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NATIONAL
September 17, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
A new study has found a link between teenage sexual activity and "sexting" -- using cellphone devices to send sexually suggestive or explicit messages and photos. In short, teens who "sext" are seven times more likely to have sex.  The study polled more than 1,800 Los Angeles high school-age students. Of those polled, 15% acknowledged sexting, and 54% reported knowing someone who had sent a sext. Why is that second figure relevant? Because the study found that "knowing someone who sexted was strongly associated with an individual's own sexting behavior.
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BUSINESS
March 13, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- More American teens than ever are using smartphones as their main onramp to the Internet. A new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that far more teens are using smartphones to access the Internet than adults. About 37% of Americans ages 12 to 17 go on to the Internet from a smartphone, up sharply in just one year, according to the 2012 Pew survey. Twenty-three percent of teens mostly go online using their phones and not a desktop or laptop computer, compared with 15% of adults, the survey found.
HEALTH
April 6, 2009 | Jill U. Adams
Two weeks ago, a federal judge ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to allow 17-year-olds to buy the emergency contraceptive pill Plan B without a prescription and to consider allowing such purchases by younger girls as well. Previously, the agency had set 18 as the cutoff age, meaning younger girls had to consult a doctor to get the pill. The FDA is reviewing the court's decision, spokeswoman Rita Chappelle says.
AUTOS
March 15, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Given a choice between a new Toyota Corolla or the latest iPhone, 16-year-old Allison Katz of Irvine says that's an easy one. She'd take the phone. Texting drives her social life. She doesn't have a driver's license and hasn't rushed to get one. "I mostly stay near my house except for soccer practice, and then Mom or Dad drives," Allison said. It's enough to keep an auto executive awake at night. Thirty years ago, nearly half of 16-year-olds had a driver's license, their passport to independence.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Was it Superman's, Spider-Man's or Socrates' uncle who said, "With great power comes great responsibility?" Regardless, it would have proved sound advice for the suddenly telekinetic teens at the center of the raw, electrical charge of "Chronicle. " Thankfully, it's wisdom the filmmakers took to heart. This mind-and-fork-bending sci-fi saga comes from the freaky imaginations of director Josh Trank and screenwriter Max Landis, who've packed their feature debut with smartness. Don't let its DIY sensibility fool you: "Chronicle" is ultimately telling a meta-story, built around the age-old conundrum - if you had superpowers that would let you do just about anything, would you do good or evil?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Four teens could face attempted murder charges after police said they chased a man down in Huntington Beach and almost beat him to death with their skateboards. The victim, whose identity was not released, was rushed to UCI Medical Center's trauma center, where he underwent emergency surgery, KTLA reported . Police said the four teens, whose genders were not immediately available, were booked on suspicion of attempted murder. Two groups of teenagers began fighting about 7:50 p.m. Friday at Murdy Park in Huntington Beach, according to KTLA-TV . During the fight, a woman tried to break it up and was attacked.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2009 | Seema Mehta
Amber Medina has been looking for a job for five months, ever since her father, a metal-worker, was laid off and her mom began struggling to support the family of seven on her $15-per-hour job. But the 17-year-old has yet to find anything permanent, despite sending out resumes and visiting dozens of potential employers, including the clothing stores Old Navy and PacSun. "I'm looking for any job to help my parents," she said.
NEWS
March 6, 2012 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
Binge drinking can be a serious health problem for teens: Studies show that kids who consume alcohol during adolescence are more likely to develop drinking problems as adults, among other risks. But what prompts teens to hit the bottle in the first place? A new study in the journal Pediatrics says Hollywood deserves some of the blame. Students who had witnessed the most instances of drinking in movies were also most likely to have engaged in at least one episode of binge drinking (defined as consuming more than five drinks on one occasion)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2013 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
The last issue of L.A. Youth has gone to press. The newspaper produced by teenagers for teenagers survived for 25 years in city schools but now has reached the end of its run. "It's over," said Donna Myrow, L.A. Youth's executive director, who started the newspaper with students working at her kitchen table. Over the years, it grew to have an office of its own, where students would come to produce a newspaper that was distributed to the classrooms of more than 1,200 teachers across Los Angeles County.
BUSINESS
June 29, 2010 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
A summer job is a traditional rite of passage for most teens, but this year that may be passing them by. Nationwide, teens are facing the most difficult summer hiring season in decades, experts say. The unemployment rate for 16- to 19-year-olds hovered at 26.4% last month — the highest May figure since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking it in 1948 — as older workers continued snapping up jobs normally held by the...
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