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July 23, 2010
General Electric delivered a shot of confidence to investors when it raised its dividend on Friday, pushing U.S. stocks higher and adding to optimism from another round of strong earnings. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 102.32 points, or 0.99 percent, at 10,424.62. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index was up 8.99 points, or 0.82 percent, at 1,102.66. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 23.58 points, or 1.05 percent, at 2,269.47.
April 27, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch and David Undercoffler
Toyota Motor Corp. plans to move large numbers of jobs from its sales and marketing headquarters in Torrance to suburban Dallas, according to a person familiar with the automaker's plans. The move, creating a new North American headquarters, would put management of Toyota's U.S. business close to where it builds most cars for this market. North American Chief Executive Jim Lentz is expected to brief employees Monday, said the person, who was not authorized to speak publicly. Toyota declined to detail its plans.
April 2, 2009
April 26, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
Between a cluster of bars in this small coastal town, middle-aged European men hover around dozens of fresh-faced Brazilian women in tight dresses. Around the corner, two girls who look to be in their teens flag down cars, signaling their availability to potential clients. Most such activity, however, seems confined to a small, seedy tourist strip, the last gasp of a bygone era. Natal, long known as a hot spot for sex tourism, has seen fewer problems in the wake of a national economic boom and concerted government efforts to cut back on the Carnaval nation's carnal image.
July 15, 2009
February 2, 2008
I assume that it's too late to add Teemu to the NHL All-Star game? Jim Hansen Lake Forest
October 2, 2004
If the Trojans are lucky enough to win the rest of their games, and they're all as close as the Stanford game, I may not be around to see it. The guys in white coats will be carrying me away kicking and screaming Robert H. Williams Monterey Park
July 18, 1991
Helen Lucas of Glendale, who wrote July 5 that families who use Olive View Hospital should repay the hospital, is completely wrong. A woman's baby died because of this hospital and they tried to cover it up. Olive View is a miserable hospital and should be closed down. BARRY J. GRIBS Sylmar
September 24, 1995
I am dismayed to learn of plans to close the Burbank branch of the Natural History Museum. The museum is a valuable resource for our area, and many support it who would not otherwise benefit from the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park. It is unique in many ways: Its presence in Burbank provides residents with recreational and educational opportunities not found elsewhere, it appeals to both adults and children, its size is inviting and its changing exhibit format makes it diverse and fresh.
January 9, 2010 | By Andrea Chang
In a move to cut costs, Foot Locker Inc. is closing 117 underperforming stores and trimming about 120 jobs this quarter, the retailer said Friday. Spokesman Peter Brown declined to provide details on which locations would be affected but said a large percentage were Foot Locker and Lady Foot Locker stores in the United States. Some have already been closed; the rest are expected to shut by the end of the month, when the company's fiscal year ends. The closures will help the specialty athletic retailer, which operates about 3,600 stores in 21 countries, become more efficient, said Tom Shaw, a lifestyle analyst at Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. "The whole company in one mall could have a Foot Locker, a Lady Foot Locker, a Kids Foot Locker, a Footaction and a Champs," Shaw said.
April 25, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
NEW YORK - The Angels did not require the services of a closer Friday night. An offense that administered a rare beatdown of starter Hiroki Kuroda and pounded reliever Bruce Billings into submission in a 13-1 shellacking of the New York Yankees - the largest-ever margin of victory for the Angels in Yankee Stadium - made sure of that. The Angels crushed four home runs - a two-run shot to center field by Ian Stewart, a solo shot to left by Albert Pujols, a three-run shot to right-center by Erick Aybar and a solo shot to left by Collin Cowgill - to increase their major league-leading total to 35. With five more games this month, the Angels have broken the franchise record of 34 homers in April, set in 2000.
April 24, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Traffic on the eastbound 210 Freeway in Pasadena came to a halt Thursday afternoon when two big rigs collided, sending one through the center divider and overturning on railroad tracks before catching on fire, the California Highway Patrol said. One of the drivers was seriously injured, while the other escaped with minor injuries, according to Pasadena Fire spokeswoman Lisa Derderian. CHP Officer Patrick Kimball said all eastbound lanes of the 210 Freeway were shut down at Allen Avenue as of 2:15 p.m. The carpool lane of the westbound was also closed.
April 21, 2014 | By Todd Martens
At about 10:20 p.m. Sunday, a panic swept through the grounds of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. On one stage was Motorhead, with L emmy  Kilmister's aged growl calling to the desert wild. On another was Disclosure, whose crowd was swelling by the minute, lured by the act's ability to use a beat-driven sound to hit a range of emotions.  And then what was shaping up to a relatively pleasant end to Coachella's two weekends was upended.  Just as the Arcade Fire's set was to start, leader Win Butler introduced two special guests, only the two special guests were men in robot masks that happened to look an awful lot like those of Daft Punk, albeit their outfits were a little more unkempt.
April 20, 2014 | By Andrew J. Bacevich
The government of Iraq last week announced that it had padlocked the infamous prison at Abu Ghraib. The gates are closed. The inmates moved. Whether the closure is permanent or temporary -- Iraqi officials suggest the latter -- this ought to qualify as a notable milestone. What does it signify? Sometimes a prison is just a building, its closure of no more significance than the demolition of a market or the shuttering of a strip mall. Yet from time to time, the closing of a facility constructed for the purpose of confining humans invites reflection.
April 20, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
DETROIT - Mark McGwire was in the twilight of his career in 2001, willing his broken-down body through one final season with the St. Louis Cardinals, when a strapping young buck named Albert Pujols, just two years removed from being the 402nd overall pick in the draft, started tearing it up in spring training. Bobby Bonilla was slated to be the Cardinals' left fielder, but when Bonilla was hurt that spring, McGwire practically commandeered the lineup card from Manager Tony La Russa.
April 18, 2014 | By David Ng
San Diego Opera set a new deadline of May 19 to obtain new funding or close down after the resignation Thursday of 13 members of its board of directors, including President Karen Cohn. The new deadline will give the reconstituted board time to raise money to keep the company alive -- though what form it might take is uncertain. Under discussion at Thursday's meeting was a motion that stated in part that "additional information has come to the attention of the board regarding the prospects of new funding.
July 28, 2008 | Dan Weikel
Unable to relocate after nearly 75 years in business, Acres of Books, the giant literature warehouse downtown, will sell its inventory and close to make way for an urban redevelopment project. "Store Closing" signs have been taped to storefront windows on Long Beach Boulevard, and owners Phil and Jackie Smith have begun discounting merchandise, reducing store hours and canceling music and arts events. Since notices were sent out, the store has been mobbed by loyal customers. The Smiths, who agreed in April to sell the property, said they could not find a location large enough in Southern California to hold their inventory, estimated at up to 1 million volumes.
April 16, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Lakers 113 - San Antonio Spurs 100 (end of regulation) The Lakers ended a difficult 2013-14 regular season with an easy win over the NBA's best San Antonio Spurs. With Kobe Bryant (knee), Pau Gasol (vertigo), Steve Nash (nerve root irritation), Chris Kaman (calf), Xavier Henry (knee, wrist) and Kent Bazemore (foot) all sidelined, the Lakers finished the season with a 27-55 record after 113-100 victory on the road. The Spurs sat Tim Duncan and Marco Belinelli, along with Tony Parker in the second half, as they prepare for their first-round matchup against the Dallas Mavericks (49-32)
April 15, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
AT SAN ANTONIO When: 5 PDT. Where: AT&T Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 26-55, Spurs 62-19. Record vs. Spurs: 0-3. Update: The Lakers didn't fare so well the last time they played in San Antonio, losing by their largest margin ever against the Spurs (34 points). San Antonio clinched the NBA's best record and might rest some starters against the Lakers. Then again, all the Spurs' starters sat out the fourth quarter of that game last month in San Antonio.
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