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March 1, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
Will Pink make an acrobatic entrance at the Oscars on Sunday night? Is Pharrell Williams going to mothball that Vivienne Westwood Mountain hat before he sings "Happy"? And how many U.S. viewers will be watching it all - more or less than 41 million? If you feel a great degree of certainty about any of these topics - and want to risk some cash on your answers - you can legally place a bet at a number of online gambling sites that view the Oscars as the Super Bowl of entertainment events.
March 1, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
TEMPE, Ariz. - The keepers of the gate for the Angels, the catching crew, play for the ultimate keeper of the gate. All it takes to establish Manager Mike Scioscia is just that are Internet replays of his home-plate blocking when he was a catcher for the Dodgers. His collisions are legendary. So are his survivals. In one, Scioscia holds onto the ball for the out despite a huge hit. No less than Vin Scully intones, "I have never in my life seen a catcher block the plate like Mike Scioscia.
March 1, 2014 | By Kevin Bronson
Not two hours after he performed his passion project in an 88-seat theater on a recent Sunday night, Ross Golan made the rounds at a Grammy after-party hosted by Daft Punk, smiling as Jay Z and Beyoncé glided by and making nice with Madonna and Skrillex and Pharrell Williams. Inhabiting either world would have been inconceivable five years ago to Golan, whose first rock band had failed, whose second was flailing and whose days were spent toiling in his condo. Which was in foreclosure.
February 26, 2014 | By Chad Terhune
The average premium paid for Obamacare coverage on a leading insurance website has dropped by nearly $100 a month since October as more young people sign up, a new industry report shows. The average age of people buying coverage at online broker dropped from 44 mid-October to 36 in late February, according to the company. The average premium for 2014 health plans sold through EHealth tumbled from $370 a month to $273 over that period, which the company said reflects a higher proportion of younger applicants.
February 26, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
L.A. techies, typically found close to the beach, are going east of the 405 -- at least for a day. Hundreds of top entrepreneurs and investors are congregating at the newly opened Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday for the Upfront Summit . The annual technology and investor conference, hosted by Santa Monica venture capital firm Upfront Ventures (formerly GRP Partners), quickly reached capacity thanks to a lineup of speakers that includes Jeremy Liew of Lightspeed Venture Partners, Nate Redmond of Rustic Canyon and Dana Settle of Greycroft.
February 20, 2014 | By Jason Wells and Matt Stevens
The winning $425-million Powerball ticket sold in Milpitas is the latest big lottery payout to strike the Bay Area, which also claimed one of two winning tickets nationwide for the near-record-setting Mega Millions in December. In December, a Northern California man was one of two winners  nationwide for the $648-million jackpot after purchasing his ticket at a gift shop in San Jose. The jackpot was the second-largest in U.S. history. The winning ticket holder for the Powerball jackpot had yet to come forward Thursday morning, but the beneficiary of the sale was already known.  The Dixon Landing Chevron gas station will receive $1 million for selling the ticket with all six winning numbers, California Lottery spokesman Alex Traversol said after Wednesday night's drawing.
February 19, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
There's at least one California winner in Wednesday night's $400-million Powerball jackpot drawing, state Lottery officials said. A winning ticket that matched all six numbers was purchased in the Northern California city of Milpitas, said California Lottery spokesman Alex Traverso. He told The Times final results would not be available until late Wednesday night. The winning  Powerball  numbers announced Wednesday night were 17, 49, 54, 35 and 1, and the Powerball was 34, according to the  Multi-State Lottery Assn . The $400-million jackpot was the sixth-largest in U.S. lottery history, and the odds of winning it were about 1 in 175 million, officials said.
February 18, 2014 | Steve Lopez
I had breakfast at Republique on La Brea Avenue on Tuesday, and here's how the tab broke down: Cafe Americano - $3.25 Quiche - $5 Tax - 0.77 Surcharge Healthy LA - 0.25 The last item is the one creating a little controversy at the new high-end restaurant in the old Campanile space. The owners are adding a 3% fee to every bill, which they say will pay for healthcare insurance for all their employees, from hostesses and bartenders to dishwashers and potato peelers. "This is offensive," snapped one Yelper, who called the fee "a 3% surcharge for Obamacare.
February 17, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
In what's quickly becoming a quarterly routine, the Powerball jackpot for Wednesday night's drawing has climbed into the stratosphere. California Lottery officials project the jackpot to be around $400 million, just two months after the Mega Millions game produced a $648-million jackpot, and about five months since Powerball last produced a $400-million jackpot. The bigger jackpots are drawing more players and excitement to the California Lottery after years of decline .  The turnaround is due to changes made to the lottery in 2010, when revenues were falling.
February 17, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
The nation's first coordinated campaign to promote the United States to international travelers generated $3.4 billion in additional spending last year, according to a study commissioned by the campaign. Brand USA, the campaign financed by fees charged to international visitors and donations, launched in 2012 with billboards, newspaper and magazine ads, radio spots and an anthem by singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash. The campaign targeted tourists from Brazil, Japan, Australia, Germany, Britain, Mexico, Canada and South Korea.
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