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September 5, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Yoga veterans and wannabes, take a deep breath while taking in the view of the Pacific Ocean during a free class this month sponsored by Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. The outdoor yoga sampler marks September's National Yoga Month and provides a handy excuse to visit this ocean-front resort. The deal: Terranea has teamed up with two magazines -- LA Yoga and Find Bliss -- to offer the free yoga event as well as refreshments afterward. Those who stick around are invited to attend workout clothing company lululemon's trunk show and a book signing by yoga instructor and author Leeann Carey . Terranea invites folks to take a free yoga class at its studio in the Spa during September.
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NEWS
September 2, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
If your heat-baked brain is already contemplating ski season, you might consider a pass that's good at European ski areas as well as Colorado, Utah and California resorts. The 2013-14 Epic Season Pass from Vail Resorts recently added five free days of skiing and riding at Les 3 Vallees in France, an area that includes resorts at Courchevel, La Tania, Meribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens and Orelle. It's also good for five days at Verbier , Switzerland, and Arlberg, Austria.
TRAVEL
August 25, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Electric street lights arrived in Genoa, Nev., the state's oldest permanent settlement, around 1920, thanks to local women who organized a fundraising "candy dance. " This summer the town's historic main drag is once again illuminated by replicas of the original lampposts, which guide visitors to the attractions in this surprisingly historic town. The tab: Excluding airfare to Reno, a one-hour drive, and a rental car, a two-night visit will cost about $300. That includes lodging at the upscale 1862 David Walley's Resort Hot Springs & Spa, a casual meal for two and drinks at Nevada's oldest watering hole.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
A federal proposal to make the Sierra Nevada as comfortable as possible for some of their rarest amphibian inhabitants has stirred a backlash from business owners over the economic pain it could cause the region's recreation industry. Many opponents worry the proposal would do more to protect frogs and toads than nonnative trout - a top tourist draw in mountain resort communities where cash registers ring up purchases by vacationers, hikers and fishing enthusiasts this time of year.
SCIENCE
August 21, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
A federal proposal to make the Sierra Nevada as comfortable as possible for some of their rarest amphibian inhabitants has stirred a backlash from business owners over the economic pain it could cause the region's recreation industry. Many opponents worry the proposal would do more to protect frogs and toads than non-native trout --  a top tourist draw in mountain resort communities where cash registers ring up purchases this time of year made by vacationers, hikers and fishing enthusiasts.
NATIONAL
August 19, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
SEATTLE - Firefighters in Idaho continued to combat a 100,000-acre blaze Monday near the state's popular mountain resort areas as officials warned that the fire was likely to continue to grow. More than 1,100 firefighters are on the ground and in the air fighting the Beaver Creek fire, which has reached just over 104,000 acres with 8% containment, fire officials said. The lightning-caused fire started Aug. 7 near Hailey, in the central part of the state. Fire crews are watching for spot fires near the Highway 75 corridor around Hailey and nearby Ketchum, and will be dropping retardant on the northern portion of the fire and in southern parts of Ketchum, areas that officials said have become a focal point in battling the fire.  In recent days, crews have also been on the ground in areas with homes, clearing possible fuel for the fire and taking other precautions to help protect residences in Ketchum, Hailey and the area around the resort community of Sun Valley.
NATIONAL
August 18, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
As wildfires burn through several pockets of Idaho, the resort area near Sun Valley frequented by celebrities and the ultra-rich has become the latest front line, fire officials said. On Sunday, officials said more crews were being directed to the Beaver Creek fire in the central part of the state, which has grown to just over 100,000 acres with 9% containment. Authorities issued a red-flag warning of higher temperatures and gusty winds on Sunday, with more than 1,000 firefighters  at work on the ground and in the air beating back the blaze.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2013 | By Michael Phillips
Keri Russell, she of "Felicity" and "Waitress" and many others, is such a winning actress, even in a flat soda of a comedy like "Austenland," she's in there, doing all she can to carbonate things. Against type, she plays the insecure thirtysomething Jane, an utter freak for all things Jane Austen. Her "I HEART MR. DARCY" T-shirt says it all. Rashly, she blows her live savings on a getaway English vacation with a difference: The resort she chooses, run by a fearsome witch played by Jane Seymour, is a Club Med for the frills-and-bonnets set, designed to ravish the senses and satisfy the literary fantasies of female Austen fans from all over, allowing the guests to dress the part.
NATIONAL
August 12, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Officials on Monday were dealing with the aftermath of an overnight sinkhole at a resort near Disney World that partially swallowed one residential villa and forced guests to flee for their lives. None of the guests reported injuries late Sunday night, but Summer Bay Resort in Clermont, Fla., offered a dramatic sight come daylight: A guest villa partially crumbled into a sinkhole about 60 feet in diameter and 15 feet deep. "First it was just cracking. Then it was just boom. It was done," Nael Said, of Milwaukee, who was staying in the unit next door, told the Orlando Sentinel . At a Monday news conference, resort president Paul Caldwell said a guest alerted the resort's security team to a possible problem around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, after a window mysteriously blew out. While the security officer was at the scene, another window then blew out, and officials decided to quickly clear the building, Caldwell said.
BUSINESS
August 8, 2013 | By Alejandro Lazo
The nation's top housing finance regulator threatened to choke off mortgage lending in cities that use eminent domain to seize underwater loans from lenders. The salvo from the Federal Housing Finance Agency came Thursday, on the heels of a lawsuit directed by major Wall Street firms and U.S.-sponsored mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac against the Bay Area city of Richmond. Richmond is the first to push forward with the plan, also being debated in cities across the state and nation.
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