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  • Google to offer rides in self-driving vehicles in Arizona

    Google to offer rides in self-driving vehicles in Arizona

    Google and Fiat Chrysler for the first time will offer rides to the public in the self-driving vehicles they are building under an expanding partnership. The companies announced in spring 2016 that they would build 100 self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans. Those vehicles have been tested...

  • Albertsons is interested in buying Whole Foods, report says

    Albertsons is interested in buying Whole Foods, report says

    Albertsons is apparently still shopping around in the organic aisle. The grocery chain’s owner is reportedly considering a takeover of high-end grocer Whole Foods Market Inc., according to a report Monday from the Financial Times. The news comes just weeks after Bloomberg reported that Albertsons...

  • Tesla plans to nearly double its car-charging network

    Tesla plans to nearly double its car-charging network

    Tesla will nearly double its Supercharger electric car charging network this year to 10,000 public charging units globally, up from 5,400, the company said Monday. The company plans to begin producing the mass-market Model 3 later this year, and to expand its current annual vehicle production from...

  • TrueCar proposes public offering to raise money

    TrueCar proposes public offering to raise money

    TrueCar Inc. is looking to raise funds with a proposed public offering of common stock. The Santa Monica-based vehicle pricing and information website said Monday it expects to offer 1 million shares of common stock, and that certain existing shareholders will likely offer 7.5 million shares in...

  • Debbie Schlussel says Sean Hannity was 'creepy,' but did not sexually harass her

    Debbie Schlussel says Sean Hannity was 'creepy,' but did not sexually harass her

    Political commentator Debbie Schlussel has clarified comments she made about an encounter with Fox News talk show host Sean Hannity — saying he was “creepy” but did not sexually harass her. Schlussel said in a radio interview Friday that Hannity invited her back to his hotel when she was a guest...

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly threatened to ban Uber from app store over secret tracking

    Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly threatened to ban Uber from app store over secret tracking

    Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook threatened to kick Uber out of its app store after it discovered that the ride-hailing company was intentionally violating its privacy rules. Losing access to millions of iPhone users through Apple’s app store had the potential to destroy Uber’s business, according...

  • California Inc.: It's crunch time for Wells Fargo's board of directors

    California Inc.: It's crunch time for Wells Fargo's board of directors

    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. There’s a bit more sunshine in the Golden State now that we know California piled on 19,300...

  • Is Wells Fargo's board to blame? Shareholders will weigh in this week

    Is Wells Fargo's board to blame? Shareholders will weigh in this week

    Top corporate bosses who failed to change a flawed system before it went out of control. Mid-level executives who pushed workers too far. Bank regulators who for years were blind to warning signs. Over the past few months, there’s been plenty of blame to go around for the widespread misdeeds of...

  • 7 reasons short sellers are betting against Tesla

    7 reasons short sellers are betting against Tesla

    A high-end Tesla Model S can rocket from zero to 60 mph in 2.27 seconds. But can the electric car maker itself accelerate from producing 80,000 autos a year to 500,000 in 2018? A million in 2020? Can it make money in the process? Short sellers are betting big on no. It’s a dangerous bet. Here’s...

  • American Airlines flight attendant tells angry passenger: 'Hit me. Bring it on'

    American Airlines flight attendant tells angry passenger: 'Hit me. Bring it on'

    American Airlines says it has grounded a flight attendant who got into a verbal confrontation with a passenger after the flight attendant took a baby stroller away from another passenger. Spokeswoman Leslie Scott says the airline is looking into whether the male flight attendant violently took...

  • LAX lets you report a dirty bathroom with a text

    LAX lets you report a dirty bathroom with a text

    Los Angeles International Airport is the second busiest airport in the nation, but when it comes to customer satisfaction, well, let’s just say it doesn’t rank that high. LAX placed 86th in the world, according to the latest survey of 19 million travelers around the world by the Skytrax World Airport...

  • Does a condo seller have an obligation to inform a buyer about a noisy neighbor?

    Does a condo seller have an obligation to inform a buyer about a noisy neighbor?

    Question: We purchased a condominium in a small complex and in a great location for an incredibly low price because the previous owners had to move suddenly. Shortly after we moved in we started hearing strange outbursts of swearing and barking-like sounds coming from another unit close by. This...

  • The battle between hotels and Airbnb continues to heat up

    The battle between hotels and Airbnb continues to heat up

    The nation’s hotel industry has for years shrugged off competition from short-term rentals, booked through sites like Airbnb and VBRO, saying they pose no major threat. That is no longer the case. The American Hotel and Lodging Assn., the trade group for the nation’s hotels, broke fundraising and...

  • Amid passenger-dragging fiasco, United CEO Oscar Munoz says he won't take chairman post

    Amid passenger-dragging fiasco, United CEO Oscar Munoz says he won't take chairman post

    Facing furor after a United passenger was dragged off a sold-out plane, the chief executive for the carrier’s parent company has agreed not to take on the added role next year of chairman of the board. Under a previous employment agreement, United Continental Holdings chief executive Oscar Munoz...

  • How a social media campaign helped drive Bill O'Reilly out of Fox News

    How a social media campaign helped drive Bill O'Reilly out of Fox News

    When Media Matters launched in 2004, it published online articles criticizing Bill O'Reilly for allegations of sexual harassment. The blog posts helped turn the liberal watchdog group into a potent thorn on the side of conservative pundits, but they ultimately failed to stop O'Reilly as a star...

  • Inland Empire had some of the biggest job gains in the U.S. recently

    Inland Empire had some of the biggest job gains in the U.S. recently

    San Francisco, Riverside and San Bernardino counties saw the largest job gains in the nation from 2014 to 2015, according to newly released data from the Census Bureau. Among the 50 U.S. counties with the largest workforces, these California counties topped the list with the highest percentage...

  • U.S. home sales jump to a 10-year high

    U.S. home sales jump to a 10-year high

    Americans bought homes in March at the fastest pace in more than a decade, a strong start to the traditional spring buying season. Sales of existing homes climbed 4.4% last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.71 million, the National Assn. of Realtors said Friday. This was the fastest...

  • Indian Chieftain Limited motorcycle is a bad urban bagger

    Indian Chieftain Limited motorcycle is a bad urban bagger

    Polaris-owned Indian Motorcycle, pressing its assault on the big bike market, recently added the Chieftain Limited and Chieftain Elite to its line of Chiefs, Chieftains, Springfields, Roadmasters and Scouts. I had a week on the Limited, and liked it a lot. Like its full-dress Chieftain and Roadmaster...

  • Condo values catching up to single-family homes

    Condo values catching up to single-family homes

    It's a real estate question that historically has had an easy answer: Do single-family detached homes appreciate in value faster than condominiums? The standard answer has been: Of course single-family homes appreciate faster. They are what most Americans prefer to live in, so there's stronger...

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  • 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...

  • How credit card reward points created delicious results (Infographic)

    Doughnut Plant founder Mark Isreal brought his latest creation to life with the help of 80,000 points earned with his Chase Ink card. Here's how he pulled it off. Save Save

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