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October 8, 2013 | By Melanie Mason and Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - Facing the prospect of a prolonged federal government shutdown, Gov. Jerry Brown will soon need to decide if the state will shoulder the cost to keep running federal programs used by millions of Californians. State officials say there's no guarantee that critical social services in California - such as food stamps, subsidized school meals and nutrition assistance for pregnant women and infants - could run without interruption in November. The Brown administration has not yet said if it plans to plug the gaps for social programs at the end of the month.
October 4, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles City Council members Friday blamed tea party Republicans in Congress for the continuing federal government shutdown and said that if it goes on much longer, seniors and low-income residents would be among those hurt. At a special session called to review local effects of the political stalemate, analysts said senior meal programs and housing services for low-income residents could be among the most immediate fallout. The city receives more than $457 million in federal aid each year for a variety of programs, including senior aid, victim's services, special police programs and housing services for the poor.
October 4, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Sell your oven. Empty your cupboards. There's no need for a mixer or food processor. Keep the fridge for drinks, and maybe the blender. Eating has never been easier. The trick? Bars, bars and more bars. Vegan, chocolate, gluten-free, low-glycemic, raw, sugar-free, nutty, crunchy, gooey, for kids, for weightlifters, familiar old granola bars. Packed with protein, fiber, super-fruits - even some with sugar and fat. Bars for pregnant women, and the YaffBar that's for you and your mutt to share.
September 26, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple chief executive Tim Cook is scheduled to meet with shareholder activist Carl Icahn on Monday in New York City, according to a report .  On Thursday, CNBC reporter David Faber said he had confirmed the meeting will take place. Last month, Icahn tweeted that he planned to meet Cook for dinner to discuss Apple's stock buyback plans.  "That planned meal, which no longer may be a meal, will take place on Monday," Faber says.  PHOTOS: Top 11 cool, hidden features in Apple's iOS 7 Yes, you read that correctly.
September 12, 2013 | By Anna Gorman
Public health officials know that Angelenos like to go out to restaurants a lot. They also know that means eating a lot - sometimes too much. So they came up with an idea: Convince restaurants to make changes so customers can dine out and make wise choices at the same time. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health launched a partnership Thursday with restaurants throughout the region to promote healthier options for customers. To be part of the Choose Health LA Restaurants program, places must offer smaller portion sizes and healthier children's meals with less fried food and more fruits and vegetables.
August 23, 2013 | By Elise Oberliesen
What do you drink when you're trying to shed pounds? Iced tea? Diet soda? What about alcohol? One cardinal rule of losing weight is limiting alcohol consumption, but can "careful" dieters spike their punch with a little booze and still stand on the bathroom scale with confidence? Can they "outsmart" calories by "trading" them - skipping lunch to enjoy a few beers at the Dodgers game? The short answer is no. All calories are not created equal. And drinkers who skip meals are quicker to become inebriated, with all the assorted consequences.
August 22, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Are Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel an item? Not really. The two are just friends who can't share a meal together without rousing suspicion that they're romantically involved.  The "Bad Teacher" costars were spotted having a friendly meal in East Hampton, N.Y., on Tuesday night and, naturally, it led to dating rumors. PHOTOS: Celebrity splits of 2013 "They were at [upscale eatery] Nick and Toni's and seemed to be on a date," according to Life & Style magazine.
August 16, 2013 | By Jay Jones
About 100 eateries will be participating in Restaurant Week Aug. 23-30, offering three-course, fixed-price meals that also help fight hunger. Most of the restaurants participating in Restaurant Week are on or near the Las Vegas Strip, making it ideal for tourists. Among the many choices: Alize on the 56 th floor of the Palms : Besides its superb view, Alize, a fine French restaurant, will be serving a special meal priced at $50.13 per person. Jean Georges Steakhouse at Aria : The acclaimed chef whose name is on the door has created a special menu for $50.13.
August 3, 2013 | By Alice Short
SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain - Some cultures take their food more seriously than others, but the Spanish may be leaders of the pack. Travelers have been coming here for the last 25 years to experience not only the growing sophistication of regional cuisine but also the miracle of molecular gastronomy. When my daughter, Madeline, announced that she wanted to spend a college semester in Madrid, I needed no more excuse to research a trip to northern Spain's Basque country, where even fare at local bars is haute and Michelin-starred restaurants inspire gushing coverage among global media.
July 24, 2013 | Sarah Hashim-Waris
We're about halfway through the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. This is the time of year when an estimated 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex during daylight hours. That's right -- we give up food, water, coffee and even cronuts from sunup to sundown to commemorate God's revelation of Islam's holy book, the Koran, to the Prophet Muhammad. Instead of spending afternoons with friends at Starbucks, Muslims focus on achieving self-discipline and reflection, while feeling the plight of those less fortunate.
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