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LOCAL

1) Cat owners in Westwood are being warned to keep their felines indoors after a series of animals were found killed in a residential area. A sign posted in the area reads "3 neighborhood cats found killed/mutilated." (source: nbcnews.com)

2) Senator Barbara Boxer is asking federal regulators to open a new investigation on San Onofre because she says she's uncovered new information showing the plant's operator was aware of serious design problems with faulty steam generators before they were installed.The document shows both Mitsubishi and plant operator Edison's decision to reject safety modifications contributed to the shutdown of the plant, which suggests Edison might have shortchanged safety to avoid a judicial-style license review process when the new generators were installed. (source: scpr.org)

3) The city of Los Angeles announced the launch of two new projects. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilman Joe Buscaino unveiled the city's first mobile app and a redesigned LACity.org. The website redesign features easier access to commonly requested services and information, tighter social media integration and access to live and archived video, such as city council meeting broadcasts. The website upgrade cost the city about $500,000. (source: govtech.com)

4) An Orange County hospital has been fined $50,000 for failing to report that an anesthesiologist had fondled a female patient, which may have resulted in a sexual assault of another patient, according to the California Department of Public Health. The incident occurred in 2011 at Placentia-Linda Hospital in Placentia when a "transporter" witnessed an anesthesiologist fondling a female patient's breast while she was under anesthesia. When the hospital's administration investigated this incident further, they found out it wasn't the first time the anesthesiologist had allegedly sexually assaulted a female patient. (source: 89.3 KPCC)

5) LAPD and DWP wants to report the scams involving impostors posing as utility personnel. These guys contact customers by telephone, inform them they are behind in payment of their bill, and threaten immediate service termination, unless the customer pays up right away. (source: 89.3 KPCC)

6) A Vietnamese American LGBT group that event organizers want to exclude from an annual Tet parade in Westminster has taken its cause online as a petition and so have its opponents.This annual parade in the heart of Orange County's Little Saigon celebrates the Lunar New Year. This week the organizers of the Tet parade "held an emergency meeting...to discuss their opposition to the application from the Partnership of Viet Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Organizations." An attorney for the LGBT group says he'll seek a court injunction that would compel the organizers to include the group. (source: ocregister.com)

NATIONAL

7) Gov. Chris Christie lashed out at a former White House doctor who said she worries about the governor dying in office because he is so heavy. Dr. Connie Mariano, who served as White House physician from 1992 to 2001, says she would like told see Christie run for president in 2016 but that he needs to lose weight. Christie was asked about the doctor's comments, he says unless Mariano gives him a physical exam and learns his family history, "she should shut up." (source: nbcnews.com)

8) Minnesota's moose hunting season is history. Residents want to end moose hunting, citing a huge decline in the moose population. The population has dropped 35 percent over the past year and 52 percent from 2010 to an estimated 2,760 moose left in northeastern Minnesota. That's down from an estimated 4,230 moose last winter. Minnesota's moose numbers were estimated as high as 8,840 in 2006. (source: washingtonpost.com)

9) Boeing will be allowed to conduct a one-time ferry flight of a grounded 787 Dreamliner from Texas to Washington.The FAA said the plane would have a minimal crew, which would have to continuously monitor the battery's status and land immediately if the flight computer displayed any battery-related messages. Regulators grounded the 787 after a series of incidents with the plane's batteries.(source: online.wsj.com)

10) The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has given Lance Armstrong two more weeks to cooperate fully in an investigation into cycling's darkest episode in return for a possible reduction of his life ban. Armstrong had initially been set a February 6 deadline by USADA to answer questions under oath, but that was extended on Wednesday after the athlete's attorney Timothy Herman said the timing for an interview could not be accommodated. In a letter to USADA , Henman said his client was willing to cooperate with the agency but that pre-existing obligations made the February 6 deadline impossible. (source: reuters.com)

11) Obesity can lower vitamin D levels in the body according to a new study. The report, in the journal PLOS Medicine, looked over genetic data from 21 studies - a total of 42,000 people. It found every 10% rise in body mass index (BMI) - used as an indicator of body fat - led to a 4% drop of available vitamin D in the body. (source: bbc.co.uk)

12) The number of people with the brain disease could nearly triple during the next three decades. A new government-funded report confirms what advocacy groups have been warning for years- the number of people in the country with Alzheimer's disease will almost triple by 2050, straining the health care system. Numbers are projected to rise from about 5 million now to 13.8 million. (source: usatoday.com)

13) Before the Grammys begin on Sunday, Feb. 10, Ryan Seacrest plans to fly a crew to Newtown, Conn. to broadcast one more big Sandy Hook chorus performance as part of E!'s pre-show. And since the Grammys features the best and most popular music of the past year, the kids from Sandy Hook will give their rendition of the biggest song of 2012 - they will sing "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rea Jepsen. Some people are very upset about this, saying the kids are being exploited. (source: hollywoodlife.com)

INTERNATIONAL

14) Mexican authorities say a 9-year-old girl has given birth in western Mexico and they are looking for the purported father, a 17-year-old. The girl's mother said her daughter was only 8 when she was impregnated. Jalisco state police say the baby girl was born last week at a hospital in the city of Guadalajara. He says the girl and her baby are doing well. (source: foxnews.com)

15) A year-long investigation has found "widespread" use of banned drugs in Australian professional sport.The Australian Crime Commission said the use of illicit drugs was often facilitated by organised crime syndicates. It said the criminal links may have resulted in match-fixing and the manipulation of betting markets.(source: bbc.co.uk)

16) The deaths of hundreds of hospital patients, left without food or water in filthy conditions, exposed an urgent need to change the culture of Britain's National Health Service. Between 400 and 1,200 patients are estimated to have died needlessly at Stafford Hospital in central England between January 2005 and March 2009 in one of the worst scandals to hit the NHS since it was founded in 1948. (source: reuters.com)

17) Singapore is working with European authorities investigating the fixing of soccer matches on a global scale. European investigators believe the results of hundreds of soccer matches were fixed at club and national level, with some of the key figures alleged to have run the bribery scam out of Singapore. (source: reuters.com)

18) The United States is tightening sanctions on Iran to pressure Tehran government to limit its nuclear program and placing similar restrictions on institutions that are stifling political dissent and censoring speech. The Treasury Department is denying Iran access to revenue garnered from its oil exports. Many countries think Tehran is working to develop nuclear weapons. Iran has said repeatedly that its nuclear program is meant for peaceful purposes. Under the oil sanctions, Iran would only be able to use revenue from its oil sales in a country that purchased its crude, significantly limiting its access to the money. (source: businessweek.com)

19) More than 11,000 elephants have been killed by ivory poachers in Gabon since 2004 according to new research.The country is home to over half of Africa's forest elephants who are highly valued because of the quality of their tusks.Campaigners say the situation in what was believed to be a safe haven for these elephants is "out of control." They blame the ongoing high demand for jewellery and other ivory products in Asia. (source: bcc.co.uk)

20) Stuart Freeborn, the legendary British makeup artist who created Yoda and Chewbacca for the Star Wars films, died in London. He was 98. "Star Wars" director George Lucas said in a statement that Freeborn was "a makeup legend" whose artistry will live on forever. (source: hollywoodreporter.com )

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