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ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
"R.I.P.D. " was D.O.A. and "The Lone Ranger" was unable to lasso moviegoers. Yet at summer's end, Hollywood is riding happily off into the sunset thanks to an unexpected number of $100-million-plus hits that drove the seasonal box office to a record. Total box office revenue in the U.S. and Canada for the May 2-Labor Day period climbed 10.2% over last year to a record $4.7 billion, while attendance rose 6.5% to roughly 572 million, according to Hollywood.com. The average ticket price also hit a new high of $8.23.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
Billionaire developer Rick Caruso will be allowed to moor his 216-foot mega-yacht in Newport Beach after obtaining a special permit from the city. In mid-August, to the chagrin of several citizens, the Newport Beach Harbor Commission voted to allow two large yachts - including Caruso's - to moor for a set period of time near the west end of Lido Isle. Neighbors voiced concerns over potential noise and safety problems, in addition to citing a lack of transparency in the decision-making process.
SPORTS
August 29, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
You could make an argument that Orel Hershiser's famed scoreless streak reached 60 consecutive innings. Of course, baseball historians would counter that your numbers don't add up. Before Hershiser held the Montreal Expos scoreless over the final four innings of a Dodgers victory on Aug. 30, 1988, officially embarking on a major league-record scoreless streak that would reach 59 innings by the end of the regular season, the pitcher secured the...
BUSINESS
August 18, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Trendy footwear maker Skechers USA Inc., trying to overcome the controversy from its toner shoes, is increasing its modest gains from last year and so far outrunning Wall Street's expectations this year. The Manhattan Beach company has posted profits in the last two quarters that exceed last year's total earnings. Its second-quarter net income of 14 cents a share blew past analysts' expectations of 3 cents, on average. Robert Greenberg and his son, Michael, co-founded Skechers in 1992 after the elder Greenberg built L.A. Gear into the world's third-largest footwear giant with $1 billion in sales in 1990 before it slumped and he was pushed out. In the hip teenager lingo of the time, a skecher was someone who was antsy and couldn't sit still.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Ten California hospitals, including Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, were slapped with fines Thursday totaling $675,000 because they failed to follow certain licensing requirements that "caused, or was likely to cause, serious injury or death to patients. " The fines ranged from $50,000 to $100,000, according to a news release from the California Department of Public Health. St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, for example, was fined $100,000 for its fifth administrative penalty, according to the release.
SPORTS
August 1, 2013 | By Chris Foster
USC reached out to UCLA offensive line coach Adrian Klemm last winter, hoping he'd make the jump across town. UCLA Coach Jim Mora knew he needed more financial firepower to retain his staff. So UCLA did what it believed it needed to do. Klemm, a skilled recruiter, and others on staff, received raises following their 9-5 season and pushed the pool of money for assistant football coaches to an unprecedented level for the university. UCLA will pay assistants $2.442 million in base salaries and talent fees this season.
BUSINESS
July 30, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel and Marc Lifsher
NEW YORK - California electricity customers will share $124 million of a federal settlement with JPMorgan Chase & Co. over allegations it manipulated the state's energy market. JPMorgan, the nation's largest bank, agreed to pay a total of $410 million to settle allegations by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The deal, which was announced Tuesday, also includes $285 million in civil penalties the bank will pay to the U.S. Treasury. Ratepayers in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator will receive $1 million to settle charges JPMorgan also manipulated the power market in the Midwest.
SPORTS
July 21, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
GULLANE, Scotland - Sunday at the British Open could bring one of the great three-way matchups in golf history: Tiger Woods versus British favorite son Lee Westwood versus a nightmare named Muirfield. Westwood smiled his way around the rough and sharp edges of Muirfield for a 70 and a three-under-par 210 total that puts him two shots ahead of Woods and Hunter Mahan. Those three are the only ones that Muirfield has allowed to break par through three rounds. Masters champion Adam Scott is next at even par, followed by four at one over, including the irrepressible Zach Johnson, and two at two over, including the often magical and ever unpredictable Phil Mickelson.
SPORTS
July 20, 2013 | By Bill Dwyre
GULLANE, Scotland - Sunday at the British Open could bring one of the great three-way matchups in golf history: Tiger Woods versus British favorite son Lee Westwood versus a nightmare named Muirfield. Westwood smiled his way around the rough and sharp edges of Muirfield for a 70 and a three-under-par 210 total that puts him two shots ahead of Woods and Hunter Mahan. Those three are the only ones that Muirfield has allowed to break par through three rounds. Masters champion Adam Scott is next at even par, followed by four at one over, including the irrepressible Zach Johnson, and two at two over, including the often magical and ever unpredictable Phil Mickelson.
SPORTS
July 10, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs were grateful the temperature cooled to 74 degrees and the wind was blowing in at Wrigley Field on Wednesday night. Otherwise, the Angels might have hit a dozen home runs. One night after high heat and humidity and a stiff breeze blowing out sent balls flying out of the ballpark, conditions hardly seemed conducive to a game of power ball. That did nothing to deter the Angels, who hit five home runs, two by surging outfielder Josh Hamilton and one by Albert Pujols, in a 13-2 victory over the Cubs in which they bunched all of their home runs and 11 of 15 hits in a five-run first inning and a six-run fifth.
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