Archive for December 15th, 2017

Here's what the final GOP tax plan means for California

Business & Economy | | December 15 2017, 6:31 PM

Golden Staters typically deduct an average of $18,400 for state and local taxes from their federal tax bill. The GOP plan would limit that to $10,000.

Thomas Fire grows to more than 400 square miles

Local | | December 15 2017, 6:27 PM

The fire has raged for 11 days in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, destroying at least 700 homes, forcing thousands to evacuate and killing a firefighter.

How to make the most out of your ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ watching experience

Arts & Entertainment | | December 15 2017, 5:54 PM

You're going to see "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"! Great! Here's your checklist to make sure you have the best time possible at a theater near you.

GOP releases final draft of its tax bill. Here's what it says

Politics | | December 15 2017, 5:30 PM

With newfound support from two wavering senators, lawmakers appear to be on track to pass the measure and deliver it to President Trump for his signature by Christmas.

California has had a monster wildfire every year for the past 6 years

Environment & Science | | December 15 2017, 3:27 PM

Nearly three-quarters of the state's worst fires have happened since 2000. Experts blame forest management techniques, home construction in wilderness and climate change.

'Florida Project' producer accused of sexual misconduct

Arts & Entertainment | | December 15 2017, 2:55 PM

"The Florida Project" producer Andrew Duncan has been accused of sexual misconduct by a dozen anonymous women and is stepping down from his company June Pictures.

Want help explaining a medical procedure? Ask a 9-year-old

Health | | December 15 2017, 12:26 PM

Much of the information doctors hand patients before surgery is too complex and hard to understand. So British researchers asked 9-year-olds to rewrite a brochure about a hip replacement.

GOP congressman targeted by Democrats — and some constituents

Politics | | December 15 2017, 12:26 PM

U.S. Rep. Steve Knight who's running for reelection is regularly dogged by protests as unhappiness with President Trump and Knight's votes triggers more activism.

Natural disasters and the implications of missing so much school

Education | | December 15 2017, 7:58 AM

Wildfires, hurricanes, flooding — this fall has brought a wave of natural disasters to the U.S. With that comes many days where schools are closed — and those absences add up.

Avocado hand injuries are real. Is a seedless fruit the answer?

Health | | December 15 2017, 7:56 AM

Apparently people are showing up in the ER with nerve injuries from improperly cutting the pit out of an avocado. So now there's a cute seedless variety.

2 will go to trial over 36 deaths in Oakland 'Ghost Ship' fire

Crime & Justice | | December 15 2017, 7:51 AM

A judge found there is sufficient evidence to suspect two men are legally responsible for a fire that broke out last year at an unpermitted concert in a warehouse where people were living illegally.

California issues 1st licenses for legal pot market

Business & Economy | | December 15 2017, 7:34 AM

The 20 temporary licenses represent a fraction of the thousands of licenses expected to follow as the state embraces legal weed in 2018, but their release set off jubilation.

GOP tax plan expected to preserve medical expense deduction

Health | | December 15 2017, 5:00 AM

Lawmakers have agreed to keep the medical expense deduction, according to reports from NPR. The deduction provides tax relief to an estimated million California households.

SoCal service agencies cut back as refugee numbers dwindle

Local | | December 15 2017, 5:00 AM

As the number of refugees allowed to enter the U.S. drops during President Trump's administration, some service agencies have suspended their resettlement programs.

Here's how you can help fire victims in SoCal

Local | | December 15 2017, 5:00 AM

Hundreds of families have lost their homes to the wildfires. Several local non profits have set up funds to help them rebuild.

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Do theaters still need marquees in the digital age?

Arts & Entertainment | | December 15 2017, 4:48 PM

When the Antaeus Theatre Company moved into its new space in Glendale, the building was given a tried-and-true design element

Sarah DeLappe's 'The Wolves' imagines a girls soccer team as soldiers

Arts & Entertainment | | December 15 2017, 4:06 PM

The play follows an all-girls soccer team between matches. As she wrote the play, DeLappe says she envisioned it as a war movie.

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After deal with Disney, what will remain of heralded movie studio 20th Century Fox?

| December 15 2017, 9:51 AM

By now, you’ve likely read about the agreement Disney and Fox have reached for the former to swallow up a big portion of the latter – specifically, Disney is paying $52.4 billion for most of 21st Century Fox.

FilmWeek: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ ‘Ferdinand,’ ‘The Ballad of Lefty Brown,’ and more

| December 15 2017, 9:39 AM

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Lael Loewenstein, Wade Major, and Charles Solomon review this weekend’s new movie releases.


After New York subway bombing, Trump admin re-ups push toward merit-based immigration

| December 15 2017, 9:50 AM

In light of the New York subway bomber, the White House has renewed its rhetoric about the need for a merit-based rather than family-based immigration system.

How the Disney-Fox deal could impact how you watch local sports

| December 15 2017, 9:42 AM

With the mega Disney-21st Century Fox deal, 22 regional sports networks will be moved under the Disney / ESPN banner.

Should the city make college savings accounts for all LAUSD students?

| December 15 2017, 9:35 AM

The Los Angeles City Council is considering a novel idea: creating savings accounts for students in the Los Angeles Unified School District in hopes that they’ll be more likely to go to college.

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What the new tax proposal could mean for LA freelancers

Business & Economy | | December 15 2017, 11:47 AM

A Los Angeles accountant weighs in on how the federal tax bill could impact the way many individuals file taxes

The force is strong with these LA fashion stores

| December 15 2017, 11:29 AM

The latest fashion looks from a galaxy far, far away. Think Princess Leia ankle boots, Obi-Wan hoodies, Hoth ensembles.... you get the idea.

SOA: London Breed, CA,FCC showdown looms

| December 15 2017, 10:58 AM

Housing, homelessness, and affordability will keep acting San Francisco Mayor Breed busy until the special election in June.

The concert series that became too popular for its own good

Local | | December 15 2017, 10:55 AM

The Twilight Concert Series has been searching for ways to control the event, but haven't been able to satisfy concerns from city staff and police.

LA's shelter dogs may go vegan

Local | | December 15 2017, 10:44 AM

The proposal would switch dogs in city shelters to a vegan diet.

SoCal's Candy Cane Lanes face growing pains

Local | | December 15 2017, 10:32 AM

Santa-size crowds have created congestion, litter and safety concerns at several neighborhood holiday lights displays throughout the region.

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