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November 19, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Uber is now accepting Paypal. The popular ride service app announced on its blog that it will accept PayPal as a form of payment in the United States, Germany, Italy, France and the Netherlands. "One of the most important things we've learned: While we Americans charge our credit cards with abandon, not everyone does," the company said. Uber is rolling out a limited-time discount to celebrate the news: Through Nov. 28, customers can get $15 off their next ride when they pay with PayPal.
April 27, 2014 | By Veronica Rocha
A cyclist whose right leg was partially amputated after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver near Griffith Park last year said he has a new mission in life. Damian Kevitt was left wounded, but he remains resilient as he works to shed light on a traffic-safety issue plaguing several Los Angeles County cities - hit-and-run collisions. "It's not only about me. An entire city is starting to galvanize around the idea that it's unacceptable to hit and run," he told Times Community News.
August 17, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald
Holiday World in Santa Claus, Ind., may be the only place on Earth where you can celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween and the Fourth of July all in a single day. Photos: Top 10 Holiday World rides and attractions The family-owned theme park prides itself on its collection of record-setting rides and an award-winning water park that's included with the price of admission. In 1946, park founder Louis Koch opened Santa Claus Land in this small Indiana town to pay tribute to the town's namesake elf. The self-proclaimed “world's first theme park” featured a train, a toy shop, a few kiddie rides and, of course, daily visits by Santa Claus.
April 24, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before figuring out what to delete from my DVR. The Skinny: The Redskins 2014 schedule came out Wednesday. For the next 4-1/2 months, I can look at it and dream of a 14-2 season. Come September, reality will set in. Thursday's headlines include William Hurt pulling out of the movie "Midnight Rider" and concerns about the FCC's plans for new net neutrality rules . Also, John Oliver gets ready to launch his new HBO show. Daily Dose: A memorial for Lucy Hood, the president of the Television Academy who died this month of cancer, will be held Friday at 4 p.m. at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre at the Academy's North Hollywood headquarters.
July 6, 2013
Re "It's a win-win situation, unless you're a cabbie," June 30 The rapid emergence of services like Lyft demonstrates what is to be gained by reducing the barriers public authority erects around transit. Calls for legal steps to shut out innovators always come from the largest firms. They have the highest fleet coordination costs and stand to lose the most. Think how much new service private buses could provide if we opened the market to providers that depended on attracting fares instead of taxes.
November 8, 2010 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
In compiling my top 10 list for Legoland California , I tried to combine must-see attractions with  one-of-a-kind rides you can’t find anywhere else. Photo Gallery : View the Top 10 Legoland California rides and attractions Legoland perfectly hits its demographic of minivan-driving soccer moms and their stroller-bound charges and 'tween siblings. The pink-knuckle rides offer a tiny dose of mild thrills for the littlest kids, who are often underserved at typical theme parks . That said, the Carlsbad kiddie park features a disappointingly high number of attractions that parents can't ride with their kids.
February 5, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
The scooter market is an increasingly crowded and competitive segment of the U.S. motorcycle business. Going after the urban commuter dollar are everything from inexpensive rides like the Kymco Like to high-powered freeway fliers like the Suzuki Burgman to super deluxe $10,000 models like the Vespa 946. Honda is splitting the difference and aiming for the middle of the target with its 2014 Forza. LANE-SPLITTING CONTROVERSY: Guidelines from the CHP   Sharing some genetic material with Honda's earlier Helix and Reflex scooter lines, the Forza is a sleek, smart-looking 300cc unit that features smooth power, a liquid-cooled and fuel-injected engine, an optional anti-lock ABS braking system and capacious storage.
July 19, 2009
WASHINGTON STATE Magical trail ride We just returned from Orcas Island, Wash., and discovered a magical private trail horseback ride. Trails wind through lush forest and down to the beach. Rides are tailored to groups. Turtlehead Farm, 231 Lime Quarry Road, Eastsound 98245; (360) 376-3649, Rides from $55/hour. Debbie Fawcett Seal Beach
March 28, 2012 | By Carla Hall
It's a relief to animal welfare advocates -- and elephants, no doubt -- that the board of the Orange County Fair voted last week to end the 25-year tradition of elephant rides at the annual event.  The Santa Ana Zoo announced in December that it too would halt elephant rides, which have nearly vanished as entertainment at institutions accredited by the Assn. of Zoos and Aquariums.  The Los Angeles County Fair was urged last year by animal welfare advocates -- and this paper's editorial page -- to stop elephant rides, although fair officials continued the attraction anyway.
January 17, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Dreamland Margate in England plans to reopen in 2013 as the world's first amusement park dedicated to last-of-a-kind historic thrill rides, including one of the world's oldest roller coasters. Located about 75 miles east of London, the waterfront amusement park hopes to attract 350,000 visitors annually with a collection of vintage rides that include a whip, caterpillar, haunted swing, fun house and shoot-the-chute water ride. PHOTOS: Dreamland Margate heritage amusement park in England Dating to 1863 as a dance hall, the seaside location that would become Dreamland Margate eventually added a circus menagerie, pleasure gardens and amusement rides.
April 24, 2014 | By Brady MacDonald
Don't get your hopes up, Marvel fans. The new Iron Man ride coming to Hong Kong Disneyland in 2016 won't be easily replicated at other Disney theme parks around the world. PHOTOS: Iron Man Experience at Hong Kong Disneyland The $100-million Iron Man Experience will be similar to Star Tours, a simulator ride based on another of Disney's tent-pole properties: Star Wars. Recent updates to the Star Tours attractions at Disneyland in California and Tokyo Disneyland in Japan mean Tony Stark won't be replacing Darth Vader anytime soon.
April 22, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Free rides to and from the airport are hard enough to come by, let alone free rides on demand. Taxi Magic is changing that for customers who use its mobile app to hail a cab in the Los Angeles area this week. Here's how it works: Download the Taxi Magic app (if you haven't already) or sign in to your existing account. Enter the promotion code "TAXIBACK," and you'll receive a $15 credit for your next cab ride. (For those who haven't used it, you pay for fares using the app too.)
April 20, 2014
One of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act that President Obama often touts is the limit it places on medical bills: no more than $6,350 annually per insured individual or $12,700 per family. The insurance industry's idea of an "out-of-pocket maximum," however, doesn't deliver on the promise implicit in its name, as I learned when my insurer told me I might owe half of a $54,000 ambulance bill. My coverage from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois is exempt from the new limits because it predates the ACA, but it still has annual spending caps.
April 16, 2014 | By Brady MacDonald
A long-overdue renovation of the Calico Mine Ride will introduce state-of-the-art technology to the first major Knott's Berry Farm attraction while preserving the groundbreaking work of a legendary theme park innovator. Photos: Calico Mine Ride at Knott's Berry Farm After transporting more than a million riders a year over the past half century, the 1960 Calico Mine Ride at the Buena Park theme park is undergoing a complete overhaul that will see the addition of nearly 50 animatronic figures as well as technical and structural upgrades to the seven-story manmade mountain.
April 15, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
What did they do with baby George? The official trip that brought Prince William and wife Catherine to New Zealand this month took a turn for the adventurous Sunday when the couple hopped on a jet-boat journey down the Shotover River. The jet boat ride in Queenstown on the South Island is known for dodging jagged rocks and zipping through narrow canyons during a white-water rush that lasts less than half an hour. The boat travels more than 50 mph on the fast-flowing river. The New Zealand Herald reports that the boat carrying the royal couple shot up the river, made a 180-degree turn for the cameras, and then disappeared into the canyon.
April 12, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Philomena Starz/Anchor Bay, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.99 Available on VOD beginning April 15 One of last year's most heartening box-office success stories, this British melodrama had more financial success and drew more awards attention than one might've expected for a midbudget tear-jerker about a woman trying to find the son she was forced to give up in Ireland in the 1950s. Credit Judi Dench's lead performance as Philomena Lee, a proud woman who's spent decades dealing with the sense of shame she felt as a young unwed mother.
December 9, 2012 | By Charles Fleming
The latest creation from American motorcycle designer and entrepreneur Erik Buell was on display at this weekend's Progressive International Motorcycle Show, and -- it's a stunner. The EBR 1190RS competition race bike retails for $39,999 and up -- at the high end for the new 2013 models on display at the Long Beach show. The 1190RS is a massively powerful, massively fast bike -- 175 horsepower and only 389 pounds -- showing up on some podiums around the GP circuit, under the ridership of Geoff May and Danny Eslick.
August 2, 2009
April 11, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
The latest piece in Universal Studios Hollywood's $1.6-billion expansion debuted Friday with dancing, music, speeches by dignitaries and swarms of minions. The theme park's newest attraction, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, was unveiled to the members of the news media and special guests; it opens to the public Saturday. The opening is set to take advantage of the crowds of school-age children and college students vacationing in Southern California during spring break. The ride is based on the characters of the two "Despicable Me" movies, which have grossed about $1.5 billion.
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