FROM Kate Hutton
Why Houston wasn't prepared for Harvey, and what could happen in LA After going offshore, Tropical Storm Harvey is now poised to return to Houston. Residents near two dams have been told to evacuate, as officials release water from them. We speak with a local journalist who reported a year ago why Houston wasn’t prepared for a storm like this one. And Los Angeles has some of the same conditions, and could see catastrophic flooding in the event of a major storm. We find out how city officials are preparing.
It's "All Hands on Deck" for El Niño Federal, state and local agencies are reminding home owners there's not much time until January, when massive storms are predicted from the El Niño condition in the Pacific Ocean. Kate Hutton, public Information Officer for the City of LA’s Emergency Management Department , says now’s the time to prepare.
Another Reminder for Earthquake Country Friday's 5.1 magnitude earthquake was centered in northern Orange County and strong enough to cause a landslide, break water mains and damage buildings. What's the potential for the Puente Hills Fault, which runs from northern Orange County, up through the San Gabriel Valley and right under downtown LA? Is there truth to belief that earthquakes release pent up energy and make new ones less likely?
Disaster and Recovery in Japan Japan's Prime Minister calls it the worst crisis to strike his country since World War II: the earthquake, the tsunami and, now, the aftermath. The death toll could exceed 10,000. For survivors, priorities include food, water and shelter for millions -- and fallout from explosions at two nuclear power plants. A $5 trillion economy — the world's third largest — has been severely disrupted. Rolling blackouts are expected for months to come. We hear about the devastation, Japan's degree of preparedness and what recovery is going to require. If you'd like to contribute to relief efforts in Japan, our panelists suggest: Red Cross Save the Children Mercy Corps Socks for Japan (Jason Kelly)
LA Responds to the Earthquake in Haiti Seventy-two LA County firefighters are ready to ship out for Haiti with aid for victims of the massive earthquake . Meantime, some 10,000 Haitians living in the Los Angeles area are waiting word about friends and relatives back home. TiGeorges , a Haitian restaurant on Glendale Boulevard, is an informal clearing house for information.
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.
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?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?