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March 28, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Like the sluggish box office, the jobs picture in Hollywood isn't looking pretty so far this year. Employment in the motion picture, television and sound recording category fell 7.3% to 114,700 jobs in January, compared with the same period a year ago, according to the latest figures from the state's Employment Development Department. In fact, the employment level in January was the lowest of any month since January 2001, when employment also stood at 106,300 jobs, according to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.
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April 18, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
The State Water Project, which helps supply a majority of Californians, will make small deliveries this year, officials said Friday as they increased the system's allocation to 5% from the historic zero announced in January. February and March storms in Northern California raised the levels of the state's two largest reservoirs enough to allow federal water managers to also significantly boost deliveries to wildlife refuges and irrigation districts with the most senior water rights in the Sacramento Valley.
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BUSINESS
February 3, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
U.S. manufacturing slowed in January as new orders and inventories plunged, according to data released Monday by the Institute for Supply Management. The group's purchasing managers index dropped to 51.3 last month, down more than 5 percentage points from a 56.5 reading in December. It's the lowest index reading since May 2013.  Still, a reading above 50 indicates expansion.  "A number of comments from the panel cite adverse weather conditions as a factor negatively impacting their businesses in January," said Bradley Holcomb, chair of the Institute for Supply Management's Manufacturing Business Survey Committee.
SPORTS
April 17, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
A mugshot of former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb is making its rounds on the Internet and social media. AZ Family, an affiliate of KTVK-3TV in Phoenix, tweeted out the former NFL quarterback's mugshot on Thursday, saying it had been released  by the Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff's Office. MCSO has released a mugshot of former Eagles QB Donovan McNabb. More details to come. pic.twitter.com/QpnNVMV2IR - AZ Family (@azfamily) April 17, 2014 According to TMZ.com, the mugshot comes from a DUI arrest back in January.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
This year's streak of nasty weather is wreaking havoc on the economy, causing plunging worker productivity, soaring heating bills, canceled flights, damaged crops and frozen hiring. But the bitter conditions, which last month left thousands stranded in Atlanta and this week is pounding the eastern part of the country with snow, have dealt a particularly severe blow to retailers. The tempests couldn't have come at a worse time. In January, as businesses struggled through a weak post-holiday period in a month that already tends to be slow, industry sales slid by their largest margin in 18 months.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Factory orders fell again in January, but the rate of decline lessened after a steeper-than-initially-estimated drop the previous month, the Commerce Department said Thursday. New orders for manufactured goods, a key indicator of future factory output, were down 0.7% in January to $483 billion. Analysts projected orders would decline 0.5%. It was the second straight monthly decline and the harsh winter weather in much of the country probably was a factor. PHOTOS: Federal Reserve chairs through the years December's decline was revised down to 2% from an initial estimate of 1.5%, the Commerce Department said.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2014 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON -- Job growth was sluggish in January for the second straight month, the government said Friday in a report likely to heighten concerns that the economy and labor market recovery may be faltering again. The report could also give the Federal Reserve second thoughts about continuing to pull back on its stimulus program aimed at holding down long-term interest rates. Employers added a net 113,000 new jobs in January, far below many analysts' expectations that hiring had bounced up to 180,000 or more after the surprisingly weak performance in December.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Retail sales got a summer shape-up in June as cheerier job prospects, toastier temperatures and more affordable fuel prices gave the gauge its biggest boost since the beginning of the year. Same-store sales at shops open at least a year - a measure that strips out the volatility of openings and closings - rose 4.1% last month from the same period a year earlier, according to Retail Metrics Inc. The surge is the largest of the year behind a 5.1% swell in January. June results beat forecasts of a 3.7% boost and also outperformed the 3.8% increase recorded in May, as well as a 0.3% upswing in June 2012.
SCIENCE
July 9, 2013 | By Melissa Pandika
It's still an old wives' tale that a woman can plan her child's sex by timing the month when she conceives, but a new study has found that babies conceived at certain times of the year may be predisposed to adverse health outcomes, such as premature birth. Princeton University health economists Janet Currie and Hannes Schwandt observed a shorter gestation time for infants conceived during the first half of the year , with a “sharp trough” in May, possibly reflecting the spike in seasonal flu cases the following January and February, when their mothers were nearing full term.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2014 | By Andrew Khouri
Sales of recently built homes fell back in February, as harsh weather and high costs held back buyers. New-home sales dropped 3.3% from January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 440,000 last month, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. Economists had expected sales to drop after an unexpected surge in January.  Economists, though, anticipated a slightly better showing. The median forecast for those polled by Bloomberg News was for an annual rate of 445,000. January's rate was also revised downward from 468,000 to 455,000.  Quiz: How much do you know about mortgages?
BUSINESS
March 29, 2014 | By Tim Logan
This time last year, investment firms raced to buy dozens of single-family homes in neighborhoods from Fontana to South Los Angeles to lease them out, transforming the mom-and-pop rental business into a Wall Street juggernaut. The flood of cash helped spark a steep rise in prices, drawing criticism for pushing families out of the market. But now the firms themselves have all but stopped buying in Southern California, the latest evidence that home prices have hit a ceiling. The professional investors no longer see bargains here.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2014 | By Andrew Khouri
Sales of recently built homes fell back in February, as harsh weather and high costs held back buyers. New-home sales dropped 3.3% from January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 440,000 last month, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. Economists had expected sales to drop after an unexpected surge in January.  Economists, though, anticipated a slightly better showing. The median forecast for those polled by Bloomberg News was for an annual rate of 445,000. January's rate was also revised downward from 468,000 to 455,000.  Quiz: How much do you know about mortgages?
BUSINESS
March 25, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
Consumers are more optimistic about the economy than they've been in years, and that could help heat up the recovery after a deep winter chill. A closely watched barometer of consumer confidence surged this month to its highest level in more than six years. The report by the Conference Board on Tuesday added to indications that some weak economic data in recent months were caused by unusually bad weather and were not a harbinger of a more protracted slowdown. "Consumer confidence made significant progress in March, indicating that the winter economic blues … are somewhat behind us," said Chris Christopher, director of consumer economics at IHS Global Insight.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2014 | By Shan Li
California's economy perked up in February, adding 58,800 net new jobs and gaining some momentum after a lackluster showing the month before. The job gains helped push the unemployment rate down to 8% from 8.1% in January, the state's Employment Development Department reported Friday. "California employment is coming back very nicely after a bump in the month of January," said Sung Won Sohn, an economics professor at Cal State Channel Islands. "We are seeing more and more cylinders in the economic engine firing.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Kevin Hart and Ice Cube will ride again in "Ride Along 2" on Jan. 15, 2016, Universal Pictures has announced. The follow-up to the hit buddy comedy "Ride Along" will once again debut over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, a date that proved successful for the original, which set box office marks when it opened to $48.6 million over the long weekend. Since then, the film has grossed more than $130 million domestically. "Ride Along" stars Hart as a fast-talking security guard trying to prove himself to his girlfriend's brother, a gruff Atlanta cop played by Ice Cube.
BUSINESS
March 14, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton
The stock market closed out its worst week since January, weighed down early by doubts about China's economic growth, uninspiring economic data in the U.S. and finally geopolitical tension in Russia. The Dow Jones industrial average slid 2.4% for the week, saddling it with a 3.1% loss so far this year. The index was off 43.22 points Friday, at 16,065.67, after skidding 231.19 points Thursday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 2% for the week, leaving it down 0.4% for the year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
While waiting for a few minutes at Union Station in January, Romeo Doneza caught this photo of a woman walking through the  center of the light rays and shadows coming from a skylight. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery . Follow us on Twitter  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
BUSINESS
May 30, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
In the last year, more U.S. small businesses were giving employees the boot rather than hiring, a recent survey found. The Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index survey reported a net hiring index of -12 in April, down from -9 for the same period the previous year and down from -10 in January. The quarterly analysis surveyed 603 small business owners. Net hiring has remained at similar levels since January 2011, but is up from the low of -27 reported in January 2010, Dennis Jacobe, Gallup chief economist, said in a statement.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2014 | By Shan Li
Employers in the U.S. posted slightly more jobs in January despite harsh weather in many parts of the country, a positive sign for the labor market in coming months. Job openings rose to nearly 4 million in January, a 1.5% increase from the month before, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That was just south of November's five-year high of 4.1 million. Leisure and hospitality added 156,000 net openings in the first month of 2014. Construction opened up 32,000 extra slots, while education and health services added 65,000 openings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Dr. David Rizzo's love affair with Los Angeles was rock solid for decades. The first sign of trouble came last year, when the house-call foot doctor finally grew tired of logging so many hours in his car and decided to break off the relationship. Rizzo, 62, thought he was ready for semi-retirement, and he loves infernal heat. So he moved to Phoenix. In August. "The sky at night is a celestial event," Rizzo said of his new metropolitan mistress. But the sun kept coming up, shining brightly on a man who cast a long, lonely shadow in the Arizona desert.
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