Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY

Chris Woodyard


Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Past articles by Chris:

Avoiding inflation: These high-tech must-have products have actually gotten cheaper

Some electronics have decreased in prices over the past year, the government's CPI index shows. New smartphone, anyone? → Read More

'Extraordinarily frustrated': Renters can find no place to plug in electric vehicles

Many apartment complexes and condominiums don't offer charging or have the ability to easily have stations installed. → Read More

The dash for power: As electric vehicle sales surge, public charging stations in the U.S. lag

The race was on to install charging stations around the country as the electric car boom takes hold, but it's yet to be seen if it's enough → Read More

The 'weakest link in the supply chain': Thieves looting LA trains like the wild west

About 90 shipping containers a day are plundered from trains in Los Angeles. The old Western-styled crime is exposing a weakness in the supply chain. → Read More

Happier returns? Retailers in race to solve holidays' environmental, logistics nightmare

Rejected merchandise accounts for 5.8 billion pounds of waste and 16 million tons of CO2, leading retailers to explore some creative solutions. → Read More

These four states have been hit hard by COVID-19 yet balked at strict mask mandates. What is it like to live there?

Here is a snapshot of life in Texas, Wyoming, Florida and South Dakota, all states with skyrocketing COVID-19 cases and lax restrictions. → Read More

FAA certifies troubled Boeing 737 Max to fly again, but critics fear jetliner's 'basic aerodynamic problem'

The Boeing jetliner has been grounded for 20 months following two international crashes that killed 346 passengers and crew. → Read More

COVID-19 infections are soaring. Lockdowns could be coming. A list of restrictions in your state.

As COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths continue to rise, states are halting reopening plans or imposing new coronavirus-related restrictions. → Read More

California catches a break from worst-ever year for wildfires with cooler weather, but the threat remains

This is the worst year ever for wildfires in California: An area the size of Delaware has burned. Winds will determine what is next for the state. → Read More

Coronavirus updates: Voters with COVID can cast in-person ballots; Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon in quarantine; 5 states set weekly death records

New York to implement new testing system for all travelers. More schools enter a new phase of reopening. Latest COVID-19 news. → Read More

California Gov. Gavin Newsom touts 'extraordinary work' of firefighters against wind-whipped Orange County wildfires

Gov. Gavin Newsom said 42 fires were reported over a 24-hour period as the winds picked up, with most quickly brought under control by firefighters. → Read More

Airlines look to 'travel bubbles' for COVID-19 safety and to restart international routes

Air bubbles and sky bridges. Whatever you call it, the concept is to use testing to make sure the coronavirus doesn't make its way onto flights. → Read More

Disneyland to reopen? No time soon under new California theme park guidelines

Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood and other top attractions won't reopen anytime soon, based on new guidelines from California. → Read More

Boo! Book your holiday trips by Halloween or you'll be haunted by higher fares, website warns

Travel website Hopper, which tracks the best to time to book, says the lowest fares for the holidays come this month. → Read More

Boo! Book your holiday trips by Halloween or you'll be haunted by higher fares, website warns

Travel website Hopper, which tracks the best to time to book, says the lowest fares for the holidays come this month. → Read More

CDC advises booting travelers who refuse to wear masks on planes, trains, buses, other transportation

The agency's advice may help airlines and others deal with passengers who try to dispute the need to wear masks on public transportation. → Read More

One of the world's longest flights, New York to Singapore, to return. Hopeful sign for air travel?

The flight could make travel easier for Americans on their way to Asia -- if they can find a country that will let them enter → Read More

Coronavirus study finds air on planes is safer than homes or operating rooms

The study by United Airlines and others found that HEPA filters and high air turnover reduces the rate of COVID-19 infection by 99.7%. → Read More

Americans torn between taking a vacation and avoiding the coronavirus, surveys find

AAA and Travelocity, in separate surveys, found travelers are wary of the coronavirus but some may still make fall or holiday trips. → Read More

Hawaii vacations become a lot easier Thursday, but are tourists really welcome?

OK, so you're willing to stare down the coronavirus and travel to Hawaii, but know the restrictions and rules on the islands before you go. → Read More