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Here's the winner of NPR's 2018 Tiny Desk contest

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:13:43 GMT

After receiving nearly 5,000 entries this year, we have a winner! Meet the virtuosic talent who won over this year's panel of judges.

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Lawyers say recommended fixes to immigration courts going unheeded by Trump admin

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 01:28:00 GMT

Immigration attorneys say the Trump administration is ignoring a 2017 federal report that calls for improvements to the immigration court system.

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2 former LA Sheriff's officials want Jim McDonnell's job

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:58:51 GMT

McDonnell skipped a Saturday forum, leaving the stage to retired Commander Bob Lindsey and retired Lt. Alex Villanueva.

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Community colleges ramping up services for formerly incarcerated students

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 00:12:56 GMT

“Those offenders who then get transformed into college students and college graduates become role models for their children.”

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Lessons learned from the disastrous ‘Scarface’ 35th anniversary panel

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:31:05 GMT

Here's what we can learn from the "sexist dumpster fire" 35th anniversary "Scarface" panel that took place over the weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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‘This is not your grandfather's Inland Empire’ and that's good for business

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:03:50 GMT

For a long time, the Inland Empire has been associated with white, native-born residents. New data turns that perception upside down.

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Judge: SoCal Gas may do key study of its Aliso gas field despite potential conflict

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 18:12:11 GMT

Lacking another entity willing to do the study, a judge ordered SoCal Gas to evaluate its underground gas reservoir. The report will be overseen by independent experts.

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Anxiety relief without the high? New studies on CBD, a cannabis extract

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:58:43 GMT

An FDA advisory committee last week urged approval of a drug containing cannabidiol to treat a form of epilepsy. Other scientists wonder if CBD might ease anxiety or other disorders, too.

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Meet your maker: 'Westworld' make-up artist shows his body of work

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:34:40 GMT

"Most mouth blood is corn syrup based, because you can't just put anything in an actor's mouth. There are only a few FDA approved pigments you can eat."

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Two sets of identical twins swapped at birth, reunited 25 years later

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:47:24 GMT

William and Wilber grew up in the rural village of La Paz, Colombia, believing to be fraternal twin brothers for much of their life, along with their family and friends.

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Forest officials want volunteers to help crack down on gold panning in San Gabriel Mountains

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 16:56:39 GMT

You're not supposed to pan for gold in the San Gabriel River — but that hasn't stopped people. Now there's a plan to crack down on it.

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For one California company, Trump's tariffs have unintended consequences

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 00:31:26 GMT

The administration says the steel and aluminum tariffs will raise costs just slightly. But in a low-margin business like canned goods, a little extra cost can take a deep bite out of profits.

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Hasan Minhaj on being an Indian-American Muslim comedian in the Trump Era

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 23:55:00 GMT

Comedian Hasan Minhaj combats a nativist narrative in American culture with his comedy and says, "The things I'm fighting for are actually American ideals."

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Wyatt Cenac's new comedy series, 'Problem Areas,' tackles serious topics

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 23:52:54 GMT

On his new late-night show, the comedian draws from his "Daily Show" roots and his love of public television.

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Mad at the 405? Metro wants to hear about it

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 23:40:18 GMT

The $10 billion Sepulveda rail project will be one of the biggest projects funded by the Measure M sales tax hike. But first, Metro wants help from commuters.

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Cal State University tuition won’t go up, but higher costs still hitting students

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 23:37:02 GMT

Cal State's chancellor said he's shelving a proposal to raise student tuition. An improving economy may give the university system the funds it needs.

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Guess who’s coming to dinner? 7 strangers and a conversation about race

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 22:20:16 GMT

The new approach to improving race relations in Los Angeles: gathering strangers around the dinner table to talk it out.

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10,000 people shouldn’t have guns in California — but it’ll take at least 4 years to get them back

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 22:10:26 GMT

The Department of Justice says it needs more money to beef up the team seizing weapons from people who are prohibited from owning them.

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FAQ: Why US refugee entries have all but stopped

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:13:31 GMT

Since taking office, President Trump has dramatically cut refugee admissions. In one of the latest developments, Iranian refugees who were stranded in Austria en route to the U.S. are suing.

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Could some sweet Steyer cash give Kevin de León a much-needed boost?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:03:18 GMT

Steyer will have to break off a fat stack if de Leon hopes to compete with Sen. Dianne Feinstein's $10 million war chest.

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Before Disneyland, SoCal had Jungleland — home to the world's first female tiger trainer

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:44:43 GMT

Mabel Stark's 57-year career featured lions, tigers — and more than one mauling. Her life is chronicled in a new documentary.

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IRS' tax day computer glitch caused by 'master file' issue

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:16:20 GMT

The delay was an inconvenience for taxpayers and a high-profile embarrassment for the agency. But it didn't really come as a surprise to anyone familiar with IRS's decades-old computer system.

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Schumer introducing legislation to decriminalize marijuana federally – what would that mean for states?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:06:49 GMT

Not coincidentally, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) plans to introduce legislation today to decriminalize marijuana, which is on the list of scheduled substances along with drugs like heroin.

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DNC files lawsuit alleging Trump campaign conspired with Russia, WikiLeaks to influence elections

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:30:44 GMT

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) filed a lawsuit in the federal district court in Manhattan Friday against Russia, WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign alleging that the three entities conspired to disrupt the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Actors’ union calls for nixing auditions in private hotel rooms or residences

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:28:45 GMT

The union representing actors is calling for an end to a practice that over the years has been fairly common in Hollywood: holding auditions in private hotel rooms or residences.

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A new study says the San Andreas fault isn’t the most dangerous in CA

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:15:34 GMT

A new report from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that there’s a more dangerous, though lesser known, fault running through densely populated areas of the East Bay.

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OC mayors have proposed a new site — in an unincorporated area — to shelter homeless people

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:24:37 GMT

Homeless advocates had criticized similar proposed sites, raising concerns about access to services, transportation and jobs, since the goal is to move as many people as possible off the the streets permanently.

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17 best things to do this weekend in SoCal

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:19:02 GMT

Books, bicycles, tamales, poppies, magic buses and a few marijuana themed events for 4/20 — this weekend is jampacked with stuff to do in and around Los Angeles.

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A vision for zero traffic deaths with better street design and car technology

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:59:24 GMT

"Humans make mistakes. It's not something we can engineer away. So the idea behind this paradigm shift is let's design a system to be safer."

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Artist and ‘English-Los Angeleno’ David Hockney brings latest work home to LA

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:57:20 GMT

82 Portraits and 1 Still-life, painted from Hockney's Hollywood hills studio, is on display at LACMA, presented together as one work of art.

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It's the end of the internet as we know it, but California is feeling fine

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:51:43 GMT

Net neutrality is coming to an end, but California is fighting back. Here's what state-regulated internet looks like for the average Golden State user.

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