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December 19, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
How fast do you have to walk to stay ahead of the Grim Reaper? About 3 miles an hour. Australian researchers used the mythical character as a device to determine what walking speeds allow older men to outpace death. The results were published recently in the British Medical Journal's Christmas issue. They clocked walking speeds of 1,705 men from a mixed demographic pool and followed them for six to 21 years. The average walking speed was about 2.9 feet per second. Also, in that time there were 266 deaths among the participants.
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NEWS
September 26, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Men who don't have children may be at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, a study finds. The study, released Monday in the journal Human Reproduction , followed 137,903 male married or previously married AARP members for an average of about 10 years. At the beginning of the study, the participants, whose average age was about 63, had no history of heart disease, and 92% had fathered at least one child. Half had three or more children. During the course of the study, 3,082 men died due to cardiovascular causes.
NATIONAL
April 20, 2012 | By David Horsey
We have learned a secret of the Secret Service: At least a few of those tight-lipped tough guys are not quite as straight-laced and serious as they appear to be. In fact, they apparently love to party like frat boys. Three Secret Service agents have already lost their jobs after it was revealed that 11 agents and 10 U.S. military personnel engaged the services of as many as 20 prostitutes in one wild night while they were doing advance work for President Obama's visit to Colombia. According to preliminary reports, the dusk-to-dawn drunken sex spree came to light when one of the women - who insisted that she was a high-paid call girl, not a common street hooker - got upset when one agent refused to pay her a fee worthy of her status.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
A month after parting ways with its founder, suit retailer Men's Wearhouse Inc. is executing a new strategy, buying designer Joseph Abboud's brands for $97.5 million in cash. The purchase of JA Holding Inc., which is majority-owned by funds affiliated with J.W. Childs Associates, gives Men's Wearhouse Inc. exclusive labels to sell in its stores. The strategy is popular among retailers such as J.C. Penney and Macy's, which tout the unique brands as a point of differentiation from rivals.
BUSINESS
November 26, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Less than two months after it rejected a proposal from rival Jos. A. Bank to be taken over, Men's Wearhouse turned the tables Tuesday. Men's Warehouse is offering to buy Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. for $55 a share, for an estimated value of $1.2 billion.  "We believe we are the right acquiror for this combination and that our experienced management team is best positioned to execute the integration of our companies," said  said Bill Sechrest,...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
Though"Men in Black 3"struggled to make it to the big screen, the third installment in the sci-fi comedy franchise has had no trouble at the box office. This past weekend, the movie starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin surged past the $500-million milestone at the worldwide box office. Distributor Sony Pictures said the movie has grossed approximately $391.6 million from 79 foreign countries, performing best in Japan and Russia. Combined with the film's estimated domestic tally of $152.7 million, the movie has now collected about $544.3 million globally.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. rejected Men's Wearhouse latest acquisition offer late Thursday, calling it "inadequate" but agreed to meet with its rival to discuss a possible merger, heightening a months-long takeover battle between the retailers.  Since September, the two menswear companies have been engaged in an elaborate cat-and-mouse game. Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. initially offered to buy Men's Wearhouse but was rebuffed. Men's Wearhouse turned the tables and offered to buy Jos. A. Bank, kicking off more expensive acquisition offers and a series of maneuvers (a lawsuit and a proposed deal by Jos. A. Bank to buy Eddie Bauer, another retail firm)
AUTOS
December 13, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Women now make up more than half of the U.S. population with driver's licenses and that has big implications for the auto industry and traffic safety, according to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. And that's not because of the old misconception that women are worse drivers than men, according to the university, which looked at driving data from 1963 through 2010. "Females are more likely than males to purchase smaller, safer and more fuel-efficient vehicles than males," said Michael Sivak, a transportation professor at the university.
BUSINESS
July 24, 2013 | By Shan Li
The pay gap between men and women has been a subject of debate for decades. But a new survey reveals a clue to the discrepancy: the number of hours worked by men with full-time jobs versus women in full-time positions. On average, men log 8.46 hours a day versus the 7.87 hours worked by women, according to a recent Labor Department American Time Use Survey . However, that difference is flipped when it comes to part-time gigs. In those positions, women work 5.29 hours per day compared with men, who put in 5.16 hours.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2010 | By John Horn
As a wildly successful television producer, "ER's" John Wells has enough playing-around money to finance independent films, having traveled to the Sundance Film Festival with "One Hour Photo," "An American Crime" and "Savage Grace." But Wells also knows the personal toll -- a relative lost his job and then his home -- of the nation's economic collapse. With "The Company Men," Wells brings the two together. In his feature film directing debut, Wells has made a movie that starts where "Up in the Air" stops: "The Company Men," starring Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and Kevin Costner, follows highly paid executives caught in the unforgiving downsizing of a fictional Massachusetts shipbuilding firm -- the layoffs are designed to boost the company's stock price -- and how they try to manage without something to do between 9 and 5. Premiering at what will likely be a packed Sundance acquisition screening tonight, Wells' drama is not only an indictment of corporate greed (jobs at GTX may be slashed, but an extravagant new corporate headquarters and the Degas paintings for the $22-million-a-year chief executive are exempt)
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