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Tax incentives make film financing in LA a tricky business

Tax incentives have led to the creation of a whole new type of Hollywood financier who helps filmmakers figure out how to navigate state tax codes and take advantage of them.
Today, the machinist union at Boeing will have a final vote on an updated proposal that affects workers' benefits for the next eight years. If they vote "no", Boeing would then consider moving production of its new 777x aircraft to another state.

Friday Flashback: Boeing, Olympics in Sochi and more

Today we've made it to the end of the first working week of 2014! In this week's Friday Flashback, we're actually going to Flash Forward, to the biggest stories of this coming year.
smiling baby

What lies ahead for babies born in 2014?

As we look ahead to 2014, we thought we'd ponder the fate of children born in this year. Time Magazine has crunched some statistics and made some proclamations about their futures as adults. For more we turn to the magazine's Alice Park.
Take Two Bags

A collection of vintage shopping bags from LA's past

With the new plastic bag ban now in effect, Alison Martino of Vintage Los Angeles joins us to bring a big of nostalgia with vintage shopping bags from the past.
Job Seekers Attend West Palm Beach Florida Career Fair

Will 2014 be a better year for the US economy?

No one knows for certain what 2014 will hold, but there are some indications that, economically speaking, it could be a good year. For a look ahead we turn to Jordan Levine of Beacon Economics.
The Countrywide Banking and Home Loans office in Glendale, Calif., in an April  2007 photo.

More homeowners turning to adjustable-rate mortgages

ARMS nearly disappeared after the housing crisis of 2008, in part because they made up a huge bulk of the subprime loans that eventually floundered. But in November, more than a tenth of new mortgages in Southern California had an ARM, double the amount compared to a year earlier.
Metropolitan Water District Headquarters

Memo raises questions about MWD headquarters' seismic fitness

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California delivers drinking water to nearly 19 million people in six counties. The agency's nerve center is its headquarters in downtown Los Angeles.
Earlier this week, the popular photo-messaging app Snapchat was hacked. A reported 4.6 million user names and phone numbers were leaked, though according to the company, no photographs went out to the public.
Bald eagle deaths

Utah bald eagle deaths linked to West Nile Virus

Since December first, 27 bald eagles have died in northern and central Utah. The birds all had similar symptoms: head tremors, signs of seizures, weakness in the legs and feet and paralysis of the wings.
California Condor Lead Poisoning

Why we let some animals go extinct

Historically, choosing which animals and plants we help has been decided mostly by whether we like them or not.
It's time now for the Comment Box, when we get to hear what you have to say about the work we're doing on Take Two.

Do detox cleanses live up to the hype?

Body cleanses that claim to rid the body of toxins through juice fasting and diet restrictions are considered a popular fad to some, but a way of life for others. But do the benefits actually live up to the hype?
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Inside Denver's 'bootcamp for butlers'

John P. Davidson visited a school for servants and wrote about it for the current issue of Harpers magazine. We spoke with him about his experience at the Starkey International Institute, what he calls a "bootcamp for butlers."

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