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Nigerian oil magnate exits Bel-Air with off-market sale of trophy home

The high-end market in Los Angeles has long been a popular spot for pocket-heavy foreign buyers looking to park their money, but recent top sales saw one international investor cashing out on the Westside. Here's a look at the most expensive homes that changed hands in the last two weeks of April....

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  • Dining and coffee break ideas for Southern California holiday shoppers

    Dining and coffee break ideas for Southern California holiday shoppers

    Holiday shopping is not for wimps. Given that it's among the most strenuous and exacting activities on the planet, you, the one staring with glazed eyes at a very long list, will need sustenance. Sometimes a quick bite is all that's needed. Other times you'll want to put those bags down beside...

  • Where to find sherry at Los Angeles area restaurants and wine shops

    Where to find sherry at Los Angeles area restaurants and wine shops

    Where to drink Bar Pintxo: Joe Miller's tribute to Spain's little dishes serves about 15 sherries by the glass. Wine buyer Chris Keller's favorites? Fino and Pedro Ximénez from the small producer El Maestro Sierra, and Gutierrez Colosia's  "Sangre y Trabajadero" Oloroso. They do sherry flights...

  • Events: Chocolate classes, pancake breakfast, Bonaccorsi at Wally's

    Events: Chocolate classes, pancake breakfast, Bonaccorsi at Wally's

    Throughout the summer the Guittard Chocolate Co. will host a guest chef series for bakers across Los Angeles. The classes are to be led by Guittard pastry chef Donald Wressell and feature hands-on workshops with chefs, chocolatiers and bakers so attendees can learn new skills, enhance techniques...

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  • Where to find beer milkshakes and beef jerky grilled cheese sandwiches

    Where to find beer milkshakes and beef jerky grilled cheese sandwiches

    Beer milkshake. Let those two glorious words soak in for a second — or even a hot minute.  Pono Burger in Santa Monica is now serving an oatmeal stout milkshake, which is indeed a beer milkshake. The boozy drink is made with Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout, Straus Family soft serve organic vanilla...

  • Tasting of the Week: Wally's Napa/Sonoma All-Stars on Sunday

    Tasting of the Week: Wally's Napa/Sonoma All-Stars on Sunday

    Sunday afternoon is reserved for the annual Wally's Napa/Sonoma All-Stars Wine Tasting at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Century City. This is the chance to taste wines from nearly 150 top California wineries. Most have their winemakers or owners in attendance, not always a given at wine...

  • Street closures to continue as President Obama leaves L.A.

    Street closures to continue as President Obama leaves L.A.

    Traffic woes tied to President Obama's trip to Los Angeles are expected to continue Friday morning as he leaves the city following quick visits to “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and a fundraising event. Early-morning commuters heading to work near Los Angeles International Airport and the InterContinental...

  • Exec overseeing LAX's big modernization is retiring

    Exec overseeing LAX's big modernization is retiring

    Los Angeles airport Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey, who has overseen the ongoing modernization of LAX for almost eight years, announced Tuesday that she will retire effective this spring. "This is an appropriate time for a transition," said Lindsey, who has worked for 39 years, 33 of them...

  • LAX passenger volume reaches 14-year high as Los Angeles tourism surges

    LAX passenger volume reaches 14-year high as Los Angeles tourism surges

    Local tourism in 2014 set its fourth record in as many years, city officials announced Tuesday, and Los Angeles International Airport exceeded its 14-year-old peak for airline travel and is now the nation's second-busiest airport. The airport handled more than 70 million passengers last year, far...

  • Officials OK $1.25-billion midfield terminal and transit links at LAX

    Officials OK $1.25-billion midfield terminal and transit links at LAX

    The remodeling of Los Angeles International Airport took a major step Thursday when officials approved the construction contract for a $1.25-billion midfield concourse that will add 11 passenger gates to accommodate growing air travel. City airport commissioners also initiated preliminary planning...

  • Private equity firm TPG ups stake in CAA, becomes majority owner
    Private equity firm TPG ups stake in CAA, becomes majority owner

    Private equity firm TPG Capital has increased its investment in talent agency Creative Artists Agency, making it the majority owner of the firm that represents such movie stars as Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence.

    Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed. In a statement,...

  • LAX to break ground Tuesday on remodel of Southwest Airlines terminal
    LAX to break ground Tuesday on remodel of Southwest Airlines terminal

    Work is scheduled to begin next week on a $500-million remodel of the busy Southwest Airlines terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

    City leaders, airport officials and airline representatives are set to break ground Tuesday at Terminal 1, which also houses Southwest's subsidiary, AirTran...

  • Home of the Day: Sunlit spaces in West Los Angeles
    Home of the Day: Sunlit spaces in West Los Angeles

    Natural light flows freely through this newly built contemporary in West Los Angeles, thanks to a 25-foot glass facade and meticulously placed skylights. Made for entertaining, communal living spaces are capped by Fleetwood sliders that slide to reveal a loggia and the landscaped home. On the top...

  • Hanx Writer-maker Hitcents acquires CAA-backed Moonshark
    Hanx Writer-maker Hitcents acquires CAA-backed Moonshark

    A small mobile game publishing start-up that was backed in part by Creative Artists Agency has been acquired in whole by the maker of what’s been the most popular iPad app for the last week.

    Hitcents’ acquisition of Moonshark, announced Friday, is expected to lead to better collaboration between...

  • Cal/OSHA fines aviation company in death of LAX baggage worker
    Cal/OSHA fines aviation company in death of LAX baggage worker

    State officials fined an aviation services company $77,250 on Wednesday for five safety violations related to the death of a baggage worker in February at Los Angeles International Airport.

    The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health leveled the penalty against Menzies Aviation, whose...

  • An intense climb at Sirens & Titans in Westwood
    An intense climb at Sirens & Titans in Westwood

    The VersaClimber is the most ignored piece of fitness equipment in the gym, but it shouldn't be, says Jacques Devore, owner of the year-old Sirens & Titans gym in the Westwood neighborhood of L.A. The simple-looking 7-foot-tall rail with hand- and foot-pegs that move up and down in a ladder-climbing...

  • House passes bill to improve airport security in wake of LAX shooting
    House passes bill to improve airport security in wake of LAX shooting

    In the wake of November's deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, the House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill to tighten security at the nation's airports.

    The measure, introduced by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), is named in honor of Gerardo Hernandez, the Transportation...

  • Planned LAX terminal will provide more room for wide-body jetliners
    Planned LAX terminal will provide more room for wide-body jetliners

    The modernization of Los Angeles International Airport continued Monday with the approval of a new $900 million terminal that will add gates for wide-body aircraft and help eliminate a major inconvenience for travelers.

    Airport commissioners unanimously approved construction of the northern half...

  • Mayor Eric Garcetti pledges to end veteran homelessness in 2015
    Mayor Eric Garcetti pledges to end veteran homelessness in 2015

    Mayor Eric Garcetti committed Wednesday to accept the Obama administration's challenge to end veteran homelessness in Los Angeles in the next 17 months, saying he will not accept that "veterans live in our city without a place of their own."

    Garcetti's pledge came during an appearance in Century...

  • Michelle Obama scheduled to speak at L.A. summit on homeless veterans
    Michelle Obama scheduled to speak at L.A. summit on homeless veterans

    Facing a 2016 deadline to make good on pledges to end veteran homelessness, First Lady Michelle Obama and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti are scheduled to speak at a conference Wednesday in Century City, where they are expected to reveal new initiatives to get former service members off the streets.

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  • Travelers using LAX this summer projected to be up 4% from last year
    Travelers using LAX this summer projected to be up 4% from last year

    Citing an improving economy and growing demand for foreign travel, the operator of Los Angeles International Airport is predicting a substantial increase in passengers in the months ahead compared with last year.

    Officials for Los Angeles World Airports predict that 21.5 million travelers will...

  • Governor Brown corrects statement about LAX and sea level rise
    Governor Brown corrects statement about LAX and sea level rise

    An aide to Jerry Brown confirmed Wednesday that the governor was wrong when he said global warming would eventually cause rising seawater to inundate Los Angeles International Airport.

    Citing new studies, Brown called attention to the global warming issue on Tuesday, saying a predicted 4-foot rise...

  • LAX officials outline improvements to emergency plans
    LAX officials outline improvements to emergency plans

    Los Angeles airport officials on Tuesday told a City Council committee that improvements in training, communications and emergency management are on the way in the aftermath of November's deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.

    The measures include better communication and coordination...

  • Fatal airport shooting to be reviewed at LAX security hearing
    Fatal airport shooting to be reviewed at LAX security hearing

    The lessons learned from the emergency response to last November's deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport will be reviewed Friday during a congressional committee hearing at LAX.

    The shooting raised immediate questions about airport security and emergency reponse, prompting in-depth...

  • 'Selected Shorts' celebrity readings and food pairings at the Getty Museum
    'Selected Shorts' celebrity readings and food pairings at the Getty Museum

    The public radio series "Selected Shorts" will be at the J. Paul Getty Museum this weekend for live food-themed performances by celebrity readers. 

    Robert Sean Leonard will host the "Drama at Dinner" series and lead a cast that includes Jane Kaczmarek, Michael Imperioli, Christopher Lloyd, Joshau...

  • Garcetti set to unveil critique of emergency response to LAX shooting
    Garcetti set to unveil critique of emergency response to LAX shooting

    Mayor Eric Garcetti is set to reveal on Tuesday the findings of a new report that critiques the response of public safety agencies and airport officials to November's deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.

    At an 11 a.m. news conference, Garcetti will discuss the after-action report...

  • Consultant critiques law enforcement response to deadly LAX shooting
    Consultant critiques law enforcement response to deadly LAX shooting

    An in-depth report that critiques the response of public safety agencies and airport officials to November's deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport will be released to the public Tuesday.

    The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners, which sets policy for LAX, LA/Ontario International...

  • Legislators want hearings into worker safety at California airports
    Legislators want hearings into worker safety at California airports

    Citing the recent death of a baggage handler at Los Angeles International Airport, state legislators on Friday called for committee hearings to assess worker safety at California airports.

    Although Cal/OSHA is looking into the death of Cesar A. Valenzuela on Feb. 21, a group of lawmakers announced...

  • Federal judge tosses union suit against LAX airline service company
    Federal judge tosses union suit against LAX airline service company

    An airline services company at Los Angeles International Airport has won a court victory in a longstanding battle with a labor union fighting to regain its representation of the firm’s workers.

    Aviation Safeguards announced Thursday that U.S. District Judge Stephen Wilson threw out a lawsuit filed...

  • Emergency response to LAX shooting addressed at state hearing
    Emergency response to LAX shooting addressed at state hearing

    After the chaotic evacuation of passenger terminals in last year's deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, officials said they are making significant improvements to emergency response plans.

    The measures include a special team of 300 airport officials to assist stranded passengers...

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein defends NSA and need for intelligence gathering
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein defends NSA and need for intelligence gathering

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) offered a full-throated defense of the government's collection of data on billions of American phone calls, saying Wednesday that the National Security Agency’s practices have safeguarded the nation without trampling on civil liberties.

    “What keeps me up at night,...

  • 35% of L.A.'s high-rise apartment buildings lack fire sprinklers
    35% of L.A.'s high-rise apartment buildings lack fire sprinklers

    Lindsay Bustillos didn’t realize her high-rise apartment building in West Los Angeles lacked sprinklers until a fire last fall made her unit uninhabitable.

    The Oct. 18 fire at the Barrington Towers complex caused water and smoke damage that forced hundreds of residents to leave their apartments.

    ...

  • Grist & Toll bread bake, 'What Shakespeare Ate,' Scotch tasting at the Bazaar
    Grist & Toll bread bake, 'What Shakespeare Ate,' Scotch tasting at the Bazaar

    Bake-your-own-bread: Local organic flour mill Grist & Toll presents the first in a new series of community pop-ups and workshops at its Pasadena location on Sunday. This first event will feature M.O.M.O. (Michael O'Malley's Mobile Oven), where guests can bring in their own dough to be baked in...

  • Man gets 15 years in 1979 killing
    Man gets 15 years in 1979 killing

    A DNA sample linked Leonard Alex Dominguez to the strangulation of Sandra Phillips, who worked as an escort. An appeal is planned.

  • A flashing good time at the XBiz Awards
    A flashing good time at the XBiz Awards

    L.A.'s XBiz Awards, mixing red-carpet propriety and porno prurience, celebrate both the performances and infrastructure that have made adult entertainment a $10-billion industry.

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    Where to get the best pizza in the city

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