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February 9, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
The world's airline industry has rebounded from the recession and expects 2014 to be the most profitable year on record, thanks to stable fuel prices and growing travel demand. That's great news if you're an airline executive or shareholder. But don't expect the suddenly well-off airlines to pass along their good fortune to passengers by slashing fares. Industry experts do say the continued pressure from low-cost carriers should keep the big network carriers from imposing dramatic fare hikes.
February 8, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline hit $3.648 over the last week in Los Angeles and Long Beach, up 3.6 cents from a week earlier. In Orange County, the average had climbed the same amount, to $3.642 a gallon. But experts say it could be a lot worse. Recent increases are driven in part by annual refinery maintenance and California's early switch to a more expensive summer blend of gasoline. PHOTOS: The 10 cars with lowest sticker price per mpg That's part of the reason gas prices have jumped, sometimes sharply, each spring for more than a decade, said Jeff Spring, a spokesman for the Automobile Club of Southern California.
February 7, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
KNOB NOSTER, Mo. - From a bay window in her home on the prairie, Angela Hostetler stares out at the six huge chicken barns out back. They hold 156,000 chickens, and when she and her husband, Mardy, purchased the farm two years ago, it seemed like a good investment. But this year, the Hostetlers are struggling. That's because their barns, which must be kept at 85 degrees to keep young chickens warm, are heated by 12 1,000-gallon tanks of propane, which are now covered in icy snow.
February 4, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
MINNEAPOLIS - Trade talks for Pau Gasol between the Phoenix Suns and Lakers have stalled because the Suns feel the asking price is too high for the veteran post player, according to a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to comment on it publicly. Phoenix could own four picks in the June draft, and the Lakers coveted one of the more valuable two - the pick the Suns could potentially get from Minnesota or the one they might receive from Washington. Both picks are protected and will revert back to Washington and Minnesota if those teams stumble.
February 4, 2014
Re "A workers' comp blitz may cost NFL," Feb. 1 So it turns out that these poor NFL players who were paid handsomely during careers that basically involved banging into one another for sport now need further compensation. According to The Times, more than 1,000 former pro athletes filed claims in California before a September deadline. Workers' comp - the first widespread system of which was created by Otto von Bismarck in Prussia a century and a half ago to care for injured workers who otherwise had no means of paying for care - certainly has evolved.
February 4, 2014 | By David Pierson
CLOVIS, CALIF. - Beneath unyielding blue skies on a recent afternoon, Ryan Indart knelt down to examine what was left of one of his sheep pastures. Land that should have been lush with native grasses this time of year has been reduced to powdery dirt, splotched with a few withered strands of filaree and foxtail. And where there's no vegetation, there are no sheep. A fourth-generation rancher, Indart has already sent 10% of his 4,000 ewes - which he normally would want to keep - to the slaughterhouse because he can't afford the hay to feed them.
February 3, 2014 | By Jason Song
Every semester since 2009, Sequoyah Hilt has tried to sign up for a phlebotomy course at Long Beach City College. She never got a seat. Then Hilt heard that the school had openings for her long-awaited class. There was just one catch: The monthlong winter extension course could cost up to $225 per unit, nearly five times the normal price. Hilt went for it. The 26-year-old needed the class to learn to take blood samples for a new career as a medical technician. She ended up paying $135 - instead of the full price of $337.50 - because of a fee waiver granted by the school.
February 3, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
AT&T announced big savings on family plans over the weekend, the latest wireless company to slash prices amid a brutal carrier war. The No. 2 carrier said a family of four could now get unlimited talk and text and share 10 gigabytes of data for $160 a month.  Each additional line is $15 more; so for example, a family of three would pay $145 a month and a family of five would pay $175 a month. For current customers, the household savings amount to $40 to $100 a month, depending on their existing plan.
February 1, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
When the Dodgers announced late Friday that they had put an "extremely limited" number of season tickets on sale, they did not say they had imposed significant price increases on nearly every one of those tickets. The Dodgers now are charging as much as 140% more than the season price set last fall. They increased the price in each of the 20 ticket categories made available Friday, and by at least 50% in 10 of them. David Siegel, the Dodgers' vice president of ticket sales, said the new prices reflected what he called "unprecedented" demand for tickets.
January 31, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
If there was a winner among the piles of gifts given to children this Christmas, Barbie certainly wasn't it. The fashion doll - possibly the best-known player in Mattel Inc.'s stable of products - endured a 13% sales slide during the company's fourth quarter. "We just didn't sell enough Barbie dolls," Mattel Chief Executive Bryan G. Stockton said Friday in a conference call with analysts. Several other brands from the El Segundo toy maker also fared poorly. Fisher-Price, whose lineup focuses on infants and young children, also suffered a 13% revenue plunge.
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