Archive for December 14th, 2013

As Centennial picks up the pieces, Sandy Hook marks anniversary

US & World | | December 14 2013, 4:56 PM

After a gunman burst onto a Centennial, Colo., high school, the community is asking a familiar question: Why?

Vaccine possible in UC Santa Barbara campus meningitis outbreak

Health | | December 14 2013, 4:53 PM

Officials are considering whether to provide students at UC Santa Barbara with an unlicensed vaccine to prevent further spread of a bacterial meningitis outbreak on campus.

Child-rape victim gets light penalty on LA burglaries

Crime & Justice | | December 14 2013, 4:20 PM

A woman who was raped repeatedly by her father and later gave birth to three of his children was given a light sentence for burglary because of her horrific childhood.

Treasurer: California school pension plan implodes without fix

Education | | December 14 2013, 3:28 PM

California Treasurer Bill Lockyer warns that the state teacher retirement system is running out of money. Lockyer predicts the plan won't exist in 30 years unless it's fixed.

Before the prescription, ask about your doctor's finances

US & World | | December 14 2013, 3:23 PM

Now, as many doctors' salaries depend on how many procedures they perform, patients want to know whether their doctors are paid more to do more.

'New York Times': US may never know extent of Snowden leaks

US & World | | December 14 2013, 1:08 PM

Administration officials are also split on the idea of granting the former contractor immunity in exchange for securing any unreleased classified material.

Africa wanders from Nelson Mandela's path to democracy

US & World | | December 14 2013, 1:02 PM

Mandela showed the way as African states began to democratize in the 1990s. Today, African countries are holding elections with greater regularity than ever before.

Mega Millions jackpot grows to $550 million

US & World | | December 14 2013, 12:55 PM

Don't dream for too long, though. The odds of hitting all six numbers are about 1 in 259 million.

A year after shooting, bells toll in Newtown

US & World | | December 14 2013, 12:45 PM

It was an intimate acknowledgment of the 20 children and six educators who were killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School one year ago Saturday.

Iran claims it has sent another monkey into space

US & World | | December 14 2013, 11:58 AM

The country's first claim of safely sending a monkey into space ended in controversy, when a different monkey was used in pictures showing the return.

SantaCon 2013 hits Los Angeles

Arts & Entertainment | | December 14 2013, 10:51 AM

It's time again for that annual Christmas subculture event, SantaCon. Men and women dress up as Santas and Santaettes en masse. Follow SantaCon tweets here.

Suspected drunken driver fatally shot by police

Crime & Justice | | December 14 2013, 9:38 AM

A suspected drunken driver was fatally shot by police after an hour-long chase involving Los Angeles police, sheriff's deputies and the California Highway Patrol.

Air regulators seek public comment on Vernon battery recycler

Pacific Swell | | December 14 2013, 7:41 PM

More than a hundred people turned out for the South Coast Air Quality Management District's hearing about the Vernon-based Exide battery recycling plant.

Lorde's Asian boyfriend upends stereotypes: The Internet responds

Multi-American | | December 14 2013, 6:05 AM

"Royals" singer Lorde caught a lot of online hate for her rumored boyfriend, James Lowe, but others saw an opportunity to attack racial biases.

UCLA, Occidental join new for-profit college transfer program

Pass / Fail | | December 14 2013, 6:00 AM

UCLA and Occidental College joined a program to help students at a handful of out-of-state community colleges transfer to a four year institution — for a fee.

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What's a $15K model train look like? Pasadena's Whistle Stop has 'em

Local | | December 14 2013, 10:34 AM

As with any other hobby, model railroading can become a little bit of an obsession. Modelers readily spend top dollar for detail and craftsmanship.