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January 21, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A recent study released by Harvard Business School professors says black hosts on Airbnb typically charge lower fees than non-black hosts for similar properties, signaling the black hosts may be facing discrimination through the online service. The study looked at Airbnb members with properties listed in New York City in 2012. On average, non-black hosts charged approximately 12% more than black hosts for similar rentals. Airbnb is a start-up that has risen in popularity for letting users rent spare rooms or vacation homes, among other things, from others for short stays.
April 6, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Trying to take advantage of the availability of college recruiters to scout athletes, Mission Hills Alemany is hosting seven-on-seven spring football competitions on April 30, May 14 and May 21 at 5 p.m. Dorsey, Upland and West Ranch will be present on April 30. Canyon, Hart and St. Francis are set for May 14 and Burbank, Valencia and Cathedral are scheduled for May 21.  
May 29, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Alexandra Sandels
TEHRAN -- Iran hosted a peace conference on Syria on Wednesday titled "Political Solution, Regional Stability. " The Iranian news media dubbed the gathering in Tehran the "Friends of Syria Conference," a term used by a coalition of Western and Arab states that support the Syrian opposition forces fighting against forces loyal to President Bashar Assad. It came as Russian and U.S. officials are trying to organize a peace conference on Syria in Geneva next month. Iran, Assad's key regional ally, has yet to be invited to the Geneva conference, spurring some observers to believe Wednesday's conference was a move by Tehran to portray itself as an important player.  Iranian media reported that officials from 40 countries and representatives from regional and international organizations were to take part in the conference.
March 31, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - Crews continued searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the Indian Ocean west of Australia on Tuesday as authorities emphasized ramped-up efforts to determine what happened to the airliner that went missing March 8. Officials said an Australian military ship towing a pinger locator - which can scan the sea for the sounds of a beacon attached to the plane's flight data recorder - left port for the search zone Monday night. It was expected to arrive in the search area about 1,250 miles west of Perth, Australia, on Thursday.
August 20, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Mission Viejo party hosts could end up paying for a helicopter in addition to the keg. Under an ordinance passed by the City Council on Monday, hosts could be fined for the costs of Orange County deputies, K-9 units and helicopters that respond to  repeat calls about a “loud or disruptive” gathering. “We're not going to come out like the Gestapo and start slapping fines on people,” said Lt. Chris Wilson, chief of sheriff services for Mission Viejo. “But it's a useful tool the deputies can use to solve a problem and help ensure the quality of life for others.” Officials said repeated responses drain resources and time.
August 5, 2012
Today the Pasadena Convention Center is home to two of the public's greatest access points for the shared experience of watching the Mars Curiosity rover landing.  On one hand, the Mars Society in Pasadena's Conference Center hosts the 15th annual International Mars Society Convention.  It boasts appearances from speakers such as professor J. Richard Gott, a world renowned cosmologist, and Dr. Jim Green, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division.  ...
September 11, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"The Talk" had its third season premiere on Monday, and the only thing missing was the makeup. "The Talk's" Sara Gilbert, Julie Chen, Aisha Tyler, Sheryl Underwood and Sharon Osborne all hosted the show without any makeup, wearing only towels and robes. At the top of the show, the five hosts were shown in a cluster chanting, "It's season three, we're makeup free!" The women were then unveiled to the audience with their hands over their faces before revealing how they looked without a stint in the makeup chair.
November 29, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila
Now that Thanksgiving is past, it's time to start thinking about end-of-the-year festivities and special holiday treats. You might want to check out what Valerie Confections has in store this year at the Los Angeles-based confectionary company's fourth annual fall open house.  On Thursday (today), the Westlake neighborhood shop (near the corner of Virgil Avenue and Beverly Boulevard) will host tastings of tea-infused truffles . On Friday, owner Valerie Gordon will present her premium loose leaf teas in flavors such as Blushing Betty, Toasted Fig and Blood Orange & Black along with petits fours to complement them.
August 24, 2011 | By Tom Hamburger
Texas Gov. Rick Perry will host a group of potential heavy hitter campaign donors and bundlers in Austin today for meetings with campaign officials and, later, with the governor himself. The meetings are the latest in a series reminiscent of the Austin briefings hosted by a previous governor from Texas, George W. Bush. Bush's meetings were held early in the 2000 presidential selection process. Perry's invitations are coming late during a tumultuous year for the Republican field. Perry has been getting a good response from potential donors in the D.C. area, said Dirk Van Dongen, one of the people who has been leading Perry's fundraising effort.  Several prominent Washington donors will be among those attending the Wednesday meetings, he said.
February 26, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Hasan Arat, the head of Istanbul's bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics, not only wants his city to host the Games, he wants wrestling reinstated if it does. “If we are awarded the Games, Turkey wants to have wrestling events in Istanbul,” Arat said Tuesday. The International Olympic Committee executive board voted earlier this month to drop wrestling beginning in 2020. The three finalists to host the 2020 Games are Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo. The IOC meets in September and will make a decision then.
March 16, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
The Oak Park Invitational on Monday at North Ranch Country Club is shaping up as a terrific early season golf competition. Division I signees Victor Ponte of Rio Mesa (UCLA), Sean Crocker of Westlake (USC), Peter Griffith of Oaks Christian (Northwestern), along with Collin Morikawa of La Canada, the 30th ranked junior in the United States and 2013 winner of the Western Junior Amateur, make up the featured group. The only female in the field is Lydia Choi of Beverly Hills, the 41st ranked junior girl in the nation who will play for UCLA next year.
March 15, 2014 | Times staff and wire reports
Kenny Spencer kicked two field goals in the final minute, including a 35-yarder as time expired, to give the L.A. KISS a 41-38 victory in their Arena League Football debut against the host San Antonio Talons on Saturday evening. The KISS built leads of 28-17 in the third quarter and 35-24 in the fourth before Talons quarterback Mitch Mustain completed touchdown passes of five and 16 yards to D.J.  Stephens midway through the final quarter to put San Antonio ahead, 38-35. L.A. quarterback J.J. Raterink drove the KISS into field-goal range in the final minute and Spencer tied the score, 38-38, with 43 seconds left on a 21-yard kick.
March 14, 2014 | By Daniel Rothberg
WASHINGTON -- In a nod to bipartisan tradition and St. Patrick, President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) donned emerald ties to hear (and sing) a bit of Irish folk music during a Capitol Hill luncheon with Ireland's prime minister. It's customary for Ireland's leader to visit the United States ahead of St. Patrick's Day and present the president with a bowl of shamrocks, a tradition dating back to President Truman. Obama met with Prime Minister Enda Kenny in the Oval Office on Friday morning, where he applauded Ireland for its support during the current crisis in Ukraine.
March 14, 2014 | By David Wharton
Five cities interested in hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics have submitted application files to the International Olympic Committee. Beijing and Oslo head the list, which also includes Almaty, Kazakhstan; Krakow, Poland; and Lviv, Ukraine. The application files provide an overview of each city's vision and concept for the Games. An IOC working group will study the information and submit a report to the executive board, which will then select the official candidates. At that point, the chosen cities have until January 2015 to submit in-depth blueprints of their plans.
March 13, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's currency is called the real, which in Portuguese means both "royal" and, simply, "real. " But with prices skyrocketing ahead of the World Cup finals this summer, some locals in this famed beach city have created a mock currency they've dubbed the "surreal. " Adorned with the mustachioed face of Salvador Dali, the bills exist only as an Internet meme. Still, they have become the symbol of a digital protest movement. Fed-up Rio residents have taken to social media to share photos of price tags, receipts and menu items so pricey, it almost seems they could only have been dreamed up by the Spanish surrealist artist.
March 12, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Frozen," the hit Disney animated musical about a girl who tries to save her kingdom and her ice-powered sister, has become the latest Hollywood movie to rile conservative commentators, with one pastor criticizing the film for indoctrinating homosexuality and bestiality in children. On the talk show Generations Radio, Kevin Swanson and his co-host, Steve Vaughn, took Disney to task for "leading the charge" in promoting a "pro-homosexual" agenda in "Frozen. " Swanson and Vaughn referred to posts by Steven D. Greydanus for the National Catholic Register and Gina Luttrell for the liberal PolicyMic -- the former of which critiques "Frozen's" alleged gay message (the commentators agree with this one)
December 7, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
Fergie hosted the star-studded Voli Light Vodka cocktail party Thursday night to benefit Cell Phones For Soldiers at Skybar at the Mondrian in Los Angeles. The vodka brand donated 500,000 minutes to the charity, and Fergie, who co-owns Voli Light Vodka, presented the organization with a check at the party. Guests sipped Voli cocktails called the "Fergatini," "Red Carpet" and "Creamsicle. " The songstress walked the event in a sparkling red Monique Lhuillier dress and Fergalicious heels and dished on he favorite drink.
August 2, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Five of the last seven hosts to stand at the Oscar podium were doing it for the first time. Not so for this year's choice, Ellen DeGeneres, who emceed movie's biggest night back in 2007. That offers a chance to read some tea leaves for this year. As her post-Seth MacFarlane turn will be in 2014, back in '07 DeGeneres came in as a steadying hand after a provocative telecast the year before (Jon Stewart's zinger-filled 2006). DeGeneres generally gave producers and the audience what they paid for. The talk-show host did the welcoming thing admirably - “cheeky but good-natured, far less barbed and sardonic” than other recent hosts, according to the New York Times.
March 11, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
GALAXY VS. CLUB TIJUANA CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE When: 7. Where: StubHub Center. On the air: TV: Fox Soccer Plus; Radio: 1220 (Spanish). Update: This is the first leg of a two-game quarterfinal series between the teams in the CONCACAF Champions League tournament. The second game is scheduled for Tuesday in Tijuana and the winner will be decided by aggregate goals over the two games. The Galaxy advanced to the quarterfinals by compiling a 3-1-0 record in the initial group-stage play against Isidro Metapan of El Salvador and CS Cartagines of Costa Rica.
March 10, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 St. Louis Rams receiver Austin Pettis, an Orange Lutheran grad, is hosting a charity basketball game on March 28, followed by a free camp for middle school and high school athletes on March 29. Here's the link to sign up for the camp. All proceeds from the basketball game and a silent auction go toward supporting the Austin Pettis Foundation, whose mission is to "broaden life experiences of inner-city, underprivileged and disadvantaged youth by raising money for them to attend various sports camps.
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