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SPORTS
April 3, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Is Clayton Kershaw the most popular pitcher in Major League Baseball? By one measure, yes. The Dodgers ace and defending National League Cy Young winner led all pitchers in jersey sales during the off-season, based on sales from MLB's online shop. David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox led the rankings, released Thursday by the league. Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees ranked third, followed by Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals. Kershaw ranked fifth.
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NEWS
April 3, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Peter Som's capsule collection for DesigNation at Kohl's isn't due to go on sale until April 10, but 20 pieces -- including those pictured here -- are being featured in a preview sale that starts Friday. The breezy collection is inspired by the French Caribbean island of St. Barths and would be perfect for spring break or summer vacations.  The clothes are designed, according to Kohl's, to "evoke the colors, the culture, the bliss of island life. " Those words alone are making me want to go on vacation.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2014 | By Tim Logan
The market for a place at the lake is hopping. Sales of vacation homes jumped nearly 30% in 2013, the National Assn. of Realtors reported Wednesda y, and second-home purchases made up their biggest share of the housing market since 2006. “Growth in the equity markets has greatly benefited high net-worth households, thereby providing the wherewithal and confidence to purchase recreational property,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR's chief economist, though he noted that vacation home sales remain one-third below their peak in 2006.
AUTOS
April 1, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Auto sales turned up in March as relief from the bitter winter cold in much of the nation brought shoppers back to showrooms. “Solid March sales pushed first-quarter industry results ahead of last year's pace despite one of the harshest winters on record,” said Bill Fay, general manager of Toyota's U.S. sales division. “Toyota dealers had their two best sales weekends of the year late in the month, and we're optimistic that momentum will spring us in into April.” Toyota Motor Corp.
BUSINESS
April 1, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch and David Undercoffler
Despite General Motors' recent recall of millions of its cars - and several investigations into the issue - buyers are still streaming into GM dealerships. The beleaguered automaker announced Tuesday that sales in March rose 4% compared with the same month a year earlier. Nearly the entire industry saw a similar jump in the U.S., with sales up 5.7% to 1.54 million vehicles, according to Autodata. Pent-up consumer demand and healthy sales incentives helped companies rebound from a slow February, when bad weather throughout much of the country kept buyers away, according to Mark Wakefield, managing director at AlixPartners and head of its automotive practice in North America.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 | By David Zahniser and Laura J. Nelson
A plan for increasing the sales tax to fix Los Angeles' broken streets is on a collision course with a similar levy being pushed for regional transit projects. Two weeks ago, the top budget advisor to the Los Angeles City Council said a tax increase is the only way thousands of miles of severely damaged roads and sidewalks will get repaired. A half-cent increase in the sales tax, which would generate $4.5 billion over 15 years, should appear on the November ballot, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana said.
BUSINESS
March 31, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Thinking of buying the new Samsung Galaxy S5? Users can now play with the device at Best Buy stores across the country before it goes on sale on April 11. Best Buy said it is now displaying the GS5 in stores in most of its major markets. The upcoming phone is Samsung's latest flagship device. It features a 5.1-inch, full 1080p HD screen with a 16-megapixel camera and 16-gigabytes of storage. Normally, the device retails for $199.99 with a two-year contract. PHOTOS: Comparing the HTC One (M8)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
When a documentary-turned mockumentary about the late comic great Jonathan Winters debuted in 2011, it didn't go far commercially. So what could "Certifiably Jonathan" producers Richard Marshall and Matt Fortnow do with hundreds of hours of unused footage, thousands of DVDs and multiple boxes of merchandise?  Try to sell everything, rights and all, on (what else?) EBay.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll The filmmakers originally set out to chronicle the painting career of Winters, who during his half-century-career hosted his own variety shows, made numerous appearances on "The Tonight Show" and costarred in "Mork & Mindy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Hoping to garner voter and political support across Los Angeles County for a possible half-cent sales tax increase, transportation advocates gathered downtown Friday to unveil a proposal for a 2016 ballot measure that could fund a range of new transit projects, including a toll highway and rail line through the Sepulveda Pass. The tax proposal, announced by the advocacy group Move L.A., could raise an estimated $90 billion over 45 years and cost the average resident 25 cents to 30 cents a day, proponents said.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch and David Undercoffler
Cars cost a lot of money. With an average sales price of about $32,000, we know a new car is out of reach for many. The automakers know this too, which is why they continue to roll out bottom-rung cars for buyers on way-below-average budgets. The three least expensive cars on the market are the Nissan Versa at $12,800, the Chevrolet Spark at $12,995 and the Mitsubishi Mirage at $13,790. Prices are for the most basic cars with no options but do include destination charges. PHOTOS: The three cheapest cars on the market In that lowly range, their chief competition is a reliable used car - say, a 3-year-old Honda Civic or Mazda3, with low miles.
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