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Army Corps Of Engineers clearcuts San Fernando Valley Wildlife Area

Army Corps Of Engineers clearcuts San Fernando Valley Wildlife Area

The view from Coldwater Canyon Park. Credit: BitHead/Flickr San Fernando Valley nature lovers and environmental groups say the Army Corps Of Engineers recently cleared too much vegetation from the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Area. The San Fernando Valley Audubon Society says the Army Corps of Engineers “(L)aid waste to the South Wildlife Reserve in the Sepulveda […]

What if superheroes could be held legally responsible for their actions?

What if superheroes could be held legally responsible for their actions?

“The Law of SuperHeroes” by James Daily and Ryan Davidson Credit: Penguin Group (USA) Invoking suspension of disbelief allows us to enjoy superhero and supervillain sagas without worrying about whether or not these fictional characters are liable for the legal repercussions of their actions; however, what if Lex Luthor could sue Superman for assault? Would […]

Chinese elderly can sue their children for lack of visits

Chinese elderly can sue their children for lack of visits

An elderly woman rides a tricycle along a road in Beijing. Credit: AFP/AFP/Getty Images As the holidays wind down in America, some family members may find themselves relieved to escape the presence of their parents. Here in the United States, and other Western countries, we are free to engage with our parents as much or […]

Biggest failures and flops of 2012

Biggest failures and flops of 2012

Central Intelligence Agency Director, David Petraeus, participates in a House Select Intelligence Committee and Senate Intelligence Committee joint hearing, on Sept. 13, 2011 in Washington, D.C. Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images While it’s nice to look at who came out on top at the end of the year, it’s also worthwhile to remember the losers. Besides, […]

Is your credit score a dating deal breaker?

Is your credit score a dating deal breaker?

This picture taken on September 12, 2012 shows a couple embracing by a riverside. Credit: AFP/AFP/Getty Images Having trouble finding a date for New Year’s? Could your credit score be the problem? That’s the lament (or triumph) of some singles on the prowl, who say a bad credit score is increasingly seen as a dating […]

Too sexy for my office? Iowa woman fired for being ‘too attractive’

Too sexy for my office? Iowa woman fired for being ‘too attractive’

Can you be too attractive for the office? Iowa rules that employers can fire employees who they see as an “irresistible attraction.” Credit: Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images An Iowa Supreme Court composed of only male judges ruled unanimously that a dentist who fired his employee because he and his wife viewed her as a threat to […]

Gavin Newsom speaks up for legal marijuana in California

Gavin Newsom speaks up for legal marijuana in California

Marijuana plants for sale at Studio City’s Perennial Holistic Wellness Center. Credit: Bear Guerra/KPCC In the November Colorado and Washington passed legislation that will make recreational marijuana legal, leaving the two states to navigate the issues of enforcing state laws that are different from federal laws. Marijuana may be legal on a state level, but […]

Looking back at the top Science Stories of 2012

Looking back at the top Science Stories of 2012

A graphic showing traces of collision of particles at the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experience is pictured with a slow speed experience at Universe of Particles exhibition of the the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Credit: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images Exotic particles made headlines again and again in 2012, making it no surprise that the […]

FilmWeek: Zero Dark Thirty, The Impossible, On the Road, and more

FilmWeek: Zero Dark Thirty, The Impossible, On the Road, and more

Still from the film “Zero Dark Thirty” starring Jessica Chastain. Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Claudia Puig, Andy Klein, and Henry Sheenhan to review the week’s new film releases including Zero Dark Thirty, The Impossible, Not Fade Away, On the Road, This Is 40 and more. TGI-FilmWeek! Zero Dark Thirty: On the Road: […]

What’s the best way to prevent harm in a violent emergency?

What’s the best way to prevent harm in a violent emergency?

In this photo provided by the Newtown Bee, Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., following a reported shooting there Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. Credit: AP Photo/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks  Following the Sandy Hook massacre, national discussion about how to prevent future attacks is on the rise. But […]