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February 14, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
If your significant other grew up in the '90s, then unfortunately your Valentine's Day gift may be toppled this year by Bandai -- which has re-released its Tamagotchi pets for smartphones. The Japanese company revived Tamagotchi on Thursday with a new app for Google Play called Tamagotchi L.I.F.E., which among its feature has a "TOY mode" that lets users play with Tamagotchi pets just like they first did 16 years ago. Tamagotchi pets were popular in the 1990s. They were digital pets that users had to take care of on small, egg-shaped devices.
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BUSINESS
February 13, 2013 | By David Lazarus
Nothing says "I love you" like divorce papers. So a Michigan lawyer has decided to celebrate Valentine's Day by giving away a free divorce. Walter H. Bentley III says he got the idea after a student at a night-school class he teaches invited him to a party to celebrate her divorce. He told ABC News that this led to a revelation: "Why not do something special for Valentine's Day? You can't find a new love before you close the chapter on the old. " According to Bentley's website , the winner of the free divorce has to come up with "the most compelling and convincing story" attesting to why he or she deserves a free ride to relationship freedom.
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.
BUSINESS
January 21, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
You've got the haute couture outfit and designer jewelry. So, what's next? How about gold bullion bars designed by the enfant terrible of French haute couture, Jean Paul Gaultier? The fashion industry bad boy has been in vogue for decades — he designed Madonna's much-ballyhooed cone-shaped bra, a line of skirts for men and outfits for rocker Marilyn Manson. Now he's reworking one-ounce bars of gold, charging about $1,830 (along with a $25 handling fee) for each.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2010
Valentine's Day comes every year in a dust devil of chocolates, heart-shaped cards, cupids, Necco Sweethearts and dread. But this year, it's so much more: in 2010, Valentine's Day and Chinese Lunar New Year happen on the same day. This is a rare convergence -- it's only the third time since 1900 -- and it won't happen again until after 2030. Added to that, it's the year of the Tiger, which traditionally symbolizes great passion. All of this can signal only one thing: No one should be staying home eating bon-bons on the couch.
BUSINESS
November 24, 2011
Most Popular Holiday Cards Estimated number to be sent in 2011: Christmas: 1.5 billion (including boxed and individual cards) Valentine's Day: 144 million (not including classroom valentines) Mother's Day: 133 million Father's Day: 94 million Easter: 57 million Halloween: 20 million Thanksgiving: 10 million St. Patrick's Day: 8 million Source: Hallmark Cards Inc.
NEWS
February 12, 1987
The colors, the shape, the way a greeting card looks may attract a person to pick it up and read it, but it's the wording that determines whether or not someone chooses to buy it and send it, especially when it comes to matters of the heart. To help us understand why we give and receive valentines, You Section editors went to the experts at Hallmark Cards, now in its 77th year in the greeting card business. Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., the company, ranked No.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2011 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
Fittingly, it began with a date. Last year, Anton Yelchin, 21 and coming off his performance as Chekov in the film "Star Trek," was sitting nervously in the bar of a Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles, waiting for a woman five years his senior. On a flight from London, his dinner companion, the British actress Felicity Jones, was also trying to squelch the butterflies. "I remember thinking, 'I just hope he's a good guy,'" she recalled. The two were indeed rendezvousing to see whether they'd make a good couple — only not in real life.
BUSINESS
February 8, 2012 | By Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
Romance doesn't come cheap - at least not on St. Valentine's Day. A dozen red roses usually cost about $60, according to the Society of American Florists. But with Valentine's Day coming next week, most people will pay about $80, the trade group said. And although restaurant prices don't change, people tend to eat at more upscale restaurants for those Valentine's dates. Romantic couples will spend an average of $146.52 on Valentine's dinner dates, according to restaurant ratings guide Zagat, compared with about $70 on a typical meal for two. "On Valentine's Day, budgets go out the window," Zagat spokeswoman Tiffany Herklots said.
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