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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
The cost of saving a city? For San Francisco, the tab for Batkid's heroic day is coming in at $105,000. Nearly 14,500 volunteers and adoring fans with signs turned out for 5-year-old Miles Scott, who has been battling lymphoblastic leukemia since he was 20 months old and wanted to spend the day as Batman. The Make-A-Wish Foundation, which planned the festivities, expected a few hundred volunteers to show up. But when thousands more arrived, Mayor Ed Lee's presentation of a chocolate key to the city was amped up with professional staging and big-screen TVs, bumping the cost to more than $105,000, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
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NATIONAL
January 12, 2010 | By Kim Murphy
William Rees spent much of his childhood on his grandfather's farm in the province of Ontario. What struck him once, after a day of working in the fields, was the sudden realization that everything on the dinner table -- the chicken, the milk, the carrots -- he had helped produce. "I was only about 10 years old, and I have no explanation to this day, but I felt as if the ground had fallen beneath me. I was sinking, sinking, deep into the earth," Rees said. When he moved to Vancouver, he took that sense of "connectedness" with him, and never forgot it. With 75% of the globe's 10 billion people in 2050 expected to live in urban areas, they had better -- if they are to survive -- find a similar sense of connection, Rees figured.
BUSINESS
January 7, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday cracked down on Sensa Products, an El Segundo company that sells a weight-loss powder that users sprinkle on food to help curb their appetite. The powder, which is marketed as activating the part of the brain that helps control appetite, is said to make users feel fuller faster so they eat less. Federal regulators, however, weren't buying the pitch. Sensa Products now has to return $26.5 million to consumers who bought its product because the company used faulty science in its marketing to mislead consumers, the FTC said.
REAL ESTATE
April 20, 2008 | Ann Brenoff, Times Staff Writer
Kenny Chesney must have gotten word about the Malibu dress code: It's baseball caps, dude, not cowboy hats. What other possible explanation is there for the country music legend to have bought a house in the Carbon Canyon neighborhood for $7.4 million in February and then promptly re-listed it for sale at $7.95 million? The home, which was listed at $7.5 million when Chesney bought it a nanosecond ago, has expansive ocean views.
NEWS
August 14, 2000 | CAITLIN LIU and EDGAR SANDOVAL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A shootout Sunday between armored car guards and gunmen, one armed with an AK-47 assault rifle, left one bystander dead and at least three people wounded after a botched robbery outside a Van Nuys Costco store teeming with shoppers, authorities said. Panic-stricken customers, many with children, dived for cover in the pandemonium. Bullets shattered car windows 100 yards away.
HEALTH
February 13, 2012 | Jessica Pauline Ogilvie
Asthma sufferers have long relied on inhalers for relief from wheezing or coughing attacks. But as of Dec. 31, Primatene Mist -- the only available over-the-counter asthma inhaler -- was taken off shelves because of its adverse effect on the environment. Other inhalers are available, but these require a doctor's prescription. Some people with asthma aren't happy about the change, but lung doctors and asthma specialists agree that Primatene Mist wasn't the best option for patients anyway.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
A U.S. court declined a request by Costco Wholesale Corp. to reconsider a decision that backed Washington state rules controlling pricing and discounts on beer and wine. The three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in January that most Washington state regulations challenged by Costco, the largest U.S. warehouse club, were constitutional. Costco had argued that the rules restricted competition.
BUSINESS
July 24, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Costco Wholesale Corp. said Wednesday that its earnings for the current quarter would be lower than expected as it delayed raising prices on items such as food and patio sets amid soaring energy costs. Shares in the nation's No. 1 warehouse club operator -- which had been one of the few bright spots in retailing -- plummeted almost 12% on Wednesday. Rival BJ's Wholesale Club Inc.
BUSINESS
February 23, 1998 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER
In the computer game world, gratuitous violence is an everyday commodity. But lust doesn't sell--at least not on the shelves at Costco Cos. Take Tribal Dreams' forthcoming release, "Of Light and Darkness--The Prophecy." The game, which features a digital likeness of actress Lolita Davidovich and the voice of actor James Woods, has a painting of a sexy, futuristic-looking angel on the cover of its box.
TRAVEL
August 24, 2008 | Susan Derby
Looking for vacation discounts? A discount store surely should have some, and this one does. Deal: Book a trip through Costco Travel, and you can receive the following for as little as $393 per person (including taxes) at Crown Paradise Club Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: a five-night stay in a standard room (based on double occupancy); transfers to and from the airport; all meals, snacks and beverages; use of non-motorized water-sports equipment; and hotel taxes and tips.
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