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January 28, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
No date for Valentine's Day? Not a whiff of a chance? EHarmony just isn't working? You've ditched him or her, or vice versa? Or, there never was anyone to ditch? And yet, you don't want to spend Valentine's Day at home. It's Friday night, for God's sake, and every restaurant you can name is booked solid with those merry lovestruck deuces. One restaurateur has your back this Valentine's Day. Josie LeBalch is rolling out the red carpet for cozy twosomes on V-Day at her Josie Restaurant in Santa Monica.
January 26, 2014 | Michael Hiltzik
Nothing seemed to underscore the revolving door between federal regulators and the companies they regulate as vividly as the two milestones marked on Jan. 17 at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. One was NHTSA's announcement that it was closing its contentious investigation of fuel tank fires in Chrysler Corp. SUVs, including its Jeep Grand Cherokees. The agency accepted the automaker's remedy of installing trailer hitches in more than 1.5 million vehicles to protect the tanks from rupture in rear-end collisions.
January 18, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Thousands of travel enthusiasts are expected at the L.A. Times Travel Show this weekend to explore potential vacation spots, taste new foods, watch travel videos and films, and meet celebrities such as actress Alyssa Milano and travel guide author-publisher Arthur Frommer. The 16th annual show at the Los Angeles Convention Center opened at 10 a.m. Saturday. The keynote speakers in Petree Hall are Frommer, who will be on at noon, and Milano, who will appear at 3 p.m. Doors close at 5. Frommer , who has written more than 300 travel guides in a career that spans 60 years, tells value-minded travelers they should plan to spend less on hotels in 2014 because rising airfares will cut into their vacation budgets.
January 12, 2014 | By Erika Hayasaki
The day before a 16-year-old friend of mine was murdered, she kissed the window of her white sedan, a birthday gift, leaving cranberry-colored stains on the glass. Then she gave me a hug goodbye. Her name was Sangeeta Lal, and the next morning, her ex-boyfriend shot her. It was April 19, 1995, the same day as the Oklahoma City bombings, and while the world media tuned in to the images of bloody babies and building carcasses left behind by the attack in Oklahoma, I found myself, 16 and a high school newspaper reporter, reporting on my community's own domestic terror.
January 9, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Gabrielle Giffords, who gave up her Arizona seat in Congress after she was critically shot in the head three years ago, said Thursday that she might consider a return to public office. Giffords, whose recovery from the assassination attempt has riveted the nation, left the door open to a return to office in an interview with NBC's “Today” show co-host Savannah Guthrie. Asked whether she would consider returning to public office, Giffords, 43, replied: “A little bit later, a little bit later,” adding, “maybe, maybe.” Giffords's remarks came as she commemorated the anniversary of the 2011 shooting in a parking lot outside a grocery store in Tucson.
January 7, 2014 | Emily Foxhall
On New Year's Eve, Beccy Rogers donned a black suit with a fur collar. She selected sparkling earrings and a necklace, and finished the look with a glitzy clip in her long hair, pulled back into a tight bun. She has welcomed the new year in the outfit for as long as she has worked at Newport Beach's iconic Ritz Restaurant & Garden. But after 30 years, this would be her last. The Ritz, which first put down roots near the Newport Pier in 1977 and then moved years later to the more upscale Newport Center, will shut its doors Feb. 15, the victim of changing tastes and a landlord who wants to move in "a different direction.
January 4, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
San Francisco police said Thursday they will patrol China's consulate around the clock after Chinese officials called for better protection of its diplomats following an apparent arson attack New Year's Day. The FBI is leading the investigation into the attack, which occurred about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday when an unidentified person emerged from a mini-van with two gas canisters, emptied them on the consulate's front doors in downtown San Francisco and...
December 22, 2013 | By Andrew Khouri and Andrea Chang
For Raffi Kajberouni, the keys to his Santa Clarita home have become relics. If he locks himself out, no problem. If a friend arrives at his two-story house before him, there's no waiting outside for Kajberouni to arrive. Kajberouni taps his smartphone and his front door unlocks. He can also turn down the thermostat or view his home security cameras from anywhere in the world. "A lot of my friends are jealous," the 31-year-old said. "It's like the home from 'Back to the Future,' but in real life.
December 17, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
One fascinating aspect of a federal regulator's lawsuit this week against online lender CashCall for making allegedly illegal collections from borrowers is the identity of CashCall's defense lawyer. He's Neil Barofsky, the former federal prosecutor and government watchdog who made his name fighting for consumers and taxpayers victimized by fraudulent banking activities. Barofsky's career track included stints as a federal prosecutor in New York and as special inspector general for TARP, the federal banking bailout.
December 14, 2013 | Sam Farmer
It's a strange week when Washington Coach Mike Shanahan is rolling the dice by taking out the healthy-enough Robert Griffin III, and Chicago Coach Marc Trestman is rolling the dice by putting in the healthy-enough Jay Cutler. If Cutler doesn't match or exceed what hot-handed successor Josh McCown has done, it looks like the end of the road for him in Chicago. As for Shanahan, who has shut down Griffin for the final three games of the season - citing all the punishing hits the quarterback has endured - the paved road in Washington ended some ways back.
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