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June 2, 2012 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Theme park attendance rose nearly 3% in North America last year, according to a new report. But about half of that increase was because of one attraction — the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which opened at Universal's Islands of Adventure park in Orlando, Fla. None of the major theme parks makes its attendance records public, but annual estimates are made by AECOM, a Los Angeles engineering and consulting firm. Those figures were used in a report released by the Themed Entertainment Assn.
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BUSINESS
October 26, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
European brands are the least reliable vehicles sold in the U.S., according to rankings for the 2011 model year. So if these vehicles all perform so poorly in the reliability ratings, why do people continue to buy them, often paying the price of two cars for one vehicle? "Snob appeal," said David Champion Sr., director of Consumer Reports' Automotive Test Center in East Haddam, Conn. Champion, who drives hundreds of car models annually, concedes that many of these brands also share another quality.
NATIONAL
March 31, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - When prominent Latino activists meet with President Obama, there's one White House staff member present whom many of them have known since she was a child. Julie Chavez Rodriguez grew up handing out leaflets and knocking on doors with her grandfather, Cesar Chavez, whose campaign to organize farmworkers still inspires today's Latino leaders. As deputy director of the Office of Public Engagement, Rodriguez runs Obama's organizing efforts in support of immigration reform and supervises Latino outreach.
NEWS
June 18, 2010 | By Carla Rivera
The California State University Board of Trustees on Friday approved a 5% fee increase for undergraduate students for the fall, taking action at a special board meeting in Long Beach. The fee hike translates to a $204 increase for full-time undergraduates, bringing the total university fee to $4,230 for the 2010-2011 academic year. Including campus fees, the cost for an undergraduate to attend a Cal State campus would rise to $5,097. The trustees also increased fees for graduate business and professional degree students by 5%. They also approved a 10% fee increase for doctoral education students and eliminated a cap on non-resident tuition for out-of-state students.
NEWS
November 7, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
The federal government recorded a $1.3-trillion budget deficit in the 2011 fiscal year, roughly even with the previous year's shortfall. An analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released Monday showed that federal government took in $2.3 trillion while spending $3.6 trillion. Receipts increased at a faster rate than the growth in spending -- 6.5% versus 4.2%, respectively. The deficit as a share of the national economy actually decreased slightly from 9% to 8.7%, though that figure was still the third-highest since World War II. The analysis comes as congressional negotiators are working to meet a Thanksgiving deadline to put forward a plan to slash long-term deficits by $1.5 trillion.
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
OPINION
December 30, 2011
Individuals make decisions daily that can affect the lives of others, but only the very powerful — or mass movements of the disenfranchised — can change the outlook for millions. There were many such momentous actions and decisions in 2011, but when we set out to identify the top 10 most interesting and significant political stories at the local, state, federal and global levels, these are the ones that stood out. 10. The downtown L.A. stadium deal. Few local projects have been as controversial and as long in the making as the construction or retrofit of a football stadium to lure a professional team to Los Angeles.
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.
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