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L.A. Port Traffic Rises

Traffic at the Port of Los Angeles increased 2.5 percent in January compared with the same month last year, according to figures released Friday.

Tycoon Courts U.S. in China Fight

ENERGY: Former oil exec tries to make case to recover billions.

U.S. courts may be powerless to help oil magnate Tiangang Sun recover billions he claims he is owed by China.

Long Beach Hikes Wages for Airport, Convention Center Workers

The Long Beach City Council has approved an ordinance to raise the pay of airport and Convention Center workers to $13.26 an hour.

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Former Phone Exec Taps Parents

Technology: Lin Miao gets family loan to keep incubator alive.

Former executive charged in cellphone scheme is allowed to get line on loan from parents to keep his incubator online.

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New Magazine Pages Film, TV

Entertainment: California agency looks to keep productions.

California Film Commission turns the spotlight on the state’s production advantages with a new magazine.

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Namvar Victims Say They’re Being Ripped Off Again

Bankruptcy: Creditors protest as lawyers, others submit huge bills.

Ezri Namvar’s investors were ripped off when his Ponzi scheme collapsed, and now they say they’re getting shorted again by the professionals in charge of recovering their money.

Los Angeles DWP Chief Ron Nichols Resigns

Department of Water and Power head Ron Nichols on Thursday announced his resignation amid growing financial and administrative controversies at the agency.

Advisory Council Signs Off on Van Nuys Aviation Project

The Van Nuys Airport Citizens Advisory Council on Tuesday voted to recommend acceptance of a report that a new hangar project would not cause any environmental impacts.

Scientists Applaud Fracking Rules

A group of 21 scientists from around the country has told Gov. Jerry Brown that California is on the right track with proposed regulations to allow fracking of the state's shale oil reserves.

State Drops Tax Deposit Requirement

Local startups have just been handed a bit of holiday cheer: the state will no longer require security deposits for new businesses in most cases and will refund about $300 million in deposits it’s now holding.

Porn Productions Have Safety Covered

OP-ED

Entertainment: Ed Krayewski finds little merit in modest arguments for condom use in porn productions.

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Opened House

Path to first Santa Monica B&B took five years, $2.8 million

Santa Monica welcomes its first bed-and-breakfast after a five-year struggle for the property’s owners.

Cities Crack Down on E-Cigarettes

City councils in both Los Angeles and Long Beach have voted to restrict sales and use of electronic cigarettes.

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Note for Note

INTERVIEW: Manatt Phelps’ George Kieffer has made time for civic affairs and music while working at the law firm for four decades.

Power broker and Manatt Phelps & Phillips Partner George Kieffer makes sure to spend some of his playtime at the piano.

Los Angeles on the Move

OP-ED: Fourteen-mile run around eastern part of city offers look at how streets should serve multiple users.

Luis López thinks he sees how multiple-user streets should run while jogging around eastern Los Angeles.