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July 26, 1987
I am totally bored reading about couples like Charles Shyer and Nancy Myers who opt not to marry because, as Myers said, "being a wife is not something I perceive as enviable" ("Reconcilable Differences," by Paul Rosenfield, July 12). They've been together a dozen years and await the birth of their second child. Gee, they have all the responsibilities and legal risks of marriage, but how about their concern of giving their children the security of their relationship instead of thinking about whether their friends Ryan and Farrah understand where they're coming from?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A Sylmar couple has pleaded not guilty to accusations that they paid to have a 9-year-old girl smuggled to the U.S. from Central America and forced her to work at their restaurant. Dora Alicia Valle, 50, and her live-in boyfriend, Estrada Melvin Sandoval, 40, were charged with one count each of human trafficking and slavery. The girl, now 11, was brought to the Los Angeles area from El Salvador in 2012, according to the L.A. County district attorney's office.  The pair allegedly forced the girl to work four days a week at Costa Del Sol, a Pacoima restaurant that Valle owned.
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NEWS
October 13, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Couples who rank money and things as important might be worse off in their relationships than those who aren't as materialistic, a study finds. Researchers discovered that it may be true what they say: Money can't buy happiness. They surveyed 1,734 married couples across the U.S. about their attitudes toward relationship values and issues such as materialism, compassion, communication and the importance of marriage. Among the participants, 58.7% had either high or low levels of materialism.
HEALTH
April 18, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
Here are some ideas for a more sustainable workout - for you and, perhaps, the planet. Walk. No equipment, no driving, no gym. If you're more ambitious, run. No more disposable water bottles. Or paper towels. Go old-school, with push-ups, jumping jacks and other exercises or yoga routines you can do at home. Try grown-up playgrounds. Some city parks have "fitness zones," with outdoor gym equipment. There's one set in La Cienega Park, at the corner of La Cienega and Olympic boulevards, with kids' equipment nearby.
NEWS
August 26, 2010
Studies show that married people share a lot of similar personality traits. But is that because their personalities blend over time or did they have similar personality traits at the start? A new study shows, convincingly, that people tend to choose their future spouse based on similar personalities. Indeed, marriage does not mean people become more like their spouses. Researchers at Michigan State University analyzed data from 1,296 married couples, one of the largest studies of its kind.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2011 | By Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times
Chatting with women on websites for surrogate mothers, Melissa Todd stumbled upon an unusual opportunity. It required foreign travel — a quick trip to the Ukrainian city of Lviv to be impregnated using embryos created in vitro from sperm and eggs of donors. The pay was $38,000, nearly double what she had made the one previous time she had been a surrogate. Most uncommon was the arrangement itself. Typically, a couple hires a surrogate to carry and deliver a child for them, but in this case Todd would become pregnant first.
HEALTH
February 13, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Fred Couples wasn't trying to be cocky Wednesday when he said it: “There are some tournaments where I feel like people deserve to play and I feel like I deserve to be in this field. " Couples has won the Northern Trust twice in his career, in 1990 and 1992, and is an all-time fan favorite at Riviera Country Club. Couples, 53, is making his 31 st tournament appearance, more than any other player. He is not here this time on his golfing merits, however, playing on a sponsor's exemption.
NEWS
August 14, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - Same-sex military couples will qualify for full benefits, including government-provided healthcare and housing allowances, as long as they are legally married, under new rules announced by the Pentagon. The requirement for same-sex couples to be married is a shift for the Pentagon, which in February announced that full benefits would be provided to members of the military and same-sex spouses if they attested they were in a “committed relationship.” But Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that finding a way for unmarried, long-term couples to qualify for benefits “is no longer necessary,” since a Supreme Court ruling in June struck down a federal law that barred married same-sex couples from obtaining federal benefits.
NATIONAL
December 9, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Some had waited decades for this. So early Sunday, the first day they could legally wed, same-sex couples in Washington state held marriage ceremonies immediately after midnight and made plans to get hitched en masse. At the King County Courthouse, Sarah and Emily Cofer got married in casual clothes at 12:01 a.m., with their 9-month-old daughter in attendance.  At the same time, the Seattle Times reported, another ceremony  took place between Mary Davidson and Monica Rozgay at the Seattle Yacht Club.
NATIONAL
August 31, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
When Berto Solis and Nancy Thuvanuti met, nobody thought they would last, he remembers. She was a New Jersey girl with Thai and Irish roots, a fashionista streak and a family full of university graduates. He was "rough around the edges," he remembers, a Mexican American first in his family to go to college, a San Joaquin Valley transplant still trying to find himself. "Everyone was like, 'Her? Him?'" Solis said, now six years later. "But whenever we just let ourselves be, we said, 'I don't know what they're talking about.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones reunited Tuesday night in New York, walking a red carpet in what was their first official public appearance as a couple since their split announcement last August.  Though the couple had reportedly been spotted together repeatedly in recent months, they took the occasion of the off-Broadway premiere of "The Library" at the Public Theater -- directed by Steven Soderbergh in his stage debut and starring Chloe...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber and Michael Robinson Chavez
Blue and white balloons carried messages scrawled in marker. “Rest in peace,” one read. A glass candle with a picture of Jesus on it flickered nearby, and someone set a bouquet of flowers on the porch. About 200 people gathered at Debra "Granny" Loyd's home in Manchester Square late Tuesday afternoon for a vigil to honor her grandson, Michael Myvett, and the other victims of the fiery collision between a FedEx truck and a tour bus that killed 10 people in Northern California last week.
NATIONAL
April 15, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A federal judge in Cincinnati could decide as soon as Tuesday whether to grant a stay on his ruling in a same-sex marriage case involving Ohio recognition of such unions performed in other states. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black on Monday ruled that Ohio must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states but indicated in his decision that he is inclined to issue a stay of that decision while the case is appealed. He gave the parties until Tuesday afternoon to file their motions for a stay and said he would act on the issue quickly.
SPORTS
April 13, 2014 | By Teddy Greenstein
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Like John Travolta's character in “Saturday Night Fever,” Jordan Spieth strutted down the Augusta National practice range, one confident stride after the next. While onlookers applauded, Spieth high-fived Sean Foley, the swing coach for Justin Rose. After reaching the practice green, Spieth bantered with playing partner Bubba Watson. He appeared completely in his element, a 20-year-old ready to prove that experience matters as much as the color of your shirt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2014 | By Nita Lelyveld, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Brie Fainblit wasn't voted prom queen at the Highland High prom. But the Palmdale senior who made her own dress out of soda can tabs felt like the belle of the ball Friday night. Fainblit lives with her mother, who is disabled, and her aunt, who works two part-time jobs to support them. She began her soda tab project in September, knowing that money was way too tight for a prom dress. After my story about Brie appeared in last Sunday's paper, offers of help poured in. Many readers wanted to do what they could to make prom special for Brie and her boyfriend, James Lawrence, who tutored a student to earn money for prom tickets.
SPORTS
April 11, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
AUGUSTA, Ga. - The old guy walks through the hallowed grounds, his hair gray, his golf shoes looking like white sneakers, his stare distant, and the gallery laughs. They're not laughing at Fred Couples, they're laughing with him. "Ah, Freddie, woo-hoo!" He leans against his club between shots as if supporting his bad back. He swings quickly as if it hurts to stand over the ball. Earlier this week he took to the course without shaving, so by the end of his round, his tanned face was filled with gray whiskers and age. "You get 'em, Freddie, hee-haw.
WORLD
December 2, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM--Despite fierce opposition from conservative and religious lawmakers, Israel's parliament is considering legislation to grant gay couples equality in tax benefits. The bill would allow gay couples to claim the same tax deductions as heterosexuals. The existing rules for child-related tax credits favor mothers and single fathers, but deny the credits to fathers in same-sex couples. The measure, proposed by lawmaker Adi Kol of the Yesh Atid party, part of the ruling coalition, was initially shot down by a ministerial committee that serves as a gateway for legislation headed to parliament.
NATIONAL
December 5, 2012 | By Andrew Khouri
Same-sex couples can get marriage licenses in Washington state on Thursday -- exactly one month after voters legalized gay marriage. Gov. Chris Gregoire and Secretary of State Sam Reed certified the election results Wednesday, paving the way for the state's first same-sex marriages, which could begin as early as Sunday. Two counties will start issuing marriage licenses within hours -- at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. King County was running a “marriage equality countdown” on its website.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By David Colker
Lucia Eames was a designer in her own right, but for the last 25 years she worked to preserve the legacy of one of the most celebrated design teams of the modern era: her father, Charles Eames, and stepmother, Ray Eames. In particular, Lucia Eames ensured that their famed Pacific Palisades house - considered one of the pinnacles of modern residential design - remained as a monument not only to the couple's sense of architecture and design, but also to the way they approached their work.
NATIONAL
April 4, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Ohio's refusal to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples wed in other states is unconstitutional, a federal judge said Friday, though he won't issue a ruling to that effect until April 14. The decision comes in a case brought by four lesbian couples who sued the state after they were prevented from having both women's names on the birth certificates of their children born in Ohio. The couples had legally married in other states. U.S. District Judge Timothy Black told lawyers at a hearing that he would strike down the same-sex marriage-recognition ban in a ruling to be issued April 14. Alerting the states' lawyers gives them time to prepare an appeal, which would probably prevent the ban from falling immediately.  INTERACTIVE TIMELINE: Track rights for same-sex couples A lawyer for the plaintiffs nevertheless celebrated the impending ruling, which is the latest in a string of federal rulings in favor of same-sex couples.
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