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SPORTS
March 19, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Think he will enter the Billion-Dollar Bracket Challenge? President Barack Obama has chosen Michigan State to win the NCAA men's basketball championship over Louisville. The president filled out his bracket during a segment aired on ESPN on Wednesday. Joining Michigan State and Louisville in his Final Four are Florida and Arizona. PLAY ALONG: Build your own NCAA bracket Obama has filled out a bracket and made it public every year since he took office. He has chosen the correct winner only once, when he picked North Carolina in 2009.
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BUSINESS
January 9, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Former model Nicole Murphy and football analyst Michael Strahan have listed their house in a gated community in Brentwood at $6.95 million. Designed for entertaining, the contemporary Mediterranean features two dens, a wet bar, a theater room, a wine cellar, an elevator, six bedrooms and eight bathrooms in 9,200 square feet. The master suite includes a sitting area, fireplace, dual bathrooms, dual closets and a balcony. A deck overlooks the swimming pool, spa and yard. Murphy, 43, was married to comedian Eddie Murphy from 1993 to 2006.
NEWS
May 10, 2011 | David Ng, Los Angeles Times
Neil Patrick Harris will once again be putting on a tuxedo to host the Tony Awards ceremony, which will take place June 12 at the Beacon Theatre in New York. The actor previously hosted the Tonys in 2009. Last year's host was Sean Hayes. The ceremony will be broadcast on CBS, with a delay for the West Coast. This is the first year the ceremony will be held at the Beacon. The show's usual home, Radio City Music Hall, is unavailable due to the new Cirque du Soleil show, "Zarkana," that will debut there this summer.
BUSINESS
July 19, 2009
Weekly survey of 20 Orange and L.A. County lenders as of 7/15/2009 Compiled by HSH Associates, Financial Publishers; www.hsh.com -- Loans to $417,000 Week ended Week ended Week ended -- 7/15/2009 7/8/2009 1/14/2009 30-year fixed 5.29%+0.20pt 5.40%+0.36pt 5.12%+0.32pt 15-year fixed 4.82%+0.22pt 4.97%+0.29pt 4.94%+0.38pt $417,000 and up 30-year fixed 6.21%+0.73pt 6.29%+0.42pt 6.98%+0.48pt 15-year fixed 5.86%+0.83pt 5.91%+0.38pt 6.91%+0.49pt Home equity lines 5.20% 5.20% 5.24% Home equity loans 9.05% 9.05% 9.16% 6-month LIBOR 0.99% 1.01% 1.47% 1-year Treasury 0.46% 0.53% 0.44% 6-month Treasury 0.27% 0.34% 0.30% 6-month CD 0.53% 0.60% 1.57% Prime rate 3.25% 3.25% 3.25% 11th District 5/2009 4/2009 11/2008 cost of funds 1.832% 1.380% 3.155% --
BUSINESS
January 8, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
The marital home of former Laker Lamar Odom and television personality Khloe Kardashian has come on the market in Tarzana at $5.499 million. Odom and Kardashian bought the house in 2009 - the year they were married - for $3.95 million. She filed for a divorce in December and resumed using her maiden name. The Mediterranean-style villa sits on three-quarters of an acre in gated Mulholland Park. Entered through a two-story foyer with a sweeping staircase, the 8,000-square-foot home features custom closets, mosaic tile details, a den, a home theater, seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2014 | By Eryn Brown
Following an uptick in flu activity across the state, California Department of Public Health officials said Friday that influenza activity here was “widespread,” and urged Californians to obtain a flu immunization if they hadn't done so already. Statewide, seven adults under the age of 65 are confirmed to have died from influenza thus far this flu season; another 28 deaths are under investigation, according to state epidemiologist Dr. Gil Chavez. He said the state should be able to confirm whether most of those deaths were also flu-related within the next week.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
The web of mystery continues ? Mazda is no longer the only automaker with a spider problem. The same yellow sac spider that sparked a recall of 65,000 Mazda6 sedans also likes to nest in Honda Accords. Honda Motor Co. hasn't announced a recall but has notified its dealers to be on the lookout for the spider. The company has issued what is known as a technical service bulletin telling Honda mechanics how to fix the problem. "It was the same scenario and the same breed of spider.
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
June 29, 2011 | By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
Citing "morally reprehensible" conduct by Wedbush Inc., an arbitration panel has ordered the Los Angeles securities firm to pay a former bond trader $3.5 million in withheld compensation. Stephen Kelleher, who won the award, alleged in his complaint that company Chairman Edward Wedbush had personally withheld pay from many high-level staff members in recent years. "This guy has been doing this to a lot of people for a long time," Kelleher said in an interview Tuesday. John Stenson, a lawyer for the company, declined to comment on the ruling except to say the firm would appeal it. Several current and former employees of Wedbush have brought legal actions over compensation issues.
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.
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