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August 6, 2010 | By Peter Nicholas and Katherine Skiba, Tribune Washington Bureau
As the economy endures high unemployment and a jittery stock market, President Obama has preached sacrifice and fiscal discipline. But the pictures coming out of a sun-splashed Spanish resort this week may be sending a different message. First Lady Michelle Obama is in the midst of a five-day trip to a luxury resort along with a few friends, her youngest daughter, aides and Secret Service personnel. Her office said the family will pay for personal expenses, but won't reveal the taxpayer cost for the government employees.
April 20, 2014 | By Jen Leo
Get more quality time out of your vacations, let alone weekends at home, with this app. Name: AwayFind Available for: Android and iPhone, iPad and iPod touch (requires iOS 6.1 or later) What it does: It alleviates the need to check your email continually by letting you filter which topics and people you need to hear from when you're away. Assign the priority email addresses or keywords and AwayFind will send you an SMS text to your smartphone when they arrive.
October 28, 2013 | By The Times staff
Is this video of a helcopter ride on Kauai's Na Pali coast worthy of inclusion in a Los Angeles Times Travel video collection? Catharine Hamm, the Travel editor who shot this, thinks readers have vacation videos that are head and hands above this one. So we're asking Times Travel readers to share their vacation videos. This is, after all, a movie town. If your video is chosen, it will be screened at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show on Jan. 18 and 19 at the L.A. Convention Center.
April 16, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
SAN ANTONIO - Finally. The Lakers crawled past the finish line Wednesday, kissing goodbye to the 2013-14 season (without any further injuries) in a 113-100 victory over the half-interested San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center. After a series of record-setting lows, the most important date for the Lakers becomes May 20, the night of the NBA draft lottery. They have a 6.3% chance of landing the top overall draft pick after finishing with the NBA's sixth-worst record. While the Lakers (27-55)
October 22, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
Taking pictures of your food and sharing them with friends is always fun, but sharing pictures of all the food you've eaten on vacation? Those are the best. During our #Weekendeats chat Monday morning on Twitter, our #Weekendeats family shared some photos from their recent vacations. Here are the highlights: Food blogger Darin Dines shared a photo from his 10-day trip to Tokyo. While at the RyuGin restaurant in Tokyo, Dines feasted on fried uni . Jo from shared some photos of her meals from her time in London.
August 19, 2011 | By Maeve Reston
President Obama made his first foray out of his vacation compound Friday with a trip to the legendary Bunch of Grapes bookstore in Vineyard Haven. Bystanders who had been browsing upstairs at the two-story bookstore rushed to the windows as crowds gathered on the street. Obama, in a blue polo shirt, jeans and sneakers, wandered in with his daughters. After telling some customers that Sasha was going to browse, he wandered the store with a staff member while discussing his choices with one of the employees.
May 12, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Is your love life lacking? Maybe you need a vacation. A survey of 2,076 adults found that 88% of Americans are “somewhat likely to be intimate” when taking a vacation with a spouse or partner. Only 12% said they are “somewhat or much less likely” to be intimate on vacation, according to the survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Expedia, one of the world's largest travel site. What's more, the study said couples who vacation three or more times per year are more likely to be satisfied with their love life than those who take two or fewer vacations per year.
May 30, 2011 | By Karen Ravn, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Got stress? If you answered no, hooray for you! (And, by the way, what planet are you from?) But if you answered yes (like any normal member of the human race), you're likely heartened by the arrival of vacation season. Just the ticket for a little stress-reduction. And that can have some big payoffs. It can lower your blood pressure, boost your immune system and help you live longer. It may even make you smarter. "A vacation is not a luxury," says Jens Pruessner, an associate professor in the departments of psychology, psychiatry, neurology and neurosurgery at McGill University in Montreal.
August 4, 1999
NFL players with the biggest bonuses for the 1998 season: Hugh Douglas, Eagles equal to $305,882 a game Cris Carter, Vikings $211,765 a game Jake Plummer, Cardinals $188,235 a game Scott Mitchell, Lions $188,235 a game Dan Marino, Dolphins $152,941 a game Drew Bledsoe, Patriots $152,941 a game Mark Brunell, Jaguars $147,059 a game Brett Favre, Packers $147,059 a game Source: World Features Syndicate ...
January 5, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
Air Force One touched down at Andrews Air Force Base at 11:03 am Eastern on Tuesday, bringing the first family back to Washington after what the president called a "terrific" holiday vacation in his home state of Hawaii. As he settles back at the White House to prepare for battles ahead, here's a look at some statistics from his getaway. 12 : Number of days Obama spent in Hawaii, one more than in 2009 when the trip was consumed with responding to the attempted Christmas Day bombing of a U.S.-bound jet. 5 : Days the vacation was delayed because of the lame-duck session of Congress 2 : Number of days he extended his stay, eventually leaving Jan. 3 instead of Jan. 1. 116 : E-mails from the White House press office sent between the time of Obama's departure for Hawaii until his return.
April 9, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Miami's loss has become UCLA's gain. Malcolm Bunche left Miami's football program seeking more playing time, and he fills UCLA's greatest need on the offensive line. Left guard Xavier Su'a-Filo made himself available for the NFL draft and Bunche slides nicely into what had been a vacancy. "He gives us that big body, gives us that experienced offensive lineman we need," Coach Jim Mora said. "He has acted a little bit like a mentor to some of those guys as well, in his own quiet way. I appreciate that he's here.
April 6, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes and Tim Logan
Dozens of people shared only three showers in the building that Patricia McDowell called home for the last 2 1/2 years. Roaches skittered across the floor, she said, and lights went out and stayed out. In recent months, McDowell said she had to run an extension cord to another room to keep electricity going. But when the Los Angeles Fire Department told McDowell and dozens of other tenants that they had to clear out of the building at 5700 S. Hoover St., citing dangerous conditions, she panicked.
April 3, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes and Tim Logan
Dozens of tenants are being forced to vacate a South Los Angeles building amid complaints that the city should have acted sooner to help people relocate from the squalid and dangerous apartments. In recent years, the Hoover Street commercial building was converted into dozens of apartments, prompting a complaint to the city six months ago. But when the city ultimately forced the building to be vacated, its tenants were given little time to leave. A Los Angeles Fire Department order said they had to be out by Friday, citing "unsafe buildings" and "structural hazards.
April 2, 2014 | By Tim Logan
The market for a place at the lake is hopping. Sales of vacation homes jumped nearly 30% in 2013, the National Assn. of Realtors reported Wednesda y, and second-home purchases made up their biggest share of the housing market since 2006. “Growth in the equity markets has greatly benefited high net-worth households, thereby providing the wherewithal and confidence to purchase recreational property,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR's chief economist, though he noted that vacation home sales remain one-third below their peak in 2006.
April 1, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Shia LaBeouf may be taking his whole "I am not famous anymore" thing seriously. The unpredictable actor, who has recently attempted to distance himself from his own celebrity, has exited the upcoming Bill Murray comedy "Rock the Kasbah," to be replaced by Scott Caan, according to the Hollywood Reporter. LaBeouf, 27, departed the film under "amicable" but undisclosed circumstances, THR said . PHOTOS: Shia LaBeouf - life in pictures Directed by Barry Levinson from a script by Mitch Glazer, "Rock the Kasbah" stars Murray as a washed-up rock manager who takes his last remaining client on a USO tour of Afghanistan, only to find himself abandoned, broke and without a passport in war-torn Kabul.
April 1, 2014 | By Judi Dash
Whether you've tracked in snow, mud, dirt or sand, there's no reason you should trouble yourself with scrubbing the floors of your weekend getaway or vacation rental. Just let loose the new Scooba 450 , a little robot floor mopper from the same folks who created the popular do-it-itself iRobot Roomba carpet vacuum. The Scooba 450 is a 14 1/2 -inch-diameter rechargeable disk that automatically propels its 9-pound self across wood, tile (or any uncarpeted floor), spinning and spiraling around the room, its sensors gauging the size of the floor, and redirecting its efforts when it bumps into a wall or other obstruction.
July 15, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
With more Americans worried about the direction of the economy, a new survey found that 52% of employed adults planned to put in some work during their summer vacation this year. That represented an increase, compared with the 46% of employed Americans who said in a similar survey that they worked through vacation last year. The latest survey of more than 1,000 workers was conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of TeamViewer - a producer of remote control and online meetings software.
February 23, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Help the economy by taking more time away from work. That is the message from the U.S. Travel Assn., the nation's trade organization for the travel industry. A study commissioned by the group found that more than 40% of American workers who receive paid time off finish the year without using all of their allotted vacation time. Workers who are given paid time off had an average of 3.2 days of unused vacation time in 2013, according to the study by the research firm Oxford Economics.
March 19, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Things appear to be heating up between George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin. "The Monuments Men" actor-director and the British lawyer were spotted together on a four-day safari in Tanzania and photos of the pair have been obtained by People and Us magazine  -- photos that suggest a serious romance is afoot. Several images show Clooney, 52, and Alamuddin, 36, decked out in safari or beach digs, in close proximity, with the Oscar-winner's arm wrapped around his reported lady love.  PHOTOS: George Clooney's life in pictures   Earlier this year, the perennial bachelor was also spotted vacationing with the Beirut-born barrister in the Seychelles, according to People.
March 14, 2014 | By Jill Schensul
A recent trip to Europe was an exercise in saving money. Here is some of what I discovered. Ground transportation: Taxis may seem like the most convenient and civilized way to get around, and sometimes they are, but sometimes they're expensive and annoying. They're also subject to all the traffic everyone else is sitting in. Subway systems are efficient and traffic-proof (unless there's a problem on a line). They can get you to most tourist destinations faster, and they are actually easy to use - easier than figuring out the rules for hailing a cab in the same city.
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