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January 11, 2010
Setting the pace Getting 10,000 steps per day roughly coincides with the latest U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommendation that adults get a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week. The key word here is "moderate" -- not all steps meet that requirement. Shuffling around the kitchen making dinner is hardly equivalent to racing to catch a bus or walking an energetic dog. Any movement is good, of course, but to make the steps count as beneficial as possible, they should be fairly sustained.
April 26, 2014 | By Chris Barton
The revenge comedy "The Other Woman" is on its way to topping the box-office charts this weekend, the first film to surpass the Marvel sequel "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" since that film's release. Directed by Nick Cassavetes and starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton, "The Other Woman" was greeted with mostly negative reviews, including one critic for National Public Radio who called the film "a conceptually odious, stupid-to-the-bone enterprise. " But that didn't dissuade audiences, who came out to give the film an estimated $9.3 million on its opening night.
January 26, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
A cycling tour through Provence doesn't have to be all about the bike. France-based Cyclomundo offers a self-guided bicycling trip through the southern French countryside that's good for families with children or folks who want to travel at their own pace. The eight-day Provence With Youngsters itinerary starts in Avignon and winds down quiet roads to Graveson, Fontvieille, Les Baux de Provence and other stops before arriving in Arles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its Roman ruins.
April 23, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was tapped to drive the pace car for NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series race in Richmond, Va., on Saturday night, thanks to prodding on Twitter by his friend Dale Earnhardt Jr. Earnhardt, this year's Daytona 500 winner and a longtime Redskins fan, tweeted a month ago that perhaps Griffin could be grand marshal at the race at Richmond International Raceway. Raceway President Dennis Bickmeier then asked Earnhardt if Griffin could drive the pace car that leads the 43-car field to the green flag.
July 5, 2010 | By Steve Gelsi
For decades, the push for solar power has stalled not on public support but on cost. That might be about to change with the launch of a tax program that's exciting some industry veterans. Gary Garber is one. Garber built his first solar panels from scratch back in 1976. They went up on his parents' rooftop in nearby Walnut Creek, Calif. Today he runs Sun Light & Power, a 60-employee solar panel installation firm that's been behind some of the San Francisco Bay Area's biggest solar power arrays.
March 18, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
Fatuma Sado, a 20-year-old Ethiopian runner, is on pace to break the women's course record for the L.A. Marathon during Sunday's 27th annual running of the 26.2-mile race.  This is Sado's fourth marathon and second this year, but she has been dominant. She took the lead in the seventh mile, separated herself in the 12th and has only put distance between her and the second-place runner from there.  Sado is on pace to break the course record of 2 hours, 25 minutes, 10 seconds, set by Lidiya Grigoryeva of Russia in 2006.  If Sado is the first runner -- man or woman -- to cross the finish line in Santa Monica, she'll win a $100,000 gender challenge bonus as well as $25,000 for winning the women's marathon.
October 21, 2010
Marathoners typically have two goals: finish the race, and finish the race under a set time without hitting the wall. One researcher thinks he's found a new formula that calculates how much carbohydrates a runner needs to eat and at what pace he or she needs to run in order to complete the race without feeling any ill effects or dropping out. Running the 2005 New York marathon was the catalyst for the study by Benjamin Rapoport, a student in...
July 13, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
The U.S. travel and tourism industry is on pace for a record-setting year, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced Friday. International visitors spent an estimated $68.4 billion traveling to and spending time in the United States in the first five months of this year, an increase of 12% from the same period last year, the Commerce Department reported. Americans spent nearly $50 billion on travel and tourism abroad in that time - creating an $18.4-billion trade surplus, the agency reported.
May 16, 1996
Cal State Northridge's Monica Tobin and Margo Hammerstrom are fourth and fifth after the first day of the heptathlon at the American West Conference track and field championships at Northridge. Tobin tied for second in the high jump Wednesday with a mark of 4-11 1/2 and has 2,079 points. Hammerstrom finished third in the 200 meters (28.11) and has 1,981 points. Alicyn Chappelle of Cal State Sacramento won three events and leads with 2,695 points.
February 10, 1991 | STEVE SCHUELEIN
Heavily favored Vance Lobell rallied in the stretch to score a 1 3/4-length victory over Speedy Alba in the featured $10,000 invitational handicap pace at Los Alamitos Saturday night. Glenburn Star finished third, another length back. Driven by Ross Croghan, Vance Lobell covered the mile in 1:56, the last quarter in 27 3/5, and paid $3 to win. "He was a middle-level-class horse in New Zealand, and when I imported him, I told his owner he was $30,000 claimer," Croghan said.
April 23, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
In the battle for tourists, Los Angeles is losing ground to rivals Orlando, Fla., New York, and Chicago. L.A. County has broken its own record for annual visitors three years in a row - thanks to a rebounding economy, sunny California weather and popular tourist attractions. But L.A.'s tourist numbers are not growing fast enough to keep up with the nation's top three destinations, primarily because the city lacks enough hotel rooms to host more tourists. "We have an awful lot of things that are in our favor," said Robert Kleinhenz, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.
April 14, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Retail sales surged last month at their fastest pace in 1-1/2 years as consumer spending heated up after a harsh winter. The Commerce Department said Monday that seasonally adjusted retail sales increased 1.1% in March. Officials also revised February's figure up to a strong 0.7%, from an initially reported 0.3%. Economists had expected a 1% increase last month. PHOTOS: Richest and poorest cities in America "The consumer came in like a lamb and went out roaring like a lion," said Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi in New York.
April 14, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Americans rushed out to shop as frigid weather lifted in March, propelling retail sales at the fastest pace in a year and a half. The gauge from the Commerce Department surged 1.1% last month from February in its biggest leap since September 2012. Sales boomed 3.8% from March 2013. The strong sales, which beat economists' expectations for a 1% increase, bolstered hopes that the economy would continue to gain momentum after struggling through an especially harsh winter. "One month doesn't answer all the questions, and it's not like we have all-over-the-place exploding growth," said NPD Group analyst Marshal Cohen.
April 14, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
Charles F. Farthing, a physician who was at the forefront of care for HIV/AIDS patients and who drew attention to the need for an AIDS vaccine by announcing his willingness to inject himself, has died. He was 60. Farthing, who collapsed in a Hong Kong taxi April 5, had a heart attack, family members said in an announcement. Farthing was chief of medicine for the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation from 1994 to 2007. He was planning to return to the foundation in June as director of treatment programs in the 32 countries outside the U.S. where it provides services.
April 11, 2014 | By Roy M. Wallack
When Frank Shorter won the gold medal in the marathon at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, he not only became a household name but also helped create the fitness boom. Pre-Shorter, hardly anyone ran for fitness; post-Shorter, millions did. A Yale grad and trained lawyer who claims to have run 140,000 miles, Shorter's influence grew as he won a silver medal in Montreal in 1976, led the fight to allow runners to turn pro, won a Master's duathlon (bike-run) world championship, became the first head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and established himself as the running world's elder statesman.
April 9, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
KEY MOMENT: Of the 41 runs given up this season by the Angels, 28 have come with two outs, including 23 by the Mariners, who were poised to strike again in the third inning when they put runners on second and third with two outs. But right-hander Garrett Richards struck out cleanup hitter Justin Smoak swinging at a nasty curve in the dirt to snuff out the threat. AT THE PLATE: Albert Pujols crushed his second home run in as many days, a two-run shot to left field in the third inning that moved the slugger past Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff and into 26th on the all-time list with 494 home runs.
February 3, 1994
Former Stanton Mayor Charles (Mike) Pace has been disbarred for incompetence and abandoning clients, the State Bar of California announced this week. The action, which took place Jan. 15, means that the 50-year-old Pace may no longer practice law. After five years he may apply for reinstatement, but such actions "very rarely happen," according to bar spokeswoman Kim McCready. Pace could not be reached for comment.
September 21, 1997 | FERNANDO DOMINGUEZ
Linebacker Franck Pace stood on crutches on the Northridge sideline, watching his teammates play for the second time without him this season. And not for the last. Pace, a senior nicknamed Frenchie because he was born in Toulon, France, had surgery on Monday to repair torn ligaments in his left knee. He was injured in the first quarter against Hawaii at Aloha Stadium on Sept. 6.
April 9, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Toyota Motor Corp. will recall more than 6 million vehicles worldwide to fix a variety of problems, including a wiring issue that might disable airbags and a glitch that could trigger the driver's seat in some cars to suddenly shift. It's just the latest in a parade of massive recalls by manufacturers this year, especially in the U.S. Toyota's announcement Wednesday brought the number of vehicles called back by automakers in the U.S. to nearly 13 million so far this year, on pace to surpass the record 30.8 million vehicles recalled in 2004.
April 7, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers took Monday off, preferring to rest their bodies rather than practice. But not Glen "Big Baby" Davis , who appeared at the team's training facility to get in some extra conditioning and to practice his shooting. "There's no off day," a smiling Davis said after Sunday's game against the Lakers. Davis knows he needs to improve his conditioning so he can keep up with the fast-paced Clippers. He also needs to shed some weight from his 315-pound frame so he can earn the extra minutes he wants from Clippers Coach Doc Rivers.
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