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Under Obamacare, Millions More Americans Are Able to Afford Doctor’s Visit: Study

The share of adults who skipped medical care because of costs dropped by nearly one-fifth between 2013 and 2015, according to a report from the Commonwealth Fund. (Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The Affordable Care Act’s historic expansion of health insurance coverage has brought medical care within reach of millions of Americans who previously couldn’t afford it, new research shows. The gains were even more dramatic in the states that have most expanded coverage through the federal healthcare law, often called Obamacare. 37.090240
-95.712891 An Obamacare sign is seen on the UniVista Insurance company office on Dec. “The Affordable Care Act’s health insurance coverage expansions are working to get people covered and help them afford healthcare,” said Sara Collins, vice president of the fund, a New York-based foundation that studies healthcare systems around the world. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. (Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Under Obamacare, Millions More Americans Are Able to Afford Doctor’s Visit: Study

An Obamacare sign is seen on the UniVista Insurance company office on Dec. 15, 2015, in Miami, Florida. 15, 2015, in Miami, Florida.

Rose Parade Preview #3 at Phoenix Decorating

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Gayle Anderson was live in Pasadena to continue our series of ROSE PARADE PREVIEW reports at Phoenix Decorating in Pasadena. We Saw. Gayle We Covered”
Lions Club / “Celebrating 100 Years of Service”
Shriners Hospitals for Children / “Anything is Possible”
The Tournament of Roses Parade is Monday, January 2nd. I will reply as soon as I can. For band coverage without commentary watch Facebook.com/ktla
Remember KTLA is your Rose Parade Station:
Backstage at the Parade 6:00a
Parade Countdown 7:00a
Rose Parade LIVE without commercial interruption at 8:00a
Hosts: Leeza Gibbons, Mark Steines and Micah Ohlman
If you have questions, or complaints, please feel free to contact me at Gayle.Anderson@KTLA.com or call 1-323-460-5732. Thank you for watching! There will be live streaming at ktla.com. Today, Gayle gave us a sneak peek of the following Rose Parade Floats:
Farmers Insurance / ”We Came.

‘Speak English. You’re in America’: Woman’s Racist Rant at Kentucky JCPenney Caught on Camera; Mall Responds

A widely-viewed video of a woman standing in line at a JCPenney in Louisville, Kentucky, going on a racist tirade against a Spanish-speaking woman who added a last-minute transaction has prompted a response from the mall where the incident took place. WARNING: Video contains disturbing language. Buckner wrote that the video doesn’t show the entire scene, and that people attempted to let the woman know she was out of line, “but she wasn’t hearing that.”
Jefferson Mall officials released a statement to WAVE on the incident. “And this lady went off!!! If you don’t know it, learn it.”
At points in the video, the woman turns to other shoppers waiting in line in an apparent effort to try and get them to back her up. We are aware of the video posted online today from inside JCPenney,” Jefferson Mall said in its release. You’re in America. We will work with JCPenney to identify this woman and once identified, she will be permanently banned from Jefferson Mall, per our Behavioral Code of Conduct. At one point, the woman could be heard telling the other individuals to, “Speak English. “Jefferson Mall strives to create a comfortable and convenient experience for all of our guests and we absolutely do not condone this type of behavior. 38.252665
-85.758456 In a video posted by Renee Buckner on Facebook Tuesday, a woman is shown yelling at another woman and her friend, using racial slurs, cursing and telling them to “go back to where they belong.”
“This Hispanic lady was purchasing items and the transaction was almost complete, then her friend brings up some shirts to be added to her purchase instead of getting in line,” Buckner wrote in the Facebook post.

Prosecutors Won’t Seek Death Penalty Against 4 Men Accused of Killing 3 Teens in South El Monte Firebombing

The decision was announced Tuesday during a hearing for the four men, said Greg Risling, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Photos of the three slain youths are displayed on a fence outside the South El Monte tire shop where the killings occurred. The announcement comes more than a year and a half after Destiny Aguirre, 18; Carlos Jimenez, 17; and Rodrigo Gonzalez, 17, were killed in the fire on April 25, 2015. (Credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)
Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against four men accused of killing three teens in a firebombing at a South El Monte tire shop. German Monrreal, 20; Mario Godina, 20; Estevan Castillo, 21; and Roberto Fuentes, 21, are charged with three counts of murder, one count of arson causing great bodily injury and one count of using a destructive device and explosive with the intent to injure a person and destroy property. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com.  
 

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Parents of Teen Son Seriously Injured in Crash Are Killed in Separate Head-on Collision on Way to Missouri Hospital

He was released from the hospital and “is doing well,” she wrote in an update posted Wednesday. 37.680597
-92.663787 The couple in the other car were 36 and 35 years old. Both crashes Hayes was involved in occurred on icy roads, according to the report. The couple in the other car, identified as Arthur and Crystal Hayes, were not, according to the police report. Daniel Hahn and Loretta Henderickson were both wearing seat belts. According to a GoFundMe page set up to pay for the teen’s medical expenses and his parent’s funeral, Hahn suffered three skull fractures in a fiery collision and was initially placed in a medically induced coma in the hospital’s intensive care unit. Hahn’s parents were 38 and 37 years old. The young man learned of his parent’s death when he was woken up from the coma, according to the fundraising page, which was set up by Daniel. Please enable Javascript to watch this video

A teen injured in a head-on crash lost his parents late last week when they were killed in another crash on their way to see him at the hospital in Missouri, according to KTLA sister station WDAF in Kansas City. “He’s 19 years old, has a whole life ahead of him and I just hope to bring his life back to the way it was as much as I can,” said Alexa Daniel, Chris Hahn’s co-worker. Arthur Hayes, who was driving the car when the quadruple fatal crash occurred, had been involved in a separate collision earlier that morning, Missouri news outlet LakeExpo.com reported. Police say the other vehicle crossed the center line and struck Hahn’s father’s car head-on. Chris Hahn, 19, was seriously injured Friday morning in a crash that took place in Camden County, Missouri. Chris Hahn is seen in a photo posted to a GoFundMe page. Later that day, his parents were on their way to see him at a Columbia, Mo., hospital when they died in a separate head-on collision near Lebanon, Missouri, the station reported,
A second couple also died in the crash near Lebanon.

Search Teams Comb Rubble of Mexico Fireworks Market Where Explosion Killed at Least 31

Video of the blasts showed flashes of fire and what appeared to be fireworks exploding. Authorities haven’t said what caused Tuesday’s explosion. An explosion at the same fireworks market in 2005 injured a large number of people and caused enormous damage. People ran for their lives, witnesses told CNN. Please enable Javascript to watch this video

A day ago, families wandered through rows of stalls at the San Pablito market north of Mexico City, searching for fireworks to launch during the holiday season. The deadly blast sent huge plumes of smoke billowing into the sky and shook the ground in neighboring towns. The San Pablito market is in Tultepec, a city about 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Mexico City that bills itself as the country’s fireworks capital. Police officers stand guard on December 21, 2016 at Mexico’s biggest fireworks market in Mexico City’s Tultepec suburb after a massive explosion killed at least 31 people. The area is densely populated, and witnesses from surrounding neighborhoods captured the huge volume of smoke that billowed into the sky. 19.687105
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At Least 29 Killed, Dozens Injured After Massive Explosion at Fireworks Market Near Mexico City Seventy-two people were injured, said Eruviel Avila, governor of the state of Mexico. (Credit: PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)
Now forensic teams are combing through the charred rubble, searching for victims’ remains. A day later, the smell of fireworks, charred buildings and burned plastic still fills the air. Three minors are expected to be transferred to a hospital in Galveston, Texas, for treatment for extreme burns. But since then, officials have touted security improvements at the market and described it as a much safer place to buy and sell pyrotechnics than the clandestine workshops in some local homes. At least 31 people were killed and dozens more were injured in a massive explosion Tuesday at the market, officials said.

New Audi’s Tell You When the Light Is Going to Turn Green

The Traffic Light Information is part of Audi’s Connect PRIME subscription service, available in select 2017 Audi A4, Q7 and allroad models. We call it a micro-break so to speak,” said Audi USA’s Justin Goduto. In the future the system might even be able to tell drivers how fast they need to go along a stretch of road so they hit the maximum number of green lights. Audi is the first to take advantage of the new technology but any car manufacturer can built it into their dashboards. It’s called Vehicle to Infrastructure and it is the first city in the United States to go live with it. It’s just the beginning of a world where cars talk to their surroundings for better traffic flow, less accidents and more informed drivers. The data system is managed by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada. It sounds like a small step – and it is – but it is an important one. ×
New Audi’s Tell You When the Light Is Going to Turn Green

Drivers in Las Vegas have access to a new type of smart city technology that allows traffic lights to communicate with cars so you know when the light is going to turn green. Now that’s technology being put to good use. In Las Vegas light cycles are pretty long so I could rest easy at reds. The company recently brought me to Las Vegas to check it out. So what’s it like to have this information pop up in your dashboard? Already, Audi is taking advantage of the Smart City feature and building it into their new cars. I found myself much more relaxed when I was stopped at a light since I knew exactly when it was going to turn green. “As soon as you know that information, you get this little overwhelming sense of calm. Pretty cool. Here’s how it works – when you approach a traffic light on a Las Vegas area street, you get a little countdown timer in your dashboard. Las Vegas is betting big on new technology to make their streets smarter. This number lets you know how long until the light is going to turn green.

Daughter Arrested in Double Stabbing That Left Santa Fe Springs Man Dead, Girlfriend Wounded

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Officers responded to a stabbing call in the 8000 block of Sorenson Avenue about 9:49 p.m., Whittier Police Department Lt. Jay Tatman said. The woman, who was described as the man’s girlfriend, has been released from the hospital, the Police Department’s watch commander told KTLA. Authorities have not released the identity of the man who died in the incident, but said he was 60 years old. 33.947236
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Police arrested the daughter of a Santa Fe Springs man who died after he and his girlfriend were stabbed in their Santa Fe Springs home Tuesday night. A man and a woman found inside the home suffering from stab wounds were taken to a nearby hospital, where the man later died, Tatman said. 20, 2016. The man’s daughter, who was briefly hospitalized after allegedly resisting arrest, was booked in connection with the double stabbing, the watch commander said. Police investigate a double stabbing in Whittier on Dec. Investigators believe the three people may have lived together in the house, Tatman said.

Discovery Cube Winter Wonderfest

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DISCOVERY CUBE WINTER WONDERFEST
December 17, 2016- January 8, 2017
Orange County
2500 N Main St
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Los Angeles
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Sylmar, CA 91342
 
 

Frozen Tree in Victorville Becomes Local Symbol for Arriving Winter Solstice

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The icicle covered tree was made possible thanks to freezing temperatures and a broken water main at Green Tree Golf Course recently.  
From now on, daylight hours will continue to get longer until the summer solstice returns in mid-June 2017. A wintry image in Victorville has become a sort of tourist attraction, as well as a symbol of the arriving winter solstice. Wednesday, December 21st, marks the winter solstice, where daylight hours start to get longer in the Northern hemisphere. Overnight temperatures recently dipped into the low 20s in the high desert. An ice-covered tree is seen in Victorville. 34.536218
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UK Man Has Injected Snake Venom for 30 Years in Attempt to Build Immunity

“It’s dangerous. Between his apartment and a storage closet down the hall, Ludwin owns 17 snakes — 15 of which are poisonous — from all over the world: a Costa Rican coffee palm viper, a Mexican west coast rattlesnake and a green tree python, to name a few. It’s clear that he can die from this.”
Experts like Wüster, who has dedicated his career to the study of venomous snakes, remain skeptical of the process. “I’m fairly unconvinced,” explained Wolfgang Wüster, a senior lecturer in zoology at Bangor University in Wales. But three years ago, researchers from the University of Copenhagen contacted Ludwin in hope of developing a new process to create anti-venoms to treat bite victims. Once they have a sufficient amount, Lohse and his team will try to extract antibodies and then test whether those antibodies will neutralize different venoms. “It’s evolution telling you to stay away from these things.”
The London-based musician, however, has spent his entire life doing exactly the opposite. It instead took some severe bites from a snake — two in the past year — for Ludwin to begin understanding just how reckless his pastime could be. They begin by milking snakes for their venom and injecting a small amount mammals. His encounter with Haast, a snake venom researcher and tourist attraction owner, at Miami Serpentarium Laboratories in the US left a lifelong impression. Brian Lohse, an associate professor in chemical and molecular biology wants to change this procedure by replacing the animal blood with Ludwin’s. “Under no circumstances do we encourage him,” Lohse explained. The idea to inject venom — namely for self-immunization — came to Ludwin after meeting Bill Haast at the age of 10. Until then, Ludwin will continue his regular immunization schedule with the team in Copenhagen, but he plans on slowing things down to prevent future painful accidents. Lohse believes this is the first time anti-venom production is being trialed with human blood, largely because of the risks involved. “He says he’s looking really young and everything, but of course, he’s a sample size of one.”
Today, Ludwin has started putting his unusual pastime to some scientific use. In between, he keeps detailed records of the types and quantities of venom he injects. And although he’s grateful for Ludwin’s contributions, he doesn’t promote the practice. He has been like the horse, producing antibodies against all these different venoms,” said Lohse, who is leading the research.”He’s the key to everything.”
If the researcher is successful, Lohse would like to team up with a nonprofit organization or charity to distribute a new remedy at a lower cost. “People are like — you don’t seem like you’re almost 50,” he said. A new form of anti-venom
Many health experts and organizations identify snake bites as a neglected public health issue. ‘I just thought that was incredible’
Ludwin not only surrounds himself with an array of poisonous snakes, but he injects their venom regularly — as a hobby. “I feel like a cat and I’ve had my eight lives taken. At least 100,000 people die annually from snake bites, and 300,000 more are permanently disfigured, according to the World Health Organization. “There is a danger to it, and I’m not convinced that’s where the future lies.”
The researchers in Copenhagen hope to start seeing results next summer. Not to mention the fact that it is extremely dangerous. “The pain is like someone has taken a sledgehammer, smashed it on your hand and then holds a flame underneath,” Ludwin explained. “I fail to see the point of it,” he said. “Steve is a production facility. As he approached his 50th birthday, Steve Ludwin felt like he might finally be growing out of his long-term habit. In 2010, one of the world’s leading anti-venom manufacturers, Sanofi Pasteur, ceased production of their main anti-venom due to a “steep drop in orders and a lack of visibility on future demand evolution,” they said in a statement. Ludwin explained that he has always been fascinated by snakes — drawing pictures of them as a toddler and soon after that, taking care of a pet boa constrictor. I’ve got one more accident, and that’s it,” he said, citing a particularly bad accident 10 years ago, in which he injected more venom than intended and landed in intensive care. As he approached his 50th birthday, Steve Ludwin felt like he might finally be growing out of his long-term habit. He led this sole endeavor on his belief that injections would not only lead to immunity, but improve his health and make him feel younger — despite no evidence in scientific literature to support his theory. The cost of similar drugs has been rising since, meaning that people in developing countries, where most snake bites occur, either can’t find these drugs or can’t afford them. “At a very early age, I just thought that was incredible. Manufacturers today make anti-venoms using a specialized technique that dates back more than a century. “Without Steve’s DNA, it wouldn’t be possible to do what we want to do,” he said. Since 1948, Haast had run an immunization program in which he explored whether he could build up immunity to snake venom, leading a young Ludwin to wonder whether his own exposure to small amounts of venom could ultimately lead to protection against their poison. I’d never heard of such a thing … and it always stuck in my mind.”
Over the past few decades, Ludwin has alternated between daily doses of poisonous venom and just one injection every few months. The first phase has involved collecting Ludwin’s blood and bone marrow over time, as regulations prevent researchers from withdrawing too much at once. His dangerous pastime, however, came to him a few years later. “I really do believe that I’ve stumbled upon something.”
But experts in the field disagree, citing a lack of research. “I will keep using (venom) for my own personal views and beliefs, but I can definitely retire and slow down.”

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For nearly 30 years, he has been injecting himself with snake venom out of sheer curiosity, despite receiving multiple warnings from researchers and medical experts that this practice was extremely dangerous and could endanger his life. Horses are more commonly employed, but goats and sheep are also used. The secret formula
Since 2013, Ludwin has been flying to Copenhagen four times a year to give blood and bone marrow samples. Several weeks later, these animals are bled to collect antibodies that their immune systems will have created to fight the poisons.

Berlin Christmas Market Attack: Police Hunt Tunisian Suspect After Finding ID Papers in Truck

The slain driver may have been involved in a struggle with the suspect inside the truck’s cabin before he was shot, Cruickshank said. According to German media, witnesses had said he had been driving the truck. German President Joachim Gauck visited some of the injured Wednesday at the Charité hospital in Berlin. • Mourners pack a nearby church for a memorial to the victims. Police are searching for a Tunisian man in his early 20s in connection with the Berlin Christmas market attack, a German security official told CNN on Wednesday. German federal prosecutors said then that Abdullah was the ringleader of a multiregional recruitment network. The ministry said it was waiting for German investigators to complete their work before issuing a statement. One handwritten note left with a bunch of roses read, “You will not have our hate,” echoing the words of writer Antoine Leiris after he lost his wife in the Paris attacks. Authorities on Tuesday released another man who was arrested shortly after the truck smashed into the market, saying there was no evidence to connect him to the attack. The truck, which was owned by a Polish company, was hauling 25 tons of steel before it was steered into the crowd, according to its owner, Ariel Zurawski. The group allegedly targeted and radicalized young Muslims in the northwestern states of Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia. 52.493805
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ISIS Says It Inspired Deadly Attack at Berlin Christmas Market; Driver at Large
12 Dead, 48 Injured When Truck Drives Through Berlin Christmas Market; Crash Investigated as Terrorism An urgent manhunt is underway for the suspect, who is potentially armed and dangerous, before he can strike again, CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank said. • German President Joachim Gauck visits the injured at a Berlin hospital. On Tuesday evening, police released an asylum-seeker believed to be from Pakistan who had been detained in the immediate aftermath of the truck attack. Monday’s attack could cause further political upheaval for Merkel, who has come under criticism over her government’s generous acceptance of refugees. She called for unity and said it would be “especially disgusting” if the perpetrator of the attack turned out to be an asylum-seeker, as police originally suggested. • Police are searching for a suspect who deliberately drove the truck into the crowd. But a backlash has been growing, fueled in part by Islamist terror attacks in Germany and across the continent. The gun used to kill him has not yet been recovered. “He was asking if he should be back home by Thursday night because he still needed to buy a Christmas gift for his wife,” Zurawski said. The man was born in 1992, he said. German police said they are treating the attack as terrorism, but there is no evidence of a direct link with ISIS. Despite the manhunt, Berlin appeared much quieter Wednesday than was the case in Paris and Brussels, Belgium, in the aftermath of recent terror attacks there, when the noise of helicopters and sirens filled the streets for days. Attacker on the loose
ISIS claimed it had inspired the attack. He told reporters afterward that his visit was intended “to give support for the injured people, to show them the whole nation is supporting them” and that they are not alone as they fight for their lives. Police have appealed to the public for any digital videos and photos they have of the attack or possible suspects. Country in mourning
German authorities have not publicly named any of the victims, and police have asked people not to post videos or photos of them as a sign of respect. This could be when the suspect’s identity papers were dropped, he suggested. Berliners who came to leave flowers and candles at makeshift shrines near the Christmas market told CNN they would not allow the attack to change the way they led their lives. The terror group’s affiliated Amaq News Agency described the perpetrator as a “soldier of the Islamic State” who had acted in response to calls for attacks in the West. Germany has taken in more than 890,000 asylum-seekers in the past year, a much higher number than other European nations. Italy’s ANSA news agency reported the missing woman, 31, worked in Berlin and that her cell phone was found at the attack scene. He said his relative was happy to be finishing his route from Italy to Berlin and was looking forward to returning to Poland soon. However, another German security official told CNN that investigators believe the Tunisian suspect is linked to a pro-ISIS network operating in Germany. Dozens of people raised their voices in a tribute to those killed, singing songs such as “We Are the World and “Shine a Light.”
Christmas markets across the city were closed Tuesday as Berliners gathered at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church near the scene of the attack to pay their respects to the victims. They tweeted Tuesday they were investigating 508 leads. • Officials say several people could have been involved in the attack. But Italy’s Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that Italian national Fabrizia Di Lorenzo was missing following the attack and that her family was now in Berlin. The main figure in the network, Ahmad Abdulaziz Abdullah — a 32-year-old Iraqi national also known as Abu Walaa — and four others were arrested and charged with terrorism offenses in November. Upheaval for Merkel? Zurawski identified the slain driver as his cousin. (Credit: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
The suspect’s identity papers were found inside the cabin of the truck used in Monday’s attack, which left 12 people dead and 48 injured, the official said. But Peter Frank, general prosecutor at Germany’s Federal Court of Justice, said that forensic tests offered no link between the man and the truck’s cabin. Latest developments
• Police are searching for a Tunisian man in his early 20s, a security official says. He was not driving during the incident, police said. Police patrol inside the Christmas market area and past the destroyed booths two days after an attack with a truck in front of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedaechtniskirche (Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church) in Berlin on December 21, 2016. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was “horrified and deeply sad about what happened” during a visit Tuesday to the scene of the attack. Original truck driver slain
A Polish man found shot dead inside the truck has been identified as its original driver, according to German media.

Man Caught on Camera Stealing Bucket of Gold in NY Believed to Be in Los Angeles

A man stole an aluminum bucket full of gold flakes valued at $1.6 million from the back of an unattended truck in midtown Manhattan on September 29, 2016. In the footage, the thief can be seen struggling under the weight of the haul. The pail weighed approximately 86 pounds. 34.052234
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Video Shows Man Walk Away With $1.6 Million in Gold Flakes From Armored Truck in New York The men don’t seem to notice the gold disappearing. The loot he allegedly made off with in September is valued at $1.6 million. Nivelo is described as a 5-foot-5 inch Hispanic male with dark hair. At first, he’s about to walk past the truck, but then he notices the unattended bucket and makes a turn to grab it. In the surveillance footage released by the NYPD, a man walks up to the back of the truck, grabs the bucket, and shuffles off with it in broad daylight. The video shows two men chatting in front of the truck as the suspect walks away with the goods. (Credit: NYPD)
Video of the alleged theft, which shows a man grabbing the 86-pound bucket of gold flakes out of the back of an armored truck in September, was circulated widely in the media and online after the NYPD released it last month. The suspect caught on camera stealing a pot of gold in midtown Manhattan is Julio Nivelo, a 53-year-old believed to be in the Los Angeles area, police said Tuesday. That led to multiple tips made from the tri-state area identifying Nivelo as the suspect, an NYPD spokesman said.