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November 14, 2013 | David Lazarus
You probably aren't entitled to much flexibility from a cruise line if you cancel a trip several days before the ship sails. Unless, that is, you or a loved one has just been diagnosed with cancer, in which case you'd think a cruise line or any business would try to show a little compassion - particularly toward a steady customer. But La Quinta resident David Warlick was told to pound sand when he recently informed Norwegian Cruise Line that he and his wife would have to miss a trip to the Bahamas because his wife had been diagnosed with gallbladder cancer and was undergoing emergency surgery.
November 11, 2013 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: I am a single woman, and none of my single friends has the money to take a vacation. And my married friends want to travel with their spouses. Yet everything I see is geared for two. I don't want to have a stranger as my roommate at a resort, on a cruise or on a singles trip. Do you have any suggestions so I don't have to pay the huge premium to have my own room? A. Siegel Studio City Answer: This is an age-old problem for single and older women who want to travel but don't want to get stuck with a big bill, with a whack-job roommate or with being the odd woman out. People who are paired up aren't always welcoming to solo travelers, said Mary Ann Zimmerman, who runs SWT Tours ( )
November 8, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla, This post has been updated, as detailed below.
Tom Cruise's divorce from Katie Holmes generated big headlines but little actual detail about the split. Now a newly leaked deposition from the action star's legal proceeding against Bauer Publishing is giving a small peek behind the scenes. Cruise in October 2012 brought a $50-million defamation suit against the publisher of Life & Style and InTouch magazines over cover stories that accused him of abandoning daughter Suri after the split with Holmes. In the supposedly confidential depo, obtained by TMZ and others, Cruise admitted that although Holmes was a practicing Scientologist before and during the marriage, she ended her relationship with the church at the time of the divorce.
November 7, 2013 | By Anne Harnagel
Here's a reasonably priced tour from China Spree that includes many of the country's top sites and a Yangtze River cruise on the Victoria Katarina, all in 15 days. Highlights of the “Mighty Yangtze” tour include Beijing and its imperial treasures, the ancient capital of Xian, Chengdu, Chongqing, Suzhou, Tongli and Shanghai. Dates: Departures Jan. 9 through Oct. 29, 2014. Price: From $2,339 per person, double occupancy, for travel in January and February. Includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles or San Francisco, all intra-China flights, accommodations in four- and five-star hotels, most meals, a dumpling banquet, private tours and admission fees, a visit to a local family home and a Tang Dynasty stage show.
November 1, 2013 | By Anne Harnagel
Here's an entertaining spring cruise from Smithsonian Journeys that focuses on Florida's natural beauty, historic sites, wildlife and cultural charms. After embarking in Tampa, Fla., the 130-passenger ship Yorktown will sail around the Florida peninsula. Stops will include Sarasota and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sanibel Island, Key Largo and Key West, Miami and Villa Vizcaya, a full-day excursion to Everglades National Park, Palm Beach, the Kennedy Space Center, St. Augustine, Amelia and Cumberland islands, and Savannah.
October 31, 2013 | Diane Pucin
In his first game as new UCLA coach on Wednesday night, Steve Alford was received with polite applause by a modest Pauley Pavilion crowd listed at 4,522. By the end of the game, a 96-66 Bruins win over the Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes, the small group of fans applauded Alford with more force. Greeted much more enthusiastically at the start were the returning Jordan Adams, Norman Powell, Kyle Anderson and David Wear, who had all contributed strongly to UCLA's regular-season Pac-12 title a year ago under Ben Howland, who was fired at the end of the season.
October 20, 2013 | Wire reports
Webb Simpson cruised to victory Sunday at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, pulling away for a six-stroke win in the second event of the PGA Tour's new wraparound season. Winning for the first time since the 2012 U.S. Open, Simpson closed with a five-under-par 66 in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He finished at 24-under 260 after opening with rounds of 64, 63 and 67 to take a four-stroke lead into the final round. Ryo Ishikawa and Jason Bohn tied for second.
October 18, 2013 | By Steve Galluzzo
Crenshaw scored all of its points in the first half, then focused on shutting down archrival Dorsey in tonight's 41-0 victory that kept the Cougars on track for their second straight Coliseum League title. Ajene Harris threw three touchdown passes and Davien Risher had an interception and a touchdown reception for Crenshaw (3-4, 2-0), which opened a 27-0 lead in the first quarter.  Noah Whitney threw three interceptions for Dorsey (3-4, 1-1), which lost to its neighborhood rival for the third consecutive time since the Dons' 7-6 triumph on their way to the league crown in 2011.     
October 6, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
The Galaxy couldn't have scripted Sunday's game much better. Needing a victory to stay firmly in Major League Soccer's playoff race, the reigning MLS champion prevailed in game it was expected to win by beating last-place Chivas USA, 5-0, at StubHub Center. The Galaxy's goals came early and often despite the 92-degree temperature at game time. The Galaxy's star forwards, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, each scored twice and Gyasi Zardes also scored. Donovan tied Jeff Cunningham for the MLS all-time scoring record of 134 regular-season goals.
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