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April 14, 1985
I empathize with the Tognazzinis (Letters, March 24) in their experience with U.S. Customs. I have said several times that I am ashamed to go through customs because I buy so little (usually around $50 worth). I haven't had any problems; they just look a little doubtful, as when I returned from Loreto last year without buying anything. What must get a laugh from a lot of people is the question, "Are you bringing more than $10,000 in cash with you?" JACKIE WILLIAMS Huntington Park
April 25, 1992 | From Associated Press
Making lampshades is a likely craft to conquer for the do-it-yourselfer who has already stenciled walls, antiqued furniture and turned bedsheets into slipcovers. "You can make a shade for less than it costs to buy one, you can get the fabrics and colors that you want, and there's the satisfaction that you made it yourself," says Bea Rowe of Yonkers, N.Y.
March 17, 2014 | David Lazarus
Time Warner Cable has assured customers that the company's $45-billion acquisition by Comcast will improve service and innovation. Customers might wonder how the pairing of two profit-hungry cable giants will remedy the biggest problem: ever-increasing monthly bills. Time Warner Cable has just sent out notices of its latest rate hikes, which take effect with the next bill. As usual, the company says higher prices were unavoidable. On the one hand, it says, "the rates that TV networks and programming providers are charging us to deliver your favorite channels have risen to new highs.
March 14, 2005 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
Victor Andersen hasn't spent much time away from his anvil, forge and belt drive for 60 years. The century-old appliances are more than the tools of his trade. They are what give one of few remaining blacksmiths in the Southland a reason to wake up every morning just before 6 at his home in Orange. They encourage this 72-year-old grandfather to get to his shop in Tustin by 7 a.m. They are what keep him there seven days a week until at least 4 p.m.
March 7, 2013 | David Lazarus
Diane Shattuck filled a prescription in December for a generic antibiotic called doxycycline. With insurance, she paid $4.30 for 60 pills at a CVS store in Orange. She returned at the end of February to refill her prescription. This time, she was told her cost for the drug would be about $165. "It was bizarre," Shattuck, 73, told me. "And no one at CVS could explain why the price was so high. " Unfortunately, I won't be able to offer a clear-cut answer, either. But my effort to untangle Shattuck's situation cast a harsh light on the shadowy world of drug pricing.
December 23, 1997 | From Associated Press
The nation's third-largest utility said Monday it is paying $6.44 billion to create a giant power company serving 11 Midwestern and Southern states. The announcement came as two other big utility deals were falling apart. The failures, however, will not slow the wave of electric and gas company mergers as more states move to loosen regulations and let customers choose their own power providers, as California is scheduled to do starting Jan. 1. "Ultimately, they're all going to come along.
July 28, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Grupo Televisa, the world's largest Spanish-language broadcaster, said Tuesday that it was seeking to acquire DirecTV Group Inc.'s subscribers in Mexico to become the country's only provider for satellite television service. "We would like to buy DirecTV's subscribers in Mexico but not the whole company," said Alfonso de Angoitia, Televisa's executive vice president, during a second-quarter conference call. "Hopefully, that will be during 2004, but I cannot comment on specific negotiations."
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