2:39pm

Wed January 16, 2013
It's All Politics

The Decades-Old Gun Ban That's Still On The Books

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 4:16 am

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officer Jay Phillippi looks over a fully automatic Thompson machine gun that was turned in during a "Gifts for Guns" program in Compton, Calif., in 2005.
Chris Carlson AP

When President Obama laid out his proposals Wednesday to reduce gun violence, he included a call for Congress to ban "military-style assault weapons."

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2:11pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Environment

Could Some Midwest Land Support New Biofuel Refineries?

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 4:16 am

Vegetation like the kind growing here at Michigan State University's Kellogg Biological Station could one day be used to feed small biofuel refineries spread throughout the Midwest.
J.E.Doll Michigan State University

Millions of acres of marginal farmland in the Midwest — land that isn't in good enough condition to grow crops — could be used to produce liquid fuels made from plant material, according to a study in Nature. And those biofuels could, in theory, provide about 25 percent of the advanced biofuels required by a 2007 federal law.

But there are many ifs and buts about this study — and, in fact, about the future of advanced biofuels.

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2:02pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Shots - Health News

Skin Doctors Question Accuracy Of Apps For Cancer Risk

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 5:51 am

Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Mannino checks a sailor for skin cancer the old-fashioned way during a screening exam at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado in San Diego.
MC2 Dominique M. Lasco U.S. Navy

Skin cancer? There's an app for that.

But the same smartphone that brings you Fruit Ninja might not be the best tool for diagnosing deadly melanoma.

Smartphone apps that evaluate moles for skin cancer risk missed threatening moles one-third of the time, according to a study by dermatologists at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

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1:44pm

Wed January 16, 2013
U.S.

Some States Put Brakes On Driver's Licenses For Illegal Immigrants

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 4:16 am

Lucas Codognolla, 22, receives his license after qualifying for it under President Obama's federal immigration policy, which allows some young immigrants who are in the country illegally to stay in the U.S. for at least two years.
Craig LeMoult for NPR

Lucas Codognolla's hands shake as he waits in line at the Bridgeport, Conn., DMV for his turn to take the road test.

"I don't know if it's nerves or the excitement, you know?" he says.

The 22-year-old's family emigrated from Brazil when was just 9. When he turned 16 and wanted to get his driver's license, his parents sat him down and told him the truth: He was in the country illegally.

Initially, he lied to his friends about why he couldn't drive, he says. But then, as he got older, driving simply became necessary.

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1:29pm

Wed January 16, 2013
The Two-Way

JPMorgan Chase Sees Profits Rise, Halves CEO's Salary For London Debacle

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 3:41 am

JPMorgan Chase reports that its profits were up 53 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 — but CEO Jamie Dimon's pay will be cut in half, after the bank lost billions of dollars on risky bets made in its London office. The incident tarnished the reputation of Dimon, who had successfully steered his bank through the recent financial crisis.

"This past year has been a bruising one for Dimon," as NPR's Steve Henn reports for our Newscast unit:

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1:28pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Shots - Health News

Mental Health Gun Laws Unlikely To Reduce Shootings

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 8:11 am

State Senator Jeff Klein (L-R), Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy and Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins congratulate New York Governor Andrew Cuomo after he signed the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act on Tuesday.
Hans Pennink Reuters/Landov

States aren't likely to prevent many shootings by requiring mental health professionals to report potentially violent patients, psychiatrists and psychologists say.

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12:52pm

Wed January 16, 2013
It's All Politics

Even Post-Sandy Hook, Politics Suggest Prospects Dim For Obama's Gun Plan

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 1:31 pm

President Obama and Vice President Biden announce the administration's new gun control proposals Wednesday at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

President Obama's historic plunge Wednesday into the politics and realities of gun control in America has mobilized advocates on both sides of the issue.

But though his major proposals, from banning assault rifles to more stringent background checks and ammunition limits, are being rolled out in the shadow of the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., their Capitol Hill prospects remain highly uncertain given long-standing resistance to such efforts.

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12:43pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Out in the Bay - 1/17 at 7pm

Out of Uganda: Bay Area groups resettling LGBT refugees

Avi Rose of JFCS/East Bay with resettled refugee Danny Dyson
Marissa Carter Photography

12:40pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Arts & Culture

Today's Local Music: The Cyril Guiraud Trio

Today we're featuring the Cyril Guiraud Trio. They'll be crossing the bridge from Berkeley to play this Friday (January 18, 2013) at Café Royale in San Francisco’s Lower Nob Hill area. Music begins about 9 pm.

 

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12:33pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Open Air ~ 1/17 at 1pm

Keyboard Conversations ~ Cat on A Hot Tin Roof

This week on Open Air, host David Latulippe talks with pianist Jeffrey Siegel about his “Keyboard Conversations” project, and with Peter Callender, who is directing the African American Shakespeare Company’s production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”.  Plus, critic Peter Robinson updates us on local arts events.  Original broadcast date Thursday, January 17 at 1pm.


Jeffrey Siegel: www.keyboardconversations.com

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