Archive for July 25th, 2014

USC offers counseling to Chinese students after killing

Crime & Justice | | July 25 2014, 6:40 PM

Police said Xinran Ji, an engineering student from China, was assaulted early Thursday morning on the street near his off-campus apartment building.

UPS driver arrested on federal gun trafficking charges

Crime & Justice | | July 25 2014, 5:40 PM

The suspect allegedly funneled weapons, including 12-gauge shotguns and .45-caliber pistols, to an associate for sale on the black market.

12-hour Gaza cease-fire to start Saturday

US & World | | July 25 2014, 5:23 PM

The Israeli military said in a statement that the lull will start at 8 a.m. local time Saturday and end at 8 p.m. local time.

Caltrans approves the addition of paid lanes on the I-405

Politics | | July 25 2014, 4:56 PM

California Department of Transportation officials announced Friday they will eventually replace carpool lanes on the 405 Freeway in Orange County with paid lanes.

Endangered sea turtles get a break from drift gillnets

Environment & Science | | July 25 2014, 3:22 PM

Starting today for the next five weeks, fishermen who net swordfish will find a large stretch of local waters closed off to protect sea turtles.

Bill allowing Americans to unlock cellphones passes House

Politics | | July 25 2014, 3:08 PM

The bill also directs the Librarian of Congress to review whether the exemption should also apply to tablets and other devices.

As political disenchantment soars, poll lines grow shorter

Politics | | July 25 2014, 2:33 PM

There has been record low turnout among voters in the 2014 primaries so far. Is it political dysfunction? What might this mean for November's general elections?

Unanimous vote in Congress to fight sex trafficking

Politics | | July 25 2014, 2:16 PM

An estimated 300,000 children are at risk for sexual exploitation in the United States. Congress finally voted as one to help protect them.

Whooping cough cases climb, especially among kids

Health | | July 25 2014, 1:26 PM

Whooping cough cases in California continue to climb, kids are impacted the most.

Are opponents of the death penalty adding to its problems?

Crime & Justice | | July 25 2014, 1:14 PM

It's become an article of faith among supporters of capital punishment that abolitionists are doing everything they can to undermine executions.

Century Crunch: LAX-bound drivers brace for weekend road closure

Local | | July 25 2014, 12:39 PM

Starting Friday night, a bridge demolition project will shut down the intersection of Century and Aviation boulevards. Plan ahead with this map — or avoid the area.

Flag-waving, prayers at LA rally for Palestine

Local | | July 25 2014, 12:33 PM

Muslims in Los Angeles held prayers and a rally in support of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip amid the intense conflict between Israel and Hamas militants.

Bell scandal: 3rd ex-council member sentenced in corruption trial

Politics | | July 25 2014, 11:23 AM

Teresa Jacobo was sentenced to two years in prison for misappropriating public funds. She was the third ex-council member from Bell to be sentenced this month.

Israeli media: Security cabinet rejects Kerry truce proposal

US & World | | July 25 2014, 9:59 AM

The worst round of cross-border fighting in more than five years has killed 828 Palestinians and wounded more than 5,200, according to Palestinian health officials.

Accident partially collapses LA parking structure; no injuries (updated)

Local | | July 25 2014, 9:34 AM

Fire spokesman Eric French says a large planter fell from a crane, causing the collapse Friday morning.

No name brand: Chefs and doctors buy generic more than you do

Business & Economy | | July 25 2014, 8:16 AM

Experts are more likely than the general public to buy generic products — but not always. Here's a breakdown of which foods and drugs experts buy generic.

Australia sending 190 police to secure MH17 wreckage

US & World | | July 25 2014, 8:02 AM

The Netherlands, which lost 193 of its citizens in the shoot-down of the Malaysia Airlines flight, is also negotiating to send 40 unarmed police to the site in eastern Ukraine.

Kerry presents proposal for seven-day truce in Gaza | | July 25 2014, 8:02 AM

Secretary of State John Kerry wants fighting to stop temporarily as Ramadan ends this weekend. Both Israel and Hamas are considering the proposal.

Torrance police to pay $1.8M for Dorner manhunt shooting

Crime & Justice | | July 25 2014, 7:29 AM

The Torrance Police Department said Thursday it will settle with a 38-year-old surfer who was injured when his truck was rammed and shot up after police mistook it for manhunt suspect Christopher Dorner.

Democrats miss votes to hang with the president

Politics | | July 25 2014, 6:05 AM

Do you need a note from the president to miss votes on Capitol Hill? Democrats disappear from Washington to grab valuable California photo ops and face time.

Threatened frogs return to the Santa Monica Mountains

Environment & Science | | July 25 2014, 6:00 AM

The species has been absent from the mountains for nearly five decades. Researchers transplanted eggs from a population in Simi Hills and grew them into tadpoles.

How this year's US Open of Surfing will be different

Local | | July 25 2014, 5:30 AM

After a violent disturbance following last year's event in Huntington Beach, the event will return the focus to surfing and police will be out in force.

8 fun and almost-free things to do this weekend | | July 25 2014, 5:30 AM

We're planning your weekend — on a budget. From a party in the garden to a free Shakespeare Festival, here's everything you need to know.

In immigration news: Central American leaders come to US, Obama and executive action, kids in immigration court, more

Multi-American | | July 25 2014, 4:23 PM

Central American leaders have come to meet with President Obama on the border migrant crisis as children and families flee violence in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. This and more.

Santa Monica voters will consider 2 airport iniatives

The Breakdown | | July 25 2014, 2:52 PM

Two competing ballot measures will give Santa Monica voters a chance to weigh in on the future of the Santa Monica Airport.

Immigration court for children: A look inside

Multi-American | | July 25 2014, 11:29 AM

On the high floors of a bank building near in downtown Los Angeles, immigration judges hear the cases of children.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Metro Purple Line gets contractor

Represent! | | July 25 2014, 8:20 AM

Today is Friday, July 25 and headlines include Mayor Garcetti's chairmanship of Metro, a contractor for the Purple Line, and LAPD officers consider a new contract.

Local Cambodians give testimony, await Khmer Rouge verdict

Multi-American | | July 25 2014, 7:00 AM

Nearly 200 Cambodians who survived Khmer Rouge rule and are now living in the U.S. submitted written testimony to assist prosecutors in the U.N.-backed tribunal.

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Filmweek (7/25/14): "Lucy", "A Most Wanted Man", "Magic In The Moonlight" and more.

| July 25 2014, 1:37 PM

Host Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Claudia Puig and Henry Sheehan review this week’s releases, including "Lucy," "A Most Wanted Man," "Magic In The Moonlight" and more. TGI-Filmweek!

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Filmweek (7/25/14): "Lucy", "A Most Wanted Man", "Magic In The Moonlight" and more

| July 25 2014, 1:36 PM

Host Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Claudia Puig and Henry Sheehan review this week’s releases, including "Lucy," "A Most Wanted Man," "Magic In The Moonlight" and more. TGI-Filmweek!


Why aren’t more teens getting the HPV vaccination?

| July 25 2014, 10:53 AM

A new report from the CDC says that less than half of American children are vaccinated against human papilloma virus (HPV), a form of cancer.

After last year’s riot, a tamer, gentler US Open of Surfing comes to Huntington Beach

| July 25 2014, 10:40 AM

The U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach kicks off tomorrow.

Filmweek: Lucy, A Most Wanted Man, Magic In The Moonlight and more

| July 25 2014, 10:39 AM

Host Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Claudia Puig and Henry Sheehan review this week’s releases, including "Lucy," "A Most Wanted Man," "Magic In The Moonlight" and more. TGI-Filmweek!

Iraq elects a new Kurdish president

| July 25 2014, 10:39 AM

Iraqi lawmakers elected Fuad Massoum, one of the founders of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan party, as the new president of Iraq on Thursday.

Will 80-year-old Long Beach man be charged for shooting death of home intruder?

| July 25 2014, 10:34 AM

Investigation continues into the death of a woman who was shot by an 80-year-old man after she and an accomplice broke into his home.

Comic-Con Harassment complaints and Toronto Film Festival lineup

| July 25 2014, 10:32 AM

A growing number of Comic-Con attendees are protesting incidents of sexual harassment at San Diego's massive annual celebration of geek culture.

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Youth reporters take on community issues in East LA

| July 25 2014, 12:07 PM

The Boyle Heights Beat is a bilingual newspaper and website based in East LA that trains youth to report on important issues in their community.

Miles Tackett of Breakestra back with solo album

Arts & Entertainment | | July 25 2014, 11:10 AM

Miles Tackett lit up the funk scene in LA for over a decade with his band Breakestra, but now he's back with a solo album that calls to his roots in Topanga Canyon, CA.

Replace lethal injections with firing squad? Circuit Court Judge says yes

| July 25 2014, 10:27 AM

In AZ this week, convicted murderer Joseph Rudolph Wood struggled for more than an hour and a half before dying from a lethal injection, once again stirring up the debate over how we execute people in the U.S.

Joe Swanberg talks writing, directing and acting in 'Happy Christmas'

| July 25 2014, 10:20 AM

"Happy Christmas" was written and directed by Joe Swanberg, who also plays Jenny's older brother Jeff. He joins Take Two to talk about his new film.

Local Cambodians still awaiting Khmer Rouge verdict

| July 25 2014, 10:14 AM

It's been more than 30 years since the Khmer Rouge tore apart Cambodia, but some of its senior members are still being prosecuted.

New fossils suggest T. Rex hunted in packs

| July 25 2014, 10:05 AM

As if one single tyrannosaurus rex weren't menacing enough, there's now evidence that these massive carnivores might have hung out in posses.

How the court system is dealing with the increased number of migrant children

| July 25 2014, 9:45 AM

A couple of times a week, on the high floors of a bank building near Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles, immigration judges hear the cases of migrant children.

Study: Blue whales at risk of being struck by ships

| July 25 2014, 9:41 AM

A recent study found that whale hot spots off the coast of California intersect with some of the busiest shipping lanes, causing them to get hit and die.

Battle in the Big Bend of Texas over water right for fracking

| July 25 2014, 9:11 AM

Parts of the The Big Bend of Texas lie within the oil-rich Permian Basin, the nation's highest producing oil field thanks to fracking technology.

Threatened red-legged frogs return to the Santa Monica Mountains

| July 25 2014, 9:11 AM

Roughly 850 tadpoles, hatched from red-legged frog eggs, were released into the Santa Monica Mountains on Tuesday, marking the first time the threatened species has been reintroduced into the area after a decades-long absence.

Friday Flashback: Joseph Wood execution, Obama on immigration and more

| July 25 2014, 9:11 AM

Religious leaders of all stripes come out in support of migrant children, Southern California city of Bell votes to create a shelter for undocumented immigrants and the return of the Minutemen.

President Obama, Central American leaders to meet on border crisis

| July 25 2014, 9:10 AM

President Obama is meeting today with the presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, the three countries that have been the source of the recent surge in child migrants to the United States.

Rob Reiner on 'And So It Goes' and finding new love at an old age

| July 25 2014, 9:10 AM

Award-winning actor, director, writer, producer Rob Reiner's career has run the gamut, from his days as Meathead in "All in the Family," to his directorial contributions with the "Princess Bride," "When Harry Met Sally," and "Stand By Me."

The Loh Down On Science
Episode: Jumping Cows

Jumping Cows

| July 25 2014, 6:00 AM

How kangaroos can help fight global warming


KPCC's Mike Roe breaks his pedometer at San Diego Comic Con

| July 25 2014, 11:04 AM

KPCC pop culture bogger Mike Roe reports from Comic Con. He's one of 125,000 people who have descended on San Diego for the annual convention.