August 21, 2013 |
It's only August, but retailers such as Wal-Mart and Toys R Us are already getting a jump on what is expected to be a difficult holiday season. On Wednesday, discount giant Wal-Mart said it would bring back its layaway program this year after last year's program pulled in 10% more in sales than it did when it debuted in 2011. Layaway, which allows customers to put products on hold while paying for them in installments, will be free from opening fees this year. The chain previously charged a $5 fee to open a layaway account.
August 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Like the economy, consumer spending has been sluggish during the recovery. But there are signs that the pace may be picking up. Credit is flowing a little more freely. Consumer confidence measures rose to post-recession highs this summer. And many people are looking to replace their old cars and appliances. The latest indication comes from AAA, which projected Tuesday that travel over this Labor Day holiday will be the strongest in five years. Quiz: What can't you take onboard a jetliner?
August 14, 2013 |
It's not a typo: The South Central L.A. Tea Party exists, and Jesse Lee Peterson takes a bow for founding it. He's also president and founder of the 23-year-old black bootstraps group Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, or BOND, and serves as pastor for a nondenominational congregation at its headquarters. As his public pronouncements make clear, he detests Planned Parenthood and legal abortion, welfare and the California-born black holiday Kwanzaa. He used to hold a "national day of repudiation" against Jesse Jackson; he has his doubts about women in high places.
August 12, 2013 |
Where to go Christmas shopping in Paris? Travelers can spend time -- and not a fortune -- finding out with a four-night package from Adventure Vacations Inc. The La Jolla-based travel company makes the shopping trip quick and flexible. Participants fly from Los Angeles to the French capital and stay at a centrally located hotel. From there, they can visit the big department stores Galeries Lafayette and Printemps decorated for the season or shop at the Christmas Markets with traditional crafts, food and candy in little wooden booths that pop up at several locations, the largest one along the Champs Elysees . The lowest rate applies to trips before mid-December and after the first week of January.
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July 18, 2013 |
A man who killed his mother, then skinned, filleted and dismembered her body as part of a satanic ritual was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years to life in prison in what the judge called one of the most disgusting cases in his career. Moises Meraz-Espinoza walked into the Huntington Park Police Department two years ago and confessed to killing his mother, Amelia Espinoza, 42. Officers who entered the Maywood apartment that the then-18-year-old factory worker shared with his mother found a gruesome scene.
July 10, 2013 |
Luxury fashion designer L'Wren Scott is teaming with Banana Republic on a holiday clothing collection, the retailer announced Wednesday. Scott -- a.k.a. Mick Jagger's girlfriend -- is known for sophisticated, high-end design, and, although she collaborated on a makeup collection with Lancome a couple of years ago, this is the first time she's joined forces with a mass market fashion retailer. The collection, due out Dec. 5, is to include more than 50 pieces of apparel and accessories, including sequined dresses, jeweled cardigans, tailored jeans and pencil skirts.
July 10, 2013 |
CAIRO -- A muggy sunrise over Cairo on Wednesday ushered in the start of Egypt's annual Ramadan season, when Muslims begin a monthlong period of fasting and religious reflection. The question many here are asking: Will the revolution take time off for the holiday? The military, which last week brought down Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, certainly hopes so. The military-led interim government is betting that Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood supporters will find it harder to sustain their protests demanding his reinstatement while simultaneously refraining from food, water and cigarettes from dawn to dusk.
July 10, 2013 |
CAIRO - They called it Egypt's largest-ever iftar table. Tens of thousands of supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi sat on a patchwork of blue tarps and carpets Wednesday evening, stretching block after block for nearly half a mile on the streets of Cairo's Rabaa district. After they fasted throughout the day in a sweltering tent encampment, anticipation built as dusk approached on Egypt's first day of Ramadan and crowds prepared to share iftar , the traditional evening meal when Muslims break their daily fast.
June 23, 2013 |
The saying goes that necessity is the mother of invention, and for Vince Gerard it ended up being the mother of a new gallery in one of Southern California's artiest neighborhoods. The founder of Jazzartz got the idea for his project when he went shopping for fine-art prints of work by David Stone Martin, who designed more than 400 album covers for Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Stan Getz and others. Gerard was unable to find any, though, so he began creating them himself - buying albums on eBay, contacting the artist's estate and making digital replicas of original works.
June 12, 2013 |
With ocean views selling at a pricey premium throughout Southern California, it can be dumbfounding to encounter a prominent downtown Santa Monica hotel that deliberately averts its gaze from the water. The boxy former Holiday Inn near the Third Street Promenade, however, is probably not long for this world. At the prompting of city officials, the owners have come up with a plan to raze the aging hotel and erect a three-tiered showplace that embraces the Pacific with outdoor terraces, a rooftop restaurant and sea vistas from every possible angle.