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April 8, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Less than two months after Delta Airlines revamped its loyalty rewards program, American Airlines has announced loyalty program changes that offer breaks for some travelers but cut out some freebies for others. Unlike the overhaul made at Delta, American will continue to base its rewards points on how many miles you travel. Delta's program now calculates points based on how much money you spend on air travel. The changes announced Tuesday by American attempt to more closely align the rewards rules of the carrier and US Airways, which are in the process of merging to become the world's largest airline.
April 4, 2014 | By Lily Dayton
Picture potato chips or chocolate - or any food you feel you can't resist. Chances are, your brain associates this food with a promise of happiness, says Kelly McGonigal, psychology instructor at Stanford University. But foods we have little control around act like the elusive carrot on a stick: The more we eat, the more we want. We never feel we have enough because the promise of reward is always in front of us - if only we eat one more, then another, and soon we're left with crumbs at the bottom of the bag. Yet the longing remains.
March 26, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Matt Stevens
Two rewards totaling $100,000 were offered Wednesday as Los Angeles police investigators continue searching for a hit-and-run driver who fatally struck the son of a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson, the victim's father, appealed to his neighbors to come forward with information about the crime, which occurred Dec. 27. Standing with investigators, he also called on the perpetrator to surrender, saying he and his wife are "not looking for blood. " "We are prepared to be compassionate.
March 25, 2014 | By Kate Mather, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is offering a $20,000 reward in connection with the search for an inmate who walked out of a county jail nearly two weeks ago. The board unanimously approved the reward Tuesday for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Christopher Lee Brown, a 37-year-old fugitive who escaped downtown L.A.'s Twin Towers Correctional Facility the night of  March 12. Brown was sentenced earlier that...
March 22, 2014 | By Tony Perry
A $1,000 reward is being offered for an arrest in the case of an English bulldog stolen from a pet day care facility in northern San Diego County. A man convinced workers at Dogtopia in San Marcos that the 5-month-old dog was his, the sheriff's department said. As captured on surveillance camera, the man took the dog in his arms and disappeared. In fact, the dog, named Schroeder and purchased for $4,000, belonged to a local woman. The dog had wandered away from its home. A dog-lover found the dog and took it to Dogtopia, the sheriff's department said.
March 19, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Los Angeles County is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who shot 19-year-old Sidney Wallace to death a year ago. Wallace, a resident of Los Angeles, and two others were shot about 9:15 p.m. March 28, 2013, as they were standing at a parking lot adjacent to an apartment complex in the 200 block of East Hill Street in the South Wrigley area of Long Beach. Police found Wallace with multiple gunshot wounds in the upper body. He was pronounced dead at scene by fire paramedics.
March 16, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
Wichita State wrapped its perfect 34-0 season on March 9 only a few hours after UCLA mailed in one of the worst performances in program history - an 18-point defeat at lowly Washington State the previous night. You never could have imagined then that UCLA would end up packing flip-flops and baggy NCAA shorts for San Diego. Or, that Wichita State would get pickle-jar stuffed into the "group of death" region, with one of the "easier" games a possible first-weekend matchup against Kentucky.
March 10, 2014 | By Catharine Hamm
Question: US Airways informed me I have to pay $9 to keep my miles or they will disappear. I question the legality of this in California. Gift cards aren't allowed to expire (at least, in California). Aren't these the same thing? It really is just a cheesy, cheap way to get more money flowing in, as most customers who honestly earned their miles will slam the receiver down in frustration because the number to call is perpetually busy and then disconnects you. Those customers will chalk it up to another experience in the business of America today - and lose their miles.
March 7, 2014 | By Chuck Graham
My wife and I were in need of a bit of tranquillity in October, so we headed to the Mendocino Coast in Northern California for a weekend of standup paddle boarding. The coast's rugged beauty, flat-water rivers and scenic headlands honeycombed with sea caves and archways make it ideal for paddling on your own or on a guided tour with Standup Paddle Mendocino (Van Damme Beach State Park, Little River, Calif.; [707] 937-0700, . Guided tours $60 to $75)
March 6, 2014 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Everyone dislikes some kind of music, but are there people out there who don't respond to musical pathos? Apparently, yes, and they weren't lying when they said so, according to a study published online Thursday in Current Biology. A team of researchers from Spain and Canada was trying to develop an accurate questionnaire to gauge people's sense of reward from music when they found that roughly 5% of their study subjects reported getting no pleasure at all from music. So they followed up by testing 30 subjects, grouped by their relative affinity for music.
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