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BUSINESS
September 12, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Paul Wesley, who stars on "The Vampire Diaries," and actress Torrey DeVitto have sold their home in the Hollywood Hills for $1.734 million. The 1920s Mediterranean-style villa features a rotunda entry, beamed ceilings, vintage tile, a circular dining room, an oak staircase, three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 3,262 square feet of living space. There is a courtyard and a detached office/gym. The house is perched above Beachwood Canyon with a hedged perimeter for absolute privacy, according to Trulia , which broke the news of the sale right after escrow closed.
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BUSINESS
September 23, 2010 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
There's something wrong about a pair of 7-year-olds lounging like sultans in the back of a $60,000 luxury vehicle, downing Go-Gurt from an armrest mini fridge, watching Godzilla on a private screen enhanced with 17-speaker surround sound, and bicker-battling over a remote control that commands a rear-seat massage feature. When I was a kid, cars were cars. They weren't mobile living rooms. But times change. And few things exemplify our changing world more than Hyundai's new Equus, a premium sedan that poses a challenge to the popular conception of Hyundai as a poor man's Honda.
IMAGE
October 14, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Call it the H&M effect, or fast fashion. Americans are buying, and discarding, clothes more quickly than ever. On average, each of us throws 54 pounds of clothes and shoes into the trash each year. That adds up to about 9 million tons of shoes, jackets and other wearables that are sent into the waste stream annually, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Traditionally, the options for dealing with that waste have started with an R: Reduce, reuse or recycle. But a clutch of designers, some of them high-end, are pursuing a different tack.
BUSINESS
August 21, 2012 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Tom Byron used to spend a couple of hours each day playing games on Facebook, attending to his virtual diners in "Restaurant City" and waging war against the Raven in "Empires & Allies. " "I'd check into these games every chance I got," said the 50-year-old marketing executive in San Rafael, Calif., who played four or more Facebook games at a time. "Now I spend most of my game time on my iPhone. It's just more convenient to be able to grab my phone. " It's not just players such as Byron who have wandered away from Facebook.
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.
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
April 8, 2011 | By James Oliphant and Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
As the countdown clock toward a deal to avert a federal shutdown neared zero, and for all the talk of reducing the size of government and scaling back federal spending, Democrats complained Friday that House Republicans were again fixated an age-old sticking point: Abortion. "Republicans want to shut down the government because they want to make it harder for women to obtain the health services they need," Sen. Harry Reid, the majority leader, said Friday on the Senate floor. At issue is a provision, known as Title X, that sends federal dollars to Planned Parenthood for family planning and health services such as cancer screenings.
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
March 31, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Thursday that congressional Republicans should hold out for the $61 billion in budget cuts in their House-passed bill rather than compromise with Democrats on fewer reductions for the rest of the 2011 fiscal year. Ever the party strategist, the presumed GOP presidential hopeful said Republicans should use the days leading up to next week's possible federal government shutdown to target Democrats for opposing such reductions. The Senate, controlled by Democrats, rejected the House bill.
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