Archive for December 12th, 2017

SoCal's Thomas Fire now 25 percent contained, but continues to threaten homes

Local | | December 12 2017, 6:37 PM

Red Flag warnings for fire danger due to Santa Ana winds and a critical lack of moisture were extended through the week instead of expiring Monday afternoon as was initially forecast.

Astronomers want to know: Does this interstellar visitor have a message for us? | | December 12 2017, 5:18 PM

'Oumuamua is the first of its kind: an object from outside our solar system, observed by astronomers. Now, a group of researchers is trying to find out if it is transmitting any signs of life.

Skirball Fire sparked by an illegal cooking fire

Local | | December 12 2017, 4:41 PM

The brush fire that destroyed homes in Bel Air was ignited at an encampment along Sepulveda Boulevard where the street passes under the 405 Freeway, fire officials said Tuesday.

​LA police probe claim Roman Polanski molested girl in '75

Crime & Justice | | December 12 2017, 4:32 PM

Although the allegations are so old criminal charges cannot be brought, detectives may be able to use evidence they collect to help prosecute other cases.

Mobile restrooms for homeless to expand in LA

Politics | | December 12 2017, 3:27 PM

The city of Los Angeles will launch a pilot program bringing mobile restrooms for the homeless to four sites across Los Angeles.

What to watch for and what's at stake in the Alabama Senate race

Politics | | December 12 2017, 1:47 PM

No matter what happens in Alabama on Tuesday, it will have consequences that stretch from Birmingham to the Beltway.

Should a grand jury look at LA Sheriff’s deputies?

Crime & Justice | | December 12 2017, 12:46 PM

It’s been nearly 30 years since a grand jury was convened to look at a potential problem with L.A.'s criminal justice system. Prominent attorney Charles Linder says it's time for another.

Drink beer to feed fish and help save the planet

Business & Economy | | December 12 2017, 12:41 PM

Industry trailblazers are trying to lessen the energy and resource costs of aquaculture. Possible solutions include using brewery waste, algae, insects or even carbon dioxide to feed the fish we eat.

Drought kills 27 million more trees in California

Environment & Science | | December 12 2017, 11:48 AM

But the death rate is slowing down thanks to the wet winter.

Those impacted by Skirball, Rye, Creek fires can get help here

Local | | December 12 2017, 11:05 AM

The center in Lake View Terrace is intended to be "a one-stop shop" for residents and business owners affected by the recent wildfires.

'The Goonies,' 'Titanic' added to National Film Registry

Arts & Entertainment | | December 12 2017, 10:58 AM

The library selects movies for preservation because of their cultural, historic or artistic importance. ''Field of Dreams" and "Die Hard" are also among those tapped.

The invasive, flammable plants making California's fires worse

Environment & Science | | December 12 2017, 10:08 AM

The hills of Southern California are lined with invasive grasses, which after a hot, dry year, were ready to ignite with a spark.

Prepare yourself. The world’s air conditioner is breaking down

Environment & Science | | December 12 2017, 9:01 AM

The extreme warming trend continues, and scientists fear that floating sea ice will be gone by mid-century. That will have extraordinary effects closer to home.

Parents worry Congress won't fund the Children's Health Insurance Program

Health | | December 12 2017, 8:29 AM

The federal funding of the program lapsed in September. States have been burning through leftover funds, or borrowing from other accounts, as they wait for Congress to act before the end of January.

DOT suspends proposed rule that would force airlines to show baggage fee at booking

US & World | | December 12 2017, 8:16 AM

Late last week the Department of Transportation announced it would withdraw proposed measures that would require airlines to show the full cost of booking, including baggage, at ticket purchase.

Car crash injures LAPD officer, shuts lanes of the 405 Freeway

Local | | December 12 2017, 7:16 AM

Three lanes of the northbound 405 are closed early Tuesday morning due to a collision late Monday night on the 405 Freeway at Santa Monica Boulevard.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies at age 65

Politics | | December 12 2017, 5:48 AM

Edwin Lee was the city's first elected Asian-American mayor. He was not known to be ill. Lee died at a San Francisco hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

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Judd Apatow wants to know if he can still do stand-up comedy

Arts & Entertainment | | December 12 2017, 6:03 PM

Judd Apatow started out in stand-up, but ultimately found success in movies and TV. Now he's back onstage in a new comedy special, "The Return."

Getting on The Black List won't guarantee your script's success — but it can't hurt

Arts & Entertainment | | December 12 2017, 4:37 PM

The annual compilation, which was founded by Franklin Leonard, has been a springboard for up-and-coming writers to get their work read by industry big-wigs.


Lee’s Legacy: Remembering the late San Francisco mayor

| December 12 2017, 9:34 AM

San Franciscans are in mourning today as they remember Mayor Ed Lee, who died unexpectedly on Tuesday morning at the age of 65.

#MeToo reaches the upper echelon of the food world

| December 12 2017, 9:30 AM

Mario Batali, one of the most well-known restaurateurs in the country, is taking a leave of absence from co-hosting the ABC show “The Chew,” as well as from the day-to-day operations of his restaurant empire.

How should the money donated for victims of the Las Vegas shooting be distributed?

| December 12 2017, 9:27 AM

Over $16 million has been raised for the victims of the Las Vegas massacre in October - the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.

AirTalk asks: What’s your most unusual friendship?

| December 12 2017, 9:18 AM

A 22-year-old East Harlem rapper/producer and an 81-year-old Florida retiree made headlines last week when the two unlikely friends posted their meeting on Twitter.

New study says teens are more likely to feel depressed, suicidal, with increased screen time

| December 12 2017, 9:03 AM

A number of studies have already pointed to the negative health effects of being glued to our screens, including lower self-esteem, increased anxiety and poor impact on overall well-being.

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3 ways to better develop housing to survive fires

| December 12 2017, 1:50 PM

The December fires have already damaged many homes in Southern California. One ecologist thinks that this should force people to reconsider how they develop housing.

Tuesday Reviewsday: Miguel, Weird Al and Sharon Jones

Arts & Entertainment | | December 12 2017, 10:56 AM

Oliver Wang from shares his favorites from the latest tracks to drop, including songs from Sharon Jones and Miguel.

Bitcoin believers: Why these LA businesses take cryptocurrency

| December 12 2017, 10:52 AM

"When I take a transaction in Bitcoin, my percentage is so much less than taking a transaction from a credit card," one business owner says. His shop is one of the few spots where you can find a Bitcoin ATM in L.A.

Learn more about the man charged with helping LA's foster youths

Local | | December 12 2017, 10:20 AM

Bobby Cagle is a former adoptee, and he comes from Georgia to lead L.A.'s Department of Children and Family Services.

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