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The largest grant recipient is Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, which will get $1.5 million.
The husband of Montebello's mayor has been arrested for allegedly selling methamphetamine and other drugs near a school.
Chances are your kids participated in the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill at 10:17 a.m. Thursday morning while attending school. Now, they can teach you about seismic safety.
Even as the threat of taking in more former state prisoners looms over Los Angeles County, the county's lead agency on realignment remains understaffed.
Two Latino gang members pleaded guilty to a hate crime for attacking African-American teenagers last year. Prosecutors say it was part of a series of threats to drive black residents out of Compton.
While mice sleep, their brain cells shrink, allowing cerebrospinal fluid to flow easily around them. The fluid can then clear away toxins. This finding appears to offer the best explanation yet of why animals and people need sleep.
A state court of appeals granted the city of L.A. a temporary stay, which will allow police to reinstate a relaxed vehicle impound policy for unlicensed drivers.
A suspect in the dry ice bottle blasts at LAX has entered not guilty pleas to two charges of possessing a destructive device in a public place.
Johnson was formerly the Pentagon's top lawyer. He has said that working for the Obama administration has been the "highlight" of his professional life.
The Simi Valley accident sent fireworks and debris into a crowd of spectators, injuring 28 people. Video footage showed people screaming and running for cover.
Experts say it might be best to wait until the doctor search glitch is fixed before enrolling in a health plan through Covered California.
The rollout of the health care exchange has been affected by technical problems. Silicon Valley entrepreneurs would have approached the website differently.
More than 24 million people, including 9.5 million in California, signed up to duck under their desks. Did you take part?
After two weeks of not working, furloughed employees are expected to be back at the job on Thursday. But it might not be that simple.
Researchers looked at 50 parks across Los Angeles. Two-thirds of the parks received outreach training and $4,000 apiece to improve their marketing.
Is your Medicare plan working for you? Open enrollment allows you to make changes that may better suit your needs and your pocketbook.
When it comes to closing the achievement gap, low-income families of Latino high school students are at a disadvantage, particularly when it comes to one key component: parent engagement.
It's rare for a top law enforcement official to be held personally liable in an excessive use of force case. Attorneys for the plaintiff say Sheriff Baca will pay $100,000.
The civil trial involves an unusually large number of defendants, and coincides with a federal investigation into deputy on inmate abuse at LA County lockups.
A new report suggests that what happened in California after GOP leaders embraced the 1994 initiative could hurt Republicans in other states if they don't act on immigration reform.
National Parks, Small Business Administration district offices reopen in Southern California, and aircraft safety inspectors return to work
It’s Superman’s 75th anniversary, and DC Comics dropped some serious fan service on Superman fans to celebrate that 75 years in a two-minute short.
Richard Riordan and a former Enron executive are among the donors backing an effort to place a public pension initiative on the 2014 California ballot.
Mayoral candidate Chas Kelley resigns his council seat after pleading guilty to perjury. Counclman Robert Jenkins faces stalking and identity theft charges in a separate case.
LA's Jose Huizar says he had “an occasional and consensual relationship” with a former staffer, but says her allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation are baseless.
Politicians may finally get some answers on millions of public dollars spent by two trusts run by the DWP and its union. But those answers won't be made public.
Republicans had argued internally over how to end the government shutdown. California's GOP votes were also divided, almost down the middle.
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President Obama is calling for a renewed effort to "fix the 'broken' immigration system" after signing a bill to end the government shutdown; border agents say the shutdown forced them to temporarily work without pay. This and more.
Economists and business leaders say it will take weeks, maybe months for Southern California’s economy to recover from the effects of a 16-day federal shutdown.
Today is Thursday, Oct. 17 and headlines include a financial accounting of two DWP trusts, an election in Palmdale, and can Compton be the new Brooklyn?
Yesterday a rare whale called the Stejneger's beaked whale was found in Venice beach. It's identified by saber-like teeth.
The partial government shutdown has now come to an end, but it has left behind some rather negative sentiment toward the Tea Party.
Racial tensions flared between some Asian-American Christians and the evangelical community recently in the wake of a pair of incidents involving the influential Southern California pastor Rick Warren and his Saddleback Church in Lake Forest.
Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party Download podcast and radio show.
Academics have long agreed that the detailed paintings of epic hunts and battles found on the inside of caves were mostly created by men. But a new analysis is raising some questions about the gender of the artists.
The Mexican national basketball team is coming off an unlikely championship run at the FIBA Americas in Venezuela, beating out traditional regional power houses such as Argentina and Brazil.
The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is home to a half million people. In the fourth part of our series, we examine the culture of the Delta and talk to residents about their concerns over its future.
Take Two's State of Affairs examined the Democratic governor's third term. You can listen to the full audio here.
When billboards do their job right, they get your attention. Rarely do they inspire you to say, “wow!” In downtown Los Angeles, though, there’s a great reason to look up.
With the shutdown over, National Parks are re-opening in California. Yosemite opened its gates last night after Congress reached a deal.
A preliminary analysis by Standard and Poor's pegs the cost of the shutdown at $24 billion. That's just a tiny fraction of the nation's almost $15 trillion economy, but the political standoff had a powerful negative effect on many small businesses.
Native Americans are one of just a few groups that won't be fined if they don't buy insurance, but the level of care they receive won't get any better either.
This reboot of "Carrie" was directed by Kimberly Peirce, who also directed the 1999 hit "Boys Don't Cry." Peirce joins Take Two to talk about "Carrie" and how she studied the original source material very carefully.
Turns out Emily has been so bombarded by questions of late, we thought it would be good to squeeze in an additional chat this week.
If you're a Medicare recipient and you're confused about whether the Affordable Care Act affects the choices you make this year, KPCC's Stephanie O'Neill says you can relax.
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Larry is joined by KPCC critics Henry Sheehan and Lael Loewnstein to review this week's releases, including 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, Carrie and more! TGI-Filmweek!
Would you get a bachelor's degree from a community college if you could?
President Obama is calling on Congress to tackle major legislations such as the farm bill and immigration reform now that the shutdown is over for now. An aide to House Agriculture Committee chairman Frank Lucas told Reuters that Congress could renew talks on the $500 billion farm bill as soon as next week. The bill is more than a year past due and could cut funding for conservation programs in exchange for boosting the federally subsidized crop insurance program.
Is it possible that people are actually predisposed to their political party affiliation? Social scientists John Hibbing, Kevin Smith, and John Alford in their book, “Predisposed: Liberals, Conservatives, and the Biology of Political Differences” present evidence that political affiliation is impacted by biological influence. Their evidence suggests it is more than just culture or where people grow up that impact their party affiliation, but how people identity has a more physical component.
In case of an earthquake we know the the drill: Drop.Cover.Hold On. But that’s only once we feel the earth start to tremble. What if we had a warning system that allows us to be ready to respond and find a safe place to hold on? California will be the first state to have an earthquake early warning system thanks to a bill signed by Governor Brown in late September.
Leading a coalition of mayors from San Bernardino, Santa Ana, Anaheim, and Pacific Grove, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed filed papers on Tuesday with the Attorney General’s office seeking to put a public pension measure on next year’s statewide ballot. If approved, the Pension Reform Act of 2014 would give state and local governments the power to lower current employees’ pension and retiree health benefits by changing the California constitution, even though they were determined through collective bargaining agreements.
Congress has passed a deal to reopen the partially shut-down government and raise the debt ceiling until mid-January, ending a two week-long impasse in the Capitol. The deal, hammered out by Republican Senator Mitch McConnell and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, was quickly passed yesterday by the chamber. Before the end of the night, House members had voted the bill in 285 to 144. President Obama signed it just after midnight Thursday.