Archive for January 16th, 2019

Shutdown Threatens To Stall Recovery In Wildfire-Ravaged Paradise, Calif.

US & World | | January 16 2019, 11:40 PM

A federal grant for basic infrastructure projects is stalled. There is concern that, if fire survivors don't see evidence that recovery has begun, they could give up hope and leave the region.

Teachers on the LAUSD picket line going without pay, cutting back on spending | | January 16 2019, 11:00 PM

LAUSD picketers aren’t showing signs of slowing down. But teachers also won’t get paid while they’re out marching. We spoke to teachers at Taft High School in Woodland Hills about how they’ll make ends meet.

Louisville Renames Airport After Late Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali

US & World | | January 16 2019, 10:00 PM

The renowned boxer and humanitarian advocate traveled the world but always credited his hometown in Kentucky. He died in 2016.

'Next Round's On Me': Buy A Federal Worker A Beer In New D.C. Initiative

US & World | | January 16 2019, 8:00 PM

As businesses and government employees feel the impact of the partial shutdown, one website lets anyone buy a beer for an unpaid worker.

State Department Identifies American Killed In Nairobi Terror Attack | | January 16 2019, 8:00 PM

Jason Spindler was in Nairobi working for a firm he co-founded that promoted business partnerships in emerging markets.

For Seventh Consecutive Year Visa Overstays Exceeded Illegal Border Crossings

Crime & Justice | | January 16 2019, 7:00 PM

A study also finds that the unauthorized population from Mexico has declined by 1.3 million people since 2010.

SoCal food banks plan to feed unpaid federal workers

Business & Economy | | January 16 2019, 5:36 PM

One church in Ontario is opening a food pantry this weekend for employees at the nearby Ontario International Airport who are now working without pay.

Airline Cabin Crew Accused Of Acting As Couriers In International Drug Syndicate

US & World | | January 16 2019, 5:20 PM

Eight people arrested in Australia are linked to an international crime syndicate that police say is responsible for smuggling heroin and methamphetamine.

Jack Bogle, Father Of Simple Investing, Dies At 89 | | January 16 2019, 5:20 PM

Bogle, the founder of Vanguard who created the first index mutual fund, died Wednesday, the firm said. He said investors should own a mix of bonds and stocks but shouldn't pay managers to pick them.

Barr's Record On Mass Incarceration Comes Under Scrutiny In Confirmation Hearing

Politics | | January 16 2019, 5:20 PM

The heads of two influential national civil rights organizations challenged William Barr's suitability to be attorney general, citing his record in the early 1990s when he previously led the DOJ.

Spanish-Speaking Parents May Be At A Disadvantage During LAUSD Strike

Local | | January 16 2019, 4:35 PM

Thousands of LAUSD teachers are on strike. The district is over 70 percent Latino or Hispanic and serves many non-English-speaking families. How are they getting information about the strike? 

LA campaign contributions from developers could be banned

Politics | | January 16 2019, 4:27 PM

A handful of Los Angeles City Council members on Tuesday proposed a ban on campaign contributions from real estate developers of significant projects.

When A Trip To The Doctor Leads To A Chat About Antibiotics

Health | | January 16 2019, 4:20 PM

The latest NPR-IBM Watson Health Poll finds that medical visits for symptoms of infections are common and that many people get an antibiotic under those circumstances. But a talk is in order first.

Federal Watchdog Finds Government Ignored Emoluments Clause With Trump Hotel

Politics | | January 16 2019, 3:20 PM

The Inspector General for the General Services Administration said agency lawyers decided to ignore the constitutional issues when they reviewed the lease after Donald Trump won the 2016 election.

Daily Movement — Even Household Chores — May Boost Brain Health In Elderly

Health | | January 16 2019, 3:20 PM

Whether it's exercise or housework, older Americans who move their bodies regularly may preserve more of their memory and thinking skills, even if they have brain lesions and other signs of dementia.

Class size reduction motivates striking teachers, but is it worth the high cost?

Education | | January 16 2019, 2:22 PM

Los Angeles teachers union members have made a class-size reduction central to their demands during their strike against the L.A. Unified School District.

Bacteria In Worms Make A Mosquito Repellent That Might Beat DEET | | January 16 2019, 1:40 PM

An insect-killing bacteria that lives inside a parasitic worm might hold the key to developing a powerful new repellent.

Amid Brexit Chaos, Theresa May's Government Survives Confidence Vote | | January 16 2019, 1:40 PM

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, had called for the vote in Parliament after the resounding defeat of the Brexit deal that the prime minister had negotiated with the EU.

Shutdown Will Be Worse For Economy Than First Thought, White House Says | | January 16 2019, 1:00 PM

White House officials reportedly say that each week of the shutdown will subtract 0.1 percentage point from growth — double the administration's original estimate.

U.S. Troops Killed By Blast In Syria; Islamic State Claims Responsibility | | January 16 2019, 9:40 AM

As many as four American soldiers are reported dead in a suicide bombing in northern Syria. The attack comes shortly after President Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw troops from Syria.

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown Moves Closer To Joining 2020 Campaign

Politics | | January 16 2019, 6:00 AM

The Ohio Democrat told NPR on Wednesday that Democrats "need to win in the heartland" as he announced a tour of states holding the first primaries in 2020.

From A Cell To A Home: Ex-Inmates Find Stability With Innovative Program

US & World | | January 16 2019, 5:00 AM

A novel housing program in California links people recently released from long-term prison sentences with hosts willing to rent space in their homes.

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To book lovers: In the war against clutter, how do you decide what stays in your library?

| January 16 2019, 9:50 AM

According to Japanese author Marie Kondo, books could be taking up unnecessary space in your house.

The ethics of filtering out ‘harmful’ YouTube pranks and challenges

| January 16 2019, 9:42 AM

YouTube announced Tuesday that the company would be strengthening its community guideline enforcement--including a ban on “dangerous challenges and pranks.” And that could mean a Tide Pod challenge video won’t be as easy to find on the site.

The ABC’s of surviving an active shooter: What to do and how to stay safe

| January 16 2019, 9:34 AM

What would you do in the event of a shooting?

What the future holds for the UK and EU after Brexit deal falls well short of passing mark in Tuesday vote

| January 16 2019, 9:28 AM

In the biggest defeat for a sitting government in history, British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal fell well short of passing on Tuesday, suffering a 432-202 vote defeat, including 119 members of her own Conservative Party voting against the deal

The controversy behind charter schools, and their role in the LAUSD teachers strike

| January 16 2019, 9:22 AM

Charter schools in L.A.-Unified have been a source of controversy, and not just leading up to the United Teacher’s Los Angeles strike.

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