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August 20, 2013 | By Terry Gardner
If the cost of airfare has kept you out of Africa, this deal gets you there (to South Africa and Zambia), sleeps you in three luxury resorts, feeds you breakfast and helps you explore. The deal: South African Airways Vacations' Route of the African Sun , which offers activities as diverse as watching game and touring wine country, includes roundtrip transatlantic coach flights on South African Airways from Washington Dulles (IAD) or New York City (JFK) to South Africa (round-trip airfare will add $250-$300 to this if booked with this package)
February 3, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Lollapalooza on the flip side of the world? The 2012 mega-concert is slated for August in Chicago's Grant Park , but here's a way to get a jump on the music. Lollapalooza Chile 2012 comes to Santiago for the second time for a two-day festival March 31 and April 1 with headliners Foo Fighters , Bjork and Arctic Monkeys as well as Latin American acts such as Los Jaivas and Illya Kuryaki & the Valderramas. In all, more than 50 performers and bands will take the stages (six in all)
August 21, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Is Google ready for some football? National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell is in Silicon Valley this week and that's all it took to get tongues wagging that the Internet search giant and parent of YouTube is eager to get a piece of the action. The only NFL TV package that will be available anytime soon is satellite broadcaster DirecTV's Sunday Ticket package, which allows subscribers access to every NFL game on Sunday afternoons. It is ideal for a fan who roots for a team whose games are not routinely available or for obsessed fans who like to watch multiple games at the same time.
May 16, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside has a special offer for active and veteran members of the U.S. military this month: $159 a night for a room that includes dinner for two and valet parking. It's a good discount off the usual rates -- and might make for a nice Memorial Day getaway. The deal: A Salute to Our Heroes package includes a room, dinner for two at the hotel's Bella Trattoria Italian Bistro and free valet parking. A military ID is required for this deal.
February 7, 2013 | By Meg James
CNN newsman Anderson Cooper received a package thought to be from the ex-Los Angeles police officer-turned fugitive Christopher Dorner a week before the massive manhunt that has gripped Southern California. "Learned today suspect Christopher Dorner sent me a parcel at CNN. Inside was a note, DVD, and a coin shot thru with bullet holes," Cooper said in a Twitter message Thursday. Cooper was one of several news personalities praised in the lengthy manifesto that authorities said was published on what they believe is Dorner's Facebook page.
September 5, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Park Shore Waikiki is across from Waikiki Beach and within walking distance of Diamond Head. The Oahu hotel has a water sports package that starts at $199 a night for an ocean view room while it undergoes a $10.7-million renovation. The package comes with perks for one guest: a surf or stand-up paddle lesson as well as a bike-hike tour of Diamond Head. The deal: The Hans Hedemann Surf & Turf Package (named for the surf school) requires a minimum stay of three nights to qualify for the water sports extras.
February 26, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Heavenly ski resort in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., is offering 33% off prices for three-day packages that include hotel room and two-day lift tickets. Prices start at $259 per person for skiing during spring break. The deal: The cost of this package depends on which of the 14 inns and hotels you select. Choice Hotels Rodeway Inn in South Lake Tahoe is the cheapest; the MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa in Lake Tahoe, Nev., the most expensive. The deal comes with two adult lift tickets good for two days on the mountain.
February 28, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Calif., has cut the price on hotel packages that come with credit for spa services and golf or dining options. Prices start at $199 a night for a stay during the five-day flash sale. The deal: The La Costa Experience package for $199 a night comes with breakfast for two, a $90 golf credit and a $45 spa credit for each person each day of your stay. The Family Experience package starting at $299 comes with a $90 dining credit for each adult and $45 spa credit for each adult each day of their stay.
April 13, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The U.S. Grant in San Diego and the Titanic are of the same era and style. The hotel in the city's Gaslamp Quarter opened in 1910, two years before the ship set off on its tragic maiden voyage. With a price tag of $1.9 million, the hotel, too, became a symbol of luxury. The Grant marks the centennial of the ship's sinking with a package meant to evoke the glamour of the storied liner. It includes a $100 dining credit and admission to see the Titanic artifacts exhibition at the San Diego Natural History Museum . The deal: The Legend & Luxury of the Titanic package starts at $299 plus tax per night.
September 11, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
The TSA office near Los Angeles International Airport was evacuated for a short period Wednesday afternoon after a report of a "suspicious package" that was mailed to the location, allegedly by an ex-TSA employee, a spokesperson said. Officials at LAX said the package was sent by Nna Alpha Onuoha, 29. HeĀ  was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of making a series of threats that began when he resigned that day from the Transportation Security Administration. "Out of an abundance of caution, the building has been evacuated," LAX officials said in a statement.
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