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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2009 | By Duke Helfand
As the calendar goes, December tends to be a winning month for God. Christians celebrate the birth of Christ. Jews mark the story of Hanukkah. Muslims this year will observe the start of Al-Hijra, the Islamic New Year. And the American Humanist Assn. has decided to join the festivities with an alternative celebration in mind. The group, consisting of atheists and others who say they embrace reason over religion, has launched a national godless holiday campaign, with ads appearing inside or on 250 buses in five U.S. cities, including Los Angeles and San Francisco starting today.
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NATIONAL
September 5, 2009 | Richard Fausset
Happy 2nd Amendment Weekend Holiday, everyone! An observance of that name is underway this weekend in Louisiana, thanks to a law signed by Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal in July. It decrees that each year, on the first Friday through Sunday in September, shoppers in the Bayou State shall be exempt from paying state or local taxes on firearms, ammunition or hunting supplies. The law was sponsored by state Sen. Robert Marionneaux Jr., who said in a statement that it will "save families money, boost retailers sales, and help our economy in this worldwide recession where every little bit helps."
BUSINESS
January 14, 2010 | By Alejandro Lazo
Foreclosure activity in California took a steep dive in December, a report shows, but the decline had more to do with holiday forbearance than economic improvement. Notices of default dropped 17.5% compared with November, according to the report by ForeclosureRadar.com. The number of homes seized by lenders dropped 12%, and the number of homes sold to third parties declined 28.9%. The drop in foreclosures appears to reflect an easing in activity by banks and other lenders hoping to avoid delivering disheartening news to troubled buyers and shutting people out of their homes during the holiday season, the website said.
BUSINESS
December 25, 2013 | By Meg James
The hottest holiday commercials this season have ditched the heartwarming, home-for-the-holidays scenes to strike a dramatically different chord. Advertising executives have instead chosen sly humor over sentiment, as major marketers including American Honda Motor Co., Netflix and K-Mart are betting that tongue-in-cheek sells. Perhaps for good reason: U.S. consumers are tired of sugarcoated Christmas commercials, according to a recent online survey of more than 2,000 consumers.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2009
A wealth of holiday music and dance awaits the public during the 50th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration , a six-hour extravaganza featuring both contemporary and traditional performances. More than 40 groups reflecting L.A.'s diverse cultural landscape have been selected to present music as diverse as hip-hop and handbells. The show is free (even parking) and will be broadcast live in HD on KCET, on the radio at 90.7 KPFK, and on the Web at kcet.org. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave. 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles officials are warning that anyone discharging a firearm into the air to celebrate the new year not only risks killing someone but could also face a lengthy prison sentence. "Firing into the air weapons in celebration puts innocent lives at risk," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said last week. "Nothing ruins the holiday season like an errant bullet coming down and killing an innocent. " Villaraigosa said the misuse of firearms is on everyone's mind in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting that left six adults and 20 children dead.
NEWS
October 30, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
JW Marriott Resorts have a little something extra for holiday visitors: a $100 credit to spend during their stay. The deal is good at resorts in Tucson, Orlando, Fla., San Antonio and other venues and lasts until the end of January. The deal: The offer, called the Holiday $100 Resort Credit, doesn't go live until Nov. 1 and requires a two-night minimum stay. Extra days score an additional $50 resort credit that can be used for dining, a round of golf or on spa treatments. I like this deal because it's good at resorts in the West, including three in Arizona, one in Las Vegas and another in Palm Desert, Calif.
BUSINESS
January 7, 2013 | By Shan Li
Despite a presidential election, "fiscal cliff" debates and Hurricane Sandy, retailers bumped up their holiday hiring to the highest level in six years, according to a report. Retailers hired 728,000 new workers in the last three months of the year, up 10.3% compared with the same period last year, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. That was the highest year-end bump in the retail sector since 2006. Most of that hiring occurred in October and November, when employers added 640,000 to their payrolls.
BUSINESS
October 16, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Amazon.com, the online retailer that has many brick-and-mortar companies on the defensive, said it will hire more than 50,000 seasonal employees nationwide for the holiday shopping season. That's more than double the 20,000 full-time workers that Amazon usually has manning its 40 fulfillment centers around the U.S. But with a surge of Christmas orders expected in the next few months, the hiring push is a necessary step, said Dave Clark, vice president of global customer fulfillment for Amazon.
HOME & GARDEN
November 20, 2010 | By Rosemary McClure, Special to the Los AngelesTimes
My fiancé tossed out the remark as a compliment to my mom, but she didn't take it that way: "I sure miss your pecan pie," he said to her as our Thanksgiving dinner drew to a close. "I'm sorry," my mother answered, her eyes welling with tears. Mom had always prided herself on her baking prowess: pastries, from-scratch birthday cakes, doughnuts. At Christmas, she'd bake 15 kinds of cookies; at Easter, she'd make chocolate-dipped candies; at Thanksgiving, at least three pies were on the table: pecan, mincemeat and pumpkin.
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