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September 30, 2012 | By Scott J. Wilson, Los Angeles Times
California's lemon law is designed to protect consumers who discover a serious, unfixable flaw in a vehicle they've purchased or leased. Here are key things to know about the law, according to the state Department of Consumer Affairs: • The law applies to any problem that "substantially impairs the use, value or safety" of a car covered by a manufacturer's new vehicle warranty, provided the problem is discovered within 18 months or 18,000 miles...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2014 | By Eryn Brown
Calling hospital errors "heartbreaking," U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) on Friday released a report detailing how some California hospitals are reducing medical mistakes that can cause infections, incorrect administration of drugs, falls and other complications. Many medical centers are preventing errors, she said, but others still need to demonstrate they are serious about addressing the problem. According to some researchers, Boxer said, between 210,000 and 440,000 Americans die as a result of medical errors each year -- making medical errors the third leading cause of death in the nation, behind heart disease and cancer.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2001
Re your March 10 Voices, "Do You Have a Problem With This?": I have to laughingly ask William Gregory if he seriously considers the response "No problem" a problem and, if he does, I'll bet most of your readers wish that they should have such non-problems. No problem (no, really, no problem at all). GAIL WARWICK-LONNE Mammoth Lakes
SPORTS
April 25, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
NEW YORK - The Angels did not require the services of a closer Friday night. An offense that administered a rare beatdown of starter Hiroki Kuroda and pounded reliever Bruce Billings into submission in a 13-1 shellacking of the New York Yankees - the largest-ever margin of victory for the Angels in Yankee Stadium - made sure of that. The Angels crushed four home runs - a two-run shot to center field by Ian Stewart, a solo shot to left by Albert Pujols, a three-run shot to right-center by Erick Aybar and a solo shot to left by Collin Cowgill - to increase their major league-leading total to 35. With five more games this month, the Angels have broken the franchise record of 34 homers in April, set in 2000.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 2010
Dear Amy: I share office space with a colleague. Our space is detached from the rest of the office. My co-worker and I have very little in common, and by all indications she has no social life and shows signs of emotional instability (she has revealed to me that she is on antidepressants). The problem is that she is constantly in my space, telling me her problems, making catty comments about co-workers and, worst of all, trying to arrange for us to spend time together socially outside of work.
OPINION
December 6, 2013
Re "Enabling Karzai," Opinion, Dec. 3 Let's not stay in Afghanistan another 10 years. The bilateral security arrangement with that country needs to be stopped. Our elected representatives in Washington should listen to their constituencies, who are most assuredly "near unanimity in favor of an immediate, total withdrawal. " It's time to leave Afghanistan to the Afghans. Norman Gottlieb North Hills ALSO: Letters: Powering California Letters: America needs plumbers too Letters: Mixing politics and tax breaks
OPINION
July 15, 2012
Re "Retooling Teach For America," Opinion, July 10 As a former principal, teachers and I were often dismayed when the time and effort we put in to help these young people be successful went for naught because they often left after their two-year commitment was completed. A second problem is that these inexperienced teachers are often placed in inner-city schools where teaching is most difficult. Having rookies as their teachers often compounds the severe challenges faced by our inner-city students.
OPINION
March 19, 2013
Re "GOP rift on display at conference," March 17 Many of the Republicans who spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week seemed to think that the problem with their party was the wrapping, not the package. They seem to miss the point that what's inside the package is the problem. When CPAC speaker Mitt Romney said privately to a group of wealthy donors during his presidential campaign that he could write off about 47% of voters, he put into words what many Republicans think.
BUSINESS
July 27, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Mazda Motor Corp will recall 217,500 Tribute sport-utility vehicles sold in the U.S. to fix the same sticking gas pedal problem that Ford Motor Co. is dealing with in older Escape SUVs. The vehicles were jointly developed and share the same design.  The Mazda recall affects Tributes from the 2001 to 2006 model years and the 2008 model.  Like the Ford recall, only vehicles equipped with the 3-liter, V6 engine and cruise control are affected. Ford on Thursday recalled 421,000 Escapes sold in the U.S. Ford said the problem occurs because of inadequate clearance between the engine cover and the cruise control cable.
HEALTH
July 20, 2009 | Shari Roan
It's hard to believe, but being underweight used to be a considerable health problem in the United States. In the years from 1966 to 1970, 5.8% of children ages 6 to 11 and 4.6% of children ages 12 to 19 were underweight. From 1960 to 1962, 5.7% of people ages 20 to 39 were underweight. How times have changed. Today, people who are underweight are most likely those who have underlying medical conditions, according to new data from the National Center for Health Statistics.
HEALTH
April 25, 2014 | Valerie J. Nelson
Far older than most of the regulars at his weekly South Bay swing-dancing class, the World War II veteran invariably shuffles in, sidles up to his instructor and unwittingly gives voice to a scientific truth: "I'm here for my anti-aging therapy and happiness treatment. " Dancing has long been lauded as a great physical workout, yet research has increasingly shown that social dancing, such as swing, a lively, improvisational style that requires rapid-fire decision-making in concert with a partner, is also beneficial to both mind and spirit.
SPORTS
April 24, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Familiar problems resurfaced Thursday for the Dodgers and their manager. Brian Wilson again didn't resemble the pitcher he was last season, as he was charged with four runs in the ninth inning of a 7-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. There were problems aside from the continued instability of Wilson, who has already spent 15 days sidelined because of issues with his surgically repaired elbow. BOX SCORE: Philadelphia 7, Dodgers 3 The Dodgers made another costly error, this time in the form of a routine bouncer hitting first baseman Adrian Gonzalez's glove and dribbling into the outfield.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2014 | By Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
Irwindale officials decided Wednesday to delay the adoption of a resolution that would have officially designated the spicy smell of Sriracha hot sauce a public nuisance.  The city and sauce maker Huy Fong Foods have agreed to discuss a solution and the City Council decided to table the issue until a council meeting on May 14, said City Atty. Fred Galante.  "We've been in communication since the last hearing to see if there is a way to resolve this whole matter," Galante said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 24, 2014 | Ann Friedman
With every click, every tweet, every share, am I being exploited or am I taking advantage of the digital revolution? This is the question I kept asking myself as I read Astra Taylor's "The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age. " Taylor makes a thorough case that the technological advances we've been told constitute progress - that anyone can start a blog, that we can easily keep up with our friends (and frenemies)...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
An oil operation that sent noxious fumes into a South Los Angeles neighborhood has agreed to spend about $700,000 on upgrades to prevent future hazardous emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday. The settlement capped a four-month investigation by the EPA into Allenco Energy Inc. that was prompted by hundreds of complaints of chemical odors, respiratory ailments, nosebleeds and other health problems in the University Park community, about a half-mile north of USC. "The company must notify the EPA that they have completed the improvements at least 15 days before reopening," said Jared Blumenfeld, the EPA's regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
General Motors' giant recall scandal looks to have a silver lining for GM dealers - millions of dollars in lucrative repair bills that their service departments can charge back to the nation's biggest automaker. The car company will pay dealers - independent businesses licensed to sell and repair GM vehicles - to fix up to 6 million vehicles recalled so far this year. The total includes 2.2 million of GM's Chevrolet Cobalt and other older vehicles equipped with a faulty ignition switch linked to 13 deaths.
OPINION
September 4, 2010 | Tim Rutten
Nearly 40 years ago, I spent time with the late Conor Cruise O'Brien, one of the 20th century's most formidable intellectual journalists. Like many naturally contentious men possessed of restlessly great minds, he could be spectacularly wrong, but his firsthand experience of the world was vast, and he had a politician's gift for aphoristic profundity. He patiently explained to me, for example, that all the worst international controversies could be divided into "problems" and "situations.
SPORTS
November 7, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers were knocked out of the playoffs in May by the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games. Despite advancing to the NBA Finals, the Thunder have since traded guard James Harden to the Houston Rockets in a move that was more about the long-term economic state of the franchise than basketball. A little more than a week into the season, the Thunder are 2-2 while the Rockets are slightly better at 2-1.  Harden has been a dynamic player for the Rockets, averaging 35.3 points a game on 52.9% shooting.  He's also averaging 6.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.7 steals.
NATIONAL
April 23, 2014 | By Jenny Deam
In a landmark legal victory that centered on fracking, a middle-class north Texas ranching family won nearly $3 million from a big natural gas company whose drilling, they contend, caused years of sickness, killed pets and livestock, and forced them out of their home for months. Tuesday's $2.95-million civil verdict by a six-person Dallas jury is thought to be the first of its kind in the nation. Other landowners have sued over drilling and reached settlements, but legal experts think this is the first jury verdict.
OPINION
April 22, 2014 | Patt Morrison
"Fracking" - now there's a word that just begs for a bumper sticker. Short for "hydraulic fracturing" - the process of breaking open rock with high-pressure liquids to get at otherwise untappable oil and natural gas - fracking conjures up a welcome energy boom for some, ecological disaster for others. Mark Zoback - Stanford geophysicist since 1984, member of the National Academy of Engineering's Deepwater Horizon investigation committee, personal "decarbonizer," fracking expert - sees the problems and the potential for California.
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