Archive for February 20th, 2018

Investigation of California state Sen. Tony Mendoza finds 6 misconduct cases

Politics | | February 20 2018, 6:17 PM

Democratic Sen. Tony Mendoza could face censure, suspension, expulsion or reinstatement from his colleagues as early as Thursday. He's been suspended during the investigation.

After Florida shooting, Trump calls for new regulations on bump stocks

Politics | | February 20 2018, 5:27 PM

The president is directing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to propose ways to ban devices like the ones used in the 2017 Las Vegas shooting that accelerate the shooting rate of semi-automatic weapons.

Judge tosses California law blocking actors' ages on IMDb

Arts & Entertainment | | February 20 2018, 5:04 PM

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria ruled Tuesday that the law aimed at preventing age discrimination in the entertainment industry violated the free speech rights of IMDb.com.

SoCal lawmaker: Misconduct claims against her are political smear

Politics | | February 20 2018, 3:38 PM

Democratic Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia denies groping a former male legislative staffer who worked for a colleague in 2014.

Supreme Court won't hear challenge to California's gun laws

Politics | | February 20 2018, 3:18 PM

The court, continuing a pattern of nonintervention, has turned away a constitutional challenge to a 10-day waiting period for gun purchases. Conservative Justice Clarence Thomas angrily dissented.

5 bills California lawmakers are looking at ways to make health care cheaper

Health | | February 20 2018, 3:13 PM

In lieu of pushing for an immediate transition to a government-run single-payer health care system, some are offering these bills as part of a more gradual approach.

Report detailing harassment at NPR cites 'high level of distrust' of management

Business & Economy | | February 20 2018, 3:00 PM

An outside legal review of NPR's handling of allegations against former top news executive Michael Oreskes found that questions were raised about his behavior even before he was hired.

LAPD could rewind its position on releasing body cam video

Crime & Justice | | February 20 2018, 2:29 PM

Until now, the LAPD has banned the release of body cam video - a policy sharply criticized as defeating their purpose of transparency and accountability. The new policy would release officer-involved shooting and other videos 45 days after the incident.

OC begins clearing river encampments, issuing motel vouchers to homeless

Local | | February 20 2018, 1:32 PM

As part of a legal settlement, Orange County will provide 30 days of food and temporary housing vouchers to people who had been living along the Santa Ana River.

Attorney admits he lied to Mueller's federal agents in Russia probe

Crime & Justice | | February 20 2018, 12:51 PM

An attorney linked to a former Trump campaign official admitted Tuesday he lied to federal investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller.

The father of the Internet sees his invention reflected back through a 'Black Mirror'

Environment & Science | | February 20 2018, 10:19 AM

The titans of Silicon Valley have a grand vision of the future. But they have a tendency to miss the downside of their inventions — think cybercrime and online harassment.

More than twice as many women are running for Congress in 2018 compared to 2016

Politics | | February 20 2018, 10:02 AM

Donald Trump is fueling many women's desire to run for office in 2018 — in the words of one analyst, he's "the gift that keeps on giving" to the resistance.

Canadians burn up the ice, Shib sibs win bronze in 'incredible' ice dance final

US & World | | February 20 2018, 9:02 AM

"This was an incredible ice-dance event," Maia Shibutani said, of a competition marked by high scores and high drama — and an electric program by Canadian legends Tess Virtue and Scott Moir.

Cold snap brings freeze, frost warnings to California

Local | | February 20 2018, 8:54 AM

The National Weather Service says the frigid winter conditions will stick around for a while longer. Southern California could see another round of freeze and frost warnings Wednesday.

What the public wants in a new LAPD chief

Crime & Justice | | February 20 2018, 5:01 AM

Compassion for the underserved. Respect for the homeless and for people with drug issues. These are some of the qualities people are seeking, according to the head of L.A.'s Police Commission.

LA's Locke High is improving — but is it still 'failing'?

Education | | February 20 2018, 5:01 AM

The latest plan to turn the school around is now in its 10th year and, despite obvious improvements, skeptics say it still fails too many kids.

LA County looks to build up housing stock

Politics | | February 20 2018, 5:01 AM

L.A. County officials, looking to address massive housing affordability challenges, will look at ways to encourage construction of low-income housing.

LAX moves forward with private partner to build tram line

Local | | February 20 2018, 5:01 AM

The people mover will connect the terminals with parking, car rentals and the new Crenshaw Light Rail line, providing a rail connection to LAX at long last.

Episode 4: The Investigation

Crime & Justice | | February 21 2018, 12:00 AM

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigates its own officers’ shootings — a common practice in California. Officials are adamant that their investigations into police shootings are impartial, highly supervised and beyond reproach.

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Meet the women behind the costumes and the look of 'Black Panther'

Arts & Entertainment | | February 20 2018, 4:40 PM

Three women were instrumental in creating the distinctive world of Wakanda: costume designer Ruth Carter; production designer Hannah Beachler; and cinematographer Rachel Morrison.

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State Senator proposes new law that would ban pay-per-signature bonus in ballot qualifying process

| February 20 2018, 9:56 AM

Paid signature-gathering has been a part of the ballot initiative process since its inception in Oregon the early 20th century, but a California Senator is aiming to change that by proposing a bill that would ban signature-gatherers from collecting payment on a per-signature basis.

In the fight for gun control, can a nation of high school students make a difference this time?

| February 20 2018, 9:50 AM

Gun control advocates are calling for a national walkout at schools across the country.

As the investigation continues, a look at the latest on the Russia indictments

| February 20 2018, 9:49 AM

The Department of Justice charged 13 Russians and 3 companies on Friday in an indictment that revealed interference in the 2016 election which favored President Trump’s campaign.

Florida school shooting reignites push for gun legislations. We debate 2 of them

| February 20 2018, 9:48 AM

Less than a week after a school shooting in Florida where 17 people were killed, California lawmakers are calling for legislative gun control measures that they say would have prevented the violence.

As Peter Thiel packs his bags for LA, AirTalk asks: have you ever moved because of your political beliefs?

| February 20 2018, 9:20 AM

It was reported last week that one of Silicon Valley’s giants Peter Thiel, known for numerous ventures including co-founding PayPal, being the former CEO of eBay and investing early in Facebook, is moving to Los Angeles in order to escape the liberal bubble of San Francisco.

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New music from LA's Sy Smith and more

| February 20 2018, 2:08 PM

Music supervisor Morgan Rhodes walks us through the latest from Beatchild, Sy Smith and Ravyn Lenae.

California lawmakers take a stand against offshore drilling

| February 20 2018, 1:36 PM

The U.S. Interior Department's proposal to open more offshore waters to oil and gas drilling, including areas in California, has gotten push back.

Ed O'Bannon and his fight against the NCAA

| February 20 2018, 1:14 PM

We talk with UCLA legend Ed O'Bannon about the groundbreaking lawsuit, O'Bannon v. NCAA, and his new book, "Court Justice: The Inside Story of My Battle Against the NCAA."

'Dangerous' people could get guns taken under proposed bill

| February 20 2018, 1:12 PM

A new bill could expand the gun violence restraining order system already on the books, allowing colleagues and school staff to report dangerous persons.

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