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March 23, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Any parent with teenagers can tell you how tough it is to keep abreast of their fashion whims. Even more difficult: doing it for a living and making a profit at it. Tilly's Inc. of Irvine is a specialty retailer that targets teens and young adults with action sports clothing, shoes and accessories. Tilly's says on its website that it "offers one of the largest assortments of brands and merchandise from the top players in the surf, skate, motocross and lifestyle apparel industries.
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HOME & GARDEN
March 22, 2014 | By Emily Young
Illustrator Betsy Everitt and water utility executive Christopher Schilling were Americans working in London when he landed a new job in Southern California. With two college-bound children, they began thinking about how they could pare down and simplify. So in 2009 they bought a dark, dilapidated ranch house in Brentwood, hoping to remake it into a streamlined haven of light and space. The couple loved their one-story house's pitched roof and high exposed-beam living-room ceiling and exposed-brick living room wall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison
One year after the South Coast Air Quality Management District found that arsenic emissions from a Vernon battery plant posed a cancer risk to more than 100,000 people, the agency has approved Exide Technologies Inc.'s plan to reduce health risks. Exide issued a statement saying it had "worked diligently" with regulators and intends to invest more than $5 million in the facility as a result of the new plan, on top of $15 million the company has already spent or pledged for other environmental and public health-related improvements since 2010.
SPORTS
March 20, 2014 | By Chris Foster
WHO: No. 4 UCLA (26-8) vs. No. 13 Tulsa (21-12) WHAT: NCAA South regional second-round game, Friday, 6:57 p.m. WHERE: Viejas Arena, San Diego. TV: truTV. RADIO: 710. UPDATE: Tulsa averages 73.1 points per game and appears to be a budget version of UCLA on offense. Golden Hurricane Coach Danny Manning says his team won't change styles for this games, but the Bruins, who average 81.8 points, have feasted on teams who run with them. Oregon and Stanford both pushed the tempo in the Pac-12 tournament and UCLA beat the Ducks, 82-63, and the Cardinal, 84-59.
WORLD
March 19, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - Ukraine said Wednesday that it was drawing up plans for the possible evacuation of its military personnel and their families from Crimea in the wake of Moscow's decision to annex the region. Thousands of Ukrainian soldiers and sailors remain on the disputed peninsula, blockaded on their bases by Russian troops and local militia. The government in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, said it was preparing to relocate as many as 25,000 people. Andriy Parubiy, head of Ukraine's National Security Council, also announced Ukraine's plans to leave the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Moscow-led coalition of former Soviet republics.
BUSINESS
March 19, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Starbucks Corp. will extend its post-4 p.m. Evenings menu, which includes alcohol, to thousands of stores nationwide. The program is already available at more than 25 locations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Portland and Atlanta, according to the company's website. At the four participating Southland Starbucks, the Evenings selection includes Parmesan-crusted chicken skewers with honey-dijon sauce, chocolate fondue with a dried fruit medley and madeleine cookies, beer and wine from Argentina, Italy and California.
NEWS
March 19, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Fashion designer L'Wren Scott, who was found lifeless in her New York City apartment on Monday, may have planned to announce she was shuttering her fashion line on Wednesday. Former New York Times Fashion Critic Cathy Horyn, writing a remembrance of Scott, said she had learned that Scott was planning to close the business, and that friends who saw the designer on Sunday were concerned about her but didn't think she'd do something "desperate. " PHOTOS: L'Wren Scott's notable red carpet looks Scott's assistant reportedly found the designer kneeling and hanged from a scarf wrapped around a doorknob.
WORLD
March 19, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW - Ukrainian forces at two naval facilities in Crimea reported Wednesday that they were attacked by gunmen linked to Russia in violation of an earlier promise to give them until Friday to leave the breakaway region. Later in the day, a Ukrainian official said that his government was making plans for the possible evacuation of its military personnel from the peninsula. Ukrainian forces in Crimea have largely been surrounded and barricaded by Russian troops and pro-Russia militia who seized control of the region late last month.
NEWS
March 19, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - A bipartisan bill to extend unemployment insurance for more than 2 million jobless Americans is poised to clear the Senate next week, but House Speaker John A. Boehner is raising new concerns that it could be costly for states to administer and could lead to fraud. Boehner's objections echo warnings from the National Assn. of State Workforce Agencies, which has repeatedly urged Congress not to attach cumbersome new eligibility requirements. States have "antiquated" computer systems that cannot quickly implement new rules, the group warned Wednesday, and may end up giving aid to those who are ineligible.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
It seems like a lifetime ago that America bid farewell to Kate Gosselin and her brood of eight kids, but it's been just three years since the final episode of "Kate Plus 8" aired on TLC. Time for a reunion! That's not to say the divorced Gosselin is planning to meet back up with ex-husband Jon, but viewers will finally be reunited with the reality TV mom we all wanted to hate. TLC has announced plans for a new one-hour special of "Kate Plus 8," set to air sometime in 2014. The special will bring fans up to speed with what Kate and her eight children have been up to since the series went off the air. Jon, however, won't be at the party.
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