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November 19, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
Here's something to celebrate for New Year's Day 2013: The city of L.A.  is finally banning plastic bags . Goodbye, and high time too, to those wispy, blow-away plastic bags that wind up in all the wrong places, from treetops to sea turtles' bellies. Happily, the trope that is “paper or plastic?” will become as meaningless as “23 skidoo.” But dear city fathers (and our one city mother, there being only one female elected official in City Hall), can we please, please, not blow this fantastic marketing opportunity and wind up looking lame once again?
November 19, 2013 | By Scott Collins
You didn't think you were going to get rid of Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt that easily, did you? After a few years of relative obscurity, the spotlight-loving couple, a.k.a. "Speidi," from MTV's reality soap "The Hills" are coming back for a one-hour special E! special, "After Shock: Heidi & Spencer," slated for Dec. 9. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times According to the network, Montag will spill about her penchant for plastic surgery, which transformed her from an attractive girl-next-door type into something closer to a cartoon fantasy babe from a video game.
November 19, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will study a remote island used as an airstrip in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands that is often littered with plastic debris, the first step in a process that could eventually place it on the list of the country's most hazardous sites. In a letter to an environmental group, the agency said it will study Tern Island, part of a coral reef atoll about 550 miles northwest of Honolulu that is a breeding ground for millions of seabirds. The decision came in response to a petition filed last year by the Center for Biological Diversity.
November 18, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
With a plastic-bag ban set to go into effect in Los Angeles on the first of the new year, city officials are launching a campaign to get residents in the habit of using reusable totes. The city has teamed up with environmental groups and nonprofit organizations that work with veterans and former gang members to produce a line of bags made from recycled or repurposed materials. Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz, who led the push for the ban and who is now raising money to manufacture the totes, said the bags will be given away for free.
November 13, 2013 | By David Lazarus
Michael has a credit card he hasn't used in about two years. It has no balance but it does have a $6 monthly fee. Michael's question: If he cancels the card, will it affect his credit score? ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions Generally speaking, creditors get fidgety anytime someone cancels plastic. They suspect that you're carrying beaucoup debt and thus represent a greater risk. So your credit score can go down. Should you worry? And how many credit cards should you have?
November 4, 2013 | By Mark Gold and Cara Horowitz
You've probably seen the images of dolphins caught in abandoned monofilament fishing nets, or of vast areas of plastic trash floating in remote waters of the Pacific, or of sea turtles consuming plastic bags that look remarkably like one of their favorite foods: jellyfish. Or perhaps, after a rainstorm, you've walked on a beach that resembled a landfill. Some 20 million tons of plastic pollution enters the oceans each year, and it's devastating the marine environment. Plastic litter is also costly.
November 2, 2013 | Chris Erskine
Not so much a typical candidate for Botox, except that I have a face like a garden glove - sun-baked and ripped by boot and fist. If Levi Strauss made faces, I'd be a 42 regular. And stone-washed. Don't mean to brag, that's just the face I have. Genetics has a lot to do with it. Mom (a princess) first met Dad (a warlock) in a saloon one evening, and one thing led to another - an off-hand remark, some curly fries, a whiskey twinkle in her eye. In this case, love had nothing to do with it - it was raw, rampant monkey lust.
September 30, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Saturn's moon Titan is one of the most bizarre places in the solar system, and now, to make things even weirder, scientists have found traces of propylene, the chemical used to make Tupperware, floating in its thick orange atmosphere. Bigger than Mercury, Titan is an icy world where temperatures hover around 228 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. It is the only moon in our solar system with clouds, and it has weather like we have on Earth. But when it rains on Titan, it rains liquid methane.  Titan is also the only moon in our solar system with lakes and rivers, but they are filled with liquid methane and ethene, rather than water.
September 11, 2013 | By Steve Chawkins
With one stroke, entrepreneur Robert R. Taylor made a fortune, changed the way America washed up and doomed the bathroom soap dish to virtual obsolescence. It was Taylor who turned hand soap from a slippery lump to a dab from a pump. Taylor, who created Softsoap, the first mass-marketed liquid soap pumped from a plastic bottle, died of cancer Aug. 29 in Newport Beach, family members said. He was 77. Softsoap was one of his many successful ventures, which included Obsession, a fragrance he developed with Calvin Klein and promoted in steamy ads that stimulated both sales and controversy.
September 10, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien and Andrea Chang
CUPERTINO, Calif. - Whether the "c" in iPhone 5c stands for color or China, the launch of a plastic cellphone marks one of the biggest strategic shifts for Apple since the company began the smartphone revolution six years ago. Though the announcements made Tuesday at Apple's headquarters were relatively modest in scale, the tech giant seemed to be signaling that it was intent on recapturing lost momentum in China. Although a rumored deal with that nation's largest carrier was not announced at the event, analysts are expecting it to be confirmed soon, possibly at a separate media event being held in Beijing on Wednesday.
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