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BUSINESS
June 7, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
With fewer than nine hours left, an auction to have a fancy steakhouse lunch with Omaha billionaire Warren Buffett has received a top bid of $775,100 Friday. The 14th charity auction closes at 7:30 p.m. Pacific time and raises money for Glide, a San Francisco anti-poverty nonprofit. The auction got off to a strong start earlier this week , but as of Friday it's still nowhere near the record $3.5 million one anonymous winner bid last year. PHOTOS: Warren Buffett in the news Buffett, however, may see some consolation in that his companionship is at least worth more than that of Apple Inc.'s chief executive, Tim Cook.
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BUSINESS
June 3, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
How much will lunch with the Oracle of Omaha set you back? As of Monday morning, breaking bread with Nebraska billionaire investor Warren Buffett is worth a cool $168,100 . For the 14th year in a year, an auction to partake in a fancy steakhouse lunch with Buffett is off to a strong start. The auction's proceeds go toward Glide, a San Francisco anti-poverty nonprofit organization.  PHOTOS: Warren Buffett in the news The auction will close Friday at 7:30 p.m. Pacific time.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
During a honeymoon trip to Los Angeles, Chris Hansen and his new wife, Shoni, decided not to skimp on their visit to Universal Studios Hollywood. They booked a pricey tour for the theme park that included a buffet lunch, an escort to the front of the line of every ride and a behind-the-scene visit to the property and wardrobe departments on the studio's television and movie lot. The experience set the couple back $299 each, compared with the regular $80 admission price. But they didn't complain.
NEWS
March 29, 2013 | By Caitlin Keller
Chefs Alice Waters and Suzanne Goin are pairing up to host “Lunch Matters,” a fundraiser to revamp the lunch program at the Larchmont Charter School in West Hollywood on April 21. The event will raise funds to rebuild a kitchen where the school's lunches will be made using seasonal produce from the school garden and local farms. The lunches will be incorporated into the curriculum to complement nutrition and cooking classes as part of the Larchmont Charter School's Edible Schoolyard program.
NEWS
March 7, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- President Obama plans to continue his campaign to win hearts, minds and stomachs on Capitol Hill.   Obama is scheduled to have lunch with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his Democratic counterpart, Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, on Thursday.   The scheduled meal at the White House follows a bipartisan dinner Wednesday night attended by a dozen Republican senators and the president. Obama arranged the dinner -- picking up the check at the luxury Jefferson Hotel, the White House said -- as part of a very public campaign to try to build goodwill with Republicans, particularly on matters related to the deficit.
NATIONAL
March 7, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Earlier this year, President Obama joked that his daughters wanted to spend less time with him now that they were older, so he might ask Republicans to the White House to keep him company. Maybe he wasn't kidding. After fitful attempts in his first term to improve testy relations with congressional Republicans, Obama has launched a very public campaign to build stronger ties with his GOP rivals. He treated a dozen senators to dinner Wednesday and plans to lunch with more lawmakers next week.
TRAVEL
March 2, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
On a cruise Don't eat lunch the day you board a cruise. A lengthy lunch usually is available as a buffet on the first day. Also, check out your dinner seating arrangements early on the first day as you tour the ship. If you are not happy with the assigned table location or time, change it immediately for the best chance of getting what you want. Donna Mollan Anderson Island, Wash. When packing for the return flight, keep in mind any objects that might attract the attention of security screeners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
At least eight California school districts have misappropriated millions of dollars in funding intended to pay for meals for low-income students - the biggest culprit being the Los Angeles Unified School District, according to a state Senate watchdog group. The California Department of Education has ordered districts to repay more than $170 million in misused funds to their student meal programs, the California Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes said in a report issued Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Ben Affleck shared his tips for how to win an Oscar pool. Steven Spielberg hoisted an elaborate floral centerpiece off his table so he could better see his fellow lunch guests (including the youngest lead actress nominee, Quvenzhané Wallis). And 66-year-old uber-producer Frank Marshall ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") deejayed the whole affair. It was the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' annual Oscar nominees luncheon at the Beverly Hilton. For a few hours Monday, more than 100 contenders for the 85th Academy Awards sipped Champagne, rubbed elbows with fellow nominees and received a few tips on Oscar speech making, all without worrying about who would wind up winners and losers come Feb. 24. "It's my favorite day of the year," said Harvey Weinstein, the financier behind best picture nominees "Django Unchained" and "Silver Linings Playbook.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - State labor regulators have ordered an Inland Empire warehouse operator that handles goods for big-box retailers to pay $1.3 million in overtime, penalties and other compensation, accusing it of wage- and hour-law violations. State Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su issued citations Monday to Quetico, a warehouse and distribution company in Chino that receives and distributes shoes, apparel and electronic goods. The commissioner's investigation of two Quetico facilities, totaling half a million square feet, found that the company created restrictive procedures that shorted workers of their wages.
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