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November 19, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Scientists may have discovered the secret to avoiding the fiscal cliff: Happiness. Regardless of whether money can buy happiness, being happy may actually make you more money down the road, new research finds. People who express more positive emotions as teenagers and greater life satisfaction as young adults tend to have higher incomes by the time they're 29, according to a study published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The difference was so great that when measuring life satisfaction on a 5-point scale, a 1-point jump at age 22 made a $2,000 difference in income down the line.
November 8, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
Revenue sharing and the NHL's "make whole" mechanism to pay players the full value of their contracts dominated six hours of conversation Wednesday when representatives of the league and the NHL Players' Assn. met for the second straight day at an undisclosed site in New York. They plan to meet again Thursday, again avoiding media scrutiny as they try to reach a new collective bargaining agreement and end the lockout the league imposed Sept. 15. People with knowledge of the proceedings who were not authorized to comment said that the sides have reached the stage of real negotiation instead of one side expecting the other to capitulate, and that the process will be slow as they test wills.
October 30, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Supreme Court justices were surprisingly skeptical Monday about arguments by a top Justice Department lawyer who in a hearing sought to squelch an anti-wiretapping lawsuit brought by lawyers, journalists and activists. At issue in the surveillance case is the government's power to secretly monitor international phone calls and email under a stepped-up monitoring policy approved by Congress four years ago. It allows U.S. spy agencies to target people or places overseas and to intercept all the phone calls and email to and from these people or places.
October 28, 2012 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
Southern Californians can strike a blow against poverty in Africa and Asia by joining Sunday in the 18th annual Partnership Walk. The event, which begins at 10 a.m. at the Santa Monica Pier, is held in 10 major U.S. cities each year. Money raised goes to reduce global poverty and its close companions: hunger, illiteracy and poor health. Last year's Los Angeles area walk raised more than $400,000, according to Rafiq Ghaswala, a spokesman for the Aga Khan Foundation USA, which established the Partnership Walk.
October 19, 2012 | By Jori Finkel, Los Angeles Times
It's hard for museums to predict exactly when and where public controversy will strike. But in deciding to exhibit Robert Mapplethorpe's X, Y, Z portfolios, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art was well aware that the X series contains some of the most controversial images in the history of American photography. These carefully composed shots of S&M role-playing or hard-core sex acts among gay New York men became a flash point in the culture wars of the early 1990s, leading to the indictment of a Cincinnati museum director on obscenity charges and triggering larger debates about the proper role of the National Endowment for the Arts.
October 15, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
- Pretrial hearings for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other alleged top Al Qaeda terrorist operatives opened Monday with a ruling that the defendants cannot be forced to attend the legal proceedings at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The decision by Judge James L. Pohl came after Mohammed and his codefendants sat quietly and respectfully during the opening day of testimony at Guantanamo, sharply different from their courtroom protests during their arraignment last spring.
October 15, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano
FT. MEADE, Md. - The U.S. Army judge who will try Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other top Al Qaeda terror operatives ruled Monday that the defendants cannot be forced to attend the legal proceedings, striking a significant blow to the government's position that they must be in the courtroom as prosecutors seek their deaths in the Sept. 11 terror attacks. The decision by Judge James Pohl came after Mohammed and his comrades sat quietly during the opening of a new round of pre-trial hearings, in stark contrast to their courtroom protests in May during their arraignment at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
October 8, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, For the Booster Shots Blog
Almost a quarter of prescription medications approved for patients in Canada over a 16-year period went on to be pulled from the market or to require a strongly worded safety warning to patients, a new study says. In a " Research Letter " published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine, University of Toronto researcher Dr. Joel Lexchin looked at the 434 drug approvals that moved through Health Canada's drug-safety arm from the start of 1995 to the end of 2010. Canada's drug safety agency operates much like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, so the study may reflect the state of drug safety in the United States as well.
September 21, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Amid labor strife, bankruptcy proceedings and layoffs, American Airlines has canceled hundreds of flights through October, causing dozens of delays at Los Angeles International Airport. The airline, whose parent company AMR Corp. filed for bankruptcy last year, said it planned to reduce flight schedules for the rest of September and October 1% to 2%. As of Thursday, the Fort Worth airline had canceled 281 flights this week, mostly in and out of Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport.
August 18, 2012 | By Matt Pearce and Neela Banerjee, Los Angeles Times
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - A major rival to the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline project is vastly boosting its U.S. pipeline system, but it's avoiding the same scrutiny that federal regulators, environmentalists and landowners are giving Keystone owner TransCanada Corp. Enbridge Inc. is proceeding largely unencumbered with plans to spend $8.8 billion in the U.S. to transport greater volumes of petroleum to the Gulf Coast and other markets than TransCanada would with its Keystone XL pipeline project from Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf Coast.
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