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BUSINESS
December 14, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
U.S. money market mutual fund assets rose to a record $2.333 trillion as yields near five-year highs attract investors, according to the Money Fund Report. Total assets increased $21.3 billion in the seven days that ended Tuesday, the Westborough, Mass.-based newsletter said Wednesday. The previous high was $2.326 trillion, set in December 2002.
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BUSINESS
May 16, 2006 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
California's average gasoline cost dipped over the last week, breaking a 2 1/2 -month string of increases that had fanned public outrage and sent pump prices on a record-busting binge. The price decrease over the last seven days was tiny -- just two-tenths of a penny, to an average of $3.33 for a gallon of self-serve regular, a federal survey showed Monday.
BUSINESS
May 9, 2006 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
For the second straight week, California motorists paid sharply higher gasoline prices even though costs at the pump fell across the country, a federal survey showed Monday. And for the second straight week, state energy regulators searched for an explanation. California's average gas price jumped 13 cents to $3.332 for a gallon of self-serve regular during the week ended Monday, another record high for the Energy Department's weekly survey.
BUSINESS
January 3, 2006 | John Curran, Associated Press
For someone mired in judicial purgatory, Superior Court Judge Carol E. Higbee is remarkably upbeat. She doesn't want pity -- many judges work as hard, she says. She doesn't want publicity -- it makes her uncomfortable, and she grants interview requests grudgingly. She just wants justice -- and she's ready to dispense it, one Vioxx case at a time, even if it takes a lifetime. And at the current rate, it could, assuming the cases are not settled or withdrawn.
SPORTS
December 14, 2005 | Jason Reid, Times Staff Writer
It might be best for the Clippers to avoid overtime these days. They are short-handed because of injuries, haven't fared well in extra sessions recently and experienced another letdown Tuesday night in a 95-87 loss to the San Antonio Spurs at the SBC Center. The Clippers missed a chance to win in regulation when center Chris Kaman's left-handed shot in the lane bounced out and rolled off the rim with 1.8 seconds remaining. The Clippers were outscored, 11-3, in overtime.
SPORTS
June 18, 2005 | From Associated Press
Roger Clemens always will have a soft spot in his heart for Kansas City. Clemens got his 333rd victory with his 500th decision, dominating the Royals again in leading the Houston Astros to a 7-0 victory Friday night. "I love Kansas City. I love this ballpark," said Clemens, who has won nine consecutive decisions against the Royals. "Here and Anaheim, I've enjoyed both cities very much."
BUSINESS
November 11, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
The number of Americans filing initial claims for jobless benefits increased by 2,000 to 333,000 last week, the Labor Department said. The less volatile four-week moving average of claims declined to 336,000, the lowest since the week ended July 3, from 341,500 a week earlier. The number of people continuing to collect state jobless benefits rose to 2.81 million in the week that ended Oct. 30 from 2.79 million a week earlier.
BUSINESS
August 13, 2004 | From Reuters
Retail sales rebounded in July, though the gain was smaller than expected, while lines for jobless benefits shrank for a second straight week, according to a mixed bag of government reports released Thursday. The Commerce Department said retail sales rose 0.7% to a seasonally adjusted $336.5 billion, an improvement from a revised 0.5% decline in June. July purchases excluding autos edged up 0.
WORLD
May 6, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nicaragua's army destroyed 333 surface-to-air missiles at the urging of the United States, Defense Minister Jose Adan Guerra said Wednesday. Guerra called the destruction a sign of good faith to Washington and said the military planned to destroy another 333 SAM-7s in late July. The United States repeatedly has called on Nicaragua to decommission its more than 2,000 Russian-made SAM-7s, which it received in the 1980s under the Marxist Sandinista government allied with the Soviet Union.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2003 | Lynne Barnes, Times Staff Writer
Ventura County foster parents and relatives caring for preschool-aged children will be eligible for some time off, thanks to a grant from the group that administers the county's portion of tobacco tax money. County supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to accept a $142,333 grant from First 5 Ventura County, which disburses an estimated $12 million a year that the county receives through Proposition 10.
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