Archive for December 18th, 2018

Fatal Disease Outbreak Among Miners Spurs House Hearings On Coal Mine Dust | | December 18 2018, 9:20 PM

The review comes in response to an NPR and Frontline investigation that revealed the failure of government regulators to identify and prevent dangerous conditions.

Bipartisan Criminal Justice Bill Closer To Becoming Law After Senate Approval

Politics | | December 18 2018, 8:20 PM

The Senate voted in favor of legislation that would reduce sentences for some drug crimes and offer training programs for prisoners.

Hispanic Caucus Calls For Investigation Into Migrant Child's Death

US & World | | December 18 2018, 8:00 PM

After touring the two border facilities where Jakelin Caal was detained before she died, the congressional delegation called for better medical facilities and trained personnel at ports of entry.

Federal Panel Of Judges Dismisses All 83 Ethics Complaints Against Brett Kavanaugh

Crime & Justice | | December 18 2018, 5:40 PM

The judges acknowledged that the complaints are "serious" but noted there is no existing authority for lower court judges to hold Supreme Court justices accountable.

As Parkland Cases Begin, Duty Of School And Deputy Come Under Scrutiny

Crime & Justice | | December 18 2018, 4:20 PM

The criminal and civil cases related to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are just beginning — and they raise a number of thorny questions about who is responsible for a tragedy.

Violence Against Journalists Reached 'Unprecedented Levels' In 2018, Report Finds | | December 18 2018, 2:20 PM

Every year, Reporters Without Borders investigates how many journalists were killed, imprisoned or held hostage. In 2018, the group saw an increase in every category.

Penny Marshall, Filmmaker And 'Laverne & Shirley' Star, Dies At 75 | | December 18 2018, 1:40 PM

Marshall directed Big and A League of Their Own, among other films.

Big Beef Prepares For Battle, As Interest Grows In Plant-Based And Lab-Grown Meats | | December 18 2018, 1:20 PM

As sales of plant-based substitutes like almond milk rise and cow milk sales decline, the meat industry sees a cautionary tale. With meat alternatives growing, Big Beef takes the fight to regulators.

Nobel Winner Wants To Start Fund For Women Sexually Assaulted In Conflict | | December 18 2018, 1:00 PM

Accepting the peace prize, Dr. Denis Mukwege called for a global fund to compensate survivors of sexual violence. He's already laying the groundwork, but challenges loom.

A 2nd Brexit Referendum Once Seemed Unthinkable. Now Support Is Growing

US & World | | December 18 2018, 12:40 PM

A new poll shows more than half of Britons would support holding another Brexit referendum. Prime Minister Theresa May warned a new vote would "do irreparable damage to the integrity of our politics."

Justice Department Bans Bump Stocks, Devices Used In Deadly Las Vegas Shooting

Crime & Justice | | December 18 2018, 11:40 AM

New regulations will bar the sale of the accessories that enable rifles to fire faster and require current owners to turn them in or destroy them.

Surgeon General Warns Youth Vaping Is Now An 'Epidemic'

Health | | December 18 2018, 11:20 AM

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued a forceful advisory about vaping by U.S. teenagers, saying electronic cigarette use among young people has reached levels that require urgent action.

Trump Foundation To Dissolve Amid New York AG's Investigation

Politics | | December 18 2018, 11:00 AM

The New York attorney general's office detailed what it called "a shocking pattern of illegality" and said the foundation's decision to shutter was "an important victory for the rule of law."

The Good News (And Not So Good News) About China's Smoggy Air | | December 18 2018, 10:40 AM

According to a new report, China's war against air pollution shows promising results. But there is evidence of backsliding as winter nears.

A New Way To Get College Students Through A Psychiatric Crisis — And Back To School

Health | | December 18 2018, 9:00 AM

A partnership between a mental health care provider and colleges is redefining emergency mental health care on campus – helping students get needed care without losing track of their academic goals.

Iran Has Had An Especially Bad 2018 | | December 18 2018, 6:20 AM

The Trump administration hit Iran with sanctions after pulling out of the nuclear deal. That's hurt the Iranian economy — and emboldened hard-liners.

Why a controversial mural in Koreatown isn't going anywhere — for now | | December 18 2018, 9:21 AM

Community activists took issue with the rays of light used in the work, which they said is reminiscent of the Imperial Japanese Army's battle flag.

LA's trees need more TLC — and could get $50 million for it | | December 18 2018, 9:14 AM

Cities like New York and San Francisco allocate more than $70 per tree per year, while Los Angeles is shelling out less than $30.

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Should the federal government be in the business of manufacturing generic drugs? Elizabeth Warren thinks so

| December 18 2018, 9:42 AM

Potential presidential hopeful and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill today to bring drug prices down by allowing the federal government to become a manufacturer of some generic drugs.

Working for the (three-day) weekend: As more companies experiment with four-day work weeks, could we ever see them in the US?

| December 18 2018, 9:36 AM

Could a four day work week ever take off here in the United States?

The case for just ‘q,’ the history of ‘LGBTQ’ and the preferred nomenclatures of LA’s gay community

| December 18 2018, 9:32 AM

Depending on when you grew up, you might remember when it was just “LGBT” -- before subsequent additions “LGBTQIA,” and finally the attempt at an all-encompassing “LGBTQ plus.”

New CA bill to limit gun ownership to those convicted of alcohol-related misdemeanors

| December 18 2018, 9:26 AM

California currently bans people who have been convicted of certain violent crimes from owning guns for at least 10 years.

D.C. latest: What Michael Flynn’s sentence tells us about the Mueller probe, and why the government shutdown is looking less likely

| December 18 2018, 9:21 AM

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn is at the federal courthouse in Washington, awaiting his sentence for lying to the FBI about contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

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