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How Dianne Feinstein’s re-election bid encapsulates the divide within the Democratic Party

How Dianne Feinstein’s re-election bid encapsulates the divide within the Democratic Party

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) talks with reporters as she heads for her party’s weekly policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol May 16, 2017 in Washington, DC.; Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images AirTalk® Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has announced today that she will seek a sixth term in the U.S. Senate. <blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>I am […]

Another dean out at USC med school – this time, over a long-settled sexual harassment claim

Another dean out at USC med school – this time, over a long-settled sexual harassment claim

USC Keck School of Medicine; Credit: Aaron Logan/Flickr Creative Commons AirTalk® USC is once again looking to fill the top spot at its medical school for the second time in less than two years. Dr. Rohit Varma has been dismissed as dean of the medical school, as the Los Angeles Times was preparing to publish […]

Should Uber and Lyft drivers be required to do biometric testing for background checks?

Should Uber and Lyft drivers be required to do biometric testing for background checks?

In this Photo Illustration, a phone displays the Uber ride-hailing app on September 22, 2017 in London, England.; Credit: Leon Neal/Getty Images AirTalk® State regulators will not require Uber and Lyft drivers to do biometric background checks, such as fingerprinting, a subject that’s been hotly debated by taxi groups and the rideshare companies. What remains […]

As Russia investigation continues, how much responsibility should Facebook take for its ads?

As Russia investigation continues, how much responsibility should Facebook take for its ads?

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and committee Vice Chair Mark Warner (D-VA) (R) hold a news conference on the status of the committee’s inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election at the U.S. Capitol October 4, 2017 in Washington, DC.; Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images AirTalk® Things are getting heated for Facebook […]

Coastal Commission may relax LA City beach curfew

Coastal Commission may relax LA City beach curfew

Surfers leave the water just off the coast on January 30, 2017 in Venice Beach, California.; Credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images AirTalk® It’s a question heard often around Los Angeles: should people be allowed access to public beaches 24 hours a day? In a settlement filed last week, the city of Los Angeles agreed to defend […]

AirTalk special coverage: Las Vegas shooting

AirTalk special coverage: Las Vegas shooting

People scramble for shelter at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.; Credit: David Becker/Getty Images AirTalk® Last night, a lone gunman opened fire on country music fans at the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas, killing more than 50 people […]

Department of Homeland Security to collect social media data on immigrants

Department of Homeland Security to collect social media data on immigrants

Facebook’s homepage. ; Credit: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® Last week, the Department of Homeland Security updated one of its Federal Register pages to say it will collect publicly available social media information about incoming immigrants for more stringent screening. The new language says the DHS will collect “social media handles, aliases, associated identifiable information, and […]

Department of Homeland Security to collect social media data on immigrants

Department of Homeland Security to collect social media data on immigrants

Facebook’s homepage. ; Credit: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® Last week, the Department of Homeland Security updated one of its Federal Register pages to say it will collect publicly available social media information about incoming immigrants for more stringent screening. The new language says the DHS will collect “social media handles, aliases, associated identifiable information, and […]

Former Playboy playmate, employees on Hefner’s divisive legacy

Former Playboy playmate, employees on Hefner’s divisive legacy

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner arrives at Stansted Airport on June 2, 2011 in Stansted, England.; Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images AirTalk® On Wednesday, Hugh Hefner, the founder of “Playboy” magazine, passed away in his home at age 91. Hefner, known to most as simply “Hef,” started the iconic publication in his kitchen in Chicago with $8,000. […]

LA’s on the verge of saying goodbye to (most of) its iconic palm trees

LA’s on the verge of saying goodbye to (most of) its iconic palm trees

Los Angeles’ iconic palm trees are disappearing.; Credit: David McNew/Getty Images AirTalk® The Los Angeles skyline is on its way to losing its iconic palm-frond silhouette. Due to a fatal fungus and an invasive weevil, palm trees are on their way out, and with the exception of six historic areas, the city will be replacing […]