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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Orange County prosecutors charged a real estate agent Monday with the rapes of three women, including two he met through a website that claims to be the largest online dating hub for millionaires, authorities said. Joseph Garcia, 47, of Irvine appeared in court, although he did not enter a plea to six counts of forcible sodomy and one count of forcible rape. His arraignment was scheduled for Nov. 3, and bail was set at $1 million.
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BUSINESS
July 27, 2004 | Dawn Wotapka, Times Staff Writer
Barry Diller's Internet empire got a little bigger Monday. InterActiveCorp said it purchased a 30% stake in ELong Inc., a Chinese online travel provider, for $60 million. New York-based InterActiveCorp also acquired securities that, if exercised, would increase its ownership in the Beijing-based company to 51%. The move fits InterActiveCorp's strategy of buying Internet companies that are "competitive on a time-sensitive basis," said Daniel E.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Liberty Media Corp.'s John Malone, a longtime business partner of Barry Diller, moved Monday to oust Diller from the board of the IAC/InterActiveCorp Internet conglomerate. The move was the latest in dueling lawsuits the two sides filed in Delaware courts after IAC said it planned to break itself into five separate companies. Liberty says that would rob the media holding company of its shareholder voting power.
TRAVEL
November 30, 2008 | Jen Leo
Every other new travel website claims to make your trip-planning experience easier and more efficient. TripBase.com, even though it's still in beta, actually makes it more fun. What's hot: TripBase is the Match.com of travel planning. You input what you find desirable in a destination (night life, dining, nature, attractions and shopping) and it returns destinations that you're likely to be infatuated with. Like online dating results, these outcomes may disgust you.
NEWS
May 18, 2001 | ANN MARSH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Cherry Norris never got a chance to date online but insists she would have. The native Tennessean suffered through eight nearly date-free years in Los Angeles prior to the advent of the Web. The Internet, she figures, might have spared her from The Question. "People would say, 'You're smart. You're pretty. . .' "--at this point, Norris knew what was coming next--" 'Why aren't you dating?' I couldn't answer," says the dark-blond filmmaker, now 40 and in a committed relationship.
BUSINESS
February 8, 2011 | Alex Pham
Concert behemoth Live Nation Entertainment Inc. on Monday said it purchased the remaining shares of Front Line Management Group Inc. that it didn't already own for $116.2 million from Irving Azoff and Madison Square Garden. Founded in 2004, Front Line represents Christina Aguilera, Aerosmith, Jimmy Buffett and numerous other musicians. In addition, Azoff, chief executive of Front Line, becomes Live Nation's chairman, consolidating his power at the Beverly Hills entertainment giant, which last year merged with the country's largest ticket seller, Ticketmaster, in a deal worth $889 million.
IMAGE
December 28, 2008 | Susan Carpenter
Housing prices are plummeting. Jobs are evaporating. And the economy, as a whole, is in free fall. But despite -- or perhaps because of -- such relentlessly bad news, there's an up side -- for daters, at least. Singles are wading into the online dating pool in record numbers, giving virtual matchmakers their best traffic figures in years -- and users even better odds for finding a snuggle buddy, a fling or the One.
HEALTH
May 19, 2008 | Regina Nuzzo, Special to The Times
Swapping spit: The term takes on a more refined meaning at the new dating site ScientificMatch.com. A prerequisite for signing up -- in addition to having a bit of cash to spare -- involves swishing a cotton swab inside your cheek and mailing a juicy sample of skin cells and saliva. What do you get in return for your DNA-laden drool? A chance at genetic and olfactory harmony. ScientificMatch.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
The Ministry has a bone to pick with Mother Nature: She's dared to tamper with the crystal-blue peepers of one Anderson Cooper. The TV journalist, captain of the airline citizen police and host of the soon-to-be defunct "Anderson Live," revealed Tuesday that a work trip had left him blind for almost two days. "Temporarily blinded last week while on assignment," the anchor shared on Instagram. "UV light bouncing off water. Much better now. "  Cooper was shooting a segment on the coast of Portugal when apparently glare did some damage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2011 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
David Dutcher met Sharon on Match.com in late 2008, a few months after separating from his wife. "We had a lot in common," he recalled. Sharon loved four-wheel-drive trucks and sports. They met for coffee, then dinner. Sharon was tall, slender, blond and beautiful. She moaned that she had not had sex in a long time. She told him he had large, strong hands and wondered if that portended other things. She described his kisses as "yummy. " "It felt a lot like Christmas," said Dutcher, 49, a tall, burly engineer with wavy red hair.
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