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CA might legalize selling home-cooked meals – is it creating new economic opportunities or creating a public health risk?

CA might legalize selling home-cooked meals – is it creating new economic opportunities or creating a public health risk?

The California State Capitol in Sacramento.; Credit: Mathieu Thouvenin (Flickr Creative Commons) AirTalk® California may soon become the first state to legalize and regulate home kitchen operations. Assembly Bill 626 would allow individuals to sell homemade food as long as they have a permit, meet safety standards and keep their total sales below a certain […]

Are incomes really stagnant? Pew study indicates they’re moving ahead

Are incomes really stagnant? Pew study indicates they’re moving ahead

Twenty dollar bills sit in a wallet on August 29, 2017 in San Anselmo, California.; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images AirTalk® A new Pew Research Center analysis of Federal Reserve data released last month found, unlike common belief, average household incomes are not stagnant and that wages for most Americans have actually gone up historically. The […]

Are incomes really stagnant? Pew study indicates they’re moving ahead

Are incomes really stagnant? Pew study indicates they’re moving ahead

Twenty dollar bills sit in a wallet on August 29, 2017 in San Anselmo, California.; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images AirTalk® A new Pew Research Center analysis of Federal Reserve data released last month found, unlike common belief, average household incomes are not stagnant and that wages for most Americans have actually gone up historically. The […]

The trials and tribulations of Victoria’s Secret, Cheesecake Factory and OSH

The trials and tribulations of Victoria’s Secret, Cheesecake Factory and OSH

A general view of outside the Victoria’s Secret store in Herald Square, New York City on February 5, 2015.; Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Victoria’s Secret AirTalk® What do the restaurant, hardware and lingerie industries all have in common? They’re struggling to keep up. Recent news regarding Lowes’ closing of OSH, along with the continued […]

Sources say ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is negotiating a plea deal in fraud case

Sources say ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is negotiating a plea deal in fraud case

Michael Cohen, former personal attorney for U.S. President Donald Trump, exits the Loews Regency Hotel in New York City on May 11, 2018.; Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images AirTalk® Two people familiar with the financial fraud investigation of Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, say his lawyers are in negotiations with prosecutors that could result […]

As wrongful death lawsuit in shooting of Chad Irwin heads to trial, we talk best practices in suicide-by-cop situations

As wrongful death lawsuit in shooting of Chad Irwin heads to trial, we talk best practices in suicide-by-cop situations

Detective Stephen Bell leads a roll call for the System-wide Mental Assessment Response Teams on Thursday morning, Dec. 11, 2014 at LAPD Headquarters. SMART provided crisis intervention in response to 4,724 calls last year.; Credit: Maya Sugarman/KPCC AirTalk® Two years ago, Chad Irwin’s wife called the cops on her husband. He was behaving erratically, had […]

As California moves to eliminate money bail, we look at the bill changes creating new opposition

As California moves to eliminate money bail, we look at the bill changes creating new opposition

Sen. Bob Hertzberg fills out a ballot to vote at a polling station with his wife Cynthia Telles to cast his vote in the Los Angeles mayoral primary March 8, 2005 in Sherman Oaks, California. ; Credit: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images AirTalk® Opponents of the state’s bail system are split over changes to a bill that […]

Horse sues former owner for neglect, but can courts recognize animals as plaintiffs?

Horse sues former owner for neglect, but can courts recognize animals as plaintiffs?

Horse on a farm in California. ; Credit: Maya Sugarman/KPCC AirTalk® Last summer, an Oregon man pleaded guilty to criminal neglect for leaving his horse underfed in the outdoors. But Justice, the horse, did not take this sitting down. Justice is suing its previous owner, Geordie Duckler, alleging negligence. The case begs the question if […]

State lawmakers introduced a series of bills in the wake of #MeToo. Where are they now?

State lawmakers introduced a series of bills in the wake of #MeToo. Where are they now?

California Capitol building; Credit: jjkbach/flickr Creative Commons AirTalk® California business groups are opposing a number of bills introduced in response to the #MeToo hashtag campaign. The groups describe the bills as opening the floodgates to lawsuits and being job killers. For example, one bill would ban employers from requiring arbitration to settle sexual harassment claims […]

Blinded by the light: How blue light from phone screens may be accelerating blindness and what you can do about it

Blinded by the light: How blue light from phone screens may be accelerating blindness and what you can do about it

If you’re regularly checking your phone at night in a dark room, you’re probably tricking your body into thinking it’s still daytime.; Credit: Artur Debat/Moment Editorial/Getty Images AirTalk® If you’ve ever woken up in the middle of the night, checked your phone and then found it hard to fall back asleep, you’ve experienced the way […]