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December 13, 2013 | Roy Wallack, Gear
Back in the day, "Just do it" was the standard exercise mantra, a simple, silent pact between an individual and his or her motivation. Well, that's so Rocky Balboa. Today's data-drenched workout world doesn't need no stinkin' willpower of steel - just a USB port, Bluetooth and an Internet connection. Smart bracelets, smart goggles and other techy stuff worn on our bodies are turning us all into cycling cyborgs and robo-runners, with enough built-in coaches and clever distractions and real-time performance readouts to raise a top athlete's game and get the most dedicated couch potato moving.
November 20, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - California's finances are improving faster than expected and schools could receive billions in extra funds next year, according to the Legislature's budget advisors. "The state's budgetary condition is stronger than at any point in the past decade," a report released Wednesday says. Higher-than-expected revenue, driven by the economic recovery and stock market gains, could pump more than $4 billion in unanticipated funds into schools and community colleges starting next summer, the report says.
October 1, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
For the third year in a row, the producers of "The Walking Dead" have gotten a jump on the new season with a short series of webisodes telling short tales from other parts of the "Walking Dead" world. If you need some kind of transition between the emotional high of the "Breaking Bad" finale and the return to the grim and gory world of "The Walking Dead" (as if "Breaking Bad" wasn't grim and gory enough), then these webisodes serve as the perfect way to ease back in. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of 'The Walking Dead' This year's three-webisode series is called "The Oath" and it follows the efforts of survivors Paul (Wyatt Russell)
September 21, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
Monic Uriarte says she began having headaches and bouts of dizziness three years ago, about the time she and her neighbors began smelling a chemical odor on the streets and in their homes. Then Uriarte's 9-year-old daughter and other children in the University Park neighborhood of South Los Angeles began suffering from recurring nosebleeds and respiratory ailments. After a little sleuthing, Uriarte and others traced the smell to property shielded from the neighborhood by a 12-foot-high, ivy-covered wall.
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.
August 28, 2013 | By Shan Li and Andrew Khouri
Motorists hitting the road over the Labor Day weekend may find themselves paying more at the pump as the Syrian conflict fans tensions in the Middle East and roils gas markets. Experts speculate that prices could shoot up 10 cents a gallon or more in the coming days, a reversal of the lower prices road-trippers have enjoyed this summer thanks to increased U.S. production and higher inventories. A gallon of regular gasoline might again vault past $4. Prices "are definitely going up," said Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director of energy and sustainability at UC Davis.
June 23, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power plans to build the world's largest groundwater treatment center over one of the largest Superfund pollution sites in the United States: the San Fernando Basin. Two plants costing a combined $600 million to $800 million will restore groundwater pumping of drinking water from scores of San Fernando Valley wells that the DWP began closing in the 1980s, the utility said. The plants also will ensure that other wells remain open despite pollution plumes steadily migrating in their direction.
June 1, 2013 | By DiAngelea Millar
Minnesota has a new Snowbate to entice film and TV productions. The state's new Film Production Jobs Program, known as Snowbate, has been voted into law. Minnesota lawmakers recently agreed to increase annual funding for the rebate program to $10 million from $500,000 starting July 1.  Film producers also will now be eligible to receive a rebate of up to 25% for work done in the state, which is competing with dozens of other states that offer...
May 30, 2013 | By Catherine Green, Los Angeles Times
RIVERDALE, Calif. - Last year, the federal government gave farmer Dan Errotabere half of the water it had awarded him the previous year to cultivate his 5,200 acres. But he still managed to reap a yield as much as 25% higher. "I've got to do more with less," said Errotabere, 57, who grows cotton, tomatoes, almonds and pistachios among other crops on his family's ranch in the Central Valley northwest of Visalia. His trick? The increasingly popular drip-tape method of irrigation, which pumps water directly to a plant's roots.
May 29, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
The state plan to overhaul the hub of California's water system will cost nearly $25 billion to build and operate, according to preliminary figures released Wednesday. The proposal, backed by Gov. Jerry Brown's administration and the Obama administration, calls for habitat restoration and the construction of two enormous tunnels to divert water from the Sacramento River and carry it under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to southbound pumps. Water users, including San Joaquin Valley irrigation districts and urban agencies in Southern California and the Bay Area, would bear roughly two-thirds of the cost, with the rest coming from federal and state sources.
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