For the first week of August, [The LA Times is] challenging readers to go mobile. Heidi Knack takes a cellphone snapshot of a collection of signs off Route 62 in between Palm Springs and the Arizona border June 15.
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For the first week of August, [The LA Times is] challenging readers to go mobile. Heidi Knack takes a cellphone snapshot of a collection of signs off Route 62 in between Palm Springs and the Arizona border June 15.

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baby is born in vehicle caught in backup

Washington’s teeth-gritting commute is regularly measured in miles of backup and lost productivity, but for one man Tuesday morning, the most important measure was the time between contractions.

“My daughter is having a baby,” Jerome Chappelle told a 911 dispatcher as he sat in District traffic, unable to reach a hospital.

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On Friday in Frankfurt, BMW unveiled working prototypes of the i8, a plug-in hybrid sport coupe that will carry a six-figure price tag, and the i3, a four-seat battery-powered compact car aimed at a wider market.
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On Friday in Frankfurt, BMW unveiled working prototypes of the i8, a plug-in hybrid sport coupe that will carry a six-figure price tag, and the i3, a four-seat battery-powered compact car aimed at a wider market.

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How Chocolate Can Help Your Workout

For those who worry that fitness requires nutritional denial, there is good news, with caveats. Auspicious new science suggests that chocolate can have a surprisingly large effect on the body’s response to exercise, although not in the ways that many of us might expect, and certainly not at the dosages most might hope for.

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Brazilian plastic footwear maker Melissa worked with 3M to create an amazing opening exhibit at their São Paulo flagship store, Galeria Melissa, using 350,000 colored Post-its. 30,000 of them had spontaneous messages of love written on them from local fans.
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Brazilian plastic footwear maker Melissa worked with 3M to create an amazing opening exhibit at their São Paulo flagship store, Galeria Melissa, using 350,000 colored Post-its. 30,000 of them had spontaneous messages of love written on them from local fans.

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7-year-old writes book to raise money for a service dog

When [Evan Moss] found out that there was a type of specially trained dog that can detect seizures and act to help him, Evan had the idea to write a book to help raise the $13,000 needed to buy such a dog.

In the book, Evan says, he shows that “the dog will eat pizza with me. If I go to the moon, it will go there with me.” Those are his favorite parts.

“Now that I wrote such a good book,” he added, “I think I’m going to be a famous author. That’s actually my dream.”

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A 12-year-old African tortoise who recently had his front left leg amputated due to injury is now moving just fine, thanks to a swiveling wheel attached to his shell by doctors at Washington State University’s veterinary hospital.  
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A 12-year-old African tortoise who recently had his front left leg amputated due to injury is now moving just fine, thanks to a swiveling wheel attached to his shell by doctors at Washington State University’s veterinary hospital.  

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Boaters take to the water on the roof of Selfridges department store six floors above London’s busiest shopping street.
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Boaters take to the water on the roof of Selfridges department store six floors above London’s busiest shopping street.

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"What are the laws of physics in the Angry Birds world?” John Burk, a ninth-grade physics teacher at the private Westminster Schools in Atlanta, put that question to his students and gave them the chance to “be among the first to find the answer.” Burk became interested in using Angry Birds in the classroom last winter, and began blogging about teaching with it. Given that the birds are catapulted into the sky, it was the perfect tool for teaching students the laws of projectile motion.
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"What are the laws of physics in the Angry Birds world?” John Burk, a ninth-grade physics teacher at the private Westminster Schools in Atlanta, put that question to his students and gave them the chance to “be among the first to find the answer.” Burk became interested in using Angry Birds in the classroom last winter, and began blogging about teaching with it. Given that the birds are catapulted into the sky, it was the perfect tool for teaching students the laws of projectile motion.

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Birth Control May Become Free Under All Health Insurance Plans

A highly influential panel of medical experts recommended to the U.S. Department of Health on Tuesday that all health insurance plans be legally required to offer free birth control to patients.

The Obama Administration commissioned the non-partisan Institute of Medicine (IOM) panel to recommend which preventative health services all insurance plans should fully cover under the Affordable Care Act. In addition to covering birth control, the IOM suggested in its report that health insurers pay for HPV testing, contraceptive and lactation counseling, HIV screening and breast-feeding equipment.

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Keenan added she was “confident that the Obama administration will adopt the IOM’s science-based recommendation and thus make affordability of contraception a reality for all women.”

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