Archive for December 14th, 2018

PG&E Falsified Gas Pipeline Safety Records, Regulators Say

US & World | | December 14 2018, 11:00 PM

The utility has been under fire for its role in the massive gas pipeline explosion in 2010 in San Bruno, Calif.

Texas Judge Rules Affordable Care Act Unconstitutional, But Supporters Vow To Appeal

Health | | December 14 2018, 10:40 PM

A ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional is likely to go to the Supreme Court. For now, the decision likely won't affect people who buy insurance on marketplaces created by the law.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Affordable Care Act As Unconstitutional

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 14 2018, 10:20 PM

President Trump praised the ruling by a court in Texas as supporters of the ACA said they will appeal.

Quoting 'The Lorax,' Court Pulls Permit For Pipeline Crossing Appalachian Trail

Environment & Science | | December 14 2018, 6:00 PM

The federal judges noted "the Forest Service's serious environmental concerns that were suddenly, and mysteriously, assuaged in time to meet a private pipeline company's deadlines."

CBS Paid Eliza Dushku $9.5 Million After Alleged Sexual Harassment, Termination

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

Days after confronting actor Michael Weatherly, a huge star for the network, Dushku was written off Bull. An investigation determined the company often protected itself at the expense of victims.

Fire victims can get debris removal, but many don't know it

Environment & Science | | December 14 2018, 4:40 PM

It's at no out-of-pocket cost to homeowners, but many don't know the service is being offered. And the deadline to participate is fast approaching.

County Supervisors Approve More Urban Sprawl in Tejon Ranch

Local | | December 14 2018, 4:38 PM

Developers just got the green light to build a city with nearly 20,000 homes on the L.A.-Kern County line. Some residents are less than thrilled.

Local toy stores fear online retail after Toys R Us close

Local | | December 14 2018, 4:38 PM

Toys R Us stores have closed down, and LA's independent toy store say business is better this year, but they're still no match against their biggest competitor.

Facebook Says Some Users' Private Photos Were Accidentally Shared With Developers

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 14 2018, 2:00 PM

In September, a Facebook "bug" allowed developers to access images people shared with friends on Facebook Stories — or images users had not even posted. Up to 6.8 million users may have been affected.

New OC shrine honors Vietnamese version of Virgin Mary

Local | | December 14 2018, 1:46 PM

The Orange County shrine and statue marks a milestone for the largest Vietnamese community outside of the homeland, including 100,000 Vietnamese Catholics.

Why it just got a lot harder to get a proposition on California's ballot

Politics | | December 14 2018, 12:45 PM

Hundreds of thousands of additional signatures are now required for a proposition to make the California ballot — making it harder and more expensive to place a measure directly before voters.

The Education Department Is Canceling $150 Million Of Student Loan Debt

Education | | December 14 2018, 12:40 PM

The money goes back to borrowers whose colleges shut down, in many cases because of fraud and mismanagement.

'Beale Street' Is A Heart-Stopping, Beautiful Story Of Love And Injustice

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 14 2018, 11:20 AM

Moonlight director Barry Jenkins returns with a new drama about young lovers in 1970s Harlem whose lives are thrown into turmoil when one of them is falsely accused of a crime.

University Of Ghana Removes Gandhi Statue After Faculty Outcry

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 14 2018, 10:20 AM

Early in his career, iconic Indian reformer Mohandas Gandhi made remarks demeaning black Africans. After the statue was unveiled two years ago, professors started a petition calling for its removal.

Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl To Step Down, Leaving McCain's Seat Vacant Again

Politics | | December 14 2018, 9:40 AM

Kyl previously retired from the Senate in 2013 and indicated his return would be temporary after Sen. John McCain's death. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will appoint a replacement to serve until 2020.

'It's Preventable': Sandy Hook Parents Promote App For Reporting School Threats

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

"We just keep knocking head against wall, [saying] 'the warning signs are there,'" says Mark Barden, who lost his son in the Sandy Hook shooting six years ago.

Nancy Wilson, Legendary Vocalist And NPR 'Jazz Profiles' Host, Dies At 81

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 14 2018, 4:40 AM

Wilson, who won three Grammy awards and recorded more than 60 albums, died at her California home Thursday after a long illness. From 1996-2005, she hosted NPR's documentary series Jazz Profiles.

Here's why it now takes way more signatures to get a proposition on California's ballot

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | December 14 2018, 6:50 AM

Backers of constitutional amendments will now need to collect 997,139 signatures to get on the ballot, up from 585,407. For other initiatives, the number of signatures needed jumps to 623,212 from 365,880.

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FilmWeek: ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ and more

| December 14 2018, 9:33 AM

Larry Mantle and KPCC film critics Claudia Puig, Peter Rainer and Charles Solomon review this weekend’s new movie releases.

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After CA assemblymember gets in trouble for spanking daughter, we discuss the legalities and psychology of spanking

| December 14 2018, 9:29 AM

On Sunday, Democratic assemblyman Joaquin Arambula was arrested on a misdemeanor child abuse charge for spanking his 7-year-old daughter in order to discipline her.

RIP Weekly Standard: Conservative mainstay calls it quit after 23 years

| December 14 2018, 9:18 AM

The Weekly Standard, a conservative media outlet that has been critical of President Trump, announced Friday that it will terminate after 23 years.

Fears stir in Vietnamese community that US seeks more refugee deportations

| December 14 2018, 9:10 AM

Advocates for the Vietnamese American community say they fear the Trump administration may be negotiating with Vietnam to take back thousands of refugees who came to the U.S. decades ago.

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