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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2011 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
California emergency room doctors are fighting to preserve a state fund that compensates them for treating poor, uninsured patients at private hospitals ? money that lawmakers want to shift to the federal insurance program in order to help bridge the budget gap. But doctors say the shift would still leave millions uninsured for the next several years, raising questions about who will pick up the tab at already strained emergency rooms. "We can't deny care to anybody. The hospitals that are barely making it through, this is going to make it unsustainable," said Dr. Arturo Pelayo, an emergency physician at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, where up to 20% of the nearly 70,000 emergency patients they see each year are covered by the Emergency Medical Services, or "Maddy," fund.
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BUSINESS
May 18, 2010 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
There are signs the economy is getting better, but not when it comes to motorcycles and scooters. Even though they're often more economical to operate than a car, the two-wheeled vehicles saw their sales decrease in the first quarter of 2010, continuing a drop-off for the industry after a disastrous 2009. Sales of motorcycles and scooters were down 4.6% in the quarter compared with the same period a year earlier, according to the Irvine-based Motorcycle Industry Council trade association.
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.
BUSINESS
March 14, 2007 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
If you've been waiting for fast-falling prices of LCD flat-screen TVs to flatten out, you can stop. Now's the time to buy. Or maybe not. Prices have been basically stalled since the retail wars of the 2006 holidays, when LCD TVs, once luxury items, went almost mainstream. But prices will probably plunge again by the end of the year.
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.
SPORTS
April 14, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
LeSean McCoy was drafted in the second round, 53rd overall by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009. A year later Tim Tebow was drafted in the first round, 25th overall by the Denver Broncos. But McCoy has gone on to become a star, leading the NFL in rushing last season, while Tebow couldn't even find a team to play for in 2012. Still, McCoy's recent assessment of the former Heisman Trophy winner and two-time NCAA champion seemed a tad harsh. "My son is 2," McCoy told TMZ at LAX on Saturday night.
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