Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY

Chris Woodyard


Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Chris:

Valentine's Day treat: 'Romance mode' puts a roaring fire inside your Tesla

Build a roaring fire right in your car -- with sexy music to go with it. Even the seat warmers turn on. → Read More

Police: DKE frat members arrested for hazing, urinating upon LSU pledges

Nine members of DKE fraternity, under suspension at Louisiana State University, were arrested Thursday on charges related to a hazing incident. → Read More

Beverly Hills becoming a 'theme park'? City strives to be exclusive, but open to tourists

The city famous for swimming pools and movie stars is trying to cash in on tourists without alienating locals. → Read More

Police are looking for alternatives to guns. How effective are they?

Tasers only work about 60 percent of the time, some large police agencies say, forcing a search for new alternatives to lethal force. → Read More

Study: Electric scooters sending lots of riders to emergency rooms with injuries

The study involving two hospitals in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, California, found lots of broken bones, bruises and cuts. → Read More

Los Angeles' striking teachers reach settlement with school district

L.A. teachers walked out last week, pushing for smaller classes and more nurses. Parents backed them during the strike, and students skipped classes. → Read More

L.A. teachers' strike: Who is winning, and when will it end?

Los Angeles' teachers are still energized and appear to enjoy public support, but how long will they stay out of school? The latest on negotiations. → Read More

More cities add Barack Obama's name to landmarks, highways

New York, Chicago and Los Angeles are all have efforts underway to name things after America's first African-American president → Read More

Fewer Americans are biking to work despite new trails, lanes and bicycle share programs

Nationally, the percentage of people who say they use a bike to get to work fell by 3.2 percent between 2016 and 2017, to an average of 836,569 commuters, according to the latest figures by U.S. Census Bureau. → Read More

Rampant migrant illnesses force U.S. Border Patrol to seek help, change procedures

More than 450 arrived ill in a week through Sunday and 17 are hospitalized → Read More

CNN's man in Havana opens a door to island nation in 'This Is Cuba'

Former CNN journalist David Ariosto provides arresting insights into Cuban life in his new memoir, 'This Is Cuba.' A book review. → Read More

Elon Musk's Boring Co. to show off Los Angeles transportation tunnels

Elon Musk's Boring Co. to show off L.A. tunnels → Read More

Barf bag included: Disgusting Food Museum lives up to its name

LA's Disgusting Food Museum lives up to its name → Read More

Tesla fighters: The latest challengers in the luxury electric car market

Rivals aren't sitting still as Tesla continues to produce hot, long-range electric cars → Read More

Giant 7.0 earthquake rocks Anchorage, Alaska; damage reported even at Sarah Palin's house

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 has struck near Anchorage, Alaska, causing widespread damage, triggering rock slides and alarming office workers who plunged under their desks. → Read More

Strong earthquake strikes near Anchorage, tsunami warning issued

No initial reports of damage, but assessment was underway. → Read More

Ukraine bars visits from Russian men as tensions rise

Fallout continues from Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian vessels last week and capture of their crews → Read More

7 fun things to know about Jeep's crazy Gladiator off-road pickup truck

The midsize pickup will be able to go where few other can → Read More

This Honda hybrid honored as Green Car of the Year

The Honda Insight was cited for being but thrifty, but attractive and affordable → Read More

LA Auto Show: Kia's Soul morphs into three models

Kia's compact SUV gets a design makeover that could improve its appeal to drivers of all ages, not just the young. → Read More