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TRAVEL
March 21, 2014 | By Liesl Bradner
The village of San Simeon, just across Highway 1 from the sprawling 80,000-acre Hearst Ranch and the entrance to Hearst Castle, is an overlooked gem on California's Central Coast. Whether you stop for a wine tasting or spend the day sightseeing, kayaking, windsurfing or hiking, this sleepy hamlet offers plenty to do. The tab: $330, including meals and one night at the Pelican Inn & Suites in nearby Cambria. The bed I snagged a last-minute booking at the Pelican Inn & Suites for $159 (6316 Moonstone Beach Drive; [888]
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HEALTH
March 21, 2014 | By James S. Fell
In regard to weight, Jennifer Hudson's biggest concern these days might be finding a shelf sturdy enough to bear the weight of her numerous awards. Her Oscar and Grammy wins represent but a small portion of the recognition she has received. But body weight has been a concern for her in the past. And it was Weight Watchers, for which she appears in ads, and developing a sense of play about physical activity that helped her lose 80 pounds and keep it off. Were you heavy as a child, or did the weight come on later?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
The four identically dressed members of Kraftwerk stood before electronic consoles, glowing lecterns outlined in strips of blue light, in a dark Walt Disney Concert Hall.  Above them, three-dimensional moving images of sleek commuter trains speeding down tracks, molecules colliding and musical notes orbiting an idealized Earth were projected onto a vast screen.  Appearing for the first and second of eight sold-out performances over four...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
Sunday's magnitude 6.9 earthquake occurred close to the Mendocino Triple Junction, located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Cape Mendocino, said U.S. Geological Survey seismologist David Oppenhiemer.   The site of many earthquakes, it  is the northern terminus of the San Andreas fault and the southern end of the Cascadia Subduction Zone, capable of producing a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami that can hit Japan. Sunday's earthquake occurred west of the triple junction on the Gorda plate, which is being hit by the northern advance of the Pacific plate as it moves toward Alaska.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
"The Activist" is an earnest but largely melodramatic thriller placed against the 1973 standoff between federal authorities and members of the American Indian Movement in the South Dakota village of Wounded Knee. Writer-director Cyril Morin (who also composed the score) combines real-life and fictional situations and characters to tell this uneven tale of two Native American activists, Marvin (Chadwick E. Brown) and Bud (Michael Spears), who are dubiously arrested and locked up while the Nixon administration attempts to manipulate events - and further a secret political agenda - around the famed occupation.
NATIONAL
March 6, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - He first met the much younger woman who would become his mistress in Germany, and later in Iraq, the general testified Thursday. In 2009, the woman, by then a 29-year-old Army captain, accompanied Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, 51, on missions in Afghanistan. They soon became lovers who exchanged texts and emails brimming with explicit sex talk. He called her "my panda. " She called him "Papa Panda sexy pants. " The passionate three-year affair ultimately soured, and Sinclair was brought before a military judge Thursday on charges related to the relationship.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Among the hundreds of gadgets, games and apps at January's Consumer Electronics Show, few had the sizzle of James Buch's gleaming silver hunk of hardware. That's because the device is a barbecue grill - one that's Wi-Fi enabled, voice activated and chatty in a Siri-ish way. "When the Lynx Smart Grill is ready for the food, it sends you a text," said Buch, chief executive of Lynx Professional Grills of Downey. "When it's time to flip the food, it sends you a text. When the food is ready, it sends you a text.
SPORTS
February 28, 2014 | By Austin Knoblauch
Michael Jordan played in his last NBA game more than a decade ago, but that doesn't mean his earning power has waned at all. According to Forbes , Jordan was the highest paid retired athlete in 2013, earning an estimated $90 million. Among current athletes, only boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. made more money last year than Jordan, Forbes reported. What was the catalyst behind Jordan's impressive earning power? Shoes. Nike's Air Jordan line of footwear continues to sell like it's the summer of 1991.
BUSINESS
February 16, 2014 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: Recently I've paid off almost $20,000 in credit card debt and am determined not to go down that path again. Because I haven't used these cards in a while, though, I'm starting to get notifications from the credit card companies that they're closing my accounts because of inactivity. I know having long-standing accounts on your credit report is a good thing, but I don't want to be tempted to use these cards just to keep the account open. Is it a bad thing if almost all of my credit card accounts get closed?
SPORTS
February 14, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels owner Arte Moreno described negotiations with Anaheim for a new stadium lease as "at a stalemate," but stopped short of saying he was aggressively pursuing a new home for the team. "We haven't crossed that line yet," Moreno said Friday during the team's first spring-training workout. "In September, we thought we had an outline for a deal … but the reality is, we have not been able to get it done. " The Anaheim City Council approved the framework of a deal in which the Angels would spend $150 million to renovate 48-year-old Angel Stadium, the fourth-oldest park in baseball, in exchange for a 66-year, $1-a-year lease to develop 155 acres of land in the parking lot. The team's current lease expires in 2029.
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