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Scouts honor war veterans at Los Angeles National Cemetery

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Video: Child thrown from ‘The Wave’ water park slide in Dublin on opening day

DUBLIN >> The much-anticipated debut of the $43 million water park “The Wave” took a scary turn Saturday when a boy was launched from a three-story water slide, landing on the concrete exit next to the ride. The 10-year-old b...

By MATTHIAS GAFNI Bay Area News Group|

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  • Diabetes

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    Sitting on the bleachers at Peninsula High School, a lacrosse helmet and stick beside him, Scott Phillips glances at fingers scarred from nearly six years of daily blood sugar tests. Phillips was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 12 years old, and the day-to-day ordeal of managing Type 1 diabetes have been at the back of his mind ever since, he said. Now, he’s one of the first recipients of a new type of insulin pump that doctors say could be a huge step forward for diabetics...

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  • Health

    Blue Shield has highest share of enrollees in Covered California

    Blue Shield of California has the largest number of enrollees in the Covered California health insurance exchange, widening its lead over rivals Anthem Blue Cross and Kaiser Permanente, according to recently released data. The data, from Covered California, show that Blue Shield had 389,480 enrollees in the exchange as of December 2016, about 31 percent of the market. Anthem was next with 310,690 members, for a 25 percent share. Kaiser Permanente was third with 297,030 exchange...

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  • Allergies

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  • Holiday travel

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  • Parks

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    Parks in and around the San Fernando Valley offer near endless options for outdoor exploration with stunning flowers, cooling waters, unique history and unsurpassed views. Here are a few places to try: Anthony C. Beilenson Park & Lake Balboa 6300 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys; 818-756-9743, www.laparks.org/dos/aquatic/balboa. Formerly known as Balboa Park, the 80-acre Anthony C. Beilenson Park...

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  • Beer

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  • Amusement and theme parks

    Guardians of the Galaxy attraction opens Saturday at Disney California Adventure

    ANAHEIM — Riding the new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction at Disney California Adventure is like hopping on an out-of-control pogo stick. The drops on the elevator-free-fall ride are wild and unexpected, zipping guests in a variety of heights both up and down. Rock ’n’ roll music blares. Video vignettes of the stars of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies appear. Unlike Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, the old ride in the same building,...

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  • Travel

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    Before I learn to “throat sing” with indigenous women — and before I encounter 500-year-old, scarily human-like mummies — our rubber Zodiac putters up to an isolated hamlet in wildly vast Greenland where we are ceremoniously greeted by a female Inuit villager with a paint-tattooed face. She wears seal fur-trimmed britches, ritualistically beats a caribou-hide drum, and asks me, “What is your animal name?” Hers, she says, is “Whale.”...

    By Norma Meyer meyer.norma@yahoo.com |

  • Museums

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