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November 2, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
There's a solar eclipse coming Sunday morning, and you can watch it live, right here. Beginning at 3:45 a.m. PST, the online observatory will stream the solar eclipse live from a remote part of the Kenyan countryside. The broadcast will last for 3 1/2 hours, ending at 7:15 a.m. and will also include live feeds from telescopes in Gabon, Africa, and the Canary Islands. You'll find it playing in the video box above. Why do you need to watch the total eclipse online? Because unless you live along a very narrow band of land on the African continent, it won't be visible from where you live.
November 2, 2013 | Brian Thevenot
The Honda Accord covered my 11-mile morning commute to downtown Los Angeles, downhill on the 110 Freeway, without burning a single drop of gas. In the evening, I made it halfway back before the gasoline engine tapped the tank. In all, the plug-in hybrid version of one of America's favorite sedans netted almost immeasurably high mileage for a large and surprisingly powerful car. The trade-off? A $40,570 price tag -- about $10,000 more than loaded gasoline-powered models -- and a trunk that's been cut in half to make room for the big battery.
October 25, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
DALLAS - I hadn't been standing in Dealey Plaza more than five minutes when I watched a man dash out into the street to pose for a picture. He was heading straight for a white X in the pavement that marks the location of John F. Kennedy's limousine when the 35th president was fatally shot on the afternoon of Nov. 22, 1963. The man stopped on the X, adjusted his feet and smiled. Then he looked nervously in the direction of oncoming traffic before running back to the safety of the sidewalk.
September 30, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
Hybrid icing, which was used on an experimental basis in exhibition games, will be adopted for the upcoming season after it was approved on Monday by the NHL Players' Assn. Hybrid icing eliminates potentially dangerous races to the end boards when icing appears imminent. Under the new rule, the linesman must judge whether the offensive player or defensive player would win a race to the faceoff dots and touch the puck first. If the linesman judges that the defensive player would reach the puck first, the play will be blown dead.
September 27, 2013 | By Gary Klein
TEMPE, Ariz. - Devon Kennard is on the verge of earning a master's degree. His NFL draft stock is rising. And he leads a stingy USC defense that ranks among the best in college football. He is not sure how much of that would have been possible had he not suffered a season-ending injury on the eve of training camp last season. "I'm a firm believer in God always has a plan," Kennard said this week. After surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle, Kennard redshirted last season as USC slipped from preseason No. 1 to a 7-6 finish.
September 23, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
“Prisoners” is either the most exceptional piece of conventional filmmaking in Hollywood or the most conventional piece of exceptional filmmaking.   If that spins your head faster than a Geno Smith scramble, it should. The movie, which won the box-office crown with a solid $21.4 million this weekend , is, after all, a head-spinning hybrid, combining elements that are rarely combined. Directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman, the film centers on the father of a kidnapped girl who, when the police are unable to solve the crime, takes matters into his own hands.
September 12, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Inch by inch, hybrids and electric cars are gaining ground in the U.S. auto market. Automakers sold 54,855 hybrids in August, reports Autodata Corp., a sales tracking firm. That is a 32% gain from the same month a year earlier and an industry record for any prior month. Sales of rechargeable cars, which include plug-in hybrids such as the Chevrolet Volt and electric-only vehicles such as the Tesla Model S and Nissan Leaf, also set a record last month, climbing to 11,392, a 147% gain from the same period a year ago. Auto information company says electric cars make up just 0.4% of the U.S. auto market now, but will grow to 1.5% by 2017.
September 10, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Long claiming to build the "ultimate driving machine," BMW on Tuesday officially unveiled a new direction for its vehicles with the all-new i8 plug-in hybrid coupe. The 362-horsepower car, which broke cover on the inaugural day of the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany, joins the all-electric i3 in BMW's emerging i sub-brand of efficient vehicles. Whereas the compact i3 is aimed at urban drivers, the i8 is a sports car whose $135,925 starting price will put it in the company of Audi's R8, Porsche's 911 4S and Acura's forthcoming NSX hybrid car. PHOTOS: BMW's all-new i8 plugin hybrid The i8 pairs a turbocharged 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engine and an electric motor for a total of 362 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.
September 9, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
In what is essentially a do-over for the giant automaker, Toyota is again recalling nearly 780,000 RAV4 sport-utilities and Lexus HS250h hybrids to fix a suspension problem. Toyota first recalled the 2006 through 2011 RAV4s and 2010 Lexus HS250hs last year but found that some of the dealers did not make the repair correctly. It also has come up with a new fix for the problem, said Cindy Knight, a spokeswoman at the automaker. The issue involves the rear suspension arm. If nuts for adjusting the rear wheel alignment are improperly tightened during service, the arm, also called the rear tire rod, might develop unwanted movement and rust.
September 6, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Honda came out swinging in the fuel economy battle Friday with the announcement that its all-new Accord Hybrid had matched the Ford Fusion Hybrid for EPA combined fuel economy, with a rating of 47 miles per gallon. Even better for Honda fans, the Accord Hybrid did this with a 50 mpg rating in city driving, which tops the Fusion's 47 mpg figure. The Ford gains the upper hand in highway driving however, with 47 mpg to Honda's 45 mpg. The Accord Hybrid's thriftiness at the pump means that it has a range of 673 miles, Honda said, which tops both the Toyota Camry Hybrid and the Fusion Hybrid.
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