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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- Police need a warrant to open a package in the mail that reeks of marijuana, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday, rejecting a prosecutor's arguments that a search was warranted under a novel “plain smell” test. In a ruling written by Justice Goodwin Liu, the state high court dismissed arguments by Santa Barbara County prosecutors that contraband could be searched under a theory that would extend the “plain sight” test to “plain smell.”  Police are generally entitled to seize evidence that is in plain sight.
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BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
July 16, 1985 | Associated Press
A woman preparing dinner opened a package of broccoli that had been in her freezer for four months and discovered it was a bomb, police said today. Police Chief Jim Connors said the woman, who declined to be identified, found the device Sunday night. Federal agents were to inspect the package, which had been opened, the broccoli replaced by a plastic bottle filled with gunpowder, and re-glued.
TRAVEL
January 17, 2010
This Valentine's Day package at the Gaige House stands out because the inn is in a relaxing, almost-hidden crossroads tucked away in Sonoma's wine country. The 23-room inn in Glen Ellen has a romantic day and night planned with sparkling wine, a couples massage and a rose petal bath. The deal: The package rate starts at $314 per night for two people and includes accommodations, a 50-minute couples Swedish/deep tissue massage, sparkling wine and a rose petal bath. The Valentine's Day weekend requires a two-night minimum, but if you want to take advantage of the package for just one night, book it for Feb. 11. Queen rooms with the package on this date were $369; a king was $399, a studio suite was $469 and a Zen suite was $529.
NEWS
February 23, 2012 | By Terry Gardner, Special to the Times
London will be rocking this summer, and Paris is always abuzz, but in the spring or fall? You get to see a city as a truer version of itself. This deal from Gate 1 gives you both cities at a good price. The deal: Gate1 Travel has an Eight Day London & Paris by Rail package priced from $1,479 (based on double occupancy and New York departures) that includes roundtrip coach air (including taxes and fuel surcharges); six nights' accommodations in a mid-range property; breakfast daily; train transportation from London to Paris through the Chunnel.  Tours and upgrades can be added at extra cost.
TRAVEL
January 18, 1987
We just had to write to thank Jerry Hulse for a recent item in Travel Tips. Dollarstretcher, a subsidiary of British Airways, has done a magnificent job on its promotion package of $399 round trip LAX to Gatwick. After reading the tip we booked and were on our way within a week. We stayed at the Bedford Hotel in Russell Square. It was comfortable, clean and conveniently located to Underground, restaurants and shopping. We visited with friends, did some sightseeing and Christmas shopping during the week we were in London.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 1985
Less than a month after it was introduced as a bold attempt to establish an ad-hoc daytime network of independent stations, the two-hour "INDAY" package was on the verge of being cut in half by its distributor Wednesday because of low ratings.
NEWS
September 19, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Grand Canyon Railway provides a different way to visit Grand Canyon National Park . Trains run from historic Williams, Ariz., to the South Rim for a visit. The railway is offering fall packages starting at $390 per couple, which includes train tickets, two nights at a hotel and even a Wild West shoot-out at the depot. The deal: The Railway Express Plus package starts and ends in Williams, about 35 miles west of Flagstaff. The deal includes round-trip train travel between Williams and the Grand Canyon plus two nights at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams.
NEWS
June 6, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
Make a splash at SeaWorld this month with a $338 vacation package at San Diego's Paradise Point Resort & Spa  that includes a stay in a bungalow-style hotel room and two adult tickets to the park. Paradise Point, just across the street from SeaWorld, includes breakfast, parking and a water taxi ride in the package. The deal: Book your trip by June 30 for a stay in June, July or August. The discount is 20% off the regular rate of $423 for a Lanai Garden Room. Other savings include two adult tickets to SeaWorld ($156 value)
TRAVEL
March 2, 1986
Since 1972 I have been going to Lech, Austria, annually for skiing. As a result, I greatly enjoyed the Stan Hollander article Feb. 2. However, the article was lacking in basic information. The article only hints at the vast land area and varied terrain that can be skied, covering several mountains and towns with intelligently connecting lifts. The great majority of hotels and pensions are 1-5 minutes' walk from the lifts. A few hotels and sample rates were provided but did not go far enough.
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