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February 2, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Cook's Corner, in Orange County, has long been a haven for area motorcyclists. But the legendary Trabuco Canyon roadhouse was more jammed than usual Wednesday. Scores of bikers had gathered to get a glimpse of two new motorcycles unveiled by Harley-Davidson Motor Co. for the 2012 model year: a laid-back Sportster called the Seventy-Two and a Softail Slim retro bobber. Harley-Davidson typically introduces all of its new models and updates at a single event in the summer. But with the market still soft in a tough economy, the Milwaukee manufacturer has in recent years wheeled out new bikes in the off-season.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2014 | By Allen Barra
In July 2009, a year before his death at age 99, John Wooden was named by the Sporting News as the top coach in the history of American sports. Not many argued with the selection. Over his 29-year career he won 664 of 826 games for a winning percentage of .804. From 1964 through 1975 his UCLA Bruins won 10 NCAA championships, and UCLA's games drew higher TV ratings than most NBA games. Surprising as it seems, Wooden, arguably the most influential coach in basketball history, has never had a definitive biography until now. In "Wooden: A Coach's Life," Seth Davis, a senior writer at Sports Illustrated and studio analyst for CBS Sports, has written a virtual cutaway view of the history and evolution of basketball in the form of a biography.
BUSINESS
November 14, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Toyota Motor Corp. announced two safety recalls for its flagship Prius hybrid. The automaker said the steering intermediate extension shafts in 670,000 Prius cars sold in the U.S. need to be inspected and in some cases replaced. And 350,000 of those hybrids also will have to have their electric water pumps replaced. Toyota will recall another 2 million vehicles worldwide, including the Prius and the Corolla, to fix the same problems.   The gas-sipping Prius has become an important vehicle for Toyota, giving the company a reputation for producing fuel-efficient, green vehicles and quietly becoming one of the best sellers in the automaker's lineup.
NATIONAL
March 3, 2010 | By Megan Twohey
Since she was hired two years ago as a medical assistant, Jennifer Simonsis has come to an agreement with her employer: During the winter, she gets time off to see her doctor, frequent breaks and help in setting up a light-therapy lamp at her desk. Simonsis gets workplace accommodations for seasonal affective disorder, or SAD -- depression triggered by limited daylight in winter. Pointing to a federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against the disabled, some SAD sufferers say they are entitled to schedule changes, access to windows and other modifications.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2009 | By Anna Gorman
Immigration agents arrested nearly 300 foreign nationals with criminal records during a three-day sweep in California, officials announced Friday. The operation was the largest of its kind and resulted in the arrests of illegal immigrants convicted of robbery, assault and rape, said John Morton, head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The sweep ended Thursday night. Officials said 96 of the 286 arrests took place in Los Angeles County. Among those arrested in the county were a suspected gang member from El Salvador who had a 2004 robbery conviction and a Guatemalan man with a 1993 conviction for lewd acts with a child under 14. "These are not people we want walking our streets," Morton said.
OPINION
May 13, 2002
The state Legislature can strike a modest, reasonable blow against global warming by passing the final version of a program for cutting emissions of carbon dioxide from autos, pickups and sport utility vehicles. Carbon dioxide is the chief greenhouse gas implicated in global warming. AB 1058, by Assemblywoman Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), passed the Assembly earlier and won approval in the Senate last week. Now it's back to the Assembly for ratification of Senate amendments as early as today.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
A group representing Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. joined a lawsuit meant to halt California's plan to curb car and truck emissions of gases linked to global warming, uniting every major automaker in opposition to the program. The Assn. of International Automakers, which lobbies on behalf of Honda, Nissan, Hyundai Motor Co., Kia Motors Corp. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp., said Thursday that it was joining a suit filed Dec.
BUSINESS
September 20, 2009
Weekly survey of 20 Orange and L.A. County lenders as of 9/16/2009 Loans to $417,000 Week ended 9/16/2009 Week ended 9/9/2009 Week ended 3/18/2009 30-year fixed 5.17% +0.29pt 5.27% +0.23pt 5.06% +0.35pt 15-year fixed 4.68% +0.26pt 4.78% +0.17pt 4.80% +0.42pt $417,000 and up 30-year fixed 6.14% +0.36pt 6.17%+0.50pt 6.74% +0.74pt 15-year fixed 5.54% +0.33pt 5.69% +0.25pt 6.84% +0.85pt Home equity lines 5.74% 5.74% 5.06% Home equity loans 9.08% 9.08% 8.77% 6-month LIBOR 0.68% 0.69% 1.86% 1-year Treasury 0.40% 0.42% 0.70% 6-month Treasury 0.22% 0.23% 0.45% 6-month CD 0.37% 0.37% 1.84% Prime rate 3.25% 3.25% 3.25% 11th District cost of funds 7/2009 6/2009 1/2009 1.473% 1.599% 2.455% Compiled by HSH Associates, Financial Publishers; www.hsh.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Hewlett-Packard Co.'s fiscal first-quarter profit dropped 13%, and sales ticked up just 1%, as even the technology company's cash-cow printer ink business was hobbled by the recession. The world's top seller of personal computers also cut its fiscal 2009 guidance, but it was still in line with Wall Street's expectations. HP shares fell $1.08, or 3.2%, to $33 in extended trading, after closing down 26 cents at $34.08 during the regular session before the Palo Alto company reported its earnings.
BUSINESS
July 23, 2010 | By E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times
Emerging from the grip of the financial crisis, City National Corp. said strong growth in deposits and improving credit quality helped its quarterly profit jump sixfold. The Los Angeles parent company of Southern California's largest bank said Thursday that it earned $41.3 million, or 78 cents a share, in the second quarter, compared with $6.8 million, or 2 cents a share, in the same period last year. Second-quarter revenue totaled $304.5 million, up 39% from the second quarter of 2009.
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