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BUSINESS
February 12, 2014 | By Andrew Khouri
Southern California home buyers continue to turn their backs on an expensive market with few houses for sale. Home prices fell 3.8% in January compared with December, though the median price remained up sharply compared with January of last year, research firm DataQuick reported Wednesday. The price decline, coupled with falling sales, revealed a market that has lost momentum after an explosive price run-up in the first half of 2013. "Buyers are not overpaying," said Broker Derek Oie, owner of Century 21 the Oie Group in the Inland Empire.
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BUSINESS
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.
AUTOS
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.
NATIONAL
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.
SPORTS
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.
OPINION
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.
BUSINESS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
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.
SPORTS
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.
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