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January 30, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Moss Adams, one of the nation's largest accounting firms, has launched an online exchange for trading film and other tax credits. Called the Moss Adams Tax Credit Exchange , the marketplace allows film producers and other companies with tax credits to match up with buyers, converting credits they can't use into cash they can reinvest in their business. Buyers can purchase credits online, helping them offset state taxes owed. “We're proud to bring the exchange to our clients and future members and expect it to transform the way tax credits are purchased and sold,” said Rob O'Neill, state and local tax partner at Moss Adams.
January 30, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Californians who use their credit cards for online purchases would gain some protection, and voters would decide whether the state's public universities could consider race and gender for admissions, under measures passed by the state Senate on Thursday. The Assembly has yet to act on either measure. Responding to cases in which hackers stole personal financial information on millions of credit card users, Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) proposed limiting the details that online merchants may collect from their customers.
January 29, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
AT&T is continuing its fight with T-Mobile by offering new and existing users $100 credit for every new line they add to their service. The Texas-based carrier announced the promotion Wednesday, saying it is a way to reward existing users and entice new ones. The $100 credit applies for every new smartphone, tablet, feature phone, mobile hotspot or wireless home line users add to their AT&T wireless service. The promotion runs through March. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech fails of 2013 To receive the credit, users must keep the services and be in good standing for 45 days.
January 27, 2014 | David Lazarus
Leah Padow knows from identity theft. She recently had five accounts at three banks compromised. The fraud occurred in mid-November, so it was apparently unrelated to the digital break-in at Target, which began after Thanksgiving and resulted in the card numbers and personal information of up to 110 million customers being accessed by hackers. And it was apparently unrelated to the hack attack on Neiman Marcus, which began last summer and resulted in at least 1.1 million customers' card numbers being jeopardized.
January 26, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
Rosa Estrada wanted some serious changes at her child's Cudahy elementary school. She joined efforts last fall demanding new leadership amid complaints that the principal had failed to address campus bullying, boost academic performance or work collaboratively. Estrada said none of her numerous calls to L.A. Unified's south area administrators were returned. And in November, after parents submitted a petition to the L.A. Unified Board of Education signed by more than 600 people demanding the principal's removal, they were told the document had been misplaced.
January 21, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"The Wolf of Wall Street" director Martin Scorsese and star Leonardo DiCaprio will both have the chance to claim their very own Academy Award for best picture at this year's ceremony. On Tuesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that it had determined the four producers who will represent the film in its bid for the Oscars' top prize: Scorsese, DiCaprio, Joey McFarland and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. PHOTOS: Oscars 2014 top nominees When the film was nominated for last Sunday's Producers Guild Awards, neither Scorsese nor DiCaprio was among the individual nominees.
January 19, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
For the millions of millennials stuck living with their parents or struggling with finances on their own, credit cards promising thousands of frequent flier miles on sign-up seem wonderful to pay for a getaway. But beware, experts said at the "More for Your Money" panel at the L.A. Times Travel Show on Saturday. Jen Leo , Web Buzz columnist for the Times, led the conversation with Eric Rosen, editor of The Points Guy blog, and Johnny Jet (John DeScala) world traveler and regular guest on "The Tech Guy Show.
January 17, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Through music, Joel Debus of Orange Lutheran tells stories of life as a teenager, its ups and downs, its triumphs and disappointments. He's a basketball player and rapper, and both skills make him feel energized, focused and unafraid to express himself. "You know it's funny, how nothing can turn to something, how people can rise up, take a step back, get back up. . . .We're just broken people living a day at a time. " His lyrics speak about the challenges he has encountered and how faith changed his life.
January 17, 2014 | By David Lazarus
Like millions of other Target shoppers, Janet has received an offer from the company for free credit monitoring. This is to help protect against identity theft after the hack attack against the retailer that resulted the personal information of up to 110 million people going astray. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions Janet wants to know how she can tell if the email she received is legitimate. Couldn't this be another way for hackers to be coming after people?
January 16, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
ST. LOUIS - Darryl Sutter offered his first few comments Thursday in a dry monotone, suggesting he didn't care to analyze the Kings' 4-1 victory over the Blues and that he had one foot on the team bus out of Scottrade Center. But when Trevor Lewis' name was mentioned, the Kings' coach dropped his impassive expression and pumped his fist, savoring the success of a hard-working forward whose contributions rarely show up on the scoresheet. Lewis was credited with the Kings' second goal - a shot that deflected off the foot of Blues forward Jaden Schwartz and was initially awarded to Dwight King - and made an excellent play to score the third goal while the team was short-handed, helping the Kings end their five-game road losing streak and fend off the surging Blues.
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