Archive for June 19th, 2018

Dow Jones Drops GE, A Member Of The Original Industrial Average In 1896 | | June 19 2018, 11:00 PM

As recently as 2005, according to Reuters, General Electric was the most valuable publicly traded company in the United States. It will be replaced by the parent company of Walgreens pharmacies.

Villaraigosa backs Newsom in LA after failed gubernatorial bid | | June 19 2018, 9:43 PM

Antonio Villaraigosa, who fell short in his bid to be California's net governor, joined frontrunner Gavin Newsom at Homeboy Industries' Homegirl Cafe in Los Angeles on Tuesday. L.A.

Chickenpox case detected in immigrant detained at Victorville federal prison | | June 19 2018, 9:34 PM

More than 800 prison staff members at a federal facility in Victorville were notified this week that an immigrant detainee there has been diagnosed with chickenpox, according to a letter from the warden obtained by KPCC/LAist.

Inglewood housing activists sue city over plans for an LA Clippers stadium | | June 19 2018, 9:26 PM

In two years, the LA Rams move to Inglewood. And now it looks like the Clippers might follow.

Toxics agency says Exide cleanup is far from over

Environment & Science | | June 19 2018, 9:24 PM

The head of the state Department of Toxic Substances Control says it will take two more years to finish removing lead from all of 2,500 properties near the old Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon.

LA Supes vote to move ahead with new jail for mentally ill inmates

Crime & Justice | | June 19 2018, 9:24 PM

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to move ahead with a $2.2 billion plan to demolish Men's Central Jail in downtown L.A. and replace it with a 3,800-bed facility that will specialize in treating inmates with mental health problems.

The latest on the brown water plaguing some Compton households | | June 19 2018, 9:21 PM

Frustrated residents met in Compton Monday night to vent about discolored water coming out of their taps. 

It's Easier To Call A Fact A Fact When It's One You Like, Study Finds | | June 19 2018, 5:40 PM

The Pew Research Center looked at Americans' ability to identify factual statements as opposed to opinion statements. Success rates varied significantly, they found — and partisan bias played a role.

Agent Who Sent Anti-Trump Text Messages Escorted From FBI Building | | June 19 2018, 5:00 PM

Peter Strzok was escorted from the building as part of the bureau's ongoing internal disciplinary process, his lawyer said in a statement.

Big Banks Are Once Again Taking Risks With Complex Financial Trades, Report Says | | June 19 2018, 4:20 PM

Are banks exploiting a loophole in U.S. rules that allows some derivatives traders to escape federal regulation? "We've seen this movie already," said the report's author, Michael Greenberger.

The Food Insecurity Of North Korea | | June 19 2018, 4:00 PM

Agricultural scientists and aid representatives believe the country is still unable to feed all its population. Why is that the case?

Differences Over Migration Policy Throw German Government Into Crisis

US & World | | June 19 2018, 3:00 PM

Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition partner wants to bar migrants from entering Germany if they've applied for asylum elsewhere, and has given her two weeks to tighten asylum rules.

Former CIA Employee Charged In Massive Leak Of Confidential Information

Crime & Justice | | June 19 2018, 2:00 PM

Joshua Schulte allegedly stole material for an unnamed organization — thought to be WikiLeaks — to post online. The group released a trove of documents on the agency's hacking tools last year.

A Look At Social Media Finds Some Possible Benefits For Kids

Health | | June 19 2018, 1:20 PM

Researchers analyzing data from a study looking at adolescent cognition found greater social media use was associated with increased physical activity and less family conflict.

This Fashion Brand Grew On Instagram With Help Of Celebs, Relatable Models | | June 19 2018, 11:20 AM

Fashion Nova was among the top-trending fashion brands online in 2017. How did a retailer with only five stores get so popular? Associating its brand with Cardi B and Kylie Jenner didn't hurt.

Stock Markets Drop Amid Escalating Tariff Threats | | June 19 2018, 10:40 AM

Global stock markets fell in response to President Trump's threats to add another layer of tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods. Trade tensions are leaving investors uncertain, analysts say.

Report For Defense Department Ranks Top Threats From 'Synthetic Biology'

Health | | June 19 2018, 10:20 AM

A committee of experts examined about a dozen different synthetic biology technologies that could be potentially misused. For each, they considered how likely it was to be usable as a weapon.

California Lottery Sales Are Shattering Records — But Schools Aren’t Hitting The Jackpot

Business & Economy | | June 19 2018, 10:05 AM

The California Lottery is minting money. This year, revenues will soar to $6.9 billion. That should be good news for the state’s schools, the lottery's only beneficiary. Yet even as ticket sales have skyrocketed, California schools aren’t seeing much of a return on that investment

Judge Tosses Kansas' Proof-Of-Citizenship Voter Law, And Rebukes Sec. Of State Kobach

US & World | | June 19 2018, 10:00 AM

Kansas had one of the strictest voter registration laws in the U.S. But a federal judge says it's unconstitutional — and she is requiring Kris Kobach to take legal classes to brush up on the rules.

A Record Number Of People Were Displaced In 2017 For 5th Year In A Row | | June 19 2018, 7:20 AM

An average of 44,000 people were displaced every day, or one person every two seconds, according to a United Nations report. Conflict is the biggest factor driving displacement.

As Carbon Dioxide Levels Rise, Major Crops Are Losing Nutrients | | June 19 2018, 4:20 AM

As the level of carbon dioxide in the air rises because of climate change, scientists are trying to pin down how plants are impacted. There's evidence that it's changing many important plants we eat.

How Virtual Advisers Help Low-Income Students Apply To College

Education | | June 19 2018, 4:00 AM

Nearly one-fourth of high-achieving students from low-income families apply to college completely on their own. One approach to make the experience better? Pair students up with a virtual adviser.

North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Visits China | | June 19 2018, 3:20 AM

This is Kim's third visit to China, and comes just one week after his summit with President Trump in Singapore.

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California’s high housing costs and its impact on employment

| June 19 2018, 9:28 AM

Plenty of workers still move West each year for a new job in California.

Deep dive into immigration: pending legislation on the Hill, psychological impact of family separation and how we got here

| June 19 2018, 9:28 AM

President Trump is scheduled to meet House Republicans on Tuesday to discuss two GOP immigration bills that are expected to get a floor vote this week.

With new CA ballot initiative, the rent control debate continues

| June 19 2018, 9:15 AM

A new initiative found its way to the November ballot, adding fuel to the ongoing rent control debate in California.

The final frontier: Trump directs Pentagon to establish ‘Space Force’

| June 19 2018, 9:10 AM

On Monday, at a National Space Council meeting, President Trump said he would direct the Pentagon to create a sixth branch of the military – a “space force” which would protect the goals of the U.S. in space.

World Health Organization classifies ‘gaming disorder’ as a mental health disorder

| June 19 2018, 9:07 AM

Playing hours of video games has now been deemed pathological, at least by the World Health Organization.

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