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HEALTH
May 11, 2013 | Roy Wallack, Gear
"How do I make this old bike go faster?" That refrain, heard frequently among the teeming masses riding from downtown to the beach in last month's CicLAvia and sure to be repeated again at the next one on June 23, has one obvious answer (work out more, dude) and three not-so-obvious ones: Oil the chain, adjust the seat to the proper height (so there's a slight bend in your knee at the bottom of the pedal stroke) and get some "clip-in" cycling shoes and pedals. Snapped into matching pedals via a step-in cleat you attach to a port on the bottom, clip-in shoes include a stiff sole and the ability to pull up as well as push down, thereby providing a huge mechanical advantage that transfers more of your energy into the crank.
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TRAVEL
April 21, 2013 | By Julia Flynn Siler
HONOLULU - He's known as the Woody Guthrie of Hawaiian music, a virtuoso ukulele player who's helped to introduce new generations to music that might otherwise be lost. But on the autumn morning I met up with Eddie Kamae, few people seemed to recognize the octogenarian wearing Levis and a blue work shirt. It was just after 9 a.m., and Eddie was eating a bowl of vanilla ice cream at the Wailana Coffee House in Waikiki. He had risen before sunrise to pray, read the paper and watch the sky lighten from the nearby apartment building where he and his wife, Myrna, have lived for nearly half a century.
NATIONAL
March 20, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun and David Zucchino
HAWTHORNE, Nev. -- As investigators continued Wednesday to probe the cause of an explosion that killed seven Marines during a training exercise here, residents in this remote military town mourned the loss of service personnel who are part of their “military family.” “It's unusually quiet around here,” said Glenn Carns, general manager of El Capitan Lodge & Casino. “We've lost seven members of our military family who were helping defend our country. It's the same as if they had died in battle.” Late Monday night, 60-millimeter mortar round exploded at the Hawthorne Army Depot outside Reno, killing seven Marines and injuring seven Marines and one sailor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - The Republican Party has become so pathetic in California that it can't even find a candidate to run for governor next year. Correct that. It isn't even looking. Wouldn't know where to begin. The party's in no position to recruit anyway. It has little to offer. Certainly not a brand name, not in a state where the GOP steadily has been losing market share. Definitely not money. The party's deep in debt. Actually, neither major party historically has had to recruit top-of-ticket candidates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2013 | By Seema Mehta and Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti remain locked in a tight fundraising battle, with the front-runners in Los Angeles' mayoral contest each raising just under a half-million dollars in recent weeks and both showing ample cash reserves to wage a vigorous effort in the closing days of the primary campaign, according to disclosure reports filed with the City Ethics Commission on Thursday. Greuel has a razor-blade edge - the city controller raised $473,582 and spent more than $1.7 million in the latest reporting period between Jan. 20 and Feb. 16. She enters the final days before the March 5 contest with nearly $1.7 million cash on hand, according to the reports.
WORLD
February 13, 2013 | David S. Cloud
The Pentagon will withdraw about half the 66,000 U.S. troops now in Afghanistan over the coming year, a steep reduction that reflects President Obama's determination to end America's role in the 11-year-old conflict. In his State of the Union address, Obama said 34,000 Americans would be brought home over the next 12 months, and further reductions will continue through the end of 2014, when all U.S. and other foreign troops are scheduled to leave. "American troops will come home from Afghanistan," Obama said.
NEWS
February 5, 2013 | By Christi Parsons and Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Tuesday called on Congress to come up with short-term spending cuts and revenue increases that would stave off more drastic cuts set to take effect in March. In a brief appearance in the White House briefing room, Obama asked lawmakers to come up with a quick fix that would postpone the automatic cuts and their "devastating" effects on the economy. The economy is in recovery, Obama said, but that won't continue if there are “self-inflicted wounds” caused by elected officials.  The economy shouldn't be at risk “just because folks in Washington couldn't come together to eliminate a few special-interest tax loopholes or government programs that we agreed need some reform,” he said.
BUSINESS
February 5, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Windows 8 debuted last year, but it'll truly arrive Saturday with the release of the Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro tablet. The Surface Pro is the first Microsoft-branded device capable of running a full version of the company's Windows 8 Pro operating system. And although it comes in the shape of a tablet, the little device has the power of a full-size desktop. [Update 2:00 p.m. Feb. 6: An earlier version of this post said the Surface Pro goes on sale Friday. ]
NATIONAL
January 23, 2013 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
- Stepping up their austerity campaign, House Republicans plan to demand far deeper spending cuts from President Obama to balance the federal budget in just 10 years, an extraordinary goal that would hit Medicare and other safety-net programs. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), confronted with a more conservative Republican majority, agreed to the dramatic initiative to coax reluctant rank-and-file lawmakers Wednesday to approve a temporary suspension of the $16.4-trillion debt limit without any cuts in spending.
BUSINESS
January 21, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Domestic airfares have been climbing steadily since 2009, and there was no letup last year. But the uptick in ticket prices was not as steep as in the last few years. Domestic airfares increased 4.2% in 2012 compared with the previous year to an average of $427 per ticket, according to Airlines Reporting Corp., an Arlington, Va., company that completes the financial transactions between 16,000 travel agents and 187 airlines. The good news is that the fare increases have been shrinking.
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