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December 8, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
More than 70 passengers on a US Airways Express plane were recently surprised to see police and paramedics board the jet in Phoenix and announce that a fellow flier might have the contagious airborne disease tuberculosis. Further tests by the Maricopa County Public Health Department in Phoenix determined a few days later that the passenger was not infected with TB. But don't fret. It is extremely rare for a passenger with a highly contagious disease to board a commercial plane, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
December 5, 2013 | By Jonathan Zimmerman
There's a nip in the air. Couples bundle against the cold. It must be time for the "war on Christmas. " Like the changing of the weather, the war on Christmas arrives each year a few weeks before Dec. 25. Conservatives take to the airwaves to denounce schools, parks and businesses that have replaced Christmas rituals and decorations with generic "holiday" ones. And this year's battle features a familiar face: former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. In a new book, "Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas," Palin rages at "angry atheists" who are allegedly threatening it. YEAR IN REVIEW: Ted Rall's five best cartoons of 2013 "Amidst the fragility of this politically correct era it is imperative that we stand up for our beliefs," Palin writes, in a press release for the book.
December 4, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant once again joined soccer star Lionel Messi in a spot for Turkish Airlines that made its debut on Tuesday. The minute-long clip shows Bryant and Messi racing around the world, trying to outdo each other with even more outrageous selfies. KOBE QUIZ: Do you really know the 'Black Mamba'? Bryant introduced the video on Tuesday at a Turkish Airlines' news conference but avoided basketball questions. The Lakers star is recovering from an Achilles' tendon injury suffered in April.
November 29, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Nearly 100 firefighters extinguished a blaze early Friday that threatened to consume a row of vacant South Los Angeles businesses reportedly used by homeless people for shelter. Los Angeles firefighters responded about 12:56 a.m. to the fire in the 5900 block of South Figueroa Street. The fire was in the central section of a one-story row of empty businesses that shared a common attic. The first crews to arrive pushed back flames that threatened occupied homes to the west of the fire, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement.
November 21, 2013 | By Susan Rohwer, guest blogger, This post has been corrected as noted below.
If you haven't seen it, check out the commercial for GoldieBlox that's sweeping the Internet. It's an ad for a set of interactive toys and books that encourages girls to build their own castles rather than wait for princes to come do it for them. In an age when girls' toys painfully adhere to gender stereotypes, the message in this commercial is clear: Girls want more than princess toys for Christmas. The commercial opens with three girls watching TV and looking unimpressed with what they're seeing: other little girls in precious party dresses dancing around a tea set. They switch on their record player, grab their hard hats and tool belts and get to work on a Rube Goldberg apparatus assembled with household items and typical girls' toys (everything from a tea set to a tiara and a baby doll cradle)
November 13, 2013 | By Scott Collins
CBS boss Leslie Moonves has some big plans for TV commercials -- plans that could change how much advertisers pay for a 30-second spot, what kinds of ads viewers will see and even what kinds of shows stay on the air. At the moment, advertisers pay for viewers who watch TV programs within three days of the original airdate. But Moonves is pushing for a much longer window -- up to a month, in fact. Why? Because the more time-delayed viewing on DVRs that is thrown into the mix, the higher the overall viewership is -- and the more the network can charge advertisers.
November 10, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - France's role in the unraveling of an international deal to curb Iran's nuclear program brought angry reactions Sunday from Tehran, glowing praise from Iran's detractors and a whirl of speculation about what the French motive might be. A marathon round of international talks in Geneva fell short of a widely anticipated deal early Sunday after French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius objected, saying the terms of a preliminary accord were...
November 3, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
The road to a clean biofuels future is not easily traveled. Ceres Inc. in Thousand Oaks has some highly regarded science on its side as a producer of genetically modified seeds for crops used to make biofuels. Under the motto "Growing tomorrow's fuel today," Ceres has used advanced plant breeding and biotechnology to make better seeds for sophisticated versions of crops such as sweet sorghum, high-biomass sorghum, switch grass and miscanthus. Started in 1997 by a UCLA professor and his corporate partners with more than $50 million in private capital, Ceres makes seeds that can be converted into a new kind of ethanol using plant fibers instead of corn kernels or sugar cane.
October 31, 2013 | By Hugo Martín and W.J. Hennigan
Score one for the weary air traveler. Ever-increasing baggage fees, vanishing leg room and invasive security screening measures have made air travel hellish for millions of passengers. Now the government is giving fliers more screen time with their gadgets. The Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday that it will ease restrictions on the use of portable electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. Within a few weeks, travelers will be able to operate their iPads, Kindles and even smartphones throughout a commercial flight, though phone calls will still be banned.
October 29, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
CBRE Group Inc., the world's largest commercial real estate brokerage, turned a $94-million profit in the third quarter of this year led by growth in lease activity in the United States and the overall real estate recovery in Europe. The Los Angeles firm said Tuesday that income from arranging transactions to buy or rent space in offices, warehouses and other commercial properties helped revenue increase 11% from the third quarter last year to $1.73 billion. Revenue from brokering property sales was up 29% over the same period.
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