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February 17, 2014 | By Shan Li
Joey Mucha used to seal a business deal with a handshake or an e-mail. Now he whips out his smartphone. The San Francisco entrepreneur runs a side business renting out skee ball machines. With the company growing steadily, Mucha decided last year he needed to use contracts to protect his clients and the business. But he didn't go to a pricey lawyer. Instead, the 27-year-old downloaded a smartphone app called Shake. It guided him through the process of creating easy-to-read contracts, which customers can then sign with a swipe of their fingers on the screen.
February 14, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
In the span of a few weeks, Hillary Rodham Clinton has found herself the target of insinuations about her husband's liaison with a White House intern and has watched her private confidences as first lady spill into public view after a conservative website wrote about the papers of her close friend.   So it seemed fitting that during an event on empowering women and girls at New York University on Thursday Clinton might have been thinking about how to deal with criticism headed her way should she decide to run for president in 2016.
February 8, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SOCHI, Russia - Blaze Kotsenburg was partying with friends at 3 a.m. in Salt Lake City on Saturday, all of them gathered around a television set moments before his little brother Sage was scheduled to fly his snowboard down a mountain in Russia. His cellphone rang. Blaze fished it out of his pocket. Who could be calling at this hour? "Blaze, it's Sage," said the scratchy voice on the other end. "Hey everybody, shut up, it's my brother calling from the Olympics!" Blaze shouted to his friends.
February 6, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Even in a dark suit with a blue shirt and matching pocket square, Kobe Bryant can be tough to stop in a game's final moments. Cue the tape of the Lakers' game against the Chicago Bulls last month. There is Lakers swingman Nick Young late in overtime, swishing a fadeaway baseline jumper to tie the score. Just like Bryant had drawn up. "He pretty much told me what to do that play right there," Young said, recalling the basket that prompted a beaming Bryant to repeatedly point at Young as he came back down the court.
January 31, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Miley Cyrus has been 21 for all of two months now, give or take, but she's already something of a senior statesman, apparently giving advice to a pal, 19-year-old Justin Bieber. "I would just say, you know what, you've got a lot of money. Pay people to make sure you don't get in trouble," she sagely told Jay Leno on Thursday's "The Tonight Show. " "And party at your house. Buy a house, and add a club to it. " From what the neighbors have said, we think he's already following through on the second part, with lousy results, but the first part sounds pretty common sense.
January 19, 2014 | Liz Weston, Money Talk
Dear Liz: I often hear financial planners say you should save 10% of your income, but they don't go into exactly what that means. Is that 10% separate from retirement or including retirement? Does that include saving for your emergency fund? Is this just archaic advice now? I'm 46 with only $40,000 saved for retirement so I'm in the panic mode that I will never be able to save enough for retirement. Answer: Saving 10% for retirement is often considered a minimum for those who start saving in their 20s. The older you are when you begin, the more you'd need to save to match the nest egg you would have accumulated with an earlier start.
January 11, 2014 | By Jason Song
When Alma Renteria attended Lynwood High School, one of her best friends was a gifted soccer player and math student. "I thought he'd be an engineer," she said. But her friend was taking too few classes to fulfill requirements and barely graduated. Then he entered community college and quickly dropped out. "He had a lot of potential, but he just didn't know what to expect," said Renteria, who graduated from Lynwood in 2008 and is now a member of the school district's board. To help students look toward continuing their educations, district officials including Renteria put on an annual alumni fair.
January 10, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
If you're suffering Hollywood career doubts and need a little advice, there are worse people you could turn to than Christopher Nolan. That's the situation Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister found himself in several years ago when he debated making the high-concept science-fiction film "Transcendence" his directorial debut. Pfister had shot all but one of Nolan's movies and had worked closely with the helmer on his superhero tentpoles. But Pfister wasn't convinced that this script, with its big ideas and action pieces and a budget that would eventually approach $100 million, was the right fit for him. "I told Chris, 'I think it's a good project.
January 9, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant recently suggested that fans vote for younger players such as Damian Lillard for February's NBA All-Star Game. The fans aren't listening. On Thursday, the league released its latest set of returns and Bryant is the leading vote-getter in the backcourt at 844,538. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (677,372) displaced inured Clippers guard Chris Paul (651,073) in the West. Paul is out for six weeks with a separated shoulder. Bryant has been sidelined with a knee injury but should be healthy in time for the Feb. 16 All-Star Game in New Orleans.
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