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August 22, 2011 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Now that most airlines charge up to $45 to check a bag, air travelers worry about stuffing as much as possible into one bag without exceeding the 50-pound weight limit. Bags that exceed the 50-pound limit incur an additional fee of up to $100. But how accurate are the scales used by the airlines? That depends on the airport. The latest inspection report from the Los Angeles County Weights and Measures Bureau found that 86% of the scales tested at Los Angeles International Airport were accurate to within one-tenth of a pound.
April 27, 2014 | Christi Parsons, David Cloud
The U.S. and Philippine governments have worked out a new defense cooperation agreement that opens the way for the first large-scale return of American military forces to the island nation since their eviction at the end of the Cold War, according to the White House. A day before Obama is scheduled to arrive in Manila, advisors to the president said Sunday that the two sides had worked out a 10-year deal that will allow U.S. troops, warships and aircraft joint use of Philippine military and training bases on a rotational basis.
September 26, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Love her or hate her, Rihanna doesn't seem to want a respite from her omnipresence on the pop charts. Though her previous album, “Talk That Talk,” was released less than a year ago, she's already moved on and started drafting her next record. On Wednesday, the singer issued “Diamonds,” the lead single from what's expected to be her seventh album in as many years. (Listen to the track below.) “Diamonds” trades in the thumping, heavy-duty backbeats of recent singles “Where Have You Been” and “We Found Love” for something more scaled down.
April 15, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - Since it was founded 12 years ago, the Tribeca Film Festival has sometimes swerved between identities like a barfly at happy hour, exuberant but hardly always clear. The festival looks to change that this time around. Tribeca has entered an era in which it hopes the sale last month of a 50% stake to James Dolan's Madison Square Garden Corp. gives it economic stability. It also believes it has finally found a mix of eclectic documentaries, international favorites, well-chosen independent features and even digital experiments to supplant earlier missions, which relied on a kitchen-sink approach to U.S. features or, for a number of years, star-heavy studio premieres.
March 14, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos
A pre-spring heat wave has crawled over to the East Coast, acting like a weight on a scale and leaving the West with cooler temperatures than normal. The Baltimore Sun reported near-record highs for the date Wednesday, kicking the day off at 61 degrees and reaching 73 degrees by noon -- 10 degrees shy of the city's record high of 83, set in 2007. Seattle, on the other hand, saw snow flurries Tuesday and Wednesday morning, with the National Weather Service predicting that city's high Wednesday at only 44 degrees . “When the East Coast is experiencing a heat wave, the West Coast gets colder,” Rich Thompson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Los Angeles office, said in an interview.
April 1, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The new Star Wars' models take shape at Star Wars Miniland renders epic battles, iconic cityscapes and massive machines in an intimate 1:20 scale at Legoland California . The new Star Wars attraction, which opened Thursday at the Carlsbad kiddie park, utilized 1.5 million Lego bricks to build a visual timeline stretching from the first film in the series to the latest television cartoons based on the space fantasy, bridging...
February 15, 1996 | From Times staff and wire reports
A shark without jaws? Scientists say they have found the oldest known trace of a shark--scales from an ancestor so early that it may not have evolved true jaws yet. The finding would set another record if the ancestor actually did have jaws. In that case, the shark scales would also be the oldest known trace of a jawed fish. Researchers found the scales in a sandstone formation about 30 miles southwest of Colorado Springs.
May 29, 1988 | United Press International
A girl who weighed just 15 1/2 ounces when she was born 17 weeks prematurely four months ago weighed in at just under 4 pounds Friday, the day she would have been born had she gone full term. Ashley Cunningham, daughter of Deborah Cunningham of Coon Rapids, is expected to be able to go home in about two weeks, said Dr. Ronald Hoekstra, a neonatologist at Children's Medical Center in Minneapolis.
August 6, 2006 | Steve Harvey
Worst -- alibi -- of -- the - week honors go to the guy who was arrested at Long Beach Airport after flunking the security screening. The Beachcomber newspaper said his luggage contained some scales, "which he said were used to determine postage." What he couldn't explain were the 3 pounds of methamphetamines and a pipe found with his scales. Second-worst alibi: In Claremont, a woman was pulled over by police when a check of her license plate indicated her car was stolen.
November 24, 2009 | By Richard Marosi
Driving into Mexico has been a largely hassle-free experience for decades: There were few customs inspectors, even fewer gates, and for most border crossers, no questions asked. That's about to change. The Mexican government is modernizing its ports of entry along the border, including its biggest crossing in Tijuana. The new infrastructure -- which includes gates, cameras and vehicle scales -- is meant to help curtail the flow of drug money and weapons to Mexican organized crime groups.
April 15, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
There's something delightfully strange and counterintuitive about the way time operates in the opening chapters of Michael Lewis' new book, "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt. " Lewis describes a new kind of Wall Street gold rush. In the entirely automated, pre- and post-crash stock market of the first two decades of the 21st century, human traders have become superfluous. Stocks are bought and sold inside computers, and a new brand of high-frequency trader is making a fortune thanks to a precious new commodity - speed.
April 5, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Gregory Kelly is a small-scale historian who is out to memorialize big-time Southern California landmarks, one by one. There's the miniature Watts Towers, an elaborate depiction of Newport Beach's Balboa Pavilion and a proportionally correct model of Silver Lake's Music Box Steps - all tucked in Kelly's crowded Tustin hobby shop. Not bad for a man who had never even built a plastic model airplane before deciding at age 20 to open his own shop in a building owned by his father.
April 4, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry signaled Friday that he may scale back his intense effort to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace in view of the two sides' “unhelpful actions” in recent days. With the parties at an impasse, Kerry said it was “reality-check time” because "there are limits to the amount of time and effort that the United States can spend if the parties themselves are unwilling to take constructive steps in order to be able to move forward.” Though neither side has called off the talks, “we are not going to sit there indefinitely,” Kerry said during a news conference in Morocco, where he stopped at the end of a weeklong trip to the Middle East and Europe.
March 29, 2014 | Steve Chawkins
When Sean "Stanley" Leary's friends heard he'd gone missing in Utah's Zion National Park, they drove hundreds of miles to help. Leary was well-known in the tight-knit world of mountain adventurers. At Yosemite National Park, he was an old hand, with more than 50 ascents of El Capitan under his belt - including a record-setting 2 1/2-hour scramble up a 2,900-foot wall that demands several days from seasoned climbers. He explored new routes up peaks in the Arctic and in Antarctica and was an ardent BASE jumper - an adventure enthusiast who leaps off mountains and other high places.
March 26, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
The Santa Monica City Council this week launched an effort to close all or part of the city's airport after July 2015 - a move that could result in years of additional court battles with the federal government. Council members voted 6 to 0 late Tuesday to develop and evaluate a strategy to scale back flight operations, cut the 5,000-foot runway by 2,000 feet and reduce aviation-related services, such as fuel sales and flight schools. The decision also calls for the city to consider converting airport land to low-impact non-aviation uses.
March 26, 2014 | By Mark Butler
After nearly 38 years working for the National Park Service, I hung up my "flat hat" this month and retired as superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park. That means I can now speak out against pending proposals with the potential to harm our country's most spectacular national parks in the California desert. My experience in the National Park System began right out of high school, when I spent a season patrolling the mountainous trails of Yosemite National Park's backcountry as a wilderness ranger.
December 26, 1992
There are some major differences between college and professional basketball. In the NBA, everyone chooses up sides by the same rules. Classroom attendance, literacy requirements and salary scales are basically the same for all teams. I see Jerry Tarkanian just found that out. JOHN PAUL WHITE Moreno Valley
February 14, 1986 | United Press International
A small earthquake rumbled through northern South Carolina and Georgia Thursday but caused no reported injuries or damage. The tremor registered between 2.5 and 3.5 on seismic scales from Atlanta to Colorado.
March 22, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
The season-opening Daytona 500 was less than an hour old when Barney Visser saw his latest $1-million NASCAR investment literally go up in smoke. Visser owns Furniture Row Racing, which fields one car - the black No. 78 Chevrolet - driven by Martin Truex Jr. in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. After weeks of preparation for the Daytona 500 and then being forced to use a backup car because of a crash in qualifying, the team saw the engine on Truex's car blow up only 31 laps into NASCAR's crown-jewel event last month.
March 11, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - Congressional efforts to shut down bailed-out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac took a significant step forward with bipartisan agreement from key senators on a plan to overhaul the housing finance system. The proposal released Tuesday would slowly shrink the companies and replace them with a scaled-back government guarantee for mortgages. Details are expected to be disclosed in the coming days. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which together own or guarantee about 60% of existing mortgages, were seized by the federal government in 2008 as they neared bankruptcy from bad loans they guaranteed during the subprime housing boom.
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