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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.
August 5, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Actor Paul Wesley, who stars on “The Vampire Diaries,” and actress Torrey DeVitto have listed their home in Hollywood Hills for sale at $1.595 million, The Times has confirmed. The 1920s Mediterranean-style house 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. PHOTOS: Grandest pool around? Malibu has it Wesley has starred on “Diaries” since the show started in 2009.
June 27, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Mitsubishi is recalling more than 3,000 of its Outlander Sport compact SUV to correct an issue with the vehicles' optional panoramic sunroofs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said 3,181 Outlander Sports from the 2011 model year were being recalled in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. At issue was the lack of a primer being installed around the sunroof during the manufacturing process. This could cause the glass roof to become detached from the Outlander Sport while it's in motion, "resulting in a road hazard to other vehicles," according to NHTSA.
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.
September 13, 2011 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
U.S. motorists are on pace to spend $491 billion for gasoline this year, the most ever. Fuel prices have been high this year because of expensive oil and increased exports of gasoline and diesel to other countries. Gasoline prices may decline for a few weeks after the switch to winter blends, which are less costly to produce than summer blends. But gas price woes won't go away, experts said. "The 30 days between now and mid-October will be the most hospitable days in the country for dropping prices," said Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst for the Oil Price Information Service.
November 15, 2011 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Another dollar retail chain is looking to cash in on California. One of the nation's largest chains of dollar retailers, Family Dollar Stores Inc., will open its first stores in the state Thursday, stepping into the home turf of rival 99 Cents Only Stores Inc. The four shops — located in Fontana, Riverside, Ontario and Rialto — are the first step in a major push into California by the North Carolina company, which plans to open up to...
December 5, 2012 | By Andrew Blankstein and Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles police detectives Tuesday arrested four people at a Las Vegas casino in connection with a quadruple homicide at a Northridge house over the weekend. The four people were taken into custody without incident at the Silverton Hotel and Casino, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announced at a news conference. Beck declined to answer specific questions about the case, including any possible motive for the slayings. Photos: Four killed in Northridge shooting But law enforcement sources told The Times the killings appeared to stem from a dispute over personal property, although they would not say what kind of items were involved.
October 10, 2013 | By Ben Welsh, Michael Finnegan and David Zahniser
Los Angeles Fire Chief Brian Cummings will retire from his position as head of the city Fire Department, according to Mayor Eric Garcetti and a department spokesman. Cummings had struggled to restore confidence in his management of the 3,500-employee department after officials  admitted last year  to misstating emergency-response times, making it appear that rescuers arrived faster than they actually did. During his campaign, Garcetti said he  lacked confidence  in the fire chief's leadership and second-guessed a series of the chief's management decisions.
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.
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