Archive for November 14th, 2018

Sigrid Nunez, Elizabeth Acevedo Among 2018 National Book Award Winners

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | November 14 2018, 9:20 PM

Nunez and Acevedo won for fiction and young people's literature, respectively. The prestigious literary prize also honored Jeffrey C. Stewart, Justin Phillip Reed, Yoko Tawada and Margaret Mitsutani.

Betsy DeVos Sued For Failing To Implement Automatic Student Loan Forgiveness

Education | | November 14 2018, 7:00 PM

A new lawsuit claims tens of thousands of borrowers are still waiting for the Department of Education to erase their debt — about $250 million — as it was ordered to do last month.

Students raise thousands for teacher whose home burned in Woolsey Fire

Education | | November 14 2018, 6:40 PM

When students in dance classes at Van Nuys High School learned that their teacher, Reesa Partida, had lost her home in the Woolsey Fire last week, they sprang into action. The students set up a page for Partida on the crowdfunding website GoFundMe.

Fire officials' dilemma: How to deal with those who defy evacuation orders

Crime & Justice | | November 14 2018, 6:10 PM

It happens in every big wildfire. Officials issue mandatory evacuation orders, but some people stay behind and try to save their homes. Sometimes they succeed, and that raises a policy question that firefighters would rather not confront.

SoCal Edison is pushing to cut the fire risk from its power lines

Environment & Science | | November 14 2018, 6:09 PM

Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the Woolsey fire, but one of the things they're looking at is a brief outage Nov. 8 at a Southern California Edison substation in Ventura County that occurred two minutes before the fire was reported nearby.

Flake Pledges To Block Committee Votes On Judges — Until Mueller Bill On Senate Floor

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | November 14 2018, 6:00 PM

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., holds the deciding vote on a narrowly divided Senate Judiciary Committee. There are currently 21 judicial nominees awaiting a vote by the committee.

Photo Of Hitler Posing With A Girl Who Had A Jewish Grandmother Auctioned For $11.5K

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | November 14 2018, 5:40 PM

Rosa Bernile Nienau was apparently a favorite of the man responsible for the murder of 6 million Jews. Hitler personally inscribed the photo.

Rebel Democrats Claim They Can Defeat Pelosi In Speaker Vote

Politics | | November 14 2018, 3:20 PM

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi continues to express confidence she will be elected speaker of the House despite effort by small group of Democrats who say enough members want change to defeat her.

Maybe Neanderthals Weren't Quite So Nasty And Brutish

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | November 14 2018, 3:00 PM

New research finds they sustained skull injuries at about the same rate as early modern humans. "I definitely think that it's evidence these guys were not beating each other up," one expert says.

Malibu residents vent their frustration at fire officials

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | November 14 2018, 2:12 PM

Malibu residents vented their frustrations at a town hall Tuesday night in Santa Monica. Their biggest concern: when they'd be able to return to their houses.

Trump Versus News Media Lands In Court

Crime & Justice | | November 14 2018, 2:00 PM

A federal judge in Washington appointed by the president hears a case brought by CNN and joined by other outlets about the stripped credentials of a reporter.

2 Reports On The U.S. Military, 2 Different Messages

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | November 14 2018, 1:40 PM

The U.S. has spent nearly $6 trillion on wars since 2001, with no end in sight, according to one report. Another says the U.S. needs to ramp up military efforts to counter Russia and China.

Opinion: 'Nationalist' Arises, With Myriad Connotations, As The Word Of 2018

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | November 14 2018, 1:20 PM

President Trump created a firestorm when he described himself as a "proud" nationalist at a recent rally. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says the word carries a specter of racism and belligerence.

Bad air quality from Woolsey Fire forecast for days ahead

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | November 14 2018, 1:16 PM

With fire comes bad air, and air quality experts say evacuees returning to their home could be breathing in toxins, even if the sky looks clear.

Houston Got Hammered By Hurricane Harvey — And Its Buildings Are Partly To Blame

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | November 14 2018, 12:20 PM

The city itself — skyscrapers, homes and factories — snagged the moist air of Hurricane Harvey and caused more rain to fall. Two new studies detail how humans are making hurricane flooding worse.

How Doctors And Nurses Cope With The Human Toll Of Gun Violence

Health | | November 14 2018, 12:20 PM

Researchers are trying to understand how exposure to trauma cases affects clinicians and how they can get the mental health care they may need. For now, there are more questions than answers.

2 Years Later, 4 Family Members Arrested For Gruesome Ohio Murders

US & World | | November 14 2018, 8:20 AM

The four allegedly spent months planning the murders. "They did this quickly, coldly, calmly and very carefully ... but not carefully enough," the Pike County sheriff said.

Sri Lanka's Newly Appointed Prime Minister Ousted In No-Confidence Motion

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | November 14 2018, 8:00 AM

Just three weeks after being sworn in, Mahinda Rajapksa faced a hostile parliament with a majority of lawmakers still loyal to his predecessor, Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Officer Gave Security Guard 'Multiple Verbal Commands' To Drop Gun, Police Now Say

US & World | | November 14 2018, 7:40 AM

The agency said Roberson was in "plain black clothing with no markings readily identifying him as a Security Guard." That contradicts what multiple people who say they were witnesses told the media.

Man Who Made Fatal 'Swatting' Hoax Call Pleads Guilty To 51 Charges

US & World | | November 14 2018, 6:40 AM

Prosecutors say Tyler Barriss, 26, made numerous calls falsely reporting bombs and other crimes, including one that led police to fatally shoot an unarmed man last year in Wichita, Kan.

Hamas And Israel Agree To Egyptian-Brokered Cease-Fire

US & World | | November 14 2018, 5:40 AM

Hamas leaders announced the truce late Tuesday afternoon, thanking Egypt, Qatar, Norway and U.N. efforts. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the cease-fire was "not easy," but "right."

Yes, It's Almost Decision Time For 2020 Democratic Presidential Hopefuls

Politics | | November 14 2018, 4:20 AM

Dozens of Democrats are preparing to run for president in 2020. Advisers to some say that the Thanksgiving holiday next week begins a short window for potential candidates to make decisions.

A Search For New Ways To Pay For Drugs That Cost A Mint

Health | | November 14 2018, 4:20 AM

Installment plans and refunds for treatments that don't work are two options getting more attention as ultra-expensive therapies become more common. The financial strains will only grow.

Trump Nominates Retired Gen. John Abizaid To Be Ambassador To Saudi Arabia

US & World | | November 14 2018, 1:20 AM

Abizaid, a former CENTCOM commander, is best known for overseeing the Iraq War. The president's pick highlights the importance placed on the military partnership between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

Here's the latest on the wildfires burning in Southern California

Local | | November 14 2018, 8:07 AM

The Woolsey Fire is now one of the largest on record to burn in Los Angeles County. A blaze broke out in Fontana Tuesday night and quickly grew, fueled by strong Santa Ana winds.

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http://www.scpr.org/archive | | November 14 2018, 6:00 AM

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Checking in on a contested gun violence reduction program implemented in several CA cities

| November 14 2018, 10:20 AM

A few cities in California have been experimenting with a program called Advance Peace which is trying a new approach to reducing gun-related violence: social services and stipends.

Britain and E.U. reach draft Brexit deal: the details and the thorny approval process

| November 14 2018, 9:44 AM

British Prime Minister Theresa May's office has confirmed that the Cabinet will meet Wednesday to consider a draft divorce deal with the European Union.

The Blue Wave and the OC: What the congressional races tell us about Republicanism behind the Orange curtain

| November 14 2018, 9:41 AM

First-time candidate Josh Harder defeated four-term Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham Tuesday in California's farm belt, giving Democrats their fourth pickup of a GOP House seat in California.

Is the future of ride hailing the subscription model?

| November 14 2018, 9:33 AM

In the last month, both Lyft and Uber started experimenting with the subscription model.

Malibu residents await word on repopulation, as containment for Woolsey Fire hits 47%

| November 14 2018, 9:18 AM

Firefighters continue to make progress on the Woolsey Fire, increasing their containment overnight as the fire burned pockets of brush within the fire perimeter.

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