:25 AM

U.S. Border Patrol arrested 25 people suspected of being smuggled into the country Monday morning on a panga boat that came ashore near Rancho Palos Verdes.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Latinas run for LA City Council

Represent! | | December 10 2012, 7:24 AM

Today is Monday, Dec. 10 and headlines include Latinas running for the LA City Council, public transit ridership on the rise, and lawsuit filed in Huizar car crash.

Private firm tows rotting Malibu whale carcass out to sea

The Latest | | December 10 2012, 6:45 AM

LA County fire officials were planning to tow it out to sea Saturday night, when the highest tides of the week were forecast. But a private tow vessel did the dirty job.

Disney to leave Los Angeles, sail all cruise ships from Florida

The Latest | | December 10 2012, 6:04 AM

The 2,700-passenger ship Disney Wonder – which has spent extended time sailing from Los Angeles – will remain in Miami at least through the first five months of 2014.

California officials to temper MediCal expansion

Represent! | | December 10 2012, 6:00 AM

When the new state legislature convenes next month, members will debate how California will implement the next stage of federal healthcare reform.

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The Loh Life

The Frickin' Holidays

| December 10 2012, 11:58 AM

Sandra Tsing Loh's Thanksgiving meal isn't for everyone.I don’t know how it happened. There was daylight savings— It’s freakishly SUNNY in the morning now— And fairly hot in Southern California— And then suddenly it’s here: Christmas! In fact, this year it seemed it was Christmas before it was Halloween— There were snow-flocked trees at CVS lowering over pumpkins— I just saw New Year’s decorations on sale— Is it time to buy fireworks? Will St.

The Loh Down On Science

Kinky Research

| December 10 2012, 6:00 AM

Sandra gets inventive.


What's next for space exploration?

| December 10 2012, 2:48 PM

Is commercial flight important to the future of space exploration? How are astronauts preparing for new developments in their field?

The Dodgers looking Yankee-esque in their shopping spree

| December 10 2012, 10:45 AM

What a difference a year makes. In a calendar year, the Los Angeles Dodgers went from a team with a reviled owner and a limited payroll to becoming on paper the team to beat in the National League.

Fiscal cliff negotiations: what’s on the table?

| December 10 2012, 10:44 AM

President Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner met one- on-one at the White House on Sunday to discuss a fiscal cliff resolution. Though the divide between the Republican representative and the President is still wide, there is increasing hope for compromise.

Drug companies sue Alameda County over drug take-back program

| December 10 2012, 10:44 AM

In what ways could a drug take-back program be beneficial? Who would get the most out of it?

Bringing a mountain (of sand) to Malibu

| December 10 2012, 10:44 AM

What are Californians prepared to do to save their beaches? Does salvaging one area come at a cost to others?

Objects in telescope are closer than they appear

| December 10 2012, 10:43 AM

While it seems that the occurrence of natural disasters is constantly on the rise, we can all be thankful that the worst possible scenario has yet to happen. Most people think of floods or earthquakes as the worst offenders to life and infrastructure, but the most potentially damaging threat is actually hanging above our heads.

Singer Jenni Rivera died in plane crash at the age of 43

| December 10 2012, 10:43 AM

Millions of fans on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border are mourning the loss of 43-year-old singer Jenni Rivera, known as “La Diva de la Banda,” who died in a plane crash on Sunday.

Take Two®

Boom in Mezcal production brings people home to rural Mexican town

| December 10 2012, 10:22 AM

There's been a boom in Mezcal production of Mexican spirits, a topic we've explored on this show before. The demand for Mezcal is bringing people home to one rural Mexican community.

New York Times writer Eric Asimov on 'How To Love Wine'

Arts & Entertainment | | December 10 2012, 10:07 AM

Eric Asimov, chief wine writer for the New York Times, shares his musings on the wine life in a new book, "How to Love Wine: A Memoir and a Manifesto."

FDA finds antiseptic swabs may be culprit in infection outbreaks

| December 10 2012, 9:58 AM

Like flu shots, antiseptics and disinfectants are supposed to kill germs, but now there's evidence of cases where these products actually caused infections.Researchers at the Food and Drug Administration found contaminated single-use swabs and surgical antiseptics were responsible for a number of infection outbreaks across the country.

California officials to temper MediCal expansion

| December 10 2012, 9:51 AM

When the new state legislature convenes next month, members will debate how California will implement the next stage of federal healthcare reform.

Report shows US homeless rate held steady amid recession

| December 10 2012, 9:46 AM

A federal report out today shows homeless rates held steady over the last year, despite the recession. But the report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development also raises doubts that the federal government can reach its goal of ending chronic and veteran homelessness by 2015.

'The Cat Behind the Hat' reveals the secret works of Dr. Seuss

Arts & Entertainment | | December 10 2012, 9:17 AM

The new book "The Cat Behind the Hat," reveals many of Dr. Seuss's darker, and intensely personal paintings for the first time.

Hollywood News: 'The Hobbit,' 'Zero Dark Thirty' and 'Skyfall'

| December 10 2012, 9:17 AM

This week Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" opens in theatres, marking Hollywood's big return to Middle Earth.Along with the usual special effects and 3-D, "The Hobbit" features something new: It was shot at 48 frames per second.

The lasting legacy of Jenni Rivera

| December 10 2012, 9:07 AM

The singer known as La diva de la banda is dead. Jenni Rivera, a powerhouse in the Latin music scene, was killed in a plane crash in a remote area of Northern Mexico yesterday.She was originally from Long Beach but she rose to dominate the Mexican banda scene, a popular style of traditional ballads known for their heavy use of brass and sad, soulful lyrics.

Why your baby needs a flu shot

Health | | December 10 2012, 9:04 AM

With CDC officials predicting the worst flu season in years, parents are encouraged to vaccinate children from 6 months old.

Mormon Church calls for compassion for gays

| December 10 2012, 9:04 AM

When a federal judge overturned California's ban on gay marriage, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints issued a statement saying it regretted the judge's decision.

The Supreme Court's role in carefully guiding social change

| December 10 2012, 9:03 AM

Prop 8, and gay marriage in general, is just the latest major social issue the U.S. Supreme Court has taken on. They’ll be deciding on the case just four years after California voted to restrict same-sex marriage.

Will the LA Dodgers' spending spree pay off?

| December 10 2012, 9:03 AM

The owners of the Dodgers seem to be on a bit of a buying spree. Over the weekend, the team signed pitcher Zack Greinke to a six-year deal that will pay him $147 million.They also reportedly spent $36 million on South Korean pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, pushing the Dodgers' payroll ahead of the New York Yankees.