September 21, 2013 |
If you want to improve your vacation photos, read on, but we give a hall pass to the readers who submitted photos for the Travel section's annual "What I Did on My Summer Vacation. " They can stop reading here because they've obviously mastered photo basics - and beyond. In fact, they made it difficult to whittle down the 1,500 submissions to something manageable, which you'll see in the Sunday print Travel section and online. These days, with cellphone cameras, everybody is a photographer.
September 19, 2013 |
Europe, and most of the world, is getting more expensive for U.S. travelers. While the Federal Reserve's surprise decision to continue pumping money into the economy caused stock markets throughout the world to rally, it led to further erosion of the dollar's value against its international peers. The U.S. currency fell the most against Brazil's real and Turkey's lira after Fed policymakers chose to await news of economic progress, including holding its interest-rate target at almost zero until unemployment falls below 6.5%.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) has cruised to victory in a special election for the state Senate seat vacated by Democrat Curren Price when he was elected to the Los Angeles City Council this year. Mitchell received 80.6% of the vote, beating perennial Democratic candidate Mervin Evans, who received 19.4% in Tuesday's contest for the 26th Senate District. Mitchell, 49, will add to the bare supermajority the Democrats already have in the Senate. "We are excited to welcome the passion, perspective and pragmatism she'll bring as our 28th Democratic senator," said Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento)
September 18, 2013 |
Emily and Steve Goldfield spent the last week in Colorado celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary -- amid biblical rains. That wasn't quite what they had in mind. They arrived in Denver on Sept. 8, the day before the rains began. On Sept. 9 they rented an RV in Longmont and headed for Estes Park, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. It started to rain. It turned torrential on Sept. 11. PHOTOS: Colorado flooding “Before we left, the weather forecast was for summer weather,” Emily Goldfield told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday.
September 2, 2013 |
Despite working 18-hour days, including part time as a waitress at a strip club, Hope Arnold was on the verge of losing her Silver Lake home. Then she discovered Airbnb, a website that links vacationers seeking an alternative to hotels and homeowners with rooms to rent. Billing her place as an "artsy and rustic 1927 treehouse," she started renting out her master bedroom, while she slept in the den. It paid off. Arnold has made $39,000 on Airbnb in the last 12 months, and the site now accounts for as much as 70% of her monthly income.
September 1, 2013 |
I plan to remember this year's vacation season with just two words: Never again. Never again, that is, will I take all my technology along. The Internet has ruined summer vacations. When I first visited my in-laws' cabin in Ontario's north woods 35 years ago, there was no such thing as broadband Internet. The nearest telephone was a one-mile canoe paddle down the lake, and we were beyond the reach of television. Our media diet consisted of a battery-powered radio. I know I risk sounding like an aging crank, but it was paradise.
August 30, 2013 |
Verizon is reportedly blocking retail employees from taking a vacation day Sept. 20, fueling speculation that the next iPhone will go on sale that day. Apple news site 9to5Mac cites unnamed sources saying Verizon is restricting vacations from Sept. 18 through Sept. 22. That follows a report this week that said T-Mobile is blocking vacations around the same time. In the past, electronics retailers have been known to block their employees from taking days off when major products are set to go on sale.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 |
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. - Every year at this time, tens of thousands of visitors flood the trails and scenic byways of Yosemite National Park in search of one last summer communion with Mother Nature. But now, as the devastating Rim fire rages through the High Sierra and spreads deeper into Yosemite, would-be park visitors are having to decide whether to cancel plans made months or years in advance or press ahead with a visit that could potentially end in a smoky evacuation.
August 17, 2013 |
EDGARTOWN, Mass. - As the White House announced an upcoming presidential bus tour to focus on a middle-class agenda, President Obama was golfing at a private club on Martha's Vineyard. When Obama wanted to show he was engaged on the deepening political crisis in Egypt, he delivered a statement from the driveway of his rented estate - then zipped off for another nine holes. After skipping his summer vacation last year during the scrutiny of the campaign, a reelected Obama embraced his week of leisure with little worry about the inevitable political swipes at a vacationing president or the collision of images Washington calls "optics.
August 12, 2013 |
American workers get more vacation time today than they did two decades ago, but far fewer paid sick days, according to new government data. The average full-time worker at a private company gets 10 days of vacation a year, up from eight days in 1993, according to the analysis by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That expands over time, with the average employee getting 14 vacation days after five years (compared with 13 days in 1993) and 20 days after 20 years (versus 18 days in 1993)