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December 22, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Automobiles ? whether economy cars or the top luxury models ? are rapidly becoming safer to drive, an insurance industry trade group said. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released its Top Safety Pick ratings for the 2011 model year Tuesday, saying 66 vehicles, including 40 cars and 25 sport utility vehicles, earned the group's highest safety ranking. That's more than double the 27 vehicles that achieved the group's top safety grade at the start of this year. Big improvements to roofs to protect passengers in rollover accidents contributed to a greater number of vehicles' achieving better rankings.
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BUSINESS
March 28, 2012 | By Alejandro Lazo
Las Vegas-area home sales are on the mend as cash rules supreme. The long-suffering Las Vegas housing market last month had its strongest sales for a February in six years, according to San Diego real estate research firm DataQuick. Sales were up 5.0% from January and 8.9% from February 2011 to total 4,240 homes sold in Clark County. New home sales hit a four-year high and sales of previously owned homes were at their strongest since 2005. Cash buyers purchased 52.9% of Las Vegas-area homes last month, a sign of just how prevalent investors are in that market.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2013 | By Emily Keeler
Literary lucha libre: It's a battle of words between writers wearing luchador wrestling masks. Husband and wife tag team Christopher Vazquez and Angie Silva founded an event for Peru's up and coming writers to compete in the ring, based on the Mexican wrestling tradition of agile men in colorful masks and iridescent, tight-fitting outfits who try to pin each other to the ground. Lucha Libro writers wear the masks but are allowed to wear street clothes. They get on a stage in a bar in Lima and grapple with each other - using just their words.
NEWS
November 17, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
The Treasury Department confirmed this week that the national debt has surpassed $15 trillion -- that's 15, followed by 12 zeros -- a milestone Republicans have latched on to for a fresh attack on President Obama's fiscal management. The timing could not be more conspicuous, with less than a week left before the super committee's deadline and no deficit-reduction plan in sight. A leading Senate Republican said Thursday his party continues to wait for a counteroffer from Democrats, and charged that Obama has been "AWOL" in the discussion.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman and Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Batman, James Bond, teenage vampires and a team of superheroes helped propel domestic movie ticket sales in 2012 to a projected all-time high of $10.8 billion, reversing a slump that saw attendance drop to a 16-year low last year. Box-office receipts are likely to be up 6% compared with last year, as is attendance, which is on track to hit 1.36 billion, according to Hollywood.com. That's much-needed good news for the film business, though this year's attendance figure is far from record-breaking - in 2002, 1.6 billion showed up at the box office.
SPORTS
October 9, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones
If there is one thing that Chivas USA has learned in 2010, it is that the team needs to be better in 2011. Year-end awards, in other words, will be thin on the ground when the Major League Soccer regular season comes to a close in two weeks. Having failed to reach the playoffs for the first time in five years and having won only eight games, including Saturday night's 3-0 victory over Toronto FC in Carson, Chivas USA requires a substantial makeover. Part of that will come about naturally, with the departure, for instance, of U.S. national team defender Jonathan Bornstein, who is joining the UANL Tigres in Mexico, and the likely retirement of a player or two. The team features a trio of 30-somethings in all-star goalkeeper Zach Thornton, 36, and defenders Ante Jazic, 34, and Alex Zotinca, 33. Any or all of them might decide to call it a career.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
There are still many billions of dollars to be made in the old oil patch, even with the world far more focused on alternative and renewable sources of energy. But the business of refining that oil into various fuels is still a hard way to make a buck. That's one of the lessons investors might draw from Chevron Corp.'s fourth-quarter earnings report, released Friday. The San Ramon, Calif.-based oil giant raked in a net profit of $5.12 billion, or $2.58 a share. But losses in its refinery business during the period meant its profit fell below both its 2010 fourth-quarter performance and Wall Street expectations.
NEWS
July 19, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
As pressure builds for Mitt Romney to release additional tax returns, a new poll suggests a majority of Americans agree that the Republican presidential candidate should disclose more about his financial history. A USA Today/Gallup poll conducted Wednesday night found that 54% of adults thought Romney should release more than the two years of returns he had already agreed to make public. Still, 42% of those surveyed said they did not expect the tax forms to reveal information that could damage Romney's campaign.
BUSINESS
October 11, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
Small businesses in the Western region that includes California took out more U.S.-backed loans than ever during the government's last fiscal year, but they didn't spend much of it in a way that generated new jobs, analysts said. The Small Business Administration said companies in the region, which also covers Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and Guam, borrowed $6.7 billion in loans guaranteed by the agency. Firms in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties took out loans totaling $1.5 billion, which the SBA called a "robust" amount.
NEWS
March 17, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
The Senate on Thursday approved a spending measure that keeps the federal government open for three more weeks, likely the final short-term resolution before Congress and the White House must agree on a final budget for the fiscal year. The vote was 87-13 to approve the bill, which brings to $10 billion the total amount cut from 2010 spending levels. Like the similar vote in the House on Tuesday, the legislation generated greater opposition from increasingly vocal conservative Republicans eager to see cuts on par with the $60-billion figure that the lower chamber approved last month.
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