News archive from 20 April 2013

Set a goal but didn't follow through? Tips to resetting habits

OK, you've had nearly a third of the year. Lost that weight? Smoking a thing of the past? Nicer to your husband? If you are like many people, such resolutions have disappeared as completely as the bubbles in your Champagne toast. But you can start...

 

Skeptics weigh in as doctor details his belief in an afterlife, or at least a sequel

As near-death experiences go, this one was a doozy. Loaded with puffy pink clouds, silver-bodied angels and surreal explosions of color, it lasted nearly seven days, the longest afterlife episode since Lazarus (who, regrettably, didn't write a...

 

Kevin Ding: And the NBA awards go to . . .

Gregg Popovich is smarter than everyone. Again. Kobe Bryant's injury for the Lakers, the San Antonio Spurs' first-round playoff opponent, serves as a reminder of what a sage Popovich is and was with his mission to limit his top players' exposure to...

 

Bikers will cruise Venice Boulevard for Sunday's CicLAvia

Los Angeles celebrates its sixth CicLAvia on Sunday, with Venice Boulevard mostly closed to cars from downtown to the beach. Parts of Alvarado, 7th and Main streets will be closed downtown. The idea is to give people on foot and bicycles the chance to...

 

Dixon quietly building stellar IndyCar resume

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Scott Dixon has quietly put together one of the most impressive resumes in IndyCar. He's tied with Rick Mears for 10th on the career victory list, and another three wins would push him past Dario Franchitti and Sebastien Bourdais...

 

Santa Monica Beach, with a power-up option

This beach-and-bluffs walk in Santa Monica is a great way to soak up some scenery, take in some salty air and learn a little local history. It can be a gentle walk or a generous workout - depending on whether you use any (or all!) of the four massive...

 

Weekend Escape: Kick back at Oahu's Turtle Bay Resort

The gilt-trimmed high-rises of Waikiki offer a seductive escape from L.A. But those who rent a car - a convertible, please -- can find a simpler side of Oahu on the North Shore, an hour or so away, where locals and tourists carry surfboards instead of...

 
Kepler finds three potentially life-friendly planets  

Kepler finds three potentially life-friendly planets  

Scientists have yet to find alien life forms or another world where water flows freely, but a recent discovery makes them thinking they are on the brink of locating many Earth-like planets. On Thursday, astronomers announced in two different studies...

 
Column: Time for sports to help us heal again

Column: Time for sports to help us heal again

In so many ways, sports can bring out the worst in us. The corruption. The greed. The destructive belief that winning isn't just the only thing, but something that must be achieved no matter the cost. Then, there are times like these. While Boston was...

 
Musical of 'American Psycho' to debut in London

Musical of 'American Psycho' to debut in London

NEW YORK -- A musical based on Bret Easton Ellis's novel "American Psycho" will first try to slay an audience in London. The Headlong theater company said Friday it will stage the world premiere, which features songs by Tony Award-winner...

 

CNN sees huge ratings spike with Boston bombing, manhunt coverage

CNN might not have gotten all the facts straight, but viewers desperate for information on the Boston bombing manhunt seem willing to overlook some errors. The cable news network has seen huge ratings spikes after Monday's bombing at the Boston...

 

MetLife emails offer window into N.C.'s corporate recruiting process

North Carolina officials were repeatedly forced to reschedule a planned visit for MetLife executives last fall as they dealt with a series of unforeseen delays. Those are among the details contained in thousands of emails released this week in...

 
Paraguayans vote Sunday after a mud-slinging presidential campaign

Paraguayans vote Sunday after a mud-slinging presidential campaign

ASUNCION, Paraguay -- Paraguayans head to the polls Sunday to choose a new president after a venomously fought campaign marred by slander and back stabbing. Front-runners Horacio Cartes, 56, of the Colorado Party, and Efraín Alegre, 50, of...

 
Bruins, Red Sox postpone Friday games in Boston

Bruins, Red Sox postpone Friday games in Boston

The Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox postponed their scheduled games Friday in deference to law authorities' search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. The Red Sox did not announce a makeup date for the opener of their three-game series...

 

Study cuts before risking harm to Fla. Virtual School

Let's stipulate, for a moment, that Florida lawmakers support education and are working to position the state among the scholastic elite. If that is true, they sure have an odd way of showing it. Four years ago - in the same year that a national think...

 

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