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February 9, 2014 | By Anky van Deursen
Question: I have lived in my apartment for six years. Just recently, a friend told me that I should have been receiving interest on the $2,000 security deposit I paid when I first moved in. Over all these years, the interest should have added up to a lot of money. Am I too late to sue for the unpaid interest? Answer: If you have a written rental agreement, the good news is that you have four years to file a case in Small Claims Court or any other court for money owed as a result of your security deposit, for example, failure to refund it. If you have an oral agreement, even if there aren't many details other than the amount of rent and the amount of the security deposit, you have two years to file a case.
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April 27, 2014 | By Jean Merl
On the biggest political stage of the election season in California, the 17 candidates competing to succeed Rep. Henry Waxman struggled to stand out Sunday at a forum that was long on issues and short on time. Some common priorities emerged among those hoping to occupy the seat that Waxman, a Beverly Hills Democrat, is giving up after four decades: traffic woes and public transportation needs, ways to improve public education and a desire to get special-interest money out of politics - espoused even by some with the biggest war chests.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 22, 2011
'Person of Interest' Where: CBS When: 9 p.m. Thursday Rating: TV-14-LV (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 14 with advisories for coarse language and violence)
BUSINESS
April 25, 2014 | By Tim Logan
Fewer home sales and rising interest rates have led to the nation's lowest level of mortgage lending in 14 years. Just $235 billion in home loans were started in the first three months of the year, the lowest figure recorded in a quarter since 2000, according to data from trade publication Inside Mortgage Finance. That's down nearly a quarter from the end of 2013 and more than half from the same period last year, when the housing market was heating up, especially in Southern California.
SCIENCE
November 6, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Children with autism spectrum disorders usually aren't diagnosed until they are at least 2 years old, but a new study finds that signs of the condition are apparent as early as two months after birth. Researchers focused on babies' ability to make eye contact with caregivers, since lack of eye contact is one of the hallmarks of autism. Among typical children, interest in the eyes increased steadily with age. But for children with autism, interest in the eyes waned starting between 2 and 6 months of age. By the time they reached their second birthdays, levels of eye fixation among children with autism were only half as high as levels seen in typically developing children, according to a report published Wednesday by the journal Nature.
BUSINESS
January 26, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Colorado on New Year's Day became the nation's first state to permit the sale of recreational marijuana. And since Jan. 1, interest in travel to Denver has jumped. Coincidence? Probably not. Data research from a travel website found that searches for airline travel deals to Denver have been outpacing searches for all other U.S. destinations, with a big increase jump starting Jan. 1. The study by Boston-based Hopper.com found that interest in travel to Denver climbed 6.3% above the national average in December and then by 14% during the first week of January.
SPORTS
July 14, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
Now that Metta World Peace has cleared amnesty waivers, the Clippers have some interest in speaking with the forward, said NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. But the Clippers are also aware that World Peace has interest in joining his hometown team, the New York Knicks. The teams with salary cap room who were able to bid on World Peace all decided not to by Sunday's 2 p.m. Pacific time deadline, allowing him to clear waivers and opening the door for him to negotiate with the team of his choice.
NATIONAL
March 23, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times
TUCSON - Arizona lawmakers passed a law to dismantle a Mexican American studies program in Tucson schools, but the legislation has had an unintended effect: The controversy is renewing interest in the state and nationwide in ethnic studies and Chicano and Latino literature. Some Tucson students have found new ways to study the subject while receiving college credit to boot. Others who had no interest on the topic say they are now drawn to the material. "Underground" libraries with Chicano literature are popping up across the Southwest and are set to open soon in unexpected places such as Milwaukee and Louisville.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
The state's ethics watchdog agency on Thursday levied $10,000 in fines against two former state officials over conflict of interest violations. The state Fair Political Practices Commission fined former state parks department administrator Manuel Thomas Lopez $7,000 for acting as an administrator to approve the illegal cashing out of more than 500 hours of his own vacation time, worth more than $28,000. The commission also levied a $3,000 fine against a former state Department of Water Resources employee who violated conflict of interest rules by recommending government purchases from a firm that plied him with gifts.
BUSINESS
August 30, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Twitter is refining the way advertisers can target users, a move that could encourage more companies to advertise with the social network and boost its revenues. The San Francisco company said marketers will now be able to send ads to Twitter users who are interested in the subject of the so-called "Promoted Tweets. " Marketers will be able to select from 350 interest categories to refine their ad campaigns. "By targeting people's topical interests, you will be able to connect with a greater number of users and deliver tailored messages to people who are more likely to engage with your Tweets," the company said in a blog post Thursday.  As an example, Twitter said a marketer that is trying to promote an animated film about dogs could select the categories of "dogs," "animation," and "cartoons" to focus on users with those interests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
The Los Angeles Unified School District does not need to release the names of teachers in connection with their performance ratings, according to a tentative court ruling issued Thursday. A three-judge state appellate court panel tentatively found a stronger public interest in keeping the names confidential than in publicly releasing them. Disclosure would not serve the public interest in monitoring the district's performance as much as it would affect the recruitment and retention of good instructors and other issues, the ruling said.
WORLD
April 23, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday accused the United States of orchestrating the Ukraine crisis for geopolitical gain and warned that Russia will "certainly respond" if its interests in Ukraine are attacked. In an interview with state-run Russia Today television, Lavrov linked Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Kiev on Tuesday to the Ukrainian government's resumption of efforts to oust pro-Russia gunmen holding police stations and government buildings in a dozen towns and cities in eastern Ukraine.
SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
There was an open seat in Section 106 amid the sellout crowd at Staples Center. Row 10, Seat 14. It belonged to Mychal Thompson for Game 2 of the Clippers-Golden State Warriors playoff series. He wasn't sitting in it. One of the Lakers' radio voices, Thompson is better recognized these days as the father of Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson. He doesn't see his son play often in person and he didn't want to sit for Monday's game. Too nervous. The elder Thompson carved out some standing room near the tunnel by the Warriors' bench.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - It has come to this: California politics have become so one-sided that the only half-way intriguing statewide races this spring are for two largely ministerial jobs. One is secretary of state. The other is state controller. Both are pretty mundane. The secretary of state oversees elections and maintains public databases on campaign contributions and lobbyists' spending. The office also processes a lot of business-related stuff. Sounds simple. But under termed-out Democrat Debra Bowen, few things seemingly have been simple.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
The Federal Reserve's low interest rate policies, designed to stimulate the economy, have cost savers about $758 billion since the end of the Great Recession, according to a study released Tuesday. Inflation and low returns on deposits have led bank customers to lose more than $100 billion in purchasing power in each of the last five years, said MoneyRates.com, which provides consumers with information about bank rates, investing and personal finance. The Fed's benchmark short-term rate has been near zero since late 2008 as central bank policymakers tried to battle the financial crisis and Great Recession.
BUSINESS
April 18, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google has begun contacting customers and offering them the chance to try out the company's Glass wearable device before committing to pay $1,500 for the gadget. The company is offering to send those users trial kits that come with Glass units in four different color options along with the device's various frame styles. "We've heard from potential Explorers that they'd love to be able to try Glass on at home before committing to purchase it," a Google spokeswoman said in a statement.
NEWS
December 3, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
NASHVILLE - The Angels have expressed "serious" interest in veteran reliever Sean Burnett, according to a person familiar with negotiations but not authorized to speak publicly about them, but their competition for the veteran left-hander will be stiff. At least eight teams, including Washington, St. Louis and Milwaukee, are reportedly interested in Burnett, who went 1-2 with a 2.38 earned run average in 56 2/3 innings in 70 games for the Nationals last season. Burnett, who has pitched four years in Washington, struck out 57, walked 12 and allowed only four home runs and was a key late-inning reliever for the National League East-winning Nationals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
Police are looking for a 27-year-old man in connection with a Friday night shooting in Redondo Beach that left a Gardena man dead. The victim, Bobby Darren Reynolds, 38, was visiting relatives when he was shot multiple times at about 8 p.m. in the 2400 block of Ralston Lane. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died. Redondo Beach Police Capt. Jeff Hink said Reynolds appeared to have been targeted. “We don't think it was random,” Hink said. But investigators do not know the motive.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik and Saba Hamedy
The MTV Movie Awards handed top prizes to "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" on Sunday night, naming the dystopian thriller best movie and handing honors for best male and female performances to Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence. But as is often the case at the annual ceremony,  it was upcoming movies that carried the most interest, with a number of big releases receiving key promotional pushes. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," two of the most anticipated titles in the forthcoming wave of superhero movies, unveiled new clips.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2014 | By Margaret Gray
As he has done so often in print under his pseudonym, Lemony Snicket, the writer Daniel Handler ("A Series of Unfortunate Events" and "All the Wrong Questions") doled out sage life advice to fans of all ages Sunday during a chat with fellow author Ransom Riggs ("Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children") at the L.A. Times Festival of Books. After telling a story about meeting in a bar with the agent who would agree to represent the gothic "Series," Handler reminded himself that there were probably children present.
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