Archive for March 20th, 2019

Fentanyl-Linked Deaths: The U.S. Opioid Epidemic's Third Wave Begins

Health | | March 20 2019, 11:20 PM

Overdose deaths involving fentanyl are rising — up 113 percent on average each year from 2013 to 2016. Dealers are adding cheap fentanyl to the illicit drug supply, and some users get it accidentally.

New Zealand Banning Weapons Like Those Used In Mosque Attacks In Christchurch

US & World | | March 20 2019, 10:20 PM

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Thursday that the government will ban "military-style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles," to avert "the kind of horror and attack that we saw on Friday."

Border Patrol Starts Releasing Asylum-Seeking Migrants To South Texas Streets

Crime & Justice | | March 20 2019, 9:00 PM

The move is an apparent return by the government to the practice President Trump has called "catch and release" and promised to end when he was a presidential candidate.

'The Future Of Literature': Whiting Awards Celebrate 10 Emerging Writers | | March 20 2019, 7:00 PM

The novelists, poets and playwrights won Wednesday partly for their work so far, but also for the promise they've shown. If previous winners are an indication, it's a promise they're likely to keep.

On The Brink Of Brexit, PM Theresa May Pushes For Extension With EU Support | | March 20 2019, 6:00 PM

The European Council President said a delay of three months is possible. But U.K. lawmakers would have to approve terms of separation that May has already unsuccessfully proposed to them.

SoCal military construction may be delayed for border wall

Local | | March 20 2019, 2:23 PM

President Trump wants to pull up to 3.6 billion dollars from the the Pentagon's military construction budget to pay for his long-promised border wall.

Trump Backs Public Release Of Mueller Report

Politics | | March 20 2019, 2:20 PM

The president told reporters, "Let people see" special counsel Robert Mueller's report, as Trump again denied any collusion with Russia prior to his election in 2016.

Fed Signals Rate Hikes May Be Over For 2019 | | March 20 2019, 2:00 PM

The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged Wednesday and signaled that no more rate hikes may be necessary this year amid signs of economic slowing.

Civil Rights And Faith Leaders To FBI: Take White Nationalist Violence Seriously | | March 20 2019, 2:00 PM

Civil rights and faith leaders are demanding a meeting with the FBI director. The message: time to prioritize white nationalist violence.

Democratic Candidates Embrace The Risk Of Radical Ideas

Politics | | March 20 2019, 1:20 PM

Increasing the size of the Supreme Court and scrapping the Electoral College are two of the latest provocative proposals sweeping the 2020 Democratic field.

Statisticians' Call To Arms: Reject Significance And Embrace Uncertainty!

Health | | March 20 2019, 1:20 PM

Scientists and statisticians are putting forth a bold idea: ban the very concept of "statistical significance." A bit more humility would be in order to account for the ambiguity in the world.

Radovan Karadzic Gets Life As Hague Court Upholds Genocide Conviction

US & World | | March 20 2019, 12:00 PM

Judges in The Hague upheld the Bosnian Serb leader's conviction in connection with the 1995 Srebrenica massacre that claimed the lives of 8,000 Muslim men and boys.

Lawmakers Discuss Proposals to Extend Paid Family Leave

Politics | | March 20 2019, 10:57 AM

The State Assembly and the L.A. City Council convened hearings today on separate plans to increase paid family leave for new parents.

In 'Horizon,' Considering All That Is Connected | | March 20 2019, 8:40 AM

Barry Lopez's new book is a biography and a portrait of some of the world's most delicate places, but at heart it's a contemplation of the belief that the way forward is compassionately, and together.

Sackler Family's Donation To British Museum Is Quashed Over Opioid Fallout | | March 20 2019, 8:20 AM

The U.K.'s National Portrait Gallery and the Sackler family — owners of the company that makes OxyContin — say they're concerned that allegations of profiteering could overshadow the gift.

Despite U.S. Pressure, Germany Refuses To Exclude Huawei's 5G Technology | | March 20 2019, 6:40 AM

The U.S. says it may stop sharing intelligence with Germany if it adopts Chinese firm Huawei's 5G technology. But the threats haven't swayed Germany, which says it can set its own security standards.

San Francisco To Pay $13.1 Million To Man Framed By Police For Murder

US & World | | March 20 2019, 6:00 AM

Jamal Trulove spent more than six years in prison before being acquitted in 2015. A jury found police deliberately fabricated evidence and withheld exculpatory material.

Health Plans For State Employees Use Medicare's Hammer On Hospital Bills

Health | | March 20 2019, 4:00 AM

Some states have begun using Medicare reimbursement rates to recalibrate how they pay hospitals. If the gamble pays off, more private-sector employers could start doing the same thing.

Gorsuch Provides Decisive 5th Vote In Case Interpreting Treaty With Indian Tribe

Crime & Justice | | March 20 2019, 4:00 AM

On a conservative court, Justice Gorsuch has been one of the most conservative voices. But in cases involving Indian treaties and rights, he is most often sympathetic to Indian claims.

The most dangerous time to drive when it's raining isn't when you think | | March 20 2019, 9:02 AM

Researchers combed through three years of traffic and weather data to find out.

Stay toasty with your own KPCC mug | | March 20 2019, 6:00 AM

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USC selects Carol Folt as new president

| March 20 2019, 11:50 AM

Earlier today USC announced Carol Folt as the new President of the University.

How should universities deal with the students implicated in the admissions cheating scandal?

| March 20 2019, 9:20 AM

In the wake of a massive college bribery scheme, the schools caught in the middle have been left facing a thorny question: What to do about the students who may have been admitted through fraud?

As e-scooters grow in popularity, the city wants travel data that critics warn could violate someone’s privacy

| March 20 2019, 9:15 AM

The debate over data privacy continues, only this time, it’s focused around scooters.

New study: the social life of teenagers and feelings of loneliness

| March 20 2019, 8:11 AM

We know that smartphones and other connected mobile devices play a big part in the lives of teens today. But what is screen time impact on an adolescent’s social life, and his or her sense of social engagement?

LAPD Chief Moore: allegations of racial bias in predictive policing program, the logistics of releasing records after SB 1421 and the agency turns 150 years old

| March 20 2019, 8:10 AM

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore joins Larry Mantle for his check-in on AirTalk.

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