FROM Claire Martin
"The Deputy Who Disappeared" On June 11, 1998, Jon Aujay set out for a long-distance run in Devil’s Punchbowl Park, near Palmdale. He was never seen again . The investigation into his disappearance has never been closed.
The Ailing Honeybee and the Nation's Food Supply Where have all the honeybees gone? A sudden spike in the death of honeybees across the nation is alarming beekeepers, farmers and environmentalists, but they can't agree what's causing it.
Unions Push for Exemption from New Minimum Wage Law LA labor unions are dialing back their position on the minimum wage. After campaigning for an increase for months, they're now pushing for a last-minute exemption for businesses with unionized workers. Why the switch? Could this new request derail wage reform in LA? We look at the latest power tussle over $15 dollars an hour minimum wage.
Is the Doctor-less Office the Future of Medicine? Twenty states have passed laws allowing nurse practitioners to perform duties usually reserved for doctors, without a physician's supervision. It's a boon for rural states where doctors are scarce, but MD's argue patient care suffers. It's just one aspect of the new direction medicine is taking towards lowering cost and taking advantage of higher tech alternatives, exemplified by such practices as telemedicine and remote controlled surgery.
The Changing Politics of Dying A "right to die" bill similar to an Oregon law is stalled in the California Senate. It would permit doctors to give lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients with less than six months left to live. Polls show a majority of Californians favor what's called "death with dignity" and, for the first time, doctors have dropped their opposition. But opponents say the sick and dying are too vulnerable to coercion.
Is It the End of the Line for NSA's Spying Program? Key provisions of the nation's post 9/11 surveillance program are set to expire at the end of the month if the Senate doesn't act. Will Congress renew or reform disputed provisions in the Patriot Act, including the NSA's controversial sweeping collection of Americans phone records?
Is the American Dream out of Reach for Our Poor Kids? America's growing income inequality is given a human face in a new book called, "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis." Robert Putnam tells stories of how a Middle Class community has divided since he grew up in the 1950's. We hear from him and others about what might be done to restore the social mobility that's one of this country's defining characteristics.
Talk of NFL's Possible Return to LA Heats Up Since the Rams and the Raiders left LA 20 years ago, multiple promises of a return by the NFL have been broken. Recent prospects for downtown LA and the City of Industry have been fading. Now, those cities are suddenly being upstaged by Carson and Inglewood — with plans that actually have real teams attached to them for the first time. Do the Rams, Raiders and Chargers really mean it or are they just angling for better deals in St. Louis, Oakland and San Diego?
Are Psychiatric Meds Over-Prescribed to LA Foster Kids? Congress has ordered the states to improve their oversight of antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs being given to kids when they're in foster care or the justice system. Nobody denies the challenge is daunting for a system that can't ever be perfect.
Oil, Gas and Wind on America's Atlantic Coastline The Obama Administration is granting leases for offshore oil drilling in the Atlantic — while making other parts of the ocean available for developing wind farms. The President's calling for "all of the above," but advocates insist on important differences in energy generated, jobs created and potential threats to the environment.
Obamacare's Shaky Future Last week, for the 56th time, House Republicans voted to repeal Obamacare — knowing it would be likely to fail in the Senate. But the US Supreme Court is about to take up a case that could do part of it for them, depriving millions of newly subsidized health insurance. Both sides are preparing for the political fallout.
Measles Makes a Comeback Fifteen years after measles was declared eradicated in the United States, more than 70 people have come down with the disease — an outbreak that started at Disneyland. It's not enough cases to be a real epidemic. But public health officials are warning that too many people are refusing the vaccination that once eliminated a highly contagious, potentially deadly, disease.
GOP-Led House Sets Stage for a Wave of New Abortion Restrictions Republican dominance on Capitol Hill has been welcomed by the right-to-life movement. But today, a dispute between moderates and conservatives led House leaders to pull a bill restricting late-term abortions. What's the message about majority party leadership — on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.