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President Trump's border wall prototypes are seen from Tijuana in Baja California state, Mexico, on Monday. Trump has said he may invoke emergency powers to build a border wall if Congress doesn't agree to his demand for funding.
President Trump's border wall prototypes are seen from Tijuana in Baja California state, Mexico, on Monday. Trump has said he may invoke emergency powers to build a border wall if Congress doesn't agree to his demand for funding.
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As the partial federal government shutdown pushes toward a fourth week, we look at the ripple effects on California. Plus, we speak with an editor at Consumer Reports about its new article on who and when to tip. And, where to find the best pho in Los Angeles.

State of Affairs

President Trump spars with California over FEMA funds for wildfire victims. And California's newly elected governor, Gavin Newsom, responds. We also look at the new state budget Newsom proposed Thursday.

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The latest on the strike

A teacher's strike is still looming above us it has now been called for Monday the 14th, unless an agreement can be reached between the L.A. Unified School District and the union that represents its educators —United Teachers Los Angeles. The two sides are meeting again later Friday.

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A change in sentiment towards teachers

Over the last few weeks, we've heard from various stakeholders: district officials, union officials and a lot of parents who share this sentiment. What we're hearing in Los Angeles today marks a shift in the national sentiment just 10 years ago when education reformers were making headlines talking about sweeping out the quote "bad" teachers.

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Where to find pho in Los Angeles

There are pho places all over L.A., but where are the best spots to get a bowl of the heartwarming Vietnamese dish? We visit the Golden Deli, an old standby in Temple City, to talk about it.

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Pho and egg rolls (cha gio) at Golden Deli in Temple City. (Elina Shatkin/LAist)
Pho and egg rolls (cha gio) at Golden Deli in Temple City. (Elina Shatkin/LAist)
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Cold comfort foods

It's that time of year again when everyone seems to be coughing and sneezing. We reached out to listeners for their favorite cold comfort foods.

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Tipping etiquette

If you've been in an Uber or eaten at a restaurant or hired a furniture mover, the experience usually ends the same way —with a tip or at least the expectation that you'll give one. There are more situations today where people are expected to tip than just two years ago, according to a new survey from Consumer Reports. The magazine looked into the gratuity economy for its February issue ... and found that the system is filled with inequities, discrimination, even fraud. We get more details on how much to tip, and in what circumstances.

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Pianist, Nathan Pino plays for tips on the Venice Boardwalk
Pianist, Nathan Pino plays for tips on the Venice Boardwalk
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Weekend preview

Get out there and eat your way across (dine) L.A. Check out pop art and conceptual art gallery shows or visit the Museum of Drunk History. Shop a punk flea market or dare to go sans pants on the Metro.

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