Archive for September 20th, 2018

American Airlines Is The Latest To Raise Checked-Baggage Fees

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | September 20 2018, 8:40 PM

The first and second bags will each cost $5 more, going up to $30 and $40. Delta, United and JetBlue have also announced increases.

Shutdown Of New Mexico Observatory Was Part Of Investigation Into Child Pornography

US & World | | September 20 2018, 6:20 PM

The observatory suddenly closed, with little explanation, for 11 days in September, fueling rumors its shutdown was due to aliens, UFOs, or government surveillance.

Recordings banned at SoCal congressional candidate debate

Local | | September 20 2018, 6:11 PM

The race to represent the 25th Congressional District, which includes cities like Simi Valley and Palmdale, has taken an odd turn.

Problems found in handling of LA County workplace complaints

Local | | September 20 2018, 5:56 PM

A recently released audit found serious problems with the way that Los Angeles County handles sexual harassment and other workplace complaints.

Google Warned Senators, Aides Of Hacking Attempts On Personal Emails

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | September 20 2018, 5:40 PM

In a recent letter, Sen. Ron Wyden said some senators and Senate staff members were warned by a major tech company "that their personal email accounts were targeted by foreign government hackers."

Stuck In Traffic? You're Not Alone. New Data Show American Commute Times Are Longer

US & World | | September 20 2018, 5:20 PM

Newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau show Americans have spent an extra two and a half hours commuting last year compared to the year before.

Hackers Steal $59 Million In Cryptocurrency From Japanese Exchange

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | September 20 2018, 5:00 PM

Tech Bureau Corp., which owns the Zaif cryptocurrency exchange, says the security breach occurred last week, and was discovered several days later.

World Sports Agency Reinstates Russia After Doping Scandal

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | September 20 2018, 4:40 PM

The decision, described by one advocate as "the greatest treachery against clean athletes in Olympic history," is subject to conditions. It has been roundly condemned by anti-doping advocates.

Ireland Plans To Offer Abortions For Free, As Ban Is Officially Repealed

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

"Yes, it is my intention that the services will be free," Health Minister Simon Harris said, adding that the goal is to ensure access and not force women to travel for the procedure.

Kavanaugh Accuser Open To Testifying About Sexual Assault Allegations

Politics | | September 20 2018, 2:40 PM

Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who alleges Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s, is open to appearing before a Senate panel next week.

London Police Outfoxed, Abandon 3-Year Search For Serial Cat Killer

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | September 20 2018, 2:20 PM

Scotland Yard is hoping to put fears of a serial cat killer to rest. Authorities now say that scavenging animals, not sadistic humans, are responsible for hundreds of reported cat mutilations.

In The U.K.-EU Faceoff, Neither Side Is Blinking

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | September 20 2018, 1:20 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May appealed to her European counterparts, trying to preserve Britain's access to the EU's single market after the Brexit. But EU leaders are playing hardball.

Scientists Create Immature Human Eggs From Stem Cells

Health | | September 20 2018, 1:00 PM

A Japanese research team made immature human eggs from stem cells that were derived from human blood. The technique brings scientists a step closer to being able to mass-produce human eggs.

From 'Everything Under' To 'Overstory': The 2018 Man Booker Prize Shortlist

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | September 20 2018, 11:20 AM

Just half a dozen authors remain in contention for the prestigious fiction award: Anna Burns, Esi Edugyan, Daisy Johnson, Rachel Kushner, Richard Powers and Robin Robertson.

Kim Wants New Summit With Trump, Moon Says After Visiting North Korea

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | September 20 2018, 11:00 AM

Addressing an audience of 150,000 North Koreans, South Korean President Moon Jae-in says he hopes "the past 70-year-long hostility can be eradicated and we can become one again."

In Lab Turned Casino, Gambling Monkeys Help Scientists Find Risk-Taking Brain Area

Health | | September 20 2018, 10:20 AM

Scientists at Johns Hopkins have identified a brain region in monkeys that influences their desire to take big risks. When this area is inactivated, the monkeys tend to hedge their bets.

Trump Officials 'Did Not Want' Census Survey To Ask About Sexual Orientation

US & World | | September 20 2018, 10:20 AM

Four federal agencies under President Obama requested new sexual orientation and gender identity questions for the American Community Survey. Under President Trump, the proposal stalled.

Octopuses Get Strangely Cuddly On The Mood Drug Ecstasy

Health | | September 20 2018, 10:00 AM

The drug makes the usually antisocial creatures much more interested in friendly contact with other octopuses. It's one more sign that the chemistry of social behavior has deep evolutionary roots.

Malaysia Charges Former Prime Minister Najib With Money-Laundering

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | September 20 2018, 7:40 AM

The money-laundering accusations are related to the so-called 1MDB scandal, in which billions of dollars allegedly went missing from a state fund.

23 fabulous things to do in Southern California this weekend

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | September 20 2018, 7:00 PM

Filled with fall festivals and fun stuff to do in the fresh air, this weekend features the Frogtown Art Walk, a Moon Festival, a craft fair and Tarfest.

Complaint filed against Councilman Jose Huizar on site for reporting misconduct

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | September 20 2018, 6:44 PM

The specifics of the allegations aren't public, but the site is set up to report discrimination, harassment and retaliation.

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New law requires doctors to tell patients when put on probation

| September 20 2018, 9:53 AM

California doctors will have to tell patients if they are on probation for sexual misconduct or other wrongdoing under a new law.

Tikka masala chips, jalapeño M&Ms & wasabi-cream Oreos: how candy and snack food companies are targeting international audiences

| September 20 2018, 9:47 AM

M&M’s is rolling out three new offerings of its classic peanut candy in 2019 -- English Toffee Peanut, Mexican Jalapeno Peanut and Thai Coconut.

With public hearing set for Monday, we check in on the latest with Kavanaugh

| September 20 2018, 9:37 AM

President Donald Trump says "we'll have to make a decision" if Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's sexual-assault accuser "makes a credible showing" before the Senate Judiciary

As LA Metro considers renaming rail lines, AirTalk asks: What are your ideas?

| September 20 2018, 9:16 AM

Metro rail lines are quickly expanding across Los Angeles.

How will Trump administration’s new definition of anti-Semitism affect students’ rights on college campuses?

| September 20 2018, 9:15 AM

The federal government is reopening a probe into an alleged anti-Semitic incident at New Jersey’s Rutgers University.

Triple Play: The Dodgers, baby

| September 20 2018, 8:43 AM

It’s been a rollercoaster kind of year for the Boys in Blue.

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