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February 15, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Tickets are now on sale for the 9th Annual California Wine Festival in Santa Barbara, July 19-21. Call (800) 797-7753 .... San Francisco's Aquarium of the Bay is now home to some giant Pacific octopuses . Through Feb. 26,  it will honor the new residents with octopus talks and other octopus-related activities. For details, click here .... Checking out the cherry blossoms this spring? The Liaison Capitol Hill in Washington is offering a $190-per-night package March 22-April 22, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the gift of the 3,000 trees from Japan.
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NEWS
October 19, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
How can a bridge built in 1831 be turning 40? It's a bit of a trick question. The bridge is London Bridge on this side of the pond, and the 40th hoopla marks the year it was brought from England and carefully re-created in the Arizona desert. If you've never seen it, now might be a good time to take a gander. The waterfront London Bridge Resort in Lake Havasu City marks the landmark's 40th year with rooms starting at $80 a night. The deal: The 40 for 40 London Bridge Anniversary Special starts at $40 per person (based on double occupancy)
NEWS
July 11, 2013 | By Susan Denley
If you've been longing to try some luxury beauty products but were put off by the price tag, now might be the time to fill your makeup bag. Nordstrom's 2013 beauty anniversary event got underway on Wednesday, offering more than 100 fragrance, cosmetic, skin care and men's grooming products, exclusive and limited-edition items, at favorable prices. Consider, for instance, Kiehl's Creme de Corps Value set, worth $107, marked $75. Or a La Prairie Age Defense Set, a $403 value, priced at $280 and an exclusive-to-Nordstrom Jimmie Choo Flash eau de parfum set for $98. Other premium brands include Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, Chanel, Dior, Kate Somerville, Philosophy and many more.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1993
Re "Surrogate Has No Rights to Child, Court Says," May 21: How creative of the California Supreme Court for giving a shot to the ailing California economy. Legalizing surrogacy produces a new cottage industry: growing babies for sale. The fact that the California Assn. of Adoption Agencies and the California State Legislative Task Force to Study Surrogacy concluded that surrogacy was not in the best interest of children didn't seem to carry much weight. When the economy needs a boost, the best interest of the economy will prevail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2010 | By Lisa Girion and Scott Glover, Los Angeles Times
The nation's largest pharmacy chain will pay a record fine for illegally selling large amounts of a key methamphetamine ingredient to criminal traffickers, a problem that prosecutors say led to a surge in production of the widely abused drug in California. CVS Pharmacy Inc. agreed to pay a $75-million fine and forfeit $2.6 million in profits on the unlawful sales of pseudoephedrine in California and Nevada in 2007 and 2008, according to federal prosecutors based in Los Angeles. The penalty is the largest for a civil violation of the Controlled Substances Act, a 40-year-old law that is more often aimed at street dealers and narcotics traffickers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
The sale of the bankrupt Crystal Cathedral to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange has been delayed, in part because of a purported 99-year lease brought to the court's attention days before the sale was to be finalized. On Jan. 25, lawyers in the case received a letter detailing an agreement that entitles the Crystal Cathedral congregation to the long-term lease for $1 per year. The diocese, which said it "has serious doubts regarding the alleged lease's existence," demanded signed copies of the lease by Jan. 27. The Crystal Cathedral was unable to produce any documentation.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. The first opportunity to buy tickets for three Eagles shows that will open the reinvigorated Forum in Inglewood in January begins Friday before they go on general sale on Sept. 28. Those who  register online  by Thursday for a “fan invitation” program will be eligible for an e-mail offer to buy tickets starting Friday.  Instructions state that “select fans will receive invitations by email to purchase tickets.” Those who buy tickets through the random selection process also will receive a commemorative poster from the shows.
BUSINESS
October 6, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actor Ethan Suplee has listed a Studio City house for sale at $2,295,000. Formerly Jane Fonda's residence, according to listing details, the country English-style home of 3,787 square feet was built in the early 1950s. It sits on nearly an acre of wooded grounds with a detached office/guesthouse, a gym and a swimming pool. There are three fireplaces, seven bedrooms and three bathrooms. Suplee, 35, appeared in the action-adventure film "Unstoppable" (2010) and starred in "My Name Is Earl" (2005-09)
BUSINESS
October 4, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
"Star Wars" actor Hayden Christensen has listed a house in Studio City for sale at $2.65 million. Built in 1990, the modern-style house features a step-down living room, high ceilings, three fireplaces, five bedrooms and five bathrooms in its 6,302 square feet of living space. An elevator leads to the third-floor master suite, which has a fireplace and dual walk-in closets. The three-quarter-acre lot includes a saltwater swimming pool with spa, flat yard space, mature trees and a three-car garage.
NEWS
October 23, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Luxury cruise line Cunard launched a one-week sale Monday that offers a nice upgrade on selected 2013 trips: a cabin with balcony for the price of an ocean-view room. And some spending money is thrown in too in the form of on-board credit. One example: The classic transatlantic crossing from England to New York in spring aboard the Queen Mary 2 starts at $1,345 per person.  The deal: The Cunard sale applies to transatlantic crossings as well as cruises to the Baltic, the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, Iceland and other destinations.
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