Archive for November 16th, 2017

Tesla wants to electrify big trucks, adding to its ambitions

Business & Economy | | November 16 2017, 6:34 PM

After more than a decade of making cars and SUVs — and, more recently, solar panels — Tesla Inc. wants to electrify a new type of vehicle: big trucks.

University of California regents chastise UC President Napolitano

Education | | November 16 2017, 5:54 PM

The University of California's governing board chastised UC President Janet Napolitano in a rare rebuke and asked her to apologize for her office's interference in a state audit last year.

US lifts ban on importing elephant trophies from Zimbabwe, Zambia

Environment & Science | | November 16 2017, 5:41 PM

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said hunting programs in those countries can aid conservation efforts. But those who oppose the policy change point to a decline in Zimbabwe's elephant population.

Benefits of preschool could save districts dollars

Education | | November 16 2017, 4:34 PM

A study finds that participation in high-quality early childhood education increased graduation rates, and reduced special education placement and grade retention.

House approves GOP tax overhaul, with Senate outlook uncertain

Politics | | November 16 2017, 4:11 PM

The vote for the $1.4 trillion overhaul was almost along party lines, with no Democrats voting in support of the bill and some GOP defections over provisions that would eliminate important tax deductions taken by constituents in some high tax states.

Keystone Pipeline oil spill reported in South Dakota

Environment & Science | | November 16 2017, 4:05 PM

The oil leak occurs just a few days before Nebraska state regulators will decide on the fate of TransCanada's controversial sister project, the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Chairman steps down as NPR grapples with harassment crisis

Business & Economy | | November 16 2017, 3:06 PM

As NPR addresses fallout of a sexual harassment scandal that claimed its chief news executive, the network's board chairman has stepped down and an editor has been placed on leave.

​'Wind River' filmmakers take control back from Weinstein

Arts & Entertainment | | November 16 2017, 1:09 PM

Taylor Sheridan's film was about sexual violence against young women on a tribal reservation, and suddenly Weinstein was being accused of similar things. He thought it was an unacceptable situation that had to be rectified.

Rancho Tehama rampage puts spotlight on homemade, untraceable guns

Crime & Justice | | November 16 2017, 12:38 PM

It is the latest case of homemade semi-automatic weapons being used in a crime. Federal authorities are trying to draw attention to the dangers posed by "ghost guns," which contain no registration numbers.

​California pot rules mark step toward 2018 legal sales

Business & Economy | | November 16 2017, 12:24 PM

California regulators Thursday released long-awaited rules that will govern the state's emerging pot economy, from fields to sales.

7 things to do this weekend in SoCal

Arts & Entertainment | | November 16 2017, 11:37 AM

Our list this week includes outdoor ice skating, reindeer encounters and the twisted and irreverent sister of the Rose Parade.

​Children quieted others at Rancho Tehama school as gunman fired

Crime & Justice | | November 16 2017, 11:36 AM

"I braced myself against the door. I didn't even think twice. I don't feel like a hero. I did what I was supposed to do," said teacher Jennifer Bauman. "The kids are the heroes."

Officials probe source of Legionnaires' cases near Disneyland

Health | | November 16 2017, 10:56 AM

Legionnaires' has sickened a total of 15 people, two of whom have died. The four not connected to Disneyland lived in or had visited Anaheim — suggesting there could be sources of infection not yet discovered.

In LA County, white supremacist hate incidents rise

Local | | November 16 2017, 10:30 AM

The overall number of hate crimes reported in Los Angeles County in 2016 remained level. But there’s been a shift in who's targeted and who targets, a new county report says. Have a story about hate or bias? Share it as part of a national news project, "Documenting Hate."

LA radio anchor says Al Franken groped, kissed her without consent

US & World | | November 16 2017, 10:02 AM

Democratic Sen. Al Franken was a comedian at the time of the incident. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have called for a review of the complaint.

Court to decide who created The Game of Life

US & World | | November 16 2017, 7:57 AM

Testimony is scheduled to begin Thursday in federal court in Los Angeles in a lawsuit over who owns the rights to one of the most popular board games of all time.

Trump urges UCLA trio to thank Xi for release in China

US & World | | November 16 2017, 7:12 AM

President Donald Trump is exhorting three suspended UCLA basketball players to thank Chinese President Xi Jinping for their freedom following a shoplifting incident in China.

Fake bodies, real ink at Natural History Museum's tattoo exhibit

Local | | November 16 2017, 6:31 AM

A new exhibit delves into the 5,000-year history of tattoo and features more than 125 images and objects, from historical artifacts to contemporary designs tattooed onto silicone models.

Police fatally shoot suspect after gunfire erupts from car

Crime & Justice | | November 16 2017, 6:19 AM

Officer Tony Im says the wounded suspect was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Im says two women in the car with him were taken into custody.

Neighbor shot by California gunman lived in fear of him

Crime & Justice | | November 16 2017, 6:17 AM

A sheriff's deputy in April handed Kevin Janson Neal a court order to stay away from his neighbor Hailey Suzanne Poland and her family. On Tuesday, Neal shot and killed her.

SoCal retiree says losing medical deduction would be 'huge hit'

Health | | November 16 2017, 5:00 AM

The House GOP tax plan would end the medical expense tax deduction. A Claremont man who's had heart issues says that would increase his tax bill by $7,000.

Documenting Hate: Share your story | | November 16 2017, 10:01 AM

The U.S. does not have a reliable way to track hate crimes. To that end, KPCC, ProPublica and other organizations are joining together to create a national hate crime database. If you have a story, you can share it with us confidentially here.

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House’s tax vote, plus LA radio personality accuses Al Franken of sexual misconduct

| November 16 2017, 9:55 AM

The House is expected to pass its version of the tax overhaul plan to slash corporate tax rates and reduce personal income tax rates while eliminating some deductions and credits. The vote is expected to pass along party line.

It’s rivalry week on campus, and AirTalk wants to hear your best prank stories

| November 16 2017, 9:53 AM

Stolen statues. Hijacked card stunts. Dumping manure from a helicopter.

New regulations for CA law enforcement to prevent racial profiling – but are they practical?

| November 16 2017, 9:30 AM

Starting in July, law enforcement officers throughout California will start collecting demographics data from nearly all drivers and pedestrians that they stop – that includes data on race, gender, English proficiency and disabilities.

At a cultural crossroads, forecasting the future of the NFL and football as America’s most popular team sport

| November 16 2017, 9:29 AM

It’s been a trying season for the NFL this year.

Move over Strunk and White: Buzzfeed copy chief’s new book teaches us how to write IRL

| November 16 2017, 9:17 AM

From 240 characters to listicles, copywriting has experienced a style overhaul this past decade and Buzzfeed copy chief Emmy J. Favilla has been a major driving force in the shift.

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Have you updated who should get your money once you pass?

| November 16 2017, 12:50 PM

California tracked down hundreds of people who were owed a total of $11 million. They missed out on this money because their loved ones didn't update who should get their estate.

Napa Valley vintners recover after October fires

| November 16 2017, 12:40 PM

The fires burned the homes of vintners as they spread throughout Northern California. Now that the fires are out, wine professionals look forward to recovery.

The 20th anniversary of the Pershing Square holiday ice rink

| November 16 2017, 12:37 PM

A look into one of the staples of the winter season in Los Angeles. Find out how the ice is made and why it never melts in the So Cal sun.

An Amazon store inside Whole Foods

| November 16 2017, 12:32 PM

Under Amazon ownership, Whole Foods tries to shed its "whole paycheck" image

California approves first textbooks under fair representation law

| November 16 2017, 12:26 PM

The State Board of Education has accepted new materials with updated depictions of underrepresented groups, including the LGBT community and religious minorities.

Architects seek to rebuild Napa with resilient designs

| November 16 2017, 10:58 AM

Architects in NorCal have come together to think about rebuilding in Napa County after the devastating fires destroyed more than 8,000 structures in October.

Why more SoCal college students are reporting sexual assaults

| November 16 2017, 10:53 AM

Reported sexual assaults at UCLA doubled in 2016 and tripled at Cal State University-Northridge. Advocates say the increase reflects a safer space for survivors to come forward.

The Ride: International Motorcycle Show rolls into Long Beach

| November 16 2017, 10:39 AM

As motorcycle makers work to lure millennial riders, they're offering more stylish bikes with more technology and versatility

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