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November 5, 2012 | By Alejandro Lazo
When will sellers return? That's a burning question in residential real estate circles these days as inventory has fallen and the market has grown increasingly competitive. Having more people put their homes up for sale could help relieve some pressure, but most current homeowners appear to believe that time is on their side, recent surveys show. Quiz: Test your knowledge of business news The online real estate broker Redfin on Monday released a quarterly study of its homeowners.
April 27, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Florida-based Spirit Airlines has topped another unflattering ranking. A few weeks ago the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund analyzed complaint rates among passengers over the last five years. The ultra-low-cost carrier came out on top of that list. Spirit now ranks at the top again - for the rudest flight attendants. A survey of 3,400 people by the travel website Airfarewatchdog found that 26% said Spirit has the rudest flight attendants. Air Canada came in second with 14%, followed by Frontier Airlines with 11% and Virgin America with 9%. Southwest Airlines was at the bottom of the list, with only 1%. The service given by flight attendants may reflect how they are treated by airlines, according to a flight attendants union.
December 25, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
The 53 rd L.A. County Holiday Celebration, which played out Monday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion,  will be rebroadcast Christmas Day at noon and 3 p.m. for anyone who missed the live telecast on KCET Channel 28. The three-hour program surveys the cultural landscape of the region through a broad spectrum of L.A. County-based performing arts groups. Veteran folk singer and UNICEF spokeswoman Judy Collins got things started with “Silver Bells,” with each successive group performing for five to 10 minutes.
April 22, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- President Obama, on his way to a weeklong trip to Asia, is headed to Washington state Tuesday to survey damage from the landslide and meet with survivors, first responders and local officials one month after the tragedy. More than 40 people died in the disaster, which claimed more than two dozen homes on the outskirts of Oso, a small town an hour's drive from Seattle. The medical examiner's office is still working to identify victims of the devastation. The visit will be Obama's only domestic stop on his way to Asia, where he plans to talk about trade opportunities with foreign leaders and discuss the U.S. role in regional security.
September 27, 2012 | By James Rainey
As polls in swing states continue to roll in with mostly negative results for Mitt Romney, some Republicans have declared that the surveys are bogus because they sample too many Democrats. The issue has become almost as hotly contested as the presidential race itself, with seemingly daily reports from Karl Rove on Fox News on alleged Democratic “over-sampling” and even an alternative website that claims to “unskew” the polls to eliminate the slant that is said to favor President Obama.
June 21, 2010 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Depending on what surveys or rankings you read, Delta Air Lines either is the nation's best domestic carrier or employs the rudest flight attendants and serves the worst food in the industry. While one business travel magazine ranks Los Angeles International Airport as one of the best domestic airports, a survey of regular fliers says it's one of the worst. With the start of the summer travel season, consumer survey companies and travel magazines have released several new rankings of airlines, airports and hotels.
September 24, 2012 | By Jori Finkel
How do you measure a city's cultural cache, or its reputation for serious art versus fun in the sun? The Getty has tried to do just that by commissioning multiple surveys related to its $10-million, decade-in-the-making, region-wide initiative Pacific Standard Time. On the whole, the surveys -- involving about 14,000 responses -- show that PST gave Los Angeles a bit of a boost in its reputation as an arts capital. Getty communications chief Ron Hartwig said the surveys, which relied on different population samplings and methodologies (and were vetted by the Getty's in-house metrics guru Tim Hart)
May 2, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
Osama bin Laden, slain in a U.S. raid Sunday, had been losing support in the Muslim world in recent years, and his terrorist organization, Al Qaeda, had been declining in popularity, according to surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project. The decline came as pro-democracy demonstrations and even, in some cases, revolution swept through the Islamic world. Both trends, the fall in Bin Laden’s standing and the growth of pro-democratic forces, perhaps represent a shift away from the terrorism-based political action of  small, violent groups toward mass movements.
July 11, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Cigarette smoking hit the lowest point ever recorded among American eighth-graders and high school sophomores and seniors last year, a newly released report shows. Last year, only 5% of high school sophomores said they had smoked cigarettes daily in the previous 30 days, compared with 18% of sophomores who were smoking daily at one point in the 1990s. The numbers have also plunged for eighth-graders and high school seniors, hitting their lowest point since the surveys began. The change is just one of the findings in a vast new report on the well-being of American children, compiled by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics.
August 25, 1997 | KARIMA A. HAYNES
How can relations be improved between City Hall and the business community? What can be done to attract new businesses? How can the city better prepare schoolchildren who will become the work force of the future? The City Council hopes to get answers to these questions through a business survey to be conducted by the San Fernando Chamber of Commerce beginning in September.
April 16, 2014 | By Noam Levey
WASHINGTON - President Obama's health law has led to an even greater increase in health coverage than previously estimated, according to new Gallup survey data, which suggests that about 12 million previously uninsured Americans have gained coverage since last fall. That is millions more than Gallup found in March and suggests that as many as 4 million people have signed up for some kind of insurance in the last several weeks as the first enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act drew to a close.
April 15, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Firefighters were still trying to determine Tuesday how much damage was caused by a fire that burned through San Pedro's Elks Lodge, a huge building that housed decades of organization history. “I'm sick about it, terribly sick,” said Kuzma Domanchich, 91, who joined the San Pedro Elks Lodge 52 years ago. “I'm here everyday for lunch and Sunday for brunch. Seeing this scene, it's a terrible loss.” The lodge - a 33,700-square-foot, two-story building with three tennis courts, an auditorium and Olympic-sized pool - was built in 1957 and sits on a bluff facing the ocean.
April 10, 2014 | By Joy Press
The fantasy of being a writer appeals to so many of us: sitting in a book-lined study crafting perfectly wrought sentences, which an illustrious publisher swiftly transforms into a bestselling book and an indelible literary legacy. Missing from that idealized image is - well, the reality. Most writers struggle and stumble at every stage. It's hard to start a manuscript and harder to finish it. Rejection is rampant. And finding a way to earn a living that allows time to write - that can be the toughest trick of all. The Times sent out a survey to authors participating in the Festival of Books with questions about their experience as writers and got more than 200 responses.
April 9, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
The cruise industry has suffered a series of calamities over the last two years or so that have continued to sink its already plummeting image. The bad publicity continued Tuesday when Princess Cruises announced that 37 people had fallen ill on a cruise along the California coast. In fact, Americans have a more favorable attitude about commercial air travel -- despite higher air fares and shrinking economy seats -- than cruising, according to an online survey of more than 2,000 adults by the Harris Poll.
April 8, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Small-business owners were more optimistic about the economy last month and expected sales to increase as a winter marked by severe weather ended, according to survey results released Tuesday. The confidence index from the National Federation of Independent Business rose to 93.4 in March, from 91.4 the previous month. The measure is one of the few monthly barometers of the small-business sector, which is a key driver of the economy. Last month's increase nearly reversed a drop in February, but the index, which can range from 80 to 110, remains historically low as the economic recovery struggles to gain traction.
April 6, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
Returning from a recent leisure trip to Miami, Jerry Jorgensen landed in Detroit only to face one of the biggest frustrations of air travel: His bag was nowhere to be found. After making several dozen calls, Jorgensen got American Airlines to return his bag. But the Michigan dairy farmer was not happy. The airline "passed me around on the phone like a hot potato," he said. The good news about lost luggage is that airlines worldwide eventually recover 97% of mishandled bags. That is one of 10 surprising facts about flying with luggage that came out of a new study by international air transport technology specialist SITA.
November 8, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
In an effort to gauge the transportation priorities of Valley residents before its December summit, the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley will begin widespread distribution of a transit survey, officials said. Results of the 11-question survey, which will be mailed to neighborhood groups, churches, businesses and individual households, will be announced Dec. 8 at the alliance's Valley Transit Summit II, said David Fleming, the group's chairman. "This has never been done before.
March 6, 1998 | JULIO V. CANO
A group of residents is criticizing a recent survey about city mobile home parks, contending the study failed to adequately represent opinions about rising rents. The survey, presented this week to the City Council, is aimed at giving the Mobile Home Advisory Committee direction on meeting the needs of about 5,000 mobile home residents. "The survey didn't reach the older population and reflect their views," said Steve Gullage, president of the Huntington Beach Mobilehome Owners Assn.
April 1, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
The vast majority of fast-food workers in the U.S. say they've been the victims of wage theft, according to a survey released Tuesday. Out of 1,088 respondents nationwide, 89% said they have been forced to do off-the-books work, been denied breaks, been refused overtime pay or been placed in similarly unsavory circumstances. The same holds for 84% of McDonald's workers, 92% of Burger King employees and 82% of Wendy's rank and file, according to the survey, which was conducted by Hart Research for the Low Pay Is Not OK campaign.
March 30, 2014
Risks and warnings The State Department continues to warn U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Ukraine and all travel to the Crimean Peninsula and eastern areas of Kharkiv, Donetsk and Lugansk due to tensions in the region. The U.S. believes that Russia is likely to continue to take further actions in the Crimean Peninsula consistent with its claim of annexation. The State Department also warns U.S. citizens to consider carefully the risks of travel to Mali, given terrorist activity there.
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