Archive for May 16th, 2018

Backed By Democratic Socialists, Two Young First-Timers Win Primaries In Pittsburgh

US & World | | May 16 2018, 9:40 PM

Two young, female first-time candidates won primary races against established incumbent Democrats from a family with deep roots in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Court Dismisses Latest Attempt To Acquire Kurt Cobain's Death Scene Photos

US & World | | May 16 2018, 9:00 PM

A Washington State court of appeals has rejected a conspiracy theorist's demand for graphic photos showing the Nirvana frontman after his suicide.

What you need to know about the new documents on the 2016 Trump Tower meeting

Politics | | May 16 2018, 6:47 PM

Here are three big-picture takeaways after the Senate Judiciary Committee's release of more than 2,500 pages of transcripts, emails and other materials.

North Korea Is Selling Facial Recognition Technology, Report Finds

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 16 2018, 6:40 PM

Researchers at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies say the country has used front companies and intermediaries to market products, sometimes to unwitting consumers.

Federal agency investigates Tesla crash; driver says car was on autopilot

Business & Economy | | May 16 2018, 6:36 PM

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it's looking into a collision where a Model S plowed into another car at 60 mph. It's at least the third safety probe of Tesla since March.

LA public defender badly needs more immigration lawyers, ACLU says

Crime & Justice | | May 16 2018, 6:11 PM

The ACLU notes that out of 700 public defenders, only two are immigration specialists. It calls for adding 15 more, given the Trump administration's aggressive immigration policies.

Orange County, other SoCal officials stand with White House at anti-sanctuary meeting

Local | | May 16 2018, 6:02 PM

The White House billed the meeting as one to "discuss shared efforts to end the nullification of federal law and restore community safety.”

Trump rails against California for its immigration policies

Politics | | May 16 2018, 5:52 PM

President Trump on Wednesday hammered California for its so-called sanctuary immigration policies, in what appeared to be his latest push to embolden his base leading into the midterm elections.

Deadly explosion at Orange County office building was no accident, investigators say

Crime & Justice | | May 16 2018, 5:42 PM

The blast killed one woman, who was identified as a 40-year-old business owner, and injured three other people, including two who underwent surgery Wednesday and were expected to survive.

Whether Or Not She's A Head Coach (Yet), Becky Hammon Has Started A Conversation

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 16 2018, 5:40 PM

Hammon, an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs, reportedly interviewed for a head coach position at the Milwaukee Bucks. She was never the frontrunner, but the news still sent shockwaves.

Yanny or Laurel? Here's why people hear different things in that viral clip

Arts & Entertainment | | May 16 2018, 5:21 PM

We consulted experts on how human brains perceive sound. The poor quality of the audio file can be blamed for the different ways our brains perceive it. What we expect to hear also matters.

SEC Creates Spoof Cryptocurrency Website To Warn Investors

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 16 2018, 5:20 PM

The Securities and Exchange Commission launched a fake website on Wednesday that mirrors many of the elements found in "initial coin offering" scams.

Tension Grows Around Referendum In Burundi

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 16 2018, 5:20 PM

Rights groups accuse the government of intimidating and even killing opponents of the vote, which could extend the rule of President Pierre Nkurunziza.

Time Is Running Out To Complete NAFTA Renegotation This Year

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 16 2018, 5:20 PM

House Speaker Paul Ryan has said the effort to overhaul the treaty needs to be completed this week, but fundamental differences remain among the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Test of Herceptin Finds Briefer Treatment Can Work, With Fewer Side Effects

Health | | May 16 2018, 4:20 PM

An aggressive type of breast cancer — a HER2-positive tumor — often shrinks with Herceptin treatment, but side effects can be tough. Researchers say a shorter course of the drug may be a good option.

Under The Banner Of Marijuana — An Estonian Municipality Adopts A New Flag

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 16 2018, 4:20 PM

The rural region has a long history of cultivating cannabis that goes back 150 years, and on Tuesday the newly formed local government approved using the leaf as the official government symbol.

California is steadily losing groundwater

Environment & Science | | May 16 2018, 3:52 PM

A new study of the globe's water says drought and farming are depleting California's groundwater, but new measures could help the state sustain its supply.

Senate approves overturning FCC's net neutrality repeal

Politics | | May 16 2018, 3:34 PM

Several Republicans joined Democrats in voting to overturn the FCC's controversial decision. But the measure has little chance of success in the House.

Italian Cops Try To Stop A Sex Trafficking Gang Called Black Axe

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 16 2018, 3:20 PM

After years of battling the mafia, the authorities are now going after gangs that force migrants from Nigeria into sex work.

Special Counsel Lawyer Duels In Federal Court With Attorney for 'Putin's Chef'

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 16 2018, 2:40 PM

One of the entities named in a high-profile indictment unveiled in February is fighting the case in federal court. Prosecutors want to limit how much secret information is revealed.

Guatemala, Following The U.S., Opens Its Own Embassy In Jerusalem

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 16 2018, 2:40 PM

"Guatemala takes a courageous decision," President Jimmy Morales said. But not everyone was pleased with the Latin American nation's decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Spotify's 'hateful conduct' policy drags the music industry into the #MeToo moment

Arts & Entertainment | | May 16 2018, 2:00 PM

The streaming giant's new policy on artists who engage in "hateful conduct" is a half-measure, but it demonstrates the power the company now wields — and the challenge it now faces.

Trump acknowledges financial 'liability' for Stormy Daniels payment

Politics | | May 16 2018, 12:40 PM

The federal ethics office flagged the disclosure in a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

EPA's Scott Pruitt, Subject Of Many Ethics Probes, Plays Defense Before Senate

Politics | | May 16 2018, 12:40 PM

Pruitt is facing a slew of allegations of excess spending and, as of this week, claims his agency sought to block a study on a suspected carcinogen. "I share your concerns," he told senators.

Michigan State University Reaches $500 Million Settlement With Nassar Abuse Victims

US & World | | May 16 2018, 12:00 PM

The terms of the agreement call for the bulk of the money to be paid out to more than 300 women and girls, with some set aside in a trust for possible future claimants.

Fox News Pays $10 Million To Settle Racial, Gender Bias Suits

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 16 2018, 11:00 AM

The settlements primarily involved allegations of racial bias against Fox News as well as gender bias and retaliation claims. The controlling Murdoch family hopes instead to focus on big deals ahead.

Fire rips through strip mall in San Gabriel

Local | | May 16 2018, 10:28 AM

San Gabriel officials said Valley Boulevard remains closed between New and Prospect avenues as firefighters continue clean-up efforts.

Senate Panel Approves Gina Haspel As CIA Chief; Confirmation Appears Likely

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 16 2018, 10:20 AM

The intelligence committee approved her 10-5. With several Democrats backing Haspel, she looks headed for confirmation in the full Senate despite her role in the CIA's waterboarding program.

Whistleblower: Cambridge Analytica Aimed To Trigger Paranoia And Racial Biases

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 16 2018, 10:00 AM

Cambridge Analytica used Facebook to find and target Americans to trigger paranoia and racial biases, Christopher Wylie, a former worker for the data analytics firm, told lawmakers on Wednesday.

Senate Committee Releases 2,500 Pages About 2016 Trump Tower Meeting

Politics | | May 16 2018, 8:20 AM

The papers reaffirm previous accounts of the meeting by people involved — that Donald Trump Jr. and team sought "dirt" offered to them on Hillary Clinton and received some political intelligence.

As '13 Reasons Why' Returns, Schools Try To Help Students Who Are Thinking Of Suicide

Education | | May 16 2018, 5:00 AM

About 1 in 5 teens may have contemplated suicide. But new research suggests that schools as a whole can make a difference.

Is pot the answer to keeping seniors in pain off opioids and other prescription drugs?

Health | | May 16 2018, 5:00 AM

The Laguna Woods Medical Cannabis Collective has more than 800 members on the books, a sign that seniors are open to using pot for chronic pain and other issues. The community has had a high rate of opioid overdose deaths.

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How David Henry Hwang’s 'Soft Power' morphed from a play to a musical

Arts & Entertainment | | May 16 2018, 5:05 PM

The playwright realized his story called for music, so he recruited composer Jeanine Tesori for the show that imagines China as the leading world power after the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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After yesterday’s 9th Circuit hearing, we’re one step closer to a final decision on the legality of DACA

| May 16 2018, 9:51 AM

The Trump administration tried to convince a U.S. appeals court Tuesday that it was justified in ending an Obama-era immigration policy that shielded hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation.

Yanny or Laurel: The internet’s latest viral offering

| May 16 2018, 9:50 AM

Following the “blue dress versus white dress” viral phenomenon that divided families and friends in 2015 comes another new perceptual headscratcher.

After Seattle’s ‘Amazon tax,’ could a ‘Google’ tax succeed in the Bay Area?

| May 16 2018, 9:35 AM

On Monday, Seattle’s City Council voted to impose a “head tax,” $275 per employee, for businesses that rake in at least $20 million annually.

Former NBA star Metta World Peace dishes on ups and downs of basketball career, mental health advocacy and life after the game in new book

| May 16 2018, 9:28 AM

Few basketball players in NBA history have been quite as polarizing as Metta World Peace.

California attorney general race: Interview with candidate Steven Bailey

| May 16 2018, 9:25 AM

Today, retired Judge of the Superior Court of California Steven Bailey joins Larry to discuss his campaign for California Attorney General.

Chief Beck’s last AirTalk interview: Discusses LAPD chief finalists, the department’s use of ‘predictive policing’ tech and more

| May 16 2018, 9:13 AM

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck joins Larry Mantle for his monthly check-in.

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How the Supreme Court sports betting decision could support the case for sanctuary states

| May 16 2018, 2:44 PM

The Supreme Court decision to overturn the federal law banning sports betting may end up empowering California in its various challenges against the federal government – including its status as a sanctuary state.

What legal sports betting could look like in California

Arts & Entertainment | | May 16 2018, 11:50 AM

Sports wagering is already happening on the black market, but now it might become a legal activity. The question is how it would work.

These high-tech buses are coming to LA and want to replace your car for road trips

| May 16 2018, 7:15 AM

The German inter-city bus company will start U.S. operations in Los Angeles this month with brand-new, high-tech buses running to Las Vegas, Phoenix and San Diego.

KPCC listener Julie felt drawn towards SF, but it was LA that became home

| May 16 2018, 7:02 AM

San Francisco was an alluring jazz song, and L.A. was tacky pop. Unexpectedly, Julie fell for that pop song.

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