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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 […]

Week in politics: FBI agent who insulted Trump in texts fire, the political fallout and security concerns after Omarosa releases tape of her firing and more

Week in politics: FBI agent who insulted Trump in texts fire, the political fallout and security concerns after Omarosa releases tape of her firing and more

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh listens to President Trump announcing his nomination in the East Room of the White House.; Credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® AirTalk’s weekly political roundtable recaps the headlines you might’ve missed this weekend and looks ahead to the week to come. Here’s what we’re watching through the weekend, topics may change […]

Week in politics: FBI agent who insulted Trump in texts fire, the political fallout and security concerns after Omarosa releases tape of her firing and more

Week in politics: FBI agent who insulted Trump in texts fire, the political fallout and security concerns after Omarosa releases tape of her firing and more

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh listens to President Trump announcing his nomination in the East Room of the White House.; Credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images AirTalk® AirTalk’s weekly political roundtable recaps the headlines you might’ve missed this weekend and looks ahead to the week to come. Here’s what we’re watching through the weekend, topics may change […]

Santa Monica is on trial over voting rights lawsuit

Santa Monica is on trial over voting rights lawsuit

A view of Third Street Promenade on April 3, 2012 in Santa Monica, California.; Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Vans AirTalk® The city of Santa Monica is being sued for violating California’s Voting Rights Act, according to plaintiff Maria Loya.   The lawsuit comes after Maria Loya lost elections for City Council and the Santa […]

What new NCAA rules mean for college basketball

What new NCAA rules mean for college basketball

A detail of giant NCAA logo is seen outside of the stadium on the practice day prior to the NCAA Men’s Final Four at the Georgia Dome on April 5, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. ; Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images AirTalk® On Wednesday, the NCAA announced new college basketball policies meant to overhaul the system in […]

Are psychological techniques keeping kids online? And if so, are psychologists to blame?

Are psychological techniques keeping kids online? And if so, are psychologists to blame?

In this photograph illustration a ten-year-old boy uses an Apple Ipad tablet computer on November 29, 2011 in Knutsford, United Kingdom. ; Credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images AirTalk® Children’s advocates want the American Psychological Association to condemn the tech industry’s practice of using persuasive psychological techniques to keep kids glued to their screens. The advocates, citing […]

Should pets be allowed in city-subsidized housing projects?

Should pets be allowed in city-subsidized housing projects?

Kieysha Reedom, 25, and her dog, Marley live in Hollywood, Calif. on Friday, Mar. 16, 2018. ; Credit: Susanica Tam/For KPCC AirTalk® The LA City Council is considering requiring property owners who take measure HHH money to allow recently homeless residents to bring their pets. Homeless advocates cite rules banning pets as a big impediment […]

Employee or contractor? How CA’s new standards could spark changes in the gig economy

Employee or contractor? How CA’s new standards could spark changes in the gig economy

California Supreme Court ; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images AirTalk® The California Supreme Court ruled on what defines an independent contractor versus an employee. The ruling narrowed the terms under which a worker can be considered an independent contractor. The court laid out three provisions necessary to be considered independent. But interpreting those rules has been […]

With Trump rally this week, conspiracy theory QAnon gains mainstream attention

With Trump rally this week, conspiracy theory QAnon gains mainstream attention

WILKES BARRE, PA – AUGUST 02: David Reinert holds up a large “Q” sign while waiting in line to see President Donald J. Trump at his rally on August 2, 2018 at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. “Q” represents QAnon, a conspiracy theory group that has been seen at […]

Trump proposes lowering fuel standards: The impact on California and the court battles ahead

Trump proposes lowering fuel standards: The impact on California and the court battles ahead

; Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images AirTalk® The Trump administration announced Thursday it intends to weaken federal fuel efficiency standards and revoke California’s autonomy to impose its own standards.  The US EPA and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are calling for fuel mileage standards to be frozen at year 2020 levels, rolling back aggressive standards agreed […]