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Furious Over Falling Pay, Los Angeles Uber Drivers Prepare to Strike

In recent weeks Uber drivers in the greater Los Angeles area opened their apps to find the ridesharing company had enacted an approximately 25 percent reduction in their per-mile earnings to just 60 cents, a mere two cents above the IRS’s deductible standards. As a result, Drivers United, a coalition of drivers in the…Read more...
Tags: Labor, Lyft, Uber, Rideshare, Los Angeles, Drivers United


Bobcat killed by car after surviving California wildfire

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say a bobcat that survived a Southern California wildfire has been hit and killed by a car.
Tags: Science, California, Los Angeles, Ap, Southern California


LA's Mountain Lions May Face Extinction—But There’s a Way to Save Them

Cougars have called California home long before humans have. In Los Angeles, however, urbanization and human activity are driving nearby mountain populations toward possible extinction, according to a new study. Read more...
Tags: Science, California, Los Angeles, Extinction, Mountain Lion, Nonononoononononono, LA s Mountain Lions


Coroner says 'Young and Restless' star died of heart disease

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say "Young and the Restless" star Kristoff St. John died of heart disease, with heavy drinking at the time of his death a contributing factor.
Tags: Science, Los Angeles, Ap, Young, Kristoff St John


Exhibit explores keen senses, abilities of man's best friend

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Did people domesticate dogs or was it the other way around? And why do these two species seem to think so much alike, act so much alike and get along so well?
Tags: Science, Los Angeles, Ap


California science exhibit explains the dog-human friendship

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Did people domesticate dogs or was it the other way around? And why do these two species seem to think so much alike, act so much alike and get along so well? The California Science Center has spent the past five years sniffing out the answers to those and hundreds of […]
Tags: Science, News, California, Pets, Los Angeles, Ap, Nation, California Science Center


Deadly 2017 wildfire found sparked by So. California Edison power lines

The devastating Thomas Fire that killed two people and destroyed more than 1,000 structures northwest of Los Angeles in December 2017 was sparked by power lines owned by Southern California Edison Co, fire officials said on Wednesday. An investigation of the fire's origins found that high winds blew Edison power lines into one another, creating an electrical arc that "deposited hot, burning or molten material" into dry vegetation on the ground, setting off the blaze, the Ventura County Fire Dep...
Tags: Science, California, Los Angeles, Edison, Ventura County Fire Department, Southern California Edison Co


Deadly Thomas fire of 2017 sparked by Southern California Edison power lines: fire department

The devastating Thomas Fire that killed two people and destroyed more than 1,000 structures northwest of Los Angeles in December 2017 was sparked by power lines owned by Southern California Edison Co, the Ventura County Fire Department said on Tuesday. An investigation of the fire's origins found that high winds blew Edison power lines into one another, creating an electrical arc that "deposited hot, burning or molten material" into dry vegetation on the ground, setting off the blaze, the depar...
Tags: Science, Los Angeles, Southern California Edison, Thomas, Edison


Deadly 2017 wildfire found sparked by Southern California Edison power lines

The devastating Thomas Fire that killed two people and destroyed more than 1,000 structures northwest of Los Angeles in December 2017 was sparked by power lines owned by Southern California Edison Co, the Ventura County Fire Department said on Wednesday. An investigation of the fire's origins found that high winds blew Edison power lines into one another, creating an electrical arc that "deposited hot, burning or molten material" into dry vegetation on the ground, setting off the blaze, the dep...
Tags: Science, Los Angeles, Southern California Edison, Northern California, Edison


Millennial ‘Expert’ and Startup CEO Charged in College Exam Scandal

Jane Buckingham, chief executive officer of a Los Angeles-based marketing company specializing in research on youth culture, agreed to spend $50,000 to get her child a high score on a standardized test in hopes of getting him into the University of Southern California, according to a Justice Department affidavit. It started with a phone call to William Singer, founder of a college counseling firm. From there, it became a full-blown bribe involving a tax-deductible donation to an affiliated org...
Tags: Science, Los Angeles, Justice Department, University Of Southern California, Buckingham, Jane Buckingham, William Singer


California’s Wildfires Burn Through America’s Climate Illusions

The apparent ease of California life is an illusion, and those who believe the illusion real live here in only the most temporary way. As a prosperous home for almost 40 million people, it is a place made, not begotten. Roughly a decade after Didion’s essay, Marc Reisner characterized California as “a beautiful fraud” in his much longer polemic “Cadillac Desert,” chronicling in exquisite detail the epic water projects, bottomless budgets and Chinatown politics that went into making a place lik...
Tags: Science, California, America, Los Angeles, Chinatown, Didion, Marc Reisner


SpaceX to launch dummy pilot 'Ripley' into orbit on first Crew Dragon test flight

In the early hours of Saturday morning, billionaire Elon Musk will be nervously watching the skies as his rocket company SpaceX attempts its first launch of the Crew Dragon spaceship. Onboard will be a dummy pilot Ripley named, after the main character of the 1979 movie "Alien", packed with sensors to monitor the flight.  SpaceX is no rookie to launches having carried out 15 resupply missions to the orbiter since 2012. But a lot more is resting on this launch. If it's successful, NASA says i...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Russia, US, America, Los Angeles, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Boeing, Falcon, Cape Canaveral, Atlantic Ocean, Ripley, William Gerstenmaier


Does Rolls-Royce Really Want to Make Jet Engines?

The “uncontained failure” of a Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine on a Qantas A380 almost caused the plane to crash.  Subsequently all A380s with these engines had to be grounded while modifications were made. Coming from an English-heritage country (New Zealand), Rolls-Royce has always been a brand with special magic to me, and to most other people of English extraction.In decades now well past, the name Rolls-Royce was the sine qua non of highest quality, highest reliability, ultra-prestigious motor...
Tags: Travel, UK, Science, Ge, France, Miscellaneous, US, Los Angeles, Tech, Vw, Current Affairs, Sydney, New Zealand, Qantas, Airbus, Bmw


Marina Titova: How to encourage more women in blockchain

Marina Titova, head of advisory at the NKB Group blockchain investment bank, says she was taking a break from her previous role in traditional investment banking when she began exploring blockchain, as some of her former colleagues from Morgan Stanley were “doing something exciting in blockchain out of Los Angeles.” “At that time, my impression about the blockchain was mostly around the Silk Road dark net prosecution case that I read about in the FT,” she tells me. “As I started to dig more into...
Tags: Silk Road, Science, Los Angeles, Morgan Stanley, Marina Titova, NKB Group


Winter storms wash away California drought, burnish snowpack

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California is drenched and its mountains are piled high with snow amid a still-unfolding winter of storms that was unimaginable just a few months ago.
Tags: Science, California, Los Angeles, Ap


Selma Blair shares candid details of her life with MS: What to know about multiple sclerosis

Selma Blair's candid "Good Morning America" interview about her multiple sclerosis diagnosis -- and the many years it took to receive the diagnosis -- has sparked an outpouring of praise and support.Along with the support have come questions about multiple sclerosis (MS) and the different forms it takes in different people. During her interview with "GMA" at her Los Angeles home, Blair, 46, was in an "exacerbation" of MS, or an attack that causes new symptoms or the worsening of existing sympt...
Tags: Science, Los Angeles, Selma Blair, Blair


Here's an Alexa Idea I Actually Like

While it’s hard not to roll your eyes at voice assistants getting added to every single thing in the smart home, a Los Angeles hospital is actually putting Amazon Alexa to good use. About 100 patient rooms at Cedars-Sinai will now be equipped with Amazon Echos to help patients and caregivers interact more efficiently.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Los Angeles, Health Care, Voice Assistants, Alexa, Digital Assistants, Amazon Alexa, Amazon Echos, Alexa Im In Agony Play Despacito


Virgin Galactic: Rocket reaches space again in test flight

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Virgin Galactic says its rocket plane has reached space for a second time in a test flight over California. The company says the winged spaceship reached an altitude of 55.8 miles (89.8 kilometers) Friday and then safely landed at Mojave Air and Space Port in the desert north of Los Angeles. […]
Tags: Science, News, California, Los Angeles, Ap, Nation, Virgin Galactic, Space Port, Mojave Air


A Commercial Flight Hit an Absurdly Fast 801 MPH While Flying Over the United States

A Virgin Atlantic flight making the grueling journey from Los Angeles to London yesterday hit a ground speed of at least 801 mph, thanks to a streak of fast-moving air in the jet stream over Pennsylvania. You’re probably wondering how, as breaking the sound barrier over land is illegal, but despite surpassing the…Read more...
Tags: Science, London, Los Angeles, Pennsylvania, United States, Speeding, Virgin Atlantic, Boeing 787


Flying 1,300 mph on airplanes would be great. But future aviation has other plans.

In the year 2044, our cities might be energized by fusion power plants, our sleek cars may all run on electricity, and our doctors might regularly employ gene-editing to cure blindness.  But our airplanes will probably still fly at the same speeds they did half a century ago: between 550 and 600 mph.  Supersonic flight — which is to say speeds that exceed the speed of sound (768 mph) and can dramatically slash flight times — died out for civilians in 2003 with the retirement of the narrowly-shap...
Tags: Europe, New York, Science, London, Congress, California, NYC, Los Angeles, Nasa, Earth, Brooklyn, Airbus, Jfk, Faa, Boeing, Central Park


Rare owls thrive in ghost town near Los Angeles airport

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Researchers have discovered a group of rare owls thriving in a nature preserve near Los Angeles International Airport, according to a newspaper report Sunday. The 10 burrowing owls are the most seen at LAX Dunes Preserve in 40 years, the Los Angeles Times reported. Among the raptors are a breeding pair […]
Tags: Science, News, Los Angeles, Ap, Nation, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles International Airport, LAX Dunes Preserve


5 of the worst keto diet side effects

In addition to weight loss, there are a few well-known side effects of the keto diet, some of which can be unpleasant.Some side effects of the keto diet are bound to occur, though others only happen when the diet is implemented poorly.The keto diet doesn't have to lead to a host of negative side effects, but anyone considering undertaking the diet over the long term should be especially careful. None The keto diet is often called a fad diet. Make no mistake: it is. But unlike other trendy diets,...
Tags: Health, Science, Diet, Medicine, Los Angeles, Innovation, Clark, Keto, Human body, Edwina Clark, Nancy Rahnama, Scott Keatley, Kim Yawitz


Munger Asks, ‘Who Wouldn’t Want Rich People?’ in Tax Pushback

“A lot of civilizations work very well with low taxes on the rich,” Munger, 95, said in an interview Thursday after the annual shareholder meeting in Los Angeles of the Daily Journal Corp., where he serves as chairman. Democratic policy makers including Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have advocated raising taxes on the rich. Munger, a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. vice chairman who owned more than $1.4 billion in company stock as of September, argued there’s a “...
Tags: Science, Elizabeth Warren, Los Angeles, Berkshire Hathaway Inc, Munger, Daily Journal Corp, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez




One in Custody After Netflix, KTLA Put on Lockdown by Active Shooter [UPDATING]

Update, 8:45 pm:Read more...
Tags: Science, Los Angeles, Netflix, KTLA, Active Shooter, Netflix KTLA


The Green New Deal: Historians weigh in on the immense scale required to pull it off

In an attempt to cure his paralysis, a 42-year-old Franklin D. Roosevelt began to visit Warm Springs, Georgia in the mid-1920s, soaking his weak legs in the town’s soothing mineral waters. It was here that Roosevelt — who in less than a decade would become President of the United States — would see a part of the nation new to him. And it was miserable. “He saw the reality. He had never seen poverty like that. He saw a family of eight living in a tar paper shack, farming on depleted soil,” Paul S...
Tags: Science, Germany, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, United States, Iowa, Fox News, Federal Reserve, North Carolina, Donald Trump, Taylor, Fdr, Hoover, Laguardia, South


Weekly Roundup, Friday 8 February 2019

Exciting news! We’re offering a new Scotland tour in September (details immediately below), and this time we not only have a ride on this, the “Harry Potter” steam train, but we also, in the other direction, have a photo stop where we can photograph the train crossing the famous Glenfinnan viaduct. Good morning Lots of touring news this morning. Our new Loire Valley Land Cruise in September has proven to be popular, with three people already signed up and another four expected to be joining th...
Tags: Travel, New York, Science, London, Sweden, Obama, California, North Korea, Mexico, France, Scotland, China, Germany, Trains, Miscellaneous, US


10 Horror Films That Contain Equally Horrifying Works of Art

Netflix movie Velvet Buzzsaw stars Jake Gyllenhaal as an art critic who becomes engulfed in weirdness when paintings by a mystery artist take Los Angeles by storm. That got us thinking about other horror movies featuring sinister and/or strangely animated artwork—so here are our favorites.Read more...
Tags: Art, Science, Los Angeles, It, Netflix, Jake Gyllenhaal, The Conjuring 2, The Haunting, The Stendhal Syndrome, Ghostbusters Ii, Velvet Buzzsaw, Color Me Blood Red, The House With Laughing Windows


Tomb savers: Conservationists unveil work on Tutankhamun grave

After almost a decade, a team of international experts on Thursday revealed the results of their painstaking work to preserve the tomb of Egypt's legendary Pharaoh Tutankhamun. Nearly a victim of his own fame, long years of mass tourism had left their mark on the boy king's burial place near Luxor on the east bank of the Nile River. "A hundred years of visits, after being sealed for 3,000 years... can you imagine the impact on the grave?" said Neville Agnew, head of the project led by the Los ...
Tags: Science, Los Angeles, Egypt, Luxor, Nile River, Neville Agnew


Astronaut Twins Mark and Scott Kelly Take on Amazon's Alexa in Super Bowl Ad Teaser

> I've spent 520 days in space. I think I can handle this @Amazon. #AskAlexa #ad pic.twitter.com/STpauWpanz > > -- Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) January 25, 2019 What's the next frontier for retired NASA astronaut twins Scott Kelly, who spent nearly a year consecutively in space; and his brother Mark, who flew multiple times on the space shuttle? It looks like a foray into artificial intelligence, using Amazon's popular Alexa answering program. In teasers for an upcoming Amazon B...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Wikipedia, Los Angeles, Nasa, International Space Station, Reddit, New England Patriots, Harrison Ford, Scott Kelly, Alexa, Barbara Bush, Mark, Kelly, Whitaker, Kellys



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