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Nissan plans to build first self-driving car by 2020. Are you ready?

Nissan plans to build first self-driving car by 2020. Are you ready?

Would you buy a self-driving car?; Credit: David Paul Morris/Getty Images Cars come with a lot of bells and whistles nowadays, but they got nothing on what the global automobile industry at large is working on next: a car that drives itself. Indeed, the race is on for the automakers to build the first self-driving […]

Obama, Clinton and Carter to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

Obama, Clinton and Carter to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

File: Martin Luther King Jr. waves to supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963.; Credit: AFP/Getty Images Washington DC will be buzzing on Wednesday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The most notable event will be at the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King Jr. once […]

Small businesses feel sticker shock from workers’ comp insurance hikes

Small businesses feel sticker shock from workers’ comp insurance hikes

A survey by the LA Business Journal found that employers have been seeing rate hikes in workers’ compensation insurance.; Credit: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images A spot survey by the Los Angeles Business Journal found some local employers hit with premium hikes exceeding 40 percent in the last year for workers’ compensation insurance. The shock is especially […]

Could criminal charges be next for San Diego’s Bob Filner?

Could criminal charges be next for San Diego’s Bob Filner?

SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 23: San Diego Mayor Bob Filner leaves the podium after announcing his mayoral resignation to the city council on August 23, 2013 in San Diego.; Credit: Bill Wechter/Getty Images California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office is investigating Bob Filner for criminal wrongdoing, but her office has not provided any details. […]

Museum row gets exotic with Petersen renovation plan (Photos)

Museum row gets exotic with Petersen renovation plan (Photos)

What do you think of the new design? ; Credit: Petersen.org The iconic Petersen Automotive Museum is about to get a very expensive present for its 20th birthday: a total renovation. The Miracle Mile museum is about to undergo a dramatic silver and red redesign that’s been called a “fiery red zebra.” The new exterior will be […]

Filmweek: You’re Next, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers and more

Filmweek: You’re Next, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers and more

Actors Barbara Crampton, Amy Seimetz, producer Simon Barrett, director Adam Wingard, actors Sharni Vinson, Wendy Glenn and Rob Moran arrive at “You’re Next” Premiere at Ryerson Theatre during the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2011 in Toronto, Canada. ; Credit: Clinton Gilders/Getty Images Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan […]

Mission Viejo ordinance would fine rowdy partiers for repeat complaints

Mission Viejo ordinance would fine rowdy partiers for repeat complaints

Should the city be able to give you a ticket if your house party is too loud? ; Credit: Flickr/Kmeron The Mission Viejo City Council passed an ordinance this week that could make the organizers of rowdy and disruptive house parties responsible for the costs of law enforcement personnel dispatched to investigate repeated noise complaints. […]

‘Gentefication’ vs. gentrification in Boyle Heights, Long Beach and other SoCal hip spots

‘Gentefication’ vs. gentrification in Boyle Heights, Long Beach and other SoCal hip spots

Brooklyn Ave. in Boyle Heights The city of Boyle Heights, a working class Latino neighborhood east of Downtown, was recently profiled in The New York Times. The paper looked at the neighborhood’s twist on gentrification. The people changing Boyle Heights are neither white nor middle-class, but are young, hip Latinos who have moved back into the […]

Egypt tensions rattle divides between Mid-East countries

Egypt tensions rattle divides between Mid-East countries

Islamic political party Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) activists gesture with painted fingers in support of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi in Karachi on August 20, 2013. ; Credit: ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images Egypt remains in a state of emergency as violence rips a divided country. Tensions between supporters of the military and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood will […]

Should a suicide blog on Yahoo be given new life?

Should a suicide blog on Yahoo be given new life?

On the day of his suicide Martin Manley published a blog that details what led to his decision. Yahoo decided to take the blog down, but many other sites have re-posted Manley’s blog content. Last Thursday Kansas City sports reporter Martin Manley took his own life. That same day, he published a blog that detailed what […]