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February 2, 2012 | By Joe Bel Bruno
Can't get in on the Facebook IPO? Well, here's your chance to make a little money on the year's hottest public offering without even buying a share. Paddy Power, Europe's largest betting company, just started taking bets on what the share price will be when the social-media giant goes public later this year. Punters (that's gamblers in British slang) have given 10 to 11 odds that the most likely price range will fall between $35 to $44.99 a share.  There are 7 to 2 odds the initial price will be $25 to $34.99, 9/4 odds of between $45 and $54.99, and 7 to 1 odds of between $55 and $64.99.
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BUSINESS
March 30, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Most people may take natural gas for granted. It fuels the flame on your stove, fires your furnace. It's there when you need it. For Sempra Energy, natural gas is big business. The San Diego company owns Southern California Gas Co., the nation's largest natural gas distribution company, and San Diego Gas & Electric, one of the largest publicly owned power companies in the country. Sempra reported net income of $1 billion last year on revenue of $10.6 billion. It has 17,000 employees worldwide and provides energy to more than 30 million people.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2012 | By Greg Braxton
BET's hit series, “The Game,” which recently lost its two leads, has added a new cast member. Jay Ellis, who has appeared in small roles in several series including “Hart of Dixie” and “NCIS,” will join the series as it moves into its sixth season. Ellis joins previously announced Laurie London as a new addition to the show, which revolves around the members of a fictional San Diego football team and their significant others. Ellis will play Bryce “The Blueprint” Westbrook, a.k.a.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - A tiny Irvine company founded by a 21-year-old Cal State Long Beach drop-out may play a leading role in Facebook's next major bet on the future of the Internet: that virtual reality will change the way people experience the Web. Facebook said Tuesday that it was buying Oculus VR, maker of virtual reality headsets for video game players, for $2 billion. The ultimate goal of the acquisition, the giant social network said, is to create an immersive 3-D experience in which users don't just chat online with friends but grab a cup of coffee with them in a virtual cafe or travel with them to distant places, just by putting on a pair of goggles with dark lenses.
SPORTS
February 17, 2014 | By John Cherwa
WOMEN'S GIANT SLALOM We get the debut of potential breakout star Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. The 18-year-old is stronger in the slalom but could pick up her first Olympic medal in the giant slalom. The first of the two runs has been moved to earlier in the morning because of changing course conditions. WOMEN'S BOBSLED The U.S. put itself in a risky situation when it switched up bobsled teams last week, moving former sprinter Lauryn Williams to the No. 1 sled with Elana Meyers.
OPINION
October 3, 2012
Re "Promises, reality and the Mideast," Opinion, Sept. 28 Ronald Brownstein doesn't address the hard truth the Arab Spring represents - importantly, that the prior choices have been thrown in the trash container. The overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, our puppet, illustrated that all bets are off. It's no longer a matter of avoiding the worst, for example, to guarantee the safety of Israel. The primary concern emerging in the Middle East is solving the contradictions of domestic conditions, with which we have seldom dealt except when they involve U.S. interests.
SPORTS
February 11, 2014 | By John Cherwa
WOMEN'S DOWNHILL Can Julia Mancuso win her second medal of the Games? It's certainly possible. Mancuso surprised everyone with a bronze in the super combined, but now she gets to race her better discipline. This was Lindsey Vonn's race to lose until she was injured. Now it's anybody's race to win. MEN'S 1,000 SPEEDSKATING Shani Davis hopes to become the first American to win the same event three straight times. Poised to stop him is Michel Mulder of the Netherlands, who won the 500 earlier this week.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2010 | By Nathaniel Popper
If you've ever deluded yourself that betting on sports was really investing, have we got a hedge fund for you. Starting on Saturday, the new Centaur Galileo fund in London will be making investments not in the traditional financial playing fields of stocks, oil futures or real estate, but in the actual playing fields of soccer, tennis and horse racing. Galileo is probably the first hedge fund to make bets on sports events, experts say. "We put numbers against those things that you and me and everyone in pubs have casual discussions about," said Tony Woodhams, the managing director at Centaur Group, which operates the fund.
SPORTS
January 29, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
By now, we all know how much Denver quarterback Peyton Manning loves yelling the word "Omaha. " We still really don't know why he does it, just that the future Hall of Famer is sure to give the Nebraska city plenty of shout-outs from the line of scrimmage Sunday when the Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. But just how many times will we hear "Omaha!" barked out of our TV sets? Well, Las Vegas sports books are taking bets on that, and they've set the over/under at 27 1/2. Sounds like fun. But just in case you don't want to risk your family's financial well-being on how often a football player blurts out a particular word, you can place your bet here with no money involved at all. A few tidbits to keep in mind: Manning shouted "Omaha!"
NEWS
December 5, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
How will your favorite films fare with academy voters this year? Time for another consultation with the Oscar 8-Ball, which sees all. Well ... except for the ending of the original "Planet of the Apes. " ("You maniacs!") SAVING MR. BANKS You may rely on it: A movie about the magic of moviemaking? It worked for the last two best picture winners — "The Artist" and "Argo" (though the latter had the thriller elements too, not to mention Ben Affleck's awesome '70s beard) — so why not "Banks," a warmly sentimental, behind-the-scenes story about Walt Disney's attempt to persuade famously prickly British author P.L. Travers to sign away the screen rights to her beloved creation, Mary Poppins.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
Tyler Perry's "The Single Moms Club" was greeted over the weekend with disastrous box office and horrible reviews. Most networks that had been planning to base a series on the film might be having second thoughts about those plans after seeing the evidence that the movie not only tanked with Perry's core audience, but marked his worst showing ever at the box office. But OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, isn't most networks. Perry apparently can do whatever he wants at OWN, with Winfrey's blessing.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Quvenzhane Wallis, the Oscar-nominated star of "Beasts of the Southern Wild," gets a new lease on a hard-knock life in the first trailer for "Annie," an upcoming remake of the beloved stage and screen musical. Directed by Will Gluck ("Easy A") and produced by Will and Jada Smith and hip-hop mogul Jay Z, the new "Annie" stars 10-year-old Wallis as the intrepid, orphaned youngster who gets an opportunity to escape the tyranny of her cruel headmistress after a chance encounter with a wealthy mayoral candidate.
BUSINESS
March 2, 2014 | By E. Scott Reckard
Southern California home building is stuck at historic lows, one of many factors conspiring against middle-class buyers in a recovery marked by high prices and low supply. Despite explosive price gains last year, builders and their Wall Street financiers remain hesitant to make big bets on the rebound. The slow construction is among many hurdles facing buyers seeking affordable homes. Cash-rich investors - many of them buying homes to rent out, rather than resell - have eaten into supply, especially at the lower end of the market.
FOOD
March 1, 2014 | Betty Hallock
In the next few years, a new kind of chain pizza restaurant will pop up by the thousands across the country and beyond, pouring tomato sauce and grating mozzarella over America's culinary landscape in the race to become "the Chipotle of pizza. " That means diners get to customize their own pizzas as they're prepared in assembly-line fashion in an environment somewhere between fast-food and upscale. The pizzas are usually 11 to 12 inches, cost about $7 and are baked in a super-hot oven, so diners are sitting down to eat within minutes.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
Will Pink make an acrobatic entrance at the Oscars on Sunday night? Is Pharrell Williams going to mothball that Vivienne Westwood Mountain hat before he sings "Happy"? And how many U.S. viewers will be watching it all - more or less than 41 million? If you feel a great degree of certainty about any of these topics - and want to risk some cash on your answers - you can legally place a bet at a number of online gambling sites that view the Oscars as the Super Bowl of entertainment events.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
"Being Mary Jane," BET's first original scripted drama, ended its freshman season with a victory: It's been officially been renewed for a second season. The drama, which stars Gabrielle Union as a successful cable news personality who has a messy family and love life, has connected with a loyal core of female viewers and has become one of BET's most consistent performers. BEST TV OF 2013: Lloyd | McNamara More than 5.8 million viewers tuned in for Tuesday's two-hour conclusion of the first season.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 2014 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 23 - March 1, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SERIES Opening Bell With Maria Bartiromo The former anchor of CNBC's "Closing Bell" switches networks and timeslots with this new series. 6 a.m. Fox Business The Voice Shakira and Usher return alongside Blake Shelton and Adam Levine on the singing competition's two-night season premiere.
SPORTS
February 22, 2014 | By John Cherwa
A look at the top events on the final day of the Sochi Olympics: CLOSING CEREMONY The closing ceremony is always more low key than the opening. Although exact details are secret, you can expect a lot of music. The athlete numbers are always down because many of them have already returned home. Part of the ceremony will be South Korea-themed in order to recognize the 2018 host, Pyeongchang. MEN'S HOCKEY If the seedings were only a little different, the U.S.-Canada gold-medal rematch could have been the finale.
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