November 12, 2013 |
All the amenities of modern medicine are available at a new West Los Angeles hospital. There's 24-hour emergency care, a team of surgeons, psychology and physical therapy units, MRI and CT machines, one of the top oncologists in the country. Medical assistants busily roam the halls, soothing patients' fears with smiles, kind words or gentle touches. But they have to watch out: The patients can bite. They're dogs, cats and other pets being treated at the VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital, which at 42,000 square feet is the largest pet hospital west of the Mississippi River.
November 10, 2013 |
Question: I'm a board director of my homeowner association, with over 500 units. Our management company has been removing association files from our on-site office and storing them in the manager's garage at his residence. There's no official "office" for the management company listed in our records, only a P.O. Box. While our management contract names the company as "custodian" of our association records, management has removed our records from the very safe, gate-guarded location of our complex to a rented residence.
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November 9, 2013 |
AVILA BEACH, Calif. - Pretty regularly, the clouds cartwheel in from the sea and sock everybody in around here, except tiny Avila Beach. It'll be dreary up in Morro Bay and dreadful down in Pismo, but here, the hills cut through the fog and leave a little circle of sunshine. It's a microclimate, technically. But locals like to think of it as a halo. Things often seem to just happen here, whether it's a feeding frenzy of humpback whales in the bay or a nude volleyball game over at Pirate's Cove.
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November 8, 2013 |
A union leader whose members helped construct Disney Hall, Staples Center and other signature Southern California buildings is under investigation over allegations that he let employers skip payments to workers' health and pension funds, spent dues money on an extramarital affair and retaliated against whistle-blowers. Scott Brain represents about 1,650 workers as head of Cement Masons Union Local 600, based in Bell Gardens. The union is a force in local and state politics as a regular donor to election campaigns.
November 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Planned layoffs by U.S. employers jumped 13.5% last month, led by cutbacks at pharmaceutical and financial services firms, according to a report Wednesday. Employers announced plans to cut 45,730 jobs in October, up from 40,289 the previous month, said outplacement consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. Despite the increase, the October figure was down 4.2% from the same month a year ago. It was the first time in five months that year-over-year layoffs were lower.
November 4, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- A giant Wall Street hedge fund has agreed to plead guilty in a major insider-trading case. The federal government's agreement with SAC Capital Advisors, the Connecticut-based fund run by billionaire Steven A. Cohen, is set to be announced at a news conference Monday by Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan. Bharara's office announced an indictment of SAC Capital in July, a rare criminal prosecution of a financial firm. Under the agreement, SAC Capital will pay $1.8 billion in penalties, according to court documents.
November 4, 2013 |
With BlackBerry's latest upheaval, the troubled company is again facing pressure to ditch its smartphones. In a stunning turn of events, BlackBerry announced Monday that a tentative deal to sell itself to a Canadian financial services holding company for $4.7 billion had collapsed, that it was no longer for sale and that Chief Executive Thorsten Heins was being replaced. Shares of BlackBerry plummeted, closing down $1.27, or 16.4%, to $6.50. Its stock has fallen 45% this year.
November 3, 2013 |
There's another big change in the Bowl Championship Series standings but, once again, it might not be a big deal. Florida State used its big victory over Miami on Saturday to move past Oregon into the No. 2 spot Sunday in the third release of the BCS standings. Alabama remains on top with an average of .980, followed by Florida State at .953 and Oregon at .944. It's unlikely, though, that Florida State can hold the No. 2 spot if all three schools go undefeated. Oregon has a much tougher closing schedule, which starts Thursday against No. 5 Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif.
November 1, 2013 |
The appearance-obsessed can get Botox injections to erase wrinkles, Rogaine to reseed fading hair lines and the prescription medicine Latisse to fill out flimsy eyelashes. Soon, they may be able to get a shot to kill fat. A Southern California company has invested millions of dollars on an injectable, fat-destroying drug that it says will do away with double chins. Kythera Biopharmaceuticals Inc. said the drug, which for now is known by the code name ATX-101, has proved effective at diminishing double chins during trials on more than 1,000 volunteers in the United States and Canada.
October 31, 2013 |
SAO PAULO, Brazil - A little over a year ago, Brazilian playboy Eike Batista was reputed to be the seventh-richest man in the world and was in the habit of boasting loudly that he'd soon be No. 1. By this week, he had become one of the world's biggest paupers. On Wednesday, his flagship oil company, OGX, filed for bankruptcy. A personal fortune once valued at $30 billion had collapsed into a personal debt estimated at more than $800 million. Some Brazilians, long since soured on his cocky persona, responded with glee on social networks to the news that Batista's yacht, the Pink Fleet, would soon be sold for scrap.