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December 10, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
It was about 3:45 p.m. Monday when Ron Ross told his wife to call 911. Outside their Angelino Heights home off Douglas Street and Calumet Avenue, a chaotic scene was unfolding. A geyser of water was shooting into the air, flooding the sidewalk. A postal truck lay on its side. And its driver, a petite woman who had been on the job only since May, was injured, bloodied and pinned underneath. And off to the side, according to witnesses, stood a 13-year-old boy who police later said was responsible for it all. "It was like something from a movie," said Rita Olivera Ross, the 32-year Angelino Heights resident who dialed 911. "There's this young Latina, and this truck is on top of her. It was a really bad scene.
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AUTOS
December 7, 2013 | Charles Fleming
The motorcycle industry is growing extra wheels. Many manufacturers at this weekend's Progressive International Motorcycle Show are using the event to promote vehicles that aren't motorcycles at all. They'll be trumpeting their side-by-sides -- four-wheel-drive off-road vehicles that are a cross between a souped-up golf cart and a downsized dune buggy. To be sure, the manufacturers' main interest in the motorcycle show is still motorcycles. The annual gathering in Long Beach is their chance to introduce new machines to an estimated 55,000 attendees over two days and almost 90,000 square feet at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"Wheel of Fortune" has never had a reputation as a timely game show, since it tapes episodes far in advance of their air date. But a strange and sad coincidence led the show to have a Walker-related puzzle on Monday's episode, the first episode broadcast following the actor's death on Saturday. The category was movie titles and the puzzle answer was "The Fast and the Furious. " Normally, the show avoids controversy like the plague, so in an effort to stave off any possible viewer outrage, producers added a crawl across the top of the screen as the puzzle was solved.
NATIONAL
November 3, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Cirque du Soleil suffered another mishap in Las Vegas last week when a performer fell during a show, the company announced in a Facebook post. The accident Friday came just three days after regulators slapped Cirque with six citations alleging work-safety violations connected to the death of an aerialist during a performance of "Ka" at the MGM Grand in June. The latest incident happened during the 7 p.m. showing of "Zarkana" at the Aria casino-hotel, when a performer slipped off the so-called Wheel of Death.
HEALTH
October 11, 2013 | Roy Wallack, Gear
The folding bike is riding the cycling commuter wave, and the clever engineering is making it quicker than ever to carry on a subway or in a car trunk. Now found in some regular bike shops as well as specialty urban-transportation stores, better designs are helping the bikes shrug off a nerdy-professor stereotype of being ugly, tiny-wheeled, poor-riding machines. Breakthrough models come with chainless belt drives, electric engines and even recumbent formats. Most sport 20-inch wheels to make the bikes compact when folded, with elegant frames that hinge and lock at mid-frame.
NEWS
September 24, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Forget about Solvang's Danish froufrous and become immersed in its backcountry on a "ride camp" in California's vineyard-studded Santa Ynez Valley. The idea is to provide a training camp for serious cyclists to gear up for a race or a big bicycling season -- with some beautiful scenery too. The tour from Trek Travel of Madison, Wis., provides an itinerary with a mix of guided and self-guided rides Participants stay in Solvang during a seven-day trip that features an average 40-mile ride with 2,500 elevation gain each day. Day 1, head out to Los Olivos and Ballard Canyon where time trials for the Amgen Tour of California have been held in the past.
NATIONAL
September 12, 2013 | By Tina Susman
The race to claim the world's biggest Ferris wheel just took a dramatic turn, with New York City officials giving the go-ahead to a planned 625-foot ride as Las Vegas moved closer to completing its massive, spinning specimen. Just as Las Vegas' replicas of the New York City skyline and the Eiffel Tower are dwarfed by the real things, though, so too will be its High Roller Ferris wheel, according to developers of the New York ride. Las Vegas' High Roller , which is expected to open early next year, will be 550 feet high and be able to carry 1,120 people at a time.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
At first, director Travis Preston wanted to seat the audience for "Prometheus Bound" at the Getty Villa where the actors would normally be: on the plaza in front of the museum that doubles as a stage for the Getty's annual late-summer outdoor productions of ancient plays. The drama would unfold high above the crowd, in the vacated rows and aisles of the Villa's steeply sloped Roman-style theater. The switch made sense for a play whose hero is chained to a mountainside above an ocean for having thwarted Zeus' plans.
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.
SCIENCE
August 15, 2013 | By Eryn Brown and Amina Khan
NASA scientists said Thursday that the agency will no longer attempt to restore full function to the exoplanet-hunting Kepler space telescope , which has been hobbled since the spring. A three-month effort to return the craft to working order , completed just last week, was unsuccessful, said Kepler deputy project manager Charles Sobeck during a phone call with reporters.   Reaction wheels that help the craft focus on far-off stars “are sufficiently damaged that they cannot sustain spacecraft pointing control for any extended period of time,” he said, adding that the space agency will now focus on figuring out how it might still use the telescope with only two fully functioning reaction wheels.
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