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BUSINESS
July 4, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Best Buy and Amazon are discounting the latest MacBooks despite the Apple computers being on the market for less than a month. The two retailers are offering discounts on their websites across the board on all 10 computers Apple announced at its Worldwide Developers Conference last month. Although the two companies have similar discounts for all of the models, Best Buy beats Amazon, notably on the Retina models, in some instances. The iPhone: 5 years running Amazon takes off only $5 from the two Retina models, yet Best Buy knocks off $139.
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TRAVEL
December 11, 2011
Hmm … which do I like more: discounted ski tickets or buying them in advance online? Name: http://www.liftopia.com What it does: Aggregates ski resort deals and discounts, then lets you search by dates and regions. Expect to find ski resorts from Alaska to Austria. What's hot: This site is great for occasional skiers and snowboarders who don't have season passes and are willing to try different resorts if they find the right deals. Note that the discounts go beyond cheaper lift tickets.
NEWS
February 22, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Hotel discounter Jetsetter has put a bunch of top New York City hotels on sale this spring. For example, rooms at the Thompson LES start at $195 a night, but not for very long. The deal: Jetsetter's New York on Sale offers a pretty low rate for this Lower East Side hotel that's close to the East Village and Soho. Check the Jetsetter online booking calendar to see the discount rates and receive another 10% off at checkout by using the promotion code "JET2NYC. " Note that this deal doesn't involve a voucher; the date you reserve is the date you get. When: The offer is good through Tuesday, for stays through April 15, based on availability.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Los Angeles police detectives Wednesday released surveillance video of the man believed to have shot and killed a discount store worker last month and asked for the public's help in identifying him. Martha Sanchez, a 39-year-old mother of five, was working at a South L.A. Happy Bargain discount store the night of Sept. 17 when authorities said a man walked in, robbed the store and shot Sanchez several times. A customer found Sanchez and called for help, authorities said, but she later died at a hospital.
NEWS
January 2, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
New Year's Eve was a banner day for partiers--and for gray whales. Twenty-one of them were spotted off Southern California as they headed south to the warm waters of Mexico , the best sightings since the season began Dec. 1. This means it's a good time to snag a discounted whale-watching ticket and go see them for yourself. The deal: AmazonLocal Long Beach is offering vouchers that take at least half off the price of whale-watching tours. The sale price costs $18 a person (usually $39)
BUSINESS
January 3, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Best Buy is putting the iPhone 5c on sale again, this time offering it for free for those who sign up for a two-year service contract with Verizon, AT&T or Sprint. The deal is available Friday and Saturday only. Best Buy has been discounting the iPhone 5c, one of two new Apple smartphones released in 2013, for months, gradually dropping the price from its original $99 retail price tag. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech fails of 2013 Besides the iPhone 5c, Best Buy will also offer the iPhone 5s at a lower price, dropping it to $124.99 with a two-year service contract from Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.
OPINION
September 21, 2011 | By Jamie Court
Should you be penalized under the law if you previously hadn't been able to afford a car, chose not to own a car or if you lived for a time in a city where you didn't need one? A Los Angeles insurance billionaire has made an $8-million bet that says you should, contributing a chunk of his fortune to an initiative he hopes to qualify for the June 2012 ballot. George Joseph, chairman of insurer Mercury General Corp. and tied as the 385th richest man in America, claims that he simply wants to be able to charge people a little less for having insurance continuously, but it's illegal to do so. What he doesn't say is that those who didn't have insurance because they had not been driving or are in the growing ranks of the long-term unemployed would have to pay more — likely much more — when they buy or restart auto insurance.
NEWS
March 14, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
For a last-minute S t. Patrick's Day trip to New York City or a stay later in spring, Kimpton Hotels offers a discount of up to 40% on rooms at four properties in the city. The deal: The Get Lucky discount is good for stays at 70 Park Avenue Hotel , Ink48 at 653 11th Ave., the Eventi Hotel at 851 Avenue of the Americas and the Muse New York at 130 W. 46th St. To take advantage of the deal, use the code "LUCKNY" when making a reservation. Sale prices must be paid in full; no refunds or changes with this deal.
NEWS
April 10, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Virgin Vacations is cutting the price of two Danube River cruises by $1,000 per person for fall sailings. The October and November itineraries travel from Germany to Hungary while following the European river for a sampling of cities and towns.  The deal: Discounts apply to the 11-day Nov. 14 tour and cruise from Budapest , Hungary to Nuremberg, Germany. Participants spend two nights in Budapest before boarding the Sound of Music for seven nights. The ship has just 64 cabins, and the price includes meals, drinks and shore excursions.
NEWS
July 6, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
On most airplanes, coach and comfort usually part ways, so sleep-seekers are always on the lookout for the perfect travel pillow. The pillows come in all shapes and sizes, but here's one with a long, vertical design that's a bit different from the others -- and it's on sale, too. The deal: The EZ Sleep Travel Pillow measures 21-by-12-by-2 inches when inflated and can be used on train, bus or plane seats. It attaches to the armrest and forms a kind of inflatable curtain between you and your seat mate.
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