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Asian Americans make new push for L.A. council seats

Nearly 30 years ago, legislative aide Mike Woo shattered a barrier, becoming the first Asian American to win a seat on the Los Angeles City Council.

Watch E.O. Wilson explain the meaning of human existence, in 6 minutes

Notable biologist and big-thinker E.O. Wilson drops the mic on the ways nature and human nature are intertwined.

How to turn a boring old book into a stash box

On the fourth day of DIY Christmas, keep prying eyes away with this secret box camouflaged as a book.

Can I justify a fake Christmas tree?

A reader wants the greenest artificial Christmas tree possible. Umbra gets real.

Reducing food waste takes more than finishing your plate

Wasting less where food is produced is not only good for the planet, but it also helps reduce poverty -- the best way to get at hunger.

Weak deal at Lima climate talks disappoints climate hawks

The U.N. climate summit kicked off with optimism, but fizzled out at the end as countries punted decisions on hot-button topics.

Northern white rhino, one of six in the world, dies at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Angalifu, one of six northern white rhinos in the world, died Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, apparently from old age, park officials announced.

Cleveland baby born at 10:11 12/13/14

Baby Hazel was born at just the right minute: 10:11 on 12/13/14.

Southern California to get more rain, beginning Monday night

As the Southland dries off from Friday's major storm, a smaller front of rain arriving Monday will deliver the region another soaking.

American and Delta announce upgrades to seats, lounges

Two of the nation’s largest airlines — Delta and American — are going head-to-head in a battle to offer the most stylish, comfortable and tech-friendly seats in the sky.

Solar Gets The Glory, But Your Boiler Is Important Too!

I love writing about the coolest cleantech solutions on the planet — solar panels, wind turbines, learning thermostats, LEDs, and electric cars. However, there are a lot of improvements you can make in your home to cut your energy use to a large degree. Show More Summary

Personal Finance Q&A: Will an installment loan help credit score?

Dear Liz: I am working on paying my bad debt from the past to rebuild my scores. I have one credit card that I pay in full every month, but no installment loan. I recently was given the opportunity to take a car loan with monthly payments I could easily afford. Here is my confusion: Taking on...

Owners must keep up homeowner association document chase

Question: Our board and management are highly skilled at circumventing laws by using delay tactics for owner requests. Our association's accounting consists of nothing more than unverifiable summaries presented as fact. Management even announced they shredded everything before 2006 per board...

Musician Blake Robin creates his own life of Luxxury

The gig: Blake Robin, a.k.a. Luxxury, is producer and songwriter whose accomplishments include writing songs for film and TV commercials, performing at San Francisco's Treasure Island music festival and DJing at silent discos (dancers wear headphones) in Santa Monica. Robin's most recent work...

More real estate listings to detail homes' disabled access features

On the heels of the movement to add green features to multiple listing service postings, listing accessibility features is also gaining steam.

'The Best Place to Work' offers tips for creating a committed staff

The polling company Gallup has been measuring levels of employee engagement in the U.S. since the turn of the century. A decade ago, only 30% of employees said they were engaged in their work. You might have thought managers would have wanted to do something about that.

Best time to list a home for sale? Winter, Redfin says

So you've begun thinking about selling your house and you figure: Let's wait until the spring or early summer before listing. The yard will look its best and potential buyers will be out in force. And everybody knows that winter is dead time for real estate.

New federal guidelines to limit racial profiling fall short

Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. released new guidelines last week aimed at limiting profiling by federal law-enforcement officers. Though he should be commended for tackling the issue, the new guidelines leave much to be desired.

Uber needs to learn how to play by the rules

Is there a company in America more in need of adult supervision than Uber?

Where campaign spending was highest, disdain for it is bipartisan

The priciest congressional election in the country wasn't a slugfest in some silk-stocking district or free-for-all on the pricey Westside of Los Angeles. It was fought here in Northern California, where the American River winds from Folsom through the workaday suburbs of Sacramento.

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