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February 12, 2014 | By Philip Hersh
SOCHI, Russia - Two Canadian men could sweep the medals in men's figure skating. That apparent mathematical impossibility adds up because Canadian skater Patrick Chan is the favorite and Canadian coach Brian Orser, a two-time Olympic silver medalist, guides two of the other leading contenders, Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan and Javier Fernandez of Spain. A victory by any of those three would produce the first men's figure skating gold medal for his country - in Fernandez's case, any medal would be a figure skating first for Spain.
February 12, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
When Max Wong first "outed" herself to her neighbors, she wondered when the police would be knocking on her door. Until then, she had kept her passion a secret. But Wong said most of her Mount Washington neighbors were simply puzzled. Beekeeping? Illegal? In Los Angeles? "It's the yummiest way of breaking the law," said Wong, one of the backyard beekeepers who is pushing for Los Angeles to allow apiaries in residential zones. In a city so proud of its orange trees and urban greenery, "beekeeping should never have been illegal," she said.
February 9, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Los Feliz was buzzing Sunday afternoon as crowds of people lined up for hours to grab a cup of coffee from, uh, Dumb Starbucks. The mock store, which quietly opened Friday, is nearly identical to a typical Starbucks location, with tumblers and CDs, including "Dumb Jazz Standards," on display - but not for sale. Drinks are served in cups that mock the Seattle coffee giant's logo, while pastries are pulled from display cases straight in their Vons' packaging. The menu features such offerings as Dumb Iced Coffee, Dumb Frappuccinos and Wuppy Duppy Latte.
January 19, 2014 | By Jen Leo
This new app provides "real-time together experiences" for groups on the platform. Name: Spin: The New Together Available for: iPhone and iPad What it does: It's a real-time video-chat and photo-sharing app for iOS users. Up to 10 friends can chat on the same channel and watch YouTube videos, share pictures and even "write" or comment on their friends' photos. Cost: Free What's hot: Group chats are fun, but for me the real treat was seeing my friends' YouTube videos and Instagram photos.
January 13, 2014 | By John Horn
Continuing its late surge through Hollywood's never-ending awards season, director David O. Russell's con game story "American Hustle" won a leading three trophies at the Golden Globes - including best musical or comedy - while the slavery tale "12 Years a Slave" avoided a total shutout by taking the evening's very last award, for top drama. While the awards presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. Sunday at the Beverly Hilton did not radically reshape the race for the Academy Awards, whose nominations are announced Thursday, they did solidify the gathering momentum for "American Hustle" and the AIDS story "Dallas Buyers Club," which was the only other film to win more than one award, collecting honors for actor in a drama for Matthew McConaughey and supporting actor for Jared Leto.
January 12, 2014 | By Jen Leo
A social travel site that rewards followers of popular itineraries with savings. Name: What it does: Features deals with escalating savings, meaning that the more people who follow a trip, the more savings CarryOn delivers. Members (free to join) choose between following an existing deal or creating their own. As more people follow the same deal, the price starts to drop. The site claims members can save up to 40%. What's hot: The site is attractive, and the deals are inviting, with large photos.
January 5, 2014 | By Jen Leo
This website will help you answer those age-old questions: Where do I go after I land? And more important, how much will it cost? Name: What it does: It's a global trip planner that combines and displays not only flight information but also train, bus and ferry options, or a combination of all types. Hotel options are just one more click away. Cost: Free. What's hot: is blazing fast. In researching a trip with friends, I could instantly get prices (and multi-modal routes)
December 30, 2013 | By Elise Oberliesen
If you've ever sat at the pub after work sipping your favorite Cabernet or craft brew, then you've probably wondered: When is it safe to drive home? If your blood alcohol concentration reaches .08%, that means someone else should take the keys. As millions head out to mark the shift from 2013 to 2014, knowing what to do is especially important. What would it feel like to hit that magic number? How many drinks would it take? Why do police have tools to monitor my blood alcohol level, but I don't?
December 29, 2013 | By Jen Leo
Here's an app that can help make your road trip more organized and less full of the kinds of surprises that leave you shaking your head. Name: Road Ninja Available for: iOS and Android devices What it does: Identifies your location and points you, exit by exit, toward gas stations, hotels, shops, camping, restaurants, pharmacies, coffee and more. You could even find popular hot spots for sushi, tacos and desserts, and it can handle unusual requests such as hot dogs or bagels or even finding government services.
December 22, 2013 | By Jen Leo
Here are travel toiletries you won't be able to live without, though they'll leave your wallet lighter. Name: What it does: It's a shopping website for upscale toiletry items for men and women. Get travel-size products for sun care, skin care, bath and body, hair and nails. What's hot: You can easily create your own travel kits. Start with the bag, then scroll the pages to fill it up. Don't forget to use the "on" switches in both the upper-right and lower-left corners of the home pages before you begin browsing; it will filter all the products to travel size.
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