Archive for February 16th, 2018

5 dead in fiery crash, closing the 10 Freeway in Rialto

Local | | February 16 2018, 6:43 PM

The California Highway Patrol says a cement pumping truck was heading west on Interstate 10 in Rialto shortly before 1 p.m. Friday when it smashed through the guard rail and ran head-on into eastbound traffic.

Facial recognition piloted by TSA at LAX

Local | | February 16 2018, 6:18 PM

For the next few weeks, facial recognition e-gates and an advanced imaging body scanner will be piloted at the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

Sen. Kamala Harris endorses Gavin Newsom for California governor

Politics | | February 16 2018, 6:03 PM

Harris gave her fellow Democrat and lieutenant governor the nod Friday in Los Angeles, saying Newsom will "lead with courage."

Ventura County man in Russia probe 'has made mistakes,' lawyer says

Politics | | February 16 2018, 5:46 PM

Richard "Ricky" Pinedo, who pleaded guilty to selling bank accounts to Russians meddling in U.S. elections, is coming to terms with his role in the matter.

13 Russian nationals, 1 SoCal man charged in Mueller investigation

Politics | | February 16 2018, 5:41 PM

The Russian defendants are accused of violating U.S. criminal laws to interfere with American elections and the political process.

Data breach exposes thousands of California state employees

Crime & Justice | | February 16 2018, 5:37 PM

Officials say a former California state employee downloaded sensitive personal information on thousands of fellow workers, potentially exposing them to identity theft.

7.2 earthquake slams Mexico

Environment & Science | | February 16 2018, 5:32 PM

The earthquake caused people to flee buildings and office towers in Mexico City, where residents were still jittery after a deadly quake last September.

California is past peak flu — but you should still get vaccinated

Health | | February 16 2018, 5:00 PM

The state's flu season peaked around New Year's, but it's still widespread. Public health officials say it's not too late to get a flu shot.

A town in Mexico sees guitar sales soar thanks to 'Coco'

Arts & Entertainment | | February 16 2018, 4:50 PM

Paracho is celebrating after a former resident helped design the guitar featured in the hit Disney-Pixar movie.

LA is still figuring out where pot shops can open

Business & Economy | | February 16 2018, 11:30 AM

Some in the cannabis industry say the rules around where pot shops can locate have become so broad that, in certain cases, they might include traffic medians.

FBI received tip on Florida suspect but didn't investigate

Crime & Justice | | February 16 2018, 10:11 AM

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is ordering a review of the Justice Department's processes, saying the shooting that killed 17 people was a "tragic consequence" of the FBI's failures.

In most states it's easier for teens to buy rifles than handguns | | February 16 2018, 9:43 AM

"An 18-year-old with an AK-47 and an AR-15 is completely unreasonable," said the director of public safety in Coral Gables, Florida. "That is a weapon that is meant for destruction. It's not a weapon that you can use to go hunting. That is a weapon ... used in the theater of war."

Jeffrey Tambor axed from 'Transparent'

Arts & Entertainment | | February 16 2018, 7:40 AM

The decision follows an internal investigation into sexual misconduct allegations. Tambor denounced the "false accusations" and the way Amazon handled them.

Romney makes it official: He's running for Utah Senate seat

Politics | | February 16 2018, 6:02 AM

Former presidential nominee Mitt Romney is considered a heavy favorite for the Senate seat held by Orrin Hatch, who is retiring.

Community mourns after deadly Florida school shooting

US & World | | February 16 2018, 5:52 AM

Thousands gathered at a local park, some chanting "no more guns," amid tearful remembrances of the 17 students and staff killed at Douglas High School.

What if Huck Finn navigated the LA River?

Local | | February 16 2018, 5:00 AM

A new book offers a modern twist on Mark Twain's classic. Huckleberry Finn floats down the L.A. River with an immigrant who's in the U.S. illegally.

North Koreans find faith and family in LA church

US & World | | February 16 2018, 5:00 AM

A Los Angeles church offers community to North Koreans who often come to the U.S. alone and mourning the loss of family back in their homeland.

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How Allison Janney channeled her inner critic for 'I, Tonya'

Arts & Entertainment | | February 16 2018, 5:14 PM

The Oscar-nominated actress worked hard to bring complexity to the role of Tonya Harding's abusive mother, LaVona.

A timely mariachi opera about the border and identity

Arts & Entertainment | | February 16 2018, 11:08 AM

“Cruzar la Cara de la Luna" (To Cross the Face of the Moon) combines traditional Mexican music with a classically European art form.

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Dark and dramatic: The 2018 Oscar nominations for best foreign film explore death, tragedy and human folly

| February 16 2018, 9:50 AM

The foreign films nominated for this year’s Academy Awards come from a range of different countries, yet all of their themes seem to straddle a thin, dark line.

FilmWeek: ‘Black Panther,’ ‘Early Man,’ ‘The Party’ and more

| February 16 2018, 9:24 AM

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Christy Lemire, Charles Solomon, and Tim Cogshell review this weekend’s new movie releases.


FBI had been alerted about potential threat of Florida school shooting suspect

| February 16 2018, 9:57 AM

As more details surface from Wednesday’s deadly attack on a Parkland, Florida high school, the 19-year-old accused shooter fits into a familiar narrative: Lone wolf. Depressed. Troubled.

CA bill would prevent companies from firing medical marijuana patients

| February 16 2018, 9:25 AM

A California bill introduced Wednesday would keep employees from losing their jobs if they test positive for medical cannabis use.

Latest on immigration proposals, plus Mueller indicts Russian nationals for election interference

| February 16 2018, 9:19 AM

A week that began with the hope that an open debate on the Senate floor would result in a DACA fix has stalled after four immigration proposals were blocked Thursday. Plus, the DoJ announced Friday that special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities in the Russia probe, including a Kremlin-linked internet research firm called the Internet Research Agency.

Take Two®

Meet 2 Olympic bobsledders with California roots

| February 16 2018, 1:21 PM

Lauren Gibbs and Carlo Valdes are competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics. They explain how they found bobsledding — or the sport found them.

Meet the guy who literally wrote the book on black superheroes

| February 16 2018, 11:56 AM

Adilifu Nama breaks down Wakanda, the African diaspora and all the film's black girl magic in the first installment of Movies With Experts.

Mendoza sues, Garcia stews: Sacramento's #MeToo takes some unexpected turns

| February 16 2018, 11:52 AM

Oh yeah, and there's a new candidate in the California governor's race. It's been a busy week for California politics.

The Loh Down On Science

George Takei on how he took his internment camp musical, 'Allegiance,' to Broadway

Arts & Entertainment | | February 16 2018, 12:53 PM

After a New York run in 2015, the show is set for its Los Angeles premiere at the Japanese American Cultural Center.