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Italian scientists convicted over earthquake warning

Italian scientists convicted over earthquake warning

A damaged building shown following the 2009 earthquake in the village of Onna. Credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images Scientists in Italy have been convicted of multiple manslaughter after a 2009 earthquake in L’Aquila killed 309 people. The six Italian scientists and one former government official were accused of providing falsely reassuring statements after initial tremors hit […]

Election endorsements: Do they really make a difference?

Election endorsements: Do they really make a difference?

U.S. President Barack Obama hosts a reception in honor of national Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month in the East Room of the White House June 15, 2012 in Washington, DC. In the midst of a re-election campaign against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Obama’s recent declaration of support for same-sex marriage was celebrated […]

As Twitter continues to grow, what’s next for the social media giant?

As Twitter continues to grow, what’s next for the social media giant?

What’s next for Twitter? Credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images Two weeks ago, the first Presidential debate generated a record 10 million tweets. The second debate scored over 7 million tweets, a large portion of them mentioning Mitt Romney’s ‘binder full of women’. People following on Twitter don’t have to wait for the debates to be over […]

Los Angeles street vendors cooking up a challenge to the sidewalk ban

Los Angeles street vendors cooking up a challenge to the sidewalk ban

Credit: John W. Poole If you’ve ever stumbled out of a bar on Hollywood Boulevard at closing time, you know the smell: Bacon wrapped hot dogs. They’re very tasty, but are they legal? Right now, street vendors can be fined up to $1,000 and face jail time for selling food on L.A. sidewalks. The carts […]

Prop 30 vs Prop 38: What’s best for California schools?

Prop 30 vs Prop 38: What’s best for California schools?

A voter walks from the polling place inside Fire Station 38 in Pasadena, California. Credit: David McNew/Getty Images One of the most heated contests in this November’s election is between two prominent Californians who aren’t running for anything. Governor Jerry Brown and civil rights lawyer Molly Munger have been out stumping for competing tax proposals, […]

Bright lights, big city: universal ID cards, digital billboards and roving voters in the news

Bright lights, big city: universal ID cards, digital billboards and roving voters in the news

Credit: Alexander Sibaja/Getty Images Los Angeles City Council met this morning to discuss two controversial issues. One is a proposal introduced by councilmember Richard Alarcon to a Universal City Services Card – a hybrid of ID card, library card and debit card – for those who don’t have a drivers’ license or bank account. Mayor […]

Berman and Sherman go Dem-to-Dem over San Fernando Valley district

Berman and Sherman go Dem-to-Dem over San Fernando Valley district

Democrats Howard Berman and Brad Sherman. Credit: Getty Images The race for California’s newly-drawn 30th congressional district is shaping up to be one of the most contentious — and expensive — in the country. Democratic incumbents Brad Sherman and Howard Berman, who represent the 27th and 28th districts respectively, were thrown into the ring together […]

Beverly Hills penny pinchers rejoice! 99 Cents Only store on Rodeo Drive?

Beverly Hills penny pinchers rejoice! 99 Cents Only store on Rodeo Drive?

In this Sept. 8, 2008 file photo, Jacques Elsair shops at a 99 Cents Only Store in Los Angeles. Credit: Nick Ut Beverly Hills has a reputation as having most upscale shopping in Southern California, which puts it high in the running for some of the best shopping in the world. But high-dollar shoppers may […]

The rise of Netflix and the remaking of home entertainment

The rise of Netflix and the remaking of home entertainment

“Netflixed: The Epic Battle for America’s Eyeballs” by Gina Keating Credit: Portfolio According to the Urban Dictionary, “Netflixing” means “watching any TV show, movie, documentary, etc. on NetFlix via instant streaming.” Getting “Netflixed,” however, has a less benign meaning: “to screw the consumer over viciously by jacking the rates of whatever service you provide.” In […]

Are targeted drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen legal under international law?

Are targeted drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen legal under international law?

The Predator drones flying over Afghanistan and Pakistan are variants of this MQ-9 Reaper. Credit: Lt. Col.. Leslie Pratt/U.S. Air Force via AP Mary Ellen O’Connell is a fierce critic of America’s drone program, which she says is illegal outside war zones. Among legal scholars, O’Connell is in the minority, but her views are gaining […]