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March 19, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Forget manufacturing employment figures and consumer confidence surveys . The state of American hair could signal how well the economic recovery is progressing. Visits to beauty salons tend to slip during downturns, as customers stretch out the periods between appointments. But once the economic outlook improves, industry experts such as Paul Mitchell hair care company founder John Paul DeJoria say, customers start flooding back into salons for more touch-ups. Beauty salon sales grew at a nearly 5.4% rate last year and in 2010, compared with a 2.3% increase in 2009, according to financial information company Sageworks.
January 14, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell suffered a setback during his recovery from knee surgery during the lockout, pushing too hard too soon, according to Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi. But the fact that Mitchell had knee surgery came as a surprise on Monday, the second day of the Kings' training camp. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter mentioned it, almost offhandedly, in the context of rehabilitation timetables. "Now with Mitchell, he had knee surgery," Sutter said. "He's way behind what he should have been.
June 4, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
There's been quite a bit of chatter this spring about a rebound in the manufacturing sector. Whether those predictions will hold up is looking less and less certain as new orders tumble. Demand for factory-made goods has fallen three of the past four months, sliding an unexpected 0.6%, or $2.9 billion, in April.  The measure had tanked 2.1% in March, marking the first back-to-back declines in more than three years. Machinery orders plunged 2.9%; requests for cars, computers and electrical equipment also fell, according to the Commerce Department . Demand for non-durable goods - items designed to last less than three years - dipped 1.1%.
July 17, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
Continuing his whirlwind tour of Washington D.C., Assembly Speaker John Pérez (D-Los Angeles) is scheduled to meet Wednesday with Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. Pérez  has already met with Obama administration officials, touting efforts by California to recover from the recession and implement Obamacare. He is also highlighting ways the federal government can help the Golden State financially. He had breakfast with Secretary of Homeland Security Grace Napolitano, the nominee to head the University of California system.
February 3, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
After stepping on his Florida victory with a series of statements that made him seem out of touch with average citizens, Mitt Romney emphasized at a small gathering of supporters in a frigid warehouse here that he is better suited than President Obama to empathize with struggling Americans. "I'll listen," Romney told a few dozen bundled-up employees of Western Nevada Supply, a building company here. "I will listen. I will listen to business people and to working people and to folks across the country to understand what's going on in their lives.
December 31, 2012 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - The blood clot that led to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's hospitalization on Sunday is lodged in a vein behind her right ear, her doctors disclosed in a statement late Monday. The doctors said the clot, called a right transverse sinus venous thrombosis, was discovered on Sunday when Clinton underwent an MRI as a “routine follow-up” to the treatment she has been receiving for a concussion. The vein runs between the brain and skull. Drs. Lisa Bardack with the Mt. Kisco Medical Group and Gigi El-Bayoumi at The George Washington University Hospital said in their statement that the clot is being treated with blood thinners.
March 10, 2010 | By Don Lee
Improbable as it seems, the brightest spot so far in the nation's spotty economic recovery is a sector long considered all but dead -- good-old-fashioned manufacturing. Factories are churning. Exports are up. Even though jobs are the bleakest aspect of the overall economy these days, factory payrolls have turned positive. "We could have a renaissance here," said Ron Bloom, President Obama's manufacturing czar. "Indeed," Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke declared late last month, "manufacturing has been leading the recovery so far."
July 9, 2011 | By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
With unemployment taking a gut-wrenching turn for the worse, political leaders and economic policymakers are being forced to confront the very real possibility that the tepid recovery has stalled out — and with no easy fix in sight. U.S. employers added almost no new jobs in June, the government reported Friday. That pushed the nation's jobless rate higher for the third straight month — to 9.2% — and left the number of idled workers at 14 million, almost half of them jobless for six months or more.
June 9, 2013 | By Stephen Bailey
Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp, sidelined with a right hamstring injury since May 30, experienced a mild setback in his recovery, Manager Don Mattingly said Sunday. Kemp, who has been working out with the team after rehabbing recently at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., was expected to return to the active roster Friday. “We've hit a little bit of a snag because he felt just a little something today still,” Mattingly said. The medical staff will watch Kemp run Sunday and assess his status.
August 1, 2009 | TOM PETRUNO
The evidence keeps piling up that the U.S. economy has reached bottom and that a recovery of some sort is in the cards for the second half of this year. But that's where the consensus ends. The shape of any recovery remains a matter of heated debate on Wall Street. As my colleague Don Lee notes in his front-page story today, the "robust recovery" camp was buoyed Friday by the government's data on second-quarter gross domestic product.
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