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April 22, 2014 | By Tim Logan
Home sales slipped across the U.S. in March as would-be buyers continue to grapple with tough credit standards and too few houses on the market. Sales of previously owned homes - the bulk of the housing market - fell two-tenths of a percent in March to their slowest pace in nearly two years, according to the National Assn. of Realtors . It was the third straight month of declines. The median home price climbed, but not as fast as it has in recent months, up 7.9% to $198,500.
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BUSINESS
April 17, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
A Hollywood Hills home once owned by actor Bela Lugosi, who portrayed Count Dracula onstage and on-screen, is listed at $4.197 million. Called Castle La Paloma, the 1920s brick Tudor has been restored and retains its classic details. Among architectural features are interior arches, original tile work, inlaid floors, vaulted beamed ceilings and bay windows. The 5,000 square feet of living space include a roomy living room, a breakfast room, a butler's pantry, five bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms and a service wing.
NEWS
April 16, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
River cruises aren't just for European ports. Blount Small-Ship Adventures is offering 2-for-1 prices on a 16-day cruise along the Mississippi River between Chicago and New Orleans. This  slow-paced ride provides a glimpse of life on the river and in Southern towns. Prices start at $4,999 for two. The deal: Blount has customized small ships that allow passengers to walk from ship to shore and sail in waters as shallow as 7 feet. The cruise on the Grande Caribe navigates along 11 waterways, including the Mississippi, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway as well as the Tennessee, Cumberland, Ohio, Illinois and Des Plaines rivers.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Jack Osbourne, who became a reality TV star on “The Osbournes,” has put his home in Los Feliz up for sale at $2.998 million. The restored Spanish-style villa, built in 1926, retains its authentic architecture including a central courtyard with a pool, thick wood ceiling beams, wrought-iron banisters and interior archways. The 4,810 square feet of living space includes high ceilings, French doors, living, family and dining rooms, four bedrooms and four bathrooms. There is a basement, and the guesthouse has a kitchenette.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Retail sales surged last month at their fastest pace in 1-1/2 years as consumer spending heated up after a harsh winter. The Commerce Department said Monday that seasonally adjusted retail sales increased 1.1% in March. Officials also revised February's figure up to a strong 0.7%, from an initially reported 0.3%. Economists had expected a 1% increase last month. PHOTOS: Richest and poorest cities in America "The consumer came in like a lamb and went out roaring like a lion," said Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi in New York.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Americans rushed out to shop as frigid weather lifted in March, propelling retail sales at the fastest pace in a year and a half. The gauge from the Commerce Department surged 1.1% last month from February in its biggest leap since September 2012. Sales boomed 3.8% from March 2013. The strong sales, which beat economists' expectations for a 1% increase, bolstered hopes that the economy would continue to gain momentum after struggling through an especially harsh winter. "One month doesn't answer all the questions, and it's not like we have all-over-the-place exploding growth," said NPD Group analyst Marshal Cohen.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
  P ink is taking another shot at selling a home she owns in Sherman Oaks, this time priced at $3.499 million. The three-time Grammy winner, who sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" at the Oscars this year, listed the gated property at $4 million three years ago or for lease at $8,500 a month. She ended up with a tenant instead of a buyer. The two-story home has been leased out for as much as $10,000 a month. The Spanish-style house, built in 1946, features hand-hewn double entry doors and a two-story foyer.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
A huge former department store on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles is being sold to a New York real estate investment firm that intends to pump new life into the old building and its rebounding neighborhood. The century-old flagship of the May Co. contains 1.1 million square feet of space surrounded by Broadway, Hill Street and 8th Street. The commercial district was once one of the best in the Southern California, but fell on hard times in the late decades of the 20th century. Waterbridge Capital has agreed to buy the property now known as Broadway Trade Center, city officials and property brokers said.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Coldwater Creek Inc., a women's wear retailer with hundreds of stores nationwide, said in bankruptcy filings that it plans to start liquidating the business with deep discounts pegged to Mother's Day. The Sandpoint, Idaho, company, which started with a catalog model in 1984, now has 334 retail stores, 31 outlet locations and seven day spas. California has 27 Coldwater Creek stores -- more than any other state except Texas. In a Chapter 11 filing in federal bankruptcy court in Delaware, Coldwater Creek listed $278.5 million in assets and $361.3 million in debt.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
The global wearable computing market is rapidly expanding beyond early-adopter status.  After a strong year in 2013, shipment volumes for wearable tech will exceed 19 million units this year, more than tripling last year's sales, according to market research firm IDC. It projected that the global market would surge to 111.9 million units in 2018, with more functional and stylish lifestyle accessories getting added to the mix of products. Fitness-related accessories such as the Nike+ FuelBand, Jawbone Up and Fitbit are expected to lead the industry through 2018 thanks to ease of use and low prices.
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