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Online holiday shoppers spent $1 billion on ‘Free Shipping Day’

December 24, 2012 |

Shoppers scrambling to buy last-minute presents but avoid the malls spent $ 1.01 billion on this year’s Free Shipping Day.


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Stocks dip with budget deal in doubt at year’s end

December 24, 2012 |

Stocks fell in light trading Monday during a shortened holiday trading session with lawmakers running out of time to reach a budget deal that would prevent the U.S. from going over the so-called fiscal cliff.


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TSA testing faster passenger screening program

December 24, 2012 |

You won’t have to remove shoes or belts, but you have to get the OK from an explosive-sniffing dog and an agent trained to detect suspicious behavior.

To ease delays at airport security checkpoints, the Transportation Security Administration has launched a pilot program that lets average travelers speed to their planes without having to remove shoes, belts and coats or take laptops and liquids out of carry-on bags.


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‘Mastery’ tries to provide a guide to becoming a genius

December 24, 2012 |

Author Robert Greene says anyone can be a genius if he or she works like crazy at it. He enlists Goethe, Mozart and other great masters to show how it can be done.

We’re all geniuses now. At least, we all could be geniuses if only we buckled down and spent an awfully long time working at it.


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Swiss watch sellers gear up for Chinese New Year

December 24, 2012 |

Demand from Asian consumers is easing the Swiss watch industry’s reliance on Christmas and December.

Even before the Christmas tree went up at 124-year-old Bucherer watch boutique in the lakeside town of Lucerne, Switzerland, the shop was already planning decorations for the year of the snake.


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TV firm All3Media to consolidate studios in Westchester

December 24, 2012 |

The British company behind shows such as ‘Undercover Boss’ and ‘Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares’ currently has studios in Culver City and on the Westside.

Britain’s largest independent television production company, All3Media, will consolidate its Southern California studios in Westchester.


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Home of the Week: Estate has hosted large events in Eagle Rock

December 23, 2012 |

The Craftsman estate in Eagle Rock, which includes an outdoor stage, has been the site of events for 500 to 1,000 guests, including an address by Ronald Reagan.

This Craftsman estate in Eagle Rock has been the site of events for 500 to 1,000 guests, including a presidential address by Ronald Reagan. Once the Western home of Milo Bekins, who for decades headed the U.S. moving company started by his father and uncle, the compound includes an outdoor stage, a stand for musicians with electrical hookup and three guesthouses.


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Public opinion polls mixed on proposed housing deduction caps

December 23, 2012 |

One recent survey finds larger numbers of Americans willing to limit both the mortgage interest and property tax write-offs than housing proponents suggest.

WASHINGTON — In the congressional and White House negotiations on tax reform — including the mortgage interest and property tax deductions — who has the crucial political advantage of counting documented public opinion on their side?


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Landlord must provide accounting of ex-tenant’s security deposit

December 23, 2012 |

A vacating tenant should receive a security deposit accounting, including invoices for any work charged against the deposit if more than $ 125 was deducted.

Question: We recently moved out of a house that we were renting. Our lease stated that the tenant was required to have the home and carpets professionally cleaned upon vacancy. We offered the landlady $ 350 from our deposit to hire a company to clean the house to her liking. When we received our refund, we saw that she deducted this amount from our security deposit. However, by then I had driven back to our rental to pick up my remaining boxes. When I was there, I saw that our landlady had painters repainting the entire house. I decided to drive by the house again, a few days later. When I did, I saw a flooring and carpet company ripping out and replacing all of the flooring. Was the landlady entitled to deduct this $ 350 for cleaning when she was intending to repaint and re-carpet the entire house anyway?


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Association board can’t use email instead of meetings

December 23, 2012 |

A homeowners association board that makes its decisions via email is breaking the law. There must be physical board meetings that titleholders can attend.

Question: I recently was elected to the board of directors of my homeowners association. I was surprised to learn that rather than conducting board meetings with an agenda and homeowner attendance and calling executive sessions, the board regularly makes decisions via email — not an Internet conference, but simply emails. The manager initiates emails to all board directors with an issue or question and requests a majority decision. As soon as she obtains one, she acts on it. It’s unclear whether all directors even read all the emails.


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