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August 18, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
I'm no Type A personality, but I can say that there are few things worse than living with a terrible roommate. One of those is having to find a new roommate, fast. But finding a compatible roommate can be a long, hard quest. To help ease that burden, we scoured the Internet for roommate-finding apps and websites. Here are some of the best we found. Roommates: Finding the perfect roommate is comparable to finding a significant other. That's why the Roommates app by ApartmentList, a rental real estate search engine start-up, took a few pointers from online dating services that sync to the user's Facebook account to build a profile and pre-screen potential dates -- or, in this case, roommates.
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May 8, 2011 | By Alene Dawson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Whether perusing the beauty and personal care products at Target or Whole Foods or shopping online at Sephora, consumers are increasingly encountering the phrase "paraben-free. " What exactly does paraben-free mean, and why might it matter? We take a closer look — including sussing out pretty makeup products that are paraben-free. What are parabens? Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in cosmetics and personal care products such as soap, moisturizers, shaving cream and underarm deodorant, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 1987 | STEVE EMMONS and NANCY WRIDE, Times Staff Writers
One of the family owners of the El Ranchito restaurant chain, once indicted in Hawaii for drug smuggling but never tried, was shot and killed just after midnight Thursday as he drove through his neighborhood west of Upper Newport Bay. Orange County Sheriff's Department investigators said "several shots" were fired at Joe Luis Avila, 40, of Costa Mesa, through the window of his black 1985 Porsche Carrera convertible.
NEWS
March 28, 2014 | By Ken Schwencke and Rong-Gong Lin II
A magnitude 5.1 earthquake was reported Friday evening one mile from La Habra, California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 9:09 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 0.6 miles. 11:50 p.m. USGS scientist Lucy Jones' advice for Friday night: “Don't put your child to bed under a tall bookcase that could fall over him tonight. " Updated at 11:30 p.m. Fullerton police say the corner of Rosecrans and Gilbert avenues is closed because of a water main break.
SPORTS
July 14, 1992 | FERNANDO DOMINGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kyle Abbott couldn't wait for tonight's All-Star game. Not that the Philadelphia Phillie rookie left-hander will play in it. Heck, he probably won't even watch it on television or listen to it on the radio. Nope. What Abbott wants out of this three-day break in the major league schedule is to catch a break himself, a brief respite from the miserable season he has endured thus far. Abbott, once a top prospect in the Angels' organization, is living a pitcher's nightmare.
SPORTS
February 25, 1998 | ERIC SONDHEIMER
From the time they were old enough to chew bubble gum, Matt Fisher, Matt Cassel and Conor Jackson have been called baseball wonders. Every step of the way, from T-ball through senior league, they've stood out as all-stars. In youth drafts, they were certain No. 1 picks. If only they had agent Dennis Gilbert to negotiate their pizza deals. Time has flown by. They're now sophomores in high school, Fisher and Cassel at Chatsworth, Jackson at El Camino Real.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2014 | By Shan Li
For the first time in months, most Californians are shelling out more than $4 for a gallon of regular gasoline. And with the busy summer driving season ahead, prices are likely to move even higher, fuel analysts said. It's a rite of spring as predictable as warmer weather or blooming flowers: Gasoline prices are edging up. A gallon of regular gasoline Thursday cost an average of $3.99 in the Golden State, the highest since September 2013, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge report.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Wal-Mart has announced it is cutting the price of the iPhone 5s and the Samsung Galaxy S4 to $119 and $49, respectively. The retailer said customers can purchase the gadgets at their new prices starting Wednesday. Wal-Mart said it is also cutting the price of the iPhone 5c to $29. Customers who wish to buy the devices must get them with a two-year contract from either AT&T or Verizon. Wal-Mart said the rolled back prices will be available for at least 30 days. VIDEO: Unboxing the Quirky Spotter multipurpose sensor Previously, Wal-Mart sold the iPhone 5s for $145, the GS4 for $99 and the iPhone 5c for $45.  Additionally, customers who buy any Samsung smartphone between March 9 and March 22 will also receive a $50 Wal-Mart gift card.
WORLD
January 27, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
YANJI, China - After the North Korean coal mine where she worked stopped paying salaries, Park Kyung Ok tried her hand at business. Buttons and zippers, candy and dried squid, fabric, plastic tarpaulins, men's suits and cigarettes. "I sold just about everything," said Park, 44. But it wasn't until she started hawking methamphetamine in 2007, she said, that she was able to earn a living. Methamphetamine, known as orum, or "ice," is a rare commodity manufactured and sold in North Korea, where most factories sit idle, the equipment rusted or looted.
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