Upstart Emmanuel Macron Unsettles French Presidential Race

PARIS—As France’s ruling Socialist Party prepares to vote on a standard-bearer Sunday to run to succeed its unpopular president, a former investment banker is laying to claim its voters. For months Emmanuel Macron, who quit President François Hollande’s government after launching his own political party in April, languished a distant third in the presidential race. But recent feuding among Socialists vying in Sunday’s leftist primary has produced an unexpected shift in the polls, propelling Mr. Macron into contention...

January 21, 2017 12:01 UTC

The Fitness Shift That Should Worry Every Gym Owner

Many subscribers to these on-demand fitness options are siphoning spending from traditional gyms, the data shows. Payments to on-demand fitness services jumped to 7.7% of total spending on workouts last year, up from 4.8% two years earlier, according to Cardlytics. Spending for on-demand fitness now exceeds spending at yoga and Pilates studios, according to the data. A year earlier, those on-demand fitness users had spent nearly 67% of their exercise dollars on gyms. He recently quit that studio, bought a traditional gym membership to have a place to lift weights, and rejoined ClassPass.

January 21, 2017 12:00 UTC

Democrats Meet to Plot Party’s New Course

AVENTURA, Fla.—As Republicans donned ponchos to cheer President Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington, D.C., 150 top Democratic operatives and donors gathered about 1,000 miles away at a sunny resort here to chart their course forward. Organized by David Brock, a longtime Democratic strategist and top Clinton ally, the conference’s focus is twofold: to plot the resistance to Mr. Trump and to determine how to put the party on...

January 21, 2017 12:00 UTC

California flood sweeps cabins, cars down coastal canyon

More than 20 people escaped injury when a flood swept cabins and vehicles down a coastal canyon as the second in a trio of storms drenched California with heavy rain and brought more snow to the mountains. Trees were toppled, cars were stranded in surging water and five homeless people were rescued by helicopter Friday when their encampment was swamped. After years of dry weather, California has been buffeted by rain and snow this winter. A swollen creek lifted five cabins off their foundations at midmorning and swept 22 vehicles down El Capitan Canyon in Santa Barbara County, fire Capt. Runoff and rockslides in the Santa Monica Mountains west of Los Angeles forced the California Highway Patrol to close all canyon roads in the Malibu area.

January 21, 2017 11:57 UTC

Women descend on Washington to protest Trump's agenda

Washington (CNN) Women of all generations streamed on to the National Mall Saturday morning, gathering for the Women's March on Washington to push back on the Republican agenda and offer a sharp rebuke of President Donald Trump's history of derogatory comments about women. But many of the women traveling to Washington said they wanted to bring attention to reproductive rights, the proposed rollback of former President Barack Obama's health care law and the fight for equal pay for men and women. Others bore placards with more colorful references to Trump: "Nasty Women rock" and "Keep your tiny hands off our rights." "I didn't feel like women were voting in their own interests," she said in a telephone interview before Saturday's event. "It's really just taking a stand for women's rights."

January 21, 2017 11:26 UTC

Italy Bus Crash Leaves 16 Dead

At least 16 people died and around 40 were injured when a bus carrying Hungarian high-school students crashed and burst into flames on a highway close to the northern Italian city of Verona, officials said early Saturday. The bus, which was returning to Hungary overnight after a trip to France, went off road near a highway exit and hit a pillar...

January 21, 2017 11:23 UTC

Women's marches live updates: American Ferrera, Michael Moore speak at packed Washington march

The women said they will be participating in the Women's March on Washington. The women are:— Summer Zervos, a former contestant on "The Apprentice" who filed a defamation lawsuit against Trump earlier this week. — Rachel Crooks, who said she was a 22-year-old receptionist at Trump Tower when Trump kissed her on the mouth outside an elevator when she introduced herself. "Now more than ever, it is time to be brave and time to speak truth to power," she said. Trump had threatened during the campaign to sue women who had publicly accused him of assault.

January 21, 2017 11:08 UTC

Foods to beat inflammation

Orange Juice: Although green juices have been stealing the spotlight recently, America’s sweetheart, orange juice, should not be overlooked when it comes to fighting inflammation. Research suggests that a glass of 100 percent orange juice may help reduce inflammation given its overall nutrient content and the flavonoid, hesperidin, that it contains. Reducing inflammation with 100 percent orange juice may also help support a healthy heart and circulation as well as promote overall health and wellness. Virgin Olive Oil: A staple of the Mediterranean diet, virgin olive oil is a great way to add some anti-inflammatory action to your favorite foods. A review of the compounds in virgin olive oil found that they act on a variety of inflammation markers found in the body.

January 21, 2017 11:07 UTC

Getting to the Women’s March: Metro reports packed trains; MARC adds more trains

By 11 a.m., Metro said 275,000 people had taken Metro on the day of the Women’s March on Washington. Parking lots full at multiple Metro stations (9:12 a.m.)Metro says the parking lots at Vienna, East Falls Church, Greenbelt, Shady Grove and Wiehle Reston are full. By 8:30, parking at Greenbelt and New Carrollton was at capacity and the parking lots at Vienna and East Falls Church was nearly full, Metro said. This will affect portions of Independence Avenue SW, 14th Street SW and Constitution Avenue NW. If you are planning to park downtown, several parking lots are within walking distance to the gathering location.

January 21, 2017 11:06 UTC

Beware the politician with simple answers: Trump still divides, and there's a lot at stake

The man of the moment was no longer Donald Trump the reality TV star, or Donald Trump the real estate baron-turned-politician. He was Donald Trump, president of the United States. Trump made promises in his campaign and in his inaugural speech. They were convinced Trump would accomplish more in short order than President Obama did in eight years. The act wore thin when he didn’t deliver, and the lesson was an old one: Beware the politician with simple answers to complicated problems.

January 21, 2017 11:00 UTC

As Trump pushes for U.S. manufacturing, 'Made in America' is losing its luster in the fashion world

And one of the Ashland, Pa.-company’s accounts was almost canceled because a customer wanted to boycott American clothes. “We will follow two simple rules: buy American and hire American,” Trump said during his inauguration speech Friday. On the other, these brands could lose their cool among their prime demographic if Trump turns “Made in America” into a political slogan. Made in USA tags to be sewn into shorts, shirts and jackets at Birdwell, a surfwear company founded in 1961 that makes its goods in Santa Ana. Made in USA tags to be sewn into shorts, shirts and jackets at Birdwell, a surfwear company founded in 1961 that makes its goods in Santa Ana.

January 21, 2017 11:00 UTC

To march or not? Some women are staying away from Women's March because of a rift over abortion

Across the United States, many women who oppose abortion decided to stay away from the marches planned in Washington and around the country Saturday. “The pro-life stance reduces women to nothing more than walking incubators,” one defender of abortion rights wrote. Caption Trump protesters demonstrate in Washington, D.C. Donald Trump protesters demonstrate in Washington, D.C. Donald Trump protesters demonstrate in Washington, D.C. Caption President Donald Trump's inaugural speech Donald Trump gave his first address as president of the United States at his inauguration Jan. 20, 2017. Donald Trump gave his first address as president of the United States at his inauguration Jan. 20, 2017. Caption The Inauguration of Donald Trump The Inauguration of Donald Trump The Inauguration of Donald Trump Caption Bikers for Trump Bikers for Trump Bikers for Trumpalexandra.zavis@latimes.comTwitter: @alexzavisTimes staff writer Laura King in Washington contributed to this report.

January 21, 2017 11:00 UTC

Catching Up With the Matriarch Behind Beyoncé and Solange

On the agitpop single “Formation,” Beyoncé shouts out her “Momma Louisiana.”PhotoThe journalist-averse Beyoncé broke her silence to talk about her mother’s creative influence (though on email, coordinated through a publicist). On a warm evening in late November, Ms. Lawson sat in her brightly colored living room, filled with postimpressionist and abstract works, mostly by African and African-American artists. In 2004, she and Beyoncé started the House of Deréon, a trendy, low-priced clothing brand named after Ms. Lawson’s mother. “What kind of life was I going to have now?” Ms. Lawson said. “The day I had kids, I thought, ‘I might screw everything else up, but not this,’” Ms. Lawson said, flashing a knowing smile as she sat, regally postured, on her sofa.

January 21, 2017 11:00 UTC

Psychologists ask: What makes some smart people so skeptical of science?

Social psychologists, by contrast, ponder those dark impulses and irrational beliefs — and the behavior they spawn. Their science is young, and the universe they study — society — still seems chaotic, conforming to few recognized rules. They expected that although scientists are virtually unanimous on the existence and causes of climate change, disbelievers would take issue. And that breakdown has made social psychologists feel an urgent need to communicate their findings to scientists, leaders and ordinary people befuddled by a resurgence of doubt over matters they thought settled. “But the rise of climate skepticism and the anti-vaccination movement made us realize that these enlightenment values are under attack.”

January 21, 2017 11:00 UTC

South Korea Culture Minister Resigns After Arrest

SEOUL—South Korean prosecutors on Saturday arrested President Park Geun-hye’s culture minister and her former top presidential adviser over allegations that they blacklisted artists critical of the government. Culture Minister Cho Yoon-sun and ex-presidential chief of staff Kim Ki-choon allegedly drew up a list of thousands of artists and cultural figures to be excluded from government funding programs. Three other top former...

January 21, 2017 10:48 UTC

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