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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2014 | By Martha Groves
The Beverly Hills City Council has joined its Los Angeles counterpart in voting to treat electronic cigarettes as tobacco products and to regulate their sale and use. "Smoking of any kind should be discouraged, especially for teenagers," Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch said in a statement. "By taking these steps, the city is sending a strong message to the community that we take the health of our citizens very seriously. " Calling them a potential health risk and a gateway to tobacco, the Los Angeles City Council voted in December to regulate the sales of e-cigarettes and other "vaping" devices.
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BUSINESS
January 10, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Tennis champ Venus Williams has listed a home in Hollywood Hills West for sale at $1.799 million. Set beyond a gated driveway, the midcentury post-and-beam house features a foyer, a den, an updated kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Tax records show the house has 1,528 square feet of living space. The swimming pool, lawn and deck have canyon views. There are also mountain views from the nearly half-acre site. Williams, 33, is a former Women's Tennis Assn. No. 1-ranked singles player.
NEWS
July 12, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday (today) for singer Darius Rucker's October concert at the Red Rock Resort. Rucker has made a splash in country music since his days as the lead singer of pop band Hootie & the Blowfish . In 2008, Rucker's single, “Don't Think I Don't Think About It” soared to the top of the country charts, making him the first African American with a   No. 1 country song since Charley Pride in 1983. His latest album, last year's “True Believers,” reached No. 1 on Billboard's top country albums list.
BUSINESS
April 27, 2012 | By David Lazarus
A case of tuna fish ... and a case of toilet paper ... and a home loan? Since when has Costco been in the mortgage business? Since last year, it turns out. That's when the Issaquah, Wash.-based discount giant began experimenting with offering home loans to some members via its website. Costco is so pleased with how things turned out that it's rolling out the service to everyone. Auto and student loans will follow soon. It makes sense. Costco has very loyal customers, and they're interested in financial services.
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.
BUSINESS
March 1, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
A Bel-Air house that was home to a young Judy Garland, in the days of her star turn as Dorothy in the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz," is back on the market at $7.1 million, roughly a year after its previous sale. Updated and renovated, the two-story traditional sits on about 2.5 acres. Designed by Wallace Neff and built in 1938, the house features dormer and bay windows, white columns, a red-brick clad veranda and French doors. The 5,500-plus-square-foot house has five bedrooms, five full bathrooms and two half-baths.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
A home in Bel-Air that was being leased by Grammy-winning singer Luis Miguel is for sale at $5.895 million. The stately traditional features a sweeping staircase off the entry, a formal living room with a wet bar, a den, a breakfast area, five bedrooms, five bathrooms and 5,200 square feet of living space. A terrace off the master bedroom overlooks the back yard. The more than three-quarter-acre grounds include a grotto-style swimming pool, spa and circular driveway. Grandest pool around?
BUSINESS
July 28, 2009 | Cyndia Zwahlen
Five months after he opened PNK Pro Beauty Supplies in Glendale, owner Karhen Abramyan has put the shop up for sale. He's gotten a few lowball offers in the last few weeks, but no deal. "I have $60,000 in inventory here, I can't just sell it for $50,000," said Abramyan, who is asking $95,000. Blame the bad economy. Buyers and sellers of California businesses are hampered because the vast pools of money that once fueled sales have dried up.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 2010 | By Maria L. La Ganga and Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
A state appeals court has stalled the controversial sale of 24 government buildings, ruling Monday afternoon that the transaction cannot go forward this week as planned and delaying it until at least January. The Schwarzenegger administration had hoped to help fill the state's yawning budget deficit by selling the buildings ? including the homes of the state Supreme Court and two appeals courts ? to raise $1.2 billion for this year's shortfall and then leasing them back. But two former members of the state building authority filed suit last month to halt the sale, arguing that it was a waste of taxpayer money.
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