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January 9, 2014 |
Gov. Jerry Brown called for a sharp increase in funding for a program to map dangerous earthquake faults in California, reviving an effort hobbled by budget cuts over the last two decades. Brown's proposal caps months of debate on whether city and state governments are doing enough to regulate the safety of new structures near faults. Budget cuts stalled the state's efforts to zone earthquake faults across California, including the well-known Hollywood and Santa Monica faults in the Los Angeles area.
January 5, 2014 |
Before the economy tanked, my favorite golf getaway spots were also the most expensive golf getaway spots in the land: Las Vegas, Hawaii, Scottsdale, Ariz. Prices have declined, but there still are many ways to drop $200 or more - in some instances way more - on a round of golf. Fear not. On a recent trip to one of those faves, the Hawaiian Islands, and Kauai in particular, my wife, Terri, and I took it upon ourselves to find good golf that is not expensive golf. We are pleased to report that, no, you don't have to sell your kids to play golf in Kauai.
January 4, 2014 |
Discovery Communications Inc. has extended Chief Executive David Zaslav's lucrative employment agreement for another six years, fortifying the leadership of the cable television programming company after a period of sustained growth. The deal announced Friday modifies how Zaslav's annual compensation is calculated to provide him with substantial stock holdings in the company. He will receive a base salary and bonus targets of about $10 million a year in the early years of the agreement.
January 3, 2014 |
Auburn's defense, statistically, doesn't seem to stand a chance against Florida State. The Tigers ranked 87th nationally in total offense and are No. 38 in scoring defense, allowing 24 points per game. “We have got terrible looking overall statistics and some of them are not misleading,” Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said Friday at a BCS press conference in Newport Beach. Auburn's unit will be trying to stop a Florida State offense averaging a nation-leading 53 points per game.
January 2, 2014 |
It has come to this for the Lakers: Kendall Marshall, barely two weeks removed from the NBA D-League, will start at point guard Friday against Utah as the Lakers try to end a six-game losing streak. His primary qualification for starting? "He's played two pretty good games," Coach Mike D'Antoni said, and he could have added that Marshall's next-best qualification is having a pulse. These are lean days for the Lakers, still minus Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Xavier Henry and Jordan Farmar - at least at last count.
January 2, 2014 |
Days after being warned of a security weakness in its popular app, Snapchat became the target of a widespread cyberattack that affected millions of users, a black eye for a local start-up with sky-high hopes of becoming the next social media juggernaut. A reported 4.6 million user names and phone numbers were exposed by the New Year's Eve breach. The hackers, who did not want to be identified, told The Times they went after Snapchat to expose the company's security flaws. Such attacks have become all too common for companies, but for Snapchat, a photo-messaging app based on secrecy, they are especially damaging.
December 30, 2013 |
When it comes to app downloads, no day is more important than Christmas. Each year, millions of new tablets and smartphones are given as gifts, which means users turn on their gadgets and quickly start downloading apps, making Dec. 25 a gold rush for software developers. But the growth rate for Christmas Day app downloads is slowing, according to Flurry , an analytics and advertising firm. Although Christmas 2013 saw a record-breaking level of app downloads, overall app downloads increased by 11% from a year earlier.
December 30, 2013 |
In 2013, some of the year's biggest headlines involved cop killers. There was MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, who authorities said was shot and killed by the Tsarnaev brothers after the Boston Marathon bombings in April. There was Christopher Dorner's vengeful rampage across Southern California in February. Two of the four people he killed were police officers. Yet those tragedies would prove the exceptions in 2013, which may have been one of the safest years in modern history for American police.
December 29, 2013 |
Airline delays and cancellations have dropped significantly in the last few years. At least that's what federal statistics show. But the numbers may not be telling us the whole story. That is one of the conclusions in a new report by the office of inspector general for the U.S. Department of Transportation, which recommends new ways of calculating airline delays. The Department of Transportation's data show that airline delays fell 33% from 2000 to 2012, while flight cancellations dropped 56% at the nation's largest airports.
December 22, 2013 |
A drunken man gets tackled by a group of off-duty cops in November while trying to storm the cockpit on a flight from Warsaw to Toronto. An inebriated passenger on a January flight from Iceland to New York tries to grope and choke fellow travelers until crew and passengers bind him with duct tape. Such incidents are no longer flukes but rather a trend that has prompted airlines to call for new laws to deal with unruly passengers and other mayhem on international flights. The number of incidents of unruly passengers has jumped from fewer than 500 in 2007 to more than 6,000 in 2011, according to the International Air Transport Assn., the trade group for world airlines, which has been keeping track of the incidents.