Archive for December 13th, 2017

Thomas Fire: Firefighters gain on blaze amid wind threat

Local | | December 13 2017, 6:35 PM

Red Flag warnings for fire danger due to Santa Ana winds and a critical lack of moisture have been extended, with a possible increase in gusts Thursday into Friday.

California realtors say tax plan has made some homes hard to sell

Business & Economy | | December 13 2017, 6:29 PM

"We're seeing many folks waiting to see what will happen before they make a decision on what's good for their family," said one realtor.

Bikes in trees? LA seeks to regulate dockless bicycles

Local | | December 13 2017, 6:02 PM

City transportation officials say private companies renting dockless bike rentals could benefit some neighborhoods but they have created problems elsewhere.

Death penalty recommended for killer of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez

Crime & Justice | | December 13 2017, 5:57 PM

Jurors recommended the death penalty for Palmdale man Isauro Aguirre on Wednesday, convicted in the torture and murder of Gabriel Fernandez.

California lawmaker Hertzberg faces claims his hugs were inappropriate

Politics | | December 13 2017, 5:45 PM

A California Democratic state senator known for greeting people with hugs is now facing allegations that his behavior made women he worked with uncomfortable.

PBS suspends distribution of Tavis Smiley show for misconduct

Arts & Entertainment | | December 13 2017, 5:11 PM

PBS said Wednesday it has indefinitely suspended distribution of Tavis Smiley's talk show after an independent investigation uncovered "multiple, credible allegations" of misconduct by its host.

3 reasons why California's fire risk won't dampen anytime soon

Environment & Science | | December 13 2017, 4:56 PM

The Thomas Fire, the fifth largest wildfire in California history, is a harbinger of things to come in the West.

New LA fees on developers earmarked for affordable housing

Local | | December 13 2017, 2:57 PM

The LA City voted Wednesday to asses the fee. Developers say it will slow housing construction and cause the price for existing units to rise.

Former UC Davis conductor accused of sexual assault

Local | | December 13 2017, 1:24 PM

Danny Gray, now a university administrator, alleges D. Kern Holoman sexually assaulted him in a hot tub in Holoman's home in 1987, when Gray was a freshman.

How a deregulated internet could hurt america's classrooms

Business & Economy | | December 13 2017, 1:07 PM

Schools use the internet for a lot of learning: researching, virtual travel, watching videos. Educators say it opens their classrooms to the world. The removal of net neutrality could change all that.

Winemakers worry wildfires will leave whiff of ashtray in their wine

Environment & Science | | December 13 2017, 1:01 PM

Grapes exposed to smoke from wildfires can absorb compounds that carry over into wine and ruin the flavor. The problem is only expected to grow as extreme weather events become more frequent.

US national parks to slash number of free days for visitors

US & World | | December 13 2017, 10:57 AM

After waiving fees 16 days in 2016 and 10 days in 2017, the National Park Service announced Tuesday that it will have four no-cost days next year.

Loss of water in drought caused Sierra Nevada to rise, study says

Environment & Science | | December 13 2017, 10:28 AM

California's Sierra Nevada rose nearly an inch in height from October 2011 to October 2015 due to loss of water from rocks during drought.

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

Arts & Entertainment | | December 13 2017, 9:55 AM

A band of misfits known as the Goonies, a sinking ship, some baseball ghosts and the unrelenting New York cop John McClane are being added to the prestigious National Film Registry.

White House: Nomination of Alabama lawyer Brett Talley 'will not be moving forward'

Crime & Justice | | December 13 2017, 9:53 AM

Brett Talley had been rated "unanimously unqualified" by the American Bar Association in part because he had not tried a case or argued a motion in federal court.

GOP lawmakers agree on final tax package, Hatch says

Politics | | December 13 2017, 9:47 AM

Senate Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, says House and Senate Republicans have agreed on a final tax bill. GOP leaders aim to pass it next week.

USC president is third-highest paid in higher education

Education | | December 13 2017, 8:34 AM

Sixty-six university presidents took home more than $1 million in 2015, according to a new analysis by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

'Three Billboards' tops SAG noms, 'Big Sick' bounces back

Arts & Entertainment | | December 13 2017, 7:33 AM

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" has landed a leading four Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations, including best ensemble.

An upset in Trump country: Democrat Doug Jones bests Roy Moore in Alabama

Politics | | December 13 2017, 6:08 AM

Republican Senate majority shrinks to one seat after race tainted by sexual assault allegations. President Trump, who backed Moore, congratulated Jones, as the GOP Senate candidate refused to concede.

LA County supervisors press for better harassment policies

Local | | December 13 2017, 5:00 AM

Several members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors suggested changes are needed to make sexual harassment procedures easier to access for county workers.

Farm worker in wildfire conditions: 'It was full of smoke'

Local | | December 13 2017, 5:00 AM

Some growers took steps to protect farm workers during the Thomas Fire, but others were slower to do so. One congresswoman calls for tougher regulations during wildfires.

LAUSD ramps up inquiry at Rodriguez's former charter school

Education | | December 13 2017, 5:00 AM

L.A. Unified alleges a pattern of "neglecting to provide comprehensive responses and accurate information" about Rodriguez's alleged financial misdeeds. The charter says it's done nothing wrong.

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You’ve seen the ‘impeach’ ads. What is Tom Steyer up to?

| December 13 2017, 9:47 AM

You’ve probably seen the “impeach Trump” ads from billionaire and environmentalist Tom Steyer.

What you need to know about net neutrality before Thursday’s vote

| December 13 2017, 9:42 AM

If you’re an internet user in just about any capacity, you’ll probably want to pay close attention to the Thursday vote at the Federal Communications Commission to approve a proposal by chairman Ajit Pai that would repeal net neutrality rules the FCC passed in 2015.

The link between childhood obsessions and brain development

| December 13 2017, 9:36 AM

Whether it’s watching Peter Pan every day after school or rattling off the scientific names and traits of countless dinosaurs, it’s common for children to form extreme attachments to subjects, narratives or objects at a young age.

As views on shared custody shift across America, AirTalk listeners share their own stories

| December 13 2017, 9:36 AM

As attitudes regarding post-divorce parenting have shifted toward a more collaborative approach, more than 20 states have considered legislation to encourage shared custody when a married couple with kids gets divorced.

The impact of Roy Moore’s loss and what’s the latest on the GOP tax plan?

| December 13 2017, 9:19 AM

Democrat Doug Jones has won the Alabama Senate special election, a victory that was a stunning upset in a deeply red state that voted overwhelmingly for President Trump.

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'Feminism' is Merriam-Webster's word of the year

| December 13 2017, 1:12 PM

The dictionary has its definition, but we asked people what they really think about the word as an idea or a movement

K2 Sports: why the Dodgers are pinching pennies and Kobe Bryant's short film, Dear Basketball.

| December 13 2017, 12:58 PM

There's a developing story about the Dodgers, but not about acquiring new players or coaches - rather on money that they're not spending.  They're one of the premiere teams in Major League Baseball, and this year's World Series battle with the Houston Astros was one of the most thrilling in recent memory, going all the way to a Game seven.

Westside resident worries LA will blame future wildfires on homeless

Local | | December 13 2017, 11:22 AM

Maryam Zar worked with the homeless in her community of Pacific Palisades to prevent the kind of situation that sparked the Skirball fire.

No Moore: Alabama loss could be a warning to SoCal's GOP lawmakers

| December 13 2017, 11:04 AM

"This is a serious problem for Republicans across the country," one analyst tells Take Two.

Improving California's emergency alert system

| December 13 2017, 10:57 AM

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson says the alerts need to be resilient and redundant

How an activist fights plastic pollution on a raft made from trash

| December 13 2017, 10:36 AM

"That sensory overload in LA completely goes away when you are at sea. Sometimes I could just count from one to 1000."

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What do the SAG nominations mean for Oscars and #MeToo?

Arts & Entertainment | | December 13 2017, 5:25 PM

Awards season is usually the time for Hollywood to celebrate itself. This year, its also a reflection of increased scrutiny on the industry's treatment of women.

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