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1. The black number following each title below is the Flesch‐Kincaid Grade Level (1.9→11.0 = easiest→hardest; see Flesch‐Kincaid, Readability‐Grader, or Readability‐Score.
2. Following each story are 5 numbers: Flesch‐Kincaid Grade Level, Flesch Reading Ease Score, %Passive Sentences, Average Number of Words per Sentence, Total Number of Words.
3. Each story has two audio players: one Normal Speed, and one Slow Speed (click on the small box following title).
4. January 3, 2017: I'm adding new Xword | Clues | Answers to all 365 stories. Please bear with me. It will take several months.

Oct. 5, 2016. All 365 stories below are mobile‐ready and error‐free. Mike email me michaeleslATgmail.com



1. New to America from Asia  3.2 (Grade Level)
2. A Haircut Every 2 Weeks  3.3
3. Yardman Mows and Blows  3.3
4. Grab Your Umbrellas  2.3
5. Finds Bargains at Thrift Shop  3.3
6. Horses to Ride till Thrown  2.0
7. Does "Garlic" Mean Garlic?  4.5
8. A Shampoo Shower Injury  2.6
9. Pete's Too Sharp Knife  3.2
10. WWW Provider Overbills Him  6.0
11. A Good Hot Dog Sandwich  3.5
12. BF Causes Her Stomachache  3.0
13. Please Marry Me!  2.6
14. Weekly Laundry Day  5.9
15. Noisy Neighbor Quiets Down  2.4
16. The New‐Realtor Blues  4.3
17. Fire Alarm Hurts Her Ears  5.3
18. Eddie's Short Visit to Betty  2.9
19. Carbon Monoxide Kills  5.2
20. An Exciting Visit to Asia  3.8
21. "South Park" School Boys  5.2
22. Loose Button Gets Sewn  3.5
23. Paper Pile Grows and Goes  3.1
24. Brushing and Flossing Time  4.4
25. Raising the Kids Right  4.0
26. A Clean Toilet Bowl  4.0
27. Love Note to His Girlfriend  2.4
28. Spock Saves His Dad  5.7
29. Hawk Attacks Hang-Glider  3.5
30. A Daytime Robbery in LA  3.5
31. Loves to Ride Motorcycle  4.0
32. Breakup and Heartbreak  2.8
33. Beautiful, Famous Model Dies  6.2
34. Shopping Carts on Lawns  4.6
35. Four Slit Throats in Italy  6.7
36. Trick or Treat Attack  5.5
37. A Jealous Girlfriend   2.2
38. Snowstorms Hit NY Towns  4.2
39. Another Jealous Girlfriend   2.6
40. She Loves Her Son   5.2
41. Examines Her for Stomach Pain  5.3
42. Hospitals Can Make You Sick  6.5
43. English Is So Hard   3.2
44. Hollywood Stars and Tourists   6.6
45. GEICO's TV Lizard  6.2
46. Law and Order in LA?  6.8
47. No Welcome Mat for Iraqis  8.2
48. Have You Seen This Man?  6.5
49. LA Traffic Report  6.5
50. LA Radio News  7.3
51. Trash Truck Misses Pick‐Up  5.1
52. Her First Driving Accident  4.0
53. You're Not a Good Principal  7.4
54. I Got You Covered, Honey  5.5
55. Paris Goes to Jail in LA  8.2
56. A Year with No TV  5.2
57. Let's Buy Some Paint  3.5
58. I Need Water for My Clients  5.8
59. Time to Put Pets to Sleep  4.4
60. Where Is That Darn Battery?  4.8
61. If You Really Love Me  3.9
62. A Big Cash Wedding Gift (1)  4.7
63. A Big Cash Wedding Gift (2)  3.3
64. Tiger Trainer Wins at Poker  6.3
65. Few Visits to Her Open House  5.9
66. London Car Bombs Are Duds  5.8
67. Wedding Card Inspires Ire  5.1
68. Scallop Dinner No Winner  4.2
69. You're Not My Dad  3.5
70. Senator Enjoys His Diapers  8.5
71. Shopping at 99 Cents Store  4.5
72. Betting Big in Vegas  4.3
73. Homes Priced to Sell!  6.9
74. Handyman to Fix Sinks  4.4
75. Wife Too Busy for Grandma  3.8
76. Husband Dies in Hotel Pool  5.0
77. Balloon Ablaze in Canada  7.3
78. Man's Best Friend vs. NFL  8.8
79. Utah Coal Mine Claims Six  8.2
80. Grumpy Checker like Robot  6.6
81. CA DMV: Fix Polluting Cars  6.7
82. Tries to Chat Up "Neighbor"  5.1
83. Suspicious Shoppers at Mall  2.7
84. Death Is Part of Life  4.3
85. Taggers' Pal Shoots Grandma  4.5
86. Crime on the Rise in LA  5.0
87. Judges Too Soft on Crime  6.6
88. Pluto Chases Kid at Disneyland  5.0
89. Arm Wrestlers in Harm's Way  7.6
90. "Semper Buy" Insult to Marine  8.1
91. No Respect for Greek Arsonist  6.7
92. Dreams about His Drowning (1)  3.9
93. Dreams about His Drowning (2)  2.4
94. She Nixes Hubby's Egypt Trip  5.2
95. No More Sugar for NYC Seniors  6.8
96. Makes Deal behind Her Back  4.3
97. Snakebite on Mountain Trail  4.1
98. She Could Have Saved Elvis  4.9
99. He Calls Cops re Bad Pot  2.8
100. Surfer Survives Shark Attack  3.9
101. Forbidden Love in Hospital  4.7
102. Interstate Bridge Fails, 10 Die  7.6
103. Stop Selling Cute Bunnies  8.2
104. Actor Tries to Kill Himself  7.7
105. Senator Says He's Not Gay  5.7
106. E. Coli Is Everywhere  8.4
107. Influenza Sickens One Billion  9.3
108. Job Sickens Hospital Orderly (1)  7.9
109. Job Sickens Hospital Orderly (2)  5.5
110. Pretty Flowers Anger Wife  5.9
111. Pet Dog Inherits Millions  6.4
112. Ill Man Holds Staff Hostage  6.7
113. Boy Defends Sister, Baby  7.0
114. Remember Me from Restaurant?  3.8
115. The Way to a Man's Heart  2.3
116. Stick Ship to Circle World  5.3
117. LA Passes Dog-Barking Law  6.6
118. Man Flies 200 Miles in Chair (1)  3.0
119. Man Flies 200 Miles in Chair (2)  3.8
120. Cleaning a Dirty Plate—Oops!  3.4
121. Free Car Wash with Driving Lesson  4.6
122. Hurricane Dean Fizzles in Cancun  6.7
123. Adventurer Vanishes into Thin Air  7.1
124. PCC Nursing Student Disappears  5.5
125. Everyone Loves Yellow Bananas  6.4
126. Entire Office Smells like Chicken  7.6
127. Discount Wedding, Tough Steak (1)  6.9
128. Discount Wedding, Tough Steak (2)  4.4
129. Aloof Waiter Gets Sensible Tip  4.0
130. Your Country Thanks, Bills You  7.0
131. Infamous D.B. Cooper Lives On (1)  5.3
132. Infamous D.B. Cooper Lives On (2)  6.0
133. I Drink, but I'm No Alcoholic!  3.5
134. 48 Homes Burn near Malibu (1)  6.7
135. 48 Homes Burn near Malibu (2)  6.3
136. Drought Drags On, Dries Out GA  8.0
137. Gasping for Breath in the MRI  6.2
138. Sister's Body's in the Barrel (1)  5.1
139. Sister's Body's in the Barrel (2)  5.0
140. Phony Red Meat, Real Gray Water  8.1
141. He Seeks Tune to Curb Barking  5.9
142. Rare Tiger Kills Common Drunks (1)  4.7
143. Rare Tiger Kills Common Drunks (2)  7.4
144. Red Flowers Make Her See Red  3.9
145. Stolen Bucks at Starbucks  6.9
146. A Play, or a Movie? Neither! (1)  3.2
147. A Play, or a Movie? Neither! (2)  3.9
148. Toilet Tank Almost Overfills (1)  3.4
149. Toilet Tank Almost Overfills (2)  4.7
150. Miss Mugs Mall Santa  4.5
151. Illegal Apt. Fire Kills Two  7.4
152. Police Arrest Canyon "Arsonists"  7.5
153. He Escapes Jury Duty, Exults (1)  4.9
154. He Escapes Jury Duty, Exults (2)  6.6
155. How Do You Celebrate New Year's?  7.0
156. Man Leaves $50K to Waitress (1)  4.9
157. Man Leaves $50K to Waitress (2)  5.5
158. CA: 50% of Students Will Drop Out  7.3
159. Retailers Love Black Friday  6.7
160. JFK Death: Facts in Dispute  10.3
161. Just Enough Fuel to Land Safely  7.5
162. Clap Thrice for The Clapper  5.8
163. TB Kills 2 Million Yearly  7.9
164. Old Dogs Become Young Again  4.1
165. Ham and Eggplant—Hold the Ham  3.4
166. Boyfriend Harms Her Eardrum (1)  1.9
167. Boyfriend Harms Her Eardrum (2)  5.1
168. Drug Dealers Use Subs, Cannon  11.0
169. Searches for Husband in Iran (1)  6.5
170. Searches for Husband in Iran (2)  4.9
171. Hiker Sets Trap for Cyclists  4.4
172. Scrooge Brings Christmas Gift (1)  3.3
173. Scrooge Brings Christmas Gift (2)  2.9
174. His Haircut Leaves Her Cold (1)  3.2
175. His Haircut Leaves Her Cold (2)  5.7
176. Daylight Robbery in Mall Lot (1)  4.1
177. Daylight Robbery in Mall Lot (2)  5.7
178. Driving Lesson Scares Them Both (1)  3.4
179. Driving Lesson Scares Them Both (2)  4.7
180. Disappointing Move to Georgia (1)  5.7
181. Disappointing Move to Georgia (2)  5.4
182. She'll Get Job in Restaurant  5.1
183. Brothers Clean Up River (1)  5.8

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184. Brothers Clean Up River (2)  7.5 (Grade Level)
185. Bad Blood at Coffee Shop  3.9
186. God: Open Door, Feed Flies (1)  3.3
187. God: Open Door, Feed Flies (2)  1.9
188. Safe Car for Girlfriend's Son (1)  4.7
189. Safe Car for Girlfriend's Son (2)  4.2
190. Small Boy Sets Big Fire  6.9
191. TV, Movie Writers to Strike  6.5
192. Court: Killer Must Die Painlessly  3.9
193. He: Fraud; She: Little White Lie  3.2
194. So You Want to Be a CA Juror  5.6
195. Fat Lip for Golfing Doctor (1)  4.0
196. Fat Lip for Golfing Doctor (2)  2.7
197. He Invents Toilet for Cars  5.3
198. Chimps Attack Delhi Florist  5.1
199. Pasta Meal, Hershey Dessert (1)  5.3
200. Pasta Meal, Hershey Dessert (2)  5.0
201. Sara Buys New Toaster  4.7
202. Coffee in Lap at Drive-Thru  8.0
203. Cow Saves Drenched Owner  6.2
204. Drunk Crashes, Taken to Jail  7.3
205. Bullet in Knee, Cane in Hand  5.0
206. Cop Chase Ends in LA  7.4
207. Piano Tuner Wins, Loses Big  6.5
208. Inmates Free Guards, Get Sweets  9.2
209. Loser's Pig Gets Hot Tomatoes  6.4
210. Goats Eat City's Brush, Trash  6.5
211. Seeks Her Cat, Rents Billboard  5.5
212. Man Hoards Library Books  3.4
213. He Needs New Disposal (1)  6.0
214. He Needs New Disposal (2)  6.2
215. Pickpockets, Burglars, Thieves  6.1
216. Kids, Easter Eggs, Easter Bunny  6.1
217. Couple Too Clean for Hotel  7.3
218. Dog's Poop Costs Her $100   3.7
219. Prof's Book Cheaper for Pupils  7.4
220. Old, Ill Couple Die at Home  5.8
221. Turtle and Dove Store Opens  6.8
222. Mayor Denies "Cowlision"  3.3
223. SoCal Gas Prices: New High  7.0
224. 75K Go to LA Book Festival  7.9
225. Housing Prices Soar Nationwide  6.4
226. Happy and Unhappy Renters  5.7
227. Crack Crew Cleans Creek Crud  7.4
228. Co. Clones Cats Now, Dogs Next  6.8
229. Beach Home Rentals Good, Bad  8.6
230. Drought, Trees Up Fire Threat  6.6
231. Vegas Card-Counter Writes Book  8.5
232. Park Reopens after Rock Slides  7.4
233. City Swim Classes Begin  5.8
234. Seniors: Think Young, Stay Young  8.5
235. Federal Program: $5M for Homeless  8.4
236. Tenants Watch Building Burn  6.1
237. Tub Bath: Honey, Syrup, H2O  4.5
238. 200 Bags of Fresh Blood  6.6
239. Peru, Navajo at City Art Fair  8.0
240. Bike Thefts at 30-Year Low  6.2
241. Bank Robber Waves Grenade  4.8
242. Immigration Goes Online in LA  7.9
243. He Fixes Screen Door Lock  5.8
244. AC Unit Goes South in Heat  6.4
245. His Spray Removes All Calories  8.2
246. Man Shoots Up Post Office  4.8
247. Loses Dime, Finds Priceless Murals  5.6
248. Big Rig Plows into Pier  9.3
249. Chief Wants VidCams in Cars  6.9
250. A 'C'?! Schoolgirl Sues School  5.1
251. SUV Launches CHP Officer  6.9
252. Babysitter Kisses BF, Tot Drowns  8.4
253. "Ex"-Smoker Dies in House Fire  6.5
254. Plane Hits Empty Bedroom  5.8
255. Expert: How to Catch Girls  3.2
256. A Bullet and a Xmas Tree  6.2
257. Jilted Nurse Puts BF on Ice  5.7
258. Captains Save Anglers, Lose Fins  6.3
259. Mystery Fluid, Mystery Woman  3.8
260. She "Lost" Winning Ticket  6.3
261. B-Ball Player Wins, Dances, Dies  7.9
262. USDA: Fries Are "Fresh Veggies"  8.0
263. Golfer Speeds to Clubhouse  4.1
264. Twins at Playboy's Deathbed  4.8
265. Gassy Plan to Evade Jury Duty  5.0
266. She Knows Way to a Man's Heart  4.7
267. Pre-Teen Seeks Mature BF  3.9
268. Fishing Trip to Big Bear, CA  6.4
269. Vegan Activists Derail Cow Train  8.1
270. $10K Reward for $100K Guitar  6.7
271. Killer Stepmom Kills Self  7.4
272. Pretty Teacher Has Other Plans  3.8
273. LA Gangs Use Guns, Knives  5.7
274. Driver Smokes Pot, Gets Busted  4.2
275. Cancer? White Spot on Tongue  3.6
276. She Loves Him Too Much  1.5
277. Doc's Kids Enjoy Arguing  5.3
278. Billionaire to Ruin 'Hood  4.4
279. Sisters: Let's Go to Vegas!  4.8
280. Squirrel Hisses at Golfer  5.8
281. Dad Goes to War for Baby  4.7
282. English Lesson Is Confusing  5.6
283. He Preps for Bike Ride  4.3
284. Afternoon Swim at FL Beach  4.4
285. Park Goes to the Dogs  4.6
286. Finds Carburetor in Junk Yard  5.4
287. Plant Manager Is Mean Troll  3.9
288. Beware Scalpers at Ball Park  3.1
289. Job Interview Ends Poorly  4.8
290. Seeks Stephen King Book  4.4
291. Cancer Fells Self-Made Gal  4.4
292. Donates Old, $‐Eating, Gassy Car  6.1
293. He Invites Student to Dinner  3.3
294. Uncle Dies in Bathroom  3.6
295. She Discards Uncle's Memento  3.8
296. Schoolboys Swipe Store Sweets  3.0
297. Guard: Leave Our Beach Now!  3.3
298. Worker Testy with Customer  4.7
299. After 30 Years, He Goes, She Goes  4.0
300. Judge Makes Lawyer Pay  5.3
301. "Computertle" Needs Caffeine (1)  4.7
302. "Computertle" Needs Caffeine (2)  3.6
303. Book Sense, Not Street  4.0
304. The Flu Wants You!  7.5
305. Magician "Hires" Babes  9.0
306. Drug Dealers vs. Fed Agents  7.5
307. Body Shop after Body Drop  4.5
308. Happy Anniversary, I Think  2.9
309. "Plop!" Goes a.m. LA Times  4.8
310. Mean Manager Gets New Job  4.4
311. She Trades Bad Pork for Trout  3.4
312. Don't Eat the Meat  9.1
313. There's Gold in That Copper  8.6
314. Driving Lesson Irks Son (1)  3.2
315. Driving Lesson Irks Son (2)  4.6
316. Intruder in Laundry Room (1)  4.3
317. Intruder in Laundry Room (2)  3.5
318. CD Set of Love Songs (1)  6.0
319. CD Set of Love Songs (2)  3.8
320. She Suspects Boyfriend  5.3
321. She Shops for New Tops (1)  3.5
322. She Shops for New Tops (2)  3.4
323. Inmates Hate Nutraloaf  7.2
324. U.S. Outsources Passports  8.6
325. The Demanding Teen Son  4.1
326. She Pays Ex-BF Back  4.5
327. Bus Strikes Young Mom  4.9
328. Wants to Start Family  5.5
329. Priest Ascends with Balloons  6.2
330. Video Clerk Is All Business  4.8
331. IRS: $963, Plus Interest  7.0
332. Fire Nears Sierra Madre (1)  7.0
333. Fire Nears Sierra Madre (2)  5.3
334. Seeks HEPA Filter for Vac (1)  5.8
335. Seeks HEPA Filter for Vac (2)  5.8
336. Damages Their Rental Car (1)  5.8
337. Damages Their Rental Car (2)  6.3
338. Marathoner Cheats, Wins Race  6.8
339. Comic "Honors" G.W. Bush  8.4
340. Boy Saves Classmates on Bus  7.4
341. GF: Don't Veneer Your Teeth  4.5
342. Govt Can Take Your Land  7.9
343. New Law for LA Taco Trucks  6.7
344. She Has a Horrible Face (1)  5.9
345. She Has a Horrible Face (2)  5.1
346. Overcharged, Gets Item Free (1)  5.8
347. Overcharged, Gets Item Free (2)  5.4
348. GF to BF: Shut Your Mouth  4.2
349. TSA Revises Jewelry Regs (1)  3.4
350. TSA Revises Jewelry Regs (2)  7.0
351. Pregnant Teen Tells Boyfriend  3.0
352. CA Court: Same-Sex Wedlock OK  10.3
353. Destroy Spire, Build Museum  7.7
354. Be Nicer to Your Brother  5.7
355. CA Shields Public from Pups  9.2
356. Malibu Mayor OKs Paparazzi  7.8
357. Myanmar Cyclone Kills 40K  6.7
358. GF: I'm Moving to NYC  3.3
359. Am I Having a Heart Attack? (1)  3.4
360. Am I Having a Heart Attack? (2)  3.1
361. Young Golf Pro Wins Masters  7.6
362. Helps Old Man at Airport  3.6
363. Feds Threaten WWII Vet  5.4
364. Let's Speak English in Class  5.0
365. GF: I'm Having Bad Dreams  2.3



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