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Why certain graduates from Ivy League schools are struggling in the workforce

When Chantel Brown was a child in rural Morganton, N.C., she savored the illusion that she "could come off as middle class." That doesn't take much when one-quarter of the residents live in poverty. But Ms. Brown cleaved to the bling she had: her family's one-story brick home in a one-street …

United Airlines' President Just Showed How Not to Talk to Employees (and Now They're Mad as Hell)

How should a leader persuade his staff he has their interests at heart? Not like this.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Words matter.<p>Even if they're in a memo. Especially if they're in a memo sent by a senior executive to all of …

United Airlines

The 10 Essential Hiking Trails in Los Angeles

Hiking is almost a rite of passage in L.A. Whether you’re native born or a transplant, a nature fiend or an indoor kid, hitting one of the city’s …

Sora Aoi: Japan's porn star who taught a Chinese generation about sex

<b>When Japanese actress and former porn star Sora Aoi announced her marriage online, it set off a frenzy on Chinese social media.</b><p>That's because she has played a surprisingly significant role in the lives of a generation of young Chinese internet users.<p>On New Year's day, Ms Aoi posted a picture of her …

LA River development: Mapping 21 riverfront projects now on the way - Curbed LA

The plan to ecologically restore an 11-mile section of the Los Angeles River has put a big, national spotlight on the waterway.<p>Anticipating a revitalization, city and real estate developers have paid attention to the flood channel for years now. The result has been a steady stream of …

Urban Design

If You Loved 'Lady Bird,' Here's Your Insider's Guide to Sacramento

30 reasons to visit the blossoming California capital.<p>Sacramento is having a moment. A person can’t watch “Lady Bird” without absorbing some of the …

Travel

Breakthrough: Some cases of schizophrenia and bipolar caused by autoimmune disease

- Imagine being on an emotional rollercoaster of ups and downs or waking up one day and you start hearing voices, think someone is chasing you, and …

How Much Money Is Really Enough?

That word <i>enough</i> is a relative term. We all should have our own set of unique life goals to guide financial decisions. Unfortunately, if you haven’t taken the time to explore your financial plans, you may end up getting trapped in the pursuit of more rather than the contentment of enough.<p>The …

Public pickleball courts to debut in San Marcos

San Marcos will add pickleball courts to its recreation options later this week as city officials cut the ribbon on a small new city park.<p>Aside from …

Urban Design

Downtown Los Angeles Reborn: Exploring (and Tasting) the ‘Center of Everything’

There was a time, not long ago, when Downtown Los Angeles was a place to avoid, the rotting core of a famously centerless city. With its mirrored …

Los Angeles

Silicon Valley is on a quest to grow the perfect diamond

For centuries, people have gone to great lengths and extraordinary costs - from the baked Namib Desert to the ice-locked Canadian tundra - to pull …

25 must-see buildings in California

In 2017, USA TODAY Travel and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) are teaming up to help travelers find the best buildings in America. We asked AIA chapters nationwide to name 25 structures visitors to their state should see. These architects and design professionals also share their …

The Great Pot Monopoly Mystery

Some very powerful people are trying to corner the market on legal weed and turn their company into the Monsanto of marijuana. Who are they? And can they be stopped?<p>The search for the hidden forces that might soon control the marijuana industry began, as many wild journeys do, in Las Vegas. It was …

Cannabis

Our Favorite Rib Recipes of All-Time

We’re not saying these ribs are required at your summer party, but they’re highly recommended for happy guests.<p>These rib recipes cover all areas of …

Try this great L.A. Walk: Strolling around the Rose Bowl in Pasadena

Pasadena’s Rose Bowl was completed in late 1922, just in time for Cal to beat USC in the first game played there. Since then, the 90,888-seat capacity stadium has been home to annual Rose Bowl games, five Super Bowl contests, Olympics events and multiple World Cup soccer matches — and, of course, …

Costco testing Shake Shack copycat cheeseburger in Southern California

Costco’s new cheeseburger. (Photo courtesy of Foodbeast)<p>A Costco in Lakewood promotes the “new” organic cheeseburger being tested at select …

The Story of Patel Brothers, the Biggest Indian Grocery Store in America

<b>When he was 23, Mafat Patel headed for America.</b> It was 1968, and he had just received a visa to get his MBA at Indiana University.<p>This trip would mark his first time outside his home country of India. Born the eldest of six siblings, three sisters and two brothers, he’d spent most of his life on a …

The 50 Essential Hiking Trails in Los Angeles

Get up, get out<p>Hiking is almost a rite of passage in L.A. Whether you’re native born or a transplant, a nature fiend or an indoor kid, hitting one of …

The 100 Most Photogenic Spots in L.A.

There is so much beauty all around us no I’m not crying you’re crying<p>Los Angeles loves having its picture taken. Naturally. Whether in a movie, TV …

The Best Itinerary for Costa Rica

Though it’s hardly a secret these days, there’s something about Costa Rica that exudes a certain cool factor. Maybe it’s the laid-back surfer and …

The VICE Guide to Los Angeles

Whether you're just visiting or settling in for the long haul, our VICE guide will help you navigate LA like a local.<p><i>People love to hate Los Angeles. Tell someone you're visiting or moving here and steel yourself for a barrage of unsolicited jabs about how "the people are so fake," or "the traffic</i> …

The Goldster Declares Tsujita the Most Hardcore Ramen Bowl in LA

This week, <b>Jonathan Gold</b> slurps noodles at the newest Los Angeles location of <b>Tsujita</b> in Glendale’s Americana at Brand. The Goldster calls Tsujita the “king of <i>tonkotsu</i> ramen in Los Angeles,” and notes that this caliber of ramen is a first for the area. Although the restaurant has simplified its menu …

The Best Outdoor Activities in Los Angeles

Unlike most parts of the country, where recreational activities are dictated by the thermometer, in Los Angeles, there is no such seasonal limitation. Thus, it should come as no surprise that the place whose climate renders it SUP-able in February is, at times, the subject of every outdoor …

How GlaxoSmithKline Took Its Medicine

Here’s how Sir Andrew Witty, who is due to end an eight-year tenure as the chief executive of British drug giant GlaxoSmithKline, would like to be remembered: in his shirtsleeves, in sub-Saharan Africa, meeting with impoverished villagers and then persuading first-world politicians of the need for …

79 Free Things to Do in Los Angeles

The next time you’re in Los Angeles and looking for something to do, check out some wallet-friendly favorites. (Photo: Almy)<p>In the land of splashy …

Catalina Island: Hollywood history, grazing buffalo and a new museum

AVALON, Calif. – Modern visitors arrive by the boatload to revel in Santa Catalina Island’s crystal-clear waters, Old California and Art Deco architecture, and sometimes, with hopes of catching a glimpse of one of the many buffalo that graze throughout the island’s vast interior.<p>The laid-back …

Hiking Los Angeles

Los Angeles may be known as a car-centric metro area, but want to know one of the town’s best-kept secrets? The awesome hiking trails throughout the …

Hiking

Italian Restaurants in LA To Try Now

Chef Mirko Paderno is as Italian as Tony Soprano’s grandfather and since 1999 he’s graced LA’s culinary scene with Italian authenticity. Raised in …

Italian Food

6 Delicious Late Nights Eats in LA

The city that never sleeps may be New York, but Los Angeles has its fair share of night owls too. Luckily, pleasing these night owls is no hard task …

Taco Bell

The man hired to have sex with children

<b>In some remote southern regions of Malawi, it's traditional for girls to be made to have sex with a paid sex worker known as a "hyena" once they reach puberty. The act is not seen by village elders as rape, but as a form of ritual "cleansing". However, as Ed Butler reports, it has the potential to</b> …