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December 4, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Kobe Bryant once again joined soccer star Lionel Messi in a spot for Turkish Airlines that made its debut on Tuesday. The minute-long clip shows Bryant and Messi racing around the world, trying to outdo each other with even more outrageous selfies. KOBE QUIZ: Do you really know the 'Black Mamba'? Bryant introduced the video on Tuesday at a Turkish Airlines' news conference but avoided basketball questions. The Lakers star is recovering from an Achilles' tendon injury suffered in April.
November 29, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Nearly 100 firefighters extinguished a blaze early Friday that threatened to consume a row of vacant South Los Angeles businesses reportedly used by homeless people for shelter. Los Angeles firefighters responded about 12:56 a.m. to the fire in the 5900 block of South Figueroa Street. The fire was in the central section of a one-story row of empty businesses that shared a common attic. The first crews to arrive pushed back flames that threatened occupied homes to the west of the fire, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement.
November 21, 2013 | By Susan Rohwer, guest blogger, This post has been corrected as noted below.
If you haven't seen it, check out the commercial for GoldieBlox that's sweeping the Internet. It's an ad for a set of interactive toys and books that encourages girls to build their own castles rather than wait for princes to come do it for them. In an age when girls' toys painfully adhere to gender stereotypes, the message in this commercial is clear: Girls want more than princess toys for Christmas. The commercial opens with three girls watching TV and looking unimpressed with what they're seeing: other little girls in precious party dresses dancing around a tea set. They switch on their record player, grab their hard hats and tool belts and get to work on a Rube Goldberg apparatus assembled with household items and typical girls' toys (everything from a tea set to a tiara and a baby doll cradle)
November 13, 2013 | By Scott Collins
CBS boss Leslie Moonves has some big plans for TV commercials -- plans that could change how much advertisers pay for a 30-second spot, what kinds of ads viewers will see and even what kinds of shows stay on the air. At the moment, advertisers pay for viewers who watch TV programs within three days of the original airdate. But Moonves is pushing for a much longer window -- up to a month, in fact. Why? Because the more time-delayed viewing on DVRs that is thrown into the mix, the higher the overall viewership is -- and the more the network can charge advertisers.
November 10, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - France's role in the unraveling of an international deal to curb Iran's nuclear program brought angry reactions Sunday from Tehran, glowing praise from Iran's detractors and a whirl of speculation about what the French motive might be. A marathon round of international talks in Geneva fell short of a widely anticipated deal early Sunday after French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius objected, saying the terms of a preliminary accord were...
November 3, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
The road to a clean biofuels future is not easily traveled. Ceres Inc. in Thousand Oaks has some highly regarded science on its side as a producer of genetically modified seeds for crops used to make biofuels. Under the motto "Growing tomorrow's fuel today," Ceres has used advanced plant breeding and biotechnology to make better seeds for sophisticated versions of crops such as sweet sorghum, high-biomass sorghum, switch grass and miscanthus. Started in 1997 by a UCLA professor and his corporate partners with more than $50 million in private capital, Ceres makes seeds that can be converted into a new kind of ethanol using plant fibers instead of corn kernels or sugar cane.
October 31, 2013 | By Hugo Martín and W.J. Hennigan
Score one for the weary air traveler. Ever-increasing baggage fees, vanishing leg room and invasive security screening measures have made air travel hellish for millions of passengers. Now the government is giving fliers more screen time with their gadgets. The Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday that it will ease restrictions on the use of portable electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. Within a few weeks, travelers will be able to operate their iPads, Kindles and even smartphones throughout a commercial flight, though phone calls will still be banned.
October 29, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
CBRE Group Inc., the world's largest commercial real estate brokerage, turned a $94-million profit in the third quarter of this year led by growth in lease activity in the United States and the overall real estate recovery in Europe. The Los Angeles firm said Tuesday that income from arranging transactions to buy or rent space in offices, warehouses and other commercial properties helped revenue increase 11% from the third quarter last year to $1.73 billion. Revenue from brokering property sales was up 29% over the same period.
October 27, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
For Wesco Aircraft Holdings Inc. in Valencia, it's all about making the right connections. And those connections with customers are helping keep many of the world's civil, commercial and military aircraft safe in the air. Wesco Aircraft manages supply chains for the aerospace industry and is one of the world's biggest sellers and distributors of aerospace parts and components. Its more than 525,000 parts and components include fasteners, fittings, nuts, bolts, bushings, clamps, collars, pins, screws and washers.
October 17, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The rock band Van Halen has sued the ex-spouse of one of its members over the use of her own last name for a business venture. The company that represents Van Halen's intellectual property, ELVH Inc., is accusing Kelly Van Halen - drummer Alex Van Halen's former wife - of illegally exploiting the Van Halen name for her construction and interior design company.  Kelly Van Halen, whose name was Kelly Carter before she married the drummer, makes...
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