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July 2, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
A special weekend package at Westin Guadalajara in Mexico is custom-made for tequila aficionados. The package includes accommodations in Guadalajara and a round-trip, 25-mile train ride for two to the town of Tequila, the home of tequila-making. The trip also includes a tour of one of the oldest distilleries in Latin America and tequila tasting.  Guests depart on Saturday for the daylong trip. The package includes a buffet breakfast, shuttle service to and from the train station, 10% off all food and beverage at the Westin Guadalajara , and late check-out at 4 p.m. on Sunday, based upon availability.  The package, created in partnership with Casa Cuervo,  was designed to give participants an opportunity to learn how tequila is made.
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NEWS
June 19, 2013 | By Jay Jones
The Las Vegas party train , which was supposed to begin service from Orange County to Las Vegas in time for this coming New Year's Eve, has been delayed. Michael Barron, president and chief executive of Las Vegas Railway Express, or X Train , said this week it would be “another year” before the train began regular service between Fullerton and North Las Vegas because the company doesn't yet have a train station on the Nevada end of the line. "That process will take about one more year to complete," a letter to shareholders said.
AUTOS
June 1, 2013 | By Peter Pae, Los Angeles Times
For years I contemplated selling my car and riding a bicycle to work. I would ride to the Tustin train station four miles from my Irvine home on a bike path that would put me just half a mile from the station. From there I would take the Metrolink train to work in downtown Los Angeles. But the few times I tried riding my road bike, I was exhausted by the time I got home. Getting there was easy - all downhill - but coming home was sheer agony, grinding up hills after a long workday.
WORLD
May 26, 2013 | By Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times
PARIS - An attack on a French soldier who was stabbed in the neck while patrolling outside a Paris train station appears to have been an act of terrorism, but there are no clear links to the hacking death of a British soldier in London last week, authorities said Sunday. French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said it was evident that the victim was targeted because he was a soldier. Interior Minister Manuel Valls told France 5 television there were "elements" that led police to believe it was a terrorist act. "I cannot say more at this stage as the inquiry has only just begun," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2013 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
She was an orphan, a 14-year-old Jewish girl, when she went to the Berlin train station on a summer day in 1939, leaving behind all that she had ever known. She had already experienced loss: her parents claimed by illness, her brother taken by the Nazis. Now Dora Gostynski was about to get on a train that would take her and hundreds of other Jewish children to safety - but they had to go without the comfort of their parents. She remembered the other children's sobs as they embraced their parents, who had made the agonizing decision to give their children a chance at life, even if meant never seeing them again.
OPINION
December 13, 2012 | By Jay Jones
A ski vacation deep in the heart of Francophone Quebec is an adventure in its own right. But at Le Massif de Charlevoix , a year-round resort about 90 miles northeast of Quebec City, getting to the slopes by rail adds to the experience. Not content to open a resort amid spectacular scenery overlooking the broad and beautiful St. Lawrence Seaway, the owners created their own railway to ferry passengers between Quebec City, the provincial capital, and the 350-year-old village of Baie-Saint-Paul.
NEWS
November 27, 2012 | By Jay Jones
After years of proposals and discussion from several companies hoping to reintroduce passenger rail service between Southern California and Las Vegas , one project now appears to be on the fast track. Las Vegas Railway Express , the company that plans to operate a weekend, adults-only party train between Fullerton and Sin City, marked a milestone this month with the signing of an agreement with Union Pacific Railroad. The pact will allow the "X Train" to run on tracks that have carried only freight since Amtrak ceased passenger service between Los Angeles and Las Vegas 15 years ago. The venture has purchased 16 rail cars, but they need to be refurbished before the trains can begin operating.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2012 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Gae Aulenti, an Italian architect who attained international prominence turning old buildings into modern museums, including Paris' Musee d'Orsay and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco , died Wednesday at her home in Milan. She was 84. Her family told Italian media that she had been ill for some time. One of the few women working in postwar Italian design, Aulenti began her career designing furniture, lamps and other accessories. One of her most famous pieces is the Tavolo con Ruote (Table With Wheels)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 2012 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
Soon it will sprout from an industrial patch between Anaheim's sports stadiums, a massive 67,000-square-foot structure with white steel ribbons arching high into the sky and a state-of-the-art transparent material that will let the Southern California sun gleam into what has been billed as the upcoming transportation hub of Orange County. The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center - known simply as ARTIC among transportation planners - will look like an iceberg beside the 57 Freeway by the time it's estimated to be finished in 2014.
BUSINESS
July 30, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Amtrak is taking another step into the digital age. Following the lead of many airlines, Amtrak announced Monday that passengers can now skip the ticket counter by buying online electronic tickets that are sent as a printable document. Passengers on the government-owned train service can print the tickets at home or from a train station kiosk. Train riders can also show e-tickets to a conductor from the screen of a smartphone or a mobile device. "E-tickets deliver the convenience and flexibility expected by passengers and its innovative technology is transforming other aspects of how Amtrak does business," said President and Chief Executive Joe Boardman.
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