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The FBI confirmed today that North Korea was behind the crippling cyberattack that prompted Sony Pictures to cancel the release of “The Interview,” and President Obama says the nation would respond.
Obama said of the people behind the hack: “they caused a lot of damage, and we will respond.”
While the president didn’t provide specifics, he did say that he thought Sony had “made a mistake” by canceling the movie’s …
President Obama is expected to deliver his year-end press conference at 10:30 am PT. He is expected to take questions on a wide range of issues affecting us all: Cuba, the Sony hack and threats from North Korea, immigration reform, ISIS, and Obamacare.
The president last faced reporters the day after the mid-term elections, after Democrats faced a series of losses.
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In January, California will begin to offer driver’s licenses to an estimated 1.4 million undocumented immigrants, living and driving in the state illegally.
One of those unlicensed and undocumented drivers is Mexican-born single mother and retirement home worker Evangelina Ramirez. She’s been driving without a license in California for 20 years. “I am driving because it is not a luxury, it is a necessity,” says Ramirez. “I have …
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On Christmas Eve, it felt like the park was all ours.
When I was growing up in the 1980s, Disneyland was so reliably empty on the day before Christmas that my family often spent December 24 in the “Happiest Place on Earth.” We rode every attraction in the park. Tickets got more expensive each year, but they didn’t break the bank; in 1989, adult admissions …
We’ve been highlighting the importance of the ports all this week inside the KCRW series Cargoland. And the one thing we keep talking about is the sheer volume of items that pass through those harbors.
But why is the port where it is? And how many people work there and are affected by what happens there?
The news that goes on there means a lot to …
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Did you know one of the biggest exports through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach is junk?
In economic terms, we call them recyclables. Most are going to China to be reused or refashioned into goods that country will then turn around and sell back to us.
All this week we’ve been hearing about the various activities that take place at the Ports of Los …
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The contentious debate over fracking in California is coming to a head in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
A Central Coast environmental group is suing the federal government for allowing the use of off-shore fracking to drill for oil and natural gas in the Santa Barbara Channel. The Interior Department has issued dozens of permits that allow oil companies to use either hydraulic fracturing or …
Conrad Guzman, now retired, lives in his San Pedro house that overlooks his livelihood: the ocean. He worked as a longshoreman and foreman for over 50 years and witnessed the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach transform from an industry literally dependent on the hands of its men to the largest port complex in the United States.
Throughout his career, Guzman was extremely active …
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Here’s a new way to measure just how hard it is for working artists to survive in Southern California’s increasingly expensive rental market.
In August, developer Related Co. opened an affordable housing development in downtown Santa Monica with 10 apartments reserved exclusively for low- to mid-income artists. The live-work studios rent for $439 to $888 per month and were awarded via a lottery. By late October, not …
Have you ever made a deal to buy something, only to have the seller tell you that it’s not actually for sale, after all?
That’s what a group of Texas and Irvine investors say happened to them – and the seller was the state of California.
A trial begins today in San Francisco that will determine whether California has to sell off 11 properties that Gov. …
All week, KCRW looks at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Explore Cargoland.
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have been a driving force in Southern California’s economy for more than a century. The push to establish the port of L.A. came when a harbor commission was set up in 1907. But the debate over where to put the port was heated.
Director of the Los …
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On the lower deck of the Santa Monica Pier—below the Pacific Park solar-powered Ferris wheel, Inkie’s Pirate Ship ride, and oceanfront West Coaster—there’s a quiet community of fishermen and women.
Many tourists from the top deck stare at the anglers with awe. Fishing is these folks’ art. And it looks much easier than it actually is. The Santa Monica Pier fishers don’t make much. One …
Millions again are expected to sign up for their health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
They are prodded by an individual mandate that says they must do that. Starting next year, employers will join in on being prodded to offer coverage.
A lot of folks who found it difficult or too costly to get insurance are now able to do that.
But Republicans, fresh off their …
Southern California is often thought of as the land of the single family home: a home that’s owned, not rented, by its residents. This could be a modest tract house in the San Fernando Valley or a palatial designer residence perched on the sand in Newport Beach. But the image of Southern California as a kind of homeowners’ Shangri-La is something of a myth.
Just over …
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Vacationing in Los Angeles can be pricey. Hotel rooms can cost hundreds of dollars, and living conditions at hostels — long the dominion of young backpackers– don’t appeal to all travelers.
Airbnb seems to offer a solution. The social networking site, which connects vacationers with short-term rentals, has exploded in popularity. There are 14,000 listings currently available in LA, up from 4,000 just two years ago.
But current laws governing the hospitality business are …
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As the military drawdown in Afghanistan continues, the United States will add an additional 80,000 veterans from the Army alone to the civilian workforce. This is on top of the normal annual rate of separations from military service. On this Veterans Day, let’s think about all of America’s soldiers who are receiving pink slips.
Members of the military receive rigorous training from a very selective …
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The word “Auschwitz” has come to mean more than just the concentration camp in Poland. It’s shorthand for the horrors of the Holocaust, and proof of man’s capacity for extreme inhumanity to man.
But nearly 70 years after the Second World War ended, there’s an ongoing debate among historians, architects and archaeologists about how to properly preserve the site of the atrocities, specifically the neighboring …
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The drought is beginning to take a heavy toll on California’s agriculture industry – but one group of growers is grateful for a silver lining.
The Wall Street Journal reports the drought will help make some of the best wine that Napa and Sonoma counties have produced for some time.Vintners say the dry weather has led to smaller and tastier grapes. It’s also triggered earlier …
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President Obama exited Los Angeles just as he came in: making money for Democrats, and migraines for West LA drivers.
In his 24 hours here, the president toured a business in Santa Monica, speaking about an economic recovery for millennials, designated as national monument 340,000 acres of San Gabriel Mountains land and attended two separate fundraisers.
One of which was at actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s home.
Obama has attended 30 fundraisers in Los …
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Republican candidate for Governor Neel Kashkari says he feels good about his chances. That, despite being behind in the polls (Gov. Brown is leading 57-36 percent) and having a lot less money than the incumbent ($680 thousand to Brown’s $20 million).
Below, he speaks to Warren Olney on Which Way LA? and tells him, “We’re focused on getting our message out, more voters think the state is headed in the wrong direction …