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January 28, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Attention single guys: do not buy that mail truck. Aside from wonky steering wheel placement and the mistrust of dogs everywhere, no vehicle on the road today is less likely to be driven by an attractive man than a mail truck, according to a recent survey by The online survey polled 2,000 licensed drivers 18 and older, and asked them the reality show-caliber question: What qualities in a vehicle were most likely to be driven by attractive members of the opposite sex?
January 27, 2014 | By Howard Blume
The nation's second-largest school district is woefully unprepared to administer new state standardized tests by computer, a survey of Los Angeles Unified schools has found. An internal district report, obtained by The Times through a California Public Records Act request, indicates that fewer than a third of Los Angeles schools said they were ready for this spring's tests, which for the first time will be given online. The survey comes amid a $1-billion effort to provide every student, teacher and administrator with an iPad or other computer.
January 27, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Economists working for U.S. businesses are more optimistic about growth this year and see little effect from the start of healthcare reform or the reduction in a key Federal Reserve stimulus program, according to survey results released Monday. More than 40% of respondents in the January survey by the National Assn. for Business Economics said they expected their firms to raise prices in the first three months of the year, the largest percentage since 2012. But despite the brighter outlook, the pace of hiring is not expected to increase, the survey said.
January 19, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
"Slim-line" seats, with thinner seat-back cushions, are increasingly popular with airlines because they weigh less and help squeeze more passengers into a plane. But the seats may not be so popular with passengers. A new survey by the travel website TripAdvisor shows that many passengers who have tried slim-line seats are not fans. In the survey of 1,391 travelers, the website found that nearly half weren't sure whether they had sat in slim-line seats. But of those who said they had tried the seats, 83% said they were less comfortable than traditional seats, 8% said the slim-line seats were more comfortable, and 9% said they couldn't tell the difference.
January 14, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Rosanna Xia and Doug Smith
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday announced an ambitious plan to tackle earthquake safety, including a new effort to strengthen vulnerable buildings. Marking the 20th anniversary of the destructive Northridge earthquake, Garcetti said Los Angeles would for the first time partner with the U.S. Geological Survey to better protect private buildings as well as telecommunications and water supplies during a major temblor. The move comes as the City Council is considering several seismic safety initiatives, including creating inventories of potentially dangerous concrete and wooden apartment buildings.
January 13, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- About 17% of workers expect to be laid off in the coming year, according to results of a newly launched consumer survey from the Federal Reserve. The figure for December was down from about 18% the previous month but up from about 15% in June, according to the initial results of the Survey of Consumer Expectations from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. About 22% of consumers expect to voluntarily switch jobs in the year ahead, down slightly from November but up from about 19% in June, the survey reported.
January 12, 2014 | By Howard Blume
The Los Angeles Unified School District is conducting a survey to determine what other districts pay for technology just as the Board of Education is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the next phase of a $1-billion program to provide computers to every student. The survey has gone out to 21 of the largest school districts in the nation and to another 40 districts in California, said Hugh Tucker, deputy director of facilities contracts for L.A. Unified. Tucker disclosed the survey in a district meeting last week.  Earlier this month, The Times reported that L.A. Unified was paying among the highest prices , based on a cross-section of school districts contacted by the newspaper.
January 9, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Americans love Las Vegas -- and apparently are prepared to love it even more this year. Las Vegas topped the list of 14 cities that travelers say they most want to visit in 2014, according to a survey by an online travel website. Americans seem to favor big cities, at least one theme park destination (Orlando, Fla.) and beach cities, according to the findings of online travel website Hotwire . "Along with exercising or eating right, traveling more is one of the most popular New Year's resolutions," company president Henrik Kjellberg said in a statement Tuesday.  California was the only state to have three cities -- San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego -- make the cut. Besides Las Vegas , here's the rest of the most desirable destinations: 2. Honolulu 3. New York City 4. San Francisco 5. Orlando 6. Washington, D.C. 7. Miami 8. Los Angeles 9. New Orleans 10. San Diego 11. Chicago 12. Boston 13. Anchorage 14. Seattle Hotwire's average hotel prices in those cities include $181 in New York City and $59 in Orlando.
January 3, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A controversial new study argues that a host of research on gay, lesbian and bisexual teenagers could be based on faulty data because of confused teens and “jokesters” who later said they were straight. The report focuses on the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, a survey that followed a nationally representative group of tens of thousands of teens into adulthood. Add Health, as it is known, is considered one of the most important sources of data on the lives of young people, including those who are gay, lesbian and bisexual.
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