Archive for May 24th, 2018

Border Patrol Shooting Death Of Immigrant Woman Raises Tensions In South Texas

US & World | | May 24 2018, 11:00 PM

Federal and state authorities are investigating the shooting death of a young immigrant along the U.S.-Mexico border. Few details about the incident have been released.

Harvey Weinstein Will Turn Himself In To Police On Criminal Charges

US & World | | May 24 2018, 9:40 PM

The Hollywood mogul is expected to hand himself over to police at 8 a.m. Friday in Manhattan, a source tells NPR. He's expected pay a million-dollar bail and surrender his passport.

NTSB: Uber Self-Driving Car Had Disabled Emergency Brake System Before Fatal Crash

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 24 2018, 8:00 PM

The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report said that sensors saw the victim. But Uber says it's the driver, not its system, that was supposed to intervene to avoid the collision.

Mitch McConnell On Filling The Federal Bench: 'This Is My Top Priority'

Politics | | May 24 2018, 7:00 PM

The Senate majority leader says he is focusing the chamber's agenda for the rest of 2018 on confirming conservatives to lifetime judicial appointments.

Australian Woman Sentenced To Die In Malaysia For Drug Smuggling

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 24 2018, 6:40 PM

Lawyers are appealing the sentence and say the 54-year-old from Sydney was the victim of an online scam.

USC president's future depends on board of trustees

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 24 2018, 6:09 PM

Faculty leaders at USC approved a vote of no confidence Wednesday against USC President Max Nikias. He’s been under fire for recent abuse scandals involving faculty. But final say over whether he stays or goes rests with the university’s 83 member board of trustees.

How the LA Zoo is trying to save an endangered local frog

Environment & Science | | May 24 2018, 6:07 PM

A frog that lives only in the San Gabriel Mountains is nearly extinct. A breeding program at the L.A. Zoo is trying to change that.

New Census Data Shows Texas Cities Are Growing Faster Than All Other States

US & World | | May 24 2018, 6:00 PM

The study found seven of the nation's fastest-growing cities are in Texas, with San Antonio expanding by the greatest number from 2016 to 2017.

What's Up With All The Home Runs? MLB Hired Scientists. Here's What They Found Out

US & World | | May 24 2018, 4:20 PM

A panel of experts studied the issue for months but couldn't come up with much more than ballpark determinations as to why home run rates are spiking.

How A Cheap Magnet Might Help Detect Malaria

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 24 2018, 3:40 PM

Engineers in California are working on a new test that could offer a fast, cheap way to see if people are infected with the parasite.

As The Planet Warms, We'll Be Having Rice With A Side Of CO2

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 24 2018, 3:20 PM

Scientists found that exposing rice to high levels of carbon dioxide causes it to lose valuable nutrients like iron, zinc, and B vitamins. But some varieties are better at resisting than others.

Italy Finally Designates A Prime Minister, But Some Fear Future Political Storms

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 24 2018, 3:20 PM

After turbulent talks, the leading parties settled on Giuseppe Conte as premier. Still, between the wary partners in power and Conte's political inexperience, the turbulence may remain.

Women Accuse Morgan Freeman Of Harassment, Inappropriate Behavior, CNN Reports

US & World | | May 24 2018, 3:00 PM

Eight people told CNN that they were victims of harassment or inappropriate behavior by Freeman, and eight others said they had witnessed such conduct by the Oscar-winning actor.

Saved In The NECCO Time! Bankrupt Candy Company Sold At Federal Auction

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 24 2018, 3:00 PM

The 171-year-old New England Confectionery Co. — known for its iconic wafers and Valentine hearts with witty phrases — was sold to the family-owned Ohio-based Spangler Candy Company for $18 million.

Asteroid Impact That Wiped Out The Dinosaurs Also Caused Abrupt Global Warming

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 24 2018, 1:40 PM

The crash of the space rock that slammed into the Yucatan Peninsula also warmed up the Earth's atmosphere for 100,000 years. And scientists say it's a cautionary tale for people living today.

After 16 Months, Trump Names An Ambassador To South Korea

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 24 2018, 1:40 PM

Adm. Harry Harris is the head of the U.S. Pacific Command and is known for his hawkish views on North Korea and China. His nomination comes amid the ongoing drama on the Korean Peninsula.

Blue ribbon commission won't get to see report on man charged with killing officer

Crime & Justice | | May 24 2018, 11:59 AM

The confidential report details the events that led to the Michael Mejia's release on probation. Critics have questioned why the gang member was back on the street.

3 Things You Should Know About Europe's Sweeping New Data Privacy Law

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 24 2018, 10:40 AM

The General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect Friday, but it also has implications in the U.S. Firms like Spotify and eBay now say you can ask them to delete data about you they've stored.

Air Force Uncovered LSD Use Among Airmen Guarding Nuclear Missiles

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 24 2018, 9:20 AM

Military investigators cracked the ring in 2016, after one of the service members made the mistake of posting material to social media.

Dog eat your ballot? Share your #VotingConfession

Politics | | May 24 2018, 8:15 AM

Even Al Gordon, the intrepid first-time voter from our "Make Al Care" series, admits his commitment is waning. Why is voting hard for you?

22 awesome things to do Memorial Day weekend

Local | | May 24 2018, 7:30 AM

From beer, vegan food and a celebration of the "Big Lebowski" to a retrospective on photographer George Rodriguez, this Southern California weekend has plenty to offer.

Trump calls off summit meeting with North Korean leader

US & World | | May 24 2018, 7:09 AM

"Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long planned meeting."

Missile That Downed MH17 Came From Russian Military, Investigators Say

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 24 2018, 7:00 AM

The Malaysia Airlines passenger jet was shot down over eastern Ukraine in July 2014, killing 298 people aboard. Russia has denied involvement.

North Korea demolishes its nuclear test site in a 'huge explosion'

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 24 2018, 6:45 AM

Journalists witnessed as North Korea blew up tunnels it uses for nuclear testing. But experts say it was mostly for show, and closing the site will have little impact on the nation's capabilities.

What's Going On In Your Child's Brain When You Read Them A Story?

Education | | May 24 2018, 5:20 AM

There are many ways young children encounter stories. A new study finds a "Goldilocks effect," where a cartoon may be "too hot" and audiobooks "too cold" for learning readers.

More USC faculty call on campus president to resign

Education | | May 24 2018, 5:00 AM

At a meeting called by faculty leaders on Wednesday, USC professors said they've lost confidence in top administrators. Many want USC President Max Nikias to resign.

North Korea Threatens To Scuttle Summit, Saying It Won't 'Beg The U.S. For Dialogue'

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 24 2018, 4:40 AM

North Korea's vice foreign minister calls remarks made by Vice President Pence "ignorant and stupid" and said she was prepared to recommend to Kim Jong Un to "reconsider" the summit.

Deadly Delivery: Opioids By Mail

Politics | | May 24 2018, 4:00 AM

Congressional investigators say hundreds of millions of dollars of fentanyl is coming into the U.S. by mail. But lawmakers are finding it hard to stop.

Court Upholds Ruling Against California's Assisted Suicide Law

US & World | | May 24 2018, 1:00 AM

The decision lets stand a lower court ruling that the state's 2015 law allowing doctors to prescribe life-ending drugs to the terminally ill was passed unconstitutionally.

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How a veteran writer got Paul Simon to open up about his legendary career

Arts & Entertainment | | May 24 2018, 1:16 PM

Author Robert Hilburn convinced the singer/songwriter to talk about making music before, during, and after his days with Art Garfunkel.

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We evaluate US strategy towards North Korea as Trump opens door to diplomacy with Kim Jong Un hours after canceling summit

| May 24 2018, 9:44 AM

President Donald Trump declares he is "waiting" to see if North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will again "engage in constructive dialogue." Trump opened the door for diplomacy Thursday just hours after he canceled a summit with Kim scheduled for next month in Singapore.

Is the city creating a monopoly with its proposed scooter and bike-sharing regulations?

| May 24 2018, 9:41 AM

Los Angeles officials have started debating how to regulate the influx of scooter and bike-sharing companies that have popped up throughout the city, garnering praise for solving the “last mile” problem, as well as annoyance and safety concerns from residents.

Why you should read all of the privacy policy updates flooding your inbox

| May 24 2018, 9:21 AM

A new law protecting users’ digital data is going into effect across the European Union on Friday – and it’s changing privacy policies for U.S. users too.

How much of California’s $9-billion budget surplus should go to fight homelessness?

| May 24 2018, 9:14 AM

The homeless problem has reached crisis level in the state. A number of mayors across the state is banding together to asking the Brown administration for $1.5 billion to tackle homelessness in their cities.

Security measure or Big Brother? Civil rights groups ask Amazon to stop selling its facial recognition system to law enforcement

| May 24 2018, 9:14 AM

The ACLU released an open letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Tuesday, demanding Amazon to “stop powering a government surveillance infrastructure that poses a grave threat to customers and communities across the country.”

LA County Sheriff’s race interview: Sheriff Jim McDonnell

| May 24 2018, 9:11 AM

There are three candidates running for the L.A. County Sheriff position: two department veterans, Bob Lindsey and Alex Villanueva, and incumbent Sheriff Jim McDonnell.

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