Archive for November 21st, 2018

Moldova To Minnesota: Man Allegedly Faked Death For $2 Million Insurance Payout

Crime & Justice | | November 21 2018, 11:20 PM

Igor Vorotinov had been living in Moldova after allegedly faking his death there in 2011. He was brought back to Minnesota on Saturday by U.S. law enforcement.

Rhinestone Vest-Wearing Pigeon Reunited With Family

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | November 21 2018, 10:20 PM

Thanks internet! A well dressed, bedazzled pet pigeon who appears to have gone on the bird equivalent of a rumspringa, is back home after nearly two weeks.

Venezuelan Former Treasurer Says He Accepted $1 Billion In Bribes

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | November 21 2018, 7:00 PM

The bribes included property, horses and watches. The legal action has played out as Venezuela reels from hyperinflation and citizens struggle to purchase basic necessities such as food and medicine.

Investigators Tracking Latest Romaine Lettuce Outbreak Are Feeling Some Deja Vu

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | November 21 2018, 5:40 PM

Investigators who are trying to track down the source of E. coli in romaine lettuce have seen this movie before. They're tracking the exact strain of bacteria that caused a small outbreak a year ago.

What's The Responsibility Of Doctors When It Comes To Yemen?

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | November 21 2018, 5:00 PM

A commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine issues a call to the medical community around the world.

Opinion: Trump's Saudi Statement Is A Moral Abdication And Strategic Failure

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | November 21 2018, 4:20 PM

The statement will further empower the Saudi leadership to lash out in pursuit of other priorities in ways that damage our shared interests, writes former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel B. Shapiro.

Probiotics Found To Be Ineffective For Easing Symptoms Of Kids' Stomach Bugs

Health | | November 21 2018, 4:00 PM

Giving probiotics to children with gastroenteritis didn't help reduce diarrhea and vomiting, according to the findings of two clinical trials designed to test the popular products.

LAFD pilots rescue three people and two dogs from burning hilltop

Local | | November 21 2018, 3:59 PM

Pilots Joel Smith and David Nordquist were running low on fuel and didn’t have the manpower to hoist the people below to safety. So they made a risky choice and landed their helicopter through the thick smoke on to a narrow strip of burning ridgeline.

How SoCal businesses are handling a romaine lettuce outbreak

Business & Economy | | November 21 2018, 3:58 PM

Grocers are pulling romaine lettuce from their shelves. Salad spots are taking it off the menu. And California farmers are destroying crops.

Well, That Was Fast: Young German Speeder Earns, Loses License In 49 Minutes

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | November 21 2018, 3:40 PM

An 18-year-old in Germany successfully obtained his license on Tuesday and celebrated — how else? — by going for a drive. He was promptly clocked by police going nearly twice the speed limit.

Student Loan Servicer Steered Some Borrowers To Higher-Cost Plans, Government Says

Education | | November 21 2018, 3:00 PM

A previously unpublished Education Department report found Navient representatives didn't always tell borrowers about repayment options. Navient says it's not required to do so, and officials agree.

No Plans Of Leaving: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Fires Back At Critics

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | November 21 2018, 12:40 PM

In an interview with CNN, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that despite calls for his resignation, he is not stepping down.

Judge Says Federal Law Against Female Genital Mutilation Violates U.S. Constitution

Crime & Justice | | November 21 2018, 12:40 PM

A federal judge in Michigan dropped most charges against a doctor accused of female genital mutilation, concluding that Congress "overstepped its bounds" when it passed a law banning the practice.

Sweet Potatoes: It's A Thin Line Between Love And Hate

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | November 21 2018, 10:40 AM

The sweet potato is not just a Thanksgiving staple — it's a staple of African life as well. We asked three sweet potato lovers (and one hater) to share their views.

Unwanted Sides Of Rain, Cold And Snow Could Complicate Thanksgiving Travel

US & World | | November 21 2018, 9:40 AM

AAA predicts some 54 million Americans will travel during the days around Thanksgiving. Unseasonable weather could cause headaches.

American Reportedly Killed In Flurry Of Arrows As Tribe Defends Its Island Off India

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | November 21 2018, 8:20 AM

Indian media has identified the man as either an "adventure tourist" or a Christian missionary who landed on remote and restricted North Sentinel in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Gobble, Gobble? U.S. Turkey Production Growth Slowed In Last Decade

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | November 21 2018, 7:20 AM

After decades of booming growth, demand for turkeys began to flatline in 2008. While a number of factors are at play, it could also be that Americans are changing the way they celebrate Thanksgiving.

Fewer Immigrant Families Are Signing Up For Federal Food Assistance

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | November 21 2018, 7:00 AM

New preliminary research shows families in the U.S less than five years were the most likely to drop out of SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, out of fear it could impact their immigration status.

Los Angeles groups make plans to aid asylum seekers

Local | | November 21 2018, 5:01 AM

In the Los Angeles area, groups serving Central American immigrants are working with legal advocates to plan how to help any asylum seekers.

Thousands Of Fire Evacuees To Spend The Holiday Without Homes

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | November 21 2018, 4:20 AM

The community shaken by California's Camp Fire is finding ways to come together for Thanksgiving.

Judge Strikes Down Mississippi's Ban On Abortions After 15 Weeks

Crime & Justice | | November 21 2018, 4:20 AM

The judge blocked the state from enforcing its ban, writing that Mississippi passed a law that it knew was unconstitutional.

What Will Persuade Rice Farmers In Punjab To Stop Setting Fires In Their Fields?

Environment & Science | | November 21 2018, 4:00 AM

Each fall, Indian farmers burn the stubble of rice plants — a fast way to clear fields. But the smoke adds to India's awful air pollution.

Climate Change Slows Oil Company Plan To Drill In The Arctic

Environment & Science | | November 21 2018, 4:00 AM

Development of the first oil production facility in federal Arctic waters will take longer than planned. That's because warming temperatures are melting the sea ice needed to build it.

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The cashless bail fight isn’t over, as bail bond industry eyes 2020 ballot initiative

| November 21 2018, 9:50 AM

A coalition of bail bond industry groups wants to block California’s overhaul of the bail system.

Ahead of Thanksgiving, tell us your stories of kindness

| November 21 2018, 9:45 AM

It’s been a long month, and today, ahead of Thanksgiving, we want to spread some holiday cheer by hearing your stories of kindness.

LA County DA: election fraudsters pay homeless cigarettes, money for ballot signatures

| November 21 2018, 9:31 AM

The L.A. County District Attorney’s office announced Tuesday it’s pursuing charges against nine petition gatherers who allegedly paid people living on Skid Row to sign fake names on petitions for state initiatives and voter registration forms.

After a record number of customers cut the cord, a look at what’s ahead for pay-TV

| November 21 2018, 9:18 AM

It’s no secret that many consumers are choosing to cut ties with their TV subscriptions – and new data say it’s only becoming more common.

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FilmWeek: ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet,’ ‘Creed II,’ ‘Roma’ and more

| November 21 2018, 9:11 AM

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Christy Lemire, Justin Chang and Charles Solomon review this weekend’s new movie releases.

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