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The smartwatch race is on, but does anyone care?

The smartwatch race is on, but does anyone care?

Visitors try out the new Galaxy Gear smartwatch at the Samsung stand at the IFA 2013 consumer electronics trade fair on September 5, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. ; Credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images Samsung has just announced the release of a brand new smartwatch. The Samsung Galaxy Gear can take photos and answer phone calls. One […]

Are LA’s drivers the worst? Tell us your behind-the-wheel horror stories

Are LA’s drivers the worst? Tell us your behind-the-wheel horror stories

Which city do you think has the worst drivers? ; Credit: Flickr/Irish Typepad The city with the worst drivers, according to Allstate’s America’s Best Drivers report, is Washington D.C. It’s the sixth time the nation’s capital has topped the survey, which finds that drivers there are twice as likely to get into traffic accidents than […]

Weed Runners: A look into California’s underground marijuana trade

Weed Runners: A look into California’s underground marijuana trade

Marijuana plants grow in Los Angeles.; Credit: David McNew/Getty Images Southern California was one of the first places to see a proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries when the drug became quasi-legal in the state. Many who had been selling illegally saw an opportunity to make a legitimate business. But just a few years later, dispensaries […]

Those jumbo screens at the Hollywood Bowl: buzz kill or what?

Those jumbo screens at the Hollywood Bowl: buzz kill or what?

Do you like the new screens at the Hollywood Bowl, or do you prefer the old ones? ; Credit: Flick/skampy The Hollywood Bowl has added a staple to its lineup in the form of four humongous, high definition LED screens. They replace four older, less impressive screens that were installed in 2005. The increased clarity, […]

Congress debates military strikes against Syria

Congress debates military strikes against Syria

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with members of Congress in the cabinet room of the White House on September 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama is urging Congress to authorize military action against Syria, and says he is willing to work with lawmakers on the wording of a specific resolution.; Credit: Pool/Getty Images President Obama’s […]

Is Los Angeles still a porn production hub after Measure B passed?

Is Los Angeles still a porn production hub after Measure B passed?

Actor James Deen attends ‘The Canyons’ Photocall during The 70th Venice International Film Festival. Recent films like The Canyons and Lovelace document aspects of the porn industry, but what’s the state of the industry in Los Angeles?; Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Back in November, voters passed Measure B, which required adult film performers throughout […]

Filmweek: Getaway, Passion, Drinking Buddies and more

Filmweek: Getaway, Passion, Drinking Buddies and more

Actor Ethan Hawke attends the premiere of ‘Getaway’ presented by Warner Bros. Pictures at Regency Village Theatre on August 26, 2013 in Westwood, California.; Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images Larry and KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan and Andy Klein review this week’s releases, including Getaway, Passion, Drinking Buddies and more. Which movies should you catch this Labor […]

Nissan plans to build first self-driving car by 2020. Are you ready?

Nissan plans to build first self-driving car by 2020. Are you ready?

Would you buy a self-driving car?; Credit: David Paul Morris/Getty Images Cars come with a lot of bells and whistles nowadays, but they got nothing on what the global automobile industry at large is working on next: a car that drives itself. Indeed, the race is on for the automakers to build the first self-driving […]

Obama, Clinton and Carter to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

Obama, Clinton and Carter to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

File: Martin Luther King Jr. waves to supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963.; Credit: AFP/Getty Images Washington DC will be buzzing on Wednesday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The most notable event will be at the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King Jr. once […]

Small businesses feel sticker shock from workers’ comp insurance hikes

Small businesses feel sticker shock from workers’ comp insurance hikes

A survey by the LA Business Journal found that employers have been seeing rate hikes in workers’ compensation insurance.; Credit: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images A spot survey by the Los Angeles Business Journal found some local employers hit with premium hikes exceeding 40 percent in the last year for workers’ compensation insurance. The shock is especially […]

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