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August 21, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Is Google ready for some football? National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell is in Silicon Valley this week and that's all it took to get tongues wagging that the Internet search giant and parent of YouTube is eager to get a piece of the action. The only NFL TV package that will be available anytime soon is satellite broadcaster DirecTV's Sunday Ticket package, which allows subscribers access to every NFL game on Sunday afternoons. It is ideal for a fan who roots for a team whose games are not routinely available or for obsessed fans who like to watch multiple games at the same time.
August 19, 2013 | By Jane Engle
The “8-Day Tuscany Fly & Drive” package from Virgin Vacations lets you ramble through Italy's Tuscany region at your own pace. You'll be based in Montecatini, outside Florence. With unlimited mileage on your rental car, you'll be free to head to Florence; Pisa, with its renowned Leaning Tower; the historic towns of Lucca, Siena and San Gimignano; and other tourist favorites. Or just explore the scenic countryside. Dates: Frequent departures from Nov. 6 to March 19, 2014.
September 5, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Park Shore Waikiki is across from Waikiki Beach and within walking distance of Diamond Head. The Oahu hotel has a water sports package that starts at $199 a night for an ocean view room while it undergoes a $10.7-million renovation. The package comes with perks for one guest: a surf or stand-up paddle lesson as well as a bike-hike tour of Diamond Head. The deal: The Hans Hedemann Surf & Turf Package (named for the surf school) requires a minimum stay of three nights to qualify for the water sports extras.
April 13, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The U.S. Grant in San Diego and the Titanic are of the same era and style. The hotel in the city's Gaslamp Quarter opened in 1910, two years before the ship set off on its tragic maiden voyage. With a price tag of $1.9 million, the hotel, too, became a symbol of luxury. The Grant marks the centennial of the ship's sinking with a package meant to evoke the glamour of the storied liner. It includes a $100 dining credit and admission to see the Titanic artifacts exhibition at the San Diego Natural History Museum . The deal: The Legend & Luxury of the Titanic package starts at $299 plus tax per night.
April 21, 2012 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Comcast Corp.'s highest-paid executives — Chief Executive Brian Roberts and NBCUniversal chief Steve Burke — experienced compensation deflation last year. Roberts' pay package shrank 13.3% in 2011 to $26.9 million. That included a performance-based cash bonus of $5.5 million for the 52-year-old executive. Meanwhile, Burke's compensation dropped a whopping 32% to $23.7 million, which included a performance bonus of $6.7 million. The 53-year-old executive's amount fell dramatically last year, as it was the first time in three years that he did not collect a signing bonus.
February 7, 2013 | By Meg James
CNN newsman Anderson Cooper received a package thought to be from the ex-Los Angeles police officer-turned fugitive Christopher Dorner a week before the massive manhunt that has gripped Southern California. "Learned today suspect Christopher Dorner sent me a parcel at CNN. Inside was a note, DVD, and a coin shot thru with bullet holes," Cooper said in a Twitter message Thursday. Cooper was one of several news personalities praised in the lengthy manifesto that authorities said was published on what they believe is Dorner's Facebook page.
February 26, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Heavenly ski resort in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., is offering 33% off prices for three-day packages that include hotel room and two-day lift tickets. Prices start at $259 per person for skiing during spring break. The deal: The cost of this package depends on which of the 14 inns and hotels you select. Choice Hotels Rodeway Inn in South Lake Tahoe is the cheapest; the MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa in Lake Tahoe, Nev., the most expensive. The deal comes with two adult lift tickets good for two days on the mountain.
February 28, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Calif., has cut the price on hotel packages that come with credit for spa services and golf or dining options. Prices start at $199 a night for a stay during the five-day flash sale. The deal: The La Costa Experience package for $199 a night comes with breakfast for two, a $90 golf credit and a $45 spa credit for each person each day of your stay. The Family Experience package starting at $299 comes with a $90 dining credit for each adult and $45 spa credit for each adult each day of their stay.
September 11, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
The TSA office near Los Angeles International Airport was evacuated for a short period Wednesday afternoon after a report of a "suspicious package" that was mailed to the location, allegedly by an ex-TSA employee, a spokesperson said. Officials at LAX said the package was sent by Nna Alpha Onuoha, 29. He  was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of making a series of threats that began when he resigned that day from the Transportation Security Administration. "Out of an abundance of caution, the building has been evacuated," LAX officials said in a statement.
January 16, 2014 | By Joe Flint
It's good to be king. That's the likely take-away of many network executives after reading the NFL's request for proposal -- or demands -- letter regarding a new Thursday night package of games. The NFL Network airs 13 Thursday night games. The league wants to take some of those games -- six or eight -- and use them for another TV package on a different channel. This would create a new revenue stream for a league that never tires of growing its television revenue.  But the NFL doesn't want to throw its own channel under the bus. It is asking whoever gets the new Thursday package to also allow the NFL Network to simulcast those telecasts, a person with knowledge of the proposal said, confirming a report in Sports Business Journal . PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV Not only that, the league has also said that it would like whoever gets the Thursday games to produce the games that would remain exclusive to the NFL Network as well.
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