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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.

    ...

  • 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.

  • Where to get the best pizza in the city
    Where to get the best pizza in the city

  • Traffic jammed on 405 Freeway through Sepulveda Pass after fatal crash
    Traffic jammed on 405 Freeway through Sepulveda Pass after fatal crash

    A fatal collision between a motorcyclist and another vehicle in West Los Angeles backed up morning commuter traffic up and down a long stretch of the 405 Freeway through the Sepulveda Pass.

    The incident occurred at about 3:45 a.m. when authorities got a call that a motorcyclist and a vehicle were...

  • Valentine's Day: $100,000 luxe hotel stays that scream 'I love you'
    Valentine's Day: $100,000 luxe hotel stays that scream 'I love you'

    If you can't put a price on love, then why not spend a ridiculous amount of money for an over-the-top Valentine's Day hotel package? With these Southern California and New York City picks, $10,000 doesn't even get you in the game. Don't worry about taking out that line of credit from the bank;...

  • Traffic at LAX
    LAX officials approve $170 million in road and terminal upgrades

    Almost $170 million in additional improvements for Los Angeles International Airport were approved Monday, including major repairs to the aging upper roadway around the central terminal area.

    The Board of Airport Commissioners unanimously awarded $80 million to Myers & Sons/Banicki, much of which...

  • Garcetti nominee for Westside planning panel withdraws name
    Garcetti nominee for Westside planning panel withdraws name

    Community groups targeted Jaime Lee, chief executive of Jamison Realty, saying her firm had a history of challenging and ignoring the city's billboard laws.

  • Rep. Maxine Waters calls for improved security at LAX
    Rep. Maxine Waters calls for improved security at LAX

    In the wake of last month's deadly shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, a local congresswoman has called for improvements to airport security, including the permanent assignment of armed police officers near passenger screening checkpoints.

    Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) also urged...

  • The h.wood group to open Bootsy Bellows Aspen, the Nice Guy in WeHo
    The h.wood group to open Bootsy Bellows Aspen, the Nice Guy in WeHo

    The h.wood group is growing up. Known for its decadent nightclubs, Hooray Henry's and Bootsy Bellows, as well as its high-end craft cocktail den SHOREbar in Santa Monica, h.wood now has its eye on expansion.

    John Terzian, who founded the h.wood group with business partner Brian Toll, told The Times...

  • Driver dies after striking wood chipper on 10 Freeway
    Driver dies after striking wood chipper on 10 Freeway

    A man was killed after crashing his vehicle into a wood chipper Tuesday night on the 10 Freeway in West L.A., authorities said.

    The fatal crash occurred about 10:30 p.m. on the eastbound 10 Freeway at Robertson Boulevard when the wood chipper somehow became detached, according to the California...

  • Riot Games will rent entire Westside office campus in expansion
    Riot Games will rent entire Westside office campus in expansion

    Up-and-coming video game publisher Riot Games Inc. will move to a new campus in West Los Angeles after signing what may be the biggest new office lease in Southern California in the last five years.The maker of international online gaming hit “League of Legends” has agreed to rent all 284,000 square...

  • DBA, a new nightclub/theater of shocks, to open in West Hollywood
    DBA, a new nightclub/theater of shocks, to open in West Hollywood

    This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom of details.

    Nightlife iconoclast Simon Hammerstein has come to Los Angeles to act as the first artistic director of a new club in West Hollywood called DBA.

    The club is located in the former Voyeur space and will be as much a performance...

  • Los Angeles Beer Week is coming: Time to get organized!
    Los Angeles Beer Week is coming: Time to get organized!

    L.A. Beer Week is just around the corner, and the celebration of craft beer culture features events from the South Bay to the Valley, with more being added daily. In the past it’s been difficult to visualize just how widespread the LABW events are, but this year the organizers have added a fancy...

  • Prop house in tune with string of nostalgic music-related films
    Prop house in tune with string of nostalgic music-related films

    Prop house History for Hire has been tapped to provide period musical instruments and equipment for Hollywood films.

  • Malibu scion Grant Adamson killed in Swiss hot-air balloon crash
    Malibu scion Grant Adamson killed in Swiss hot-air balloon crash

    Grant Adamson, a scion of Malibu's founding family, died early Tuesday when a hot-air balloon carrying him and his family crashed near the western Swiss town of Montbovon.

    Swiss police said the Adamsons were on a vacation outing when the balloon fell 165 feet after crashing into an electric power...

  • Jonathan Gold's favorite Los Angeles burgers (not made in a lab)
    Jonathan Gold's favorite Los Angeles burgers (not made in a lab)

    The eyes of the world this week have been focused on what surely must be the most repulsive hamburger in the history of mankind: 10,000 bits of cloned cow stem-cell tissue formed into a patty, seared in foaming butter and served to three food scientists in front of a crowd of decidedly unhungry...

  • Plumber dies working in 20-foot-deep trench in West L.A.
    Plumber dies working in 20-foot-deep trench in West L.A.

    A plumber working for a private company died Friday morning after being was found unconscious in a 20-foot-deep trench, officials said.

    The man was digging in the hole and reported unconscious at 2014 Malcolm Ave. in West Los Angeles around 9:30 a.m., said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman...

  • West Hollywood celebrates resumption of gay weddings in California

    West Hollywood celebrated the resumption of gay weddings in California on Friday afternoon after a federal appeals court lifted the last legal roadblock that kept Proposition 8 in place. 

    Many were stunned by the speed of the decision.

    "It's so quick," said Paul Lekakis, 47, of West Hollywood....

  • Guess founders, business partner to buy landmark Wally's wine store
    Guess founders, business partner to buy landmark Wally's wine store

    Steve Wallace, one of the founding foodies in Southern California, has sold his namesake Westwood Boulevard wine store Wally’s Wine & Spirits to business partner Christian Navarro and a group of investors that includes longtime customers Maurice, Paul and Armand Marciano, founders of the Guess...

  • Make dad a cocktail on Father's Day: Here are our favorites
    Make dad a cocktail on Father's Day: Here are our favorites

    I curate a bi-weekly recipe column for The Times' Saturday section called "Destination: Cocktail." To date, I've culled 100 recipes created by some of the city's best bartenders, for some of the city's best bars and restaurants. I just finished poring over them all in order to pull out my favorite...

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