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February 13, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Money worries are killing romance right when we need it, on Valentine's Day. The holiday means pricey dinners and sparkly gifts, an outlay of cash -- and added financial stress -- for many Americans. For those wanting to add some romantic sizzle, money worries are a cold shower. PHOTOS: For Valentine's Day, monogamous animals A recent survey shows money-related stress may be snuffing out sexual desire.  A majority of Americans surveyed in the Harris poll, conducted for financial data company Yodlee , thought about money more often than sex -- 62% of those 18 and older.
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SCIENCE
February 11, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Teenagers in America report they are just as stressed out as adults, according to a new study by the American Psychological Assn. And during the school year, many teens report even higher stress levels than adults. In an online survey of 1,018 teens and 1,950 adults conducted in August, the average stress level reported by teens during the school year was 5.8 on a 10-point scale where 1 is least stressed and 10 is most stressed. Adults reported an average stress level of 5.1.  Teens were a bit more relaxed in the summer, though, when their reported stress level fell to 4.1. "We assumed that teens experience stress, but what was surprising was that it was so high compared to adults," said Norman Anderson, chief executive of the APA. "In adulthood there are work pressures, family pressures and economic pressures, but adolescents still reported higher levels of stress.
NATIONAL
February 7, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Keen not to let a rare legislative accomplishment go unnoticed, President Obama jetted to an agricultural research hub here Friday to sign into law a long-delayed farm bill and tout the importance of rural America to the economy. In a brief trip to Michigan State University, Obama cited the bill as a victory for his economic agenda and a hopeful sign he could "break the cycle of short-sighted, crisis-driven, partisan decision-making. " His message, however, was undermined by the release of a weak jobs report and a snub from Republican lawmakers who were invited to the unusual outside-Washington signing ceremony but did not attend.
FOOD
January 31, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Have you ever had dinner guests ring the doorbell early and catch you frantically vacuuming the living room or furiously deboning anchovies at the sink? Or what about when half the party calls from the freeway, stuck in traffic, to confess that they're going to be very, very late? For the last couple of months, I've pretty much scratched the dinner party (except for near neighbors) in favor of the relaxed Sunday lunch. With traffic the way it is in L.A., I don't have to worry that people are spending an hour and a half or even two driving across town on a Friday or Saturday night.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton
Nearly half of California households are in chronic financial stress and have little to no savings for emergencies, according to a report Thursday. The study by the Corporation for Enterprise Development paints a generally dreary picture of the financial situation of low- and middle-income people -- and even many above-average wage earners -- throughout the state. Based on various measures of overall financial well-being, California ranks 34th among the 50 states, according to the study.
HEALTH
January 24, 2014 | By Alene Dawson
In this hyper-fast, crazy-overscheduled, stress-inducing, 24/7 plugged-in reality, baths seem indulgent, even quaint, conjuring images of 19th century paintings of women with their hair swirled high atop their heads in old-timey tubs pouring pails of heated water about them. But a bath may be just what the doctor ordered. "America is a fast-moving society. We have fewer holidays and vacation time than, for example, Europe, and because of technology we're always on the clock," says Ole Henriksen, owner of the eponymous skin care line and West Hollywood spa where he incorporates Japanese bathing rituals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2014 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO - With the state's finances in the black and a probable reelection bid to come, Gov. Jerry Brown's State of the State address Wednesday is expected to hew to a familiar theme: Stay the course. As with the budget blueprint that Brown introduced recently, his address to a joint session of the Legislature is likely to highlight the state's improving financial health and his accomplishments of the last three years. "That's his reelection message: progress," predicted Bill Whalen, a fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution who was a speechwriter for former Republican Gov. Pete Wilson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2014 | By Eryn Brown
California has now confirmed 45 deaths from influenza this season, health officials have reported - an increase of 38 since the end of last week and further indication that this year's flu may be especially severe. "The great majority" of the newly confirmed patients who died had not received an influenza vaccine, said state epidemiologist Dr. Gil Chavez during a phone call with reporters Friday. Two of the new deaths occurred in children, and the state is investigating an additional 50 suspected flu fatalities, reported recently by counties, that "are likely to be confirmed by next week," Chavez added.
SPORTS
January 10, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday is out indefinitely after it was determined he had a stress fracture in his right tibia, the team announced Friday. The fifth-year veteran out of UCLA and North Hollywood Campbell Hall High is averaging 14.3 points, 7.9 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 33.6 minutes a game this season. Second-year guard Brian Roberts is expected to start at point guard for the Pelicans. The 6-foot-4 Holiday had a poor shooting effort Wednesday in a 102-96 loss at home to the Washington Wizards, making only three of 11 shots for eight points.
BUSINESS
January 7, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
If your New Year's resolution is to change jobs this year, consider this ranking of least-stressful jobs. In a a new ranking for 2014, CareerCast.com looked at 200 careers and weighed all sorts of factors that contribute to worker stress: travel (lots of travel increases stress), meeting the public (introverts, beware), and whether a job puts your life or that of others at risk (a no-brainer).  Other factors included deadlines, environmental conditions and physical demands. The careers website cautioned that there are no stress-free jobs -- every occupation has its own challenges, but nonetheless here are the top 10 least-stressful jobs: 10. Drill press operator 9. Multimedia artist 8. Librarian 7. Medical records technician 6. Dietitian 5. Seamstress or tailor 4. Tenured university professor 3. Jeweler 2. Hair stylist 1. Audiologist, which d iagnoses and treats hearing problems.
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