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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2013 | By Scott Gold
SANTA YNEZ, Calif. - The Chumash Indians, first seen by explorers along the California coast in the fall of 1542, did not have running water on their tiny, sickle-shaped reservation until the 1960s. Over time, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians clawed its way to sustainability, and more. The tribe harnessed Depression-era laws of self-governance, state and federal gambling initiatives. A casino opened in 2003. Healthcare is paid for. The tribe foots the bill for any recognized descendant who wants to go to college.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
When it comes to theme parks, the Walt Disney Co. could have a new No. 2 - Shanghai Disney Resort. Speaking at the UBS 41st annual Global Media and Communications Conference on Tuesday, Chief Financial Officer Jay Rasulo said that Disney's forthcoming park and resort in Shanghai could become “the second largest Disney destination in the world” behind the Walt Disney World Resort in the Orlando, Fla., area. PHOTOS: Billion-dollar movie club According to the Themed Entertainment Assn., which ranks theme parks worldwide by attendance,  17.5 million people visited Disney's Magic Kingdom property in Orlando last year - good for the highest attendance of any amusement park in the world.
TRAVEL
December 6, 2013 | By Christopher Reynolds
SOCHI, Russia - The chance snow report. Ticket sales. Train times. Terrorist threats. Construction problems. Civil rights. In this Olympic winter, there's plenty to talk about here. But if your host is translator and guide Anna Trotsenko, those topics probably aren't where the conversation is going to begin. "We're not Istanbul," Trotsenko said earlier this year, leading me through the heart of the town of Sochi. "We are not St. Petersburg. We are not Moscow. ... We are just a small resort city that is not very old. ... A very special city.
TRAVEL
November 30, 2013
The Majestic Colonial Punta Cana is truly majestic. This all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic has something for everyone, but upgrade to the adults-only section and you will not be disappointed. With the upgrade you have an assigned butler 24/7 as well as two private swimming pools with Bali beds and numerous restaurant choices. The grounds are immaculate, and every employee has a smile. Majestic Colonial Punta Cana, Playa Bavaro, Punta Cana; (809) 221-9898, http://www.majestic-resorts.com Lynette Baker Santa Barbara
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Robert J. Lopez
Snow levels dropped across the Southland on Friday, transforming some the higher elevations into a winter wonderland. Weather officials on Friday said they've had reports of snow as low as 3,800 feet and are expecting the snow level to drop even lower.  "We've had reports of 3 to 4 inches at elevations above 5,000 feet and we've also had a report of snow as low as 3,800 feet as early as 7:30 a.m. this morning," said meteorologist Scott Sukup...
HEALTH
November 22, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
The contestants on "The Biggest Loser" are just that - players in a reality show game who are subjected to harsh workouts, screeching coaches and weigh-ins on national television. The role is not for everyone, not even for everyone desperate to lose weight. There is, however, the possibility of an alternative performance; we'll call it "Biggest Loser" lite. The setting? The hills above Malibu. The Biggest Loser Resort is definitely a resort, with lots of wood and glass in the main building nestled among tall evergreens, a hot tub, delicious spa food served by waiters and other amenities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2013 | By Scott Gold
AVILA BEACH, Calif. - Pretty regularly, the clouds cartwheel in from the sea and sock everybody in around here, except tiny Avila Beach. It'll be dreary up in Morro Bay and dreadful down in Pismo, but here, the hills cut through the fog and leave a little circle of sunshine. It's a microclimate, technically. But locals like to think of it as a halo. Things often seem to just happen here, whether it's a feeding frenzy of humpback whales in the bay or a nude volleyball game over at Pirate's Cove.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
Those pressed to defend John Wayne's legacy in Newport Beach are quick to point to the evidence that his name still stands strong in the seaside town: He's buried here, his old boat still bobs in the water, and the county airport is named in his memory. But Wayne's burial place remained unmarked for nearly 20 years. His boat has been sold off. And the airport has been a source of annoyance to his old neighbors for decades. Now another, smaller piece of Wayne's legacy is being erased in the city where he once lived and partied.
NEWS
October 31, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
Mammoth Mountain's opening is only a week away, as it prepares to be the first major resort in the state to welcome the new ski season. This week's storms blanketed resorts up and down the state, raising hopes for a long, snowy season. As usual, the best deals are available during November and early December. How good? Well, how does “free” grab you? See below. Here's a look at where resorts stand as the 2013-14 ski season begins: Mammoth Mountain Mammoth has begun making snow, augmenting the 10-to-12 inches that it has received this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Maurice Lyons, the chairman of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians during the construction of a sprawling casino-resort that was a $250-million gamble to pursue more of the self-sufficiency for the tribe he'd long advocated, died Wednesday. He was 63. Lyons died at his home on the Morongo Reservation, said Michael Fisher, a tribal spokesman. The cause of death was not disclosed. Lyons was elected tribal chairman in 2001 and stepped down in 2006, citing an illness that forced him to reduce his responsibilities.
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