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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By David Zahniser and James Rainey
Three months after it painted L.A. as a metropolis stumbling into decline, the Los Angeles 2020 Commission offered 13 recommendations Wednesday that it said would attract jobs and "put the city on a path to fiscal stability. " The group of prominent business, labor and civic leaders called on elected officials to enact a wide-ranging series of policy initiatives: increasing the minimum wage, combining giant twin harbors into a single port, altering oversight of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and bolstering efforts to promote regional tourism.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County officials are considering mandating that veterans make up a significant percentage of workers hired for most county construction projects. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who proposed the requirement, said it's a needed step to reduce unemployment and homelessness for veterans who live in the county. "The most potent antidote to homelessness, to mental illness, is a job and housing," he said. He said he had chosen veterans as the targeted group because the population includes people from across the spectrum in age, gender and ethnicity.
SPORTS
April 8, 2014 | By David Wharton
The folks at Vail ski resort have posted an amusing video of Lindsey Vonn masquerading as an employee-in-training at a ticket window. Wearing a baseball cap and dark-rimmed glasses, Vonn deals with unsuspecting guests, encouraging them to sing for special discounts and, at one point, speaking German with visitors from that country. The Olympic gold medalist often mentions herself in the third person and commiserates with a man who said he recently injured his knee. She goes so far as telling one couple that her name is Lindsey.
SPORTS
April 5, 2014 | By Chris Foster
The entire starting secondary returns for UCLA. And none of those guys should get comfortable. If there is one area where the Bruins have an overabundance of talent, it's at defensive back. By fall, they will have 14 scholarship players in the secondary. "That's always good," said safety Randall Goforth . "We were limited in numbers last season. It was pretty tough. Now we got more people here and more experience. It's less teaching and more evolving. I like it. " But that comes with a warning, and Goforth knows it. "You better compete for your job every day," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A field of candidates - many political heavyweights and city insiders - are locked in an expensive battle to become Long Beach's newest mayor, a job that comes with expectations of reviving both the port city's economy and reputation. The April 8 election has candidates vying for city attorney and a majority of Long Beach's nine council seats, setting the stage for one of the most significant shake-ups in city politics in more than a decade. But all eyes are on the mayor's race, and with the crowded field a June runoff is likely.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2014 | By Don Lee, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. economy added a fairly solid number of new jobs in March as employers reverted to their average pace of hiring after the unusually harsh winter weather. The Labor Department said Friday that the economy created a net 192,000 new jobs last month, just about as many as in February and the average for all of last year. Economists had forecast job growth of about 200,000 for last month. The nation's jobless rate held steady at 6.7% in March, but the broader measure of unemployment and underemployment, including part-time workers who want full-time jobs, edged up to 12.7%.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2014 | By Don Lee
TAIPEI, Taiwan - For decades, relations between Taiwan and its giant neighbor China have been one of the great success stories of the ending of the Cold War. Slowly but surely, the two nations have pulled back from half a century of bellicose confrontation and in recent years embraced a level of political and economic cooperation that seemed to promise new riches for both. But today, for many Taiwanese, the bloom is off the rose. This disenchantment lay behind the outbreak of angry protests from Taiwanese students that are in their third week.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2014 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON -- It took more than four years, but the economy last month finally recovered all the millions of private-sector jobs lost in the last downturn. The March employment report released Friday showed employers added a reassuringly solid 192,000 jobs last month, shaking off the winter hiring doldrums. All of that came from private employers, bringing total nongovernment payrolls above the previous peak of 115.98 million in January 2008, near the start of the Great Recession.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Initial jobless claims unexpectedly increased last week but remained low in a positive sign for labor market growth before Friday's jobs report. About 326,000 people applied for first-time unemployment benefits in the week ended Saturday, the Labor Department said Thursday. The figure was up from 310,000 the previous week, the lowest level since September. Analysts had projected a smaller increase to 320,000 last week. PHOTOS: Richest and poorest cities in America The four-week average was little changed at 319,500 and pointed to an improved jobs situation in March.
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