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August 5, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Holding on from the previous week, the Jackie Robinson biopic "42" was the top-selling DVD, coming in ahead of "Evil Dead," the remake of the 1981 cult horror favorite.  "Identity Thief," the crime comedy starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, was again No. 1 among rentals in its eighth week in release.  PHOTO GALLERY: Woody Allen's all time top box office hits Here are the top titles for the week that ended July 27 for...
July 30, 2013 | By George Hobica
You booked the flight, you reserved the hotel room and the rental car and maybe you even figured out your meal. You're set. No surprises, right? Maybe not. As we too often find out when traveling these days, the cost of the trip is not necessarily the cost of the trip. Little fees, taxes, charges and surcharges pop up along the way, sometimes so often that before you're even at your destination, your budget has been all but blown. Keep your eyes peeled for these expensive travel fees.
July 29, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The Jackie Robinson biopic "42" scored the top spot on the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart in its first week in release. The film, starring Chadwick Boseman and Nicole Beharie, outpaced "Evil Dead," this year's remake of the tongue-in-cheek horror classic from 1981.  "Identity Thief," the raunchy comedy with Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, was the No. 1 rental in its seventh week in release.    Here are the top titles for the week that ended July 20 for sales and July 21 for rentals, according to Rentrak.
July 14, 2013 | By Catharine Hamm
As much as I'd like to believe it - especially in these cases - the customer is not always right. In fact, sometimes the customer is downright dunderheaded, as I was in a couple of recent instances involving rental cars. Rookie mistakes both, and they cost me - in one case time, in another money. On a rainy Sunday morning last month, I returned a three-day rental car to the Des Moines airport. The rate was about $43 a day for a compact car. I had picked up the rental car at 9 a.m. Friday and had said on my reservation that I would return it at 10 a.m. Sunday.
July 5, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Perhaps coach Adam Levine of “The Voice” got tired of being the landlord. The Maroon 5 frontman has sold his home in Hollywood Hills for $3.55 million in an off-market deal. The remodeled Mid-Century Modern-style home sits on a half-acre lot with a separate guest unit. Features include two interior fireplaces, a home theater, an exercise room, a security system, four bedrooms and four bathrooms. Walls of glass open to an outdoor fireplace, swimming pool and spa. Levine, 34, is the lead singer and guitarist for the Grammy-winning Maroon 5. He has worked with Kanye West, Natasha Bedingfield and 50 Cent, among others.
June 26, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Bike-sharing in Los Angeles has hit a roadblock. In spring 2012, Tustin company Bike Nation predicted the first phase of its L.A. bike-share program would be up and running by summer 2013. Soon after, officials said, as many as 4,000 bikes would be available to rent by the hour, the day or the week - similar to CitiBike, the program that launched in New York City last month to much fanfare. To make money, the company planned to sell advertising on the 400 sleek, silver rental kiosks that it would place around Los Angeles.
June 20, 2013 | By Catherine Green
Truck rental company Ryder announced Thursday it would make 39 light- and medium-duty vehicles powered by compressed natural gas available for lease or rent in California. Because of their lighter frame, the Greenkraft and Navistar trucks powered by 6.0-liter GM engines will tap existing natural gas stations throughout the state. The more than 300 heavier-duty natural gas trucks in Ryder's existing fleet require stations specially equipped to handle large commercial tractor-trailers.
June 18, 2013 | By Alejandro Lazo
Gay couples have a harder time finding a place to rent together than straight couples, according to the first national housing study on the issue. Released Tuesday, the report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development found that same-sex couples received fewer responses from rental agents than heterosexual couples when responding to online advertisements. Gay male couples have it more difficult than lesbian couples, according to the research. “We need to continue our efforts to ensure that everyone is treated the same when it comes to finding a home to call their own, regardless of their sexual orientation,” Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan said in news release announcing the study.
June 16, 2013 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
- They are two of the faces of this city's housing crisis. Cindy Zhao, 48, works two jobs to keep her dream of home ownership afloat. Like thousands here, she bought a flat in a tenancy-in-common - a share of a four-unit building that has left her family financially entangled with co-owners. The interest rate on their collective mortgage is more than double those available for solo loans, and if one fails to make a payment they all could face foreclosure. For years she and her husband have entered a lottery that allows 200 such units to be converted annually to condominiums.
June 10, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The fifth season of HBO's vampire series "True Blood" maintained its spot atop the DVD and Blu-ray sales chart, while the action crime film "Gangster Squad" knocked off Tom Cruise's "Jack Reacher" to take the top spot in rentals.   Here are the top titles for the week that ended June 1 for sales and June 2 for rentals, according to Rentrak. Top 10 DVD & Blu-ray sales 1. "True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season" | Warner Bros. | Week 2 2. "The Last Stand" | Lionsgate | Week 2 3. "Dark Skies" | Anchor Bay/Starz | Week 1 4. "Parker" | Sony | Week 2 5. "Beautiful Creatures" | Warner Bros.
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