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March 23, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
(This article has been updated since its original posting. See note below.) Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is going strong at the box office as the film's slow expansion - now 304 theaters in its third weekend of release - brought in $7 million for a strong per screen average of around $23,000. "Grand Budapest" rose to No. 7 at the box office and raised its total ticket sales to about $13.2 million. It's a rollout that in its first week brought in $800,000 from four theaters, two each in Los Angeles and New York, for an astonishing per-screen average of $200,000.
March 22, 2014 | By Evan Halper
WASHINGTON - Hoping to get pot legalized in Nevada, an investment firm specializing in the fast-growing marijuana industry invited the ballot initiative's backers to pitch 150 financiers at a Las Vegas symposium. Within 10 minutes, they raised $150,000. Political contributors are not the only ones taking notice of the new realities of the marijuana business, said San Francisco-based ArcView Chief Executive Troy Dayton, who estimated his group would pump about $500,000 into pot this year.
March 21, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
Serge Azria, founder the popular women's clothing lines Joie, Current/Elliott and Equipment, has purchased a two-building site near downtown Los Angeles that will permit him to grow his operations. Azria bought two buildings for $7.75 million at 5251 Santa Fe Ave., in Vernon, real estate brokerage Colliers International said. The site is across the street from Azria's current headquarters. The larger of the two buildings will house the company's expanded corporate headquarters, a design studio and some warehousing space, said real estate broker Will Smith of Colliers, who represented Azria in the transaction.
March 21, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
We cherish things and accumulate them. We move them from shelf to shelf, and from home to home. The federal government estimates that a quarter of Americans with two-car garages don't use them for automobiles. Even those without a permanent home carry their stuff around with them. We like to shop, own, trade or give away. Things matter to us, for reasons practical and emotional. "Our possessions all have magical qualities. Many, if not most, of the things we keep have an essence that goes beyond the physical character of the object," says Randy Frost, a professor at Smith College, in Northampton, Mass., who has studied and written about hoarding and is the author of "Stuff.
March 20, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Now that the Google Barge has left the San Francisco Bay and set sail for less choppy waters, Silicon Valley needs another good mystery. And thanks to the city of San Jose, we've got one!  On Wednesday, the city of San Jose gave swift approval to a gargantuan 10-building complex to be built in the northern part of the city along U.S. Highway 101, reports the  San Jose Mercury News. It's 2 million square feet of office-cubicle goodness, just a short drive from the city's airport.  STORY: Silicon Valley is having an architectural breakthrough And because it will be able to fit up to 10,000 workers, whoever is going to occupy this baby will become the city's second largest employer, behind Cisco Systems, says the Mercury News.
March 19, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - Ukrainian forces at two naval facilities in Crimea reported Wednesday that they were attacked by gunmen linked to Russia in violation of an earlier promise to give them until Friday to leave the breakaway region. Later in the day, a Ukrainian official said that his government was making plans for the possible evacuation of its military personnel from the peninsula. Ukrainian forces in Crimea have largely been surrounded and barricaded by Russian troops and pro-Russia militia who seized control of the region late last month.
March 19, 2014 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON -- Nearly half of Democrats favor granting a permit for the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, according to a poll released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. The $5.3-billion pipeline, which would ship oil from Hardisty, Canada, to Steele City, Neb., has undergone five years of reviews to get a presidential permit needed for infrastructure projects that cross a United States border. Environmentalists and some major Democratic donors and activists have opposed the pipeline, contending it would worsen greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change.
March 18, 2014 | By Shan Li and Abby Sewell
Chinese automaker Build Your Dreams is close to losing a $12-million contract to deliver a fleet of electric buses to Long Beach Transit, a deal the company hoped would jump-start its U.S. operations. Federal transit officials said that BYD violated some regulations that made it ineligible to bid in the first place. Both sides are in talks to determine how to best exit the contract ahead of what is expected to be a new round of bidding. It would mark a big setback for the Chinese company, which outbid four rivals last spring to build 10 electrically powered buses for Long Beach.
March 18, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Diva Rule No. 1: Know how to make a big entrance. Diva Rule No. 2: Know how to make a big exit. Diva Rule No. 3: Do these things as often as humanly possible. The return earlier this month of ABC's "Once Upon a Time" marked the end of the midseason premieres. By the end of the month, the premieres of the midseason replacements should also have concluded, giving us a few blessed weeks of "normal" television viewing before the actual season finales begin. If you're confused about the difference between a midseason premiere and a midseason replacement premiere, the answer is increasingly "not much.
March 16, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Adina Jones has spent years immersed in logistics such as financial tracking, transportation organization, nutritional direction and healthcare supervision. In other words, Jones is a mom. And until shortly before her 14-year marriage ended last year, Jones was a full-time caregiver for her three daughters. "I wanted to give them the best start I could," Jones, 40, said of her career hiatus, which began in 2006. "I wanted to be there for them in all ways. " Now, Jones is trying to reenter the traditional workforce and finding it tough.
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