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July 15, 2013 | By Alene Dawson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's not just the usual suspects - Rita Ora, Megan Hilty, Christina Aguilera - rocking platinum hair. This year we've seen a blond Beyoncé on those Pepsi billboards around town and even perennial brunet Anne Hathaway wearing an icy hue. Sure, it's easy to make the extreme-color leap if you've got a glam squad on speed dial. But for the rest of us, platinum hair is a hassle to get and maintain. Celebrity hairstylist Ken Paves, whose new book "You Are Beautiful: A Beauty Guide for Real Women," went on sale June 4, has some tips for brave blond-wannabes.
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March 21, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
In Zedd's latest club number, "Find You," he implores the listener to "turn up your night. " The Russian-born DJ and producer's electro-house number is a quintessential dance club anthem, but there's also something more at work here than just the same old party mantra. The lyric "turn up your night" also happens to be the slogan of a new Bud Light Platinum campaign. The song (featuring vocals by Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant) is the lead single on the "Divergent" soundtrack, and the music video for "Find You" costars bottles of the beer.
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August 13, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Miley Cyrus has changed her hair - dramatically. She's gone for a platinum blond power-pixie cut, and she's rocking it. And it turns out it's something she's wanted to do since she was touring as Hannah Montana. Following in the footsteps of the likes of Anne Hathaway, Emma Watson, Michelle Williams and more , the 19-year-old pulled off a dramatic makeover , the transition to which is shown above. Helping Cyrus get the look she wanted was stylist-to-the-stars Chris McMillan, who can be seen in a picture tweeted along the way. " ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥ feeling so happy in my skin," Cyrus said late Sunday night, accenting the tweet with a photo and a flurry of hearts.  Still, she battled some haters, fighting back by repeating that age-old phrase about opinions being like, well, something else that everyone has, and reinforcing that she's digging the new look.
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December 3, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - Rabbi S. Binyomin Ginsberg of Minneapolis admits being both a frequent flier and a frequent complainer. He flew on Northwest Airlines about 75 times a year, domestically and internationally, earning enough miles to qualify for "Platinum Elite" status. But he also complained a lot - about two dozen times in seven months, the airline says - demanding compensation for delays, lost bags and losing seats on overbooked flights that Northwest said the rabbi had reserved "with the purpose of being bumped.
BUSINESS
September 17, 2009 | Tom Petruno
Gold and other precious metals soared again Wednesday amid a buying stampede. Near-term gold futures in New York jumped $13.90, or 1.4%, to finish the session at $1,018.90 an ounce, a record closing high. Silver rocketed 43 cents, or 2.5%, to $17.41 an ounce; platinum gained $29.80, or 2.3%, to close at $1,350.10. "It's really a feeding frenzy," said Larry Young, senior trader at Infinity Futures in Chicago. Gold is up 7.1% so far this month, beating the 4.7% advance in the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index.
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October 3, 1986 | From Associated Press
Platinum futures prices soared the limit allowed for daily trading on renewed fears that South Africa could disrupt the supply of the strategic metal in retaliation for apartheid sanctions. Gold and silver advanced strongly, partly in reaction to the platinum activity. South Africa is a leading supplier of precious metals.
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July 31, 1987 | From Associated Press
Platinum futures jumped higher Thursday, leading a precious metals rally amid renewed jitters over events in the Persian Gulf and reports the Japanese had stepped up platinum buying for industrial and investment purposes.
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June 12, 2012 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Ann Rutherford, an actress whose small role as Scarlett's younger sister Carreen in the 1939 film "Gone With the Wind" was her most enduring, has died. She was 94. Rutherford, who also portrayed Mickey Rooney's teenage girlfriend in the Andy Hardy movies, died Monday evening at her home in Beverly Hills, said her close friend and fellow actress Anne Jeffreys. Rutherford had been in declining health with heart problems. As she became one of the last surviving cast members of "Gone With the Wind," Rutherford made a second career out of attending festivals featuring the beloved Civil War epic.
BUSINESS
May 25, 2000 | Bloomberg News
Have the stock market's former "momentum" players moved to the commodities markets? Platinum soared Wednesday to its highest level in more than three months as speculators bought the metal, encouraged by prospects of rising demand amid tight supply. Near-term futures in New York jumped $7.30 to $548.80 an ounce after trading as high as $555. The price has risen 11% during the last two weeks.
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December 3, 1988 | Bill Sing
Platinum, long considered the dull sister of the three major precious metals, lately has been a leading lady. But before investing, be aware of its higher risks and pitfalls. Although it is rarer and more expensive than gold or silver, platinum has until recently received little attention from investors, hurt by its somewhat dull light color, high price volatility and lower liquidity. But that is changing.
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November 2, 2013 | By Jason Song
Willie Wenzlau assembled the potential future of the Art Center College of Design's photography program in front of him one recent afternoon: a leaf he plucked off a tree, a piece of plywood and a shot glass full of an amber liquid resembling Jack Daniels. His iPhone stayed in his pocket. "Digital images are inherently less interesting just because everyone does it," said the 22-year-old photography student. He brushed some of the liquid on the wood, one step in developing photos using platinum, a technique that was last widely used before World War I. "When someone sees something like this, it'll hold their attention longer because it catches them off-guard," Wenzlau said.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Looks like Drake and Future have decided to play nice. Earlier this week, reports surfaced that Drake had booted Future from his upcoming arena trek over disparaging remarks the Atlanta rapper made about Drake's latest album during an interview with Billboard. But the two rapper-singers have since buried the hatchet and on Thursday, Future announced that he would indeed appear on Drake's 39-city tour. "I am set to continue as planned with Drake and Miguel on the Would You Like a Tour?
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October 15, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Music industry rule No. 101: Never tick off the headliner inviting you on the road. According to reports, Drake has dropped Future from his upcoming arena trek, a move that could turn into a $1.5-million feud between the two artists. The reason? Disparaging remarks the singsongy  Atlanta rapper made about Drake's latest album during an interview with Billboard, according to the New York Post . In a conversation earlier this month to preview his forthcoming album, “Honest,” Future shared his thoughts on Drake's latest chart-topper, “Nothing Was the Same,” with Billboard associate editor Erika Ramierz.
BUSINESS
October 2, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
Thousands of consumers started shopping in new health insurance exchanges this week as enrollment in Obamacare launched in California and across the country. Many people are unsure what President Obama's Affordable Care Act will mean for them. They have questions about how much insurance will cost and what type of benefits will be available, among many other concerns. Join this Twitter chat with reporter Chad Terhune, who has covered healthcare for many years at The Times and other publications.
BUSINESS
July 16, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Platinum Equity, the Los Angeles-based private equity firm, announced Tuesday it will buy CBS Corp.'s international billboard division for $225 million. Known as CBS Outdoor International, the division has billboards in the U.K., France, Ireland and other European countries. “CBSO International is a well-established brand with valuable media assets and broad reach throughout Europe,” said Bastian Lueken, head of Platinum Equity's European merger and acquisitions team. Photos: Top 10 Southern California companies Platinum Equity is run by chairman Tom Gores.
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July 15, 2013 | By Alene Dawson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's not just the usual suspects - Rita Ora, Megan Hilty, Christina Aguilera - rocking platinum hair. This year we've seen a blond Beyoncé on those Pepsi billboards around town and even perennial brunet Anne Hathaway wearing an icy hue. Sure, it's easy to make the extreme-color leap if you've got a glam squad on speed dial. But for the rest of us, platinum hair is a hassle to get and maintain. Celebrity hairstylist Ken Paves, whose new book "You Are Beautiful: A Beauty Guide for Real Women," went on sale June 4, has some tips for brave blond-wannabes.
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February 12, 1999 | ROSE APODACA JONES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With award season well underway, all that glitters is not gold for stars such as Jim Carrey, Sandra Bullock and Salma Hayek. They are among the thousands of recent converts, celebrity and not, to platinum jewelry. They love its understated luxury. It's among the strongest and rarest of metals, and it doesn't tarnish. What's more, after more than half a century of gold fever, metal fans are charmed by its sense of newness over the yellow stuff.
BUSINESS
May 20, 1997 | From Associated Press
A fashion for platinum wedding rings among China's new middle class contributed to a record demand for the precious metal last year, an industry report said Monday. High demand from China's jewelry sector more than compensated for a decline in platinum's use for auto catalysts and investment products, according to the industry study released by British refiner Johnson Matthey PLC. Western sales of platinum to China in 1996 were 200,000 ounces contrasted with 130,000 ounces in 1995.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Better late than never. Artists such as Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Eminem got a big boost in the eyes of the Recording Industry Assn. of America in May as the music business tracker began to count streams of songs online. The industry group said on Wednesday it made a record 153 gold and platinum certifications for digital singles in May. This comes after the RIAA announced early last month that it now includes streams of songs on services such as Spotify, MOG and Rdio, rather than just digital downloads of singles.
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February 28, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Snoop Dogg has been called many things over the course of his two-decade career -- Snoop Doggy Dogg, Bigg Snoop Dogg and Snoop D-O Double G are just a few of the monikers. When the multi-platinum rapper announced last summer that he'd been reborn as Snoop Lion and would trade in the menacing gangster rap that made him a superstar for rasta patois and issue a disc soaked in reggae rhythms , reaction was mixed, with a few critics writing it off as a gimmick. The rapper-turned-Rastafarian has announced his new album, Snoop Lion's debut, “Reincarnated,” will arrive on April 23. RELATED: Snoop Lion: 'La La La' and a rapper's transition into reggae Executive produced by Diplo and his Major Lazer production team (who even gave Beyoncé a sampling of their dancehall influences)
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