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March 12, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi
Young combat veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan have another challenge waiting for them when they return home: steep unemployment. More than 1 in 5 can't find work, according to data released Friday by the Labor Department. The unemployment rate last year for veterans ages 18 to 24 reached 21.1%, compared to 16.6% for that age group as a whole. In addition to the recession, veterans groups attribute the high jobless rate to a lack of education, job experience and job training in the years before entering the service.
April 23, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Takeover target Allergan Inc., the company that makes Botox, has adopted a "poison pill" defense intended to delay a buyout by Canadian company Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and activist investor Bill Ackman. The Irvine company's "stockholder rights plan" allows existing shareholders to buy Allergan stock at a steep discount if any single investor acquires more than 10% of its shares. That would drive down the value of the major investors' shares, making it unlikely that anyone would acquire that much stock.
November 6, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
The state Legislature is quietly seeking to block a steep cut in lawmakers' salary and perks. Executives of the Assembly and Senate have asked the state attorney general to determine whether the scheduled 18% pay reduction and additional 18% cuts to living expenses and car allowances are illegal. The lowered benefits are due to kick in next month, while base pay is set to be slashed from $116,000 to $95,000, starting with lawmakers elected starting year. Senate Secretary Greg Schmidt, who co-signed the letter requesting the legal opinion, said the Legislature's top attorney has said the citizens commission that ordered the reductions lacked the power to cut the per diem and car allowances.
April 20, 2014 | By Christopher Reynolds
Kauai's Na Pali Coast is too rugged for roads, but it can be admired by land, sea and air. For some travelers, it is the most compelling part of the North Shore. Land options: The Kalalau Trail begins in Haena State Park, next to Kee Beach, at the end of Kuhio Highway. It's 11 miles each way, muddy and steep. The path, full of rocks and wayward roots, climbs slopes, dips to the beach and crosses five valleys. If you want to hike six or more miles of it, you'll need enough food and gear to camp at least one night, perhaps two or three.
November 10, 2001
In just one year we went from a rich, happy, prosperous, secure nation to a frightened, confused, dumbfounded country in steep decline. I want to know how this happened. Joseph C. Cavella Malibu
April 4, 2001
I sympathize with the plight of the persons described in "No Angels Flight--Just 153 Steep, Tiring Stairs" (March 29), as I have been in the same situation. There is an alternate route for getting to California Plaza. Walk a half-block to Fourth Street, then trudge up the hill (it's a very steep grade) to Olive Street. In the meantime, pray that the light at the top of the hill turns red, allowing you a chance to catch your breath. Cross Olive Street and take the escalator to the upper level.
July 23, 2005
The NHL players turned down a higher salary cap in February and lost additional salary, only to accept far less in July? I would call that quite a steep penalty for delay of game. Michael Gray Yorba Linda
July 13, 2003
Regarding Nicholas Riccardi's Weekend Escape, "Passing Up Slots for Slot Canyons in Vegas" (April 20): We had never visited Valley of Fire State Park and decided to take the "easy, 1.24-mile loop" White Domes trail he mentioned. There was nothing easy about an early steep descent among boulders, which was not noted in the article. I was able to climb down this section, but unfortunately my aunt was not and had to turn back after barely starting. The exit to this trail is just before the picnic area on the right, and if people are unable to navigate the steep boulders at the trail's entrance, they can easily reach the slot canyon and movie set by walking the trail from the exit (although it is a longer two-mile round trip)
March 8, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A robotic spacecraft circling Mars has snapped the first image of a series of active avalanches near the planet's north pole, scientists said Monday. The image, taken last month by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, reveals at least four avalanches of fine ice and dust breaking off from a steep cliff and settling on the slope below. The cascade kicked up massive debris clouds, with some measuring more than 590 feet across.
November 22, 1992
It seems that the good people of Newport Beach have been hit with another payout for their "negligence" ("Newport, State to Pay $3.1 Million in Bike Crash Case," Nov. 11). As I read the story, the victim, who had minimal experience riding his bicycle, not wearing a helmet, rode down Backbay Drive from Eastbluff, hit a puddle and crashed. The city's and state's "negligence" consisted of not posting a sign saying that the hill was steep and (allowing) a puddle of water to be at the bottom of the hill.
April 6, 2014 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON - When you're raking in tens of billions of dollars in profits by helping credit-elite borrowers buy homes, couldn't you lighten up on fees a little for everyday folks who'd also like to buy? That's a question increasingly being posed to government-controlled home mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and their federal regulators. Though most buyers are unaware of the practice, Fannie and Freddie - by far the largest sources of mortgage money in the country - continue to charge punitive, recession-era fees that can add thousands of dollars to consumers' financing costs.
March 27, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
In spite of what the tabloidy typography in the title sequence might suggest, "Rob the Mob" skims over the lifted-from-the-headlines exploits of an outlaw couple and gleans a humanist drama steeped in sentimentality. Michael Pitt and Nina Arianda star as Tommy and Rosie Uva, real-life lovebirds who held up a series of mob social clubs in the early 1990s after learning from the John Gotti trial that the bling-adorned clientele was customarily unarmed. Director Raymond De Felitta, who, finally scoring a sleeper breakout in 2009 with "City Island," resumes painting New York in nostalgia in this film, much as he did in "Two Family House" (2000)
March 21, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
SAN JOSE -- Corey Perry saw an official's key call go against him, watched the San Jose Sharks celebrate their first lead in the Pacific Division since Dec. 5 and witnessed the official collapse of what on Jan. 15 was a 13-point division lead. At a moment to crumble, Perry found resolve. “We've got a game in hand still, we win that, it's back even,” Perry said following the Ducks' 3-2 loss to the Sharks at SAP Center. “It's not over until it's the last game of the season.
January 25, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
I never saw her face. She was always moving too fast. I knew her only for her shiny helmet, blond ponytail, oversized basketball jersey and dumb guts. She would fly past me on her skateboard as I drove up my hilly street in La Cañada. She was sometimes on her back, usually in a crouch, always teetering on the edge. It was a narrow road, lined with thick trees, sometimes crowded with SUVs. She couldn't have been more than 12 years old. It was a miracle she didn't end up in my windshield.
November 19, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
It's a retailers' arms race for consumers' holiday dollars -- and Best Buy warned Tuesday that promotional discounts this season could hurt profitability. As stores race this year to kick off Black Friday sales earlier and earlier, Best Buy plans to fight for its share of customers. For consumers, that means more bang for the buck. But for the beleaguered electronics retailer, it means narrower profit margins. On Tuesday, the Richfield, Minn.-based company beat Wall Street expectations when it reported a profit during its most recent quarter.
November 19, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - The Museo Jumex, the latest museum to go up in this deliriously art-rich city, is a stout limestone box of a building, with a signature roof made up of four right triangles lined up in a jagged row. They are, almost literally, new waves. Don't say you haven't been warned. The museum, fueled by the riches of Grupo Jumex, the massive Mexican fruit juice company, opens Tuesday in a bustling, ultramodern neighborhood of glass-and-steel high rises just north of the ritzy Polanco district.
November 25, 2004
Although I enjoyed "A Modern Cliffhanger" [Nov. 18] detailing the lives of those who build and live on precariously steep slopes, I wish the article had shown how many of these vulture buildings loom over neighbors and overshadow canyons with concrete pillars and walls. While the occupants enjoy a sense of liberation and soaring, the rest of the neighborhood is forced to look at these bunkers of ugliness. Since the slopes are so steep, no trees or bushes planted below can possibly screen the buildings.
August 13, 1995 | Bill Stall
Picabo Street describes skiing the Olimpia delle Tofana course at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy. Shortly after the start of the race, the skiers enter a steep, straight stretch called the Tofanaschuss: You drop over the Tofanaschuss, which is--put it this way, my trainers ski around it. It's pretty fast. It's the funnest part for me. It's very steep, extremely steep. And then you make a big fat turn goin' probably, probably almost 80 miles an hour. You launch off this jump and you just have to accept the fact that you're flying out by the fence and try and maintain your form.
November 3, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
GROVELAND, Calif. - As autumn turns to winter and rain falls over the charred landscape left behind by the Rim fire, forest rangers and emergency planners have a new worry: water. Over 90% of the blaze burned in the Tuolumne River watershed, where more than 2,600 miles of streams cut through steep, now-burned slopes of the Sierra Nevada. Those mountains are primed for flooding and debris flows in a big storm. The 410-square-mile blaze - California's third-largest on record - ignited on Aug. 17 in the Stanislaus National Forest and burned into the northwest part of Yosemite National Park.
September 30, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien and Walter Hamilton
SAN FRANCISCO - In fewer than 140 characters, or 24 words, Twitter Inc. disclosed that it was planning the highest-profile public stock offering since Facebook Inc. But that was about all it did, leaving stunned investors and analysts scrambling for nearly two weeks to find out more. Sometime this week or next, they may finally get the details as the micro-blogging service is widely expected to make public its secret filing. Twitter's "stealth IPO" has thrown the spotlight on a controversial law passed almost two years ago that rewrote the rule book for start-ups seeking to go public.
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