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AUTOS
January 4, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Walk blindfolded into a Nissan dealership and you'll soon bump into a vehicle with a CVT. Twelve models come with this new type of transmission. No other brand has so thoroughly embraced the technology. Honda sells four vehicles with such a setup; Toyota has one. So it's with a bit of irony that, after a week of testing the all-new Rogue crossover, our biggest headache came from - yes, the CVT. For all the development Nissan has put into the gearbox, it apparently still can't figure out how to build one that drives well.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Jason Aldean's purest, most Jason Aldean-ish song -- and therefore, perhaps, the one that got the biggest response during the singer's headlining set Saturday at Stagecoach -- is "1994," from his album "Night Train. " A ready-made crowd-pleaser set at the perfect beer-hoisting tempo, it's got crunching hair-metal guitars, a bouncy hip-hop beat -- and lyrics made up in large part of the titles of songs by another country singer, Joe Diffie. Aldean is a bro-country veteran with huge hits stretching back to 2005, five years before Luke Bryan (who'll close Stagecoach on Sunday)
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
Jillian Barberie, whose stints at KTTV Fox 11 and KTLA Channel 5 were clouded by clashes with colleagues, brash behavior and low ratings, has finally gotten a new gig - on radio. Barberie will host a new afternoon show on TalkRadio 790 KABC AM where she will be joined by another KABC personality, John Phillips. "Mid-Day LA with Jillian Barberie and John Phillips" will debut Monday and air weekdays from noon to 3 p.m as part of the local station's recently launched lineup. After an 18-year run on KTTV's "Good Day L.A. " where she worked as a weathercaster, lifestyle reporter and co-anchor, Barberie left the station in 2012 after being yanked off the anchor desk.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
The collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is officially 10 pieces larger. At Saturday night's gala at the museum -- the culmination of its 29 th annual Collectors Committee weekend -- trustees, patrons and others voted on which works, from among curators' selections, the museum should acquire for its permanent collection. Nine works were on the ballot, representing a broad range for the encyclopedic museum, which has a collection that spans ancient Egyptian art to contemporary works; all nine were purchased, including a Japanese “Pair of Guardian Lions” from the 9 th century and contemporary works such as a 3,300-pound, lavender-hued glass work by Roni Horn and an interactive video game installation by Feng Mengbo.
AUTOS
October 17, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Toyota will recall about 803,000 cars, including the Camry, Avalon, and Venza,  because of a problem that could inadvertently set off an airbag or shut down the power steering on the vehicles. All of the cars are from the 2012 and 2013 model years. Even the hybrid versions of the Avalon and Camry are included. Toyota said water from the air conditioning condenser unit housing could leak onto the airbag control module in the cars and cause a short-circuit. This can trigger the airbag warning light and in some instances, it will disable an air bag. In three cases, an air bag has unexpectedly deployed.
NATIONAL
March 8, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A smart phone app that allows users to post messages anonymously is coming under fire for fostering cyberbullying, leading to at least two juvenile arrests, school phone-use bans and several campus lockdowns. Scrutiny of the 4-month-old   Yik Yak app   for Android and Apple devices has spread from the Southeast to the Northeast to the Midwest and, this week, to the West Coast. The app has registered more than 10,000 downloads on Google's Play Store and, according to   AppAnnie , has cracked the top 100 most popular apps on Apple's App Store.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Lionsgate plans to make its next three "Hunger Games" movies an annual event every November from 2013 through 2015. The Santa Monica studio announced Tuesday that it will release "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" on Nov. 21, 2014, and "Mockingjay Part 2" on Nov. 20, 2015. The company has already scheduled the second picture, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," for Nov. 22, 2013. The news demonstrates how critical it has become for Hollywood studios to stake out the best release dates for their event movies as early as possible.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The first months of the year are, by consensus, the bleakest of cinematic times. But not so much if, like me, you are a lover of documentaries, someone who revels in the pleasures of the nonfiction film. Proofs of the remarkable strength of documentaries in this day and age are manifold right around now. If you were fortunate enough to go to last month's Sundance, for instance, a prime nonfiction showcase that this year screened some 40 documentaries from around the world, you got a peek at the best of what 2014 will offer.
AUTOS
October 22, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
The confusion of the guy in the tollbooth was understandable. As the seven-passenger SUV rolled into his station, it's clear the sparkly brown paint, gobs of chrome trim and wheels, and touch-screen navigation said that this was some kind of luxury. "What's that, a Cadillac?" he shouted out the open door as we drove through. It wasn't, and somewhere, a Buick guy was smiling. The vehicle was a 2014 Buick Enclave, a seven-passenger crossover SUV aimed at the likes of the Infiniti QX60 , Lincoln MKT, and Acura MDX . PHOTOS: 2014 Buick Enclave AWD The Enclave starts at $39,340 and shares its underpinnings with Chevy's everyman Traverse and GMC's Acadia.
SPORTS
September 10, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers will face the San Francisco Giants on April 4 in their home opener next season, according to a tentative 2014 schedule released on Tuesday morning by Major League Baseball. As was previously reported, the Dodgers will open their season in Australia with a two-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 22-23. Because the Dodgers didn't want to lose dates at Dodger Stadium, they used their leverage as the bigger draw and insisted the Diamondbacks be designated the home team in Australia.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
“I don't know if we're a country band,” widely lauded singer and songwriter Jason Isbell said during his set Saturday at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio. “But I'm a country person and I wrote all these songs, so I guess we're a country band.” That issue typically arises in various guises throughout the run of the three-day festival, as acts that draw upon rock, R&B, hip-hop, country, bluegrass, folk, soul and other strains vie for fans' attention. The salient point of Isbell's admonition was that when anyone brings a genuinely great song to the table, the labeling becomes irrelevant.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
It felt like a scene from the ABC series "Nashville. " Before a modestly sized crowd Saturday afternoon at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival, Holly Williams performed an assured set of no-frills country tunes that might've won the approval of her late grandfather, the pioneering roots-music giant Hank Williams. Then she gave the Mane Stage over to Danielle Bradbery, who after introducing herself as "Season 4 winner of 'The Voice'" proceeded to cover Katy Perry's "Roar" for an audience considerably larger than Williams'.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2014 | By Mikael Wood
Eric Church performed Friday night at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival before a wall built of several dozen amplifiers. Or at least they appeared to be amplifiers: With the singer's nickname "Chief" emblazoned on them in place of the amp maker Marshall's iconic logo, the large black boxes were almost certainly stage props -- a visual expression of the guitar-band intensity Church was promising in a headlining set that opened with his song...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
The pendulum, as pendulums do, has swung, a realization that couldn't be more apparent than at the opening day of the 2014 edition of the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio. One long-guiding principle of country music is that women constitute the majority of the listening audience, and do most of the buying of country music. With a few exceptions that have proved the rule, male performers outnumber women, and how and what they sing about provides a window into the hearts and minds of the women they're singing to. In the 1990s and 2000s, we heard a lot from men who were striving to be the good guy: Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Clint Black and others wrote and sang songs expressing various facets of a persistent theme about wanting to be better men, even when they failed to live up to their own expectations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2014 | By Jason Song
El Camino Real Charter High School claimed the national 2014 Academic Decathlon title Saturday, marking the seventh time the Woodland Hills school has won the honor. The school earned 52,601.1 points out of a possible 60,000, beating 52 other teams for the title. Granada Hills Charter High School finished second, about 200 points behind El Camino, a difference of about 10 questions. El Camino also narrowly edged Granada Hills in the California competition in March. The title is L.A. Unified's 15th national championship.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Seth Meyers will go from late night to prime time in August: The funnyman will host this year's Emmy Awards, NBC and the Television Academy confirmed Thursday night. TV's biggest night falls on Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. -- remember, that's a Monday! -- on NBC, and the network certainly has proved to have a pool of worthy hosts (ahem, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey). Perhaps only a slightly less obvious choice than recently installed "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon (who hosted in 2010), the selection of Meyers comes on the heels of the "Saturday Night Live" alum being named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world for 2014 -- so maybe he's been doing some influencing with his network bosses?
NEWS
January 27, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
She may not have walked the red carpet at Sunday's Grammy Awards. But Beyonce stole the fashion show. After performing the opening number, the pop diva changed into a sheer white floral lace gown that was exactly the kind of risque style statement we expect to see on music's biggest night. The dress was created by 31-year-old L.A.-based designer and "Project Runway" alum Michael Costello. I called him Monday morning at his Hollywood home to chat about the big moment and other projects he has in the works.
HEALTH
March 22, 2012 | By Lisa Zamosky, Special to the Los Angeles Times
My wife does not work and is covered by my employer's health insurance plan. I am 60, she is 53. If I retire in five or seven years and go on Medicare, what does that mean for my wife? At most, she will be only 60. Do we have to purchase private insurance (which I suspect will be very expensive)? Or is there some kind of Medicare coverage for dependent spouses? Unfortunately for you and for millions of other couples in your position, Medicare does not provide dependent coverage.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
The scene in the early hours of Stagecoach 2014 invites a philosophical inquiry of Socratic dimension: Which came first: the deluge of country songs about girls in Daisy Dukes, or the deluge of girls in said Daisy Dukes? Perhaps that historic first song, whichever tune it was that warrants blame for the outpouring of one-dimensional celebrations of imagined rural life that barely run skin deep, was inspired by some real-world situation. Even so, the subsequent assembly line response from the Nashville songwriting community no doubt has fueled the sea of cutoff jeans that constituted part of the official uniform of at least half the country music audience today in Indio.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK -- “The Lego Movie” this winter reawakened many people to the colorful plastic bricks they hadn't thought about since childhood. But a raft of people inside and outside the Danish company have been clued in to its pleasures for years, as a new movie gleefully and sometimes astonishingly documents. The film, "Beyond the Brick," which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival several days ago, is a playful if decidedly soft-lensed look at all things Lego. Directed by Daniel Junge and Kief Davidson and narrated by Jason Bateman, “Brick” looks at the subculture of Lego - or perhaps, given how dominant it appears to have become, the culture of Lego.
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