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August 15, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Finding a perfect -- or even almost perfect -- foundation match for your skin can be quite a challenge. As writer Alene Dawson pointed out in an article for the Los Angeles Times earlier this year, it can be "downright scary. " Dawson wrote about advances in making foundations that more closely mimic the skin and she also mentioned the new Sephora + Pantone Color IQ system that uses a handheld device to scan the skin, assign a Pantone skin tone number and direct the customer to products that should be just right.
April 25, 2014 | By David Willman
WASHINGTON - Amid concerns about its effectiveness and multibillion-dollar cost, the Department of Homeland Security has canceled plans to install an automated technology that was meant to speed the 24-hour operations of BioWatch, the national system for detecting a biological attack. The cancellation of the "Generation 3" acquisition was made Thursday at the direction of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, according to a memorandum circulated by Michael V. Walter, the BioWatch program manager.
November 19, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple's next Mac operating system will look even more like its iPhones and iPads by integrating Siri and Apple Maps, according to a report. Nine to 5 Mac 's Mark Gurman reports that his sources say an early test version of the Mac OS X 10.9 operating system includes Siri, Apple's voice assistant feature. Sources tell Gurman that the feature runs similarly to how it does on the iPad. If Siri is integrated into the next Mac operating system, however, there is a chance Apple may not support the feature in its older generation of computers, the report speculates.
April 25, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
DURHAM, Ore. - Oregon officials voted unanimously Friday to jettison the state's disastrous health insurance exchange and switch to the federal system, admitting disappointment and defeat in an arena where the state had been a trailblazer. With its 7-0 vote, the board of directors for Cover Oregon acknowledged that the state exchange was too expensive and too troubled to fix. Although the state has spent an estimated $248 million to get the operation up and running, it never enrolled a single private insurance customer online.
February 5, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
The Irish government was enmeshed in a harsh system of laundries run by Catholic nuns, where women and girls worked behind locked doors without pay, according to a fact-finding report released Tuesday. More than 10,000 women labored in the infamous Magdalen laundries from 1922 to 1996, a government committee said in the lengthy report. Women and girls landed in the workhouses for a long list of reasons. Some were placed there by Irish courts, some by reform schools, some after being rejected by their foster parents, others after being abused or left homeless.
August 24, 1986
In John Lawrence's Aug. 10 column ("Computers Are Running Us, Not Vice Versa"), he complains that computers are making life too complicated, using the example of a harried Sears cashier who has to press 41 correct keystrokes for a single transaction. Perhaps I should update the tired maxim "Computers don't make mistakes, people do" to make it read: "Idiots write stupid programs." It appears that the transaction system at Sears was either designed by committee or by a careless technician with little insight into the daily routine of the cashiers.
July 7, 2012 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
As the giant spaceship crashes into the mysterious planet, the seats inside the movie theater heave back and forth and rumble like an earthquake. "Back ticklers" in the seats thump as an astronaut dodges fireballs and rolls on the ground. A strobe light flashes and huge fans expel gusts of air reeking of smoke and gunpowder. In the latest bid to attract moviegoers back to multiplexes, where 3-D -- featured in hits such as "The Avengers" and"Men in Black 3"--  is already the norm, technology and entertainment companies are pushing a new system known as 4-D. At the leading edge of the technology is South Korean conglomerate CJ Group, which operates Asia's largest theater chain and has set up a laboratory near Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood to demonstrate and market its 4DX system.
January 9, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Your elderly parents, living alone, haven't cracked open the fridge in days. Or they left the front door open late at night. Maybe they've fallen and can't get to a phone. Lowe's tapped into the fears of children living apart from their aging kin with its CES display of its new Iris Care system, which among other tasks can send an email to family members when an older relative doesn't get out of bed at the normal time. Elderly users can also carry a $30 pendant that they can use to trip an alarm and reach emergency contacts in times of distress.
July 19, 2012 | By David Willman, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Congressional leaders from both parties are pressing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to address newly raised questions about BioWatch, the nation's system for detecting deadly biological attacks. In letters issued Thursday and last week, the leaders said their questions were prompted by a July 8 Los Angeles Times article that identified repeated shortcomings in BioWatch's performance, including dozens of false alarms that signaled apparent terrorist attacks when none had occurred.
January 9, 2010
Much of the buzz at the Consumer Electronics Show has been about connectivity, specifically the way in which TVs are bringing Internet services into the living room. Kwikset went a few steps further and brought connectivity to the front door. The company exhibited its SmartCode With Home Connect products, which allow homeowners to lock and unlock a door from anywhere in the world through the Internet or mobile phone. Among other features: Vacationers can set up the devices to send an e-mail or text message if a door is unlocked while they're away.
April 22, 2014 | By Bob Pool
A 4-foot-diameter brick pipe discovered recently underneath a former restaurant by workers excavating a site was once part of the so-called Mother Ditch that carried water from the L.A. River to the city. The antiquity was uncovered April 10 as workers were beginning construction on the Blossom Plaza, a five-story mixed-use apartment and storefront project on North Broadway. About 73 feet of the Mother Ditch has been exposed at the project site. When first created in 1781, the Mother Ditch, or Zanja Madre, was an open ditch fed by a small dam built in the river, the city's main water source at the time.
April 22, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday that an airborne video-surveillance program that was tested in 2012 was deemed not useful for the agency's crime-fighting needs. Under the nine-day trial program in January 2012, a video camera was mounted on a small plane that was deployed for six-hour periods during the day, the department said. The plane, which flew out of Long Beach Airport, was operated by a private company that provides airborne surveillance technology.
April 19, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Hector Becerra
A television broadcast captured Mexico City's early earthquake warning system working successfully Friday, giving TV viewers in the capital more than a minute of warning before major shaking from a magnitude 7.2 earthquake rumbled into the city. California still lacks an early quake warning system as state and federal lawmakers haven't agreed to pay for the $16 million-a-year system.  The Mexican warning system could be seen on television (video below), when news announcer Eduardo Salazar calmly tells viewers that at 9:27 a.m. a seismic alert went off, triggering a shrieking whine on the broadcast.
April 18, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
The State Water Project, which helps supply a majority of Californians, will make small deliveries this year, officials said Friday as they increased the system's allocation to 5% from the historic zero announced in January. February and March storms in Northern California raised the levels of the state's two largest reservoirs enough to allow federal water managers to also significantly boost deliveries to wildlife refuges and irrigation districts with the most senior water rights in the Sacramento Valley.
April 17, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Sifting through observations from more than 100,000 distant stars, astronomers say they have discovered the first definitive Earth-sized planet that orbits in a habitable zone where water could exist in liquid form - a necessary condition for life as we know it. Scientists don't know whether the planet has water or a protective atmosphere. They don't even know its mass. But they said the landmark discovery gives astronomers great hope that a bumper crop of Earth-like planets is waiting to be found much closer to home, including around temperamental stars that until recently were considered inhospitable to life.
April 15, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department, under pressure from Congress to reexamine the way it handles sexual assault cases, announced Tuesday a comprehensive review of the entire military justice system. "It's been over 30 years since the military code of justice was reviewed. It's simply time," said Lt. Col. J. Todd Breasseale, a Pentagon spokesman. "Sexual assault will certainly be part of the compendium of issues that will be looked at, but it's by no means the sole issue. " Members of Congress and women's groups have been strongly critical of how the military handles sexual assault cases, particularly the authority that military officers have to overturn the convictions of those under their command.
May 23, 2010 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Without it, ATMs would stop spitting out cash, Wall Street could blunder billions of dollars in stock trades and clueless drivers would get lost. It's GPS, and it's everywhere. Although most people may associate the Global Positioning System with the navigation devices that are becoming standard equipment on new cars, GPS has become a nerve center for the 21st century rivaling the Internet — enabling cargo companies to track shipments, guiding firefighters to hot spots and even helping people find lost dogs.
November 28, 1999
Re "City Should Test-Drive Shuttle," Ventura County editorial, Nov. 14. While I agree that Thousand Oaks would be well served by a Smart Shuttle transportation system, your editorial contained some information about the Smart Shuttle Demonstration Project in the San Fernando Valley that was not factual and could be very misleading. There are four separate Smart Shuttle projects in Los Angeles, two of which are located in the San Fernando Valley. Each project is run in a different manner and each project has met its own challenges.
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