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  • L.A. Drives: Glamorous Bentley convertible deserves cushy cruise along Mulholland

    L.A. Drives: Glamorous Bentley convertible deserves cushy cruise along Mulholland

    The controversial engineer William Mulholland designed the Los Angeles Aqueduct, brought water south from the Owens Valley and turned a desert into a garden. His legacy gave us the plot of the movie “Chinatown,” a beautiful fountain in Los Feliz and a highway that runs across the ridge separating...

  • See a layoff through, or see yourself out?

    See a layoff through, or see yourself out?

    Question: My company has decided to close several of our branch offices this year. I'm an IT manager; my job and half of my team's jobs will be eliminated when our office closes in the fall. We've been offered severance, and some folks have been offered retention bonuses to stay until the bitter...

  • J.C. Penney to close 130 to 140 stores and offer early retirement to 6,000 workers

    J.C. Penney to close 130 to 140 stores and offer early retirement to 6,000 workers

    J.C. Penney said Friday it will be closing 130 to 140 stores as well as two distribution centers over the next several months as it aims to improve profitability in the era of online shopping. The closures represent 13% to 14% of the department store operator's current store count, and less than...

  • Jaguar F-Pace: A luxury SUV joins a crowded field

    Jaguar F-Pace: A luxury SUV joins a crowded field

    How I pity the luxury SUV shopper. The market is flooded with well-designed, well-built, upscale cars. Between the options offered by BMW, Audi, Lexus, Acura, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and others, every aspirational car company has a suitable SUV for sale. On the lower end, Volkswagen and Subaru are...

  • When tech companies go public, employees can strike it rich — or not. And then the trouble starts

    When tech companies go public, employees can strike it rich — or not. And then the trouble starts

    Five years ago when Facebook went public, employees of the social network were glued to office televisions airing CNBC, waiting for the company’s trading price. “Everyone was hoping for a pop,” said Dan Fletcher, a former Facebook employee, referring to the spike in stock price that some companies...

  • The red carpet isn’t actually red, and other secrets underfoot at the Oscars

    The red carpet isn’t actually red, and other secrets underfoot at the Oscars

    In Aeschylus’ play “Agamemnon,” the titular king’s homecoming from the Trojan War is marked by his vengeful wife Clytemnestra, who offers him a red carpet on which to walk. “Now my beloved, step down from your chariot, and let not your foot, my lord, touch the Earth,” she says. But Agamemnon is...

  • Oscar noms show rise in indie movies as studios pull back on adult dramas

    Oscar noms show rise in indie movies as studios pull back on adult dramas

    Oscar-winning producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman knew their movie “Lion” was a gamble when they took the script to Cannes in 2014. The first 30 minutes of dialogue was in Bengali and Hindi, the kind of thing that studios normally shy away from, and they had no cast attached.   “People were...

  • The red carpet isn't actually red, and other secrets underfoot at the Oscars

    The red carpet isn't actually red, and other secrets underfoot at the Oscars

    The red carpet isn’t actually red, and other secrets underfoot at the Oscars By Daniel Miller Feb 24, 2017 Installers maneuver a carpet roll in front of the Dolby Theatre. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times) In Aeschylus’ play “Agamemnon,” the titular king’s homecoming from the Trojan War is marked by...

  • Google spinoff Waymo accuses Uber of self-driving car theft

    Google spinoff Waymo accuses Uber of self-driving car theft

    Waymo, a self-driving car company founded by Google, is colliding with ride-hailing service Uber in a court battle revolving around allegations of betrayal, high-tech espionage and greed. The brewing showdown emerged late Thursday in a lawsuit filed in a San Francisco federal court by Waymo, a...

  • Stocks end mixed as investors seek safety

    Stocks end mixed as investors seek safety

    Stocks wobbled Thursday as investors changed course and tempered their expectations for faster economic growth. Industrial companies, which have surged over the last few months, finished lower as Wall Street focused on gold, bonds and companies that pay big dividends. Construction equipment, transportation...

  • Stocks mostly slip, but Dow hits a new record high

    Stocks mostly slip, but Dow hits a new record high

    U.S. stocks mostly slipped Wednesday after their recent record-setting run. Energy companies stumbled, but basic materials makers rose as investors hoped two large deals would win approval from regulators. While energy stocks fell with the price of oil, most other sectors didn't make big moves....

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne buys missile-target maker and may provide satellite launches

    Aerojet Rocketdyne buys missile-target maker and may provide satellite launches

    In a deal that could have implications for the satellite launch business, rocket engine manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne has acquired leading missile-target developer Coleman Aerospace for $15 million in cash. The deal, which is expected to close Friday, will allow Aerojet Rocketdyne — a unit of...

  • AwesomenessTV CEO and founder Brian Robbins leaves video company

    AwesomenessTV CEO and founder Brian Robbins leaves video company

    Brian Robbins, the co-founder and chief executive of teen-focused online video network AwesomenessTV, is leaving the company after five years, he told staff Wednesday.  Robbins did not cite a reason for his exit, but his departure comes six months after parent company DreamWorks Animation was acquired...

  • Two-thirds of Americans aren't using this easy way to save for retirement

    Two-thirds of Americans aren't using this easy way to save for retirement

    Less than one-third of Americans are saving money in their 401(k)s and other workplace retirement accounts, according to an analysis of tax records by Census Bureau researchers. Although nearly 80% of Americans work for an employer that offers a retirement program — whether a 401(k), 403(b) or...

  • Fed officials indicate another interest rate hike could come 'fairly soon'

    Fed officials indicate another interest rate hike could come 'fairly soon'

    Federal Reserve policymakers said at their latest meeting that another small hike in a key interest rate could come "fairly soon," opening the door a bit wider to an increase next month, according to minutes of the meeting released Wednesday. Fed officials reiterated their "considerable uncertainty"...

  • Americans buy existing homes at fastest pace in a decade

    Americans buy existing homes at fastest pace in a decade

    Americans shrugged off rising mortgage rates and bought existing homes in January at the fastest pace since 2007. That has set off bidding wars that have pushed up prices as the supply of available homes has dwindled to record lows. Home sales rose 3.3% in January from December to a seasonally...

  • SpaceX Dragon capsule aborts attempt to dock at International Space Station

    SpaceX Dragon capsule aborts attempt to dock at International Space Station

    A SpaceX capsule carrying more than 5,000 pounds of cargo aborted its attempt to dock at the International Space Station early Wednesday because of an “easily correctable” GPS error, officials said. It is scheduled to try again Thursday. This was not the mission’s first small delay. Hawthorne-based...

  • Lexus and Porsche tie in J.D. Power reliability study

    Lexus and Porsche tie in J.D. Power reliability study

    Lexus and Porsche tied for the top spot in auto information company J.D. Power’s annual vehicle reliability study. But other Japanese, German, South Korean and American brands also scored extremely well. The study targeted 35,000 owners of model year 2014 vehicles who have driven their vehicles...

  • Yahoo salvages Verizon deal by giving it a $350-million discount 

    Yahoo salvages Verizon deal by giving it a $350-million discount 

    Yahoo Inc. is taking a $350-million hit on its previously announced $4.8-billion sale to Verizon Communications Inc. in a concession for security lapses that exposed personal information stored in more than 1 billion Yahoo user accounts. The revised agreement announced Tuesday eases investor worries...

  • Wal-Mart's online sales jump 29% as it works to make inroads against Amazon

    Wal-Mart's online sales jump 29% as it works to make inroads against Amazon

    The nation's largest retailer keeps working to make headway against the largest online seller. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. drew more shoppers to its namesake stores in the United States and its online sales soared 29% in its fiscal fourth quarter, which covers the crucial holiday shopping season. That's...

  • Stocks hit new records as an appetite for deals sends food companies up

    Stocks hit new records as an appetite for deals sends food companies up

    Stocks again broke records Tuesday as investors came back from a long weekend hungry for deals. Although Kraft Heinz and Unilever couldn't agree to a proposed $143-billion mega-merger, food and household goods makers rose as investors bet that other deals are coming. Companies that make packaged...

  • Head of U.S. Honda to leave air bags behind, turn to gin and vodka

    Head of U.S. Honda to leave air bags behind, turn to gin and vodka

    The U.S. head of Honda is retiring to make gin and vodka with his sons. John Mendel, 62, executive vice president for the Japanese carmaker at American Honda Motor Co. in Torrance, told a group of dealers Monday night that he’s retiring. He goes out on a high note: Honda sales in the U.S. last...

  • Facebook Messenger gets a bot that can help send your money across the world

    Facebook Messenger gets a bot that can help send your money across the world

    Sending money to a friend or relative abroad just got a little easier for users of Facebook Messenger. On Tuesday, London-based money transfer company TransferWise introduced a bot to facilitate money transfers via the social media giant’s messaging platform. For now, the service is available only...

  • Jordan Peele horror movie 'Get Out' takes on 'Lego Batman' at the box office

    Jordan Peele horror movie 'Get Out' takes on 'Lego Batman' at the box office

    Oscar week is here, which means Hollywood’s attention is more focused on gold statuettes than new movies opening at the multiplex. But Sunday’s star-studded gala at the Dolby Theatre won’t necessarily turn the box office into a snooze-fest. One reason to pay attention is “Get Out,” the critically...

  • Hong Kong Disneyland reports a 2016 loss as visitor slump worsens

    Hong Kong Disneyland reports a 2016 loss as visitor slump worsens

    Two weeks after Walt Disney Co. launched a bailout of struggling Euro Disney, another international Disney resort revealed that its financial woes grew last year. Hong Kong Disneyland reported a second consecutive annual loss on an 11% drop in attendance and a 7% decline in revenue. The $22-million...

  • 'xXx' and 'La La Land' sweep China's box office

    'xXx' and 'La La Land' sweep China's box office

    Hollywood movies lit up China’s box office last week with Paramount’s “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” leading the way, followed by the award-winning musical “La La Land.” The action thriller, starring Vin Diesel and Chinese kung fu star Donnie Yen, topped the box-office charts for the second week...

  • Uber hires Eric Holder to investigate sexual harassment claims

    Uber hires Eric Holder to investigate sexual harassment claims

    Uber has hired former U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. to help lead an investigation into claims of sexual harassment and discrimination that a former female employee made public over the weekend in a highly circulated blog post. Chief Executive Travis Kalanick told employees in a memo Monday...

  • Sprawling former Toyota headquarters campus in Torrance is up for sale

    Sprawling former Toyota headquarters campus in Torrance is up for sale

    Looking for an office complex with its own helipads, swimming pool, data center and emergency power? One just hit the market in Torrance: the longtime North American headquarters of Japanese car manufacturer Toyota, which is consolidating its U.S. operations in Texas. Toyota announced its plans...

  • Unilever shares slide after Kraft Heinz withdraws its $143-billion bid

    Unilever shares slide after Kraft Heinz withdraws its $143-billion bid

    Shares in Unilever, the owner of brands like Hellman's, Lipton, and Knorr, fell sharply in overseas trading after rival Kraft Heinz withdrew a $143-billion takeover offer. The companies said Sunday in a joint press release that Kraft Heinz has “amicably” abandoned the offer. Shares in Unilever...

  • Big changes planned for the sell-by dates on food packaging

    Big changes planned for the sell-by dates on food packaging

    The majority of Americans have no clear idea what "sell by" labels are trying to tell them. But after 40 years of letting us guess, the grocery industry has made moves to clear up the confusion. The Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Assn., the two largest trade groups for the...

  • A Palm Desert retreat right out of the Sultan of Swoon's handbook

    A Palm Desert retreat right out of the Sultan of Swoon's handbook

    Singer Frank Sinatra’s Villa Maggio getaway takes in panoramic views from its perch above the Coachella Valley. The Palm Desert retreat includes three houses, a swimming pool, a tennis court and a helipad for quick trips to or from Hollywood. The 7.5-acre site has room to park 24 vehicles — that...

  • California Inc.: Hollywood is getting ready for its close-up

    California Inc.: Hollywood is getting ready for its close-up

    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. Tax day — that would be April 18 — is fast approaching. President Trump has yet to reveal...

  • Snapchat Spectacles are now sold online as vending machines take a break

    Snapchat Spectacles are now sold online as vending machines take a break

    If you didn’t race out to Venice to get them, or stand in an endless line in Santa Monica, or catch a helicopter ride to the middle of the Grand Canyon, or speed down Pacific Coast Highway or brave the Manhattan cold, or pay a premium on EBay, well, you finally can just go online to buy Spectacles....

  • Kraft Heinz drops $143-billion offer for Unilever

    Kraft Heinz drops $143-billion offer for Unilever

    Kraft Heinz has decided to withdraw its $143-billion offer to buy Unilever, the companies announced Sunday in a joint news release. Unilever — which has a head office in London and makes mayonnaise, tea and seasonings — earlier had spurned the offer, saying the price was too low. Despite rejection,...

  • SpaceX launches supplies to space station; 'Baby came back,' Elon Musk says of booster's return

    SpaceX launches supplies to space station; 'Baby came back,' Elon Musk says of booster's return

    SpaceX launched almost 5,500 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station on Sunday morning after scrubbing its Saturday attempt because of a potential issue with its Falcon 9 rocket. The rocket lifted off at 6:39 a.m. PST from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It was the Hawthorne-based...

  • Does a landlord need to give a reason for evicting a tenant?

    Does a landlord need to give a reason for evicting a tenant?

    Question: I’ve been living in a great apartment close to work for three years. My lease ended after a year, and I am now going month to month. I love the location, felt safe and planned to live here a long time. Last week, my landlord served me with a “60 Day Notice to Quit.” I don’t know what...

  • How to make sure your financial planner is looking out for you

    How to make sure your financial planner is looking out for you

    Dear Liz: As a recent retiree, I opened an IRA with a well-reputed, independent financial planner. I was assured of our fiduciary relationship and told “besides, it will soon be law” that advisors will have to put their clients’ interests first when offering advice about retirement funds. I guess...

  • He's looking for the secret recipe to educate business leaders

    He's looking for the secret recipe to educate business leaders

    The gig: Deryck van Rensburg is the new dean of Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management in Malibu. He took over in November after spending 32 years in international business with consumer-products giant Unilever and then Coca-Cola Co. His task: To reinvigorate the business...

  • SpaceX scrubs launch, will try again Sunday morning

    SpaceX scrubs launch, will try again Sunday morning

    SpaceX scrubbed its launch of a space station supply mission seconds before liftoff Saturday morning, citing a possible problem with the second stage of its Falcon 9 rocket. The Hawthorne space company said it would try to launch again Sunday at 6:38 a.m. Pacific time from Launch Complex 39A at...

  • In-flight calls? The American people are overwhelmingly opposed

    In-flight calls? The American people are overwhelmingly opposed

    If you think that allowing mobile phone calls on commercial flights is a bad idea, you are not alone. That is the main conclusion that comes from reading the more than 7,000 comments made by Americans in response to a proposal by the U.S. Department of Transportation to keep in place a ban on in-flight phone...

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