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August 18, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Car rental giant Hertz Corp. is following the lead of the airline industry by selling more than just transportation to travelers. In San Diego, Hertz unveiled its newest model for car rental outlets, including a retail shop where renters can buy travel items like charging cords, beach bags, sunscreen and sodas. Car renters can also charge up their smartphones and tablet computers, print out maps and other documents and ship FedEx packages. Hertz Chief Executive Mark P. Frissora said the company is planning to expand the concept globally by 2015.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
"G.I. Joe: Retaliation," starring Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum, is dominating in home entertainment. The big-budget action film from Paramount is the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray disc title, as well as the top rental.  The Jackie Robinson biopic "42" was second-bestselling DVD in its third week in release, while the raunchy comedy "Identity Thief" held strong, taking the No. 2 spot in rentals in its ninth week.  Here are...
ENTERTAINMENT
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...
TRAVEL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
TRAVEL
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.
BUSINESS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
AUTOS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
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