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March 19, 2014 | By August Brown
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Hollywood Bowl Nine Inch Nails & Soundgarden, Aug. 25 (Friday) Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Nine Inch Nails & Soundgarden, Aug. 22; KISS & Def Leppard, July 5; Lady Antebellum, June 14 (Friday) The Forum KISS & Def Leppard, July 8; Backstreet Boys, May 29 (Friday); Boston, July 29 (Saturday) RELATED: The 10 Commandments of smartphone use during concerts   Greek Theatre Under the Streetlamp, May 2; Los Lobos' Cinco de Mayo Festival, May 3; ATOMIC BOMB!
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | By David Zahniser
One year after Los Angeles voters rejected a sales tax increase, the City Council is looking at trying again - this time by tying the money to the repair of the city's deteriorating network of streets. Two high-level City Hall policy advisors recommended Tuesday that lawmakers place a half-cent tax hike on the November ballot that would generate $4.5 billion over 15 years. The proceeds, they said, would pay to fix the most severely damaged roads and sidewalks. Passage of a tax could add momentum to Mayor Eric Garcetti's "back to basics" campaign, which focuses on upgrading basic services.
WORLD
March 17, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO - Did a charismatic Libyan rebel chieftain with big ambitions overreach? Trying to put a $36-million cargo of crude oil on the black market was an extraordinarily bold move by Ibrahim Jathran, a militia commander whose fighters played a role in the NATO-backed rebellion three years ago against longtime dictator Moammar Kadafi. In the early hours Monday, Jathran lost his gamble when U.S. Navy SEALs seized control of the tanker Morning Glory, which sailed a week ago from an oil port in eastern Libya.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Twenty-eight attorneys general from 24 states, three U.S. territories and Washington, D.C. are pressuring five retailers, including Walgreen Co. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., to follow the move by CVS Caremark Corp. and end sales of tobacco.  CVS Caremark in early February announced it would stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products. The pharmacy and retail chain, which has increased its business providing medical care through clinics, said "the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent" with its purpose.  Health advocates cheered the move and said it would probably spur other retailers to do the same.  The effort was spearheaded by Eric T. Schneiderman and Michael DeWine, attorneys general of New York and Ohio, respectively.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Zac Efron has put his chic home in Hollywood Hills West up for sale at $2.849 million. Originally designed for the Case Study Program by Rodney Walker, the home was eventually built in 1947 and has been updated with an industrial vibe. Features include walls of glass, two bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and 2,424 square feet of living space. The concrete floors in the open-concept house are heated. There is an infinity-edge swimming pool on the nearly third-acre lot. Efron, 26, became a teen heartthrob in the films "High School Musical" and "Hairspray," as well as the TV series "Summerland.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
With the first hint of spring sunshine last month, shoppers began emerging from hibernation, fueling hopes that a particularly bitter winter was to blame for the sour economic signals of recent months. Retail sales rose 0.3% to $427.2 billion in February from the previous month, marking the first increase in the gauge since November, according to the Commerce Department. The measure is considered a key indicator of economic health because consumer spending accounts for more than two-thirds of economic activity.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2014 | By Andrew Khouri and Tim Logan
The Southern California housing market is stuck in neutral, raising questions over whether the recovery will pick up this spring. Home prices stayed essentially flat in February while sales tumbled, research firm DataQuick reported Wednesday. Buyers continued to hold back even as more homes trickled onto the market. No one's predicting a new slump, but some experts believe the market has hit a plateau. "I think this year will be flat as a pancake," said Leo Nordine, a real estate agent in Redondo Beach.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Ron Popeil, the inventor and pitchman without parallel who founded the company Ronco, has listed his Rancho Quinta Ladera for sale in the Santa Barbara area at $4.995 million. The 150-acre manzanita- and oak-studded property includes riding trails, natural springs and 360-degree views. An 1898 adobe house, a guest house, a swimming pool, a pool house, outbuildings, a six-stall barn, a riding arena, riding pens and a 700-tree olive grove are among the amenities. There are five bedrooms and three bathrooms.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2014 | By Andrew Khouri
Southern California home prices held steady last month while sales tumbled to a six-year low, further evidence that the market has stalled after a torrid rebound. The median home sale price in the six-county Southland inched up 0.8% from January to $383,000, research firm DataQuick said Wednesday. Prices shot up in the first half of 2013, but the region's median has been about the same since June. Still, the February median price was 19.7% higher than the same month in 2013 because of rapid price gains early last year.
NATIONAL
March 10, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Recreational marijuana sales in Colorado brought in more than $2 million in tax revenue in January, according to state figures released Monday. At the behest of voters who approved legalized marijuana in 2012, Colorado is still in the early days of a regulatory experiment expected to bring in millions in tax revenue from legal sales. January was the first month for such sales in Colorado. Washington state, which also legalized recreational marijuana in a voter initiative, is preparing for a June launch date for recreational marijuana sales.
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