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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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 8, 2013 | By Jay Jones
There's a new entry in the ever-evolving hotel scene in Hawaii, and it has a desirable oceanfront location in posh south Maui. The Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa becomes the 10th property to bear Hyatt's intimate Andaz brand and the first at a resort destination. After passing over an entry footbridge spanning an infinity pool, guests are invited to slip off their shoes and wiggle their toes in a sandpit that's right in the lobby. Tablet-carrying hosts eliminate the need for the traditional check-in desk.  Lodging choices include 297 guest rooms and suites, including seven luxurious villas boasting two to four bedrooms each.
September 27, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa near Palm Springs is discounting rooms by 20% for those who visit at least two nights through the end of the year. Fall and winter are the best times to see California's deserts - and you might even decide to plan a holiday stay. The deal: The Autumn Sale discounts room rates by 20% for two nights and 30% for three nights or more. Use the code "AHSALE" when making a reservation online or by phone. The hotel has 530 nonsmoking rooms, all with balconies or patios.
September 16, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Turtle Bay Resort, the premier hotel along Oahu's North Shore, is nearing completion of a redo of its guest accommodations. All 410 rooms in the main tower of Turtle Bay Resort are getting makeovers -- many are already done -- and completion of the multimillion-dollar project is expected this fall. Guests will find new bedding, fixtures and furnishings in the rooms and remodeled bathrooms that feature walk-in showers as well as new tile and new vanities. Room rates at Turtle Bay Resort vary by date and room style.
September 15, 2013 | By Howard Blume
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan toned down his recent criticism of California in an interview with The Times, calling his previous threat to withhold federal funding from the state over a new plan to test students a "last resort. " "We want to be flexible, we want to be thoughtful," Duncan said. "We don't want to be stuck. There are lots of different things happening across the country. I don't want to be too hard and fast on any one of these things because I have not gone through every detail, every permutation.
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