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  • Amazon announces U.S. hiring spree as labor market tightens

    Amazon announces U.S. hiring spree as labor market tightens

    Amazon.com Inc. has some job openings. Lots of them. The Seattle e-commerce giant said Wednesday that it's looking to fill more than 50,000 positions across the United States. The announcement comes at a time when the labor market is growing tight with back-to-school and holiday shopping around...

  • Molina Healthcare, under pressure to boost margins, will lay off 1,400 workers

    Molina Healthcare, under pressure to boost margins, will lay off 1,400 workers

    Health insurer Molina Healthcare Inc. will lay off about 1,400 employees as the Long Beach company looks to cut costs and increase profitability. The layoffs will hit 10% of staff in the company’s corporate and health-plans units, from senior leaders to “front line staff,” interim Chief Executive...

  • Coke Zero is vanishing. Instead we get Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, with a new recipe

    Coke Zero is vanishing. Instead we get Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, with a new recipe

    Goodbye, Coke Zero. Coca-Cola Co. announced Wednesday that it will stop selling that no-calorie soda in the United States and replace it with a different calorie-free offering: Coca-Cola Zero Sugar. The new soda is scheduled to start hitting shelves in August. Its rollout comes as the company says...

  • Fed leaves interest rates unchanged amid concerns about low inflation

    Fed leaves interest rates unchanged amid concerns about low inflation

    The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged Wednesday and conveyed a tad more concern about recent inflation trends, clouding the prospects for when the next rate hike might come. At the same time, the central bank said after its two-day meeting that U.S. economic conditions looked good,...

  • Airbnb partners with NAACP to recruit minority hosts

    Airbnb partners with NAACP to recruit minority hosts

    The National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People announced Wednesday that it has teamed up with Airbnb, the short-term rental company beleaguered by discrimination complaints, to expand the service to more minority communities. The century-old civil rights organization touted the move as...

  • During Hollywood blackout, domestic films dominate China's box office

    During Hollywood blackout, domestic films dominate China's box office

    Chinese domestic films once again dominated the country's box office amid an annual summer ban on Hollywood titles. China's government, intent on building a domestic film industry to rival Hollywood's, typically bans imported releases during peak moviegoing periods, such as national holidays and...

  • Celgene agrees to pay $280 million to settle cancer drug fraud suit

    The pharmaceutical company Celgene Corp. has agreed to pay $280 million to settle a federal lawsuit alleging it committed fraud promoting two cancer drugs for unapproved purposes. The settlement with Celgene was announced Tuesday by federal prosecutors in Los Angeles. The lawsuit filed in federal...

  • Uber's latest bid to win over drivers: 24/7 phone support

    Uber's latest bid to win over drivers: 24/7 phone support

    Uber added a 24-hour phone help line and a slew of new features and policy changes Tuesday in an attempt to appease drivers, who have long complained the San Francisco ride-hailing company doesn’t do enough to support them. The move is part of what Uber is calling its “180 Days of Change” — a campaign...

  • VW exec plans to plead guilty in diesel emissions cheating scandal

    VW exec plans to plead guilty in diesel emissions cheating scandal

    A Volkswagen official at the heart of the German automaker's wide-ranging diesel emissions cheating scandal plans to plead guilty in the criminal case. Oliver Schmidt’s agreement was announced during a 20-minute status conference, according to a Tuesday statement from the U.S. district court in...

  • Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg clash over the future of artificial intelligence

    Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg clash over the future of artificial intelligence

    Two of the technology industry’s most powerful leaders are at odds when it comes to artificial intelligence. Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has a pessimistic view of the risks associated with such technology. “I keep sounding the alarm bell,” Musk told the National Governors Assn. in June. “But until...

  • Fate of historic Laguna Seca race course is clouded once again

    Fate of historic Laguna Seca race course is clouded once again

    The future of the historic racetrack at Laguna Seca is once again up for grabs. Parties fighting for control of the Monterey County facility faced off at a Board of Supervisors session Tuesday morning in Salinas. A closed-door session that followed could decide the fate of the track, one of the...

  • Jury orders Olympus to pay $6.6 million but rejects claims its medical scopes are unsafe

    Jury orders Olympus to pay $6.6 million but rejects claims its medical scopes are unsafe

    A jury ordered giant medical scope maker Olympus Corp. to pay a Seattle hospital $6.6 million in damages tied to a deadly superbug outbreak, and told the hospital to pay $1 million to a deceased patient’s family. But jurors on Monday also handed the Tokyo-based manufacturer a key win, rejecting...

  • As your Roomba cleans your floors, it's gathering maps of your house

    As your Roomba cleans your floors, it's gathering maps of your house

    The company behind the Roomba vacuum, IRobot Corp., has grand plans for its robot cleaners. Two Roomba models — the 960 and 980 — map the interiors of homes to more efficiently hoover up dust and dirt. Those intimate maps, the company hopes, could soon be sold as personalized, data-rich products...

  • Michael Kors is buying Jimmy Choo for $1.35 billion

    Michael Kors is buying Jimmy Choo for $1.35 billion

    In a bid to burnish its brand image, bag and accessories maker Michael Kors is buying British luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo in a deal worth $1.35 billion. Jimmy Choo — which counts Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce and Duchess of Cambridge Catherine (the former Kate Middleton) — among its fans, has a high-level...

  • Why this company is implanting microchips in its workers

    Why this company is implanting microchips in its workers

    Three Square Market, a vending machine software firm, is offering to inject microchips into employees so they can open doors, log in to computers and buy snacks with a wave of the hand.

  • Europe's antitrust fine against Google takes a big bite out of Alphabet's profit

    Europe's antitrust fine against Google takes a big bite out of Alphabet's profit

    Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc., can easily afford the $2.7-billion write-down it's taking to cover a big antitrust fine in Europe. But the company might find it harder to shrug off the rest of the European regulatory assault headed its way. In June, a European Commission ruling slapped...

  • Bush's Baked Beans recalled because of defective cans

    Bush's Baked Beans recalled because of defective cans

    Certain cans of Bush’s Best Baked Beans — Brown Sugar Hickory Baked Beans, Country Style Baked Beans and Original Baked Beans — are being recalled because of a potential problem with a seam on the cans. People should get rid of the recalled beans even if the food does not seem to be spoiled, Bush...

  • Microsoft Paint is marked for death

    Microsoft Paint is marked for death

    Microsoft Paint, the beloved Windows graphic editing program, has been marked for death. Thirty-two years after including a Paint program in its inaugural Windows 1.0, Microsoft Corp. put Paint on its list of “features that are removed or deprecated” in the new Windows 10 Fall Creators Update,...

  • 'Captain Marvel' will receive a $20-million tax credit to shoot in California

    'Captain Marvel' will receive a $20-million tax credit to shoot in California

    “Captain Marvel,” the upcoming superhero movie starring Brie Larson as the title character, will receive more than $20 million in tax credits to film in California, making it the first Marvel Comics movie to shoot primarily in-state since 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Eight studio...

  • Hulu hires a marketing officer from Google

    Hulu hires a marketing officer from Google

    Taking another step to transform itself into a more formidable competitor to Netflix and Amazon.com, streaming service Hulu on Monday said it has hired a former Google executive, Kelly Campbell, to become chief marketing officer of the Santa Monica company. In her new role, Campbell will direct...

  • U.S. home sales fell in June; shoppers couldn't find houses to buy

    U.S. home sales fell in June; shoppers couldn't find houses to buy

    Homebuyers faced surging prices and a shrinking number of properties for sale in June — causing the pace of sales to fall. Sales of existing homes slipped 1.8% last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.52 million, the National Assn. of Realtors said Monday. The decline speaks to a troubling...

  • California Inc.: Fed expected to signal likelihood of September rate hike

    California Inc.: Fed expected to signal likelihood of September rate hike

    Welcome to California Inc., the weekly newsletter of the L.A. Times Business Section. I'm Business columnist David Lazarus, and here's a rundown of upcoming stories this week and the highlights of last week. We learned Friday that California’s economic engine quieted in June as employers reduced...

  • SpaceX may have canceled Red Dragon Mars mission

    SpaceX may have canceled Red Dragon Mars mission

    SpaceX may have canceled its mission to Mars with a Red Dragon capsule that was set for 2020. Company Chief Executive Elon Musk retweeted a story late Friday afternoon titled “SpaceX skipping Red Dragon for ‘vastly bigger ships’ on Mars” that was published on Tesla enthusiasts blog Teslarati. The...

  • Vice Media lays off about 60 staffers as it refocuses on video

    Vice Media lays off about 60 staffers as it refocuses on video

    Vice Media laid off about 60 employees Friday in what the edgy news outlet described as a way to place a greater emphasis on video. The layoffs — which affect multiple departments and represent a 2% cut of Vice’s roughly 3,000 employees — come a month after Vice announced it had secured $450 million...

  • Disneyland brings back attractions that were closed for Star Wars land construction

    Disneyland brings back attractions that were closed for Star Wars land construction

    A year and a half after they were closed to make way for construction of a new Star Wars land, four Disneyland attractions along the Rivers of America are set to reopen. The Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia, Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes and the Disneyland Railroad will relaunch July...

  • Stocks slip as energy prices fall and 10-day tech rally ends

    Stocks slip as energy prices fall and 10-day tech rally ends

    U.S. stocks finished slightly lower Friday as energy companies fell with oil prices and a 10-day rally for technology companies came to an end. But Wall Street mostly avoided the sharp losses that hit European stocks. The price of U.S. crude oil fell 2.5% and pulled energy stocks lower. Technology...

  • Gender discrimination controversy grows at fabled Salk Institute

    Gender discrimination controversy grows at fabled Salk Institute

    Accusations of gender discrimination are growing at the Salk Institute, where a third female professor has sued the La Jolla science center for allegedly giving preference to men in pay, promotions, grant funding and leadership positions. Beverly Emerson, a prominent biochemist who studies how...

  • O.J. Simpson's parole hearing is a ratings dud with 13.5 million viewers

    O.J. Simpson's parole hearing is a ratings dud with 13.5 million viewers

    TV ratings aren't as big as they used to be, even for O.J. Simpson. Based on preliminary Nielsen data provided by various networks that carried the hearing, around 13.5 million TV viewers watched the Thursday hearing in which the former football star, actor and pitchman was granted parole after...

  • Delta Air Lines tries letting passengers use fingerprints as boarding passes

    Delta Air Lines tries letting passengers use fingerprints as boarding passes

    Where’s your boarding pass? Forget it. Delta Air Lines is letting some passengers board planes with just their fingerprints. Delta announced this week that travelers who are members of its SkyMiles loyalty program and enrolled in Clear, a third-party biometric screening program, can choose to use...

  • Wall Street regulatory panel soon will have only 1 member (and 4 empty seats)

    Wall Street regulatory panel soon will have only 1 member (and 4 empty seats)

    After more than three years helping lead one of the country’s most powerful Wall Street regulators, Sharon Bowen is ready to step down. Her pending departure from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission will leave the five-member board with just one member. And that’s a problem for a panel responsible...

  • Big bang for the buck: 2017 Kia Soul Turbo

    Big bang for the buck: 2017 Kia Soul Turbo

    I like boxy, practical cars — as far back as my first vehicle, a beat-up ’51 Chevy panel truck. I applauded the arrival of the Toyota Scion XB and the Honda Element when they were both introduced in 2003, and the Nissan Cube when it appeared in 2009. But I didn’t always like the way those cars...

  • California bill would boost electric car rebates by $3 billion, but where will the money come from?

    California bill would boost electric car rebates by $3 billion, but where will the money come from?

    Over seven years, California has spent $430 million on low-emission vehicle subsidies to help lower the cost for car buyers. Now the state Legislature is looking to extend that by another seven years, but with a price tag of $3 billion. Assembly Bill 1184 is being slammed for leaving basic questions...

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  • 5 big changes for today's small businesses

    5 big changes for today's small businesses

    A generation ago, the notion of a small business owner meant something very different. You pictured a person who owned their own storefront, often named after themselves, and every day they were the first to arrive and the last to leave. They worked tirelessly for their customers, and their reward...

  • 5 steps to creating happiness in your workplace

    5 steps to creating happiness in your workplace

    Each workday, the average American spends 8.8 hours at work or on work-related activities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s even more time than people spend sleeping. And because we spend so much time at work, it's in your and your employer’s best interest to make workplaces...

  • 6 pet-related businesses you can start today

    6 pet-related businesses you can start today

    Starting your own business can nurture your entrepreneurial spirit, earn you some money and give you the opportunity to spend more time with your family — including your pets. So what job can you do that doesn't necessarily require a degree, affords you time flexibility, is in a growing industry...

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