Archive for May 15th, 2019

PG&E Transmission Lines Caused California's Deadliest Wildfire, State Officials Say

US & World | | May 15 2019, 10:00 PM

The utility giant had already acknowledged that the fire investigation would likely find its equipment responsible for the Camp Fire in 2018.

Uber Drivers Are Not Employees, National Relations Board Rules. Drivers Saw It Coming | | May 15 2019, 7:40 PM

While the ruling may be disappointing for drivers, driver groups say they are not daunted. They will continue to pursue policies to regulate working conditions at the state and municipal levels.

Newly Elected LAUSD Board Member Huddles with Superintendent

Education | | May 15 2019, 7:10 PM

After special election victory, Jackie Goldberg, who had been sharply critical of LAUSD Supt. Austin Beutner, says she now hopes to work with him.

FCC Wants Phone Companies To Start Blocking Robocalls By Default | | May 15 2019, 6:40 PM

"The American people are fed up with illegal robocalls," FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said. "And we believe that we need to make it easier for phone companies to block these robocalls."

Highly Potent Weed Has Swept The Market, Raising Concerns About Health Risks

Health | | May 15 2019, 6:40 PM

Most of the marijuana for sale in the U.S. has a far higher THC content than it did a few decades ago. Some scientists and doctors are concerned that the trend is making pot less safe.

Which Countries Are Best At Preventing Low Birth Weight? Which Need To Do More? | | May 15 2019, 5:40 PM

For the first time, the World Health Organization has estimated how well the world is doing to prevent low-weight births. The progress too slow, researchers say.

Tariff Waivers Let U.S. Government Pick Winners And Losers | | May 15 2019, 4:40 PM

President Trump suggests U.S. firms hurt by tariffs on Chinese goods can apply for a waiver. The Commerce Department is already dealing with thousands of exclusion requests for earlier tariffs.

Trump To Outline Immigration Plan That Would Overhaul Who Is Allowed Into The U.S.

Politics | | May 15 2019, 3:20 PM

A key plank of the president's election was his hard-line stance on immigration. And now he is ready to roll out his legislative approach.

Auto Industry Waits (And Waits) To See Whether Trump Will Slap New Tariffs On Cars | | May 15 2019, 3:00 PM

President Trump's tariff tit-for-tat with China is not the only trade tension in town. The White House is weighing the possibility of tariffs on cars and car parts from Europe and Japan.

Unheard LA: Nominate a story or storyteller | | May 15 2019, 12:42 PM

Who are the people and stories you'd like to see included in KPCC In Person's "Unheard L.A." community-driven series?

New HIV Map Offers Most Detailed Look Yet At The Epidemic | | May 15 2019, 12:40 PM

Knowing where rates of prevalence are highest — and lowest — can lead to new strategies for treatment and prevention. The map focuses on sub-Saharan Africa, the epicenter of the epidemic.

U.S. Births Fell To A 32-Year Low In 2018; CDC Says Birthrate Is In Record Slump

US & World | | May 15 2019, 12:40 PM

"The birthrate is a barometer of despair," demographer Dowell Myers says. Not since 1986 has the U.S. seen so few babies born.

As Leaks Show Lavish NRA Spending, Former Staff Detail Poor Conditions At Nonprofit

Politics | | May 15 2019, 9:40 AM

New documents leaked about NRA top executive Wayne LaPierre's high clothing and travel expenses contrast with the culture of fear, poor pay, and an underfunded pension described by former staffers.

It's Not Just Measles. What You Should Know About Vaccines For Adults

Health | | May 15 2019, 7:40 AM

Many people don't know which shots they need as they get older. And the vaccines can be tougher to keep track of because many adults go to the doctor less frequently than kids do.

New Zealand's Ardern Calls On Social Media Companies To Stem Terrorist Content | | May 15 2019, 5:20 AM

Facebook said Tuesday that it would implement a "one-strike" policy that would prevent users who have violated the site's standards from using its live streaming platform.

Precedent Favors Democrats In Power Struggle With Trump, But It Could Take A While

Politics | | May 15 2019, 4:20 AM

Courts have tended to side with Congress when it comes to questions of congressional oversight of the executive branch. House Democrats are hoping they will again in confrontation over Mueller report.

American Muslims In Public Life Say They Face Outsized Scrutiny

US & World | | May 15 2019, 4:20 AM

Many say the storm of criticism around Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), the first black Muslim woman in Congress, is more about who she is than what she says. Her experience is familiar to other Muslim leaders.

She's Back: Jackie Goldberg Reclaims Seat On LAUSD Board | | May 15 2019, 7:11 AM

The 74-year-old veteran of Los Angeles politics, whose campaign for an open L.A. Unified School Board seat became a rallying point for the district's energized teachers union, took a commanding lead in Tuesday's special election for the open Board District 5 seat.

Episode 8: Ryan | | May 15 2019, 6:36 AM

Ryan Harris is an NFL Super Bowl champion who, in one moment, was forced to redefine what it meant for him to be a man in a culture of toxic masculinity.

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Boy Scouts Contemplates Bankruptcy As Legal Challenges Mount From Sexual Abuse Claims

| May 15 2019, 9:48 AM

Seven years ago, the LA Times published an investigative piece revealing that 5000 men and women had been expelled from the Boy Scouts of America due to suspicion of sexual abuse -- but a follow up analysis has now revealed the problem to be even greater.

Town Hall Turmoil: Outlining The Various TV Strategies Of 2020 Presidential Candidates

| May 15 2019, 9:37 AM

2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren made headlines on Tuesday when she announced in a series of tweets that she would not be participating in a Fox News town hall, calling the cable network a “hate-for-profit racket” and saying that it “gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists.”

LAPD Chief Moore: Civilian Disciplinary Review Panel, New LAPD Officer-Involved Shooting Stats And More

| May 15 2019, 9:12 AM

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

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