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January 31, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
If there was any doubt that Valentine's Day is as much about consumption as it is about amour, consider this: Americans will shell out $20.8 billion on Feb. 14 this year. That's 3.2% more than in 2012, or $134.08 a person, according to a report from research group IBISWorld. Much of that spending will come on conventional gifts such as candy and flowers as they weather the higher payroll taxes originating from the government's fiscal cliff negotiations, according to IBISWorld.
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NEWS
February 4, 2013 | By Anne Harnagel, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Treat your sweetie to a Valentine's Day getaway at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa , just 90 minutes from Los Angeles. Pressed for time and can't escape by Feb. 14? The resort's "28 Days of Romance" offers are good until the end of February. Go ahead, play Cupid and choose from one of these room packages: "Relax into Romance" features a dinner at the Oak Grill, either fireside or outside under the 200-year-old oaks, a bottle of Ojai Valley Inn rose Champagne and a late check-out.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2012 | By Dean Kuipers
Let's face it, climate change is incredibly un-sexy. We don't care how many nude protesters are involved. But it's about to get worse. A new mini-report from the environmental group Climate Nexus points out that climate change is poised to wreck Valentine's Day, or at least change it significantly, by threatening chocolate production. That's right. Global warming is very bad for chocolate. As reported by The Times, research from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture found last year that as temperatures rise, the principal growing regions for cocoa could shrink, especially in Ghana and Ivory Coast, the sources of half the world's supply.
NEWS
February 17, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A man kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and forced her to marry him during a mass wedding ceremony in Albuquerque on Valentine's Day, authorities said. A criminal complaint accuses Robert Tellez, 36, of breaking into Jeanette Francia's apartment, threatening her and her two children with an ice pick and abducting them. He then allegedly forced Francia, 26, to marry him at a civil ceremony in which about 100 couples were wed by volunteer judges.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Looking to take your lady love or handsome paramour for a romantic meal this Valentine's Day? White Castle is there for you. Harold and Kumar's favorite burger joint plans to offer candlelit dinners with table service Tuesday. It's just one of many quick service chains angling for a piece of the estimated $3.4 billion that will be spent on holiday dining. Most of that money usually goes to fine-dining establishments. But with many consumers still price sensitive, fast-food eateries are betting that they can siphon some of the prix-fixe crowd.
NEWS
February 12, 2013 | By John Verive
It seems like every restaurant in Los Angeles is offering a special menu this Valentine's Day, and they usually include champagne, wine, or a special cocktail menu selected to maximize the romance of the meal. But why settle for wine or booze on St. Valentine's Day when you really want to share a special brew with your lover? Here are a few options for craft-beer-centered celebrations around town -- and a few bottle suggestions if you'd rather spend the evening in the comfort of your home.
NEWS
January 12, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas is, to me, an island of elegance in the city of seemingly endless hotels. The luxury brand in one of the Strip's shiny CityCenter high-rises snagged a five-star rating last year from  Forbes Travel Guide. And what better time to check in and check it out than Valentine's Day? The deal: I found a few deals for a mid-February stay, depending on how much you want to pay. Note that standard amenities at the Mandarin include free Wi-Fi, gym passes, free morning coffee and tea, and more.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1999
Babies born Feb. 14 will receive child safety seats as their first Valentine, thanks to a police effort to enforce safety seat laws. To kick off National Child Safety Seat Week, the Peace Officers Assn. will hand out 100 car seats to new parents throughout Los Angeles County. The association, which includes police, sheriff's deputies and California Highway Patrol officers, will also coordinate a crackdown on drivers who break the law.
NEWS
February 12, 1994 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The mere mention of Valentine's Day in Orange County this year can conjure up images of heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, red silk boxer shorts, popping The Question to a loved one, the death penalty . . . The death penalty? It's not the predicted outcome of a failed romance, but the driving theme behind one of the many unusual observations planned to mark Feb. 14 in Orange County.
NEWS
January 30, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Forever 21 is slated to launch a Valentine's Day collection on Saturday. The collection will feature sleepwear, intimates and holiday graphic shirts and sweaters in red and vibrant pinks. Prices for the items range from $3.80 to $19.80. Fine jewelry designer Lecil Henderson of the Henderson Collection will be making an in-store appearance to show off his new collection. Henderson will be at Tala Jewelers at 1302 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica on Feb. 9 from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. and at Sarah Leonard Jewelers at 1055 Westwood Blvd.
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