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BUSINESS
December 16, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Over the last four years, airlines have been charging for extras that were previously included in the price of a plane ticket, such as checked bags, food, drinks and pillows. The trend might be reversing, with airlines starting to bundle those extras back together again. American Airlines announced last week that passengers who search for flights on the AA.com website will get several choices, ranging from a basic fare to a package that includes a ticket plus a checked bag, early boarding, an onboard drink and the option to change flights without paying a penalty.
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NATIONAL
November 27, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Fueled by a frenzy of ticket-buying, the jackpot in Wednesday's Powerball lottery has been increased to $500 million. News of the increased pot, posted on the lottery's website, is likely to set up even more buying as players head to the drawing at 10:59 (Eastern) on Wednesday. Traditionally, ticket-buying volume increases as the drawing approaches, with as much as 60% of all sales coming on the last day in a final mad rush. Before the increase, the jackpot stood at $425 million, not exactly chump change.
NEWS
May 3, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Vegas Uncork'd , Bon Appétit magazine's four-day feast for the palate, returns to Las Vegas May 9-12 with a variety of food-related activities at various resorts along the Strip. Two dozen world-class chefs whose restaurants hold a combined 84 Michelin stars will participate. Although more than half of the 29 events are sold out, tickets are still available for several activities, including: Three Margarita Lunch with Border Grill's Mary Sue Milliken. The event, noon to 2p.m.
SPORTS
October 2, 2009 | Bill Shaikin
If you buy season tickets from the Dodgers, you won't pay more next year. If you buy tickets for a game here and there, you might. The Dodgers lead the National League in attendance, and they are on the verge of winning back-to-back division championships for the first time in 31 years, but they have nonetheless decided to freeze the price of season tickets for the second consecutive year. The Dodgers are expected, however, to raise single-game prices for the most popular home dates next season.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. The first opportunity to buy tickets for three Eagles shows that will open the reinvigorated Forum in Inglewood in January begins Friday before they go on general sale on Sept. 28. Those who  register online  by Thursday for a “fan invitation” program will be eligible for an e-mail offer to buy tickets starting Friday.  Instructions state that “select fans will receive invitations by email to purchase tickets.” Those who buy tickets through the random selection process also will receive a commemorative poster from the shows.
NEWS
April 15, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Trois Mec, the new restaurant from chefs Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, opens Thursday in the space that was Raffallo's Pizza & Italian Foods (the sign's still there) in a strip mall on Melrose Avenue. And to get reservations? You'll have to buy nonrefundable tickets upfront online. People buy tickets for basketball games, movies and concerts. And "people buy a lot of things online before they get them," points out Lefebvre. So would you buy tickets for dinner? Here are a few of the dozens of comments from readers who responded to Sunday's L.A. Times story: Good idea.
SPORTS
February 24, 2009 | Helene Elliott
Adopting a budding trend in the NHL and taking it a step further, the Ducks on Monday froze all ticket prices for next season at current levels and froze food, beverage and parking prices at the Honda Center. The Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild were in the forefront of freezing season-ticket prices for 2009-10, reflecting concern about the sour economy, with the Hurricanes locking in season-ticket holders' prices for three seasons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2010 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has argued for weeks that his acceptance of free tickets to concerts, awards shows and athletic events is not subject to state gift disclosure law because his attendance is part of his official duties. Yet beyond the thorny legal issues, Villaraigosa faces a political question: Can he drive a hard bargain with entities that do millions of dollars in business with the city if they are also giving him access to pricey entertainment? Villaraigosa has been spotted in a box behind home plate singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" with Frank McCourt, owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, at one of 15 games he says he attended free of charge since 2005.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 5, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
This was the last year that BET staged its annual awards spectacle at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, where it'd been held since 2006, and Sunday's telecast lived up to its "Too big to miss" tagline. The three-hour-plus production saw the highly antcipated return of D'Angelo, over-the-top performances by Kanye West (and his G.O.O.D. Music clan), Nicki Minaj and an emotional tribute to the late Whitney Houston led by her mother, Cissy. Though not a ratings smash -- it drew 7.4 million viewers, down slightly from last year's 7.7 million --  next year's telecast could change that.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
It turns out Elmo is more popular than Pitbull among staffers at the state Capitol. Companies that lobby state government have filed reports listing the gifts they gave state workers during the three months ending June 30 and, as usual, AT&T, is one of the biggest givers. Legislative staffers accepted 13 free tickets from AT&T to a concert by rapper Pitbull  at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. The tickets were worth nearly $2,000 But there was one show that was more popular.
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