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February 8, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
RAWLINS, Wyo. - A relentless wind howls day after day across this high desert, pouring through a low gap on the Continental Divide. "This is one of the windiest places in the nation," screams Bill Miller above the din of gusting air. Miller, a wiry man who spent much of his career in the oil and gas business, is in charge of building a massive wind farm on a cattle ranch owned by Anschutz Corp., better known in Los Angeles as co-owner of...
February 7, 2014 | By Meg James
Nickelodeon's new cartoon was hatched not through traditional television channels but in a Studio City efficiency apartment nicknamed the "Doodle Chamber. " The 41/2 -minute cartoon about two feisty, accident-prone ducks was intended to be a one-off, a little film crafted to entertain fellow animators at a short-film festival held at a New York bar. But in the hurly-burly world of children's television, network executives are desperate to find that next big hit. When animator Gary Di Raffaele, who goes by the name Gary Doodles, got an inquiry from a Nickelodeon executive about his duck cartoon, which he had posted on YouTube: "I thought it was spam," Di Raffaele said.
February 5, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey
If you haven't yet caught the captivating "Her," consider fitting it in before the Academy Awards show March 2. This novel film from writer-director Spike Jonze is deservedly one of the best picture nominees. Though its star, Joaquin Phoenix, didn't get an Oscar nomination - it is a very competitive year - his performance most certainly helped put "Her" into the race. If you step back and consider the premise, it gives you a deeper appreciation for what Phoenix managed. Nearly all of his scenes are spent as the only human on screen, and he's usually having a conversation with a computer, more specifically an operating system named Samantha.
February 5, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Radio may still reach more than 90% of Americans, but younger generation listeners aren't tuning in as much as their elders.  According to a new report from Nielsen Audio, the millennials so desired by advertisers (specifically, people in the 18-34 age group) listen to an average of 11.5 hours of radio a week. That's less than people in Generation X (those aged 35-49) and baby boomer (50-64) categories, who average 14 hours and 14.5 hours a week, respectively. While nine out of 10 millennials still listen to at least five minutes of traditional radio a week, young adults are splitting their time with other audio options such as streaming services (including Spotify, Rdio and now Beats Music)
February 5, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
In the dark economic times of 2009, Dan Whitmore decided to give up being a lawyer in downtown Los Angeles to sell antiquarian books. "People in the firm thought I was nuts," he says. Now he runs Whitmore Rare Books from his home in Altadena. At 33, he's one of the next generation of antiquarian booksellers - young people going against the digital tide to sell old books, the kind printed in ink on paper. "Right now, we have more younger members than we had 10 years ago," says John Thomson, president of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Assn.
February 3, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A nuclear power plant in Avila Beach shut down one of its two generators after an electrical arc that apparently was sparked during a storm, a utility spokeswoman said Monday night. Unit 2 at the Diablo Canyon Power Plant went offline automatically Sunday morning as rain fell along the Central Coast, Pacific Gas & Electric spokeswoman Kristin Inman said. "The system performed as designed and automatically went offline to protect equipment," PG&E said in as statement. Inman said a preliminary investigation shows that the arc resulted from a buildup of dust that mixed with moisture on a lightning arrestor.
February 2, 2014 | By Jean Merl
A self-described "new generation Republican" is joining the race to try to unseat Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), who won a costly battle with a fellow Democrat in 2012. Entrepreneur Pablo Kleinman, 42, is set to kick off his campaign Monday on local radio shows. Kleinman, born in Argentina, said he wants to focus on, among other things, the economy and making improvements in schools. He said he supports charter schools and vouchers as ways to foster competition.   He considers himself a social moderate, supporting individual choices on such issues as abortion and gay marriage.
January 31, 2014 | Chris Erskine
One by one, they return home - my little Einsteins, my little bombardiers. They circle the old homestead a couple of times, then drop their stuff in the garage and basement, unloading all the ordnance from their college days, including the Ikea furniture that smells of Pabst and Pop-Tarts. It holds memories for them, of late-night study sessions and beer pong. Like very sticky scrapbooks you can sleep on. Oh, this boomerang generation. They treat our houses as temporary storage, right?
January 30, 2014 | By David Wharton
Worrisome stories are nothing new in the days before the Olympic Games. There are often complaints about the cost of preparations and concerns about how the host city will perform. But the 2014 Sochi Games have attracted an unusual amount of negative publicity, and the bad news continued Thursday. A top U.S. intelligence official told the Senate Intelligence Committee that there has been an increase in reports of security threats against the Olympics, specifically for areas on the perimeter of the competition venues.
January 28, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton
Call it the John-Boy Effect: The millennial generation is the most financially conservative since the Great Depression, according to a new study. The trauma of the global financial crisis in 2008 and the dot-com meltdown eight years earlier have turned millennials into hard-core savers who are reluctant to take big financial risks, according to UBS Wealth Management Americas. QUIZ: Test your knowledge of mortgages More than one-third of people aged 21 to 36 say they're financially conservative, and their actions speak even louder than their words, according to the survey . The average millennial has 52% of his or her portfolio in cash, more than twice the 23% of other investors.
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