Archive for January 3rd, 2014

Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers dies at 74 (updated)

Arts & Entertainment | | January 03 2014, 6:47 PM

Phil Everly and his brother, Don, rose to popularity during the 1950s and '60s and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Los Angeles Sparks ownership group gives up WNBA franchise (updated)

Business & Economy | | January 03 2014, 5:51 PM

The Los Angeles Sparks' ownership group can no longer financially support the franchise. Sparks chairman Paula Madison informed the league right before Christmas.

Beyonce samples Challenger disaster, reactions differ

Arts & Entertainment | | January 03 2014, 4:30 PM

Beyonce came under fire this week for sampling audio from the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion in a song on her new album.

East Coast storm 'Hercules' disrupts flights at LAX (updated)

Environment & Science | | January 03 2014, 2:24 PM

Airlines at LAX are reporting cancellations of a total of 35 flights through midnight Friday related to the storm system affecting the Northeastern United States.

Brain dead girl's mom clear to take her from hospital

Health | | January 03 2014, 1:39 PM

Jahi McMath has been on a ventilator for nearly a month after a tonsil surgery, and her family has been fighting with medical officials to have her transferred out of Children's Hospital Oakland.

Ted Cruz still a dual US-Canadian citizen | | January 03 2014, 1:32 PM

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz vowed months ago to renounce his Canadian citizenship by the end of 2013, but the Calgary-born Republican is still a dual citizen.

Government moves to appeal surveillance ruling

US & World | | January 03 2014, 1:22 PM

The move comes in the midst of dueling decisions in two civilian federal courts about whether the surveillance program is constitutional.

Architect pleads no contest in LA fireman death

Crime & Justice | | January 03 2014, 1:22 PM

Gerhard Albert Becker entered the plea Friday and was sentenced to three years of probation and a year in county jail.

Couples urge Sotomayor to deny Utah's bid to block gay marriage

Politics | | January 03 2014, 12:56 PM

The couples' response comes three days after Utah officials asked Justice Sonia Sotomayor to block same-sex marriages in the state.

3.1 earthquake hits Los Angeles' Westside

Local | | January 03 2014, 12:08 PM

A 3.1 earthquake hit Los Angeles's Westside late Friday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's website.

7 political dates to watch in 2014

Politics | | January 03 2014, 11:40 AM

Aside from a full roster of House, Senate and gubernatorial races, 2014 is shaping up as another critical period for the Affordable Care Act.

Texas library offers glimpse of bookless future

Arts & Entertainment | | January 03 2014, 11:34 AM

Texas has seen the future of the public library, and it looks a lot like an Apple Store. Known as BibiloTech, it is the nation's only bookless public library.

Rumor control: Did N. Korea's Kim Jong Un feed his uncle to 120 dogs?

US & World | | January 03 2014, 11:11 AM

There are many reasons to doubtf the gruesome story that North Korea's secretive leader executed his uncle by throwing him to a pack of starving dogs.

2nd winner of $636M lottery jackpot comes forward (updated)

Local | | January 03 2014, 11:11 AM

Steve Tran, the second of two winners of the $636 million Mega Millions jackpot, has come forward to claim the lottery prize, the second-largest in U.S. history.

5 Doctors Without Borders staffers seized in Syria

US & World | | January 03 2014, 11:04 AM

Five staffers of the international aid organization Doctors Without Borders have been taken in for questioning in northern Syria, the group said Friday.

Beverly Hospital agrees to $250,000 patient dumping settlement

Health | | January 03 2014, 10:56 AM

The settlement ends a lawsuit brought by the city of L.A. Beverly Hospital will also update its policies and procedures, and provide its staff with more training.

Paul Walker autopsy: Car going over 100 mph when fatal crash occurred

Arts & Entertainment | | January 03 2014, 10:49 AM

Roger Rodas, who was driving at the time, lost control "for unknown reasons" leading to the fatal crash that killed the pair, according to the report.

Ford tops resurgent US car industry, 2013 sales results show

Business & Economy | | January 03 2014, 10:38 AM

Ford and GM are calling 2013 the best year for U.S. auto sales in at least five years, as they report double-digit annual gains.

Obesity rises as poor countries get richer

Health | | January 03 2014, 9:39 AM

One-third of adults worldwide are overweight. Globalization has made high-calorie foods readily available at low cost almost everywhere.

In Israel, Ariel Sharon's family gathers at his bedside

US & World | | January 03 2014, 9:04 AM

The former prime minister has been in a coma since suffering a stroke in 2006. This week, doctors said his condition has worsened. Sharon is 85.

Nuns' objection to health care law is unwarranted, Justice Dept. says | | January 03 2014, 8:42 AM

The Obama administration says one group of nuns is already exempt to the new health care law's requirement to include contraception coverage and has no standing to object.

Broadway's 'Spider-Man' musical turns off the lights at last

Arts & Entertainment | | January 03 2014, 8:23 AM

By most estimates, the trouble-plagued show will have lost about $60 million when it closes tomorrow. It has been commercial theater's most stunning flop.

Memo raises questions about MWD headquarters' seismic fitness

Local | | January 03 2014, 6:00 AM

A consultant cites a "potential" for "collapse" in a major quake. MWD insists the $100 million building is safe, and says the consultant used outdated computer models.

New Santa Monica gallery showcases contemporary art from Iran

Arts & Entertainment | | January 03 2014, 6:00 AM

Former NASA scientist Homa Taraji's gallery features art from her homeland with the goal of changing the conversation about Iran and its people.

Delta Conservation Plan's skipper joins environmental group

Pacific Swell | | January 03 2014, 4:28 PM

Jerry Meral will advocate for a controversial $25 billion plan to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta on behalf of the Natural Heritage Institute.

Solar added more power to state electric grid than ever before

Pacific Swell | | January 03 2014, 3:56 PM

Thursday marked a milestone for California solar energy, with the state's solar facilities adding enough electricity into the state grid for about 3 million homes

CA members want to repeal military retiree cuts

Represent! | | January 03 2014, 1:33 PM

Congress returns next week to revisit its decision from December that reduced a cost of living increase for military retirees by one percent.

Calderon: Calif. Ethics Committee hires outside counsel in FBI case

Represent! | | January 03 2014, 12:42 PM

The State Senate committee retains a prominent legal firm to help dig through the federal investigation into State Sen. Ron Calderon.

In Immigration News: Renewed hopes for reform, Spanish speakers and the ObamaCare rollout, tailoring horror for Latino audiences

Multi-American | | January 03 2014, 11:03 AM

Watch Out: Immigration Could Still Happen in 2014 - U.S. News and World Report New year, new hope. Immigration rights activists are saying that 2014 may the year for comprehensive immigration reform -- even though pols will be busy with mid-term elections.

'Veronica Mars' trailer hits, featuring a murder mystery and KPCC

Without A Net | | January 03 2014, 9:38 AM

One of the first major projects to test the big-time capacity of crowdfunding for films, "Veronica Mars" has released its trailer.

Maven's Morning Coffee: seismic safety at MWD

Represent! | | January 03 2014, 8:11 AM

Today is Friday, Jan. 3 and headlines include earthquake safety at the MWD, the plastic bag ban in Los Angeles, and a bill to curb corruption.

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Filmweek (01/03/14): The Best Offer, Interior. Leather Bar., Grudge Match and more

| January 03 2014, 1:59 PM

Guest host Frank Stoltze and KPCC film critics Lael Loewenstein, Henry Sheehan and Claudia Puig review this week's releases, including The Best Offer, Interior. Leather Bar., Grudge Match and more. TGI-Filmweek!


Filmweek (01/03/14): The Best Offer, Interior. Leather Bar., Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and more

| January 03 2014, 11:31 AM

Guest host Frank Stoltze and KPCC film critics Lael Loewenstein, Henry Sheehan and Claudia Puig review this week's releases, including The Best Offer, Interior. Leather Bar., Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Grudge Match and more. TGI-Filmweek!

Take Two®

Comment Box: Sergio Garcia, end-of-life decisions, 'Khaleesi' slug

| January 03 2014, 10:34 AM

It's time now for the Comment Box, when we get to hear what you have to say about the work we're doing on Take Two.

Snapchat Hacking: How tech startups should react to security breaches

| January 03 2014, 10:22 AM

Earlier this week, the popular photo-messaging app Snapchat was hacked. A reported 4.6 million user names and phone numbers were leaked, though according to the company, no photographs went out to the public.

Inside Denver's 'bootcamp for butlers'

| January 03 2014, 10:13 AM

John P. Davidson visited a school for servants and wrote about it for the current issue of Harpers magazine. We spoke with him about his experience at the Starkey International Institute, what he calls a "bootcamp for butlers."

Memo raises questions about MWD headquarters' seismic fitness

| January 03 2014, 9:51 AM

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California delivers drinking water to nearly 19 million people in six counties. The agency's nerve center is its headquarters in downtown Los Angeles.

More homeowners turning to adjustable-rate mortgages

| January 03 2014, 9:45 AM

ARMS nearly disappeared after the housing crisis of 2008, in part because they made up a huge bulk of the subprime loans that eventually floundered. But in November, more than a tenth of new mortgages in Southern California had an ARM, double the amount compared to a year earlier.

Will 2014 be a better year for the US economy?

| January 03 2014, 9:33 AM

No one knows for certain what 2014 will hold, but there are some indications that, economically speaking, it could be a good year. For a look ahead we turn to Jordan Levine of Beacon Economics.

A collection of vintage shopping bags from LA's past

Local | | January 03 2014, 9:20 AM

With the new plastic bag ban now in effect, Alison Martino of Vintage Los Angeles joins us to bring a big of nostalgia with vintage shopping bags from the past.

Friday Flashback: Boeing, Olympics in Sochi and more

| January 03 2014, 9:10 AM

Today we've made it to the end of the first working week of 2014! In this week's Friday Flashback, we're actually going to Flash Forward, to the biggest stories of this coming year.

Utah bald eagle deaths linked to West Nile Virus

Environment & Science | | January 03 2014, 9:09 AM

Since December first, 27 bald eagles have died in northern and central Utah. The birds all had similar symptoms: head tremors, signs of seizures, weakness in the legs and feet and paralysis of the wings.

Tax incentives make film financing in LA a tricky business

| January 03 2014, 9:08 AM

Tax incentives have led to the creation of a whole new type of Hollywood financier who helps filmmakers figure out how to navigate state tax codes and take advantage of them.

Do detox cleanses live up to the hype?

| January 03 2014, 9:08 AM

Body cleanses that claim to rid the body of toxins through juice fasting and diet restrictions are considered a popular fad to some, but a way of life for others. But do the benefits actually live up to the hype?

Why we let some animals go extinct

| January 03 2014, 9:08 AM

Historically, choosing which animals and plants we help has been decided mostly by whether we like them or not.

What lies ahead for babies born in 2014?

| January 03 2014, 9:07 AM

As we look ahead to 2014, we thought we'd ponder the fate of children born in this year. Time Magazine has crunched some statistics and made some proclamations about their futures as adults. For more we turn to the magazine's Alice Park.

Boeing union to vote on contract crucial to 777x production

| January 03 2014, 9:06 AM

Today, the machinist union at Boeing will have a final vote on an updated proposal that affects workers' benefits for the next eight years. If they vote "no", Boeing would then consider moving production of its new 777x aircraft to another state.

The Loh Down On Science

Is there a best time to have a baby?

| January 03 2014, 6:00 AM

Planning when to put a bun in the oven.


Can you actually become addicted to food?

| January 03 2014, 10:10 AM

Americans typically pick going on a diet as their New Year's resolution but many don't make it past the end of January. If you're having trouble swearing off the chocolate cake or large sodas, could an addiction to sugar be the culprit?

The $1 billion acquisition of Mandiant. Who’s that, you ask?

| January 03 2014, 10:09 AM

The ubiquitous photo app Instagram was bought by Facebook for $1 billion back in 2012. Yahoo bought Tumblr, the popular social network, for $1 billion in 2014. It’s only three days into the new year and already we have a new tech entrant into the $1 billion acquisition club.

LA City Attorney Mike Feuer talks Measure D, jaywalking tickets and more

Local | | January 03 2014, 9:51 AM

When he ran for City Attorney last year, Mike Feuer promised to make Los Angeles a safer place. His vision included creating a gun violence prevention unit and expanding the Neighborhood Prosecutor Program created by former City Attorney Rocky Delgado.

Golden Globes 2014: What’s the most effective way to hype an awards show?

| January 03 2014, 9:36 AM

Trailers for the Golden Globes and the Oscars have been floating around the internet, circulating on social media, and sneaking in some screen time in preparation for awards show season.