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SCIENCE
February 21, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Unimpressed by Michael Jackson's iconic moonwalk? How about a "Marswalk"? NASA's Curiosity rover showed off its fancy footwork on the Red Planet this week by driving backward. The Mars Science Laboratory robot just finished its longest drive in three months,  and it did so in reverse, riding 329 feet, reaching  a total of 3.24 miles since its 2012 touchdown in Gale Crater. But Curiosity's handlers aren't just testing the rover's skills for fun;  they're doing it to save the rover's thin aluminum wheels from further, more serious damage.
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BUSINESS
April 7, 2009 | Associated Press
A solution to the world's urban transportation problems could lie in two wheels, not four, according to executives of General Motors Corp. and Segway Inc. The companies plan to announce today that they are developing a two-wheeled, two-seat electric vehicle designed to be a safe, inexpensive and clean alternative to traditional cars for cities across the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Scarlet, Deakin, Fudge, Nugget and Shyla are in the prime of life and pretty good-looking to boot, but their puppy-making days ended for good Tuesday in the back of a big blue van in Sylmar. Nine dogs and a cat named Smokey marched up the stairs of the Lucy Pet Foundation's mobile spay and neuter clinic, unaware of what they were in for in the parking lot of Pet Supreme. Lucy, the Chihuahua whose picture is on the side of the bus, stood by for moral support. And here's the story: Actor Dick Van Patten, a guest on "The John Davidson Show" in 1981, struck up a conversation with the drummer in the show's band.
SCIENCE
December 23, 2013 | By Amina Khan
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has gotten a brand new software upgrade, but the intrepid robot's wheels are a little worse for wear. Officials at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge reported last week that they upgraded Curiosity's software as it headed toward Mt. Sharp, the 3-mile-high mound in the middle of Gale Crater. The laser-shooting laboratory on wheels has already found habitable environments suitable for certain Earth-like microbes . They hope that Mt. Sharp's clay-rich layers could be awash in clues as to exactly how life-friendly the Red Planet could have been.
BUSINESS
August 18, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Car rental giant Hertz Corp. is following the lead of the airline industry by selling more than just transportation to travelers. In San Diego, Hertz unveiled its newest model for car rental outlets, including a retail shop where renters can buy travel items like charging cords, beach bags, sunscreen and sodas. Car renters can also charge up their smartphones and tablet computers, print out maps and other documents and ship FedEx packages. Hertz Chief Executive Mark P. Frissora said the company is planning to expand the concept globally by 2015.
TRAVEL
August 2, 1998
Regarding Susan Spano's article on traveling light (Her World, "Packing Light?" July 12): Her apparent premise that most women travelers are young is wrong. The vast majority of women travelers today are elderly and well-heeled. (The idea of their running for a bus is ludicrous.) Also, they are already well-stocked with mix-and-match travel clothes and would not have to go out and buy a new wardrobe in black. Of course she is right that everybody should travel light. My motto is: "Never carry more than you can heft up or down a curb for a few blocks."
NEWS
August 11, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Paddle wheel tours and wine tastings will be part of the second annual Sample the Sierra  festival in South Lake Tahoe on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend (Sept. 4) . . . . Ceiba del Mar, near Cancun, is touting 24-hour room service, including “breakfast discreetly delivered to each room through a hidden door ” . . . . Sand Masters (Rusty, Kirk and the team) jump into the deep end at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach on the Travel Channel, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. . . . Tickets start at $19.95 for Herman's Hermits and the Turtles , at the Cannery Casino in Las Vegas,  Sept.
NATIONAL
August 25, 2009 | Kim Janssen
As far as the Rev. Darrell Best knows, he has the fastest church in Illinois. His 1942 firetruck is by no means a Ferrari, but it is equipped as a fully functioning chapel. "I've had it up to 55 mph," Best said. "It gets a lot of attention on the highway." Mechanics from the Country Music Television show "Trick My Truck" did the conversion after Best's family wrote to the program last year. The chapel has stained-glass windows, a pipe organ, an altar and two wooden pews.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2009
AUTOS
February 7, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Toyota turned to Thursday's Chicago Auto Show to get dirty. No, the cleaning staff wasn't snowed in, and risque photos weren't part of the press conference. Instead the brand better known for milquetoast appliance sedans introduced a new line of off-road packages for 4X4 versions of its 2015 Tundra and Tacoma trucks and its 4Runner SUV. Dubbed the TRD (Toyota Racing Development) Pro Series, these factory-installed editions bolt on items like Bilstein brand shocks, lifted springs, skid plates, wheels, tires and exhaust to the underside of the vehicles.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Mattel Inc.'s earnings during the all-important holiday season left Wall Street cold, suggesting that kids weren't clamoring to be given toys. The El Segundo company's net income was up 23%, rising to $1.07 a share, or $369.2 million, from 87 cents a share, or $306.5 million, a year earlier - a period that had been dampened by a massive litigation charge. But the toy giant's performance disappointed analysts, who had expected profit of $1.19 a share. Revenue also fell short of projections, declining 6% to $2.11 billion and missing the $2.37-billion mark set by forecasters as well as Mattel's own expectations.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Viewers tune into the Super Bowl for two things: spectacle and football. Two new TV spots to air during the big game will check those boxes while teasing upcoming movies: Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic "Noah" and Ivan Reitman's inside-the-NFL drama "Draft Day. " Paramount's  30-second "Noah" spot , which will air before kickoff, doesn't show much new footage since the first trailer was released in November, but it does offer a glimpse of...
HEALTH
January 17, 2014 | Roy Wallack, Gear
You'd think, after 125 years, that the simple bicycle wouldn't have many radical new ideas left. Well, the glacial pace of change on two wheels is a thing of the past. The 2014 models showcase at least four huge and practical changes: mountain-bike-style braking that has broken into road bikes, new and improved mountain-bike wheel sizes, built-in lighting for commuter bikes, and even extra water and tool-storage capacity for mountain bikes. It's just too bad you can't get them all on one bike.
SCIENCE
January 1, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
The next time you're tempted to make a phone call while you're behind the wheel, remember this: Dialing while driving increases the risk of a crash or near-crash more than any other sort of distraction. That's one of the findings of a special report published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Other dangers identified in the report include reaching for a cellphone or other object; texting or using the Internet; looking at an object on the side of the road; and eating.
SCIENCE
December 23, 2013 | By Amina Khan
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has gotten a brand new software upgrade, but the intrepid robot's wheels are a little worse for wear. Officials at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge reported last week that they upgraded Curiosity's software as it headed toward Mt. Sharp, the 3-mile-high mound in the middle of Gale Crater. The laser-shooting laboratory on wheels has already found habitable environments suitable for certain Earth-like microbes . They hope that Mt. Sharp's clay-rich layers could be awash in clues as to exactly how life-friendly the Red Planet could have been.
AUTOS
February 7, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Toyota turned to Thursday's Chicago Auto Show to get dirty. No, the cleaning staff wasn't snowed in, and risque photos weren't part of the press conference. Instead the brand better known for milquetoast appliance sedans introduced a new line of off-road packages for 4X4 versions of its 2015 Tundra and Tacoma trucks and its 4Runner SUV. Dubbed the TRD (Toyota Racing Development) Pro Series, these factory-installed editions bolt on items like Bilstein brand shocks, lifted springs, skid plates, wheels, tires and exhaust to the underside of the vehicles.
HEALTH
October 27, 2012 | By Roy M. Wallack
The invention of the wheel sometime around 4,000 BC suddenly made all kinds of things easier, from carrying to killing to athletics. Fitness is great on wheels; putting a circular ring with an axel on any athletic contrivance instantly gives it an exhilarating sense of speed that can turn any workout into fun. Here are some of the newest wheeled workout wonders sure to inspire feats of fitness at any age. A pole vault Sk8pole: ...
NEWS
December 16, 2013 | By Judi Dash
Even travel-friendly wheelchairs can hog space in transit, especially if you need large rear wheels for handling varied terrain. That's because, while travel wheelchairs fold, their wheels do not. Enter Morph Wheels , 24-inch detachable foldable wheelchair wheels that can be switched out with the regular wheels of any manual wheelchair that accommodates wheels with a quick-release axle. When detached, Morph Wheels fold down to 32-by-13-by-4 inches deep, about half their open size, and can fit into the trunks of compact cars and taxis (along with other luggage)
AUTOS
December 13, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Honda Motor Co. will recall 19,197 Acura MDX sport-utility vehicles equipped with all-wheel-drive to tighten bolts in the drive system. All of the vehicles were recently built and from the 2014 model year. Honda said it wants owners to bring the cars back to dealers so that mechanics can inspect the upscale SUVs to see if they need to tighten or replace bolts used to secure the propeller shaft, a component of the AWD system. During assembly, it is possible that one or more of the four bolts that attach a propeller shaft to a universal joint were not tightened properly.
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