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March 20, 2008 | From the Associated Press
After the biggest initial public offering in U.S. history, Visa Inc. shares soared 28% in their stock market debut Wednesday as investors bet that an accelerating shift to electronic payment would enrich the world's largest processor of credit and debit cards. The company's shares were priced Tuesday night at $44 a share, raising nearly $18 billion. They finished Wednesday at $56.50, up $12.50, on the New York Stock Exchange. The run-up gave the San Francisco-based company a market value of about $45 billion.
February 2, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
LAKERS AT DETROIT When: 10 a.m. PST. Where : The Palace of Auburn Hills. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 21-26; Pistons 18-29. Record vs. Pistons: 1-0. Update: The Lakers' 108-79 victory over Detroit in November was the only one this season for former coach Mike Brown before he was fired. Recently acquired point guard Jose Calderon is doubtful to play Sunday for Detroit because of visa issues.
April 27, 2008 | Said Rifai, Times Staff Writer
I grew up abroad and used to take traveling for granted. From the day I was born, my family traveled several times a year. There were summer and winter vacations to exotic islands in the Far East, road trips in Europe, shopping sprees in Hong Kong and the annual trip back to Iraq to visit with family, getting acquainted with the fatherland, so to speak. I traveled so much that I got sick of it at one point and just wanted to settle down. My wish came true when my father retired and we moved back to Baghdad in 1993 -- finally, a place to call home.
April 3, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The recent agreement between business and labor leaders on how to provide visas for nonagricultural workers in such industries as construction, hotels and restaurants is a surprising and welcome development. Such a breakthrough agreement would have been unthinkable a year ago, when the debate over comprehensive immigration reform was mired in anger and overheated preelection rhetoric. Fortunately, stubborn partisanship has given way to wary pragmatism. As a result, members of Congress and stakeholder groups have resumed negotiations, and deals like the one reached between the AFL-CIO and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over the weekend are possible.
March 4, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Spending by international visitors to the United States continues to soar, with data for 2013 showing foreign travelers spent a record-breaking $180.7 billion on food, lodging, souvenirs and hotels. The spending by foreign visitors represented a 9% jump over 2012 and is the latest example of continuous growth since the Great Recession, according to the U.S. Office of Travel and Tourism Industries. The rise in spending is good news for Los Angeles County, where tourism is one of the largest industries.
June 24, 1988 | Clipboard researched by Susan Greene and Rick VanderKnyff / Los Angeles Times. Page designed by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times
Country: Australia Passport Required: Yes Visa Required: Yes Shots Required: No Notes: Visitor visa valid up to five years, multiple entries, stays of six months. Transit visas not required for stay up to 72 hours. Information: (213) 380-0980 Country: Austria Passport Required: Yes Visa Required: No Shots Required: No Notes: No visa required for stay up to three months.
April 9, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
The theme for prom this year appears to be frugality. A new survey conducted by Visa found that prom spending by teens and their families is expected to fall 14% this year to an average of $978. The average family spent $1,139 on prom in 2013. The costs include attire, limousine rental, tickets and dinner, according to the survey.  " The prom bubble has finally burst!," Visa's head of financial education, Nat Sillin, said in a statement. "I think people are realizing that prom is a dance, and you don't have to spend like a celebrity to have a great time.
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