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March 30, 2014
Risks and warnings The State Department continues to warn U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Ukraine and all travel to the Crimean Peninsula and eastern areas of Kharkiv, Donetsk and Lugansk due to tensions in the region. The U.S. believes that Russia is likely to continue to take further actions in the Crimean Peninsula consistent with its claim of annexation. The State Department also warns U.S. citizens to consider carefully the risks of travel to Mali, given terrorist activity there.
March 30, 2014 | By Noam N. Levey
WASHINGTON - President Obama's healthcare law, despite a rocky rollout and determined opposition from critics, already has spurred the largest expansion in health coverage in America in half a century, national surveys and enrollment data show. As the law's initial enrollment period closes, at least 9.5 million previously uninsured people have gained coverage. Some have done so through marketplaces created by the law, some through other private insurance and others through Medicaid, which has expanded under the law in about half the states.
March 25, 2014 | By Gary Klein
  Tre Madden is growing accustomed to spring restarts. In 2012, he moved from linebacker to tailback during spring practice but suffered a season-ending knee injury. Last year, he tested the knee during spring while readying for a breakout fall performance. Madden rushed for more than 100 yards in four of USC's first five games before a hamstring injury slowed or sidelined him in the final nine. On Tuesday, the junior from Aliso Viejo continued to show that the problems are behind him. He shared most of the first-team reps with Javorius Allen as the Trojans returned from a one-week break and went through another 120-play workout in Coach Steve Sarkisian's fast-paced, no-huddle offense.
March 25, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
They love you, they hate you, they can't get enough of you. Baseball fans? Yeah, sure, but now we're talking actual baseball players. ESPN has released the results of a survey of 143 major leaguers and there were Dodgers all over it. The good, the bad and the unavoidable. Questions went all over the place, but the ones that elicited Dodgers in the answers are listed below: If you could have any player in MLB for the next three years, who would it be? 1. Mike Trout, Angels: 45%; 2. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers: 25%; 3. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: 9%. Wondering where Yasiel Puig is?
March 21, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Money habits are setting the millennial generation apart from older Americans, including the fact that fewer of them are affiliated with traditional banks. The findings come from a survey of more than 25,000 adults aged 18 and older by the Washington-based FINRA Financial Investor Education Foundation. The survey has an estimated margin of error of 0.5%. "Making up nearly a third of the population, millennials are a significant force in the U.S. economy," the survey said. About 12% of the generation born between 1978 and 1994 say they don't use the banking system, which is "more than any other generation, including GenX," the survey said.
March 19, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
About a quarter of UC students, faculty and staff reported that they had experienced some exclusionary, intimidating or offensive situations on campus and 9% said those incidents had interfered with their ability to study or work, according to a survey released by the university system Wednesday. Those results in the long-awaited Campus Climate survey elicited mixed responses from leaders of the 10-campus UC system. They said they were pleased that 73% of UC undergraduates reported feeling comfortable or very comfortable in their classes and just about 6% said they felt uncomfortable.
March 15, 2014 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times art critic
Artist Robert Heinecken (1931-2006) is best-known for cleverly manipulating found photographs plucked from mass media, which meant to undermine their authority in America's exploding image-culture. He's not included among the 36 artists in the historical group exhibition "Take It or Leave It" currently at the UCLA Hammer Museum, but he probably should be. A self-styled "para-photographer," Heinecken made pictures that crossed appropriation art with institutional critique, the Hammer show's theme.
March 13, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Californians aren't depending quite as heavily on cars for commutes and errands as they did a decade ago, according to a new survey by Caltrans. Although driving is still by far the most dominant mode of transportation across the state, accounting for about three-quarters of daily trips, researchers say a decrease in car usage and a rise in walking, biking and taking transit indicate that Californians' daily habits could be slowly changing....
March 10, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
The amount Americans tip on restaurant bills appears to be declining compared with five years ago, a new survey found. The online poll of about 2,600 men and women in the U.S. found that a majority of Americans tip their food servers less than 20% and that one in 10 tip nothing at all. Nearly 60% of those who said they tip less than 20% said the reason was that they "couldn't afford to on top of the cost of a meal," the survey reported....
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