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January 9, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
A woman has filed suit against McDonald's Corp., saying she was burned by hot coffee that spilled on her at one of the fast-food chain's Los Angeles restaurants. The lawsuit comes 20 years after a jury awarded $2.9 million to a woman who was badly burned after she spilled hot coffee into her lap at a McDonald's in Albuquerque. That verdict was widely criticized and became a rallying cry for advocates of legal reform. A judge later reduced the verdict to $640,000 and the case settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.
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April 23, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Same clown, new clothes: Is that the main takeaway of McDonald's newest makeover of its brand ambassador Ronald McDonald? On Wednesday, the Oak Brook, Ill., fast-food giant unveiled a new look for the redheaded clown and announced he'd be featured on McDonald's social media accounts. Gone are the lumpy yellow jumpsuit and Where's Waldo-esque sleeves. In its place is something a Weasley twin might wear -- mustard cargo pants and a red-and-white striped rugby shirt. For “special occasions,” there's a bow tie and a red blazer festooned with golden arches and Ron's signature.
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NEWS
April 24, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
A 14-year-old hamburger -- seemingly perfectly preserved, looking like it just hopped off the grill -- has left McDonald's with a lot of explaining to do. The fast-food chain says the apparent lack of mold or disintegration is actually no big deal, and suggests that the burger's pristine appearance -- assuming it's not a prank -- is likely the result of dehydration, and not funky preservatives. The hamburger has been in the headlines of late, most recently on "The Doctors.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
NEW YORK - Only a fool would second-guess the transformative power of Audra McDonald, but when it was announced that this five-time Tony Award-winner was going to portray Billie Holiday in the Broadway production of “Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill,” I must confess that I had my qualms. When one recalls Holiday's sublimely ruined sound at the end of her career, the period in which Lanie Robertson's concert drama is set, one doesn't think of McDonald's soaring, Juilliard-burnished soprano, a gold medal voice still in its athletic prime.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2012 | By Emily Bryson York
With half-moon-shaped booths, low stools, wooden blinds and flat-screen TVs, most patrons might expect to pay $8 for a burger, or $4 for a smoothie. But the decor isn't a harbinger of price. This is the new look of a remodeled McDonald's, purveyor of Happy Meals and value deals as well as upscale coffee drinks. The Oak Brook, Ill.-based burger chain is reaching critical mass on a nearly decade-long, multibillion-dollar global renovation and rebuilding project it's betting will boost sales, traffic and brand perception.
BUSINESS
May 8, 2013 | By David Lazarus
It's well known that the Chinese characters for "crisis" translate as "danger" and "opportunity. " McDonald's has decided there's no danger in exploiting the horrific Cleveland kidnapping as a marketing opportunity. The fast-food heavyweight says it's reaching out to Charles Ramsey, who has gained worldwide fame as one of the rescuers of the three women held for a decade in a Cleveland home. Ramsey said in a TV interview that he was munching on some Mickey D's when the action unfolded Monday.
BUSINESS
June 6, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Stumbling around in the wee hours after an evening out on the town? If you're hankering for some fast food between midnight and 4 a.m., McDonald's wants your business. The Golden Arches are making a grab for what may be the only unsaturated horizon left in the quick service industry: the night owl demographic that gets a craving for burgers past dinnertime and yearns for a breakfast sandwich far before most people are out of bed. McDonald's new After Midnight menu will roll out this month in participating 24-hour restaurants in certain U.S. markets, the company said in a statement.
BUSINESS
May 24, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
McDonald's Corp. is headed into new territory after Thursday's annual shareholders meeting, with a new chief executive slated to take over and more attempts to modernize the chain and offer healthful options. Among the efforts discussed by incoming Chief Executive Don Thompson at the Oak Brook, Ill. chain's event: Tests on decaf and skim milk options for the McCafe beverage line and more additions of grains and fruits to the menu. “We're ensuring that we have something on the menu for everyone at every price point,” Thompson said.
SPORTS
March 31, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 There will be lots of local representation in Wednesday's McDonald's All American Game for boys' and girls' in Chicago. Stanley Johnson from Santa Ana Mater Dei and Thomas Welsh from Los Angeles Loyola are playing in the boys' game. Jordin Canada from L.A. Windward and Lajahna Drummer from Long Beach Poly are playing in the girls' game. The slam dunk contest will be shown Monday at 6 p.m. (West Coast time) on ESPNU. The girls' game will be on ESPNU at 4 p.m. (West Coast time)
NEWS
July 16, 2013 | By Karin Klein
How can a person live on just McDonald's? The pay for employees, that is, not the food itself. As it happens, neither possibility is very attractive. In an effort to help its low-wage employees manage to stay afloat financially, the golden arches teamed up with Visa to produce an online brochure to guide workers through the process of paying their bills and even saving money while living on a cheap-food paycheck. It could be that the authors of the online site learned more about finances than the employees.
SPORTS
April 2, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 UCLA-bound Jordin Canada of L.A. Windward left a lasting impression at the McDonald's All American Game on Wednesday in Chicago. She set an assist record with seven and added 10 points in the West's 80-78 win over the East. It was her assist to game MVP Brianna Turner with 53 seconds left that lifted the West to victory.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SPORTS
April 2, 2014 | By Mike Helfgot and Bob Narang
CHICAGO -- A trip to Disneyland did not accompany Stanley Johnson's unprecedented fourth upper-division California state championship, but the Windy City is the place to be this week anyway. Hours after the 6-foot-6 Arizona recruit led Mater Dei to the state Open Division title Saturday night, he was on a plane headed to the McDonald's All-American game. He was the first player on the West squad to report to practice Monday. With a host of NBA executives seated just a few feet away, he went down hard Tuesday.
BUSINESS
April 1, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
The vast majority of fast-food workers in the U.S. say they've been the victims of wage theft, according to a survey released Tuesday. Out of 1,088 respondents nationwide, 89% said they have been forced to do off-the-books work, been denied breaks, been refused overtime pay or been placed in similarly unsavory circumstances. The same holds for 84% of McDonald's workers, 92% of Burger King employees and 82% of Wendy's rank and file, according to the survey, which was conducted by Hart Research for the Low Pay Is Not OK campaign.
SPORTS
March 31, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 There will be lots of local representation in Wednesday's McDonald's All American Game for boys' and girls' in Chicago. Stanley Johnson from Santa Ana Mater Dei and Thomas Welsh from Los Angeles Loyola are playing in the boys' game. Jordin Canada from L.A. Windward and Lajahna Drummer from Long Beach Poly are playing in the girls' game. The slam dunk contest will be shown Monday at 6 p.m. (West Coast time) on ESPNU. The girls' game will be on ESPNU at 4 p.m. (West Coast time)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
"Twilight" actress Nikki Reed and her "American Idol" musician husband Paul McDonald are splitting after two years of marriage. The couple announced their intention to divorce in a statement to People magazine on Friday. Apparently they'd already been living separately for six months because of different work obligations. "They will continue to share their love of music, and are still working on their debut album, 'I'm Not Falling,' releasing in 2014," the statement said . "They remain best friends and look forward to their continued journey together.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
The breakfast fast-food war is heating up.  Taco Bell on Thursday rolled out its new breakfast menu, which includes a waffle taco, across more than 5,500 stores in the U.S. The Irvine-based chain made clear it was going after McDonald's, which dominates sales of breakfast at quick-service restaurants. The menu's launch included a campaign featuring two dozen Ronald McDonalds (everyday men, not the red-haired clown) chowing down on Taco Bell breakfast items. McDonald's, however, wasn't going to stand by idly.
BUSINESS
July 22, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
The rest of the year won't be easy for McDonald's Corp., according to the chief executive of the world's largest burger chain. Same-store sales at U.S. restaurants open more than a year were slightly negative in June, according to Don Thompson in a conference call with analysts Monday. The gauge is expected to be flat in July globally. If recent sales trends are any indication, McDonald's results for the remaining months of 2013 “are expected to remain challenged,” he said. “While the informal eating out market remains challenging and economic uncertainty is pressuring consumer spending, we're continuing to differentiate the McDonald's experience by uniting consumer insights, innovation and execution," Thompson said.
NEWS
May 13, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
McDonald's has announced it will add three new Quarter Pounder burgers to its menu and take off the Angus Prime third-pound burgers. With the new chicken wraps and egg white, whole grain McMuffins also on the menu, maybe no one will notice the new burgers have a little less meat? The fast-food chain is trying to combat a serious slump in sales with a slew of new menu items after reporting a drop in monthly sales for the first time in nearly a decade. But to save money, it's also cutting the meat.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Taco Bell is leaving no doubt that it's going after McDonald's.  Commercials began airing Thursday promoting Taco Bell's new breakfast menu featuring - Ronald McDonald. Make that nearly two dozen of them. Don't expect them to look like a certain red-haired clown, though. The Ronald McDonalds featured in the ads are everyday men - including a father and son - with the same name.  "My name is Ronald McDonald," said the man from Kane, Penn., who later said he loved the "new A.M. Crunchwrap.
SPORTS
March 25, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - There were mixed emotions Tuesday in the Scituate, Mass., household of John McDonald, the 39-year-old utility infielder who was told by Angels Manager Mike Scioscia he had made the team and was officially added to the 40-man roster. “My 5½-year-old daughter said, 'I'm happy for you, Daddy, but sad for me,' ” McDonald said. “She wants Daddy to come home.” Jackie McDonald is going to have to wait for Daddy to come home - until well after October, John hopes.
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