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November 21, 2013 | By Andrew Khouri
Sharply higher home prices might be spooking first-time home buyers, but the swift increases earlier this year have been welcomed by those that bought before the market crashed. More than 215,000 homeowners in Los Angeles and Orange counties escaped their negative equity positions in the last year, meaning they no longer owe more on their mortgage than their house is worth. QUIZ: How much do you know about mortgages? At the end of the third quarter, 13.2% of homeowners with a mortgage remained underwater in the L.A. metro region, a decline from 25.9% in the same period last year, according to real estate firm Zillow, which released the data Thursday.
November 9, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
- Clippers small forward Jared Dudley said he had an MRI exam Friday on his bruised right knee that was negative. Dudley said he was having a "tough time bending" the knee so he wanted to see a doctor to know that "mentally" there wasn't a problem. Dudley said the kneecap was rubbing against a ligament and that has caused some inflammation in his knee. "I can't really bend my knees the full extension," said Dudley, who had nine points in 27 minutes against the Houston Rockets on Saturday.
November 4, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
+ A key to the early success of the Phoenix Coyotes (10-3-2) is the production they are getting from their defense. Oliver Ekman-Larsson (three goals, 11 points), Keith Yandle (1-10 - 11) and Derek Morris (4-6 - 10) ranked 4-5-6 in defensemen scoring through Sunday's games. + Welcome back Manny Malhotra, who returned to the NHL last Friday with the Carolina Hurricanes. The classy forward suffered a devastating eye injury in 2011 while with the Vancouver Canucks; fearing his impaired vision jeopardized his safety, they played him in only nine games last season and didn't re-sign him. He won 15 of 20 faceoffs in his first game back and 10 of 14 in his second.
October 8, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Unwelcome North American attention landed exclusively at the skates of goalie Jonathan Quick by virtue of his own-goal gaffe in the Kings' 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Monday. Of course, the road to the loss was hardly a one-man show, as Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell correctly noted. "If you watch the game, how well Quickie played. We played like beep in front of him," Mitchell said. "The shift before I think he made three pad saves that were incredible.
October 3, 2013 | By Chad Hanson
It was entirely predictable. Even before the ashes have cooled on the 257,000-acre Rim fire in and around Yosemite this year, the timber industry and its allies in Congress were using the fire as an excuse for suspending environmental laws and expanding logging operations on federal land. "The Yosemite Rim fire is a tragedy that has destroyed 400 square miles of our forests," said Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove) in announcing a bill he introduced late last month that would expedite massive taxpayer-subsidized clear-cutting on federal public lands in the fire area.
September 26, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Muhammad Ali has one of the most recognizable faces in the world and is such a beloved public persona that George W. Bush personally presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the ultimate honor for an American civilian, in 2005. It would not have been that many years earlier, however, when, if Bush had thought of Ali at all, it would have been in terms of opprobrium and fury. How had things changed so much in such a short time, and what had Ali done in the first place to earn the scorn of the nation's establishment?
September 18, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
More Americans have negative views of Russian President Vladimir Putin than at any time since he came to power in 2000, and a majority now see Russia as no friend of the United States, a Gallup poll released Wednesday indicated. The survey conducted this week reflected a sharp downturn in U.S.-Russia relations over the last few months, as most respondents in a poll three months ago still held a favorable impression of the former superpower and its leader. Putin's granting of political asylum to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden in August, and his government's targeting of gays and lesbians with fines and imprisonment for homosexual "propaganda," were cited by poll analysts as likely contributors to the changed attitudes toward Moscow.
September 3, 2013 | By Walter Hamilton
Employers have a decidedly negative view of the so-called millennial generation, seeing those in the Gen Y demographic as having poor work habits and inflated pay demands. That's the upshot from a new study examining the professional outlook for people in their 20s, known collectively as Gen Y. 10 fastest-growing jobs in California Many employers prize Gen Y workers for their perceived facility with technology and social media -- not to mention their willingness to work around the clock for little to no pay. But 47% of the bosses surveyed said millennials have a poor work ethic, 46% said they're easily distracted and 51% said they have unrealistic compensation expectations, according to the study by research firm Millennial Branding and financial giant American Express.
August 23, 2013 | By Jon Healey
As disgraced soon-to-be-ex-San Diego Mayor Bob Filner prepares for life away from elected office, one question leaps out: How did city voters get blindsided? After all, Filner had run for election a million times before (OK, that's a bit of an exaggeration; the actual number is closer to 14), winning seats on the local school board, the City Council and the U.S. House of Representatives, where he represented the region for 10 years. Several of those contests were bitter, including the race for mayor last November.
August 11, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
“Emotional stress” and “nonstop negativity” are what caused Chris Brown to suffer a seizure early Friday, a rep for the singer said. The L.A. city Fire Department responded to a 911 call around 1 a.m. on Friday saying the 24-year-old singer had suffered a seizure at Hollywood recording studio the Record Plant, according to TMZ. Brown was said to have refused treatment at the studio. The singer wasn't hospitalized after suffering the non-epileptic seizure, a rep for Brown said.
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