Archive for September 23rd, 2013

Ratepayers may be off hook for some San Onofre plant costs

Local | | September 23 2013, 5:25 PM

The California Public Utilities Commission on Monday issued proposals regarding ratepayer costs related to the January 2012 shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear plant.

$4.7 Billion Deal Would Take BlackBerry Private | | September 23 2013, 5:08 PM

A consortium of investors lead by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited has offered BlackBerry a $4.7 billion buyout, pending "due diligence," the company said on Monday. The deal — which comes just days after BlackBerry announced a nearly $1 billion quarterly loss and that it was shedding about 40 percent of its workforce — would take the struggling telecommunications firm into the private market, paying investors about $9 per share in cash.

Former FBI agent to plead guilty in leak case

US & World | | September 23 2013, 4:58 PM

A court filing reveals the former FBI bomb tech used his top secret clearance to obtain information about an al-Qaida bomb the U.S. intercepted in Yemen.

8 things to know about a government shutdown

US & World | | September 23 2013, 4:49 PM

In seven days, the federal government runs out of money. While the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a resolution Friday that keeps the government funded through Dec. 15, the measure also defunded President Obama's signature health care law — which means it has virtually no chance of passing the Democratic-controlled Senate. If a budget resolution doesn't hit President Obama's desk before Oct. 1, the government will be forced to close its doors.

UPDATE: Brown signs bill increasing online privacy for minors

Arts & Entertainment | | September 23 2013, 3:07 PM

A new law requires websites and other services aimed at minors to offer young web users an option to delete or remove the information they post.

Bicycle buffer zone: New law defines safe passing distance between cyclists and vehicles

Politics | | September 23 2013, 3:03 PM

Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Monday a measure that defines the space required between bicycles and vehicles on public streets as three feet. Previous legislation stated that drivers could pass cyclists at a safe, but undefined, distance.

Ex-TSA screener indicted in airport threats case

Local | | September 23 2013, 2:48 PM

A former Los Angeles International Airport security screener has been indicted on six counts for allegedly making threats, forcing the evacuation on the eve 9/11.

Remembering Jon Coutchie, Laguna Beach officer and war veteran

Local | | September 23 2013, 2:33 PM

Laguna Beach police remember motorcycle officer and Army Ranger Jon Coutchie who died Saturday night in the line of duty after colliding with a truck on PCH.

San Onofre: NRC cites Edison, Mitsubishi for flaws at nuclear plant

Local | | September 23 2013, 2:07 PM

The federal agency said it may issue two violations to Edison for problems that led to the nuclear plant's shutdown and also issued a notice of nonconformance to Mitsubishi.

Supreme Court takes up immigration, frequent flier rules

US & World | | September 23 2013, 1:54 PM

As usual, the US Supreme Court will take a closer look at a number of decisions made by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals when the justices return in October.

Jurors hear legal instructions in Jackson-AEG suit

Local | | September 23 2013, 1:48 PM

Jurors in the negligence lawsuit by Michael Jackson's mother against concert giant AEG Live LLC have heard legal instructions from a judge on the eve of final arguments in the 21-week trial.

USPS honors Ray Charles with limited-edition stamp

US & World | | September 23 2013, 1:41 PM

The U.S. Postal Service has added Ray Charles, a world-famous musician and Georgia native, to its "Music Icons Forever" stamp series.

Blue Line suicides: LA Metro wants to curb accidents

Local | | September 23 2013, 1:36 PM

Suicides and other unsafe behavior along the Metro Blue Line have led LA transportation leaders to ask for the public's help in curbing problems along the busy light-rail line.

California man behind anti-Muslim film due to be freed

Local | | September 23 2013, 1:23 PM

Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Ed Ross said Monday that 56-year-old Nakoula Basseley Nakoula is scheduled for release on Thursday from a halfway house in Southern California where he's been held since May.

Somalia's al-Shabab: 4 key things to know about the group

US & World | | September 23 2013, 12:44 PM

Who are al-Shabab? The group that claimed responsibility for the attack on the mall in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, began as a militia fighting in Somalia.

A sloppy Emmy telecast does the wrong song and dance

Arts & Entertainment | | September 23 2013, 12:34 PM

The Emmy Awards on Sunday night honored some deserving winners, both surprising and not. But more than that, it was a ceremony that was slack, uninspired and sometimes insulting.

Apple sells 9 million new iPhones in opening weekend

US & World | | September 23 2013, 12:25 PM

Sales of its new iPhone 5s and 5c models have surpassed other iPhone releases and exceeded initial supply. The phones went on sale Friday in the U.S. as well as in many parts of Europe and Asia, including China. That was a departure from previous releases, in which American consumers were able to buy their smartphones weeks or even months ahead of the international market.

Hollywood convinces LA to repaint Spring Street bike lanes

Local | | September 23 2013, 11:55 AM

The city is in the midst of scraping and repainting bright green lanes on Spring Street to appease a coalition from the film industry who say the distinct color is ruining their film shoots claiming the modern lanes make the street less flexible as a backdrop for different decades. Cyclists say safety should outweigh Hollywood's concerns.

$3.9 billion U.S. defense contract includes missiles for UAE

US & World | | September 23 2013, 9:10 AM

The U.S. Defense Department has awarded a rich military contract to Lockheed Martin, agreeing to pay more than $3.9 billion for a missile defense system.

Egypt bans Muslim Brotherhood group

US & World | | September 23 2013, 8:13 AM

The move marked an escalation of a crackdown against supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

Nairobi mall attack: 4 blasts at Kenya mall as 2 terrorists killed

US & World | | September 23 2013, 8:09 AM

Top Kenyan officials said two hostage takers, part of "a multinational collection from all over the world," had been killed Monday as a deadly standoff with police continued.

How a pregnant woman's choices could shape a child's health

Health | | September 23 2013, 8:05 AM

There's growing evidence that epigenetics — which involves the mechanisms that turn individual genes on and off in a cell — is critical in determining a child's risk of developing problems ranging from autism to diabetes, according to new research.

Smart teenage brains may get some extra learning time

Environment & Science | | September 23 2013, 7:59 AM

Neuroscientist John Hewitt says intelligence has a strong biological component. If your parents are smart, you'll probably be smart.

The man who gets the science right on 'the Big Bang Theory'

US & World | | September 23 2013, 7:51 AM

David Saltzberg is the scientist who makes sure that those equations splashed all over CBS's hugely popular The Big Bang Theory actually make sense.

Emmys 2013: Awards show lives up to unpredictable nature (Video, results)

Arts & Entertainment | | September 23 2013, 6:42 AM

Television's annual night of honors mixed in surprises with expected winners and ended some winning streaks while extending others.

Pope finds support among many Catholics at Sunday mass

Arts & Entertainment | | September 23 2013, 6:00 AM

Pope Francis wants the church to focus on love and service rather than homosexuality, abortion and contraceptives. Many, but not all, LA Catholics agree.

KPCC DIGEST PM (Sep. 23)—Buffer zone, chromosome, mobile phone and what happens if the government shuts down

The Latest | | September 23 2013, 8:00 PM

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Report: Illegal immigration may be rising, but not in California

Multi-American | | September 23 2013, 4:09 PM

A newly released report by the Pew Hispanic Center shows no evidence of an increase in California.

In immigration news: Illegal immigration may be picking back up, Sikh professor attacked in NY, border deaths in TX, more

Multi-American | | September 23 2013, 12:29 PM

After a decline in recent years, a new study from the Pew Hispanic Center suggests that the nation's unauthorized immigration population may be back on the rise. But there's no evidence of an increase so far in California.

Getty Center preview: Canterbury and St. Albans: Treasures from Church and Cloister

Off-Ramp | | September 23 2013, 11:07 AM

900 years ago, if you were a European peasant or serf, you were almost certainly unable to read. But if you were expected to be a good Christian anyway—which meant knowing the basic stories and scriptures and characters of the bible—how did you manage? The answer has a lot to do with the art of the European Middle Ages.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Federal investigation into LA County jails

Represent! | | September 23 2013, 8:14 AM

Today is Monday, Sept. 23 and headlines include federal oversight of LA county jails, a look at Mayor Eric Garcetti's appointments, and a ghost in a city council office.

Do Sheriff Baca's jails need a federal consent decree?

Represent! | | September 23 2013, 6:00 AM

For years, activists have complained about brutality by deputies against inmates inside Los Angeles County jails. Is federal intervention necessary?

Website's videos offer tips on how to teach arts integration

Pass / Fail | | September 23 2013, 6:00 AM

Teaching Channel has been around as an online resource for teachers since 2011. Several of its 57 videos focus on arts integration.

SoCal Democrat and Republican agree on one thing: Congress is broken

Represent! | | September 23 2013, 6:00 AM

Democrats and Republicans don't agree on much. But a pair of California politicos do agree the budget debate in Congress isn't fixing the problem.

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The Heat, Part Three: Breaking A Bad Retirement Portfolio

| September 23 2013, 12:34 PM

Sandra Tsing Loh doesn't know what to do with her retirement fund.

Take Two®

New device can measure concussion warning signs

| September 23 2013, 10:31 AM

A professor at San Diego State has developed a device that could provide a more objective way to detect whether an athlete has suffered a concussion.

Picture This: 'Heavenly Bodies' captures Rome's bejeweled catacomb saints

Arts & Entertainment | | September 23 2013, 10:27 AM

In 1578, the remains of thousands of people thought to be Christian martyrs were discovered deep underground in Rome. Paul Koudounaris had the rare chance to spend time with these spectacular skeletons, which he display in his new photo book, "Heavenly Bodies."

Is the apostrophe unnecessary?

Arts & Entertainment | | September 23 2013, 9:51 AM

Slate's self-proclaimed sentence sommelier James Harbeck argues that the apostrophe no longer holds any real purpose.

The Texas GOP's battle against Obamacare

| September 23 2013, 9:37 AM

The Obama administration's health insurance exchanges go live online October 1st. Policies vary by state, but in Texas, state leaders are unabashed in doing all they can to hobble the Affordable Care Act.

The problem with binge-watching TV shows

| September 23 2013, 9:28 AM

Nielsen ratings report that almost 90-percent of Netflix viewers watch three or more episodes of the same show in one day. TV binging is now the norm, and that's not always such a good thing, says blogger and TV comedy writer, Ken Levine.

On The Lot: Bruckheimer leaves Disney, China goes Hollywood and more

| September 23 2013, 9:20 AM

A big hit maker parts ways with Disney, and the pipeline runs dry at its animation arm, Pixar. Plus, an historic house goes on the market in Toluca Lake. It's time for On the Lot, our weekly look at the movie business with Rebecca Keegan of the LA Times.

How can we keep public places safe from attacks?

| September 23 2013, 9:12 AM

It seems like open spaces that are unprotected gathering places for large groups of people would be the perfect places for an attack. Is there a way to protect people in open spaces?

Showdown in Congress on Obamacare and automatic budget cuts

| September 23 2013, 9:07 AM

The bipartisan conversations over Syria are over. Congress is locked once again in a bitter budget battle.

Pew study tracks the ebb and flow of undocumented immigrants in US

| September 23 2013, 9:07 AM

Exactly how many unauthorized immigrants are living in the U.S.? It's a number that's difficult to pinpoint, but a new study by the Pew Hispanic Center seeks to give a more complete picture of the immigration flow in recent years.

Rep. Becerra on the status of immigration reform in the House

| September 23 2013, 9:06 AM

On Friday, the bipartisan Group of Seven in the House has lost two more members. Republican representatives Sam Johnson and John Carter — both of Texas — announced they were resigning from the group. Another Republican, Raul Labrador of Idaho, left the group in June.

An ethanol-fueled comeback for sugar beets

| September 23 2013, 9:06 AM

California once grew a lot of sugar beets to supply the state's sugar mills. But in the Central Valley, growers are on a quest to bring back the gnarly looking vegetable -- this time to turn it into ethanol.

An update on the Nairobi mall terrorist attack

| September 23 2013, 9:06 AM

In Nairobi, officials are still trying to get a handle on a terrorist attack in a local mall there. Masked gunmen stormed into the upscale Westgate mall on Saturday, firing shots at civilians.

How the dwindling status of handwriting is changing our brains

| September 23 2013, 8:24 AM

These days, we spend so much time communicating on computer keyboards and mobile phones, we may be missing out on neurological benefits of the good old fashioned notion of putting pen to paper.

The Loh Down On Science

Dutch physicists are seeing electrons in a whole new way!

| September 23 2013, 6:00 AM

Making voyeurism a science.


How does it feel when the Internet hates you?

| September 23 2013, 3:24 PM

With one snap of a stranger's camera, C.D. Heremelin unwittingly became that most feared of internet beings: a meme.

Talking to your kids about making online confessions

| September 23 2013, 11:05 AM

Transgender teen Cassidy Lynn Campbell made history last week, when she was named homecoming queen at a Huntington Beach high school. But after what was initially the “happiest day” of her life, she started receiving nasty comments on social media. In response, she made an extremely personal, emotional YouTube video about how the criticism made her feel.

Who is Al-Shabab?

| September 23 2013, 10:56 AM

A reported 68 people have died in a terrorist attack in Kenya this weekend. A group of masked gunmen stormed into a crowded shopping center in Nairobi and started shooting. The strike on Westgate was the deadline terrorist attack in the country since 1998, when 200 people died from an Al-Qaeda bombing of the American Embassy in the Kenyan capital.

GOP vs. GOP in fight over Obamacare and government shutdown

| September 23 2013, 10:53 AM

The Senate is expected to begin debate on a two-fold piece of legislation that would "defund Obamacare" while allowing funding to continue for the rest of the government. Some Republicans, including highly influential groups such as Heritage Action, Club for Growth and the Tea Party movement, say they are committed to their demand strip monies from the Affordable Care Act even if it shuts down the government. Texas Senator Ted Cruz said Sunday, "If Harry Reid kills that (demand), Harry Reid is responsible for shutting down the government."

Is the chain of command interfering with justice in military sexual assault cases?

| September 23 2013, 10:53 AM

In the military, the chain of command is the foundation of discipline and order, but in recent months, legislators and many members of the military have become concerned that it’s become an obstacle to prosecuting claims of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Opponents of the current system think it intimidates victims from bringing claims to senior officers, while proponents see the military’s system as more than adequate in ensuring a fair process.

The future of taxicabs

| September 23 2013, 10:23 AM

On Thursday California became the first state to regulate ride-sharing companies such as Lyft, Uber and Sidecar. Download an app and catch a ride in someone's else's car. Now, these ride-sharing drivers will have to go through a background check, get training and special credentials that will put them squarely on the turf of the state's professional taxi drivers. Taxi associations across California are not happy about the threat to their business.