Archive for December 24th, 2013

Beyond cuteness: Scientists deliver a panda baby boom

Environment & Science | | December 24 2013, 6:06 PM

A record 42 of the 49 cubs born in captivity in 2013 have survived. But panda researchers warn that much more needs to be done to protect the wild population.

Amid declining popularity, the tea party prepares to fight

Politics | | December 24 2013, 5:59 PM

It's been a year of influence, resilience and determination for the tea party. But not all of its actions were successful, and it faces political battles in year ahead.

Could pot help veterans with PTSD? Maybe

Environment & Science | | December 24 2013, 5:56 PM

Marijuana's active ingredient has been shown to calm the brain's fear circuits. Of course, there are drawbacks and side effects to contend with.

Don't get stuck: Find a ride during the holidays

Local | | December 24 2013, 5:05 PM

Avoid drinking and driving during Christmas and New Year's Eve by getting a ride with public transit or a car service. See our list of holiday fares and schedules.

Pope Francis preaches message of love at Christmas Eve Mass

US & World | | December 24 2013, 4:46 PM

Delivering his first Christmas homily, Francis emphasizes that the church must be of service to those in need.

So you've signed up for health insurance. Now what?

Health | | December 24 2013, 3:55 PM

Your first bill should arrive by January 1st; if you don't get it by then, call your insurer. You have to pay by January 6th.

Hair Dryer Cooking: From s'mores to crispy duck

Arts & Entertainment | | December 24 2013, 3:26 PM

A beauty product in the kitchen? Cooking gurus have been advocating this secret weapon since the 1970s to achieve crispy duck skin that will blow them away (sorry!).

'Living wage' effort eclipsed by minimum-pay battles

Business & Economy | | December 24 2013, 3:19 PM

Low-wage workers in 13 states will see their minimum hourly pay increased in 2014, as state-based efforts to boost wages accelerate and federal efforts languish.

Mass graves discovered in South Sudan; Is civil war coming?

US & World | | December 24 2013, 2:31 PM

Hundreds of people have already been killed and thousands more have fled their homes. The power struggle that's underway has raised fears of a retreat into tribalism and the outbreak of a full-fledged war.

Federal court strikes down LA hotel search law

Crime & Justice | | December 24 2013, 2:14 PM

A federal court has struck down a Los Angeles law it says wrongly allows police to inspect hotel and motel guest records without a warrant.

First-class stamps rise to 49 cents as of Jan. 26

US & World | | December 24 2013, 1:14 PM

Postal regulators on Tuesday approved a price hike of 3 cents for a first-class stamp, bringing the charge to 49 cents a letter.

Last-minute shopping: Where to find a gift on Christmas Eve

Local | | December 24 2013, 1:02 PM

Put on your shopping face and head out to one of these local stores open on Christmas Eve for your last-minute gifts.

LA's ban on plastic bags starts Jan. 1

Local | | December 24 2013, 10:51 AM

LA's plastic-bag ban starts Jan. 1 in large grocery stores such as Ralph's and Von's and will expand to include smaller stores July 1.

Money seen as a motive in execution of North Korea's no. 2

US & World | | December 24 2013, 10:37 AM

Jang Song Thaek, who was a key adviser and regent to his nephew — leader Kim Jong Un — was executed on Dec. 12. Intelligence agencies believe he refused to cede control of lucrative business interests.

Israel launches Gaza airstrikes for worker killing

US & World | | December 24 2013, 9:52 AM

It was the heaviest burst of violence in the volatile area since November 2012, when Israel and Hamas' rulers engaged in eight days of heavy fighting.

Congress is on pace to be the least productive ever

Politics | | December 24 2013, 8:03 AM

Whatever the cause of the logjam, big-ticket items that once seemed possible at the beginning of the year fell by the wayside.

Christmas Eve Space Station spacewalk

Environment & Science | | December 24 2013, 7:11 AM

Astronauts continue critical repairs on the International Space Station's cooling equipment on Tuesday.

Holiday cards help connect LA's homeless with loved ones

Local | | December 24 2013, 6:00 AM

For 20 years, Skip Matthews has spent many a December day urging people to mail holiday cards. "How simple is that? To let your mom know you’re still alive?" he says.

Judge tells San Jose it cannot cut workers' pensions, only their pay

Represent! | | December 24 2013, 3:03 PM

The decision may help shape the strategies that the bankrupt San Bernardino and other budget-stressed California cities take as they confront rising retirement costs.

53,865 in Los Angeles county to lose unemployment benefits

The Breakdown | | December 24 2013, 9:42 AM

A third of the 712,000 people who receive unemployment benefits in California are long-term unemployed whose federal extensions are scheduled to run out Saturday.

Political holiday cards: The good, the bad, the debatable

Represent! | | December 24 2013, 8:34 AM

The late great fat white cat Gretzky still shows up on Rep. Loretta Sanchez' holiday card, this year in a montage on the back

Proposed ballot measure: performance, not seniority, for teacher layoffs

Pass / Fail | | December 24 2013, 6:00 AM

Backers of the proposed ballot measure say seniority-based layoffs deprive many students of a quality education. The largest state teachers' union is opposed.

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Filmweek (12/25/13): The Wolf of Wall Street, August: Osage County, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and more

| December 24 2013, 12:11 PM

Larry and KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell and Henry Sheehan review the Christmas releases, including The Wolf of Wall Street, August: Osage County, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and more.

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Filmweek (12/25/13): The Wolf of Wall Street, August: Osage County, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Lone Survivor

| December 24 2013, 11:55 AM

Larry and KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell and Henry Sheehan review the Christmas releases, including The Wolf of Wall Street, August: Osage County, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Lone Survivor.

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'Mañana Means Heaven' tells the story of Kerouac's mysterious lover

| December 24 2013, 1:18 PM

In Jack Kerouac's classic novel, "On The Road", he writes about an affair he has with a young woman named Terry, also known as "The Mexican girl." Not much was known about this woman, until poet Tim Z Hernandez started looking into it.

What happens if Mary Landrieu ascends to energy post?

| December 24 2013, 10:23 AM

Louisiana's Mary Landrieu would likely take the helm at energy. That could spell big change for the oil and gas industries, as well as environmentalists.

Catalina Island bison benefit from birth control efforts

| December 24 2013, 9:27 AM

A new study published this month by the Catalina Island Conservancy has found a successful, cost-effective way to maintain the bison population, and it may be more similar to humans than you'd think.

2013 Review: A banner year for gay rights in the US

| December 24 2013, 9:17 AM

It's been a historic one for supporters of gay marriage. Even just this past week, New Mexico's Supreme Court formally recognized same-sex marriage, while a federal judge overturned Utah's ban on gay unions.

Holiday Break: The case for letting your kids watch TV

| December 24 2013, 9:07 AM

As winter break nears, many parents are faced with a difficult decision: How much TV should I let my kid watch? They should be outside playing or reading a book, right? Our next guest thinks that a little TV might not be such a bad idea.

Deadly fungus threatening world's top banana crop

| December 24 2013, 9:07 AM

A fungus has already destroyed banana crops in Africa and the Middle East. Now, banana growers and harvesters are racing to keep the fungus from spreading to Latin America, which accounts for 80 percent of the fruit's worldwide exports.

UCLA nurse joins the Typoon Haiyan relief effort

| December 24 2013, 9:06 AM

Paolo Montenegro is a Neuro Trauma ICU nurse at UCLA. But for the past week, he's been traveling around various Filipino neighborhoods providing care to those who need it.

2013 Review: The Affordable Care Act in the news

| December 24 2013, 9:06 AM

Stephanie O'Neill is our health care correspondent here at KPCC and joins us now to recap all of the Affordable Care Act news of the past year.

Santa's helpers lend a hand at LA post office

Local | | December 24 2013, 9:06 AM

Every year, millions of children write letters to Santa. When he can't get to everything on a kid's wish list, Santa sometimes forwards the requests to helpers at the US Post Office.

Tuesday Reviewsday: The best music of 2013, part I

| December 24 2013, 9:06 AM

In this edition of Tuesday Reviewsday, we're going to take a look back at the best of 2013 with Chris Martins from Spin Magazine and Shirley Halperin from The Hollywood Reporter.

'Migrant Mother' and Beyond: Dorothea Lange's lifetime in photography

Arts & Entertainment | | December 24 2013, 9:06 AM

Photographer Dorothea Lange is best known for her intimate portraits of Depression-era migrant farmworkers, but a new book shows how her life's work spans decades and continents.

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A relatively low-tech advance for in-vitro fertilization

| December 24 2013, 6:00 AM

Keeping little swimmers cool at room temperature.


Filmweek: The Wolf of Wall Street, August: Osage County, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and more

| December 24 2013, 11:36 AM

Larry and KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell and Henry Sheehan review the Christmas releases, including The Wolf of Wall Street, August: Osage County, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and more.

John Henry Faulk’s 'Christmas Story'

| December 24 2013, 10:35 AM

A Christmas encore of story-teller and radio host John Henry Faulk reading his “Christmas Story.”

Holiday songs: are we not making them like we used to?

| December 24 2013, 10:17 AM

The holiday season brings with it perennial favorite songs, but when was the last time you heard a new holiday song that makes you want to play it every year?

Obamacare’s deadline extension adds another bump in the road

| December 24 2013, 10:09 AM

The deadline to get healthcare coverage that would start on the 1st of next year has come and gone… except it hasn’t.

Who’s funnier, Brits, or Americans?

| December 24 2013, 10:05 AM

It’s a classic debate -- who’s funnier, Americans, or Brits? There are many U.S. adaptations of British television comedies, and both Americans and Brits have adopted language and humor from one another over the years.

Writers self-censor in response to NSA surveillance concerns

| December 24 2013, 9:44 AM

Writers are silencing their thoughts for fear of their work being misinterpreted by the government in the wake of the National Security Agency spying allegations.