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December 19, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Nearly 70% of workers in North America do not plan to use all of their annual vacation time this year, according to a recent online survey. Right Management, a career and talent management firm, said this is the third consecutive year that the vast majority of workers have said they worked rather than take paid vacation time. Sixty-nine percent of respondents said they won't use all of their vacation time by the end of the year, the firm said. The number was 70% in 2011 and 2012.
December 17, 2013 | David Lazarus
Peggy Nugent wasn't sure what to make of an offer that arrived recently in the mail. "Congratulations!" it said in big letters. Nugent, of Manhattan Beach, had been selected to receive a three-day vacation in San Diego, including free hotel accommodations, two tickets to SeaWorld and a $100 restaurant coupon. The notice included what looked like a check - but wasn't - bearing the logo of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. What caught Nugent's eye was the fine print on the back.
December 13, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre vacated his belt on Friday, saying his life “is a … zoo right now.” UFC President Dana White, who did not want the popular veteran mixed martial artist taking a break when the fighter originally announced he would take time off following his split-decision victory over Johny Hendricks last month, now says he's content with St-Pierre's decision. St-Pierre held the welterweight belt since 2007, successfully defending it 10 times.
December 13, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan
After six months on the job, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti plans to fly to Australia next week for a 15-day getaway. Garcetti, who vacationed in Belize in June, will travel with his wife, Amy Wakeland, and their 2-year-old daughter, Maya. City Council President Herb Wesson will serve as acting mayor, but Garcetti will remain in close touch with senior advisors by phone and email, spokesman Yusef Robb said. “We can hear his voice, see him face-to-face, and read his words, and vice-versa with the technologies we have today,” Robb said.
December 6, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
A Los Angeles County grand jury has indicted eight people in connection with a home burglary ring that targeted Los Angeles Times subscribers who were on vacation. The defendants are charged with multiple counts each of first-degree residential burglary, receiving stolen property and conspiracy.  Prosecutors say the group stole an estimated $1 million in dozens of burglaries in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. The 39-page indictment unsealed Friday by Los Angeles County Superior Judge Charlaine Olamedo names the defendants as Randal Joseph Whitmore, 44; Duane Vantuinen, 52; Joshua Ray Box, 44; Lorraine Marlene Vasquez, 41; Cory Mulligan, 22; Brian Thomas Duran, 42; Margaret Mary Susan High, 29; and Edwin Lynn Valentine, 53. The investigation started last year after a traffic stop on June 24, 2012, during which, police say, they discovered stolen property inside a car driven by Whitmore.
November 30, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - The musical chairs in California's Legislature continues when voters in a Los Angeles-area Assembly district go to the polls Tuesday in a special election to fill a vacant seat. One of the three candidates in the contest - all Democrats - is Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, who is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his father, Mark Ridley-Thomas, who served in the Legislature before being elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The other candidates are former Culver City Mayor Christopher R. Armenta and John Jake, a real estate broker who is president of the Olympic Park Neighborhood Council.
November 20, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
If you've always wanted to hit the road in an iconic Airstream trailer, this might be a good time to go. New rental company Airstream 2 Go provides everything you'll need -- including an SUV for that outfitted Airstream trailer -- and a 25% discount for winter travel. It's ideal for a trip to Joshua Tree or Death Valley when desert temperatures are mild. The deal: Airstream 2 Go started in May and presents a fresh vacation concept for travelers in the West. Right now rentals are available in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, though the company says it plans to expand to the East Coast and the South in the coming years.
November 19, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The number of affluent travelers has risen in the last few years, and more of those travelers are women, according to a report by MMGY Global and the Harrison Group. And nine in 10 use the Internet to find travel suppliers and information. Affluent travelers, defined as those with an annual household income of $250,000 or more, make up 6% of the leisure travel market, the 2013 Portrait of American Travelers report says. Women now make up the majority of those travelers at 54%, up from 42% in 2010.
November 18, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
The economy may be improving, but Americans are spending less time relaxing. The average American got 14 days of vacation over the last year but took only 10 days away from work, leaving twice as many days of unused vacation compared with the previous year, according to a study conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of the travel website But when it comes to vacationing, Americans still take more time off than their Japanese counterparts, who got an average of 18 vacation days but only spent seven, the study found.
November 10, 2013 | By Jen Leo
Here's a website that helps you locate vacation rentals in proximity to your interests. Name: What it does: It lets you search based on activities you like and how far you want to drive or fly from major cities in the U.S. and Europe. There are 85 activities to choose from or combine. What's hot: It's helpful that Pinocular pairs vacation rental options with activities I am interested in - and some I hadn't even considered. I could find properties that are near horseback riding, fishing, hot springs, opera, laser tag, geocaching and more.
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