Archive for September 30th, 2013

Obama addresses government shutdown; Senate rejects House bill

US & World | | September 30 2013, 10:03 PM

President Obama spoke about the possibility of partial government shutdown after the Democratic-led Senate rejected the latest plan from the Republican-led House Monday.

Government shuts down; Obama focuses on military

US & World | | September 30 2013, 10:02 PM

President Barack Obama is telling the U.S. military he'll push Congress to re-open the government as soon as possible.

Judge: Palmdale can't hold City Council election

Local | | September 30 2013, 6:41 PM

A judge who said Palmdale's method of choosing its leaders discriminates against minorities has halted the Nov. 5 City Council election.

Counselors, police added to school safety plans

Local | | September 30 2013, 6:12 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation asking schools to include guidelines for counselors and officers to create a positive school climate and promote school safety.

Edison worker killed after fire erupts in Huntington Beach electrical vault (Updated)

Local | | September 30 2013, 5:59 PM

Smoke could be seen rising from the vault and rescue workers were waiting for Edison to turn off power to the vault before entering.

Public hearing on Gray Wolf listing set for Wednesday

Local | | September 30 2013, 5:54 PM

The federal government is proposing to take the Gray Wolf off the list of threatened and endangered species. A public hearing on the issue will be held Wednesday.

USC murders: Evidence against accused men revealed in court | | September 30 2013, 5:47 PM

The men accused of murdering two USC graduate students from China last year appeared in court Monday to hear evidence against them.

Obama on the GOP: 'I shouldn't have to offer anything'

US & World | | September 30 2013, 5:46 PM

The president spoke to NPR's Steve Inskeep on Monday afternoon at the White House, but down the street, a momentous battle is happening on Capitol Hill.

Trial date set for ex-cops in beating death of homeless man (graphic image)

Local | | September 30 2013, 5:38 PM

An Orange County judge Monday set a November trial date for two ex-Fullerton police officers in the beating death of Kelly Thomas.

Sandwich Monday: McDonald's mighty wings

Arts & Entertainment | | September 30 2013, 4:49 PM

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try McDonald's new "Mighty Wings," which are basically McNuggets with a bone in them.

Obama and Netanyahu discuss Iran and Syria at White House

US & World | | September 30 2013, 4:48 PM

Before leaving for the U.S. on Sunday, the Israeli leader promised to warn officials in Washington that they should maintain pressure on Iran and its nuclear program.

A doctor's 9 predictions about the 'Obamacare era'

US & World | | September 30 2013, 3:54 PM

The traditional doctor-patient relationship in which a single doctor gets to know you over years will become a luxury, predicts John Henning Schumann.

Santa Monica crash: No fatalities on ground, NTSB says (updated)

Local | | September 30 2013, 1:54 PM

Accident investigators said it could take the rest of the day to determine how many people were on a plane that crashed at Santa Monica Airport, though no one was killed on the ground.

Poll: Voters wishy-washy on water proposal, lukewarm on Brown

Local | | September 30 2013, 11:38 AM

A new survey finds support for the state's ambitious water plan dries up when the talk turns to money and that only half of voters think Gov. Jerry Brown is doing a good job in office.

'Breaking Bad' finale: Did it stick the landing a bit too cleanly? (Spoilers!)

Arts & Entertainment | | September 30 2013, 9:58 AM

The finale of "Breaking Bad" on Sunday night gave Walter White a great degree of closure and control over the unfolding of events.

Syria says 'terrorists' eat human hearts

US & World | | September 30 2013, 8:33 AM

Syria's foreign minister claims his nation is fighting a war against al-Qaida-linked militants who perpetrate human rights abuses.

Vaccine refusals fueled California's whooping cough epidemic

Health | | September 30 2013, 8:16 AM

A study finds that neighborhoods where more parents filed for vaccination exemptions for their children had higher rates of infection during the 2010 pertussis outbreak.

A short history of government shutdowns

US & World | | September 30 2013, 8:12 AM

Drawn-out fights over spending bills are nothing new for Congress. But before a 1980 ruling by President Carter's attorney general, the rest of the country barely noticed.

Remembering Lee Thornton, who broke barriers in journalism

US & World | | September 30 2013, 8:06 AM

The first African-American woman to cover the White House for a major news network, Thornton was also the first black host of NPR's "All Things Considered". She died last week at the age of 71.

LA bids to host marathon trials for 2016 Olympics in Brazil

Local | | September 30 2013, 7:41 AM

USA Track and Field officials are in Los Angeles. City officials, business owners and stakeholders have a few days to convince them LA is the best choice to host the event.

California's health insurance marketplace poised to open Tuesday

Health | | September 30 2013, 6:00 AM

The head of Covered California predicts some glitches and delays, but says that overall the online health insurance marketplace is ready to go live on Tuesday.

Obamacare outreach blitz days before health exchanges open

Health | | September 30 2013, 6:00 AM

Covered California has awarded $40 million to community organizations and clinics to educate the public on the Affordable Care Act.

City of LA asks court to block public health initiative

Represent! | | September 30 2013, 6:50 PM

The complaint says the AIDS Healthcare Foundation plan to create a city health department would “immediately disrupt critical public health services.”

Panel extends design deadline for key Grand Avenue project

Represent! | | September 30 2013, 6:28 PM

The parcel is the last undeveloped property along a cultural corridor that includes the Music Center, Disney Hall and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Garcetti announces appointments to Planning Commission

Represent! | | September 30 2013, 3:41 PM

The commission plays a key role in the approval process for major building projects and real estate developments in the city.

One million California students truant last year

Pass / Fail | | September 30 2013, 3:24 PM

California Attorney General Kamala Harris said more prosecutors need to get involved in student attendance boards and state needs to improve truancy data.

Report: Federal spending on children drops again

Pass / Fail | | September 30 2013, 12:50 PM

Children are currently the direct and indirect beneficiaries of less than 8 percent of the federal budget — and that figure has been shrinking for years.

Fresh & Easy files for bankruptcy protection

The Breakdown | | September 30 2013, 12:22 PM

Fresh & Easy leased property when rental prices were high, then failed to generate enough sales. Analysts say the chain will try to cancel some of those leases.

CA family tries to make sense of government shutdown

Represent! | | September 30 2013, 11:02 AM

Tourists visiting DC suggest that members of Congress visit the 'conflict and compromise' exhibit currently on display in the U.S. Capitol.

Haefele: Mayor Garcetti's library commission picks lack connection to, you know, books

Off-Ramp | | September 30 2013, 10:34 AM

There’s just one problem with new Mayor Garcetti’s appointments to the city’s Board of Library Commissioners. Most of them have nothing to do with books. Or learning. Marc proposes his own board members.

In immigration news: Rallies planned, House Republicans talk reform, suspected war criminals and immigration fraud, more

Multi-American | | September 30 2013, 9:26 AM

Immigration reform advocates plan to stage marches around the country next Saturday, Oct. 5 in an attempt to get Congress to act on an overhaul. This and more.

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The Latest | | September 30 2013, 8:58 AM

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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA County workers consider protest

Represent! | | September 30 2013, 8:11 AM

Today is Monday, Sept. 30 and headlines include a protest by LA County workers, a city councilwoman's fight against prostitution, and a possible government shutdown.

Feds target accused war criminals with immigration fraud charges

Multi-American | | September 30 2013, 6:11 AM

A former Guatemalan soldier, accused of wartime atrocities, is on trial in Riverside County facing charges of making false statements on his U.S. citizenship application.

LA college offers first yoga masters degree in US

Pass / Fail | | September 30 2013, 6:00 AM

Loyola Marymount University begins masters degree in yoga studies. Students will learn comparative religion, Sanskrit, and the anatomy of yoga.

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The Heat, Part Four: Breaking Bad, Goodbye

| September 30 2013, 12:21 PM

Sandra Tsing Loh misses the big finale.

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How the government shutdown will affect the average US citizen

| September 30 2013, 8:50 PM

Last night, Congress couldn't come to an agreement on a new budget and refused to extend the current one. No money means no government, and this morning, various government agencies began taking steps to scale back.

Report: CA's school truancy level could cost state billions

| September 30 2013, 10:34 AM

According to a report issues by state Attorney General Kamala Harris today, about a million elementary school students in California were truant during the past school year.

'War Play' and the importance of video games in armed conflict training

| September 30 2013, 10:23 AM

These days, basic training isn’t all about doing push-ups and pull-ups, training also includes playing video games.

'Best of Craigslist' show turns online classified ads into art

| September 30 2013, 10:12 AM

Ever read those wants ads on Craigslist? One enterprising band of entertainers in L.A. has now built a live show around the ads and all the actors do is read them aloud.

New policy could make it easier for Cuban baseball players to play abroad

| September 30 2013, 10:03 AM

Cuba has produced some of Major League Baseball's hottest stars, like the Dodgers own Yasiel Puig. But to get to America, players like him have had to defect before they can suit up. A new policy in Cuba, however, could open up the country's ranks to recruiting.

Epilepsy study reveals the brain in action

| September 30 2013, 10:00 AM

People with serious epilepsy are debilitated by seizures. Surgery can cure the problem, but only after doctors learn exactly where and how seizures are triggered. That requires watching the human brain in action.

Lessons learned from the Yarnell Hill fire investigation

US & World | | September 30 2013, 9:33 AM

The investigation into the deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona’s Yarnell Hill Fire concluded with several recommendations. Many hope that the report released Saturday leads to wildland firefighting policy changes.

Nevada unemployment woes shed light on federal neglect

| September 30 2013, 9:22 AM

Five years into the recession, Nevada’s unemployment rate remains stubbornly high at 9.5 percent, making it the highest in the nation.

California's Obamacare insurance marketplace poised to launch Tuesday

| September 30 2013, 9:20 AM

The head of Covered California predicts some glitches and delays, but says that overall the online health insurance marketplace is ready to go live on Tuesday.

What would the US economy look like if Congress passed a budget?

| September 30 2013, 9:16 AM

Imagine if Congress passed a budget, there was no argument over increasing the debt ceiling, and the President signed a farm bill, an immigration reform package and a plan to give businesses incentives to hire new employees. What would the economy look like in this rose-colored scenario?

Judge's ruling could open conservation land to oil drilling in Whittier

Environment & Science | | September 30 2013, 9:09 AM

Activists say what happens in a courtroom, and in Whittier, could have ripple effects for open space and land conservation well beyond this small 30-acre patch.

LA's Last Bookstore looks to keep the page in the digital age

Local | | September 30 2013, 9:08 AM

Downtown's Gallery Row district is an example of how downtown is changing: New restaurants, luxury lofts and art galleries. This business is at the heart of it all.

On The Lot: LGBT actors, female directors, and 'Gravity'

| September 30 2013, 9:08 AM

Time for On The Lot, our weekly look at the business of entertainment with Rebecca Keegan of the LA Times

Odd Hollywood Jobs: Gaffer

Arts & Entertainment | | September 30 2013, 9:08 AM

You've probably seen the word gaffer scrolling by on movie credits, but what exactly does a gaffer do?

Why America's national health care efforts are so contentious

| September 30 2013, 9:08 AM

The heated debate over health care is nothing new, going all the way back to when president Truman first proposed national health insurance.

Fact checking the congressional budget talk headlines

| September 30 2013, 9:08 AM

As the possibility of a government shutdown looms larger, listeners should beware headlines with phrases like "budget standoff," "showdown," "failure of leadership," or "partisan gridlock."

The Loh Down On Science

Groundbreaking research into how our hearts affect what we see

| September 30 2013, 6:00 AM

Fear really can strike your heart!

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LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy on the iPad program fiasco

| September 30 2013, 10:53 AM

Since it began the first phase of its roll out, the LAUSD’s $1-billion iPad program has been plagued with issues. First, some 300 students figured out how to unlock the security feature on the devices so they could use them to surf prohibited websites, which led the district to ban kids from taking their iPads home. A couple days later, school district officials said that about 70 iPads – out of about 14,000 issued so far – had gone missing.

The 11th hour approaches in government shutdown debate

| September 30 2013, 10:50 AM

In the likely event that Republicans and Democrats don’t agree on a spending bill to keep the government running by midnight, all non essential government services will stop tomorrow. The Senate is scheduled to vote on a bill this morning passed by House Republicans that would continue to fund the government, but delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

California elementary school truancy at “crisis” point

| September 30 2013, 10:45 AM

A report released today by California Attorney Kamala D. Harris finds that nearly 1 million California elementary school students are truant each year – that’s one out of every four pupils. School districts receive education dollars based on student attendance. Between 2010-2011, Los Angeles County lost $340 million, the report said, because of kids skipping school.

In White House meeting, Netanyahu to warn Obama about Iran

| September 30 2013, 10:08 AM

A week after President Obama declared in an United Nations meeting that the U.S. will pursue a diplomatic path with Iran to keep it from creating nuclear weapons, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to visit the White House today to dissuade the administration from doing such a thing.

Competing Obamacare commercials battle for hearts & heads

| September 30 2013, 10:07 AM

The marketing blitz about the Affordable Care Act is in heavy rotation ahead of tomorrow's launch of the health exchanges. State-run exchanges in California, Minnesota and Washington, to name a few, have tried ads that are upbeat, folksy, and funny to win insurance shoppers. And in a fight that isn't exactly Pepsi vs. Coke, there are negative ads slamming Obamacare in hopes young Americans won't sign up and choose to live with fines instead.

Wait, Wait…Mo Rocca has a cooking show?!

| September 30 2013, 9:36 AM

Mo Rocca is discovering classic family recipes from grandparents across the country in a new Cooking Channel Series, “My Grandmother’s Ravioli.” Growing up, Rocca cherished Sunday dinner at his grandmother’s house and her special meals like ravioli.