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June 13, 2013 | By Julie Cart
The price of extreme weather events continues to rise. Superstorm Sandy and the ongoing drought made 2012 the second costliest weather and climate disaster year since 1980, racking up more than $110 billion in damage. According to the National Climatic Data Center , there were 11 events that each caused more than $1 billion in damage. The disasters--seven severe weather and tornado events, two tropical cyclones, and the yearlong drought and its associated wildfires - killed more than 300 people combined.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2014 | Nita Lelyveld
For two weeks now I've had a problem that can only be described as good: drowning in a flood of emails and messages from readers -- and not one of them angry. Hundreds have contacted me in praise of a young woman I wrote about who had no money for a prom dress and so made one out of soda-can tabs. They've asked how to help her, even though many admitted that they're barely getting by themselves. Brie Fainblit lives in Palmdale with her disabled mother and her aunt, who shoulders two part-time jobs to support them.
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BUSINESS
October 15, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Last year, Alex Groth and Kevin Jennison wanted to help charities and donate money to causes they cared about, but as busy and financially strapped college kids, they felt like they couldn't do anything that'd make much of an impact. So instead, they invented a way to donate money to charity just by surfing the Web. Groth and Jennison, both of whom now work for a start-up in Silicon Valley, created Tab for a Cause, an app for Chrome or Firefox Web browsers that will automatically donate fractions of a cent to charity each time someone opens a new tab. That may not seem like much, but those pennies can add up when you think of the number of tabs each person opens up each day. It works this way: The app replaces the blank pages that come up when you open new tabs to go to a website with special pages designed by the team at Tab for a Cause.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2014 | By Nita Lelyveld, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Brie Fainblit wasn't voted prom queen at the Highland High prom. But the Palmdale senior who made her own dress out of soda can tabs felt like the belle of the ball Friday night. Fainblit lives with her mother, who is disabled, and her aunt, who works two part-time jobs to support them. She began her soda tab project in September, knowing that money was way too tight for a prom dress. After my story about Brie appeared in last Sunday's paper, offers of help poured in. Many readers wanted to do what they could to make prom special for Brie and her boyfriend, James Lawrence, who tutored a student to earn money for prom tickets.
SPORTS
February 22, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
When New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski throws a Super Bowl party, he spares no expense.  For this year's bowl bash, Gronkowski ran up a $9,000 tab. How do you spend $9,000 on a party? Well, start with $1,575 worth of Grey Goose vodka and $1,250 of PJ Rose champagne. Add in other assorted alcoholic beverages and some Red Bull, and then a $1,400 tip.  Of course, to Gronkowski, spending $9,000 is like a regular person spending $10. He did, after all, make $2.6 million last season.
NEWS
January 11, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Burger King's biggest franchise holder, Carrols Restaurant Group,   reportedly has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle claims of sexual harassment. The settlement, Reuters reported, brings to an end a 14-year lawsuit involving 88 women who formerly worked for Carrols and one current female employee . The company, which owns and operates more than 520 Burger King locations, denies guilt, citing legal costs as the reason for settling.  The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleged that employees harassed women by making obscene comments, exposing their genitalia and subjecting the women to strip searches, unwanted touching and even rape, The Examiner reported.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Lindsay Lohan has reportedly been banned from the Chateau Marmont over an unpaid bill of nearly $50,000 she ran up during June and July when she was living at the storied hotel. The general manager of the hotel sent Lohan a letter July 31 noting an unpaid balance of $46,350.04 and requesting that she pack up and leave by Aug. 1. The letter was obtained by TMZ. Things like restaurant, room service, mini-bar and cigarette charges -- not to mention that "corporate rate" of $615 a night -- piled up over time, as detailed in a 16-page billing statement also dated July 31. The statement also revealed some of her reading preferences: The starlet charged issues of Rolling Stone, Architectural Digest and Bazaar to her tab. Also on the bill were not one but two iPhone chargers at $40 a pop. We hope she looked for the missing ones under the bed first.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres wrote a $10,000 check Friday to a sobbing 22-year-old single mother and Ruby Tuesday waitress who paid the lunch tab of two National Guard soldiers during her afternoon shift. "You're a good person," DeGeneres said, enfolding Sarah Hoidahl in a warm embrace. "You're a good person. " Before that DeGeneres had Hoidahl recount the good deed to the live studio audience. Hoidahl, who is pretty and blond and lives with her mother and 15-month-old son, Ashton, in Concord, N.H., said she overheard two uniformed women at lunch discussing what to eat. PHOTOS: Ellen DeGeneres: Career in pictures They said they had to keep it light since they had been furloughed as a result of the government shutdown and were therefore not getting paid.
SPORTS
April 27, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Despite the Lakers playing under a new coaching staff, experiencing several roster changes and learning a new system, Kobe Bryant has continually touted the Lakers as championship contenders. Bryant may have said this to convince himself, motivate his teammates or simply persuade the public. The Las Vegas oddsmakers aren't sold. Jay Kornegay, director of the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, tabs the Lakers as the fifth choice to win the NBA title (12-to-1) behind the Miami Heat (7-5)
BUSINESS
March 8, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Skype, the popular Internet-based calling service, said Monday it would begin running ads. "Today we announce something new ? the launch of advertising in Skype, which will appear in the Home tab in Skype starting this week," Doug Bewsher, Skype's chief marketing officer, said in a company blog post. "The Skype experience is our first priority, which is why we we've taken a lot of time working through and testing what kind of advertising would work best in the Skype environment. " Skype, which has about 145 million monthly users, has run test ads from Rdio over the last "month or two," and the first official advertisements inside of Skype will start running sometime this week, Bewsher said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Times City Beat writer Nita Lelyveld on Sunday told the story of Brie Fainblit, a Palmdale teen who is turning heads with her prom dress. The dress is not from a fancy designer. She could never afford that. So she made it herself, using soda can tabs. Lelyveld writes: She wants to be Highland High's prom queen. She wants to turn heads. Brie lives with her mother, who is disabled, and her aunt, who works two part-time jobs to support them. Often there is not enough money for food.
SPORTS
March 9, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - The new instant-replay and home-plate collision rules were the primary topics of the Angels' annual spring-training Players' Assn. meeting Sunday morning. There has been some confusion about the rules and how they've been implemented in exhibition games, and new union chief Tony Clark acknowledged a growing concern among players about whether the rules will enhance or detract from the game. Then, a few hours later, a fifth-inning play in the Angels' 3-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds did nothing to ease the debate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
The full price tag for developing and rolling out a new Department of Water and Power billing system riddled with problems is more than twice the $59 million cited by the utility in recent days, a spokesman acknowledged. The total cost of staff time, contractors and software for the troubled system, which has been met by a storm of public complaints, is $162 million, said Joe Ramallo, a DWP spokesman. About $63.1 million of that was labor costs for DWP employees who were diverted from their normal duties to help rollout the program, he said.
SPORTS
November 18, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Take a deep breath, Trojans Nation. The canonization of Ed Orgeron is premature. At least two games premature, to be specific. Nothing should detract from what Orgeron has done. His mop-up duty for Lane Kiffin has been spectacular. Beating Stanford on Saturday night was beyond surprising. Remember, these were basically the same players who lost to Washington State. At home. Orgeron has filled the Coliseum once again. He has his players loving their school and their team again, not to mention loving him. The night he won his first game as the new head man, beating Arizona at the Coliseum, his quarterback, Cody Kessler, told the media afterward that USC players would die for Coach O. The reaction after the victory over Stanford on the Trojans' 710 radio network Saturday night was that USC's football coaching search was over.
BUSINESS
November 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google has released a new version of its Chrome Beta Web browser that tells users which of the websites they've opened is emitting sound. The new feature uses a small speaker icon that displays to the left of the small "X" users click on to close a tab. As soon as audio starts playing the icon appears, and it goes away when audio stops. "Have you ever shuffled through your tabs to figure out where that sound or music is coming from? We hear you!" Google said in a blog post . "With today's latest Chrome Beta release, you can now visually scan your tabs for a speaker icon to quickly find the offender.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres wrote a $10,000 check Friday to a sobbing 22-year-old single mother and Ruby Tuesday waitress who paid the lunch tab of two National Guard soldiers during her afternoon shift. "You're a good person," DeGeneres said, enfolding Sarah Hoidahl in a warm embrace. "You're a good person. " Before that DeGeneres had Hoidahl recount the good deed to the live studio audience. Hoidahl, who is pretty and blond and lives with her mother and 15-month-old son, Ashton, in Concord, N.H., said she overheard two uniformed women at lunch discussing what to eat. PHOTOS: Ellen DeGeneres: Career in pictures They said they had to keep it light since they had been furloughed as a result of the government shutdown and were therefore not getting paid.
NEWS
October 19, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
New York City in January or February? OK, it's cold, but it's also a less touristy time to see the city. And it's when the edgy little Jane Hotel is offering single rooms at just $79 a night. So bundle up and make your goosebumps disappear by ducking into "Houdini: Art and Magic" at the Jewish Museum in Manhattan, which runs Oct. 29 through March 27. The deal: The Jane Hotel , in the West Village near the Hudson River, has a kicky little twist: Its 200 compact rooms , dubbed "cabins," are more like sleeping accommodations on trains than hotel rooms.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
In a major rethinking of the app, Foursquare has been reborn as more than a way to become mayor of that coffee shop you can't get enough of. It's now about helping you decide your destination. Ultimately, Foursquare has transformed itself from a playful geolocation log into an intuitive Yelp-style guide. "We took all the things we've learned at Foursquare ... took the whole thing apart and tried to put it back together," Andrew Hogue, Foursquare's head of search, told The Times in an interview.
BUSINESS
October 19, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK -- A large chunk of JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s mounting legal bills may get even bigger. The nation's largest bank could now pay a record $13 billion to settle a raft of federal and state probes, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. Such a settlement would be an increase from the $11-billion figure under discussion three weeks ago when Jamie Dimon, the bank's chairman and chief executive, attended a high-level meeting in Washington, D.C., with Atty. Gen. Eric Holder.
SPORTS
September 9, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Former Sherman Oaks Notre Dame outfielder Kelly Dugan finished with 20 home runs during his minor-league season this year playing in the Philadelphia Phillies organization in Class and Double-A ball. Dugan, who turns 23 in a couple of weeks, has been invited to play in the Arizona Fall League. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
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