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November 25, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The L.A. region won't have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving when it comes to mild weather.  Meteorologists predict cold, wet weather in Los Angeles County starting Thursday before letting up for the weekend. "Thursday, Friday are the wet days. Wet and cloudy," said meteorologist Kathy Hoxsie of the National Weather Service in Oxnard. There's a 40%-to-50% chance of rain on Thursday and Friday, but the storm isn't expected to produce much, with just 1/10th of an inch to a half-inch in the forecast.
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SPORTS
November 24, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Rain is forecast for Thursday and Friday, which means the Southern Section and City Section semifinals could have wet field conditions. In the Southern Section Pac-5, Mission Hills Alemany is scheduled to host St. John Bosco on its grass field. A final decision is expected on Monday. Alemany will likely have to bring in extra bleachers to be given clearance to keep the game at Alemany. Mater Dei will play Long Beach Poly at Veterans Stadium, which has an all-weather field. In the City Section Division I, Crenshaw is hosting Venice and has an all-weather field.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON - A leading international group on Tuesday cut its forecast for global economic growth through next year, warning that fiscal and monetary policy decisions looming in the U.S. could derail the recovery. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said world economic output would expand 2.7% this year and 3.6% in 2014. Those figures are down from the group's May forecast of 3.1% growth this year and 4% next year. The forecast for U.S. growth also was cut, to 1.7% this year from May's 1.8%.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Home Depot, the country's largest home-improvement retailer, reported a 43% jump in third-quarter earnings, thanks largely to the housing recovery. Net income rose to $1.35 billion in the quarter that ended Nov. 3 from $947 million a year earlier. Earnings per share in the latest period were 95 cents, beating analysts' expectations of 90 cents. "Our third-quarter results reflect the continuing improvement in the housing market and our solid operational performance," said Chief Executive Frank Blake.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2013 | Tiffany Hsu
Count on coal this Christmas. That's what researchers at Morgan Stanley are saying in the first major forecast of a decidedly dour holiday season. Retailers hoping for a respite from a year of so-so shopping can instead expect the worst Thanksgiving-to-Christmas sales since 2008, the financial services firm said Thursday. Five years ago, the industry was free-falling into recession. This year, a new collection of worrisome economic conditions looms as stores gear up for a period that can sometimes account for 40% of annual revenue.
BUSINESS
October 30, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook's 60% jump in revenues may put to rest any nagging doubts investors have had about the giant social network's ability to sell mobile ads. Advertising on mobile devices accounted for nearly half of Facebook's third quarter ad revenue as the company blew past Wall Street earnings forecasts. It was the second straight quarter that Facebook beat estimates. Last quarter, Facebook reported that 41% of its ad revenue came from mobile devices. The number of people using Facebook on their smartphones also soared, Facebook said when it reported earnings after the closing bell on Wednesday.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Inc.'s fourth-quarter earnings and revenue exceeded Wall Street's expectations as sales of iPhones soared. But there were some signs of struggle for iPad sales, which remained flat. The diverging fortunes of its two marquee products raised again the question about whether the iPad has peaked or simply hit a lull. On a conference call with analysts Monday, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook expressed confidence that the launch of the iPad Air this week and the iPad Mini with a Retina screen in November would turbocharge sales again.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Burger King stock was on the upswing Monday after the fast-food company said its profit surged nearly 33% in the third quarter, beating predictions from Wall Street. The Miami-based company said its adjusted net income soared to $81.1 million, or 23 cents a share, from $61.1 million, or 17 cents a share, during the same period a year earlier. Revenue at the chain, which last month unveiled its Satisfries line of lower-fat French fries, tanked 40% to $275.1 million but still exceeded estimates.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2013 | By Walter Hamilton
Nutritional products maker Herbalife Ltd. reported a nearly 27% jump in third-quarter profit amid double-digit sales growth in China and Latin America. The Los Angeles company reported net income of $142 million, or $1.32 a share, for the three months ended Sept. 30. That compares with $111.9 million, or 98 cents, a year earlier. Excluding expenses for non-recurring items, the company earned $1.41 a share, well above analysts' expectations of $1.14 a share. Sales grew 19.3% to $1.2 billion.
SPORTS
October 19, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
ST. LOUIS - As reality was starting to sink in that the Dodgers had been eliminated, Adrian Gonzalez consoled himself with the idea that he should soon get another chance to reach the World Series. "We're definitely going to have the team again next year," Gonzalez said. Hanley Ramirez is under contract for another year. Clayton Kershaw won't be eligible for free agency until after next season. Gonzalez, Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Zack Greinke, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford have multiple years remaining on their contracts.
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