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June 11, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Actor Liev Schreiber and crew from the new Showtime drama "Ray Donovan" were filming at Union Station in downtown L.A. on Tuesday, joining a surge in local TV production this quarter. Production days for television shoots jumped 30% last week and are up 29% so far in the second quarter compared with the same time last year, according to a Los Angeles Times review of permit data from FilmL.A. Inc. Feature production activity also continues to rise, but at a slower pace. Feature production days (from April 1 through Sunday)
May 28, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
About 400,000 of Ford's popular F-150 trucks with EcoBoost engines are being investigated after complaints that the vehicles can lose power during acceleration. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has received 95 complaints from owners of trucks from 2011-2013 model years. The trucks are equipped with Ford's popular EcoBoost turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engines. The sudden loss in power occurs "during hard accelerations at highway speeds, such as attempted merging or passing maneuvers," according to the agency.
May 8, 2013 | By Carla Rivera, Los Angeles Times
UC Berkeley is making its vast library collections and course textbooks more readily available to students with visual and other impairments under an agreement reached Tuesday that could set a precedent for universities nationwide. The settlement with the nonprofit legal group Disability Rights Advocates was reached after more than a year of negotiations and will provide students with physical, developmental, learning and visual disabilities more timely access to printed materials in alternative formats such as Braille, large print and audio.
May 3, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
The golden sound of silence is not an attribute normally associated with motorcycle riding, but the sound of the Zero DS is one of its best qualities. The DS is a high performance, dual sport, all-electric motorcycle. At top speed, and under extreme acceleration, it makes no more noise than a summer breeze. It has no engine, which means it has no pistons, no crankshaft, no clutch, no transmission and no chain. No moving parts means no vibration, no engine heat and no noise. All of the power from the Z-Force electric motor -- which produces 54Hp and 68 foot-pounds of torque -- goes through a drive belt directly to the back wheel.
April 2, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Orange County's economy - a standout in Southern California - is expected to accelerate through 2015, as the region's better-than-expected job growth drives the county's housing recovery, according to a UCLA report released Tuesday. Recent revisions from the state's Employment Development Department showed that Orange County gained more jobs than originally estimated. Since February 2012, employers' payrolls grew 2.6%, adding 35,200 net jobs, according to state figures. California payrolls, in comparison, grew 2.1% during the same period.
March 29, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
A lawsuit filed against Ford Motor Co. alleges that several Ford and Lincoln vehicles manufactured between 2002 and 2010 are subject to unintentional acceleration and also lack "adequate fail-safe systems" to prevent crashes. The suit filed Thursday in federal court in West Virginia seeks class-action status on behalf of consumers in 14 states. It describes situations in which Ford's electronic throttle system allegedly caused vehicles to accelerate unexpectedly, leaving drivers unable to stop.
March 26, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
USC's Viterbi School of Engineering is launching an early-stage technology accelerator to help student and alumni entrepreneurs start their fledgling technology companies in the Los Angeles area. The newly created Viterbi Startup Garage is designed to foster an environment where start-ups could flourish in Southern California with financial resources and business expertise provided by the school and its partners, United Talent Agency and the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
March 14, 2013 | By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
Piece by piece, evidence has begun to accumulate that after four years of lackluster performance, the U.S. economy is on track for stronger growth than many people had expected. The latest support for that view comes from data on consumer spending, which grew at a surprisingly quick pace in February, pushed upward by robust demand for cars and building materials. The report this week from the Commerce Department came just a few days after employment figures showed faster improvement than most economists had projected, in large part because of the strong rebound of the market for housing.
March 8, 2013 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON -- Job growth has begun gathering steam as the housing market comes back to life and many private employers start to look past government budget battles and begin adding employees to their thinned ranks. The Labor Department said the economy added 236,000 net jobs in February, much more than the 160,000 that analysts on average had expected. The gain was strong enough to help drive the nation's unemployment rate down to 7.7%, from 7.9% in January. It's at the lowest point in President Obama's tenure.
February 27, 2013 | By Paul Richter
This post has been updated. Please see below for details. WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Wednesday that the United States and allies are jointly planning new ways to accelerate the fall of the Syrian regime, amid signs that Washington may begin directly providing non-lethal aid to opposition fighters. Speaking in Paris one day before a gathering of Syrian opposition officials and world leaders in Rome, Kerry said U.S. officials and allies are discussing ways to convince Syrian President Bashar Assad "that he can't shoot his way out of this.
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