Archive for May 14th, 2014

New fires burn in Carlsbad, Anaheim, elsewhere

Local | | May 14 2014, 7:08 PM

High temperatures have spawned several fires Wednesday, including six in the San Diego area, one in Mission Hills and others in Long Beach, Deer Springs and elsewhere.

Prosecutors say sheriff employees changed jail policy to thwart investigation

Crime & Justice | | May 14 2014, 6:18 PM

Federal prosecutors said members of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department changed the department's inmate visitation policy to thwart an FBI investigation into jailhouse wrongdoing.

Expert: gang-bangers hanging out on digital street corners

Crime & Justice | | May 14 2014, 5:41 PM

Gang banging in the neighborhood has at least partly moved to "Internet-banging" says one professor at L.A. gang violence conference.

Advocates push for restoration of higher Medi-Cal reimbursement rates

Health | | May 14 2014, 4:51 PM

Advocates for the poor want the state to restore an earlier 10 percent cut to the reimbursement rate for doctors who treat Medi-Cal patients.

FBI busts check passing ring that targeted Korean Americans

Crime & Justice | | May 14 2014, 3:11 PM

Federal agents say $15 million was lost in the scheme; 12 people have been arrested and three others are being sought.

Heat wave: Records to fall Wednesday, more heat due Thursday

Local | | May 14 2014, 1:23 PM

Temperatures hit record levels in Los Angeles by midday Wednesday, and the forecast called for continued hot weather at least through Friday.

California bill to ban plastic bags advances

Politics | | May 14 2014, 12:57 PM

The bill by Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles includes $2 million to help plastic ban manufacturers change their processes and a 10-cent fee on paper bags.

Board revokes paid leave for school superintendent

Education | | May 14 2014, 12:32 PM

Centinela Valley Union High School District Superintendent Jose Fernandez has come under fire for drawing a total compensation package ranging from $663,000 to $750,000 in 2013.

Groundwater removal may stress San Andreas Fault

Environment & Science | | May 14 2014, 11:45 AM

The fault has unleashed some of the most devastating seismic disasters in state history including the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

Oscar-winning 'Searching for Sugar Man' director found dead

Arts & Entertainment | | May 14 2014, 11:09 AM

Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul won an Oscar for the poignant story about an American singer who was famous in South Africa for decades and didn't know it.

MERS FAQ: What you need to know about the new virus

Health | | May 14 2014, 10:10 AM

Scientists are racing to figure out how the Middle East respiratory syndrome virus infects people. It's spread to the U.S. and other countries.

Kids hurt after bounce house soars high in the air

US & World | | May 14 2014, 9:59 AM

Two children were seriously hurt in upstate New York after the inflatable playhouse they were in was sent high into the air by a strong gust of wind.

Judge expresses concerns over radio legend Casey Kasem

Arts & Entertainment | | May 14 2014, 9:17 AM

A judge ordered an investigation into the whereabouts of Casey Kasem after allegations the former "Top 40" host had been removed from L.A. without his children's knowledge.

Bernardo Fire: San Diego County explains 'offending words'

Local | | May 14 2014, 9:02 AM

Fire officials hope they've seen the worst of a fire that has burned 1,548 acres. They also say they'll get to the bottom of a message in an alert stating, "fire in your pants."

5 LAPD officers down: Colleagues struggle to cope

Crime & Justice | | May 14 2014, 8:00 AM

Five LAPD officers have died this year, making it the LAPD's deadliest year in recent memory. Fellow officers are dealing with grief and disbelief.

Thunder rally in final minute to stun Clippers, taking Game 5

Local | | May 14 2014, 7:05 AM

The Thunder overcame a seven-point deficit in the final 50 seconds to beat Los Angeles 105-104 on Tuesday night and go up 3-2 in the Western Conference semifinals.

Tiny indigenous charter school wins big victory

Pass / Fail | | May 14 2014, 5:43 PM

A year after L.A. Unified moved to shutter an Indigenous charter school in El Sereno, state officials grant it a license to operate.

UC Irvine to use Google Glass throughout medical school

Pass / Fail | | May 14 2014, 5:31 PM

UC Irvine's medical school announced it'll start using 40 Google Glass devices this year in everything from anatomy classes to teaching surgical techniques.

In SoCal business news: Sony nabs rights to book on Snowden, Bill to increase CA film tax credits moves forward

The Breakdown | | May 14 2014, 11:19 AM

Glenn Greenwald's book would mark the first Snowden project to move forward at a major studio

Are you paying a lot for specialty drugs?

Impatient | | May 14 2014, 10:28 AM

Patient advocates want the insurance commissioner to investigate whether specialty tiers violate a state law banning discrimination based on a medical condition.

In immigration news: Secure Communities examined, deportation and politics, migrants' kids in tobacco fields, more

Multi-American | | May 14 2014, 9:42 AM

Some law enforcement leaders believe the Obama administration could be preparing to retool the controversial Security Communities program as part of its review of deportation policies. This and more.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Traffic jams at LAX

Represent! | | May 14 2014, 8:20 AM

Today is Wednesday, May 14 and headlines include efforts to alleviate traffic jams at LAX, more parking tickets for L.A. drivers, and a debate for a county job.

California Drought News: Other states caught in drought too

Pacific Swell | | May 14 2014, 8:14 AM

Wednesday's drought news roundup has us looking outside our state and realizing that we're not the only ones hurting. Time to go "Lost" and talk about the Others.

How young is too young to be suspended from school?

Pass / Fail | | May 14 2014, 5:00 AM

Nationwide, thousands of kids are suspended from preschool, which is becoming more and more academic. Experts say expulsion rates drop when teachers are coached.

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Granny the 103-year-old orca spotted off Pacific Coast

Environment & Science | | May 14 2014, 2:58 PM

A killer whale named Granny is the oldest known member of its species at 103 years old. To give a little perspective, she was swimming the seas even before the Titanic sank in the icy waters of the Atlantic.

5 LAPD officers down: Colleagues struggle to cope

| May 14 2014, 10:34 AM

Five LAPD officers have died this year, making it the LAPD's deadliest year in recent memory. Fellow officers are dealing with grief and disbelief.

Oil creates new demand in water-stressed New Mexico

| May 14 2014, 10:29 AM

In Southeast New Mexico water is scarce and oil is plentiful, yet both are in high demand. A barrel of oil will fetch a handsome profit at today's prices and producing it creates plenty of well-paid jobs, but it also takes a lot of water.

What you need to know about net neutrality

| May 14 2014, 10:28 AM

Tomorrow, the FCC is going to vote on new rules related to how to regulate traffic online. It's part of the decade-long battle between internet providers, tech companies and the FCC over what's called Net Neutrality

Report: Students in California more segregated than ever

| May 14 2014, 10:11 AM

Sixty years ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. But, it looks like not much has changed since Brown vs Board of Education, at least not in California.

Has California's lone wolf OR-7 found a mate in Oregon?

| May 14 2014, 10:01 AM

On this show, we've kept you up to date on OR 7 - the 5 year old wolf who's been on a solitary journey. But now it seems he might have a lady friend.

'Million Dollar Arm' director on bringing JB Bernstein's story to the big screen

| May 14 2014, 9:55 AM

At one point, sports agent JB Bernstein had an all-star client roster, but as big names like slugger Barry Bonds retired, Bernstein found himself down on his luck.

New bill proposes closing loophole in Propsition 13

| May 14 2014, 9:29 AM

More than 30 years ago, California voters approved Proposition 13 in an election known as the Tax Revolt. The measure drastically reduced property taxes on homes, businesses and farms.

'Casebook': Mona Simpson's latest novel explores the family dynamic

Arts & Entertainment | | May 14 2014, 9:23 AM

Author Mona Simpson's latest novel "Casebook," follows the life of 9-year-old Miles and his family living in Los Angeles.

Sports Roundup: Magic on Sterling, Clippers in playoffs, Michael Sam and more

| May 14 2014, 9:15 AM

It's time for sports with Andy and Brian Kamenetzky. They've covered sports for ESPN and Los Angeles Times.

How young is too young to be suspended from school?

| May 14 2014, 9:14 AM

Nationwide, thousands of kids are suspended from preschool, which is becoming more and more academic. Experts say expulsion rates drop when teachers are coached.

Let The F-bombs Drop: Science says swearing is good for you

Arts & Entertainment | | May 14 2014, 9:14 AM

According to psychologists at England's Keele University, cursing is "a harmless emotional release," and can make you feel stronger and more resilient.

SoCal Heat Wave: Good and bad for business?

| May 14 2014, 9:14 AM

With temperatures in Southern California reaching triple digits today and tomorrow, how are local businesses dealing with the heat?


#BringBackOurGirls: An exercise in soft power or futility?

| May 14 2014, 10:47 AM

The kidnapping of some 300 school girls in Nigeria by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram has outraged the world.

Should job applicants disclose their embarrassing online history?

| May 14 2014, 10:17 AM

The national unemployment rate might be dropping, but ask anyone, and they’ll tell you it still isn’t easy finding a job.

Network Upfronts: What you’ll see and won’t see next year on TV

| May 14 2014, 10:12 AM

The upfronts are here -- the time of year when television network executives present their shows to advertisers, as an opportunity for marketers to buy television commercial time.

Orange County becomes first large county to adopt Laura’s Law

| May 14 2014, 10:09 AM

Laura’s Law, passed in California in 2002, allows court-ordered treatment of people with severe mental illness.

Should the state regulate Covered California health insurance premiums?

| May 14 2014, 10:03 AM

A November ballot initiative would allow California’s insurance commission to reject health insurance rate increases, regulating Covered California in the same way it does property, casualty, and auto insurance.


5 cool 'wearable' prototypes that might be the next Google Glass

Environment & Science | | May 14 2014, 2:54 PM

We take you to the unveiling of five "wearable tech" prototypes -- like a data vaporizer and high-tech fingernail appliques -- that could make Google Glass obsolete. Maybe.

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What's behind Internet troll behavior is darker than you think!

| May 14 2014, 6:00 AM

Don't feed the trolls!

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First Person: LaVal Brewer uses play to improve kids' school performance

Health | | May 14 2014, 5:00 AM

Brewer heads Playworks Southern California, which works at increasing play at schools, with the goal of improving overall behavior and academic performance.