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  • Deep in the Mojave Desert lies a secret memorial to fallen motorcycle riders

    Deep in the Mojave Desert lies a secret memorial to fallen motorcycle riders

    Bill Tuchscher had been riding dirt bikes in the desert for more than two decades when he and a group of friends set out for a weekend ride near Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Late in the afternoon, far from their camp, the riders became tired. It was well over 100 degrees, and their water bottles...

  • Soylent CEO charged over illegal, 'unsightly' container home in Montecito Heights

    Soylent CEO charged over illegal, 'unsightly' container home in Montecito Heights

    A 30-foot-long shipping container that a Los Angeles start-up chief executive tried to turn into a hilltop home has landed him in criminal court. Rob Rhinehart, who founded meal replacement beverage company Soylent Co., has been charged with unpermitted construction and grading and zoning code...

  • 'Pokemon Go' creators are working on a way to let real-world locations opt out as Pokestops

    'Pokemon Go' creators are working on a way to let real-world locations opt out as Pokestops

    The creators of “Pokemon Go” say they're working to remove real-world locations that don't wish to be included in the mobile gaming sensation. The Pokemon Company's consumer marketing director J.C. Smith said in an interview this week that they're updating the augmented-reality game so it remains...

  • L.A. Drives: Up to Mt. Baldy on the mighty GMR

    L.A. Drives: Up to Mt. Baldy on the mighty GMR

    Mt. Baldy is a great local ski resort in the winter. The rest of the time – it’s a road trip, featuring some of the most exciting roads in Southern California. To check it out, we borrowed a Porsche Boxster that we thought would be perfect for the tight technical turns we were hoping to encounter....

  • Fiat 124 Spider review: It's not a 'Fiata' after all

    Fiat 124 Spider review: It's not a 'Fiata' after all

    When Fiat Chrysler and Mazda announced in 2012 a joint venture to build a sports car that would in time become Mazda’s new Miata and Fiat’s new 124 Spider, cynics dismissed the effort as nothing but a sneaky way to build one car and pretend it was two. And when the two resulting vehicles were unveiled...

  • Proposed rules would limit harassment by debt collectors

    Proposed rules would limit harassment by debt collectors

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is taking its first step toward reining in debt collectors, releasing an early outline of rules aimed at preventing them from harassing consumers and trying to collect debts that don’t exist. The proposal, which will be discussed Thursday at a CFPB hearing...

  • SeaWorld San Diego drops lawsuit over breeding ban

    SeaWorld San Diego drops lawsuit over breeding ban

    SeaWorld San Diego has dropped a lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission that challenged the agency’s right to impose a ban on the breeding of killer whales at the theme park. SeaWorld, facing pressure from animal-rights groups and others, announced in March that it would no longer breed...

  • Facebook crushes expectations thanks to booming mobile ad sales

    Facebook crushes expectations thanks to booming mobile ad sales

    Facebook's stock was trading higher after the world's biggest social media company handily surpassed Wall Street's expectations for the second quarter, barreling ahead on mobile advertisements, user growth and the next frontier — video.  Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said in an interview...

  • Stocks rise, pushed up by Apple; Twitter dives

    Stocks rise, pushed up by Apple; Twitter dives

    Stocks ended Wednesday slightly lower as shares of energy companies and consumer goods makers outweighed gains in technology companies such as Apple. Investors also worked through the Federal Reserve's latest policy statement. The Fed didn't change interest rates, but it left the door open for...

  • SpaceX will spend $300 million on Red Dragon Mars mission, NASA says

    SpaceX will spend $300 million on Red Dragon Mars mission, NASA says

    SpaceX is likely spending about $300 million on its unmanned Red Dragon Mars mission, according to NASA estimates. The topic came up at a NASA Advisory Council committee meeting Tuesday, when agency official Jim Reuter said SpaceX’s spending on the mission was about 10 times that of NASA’s, according...

  • Qualcomm settles gender-discrimination lawsuit

    Qualcomm settles gender-discrimination lawsuit

    Qualcomm Inc. has agreed to pay $19.5 million to settle a gender-discrimination lawsuit that alleged women engineers faced systemic roadblocks to equal pay and promotions at the company. The settlement covers 3,300 women nationwide who worked in science, technology, engineering and math jobs at...

  • To see why LeEco bought Vizio, look at the Chinese company's smartphones

    To see why LeEco bought Vizio, look at the Chinese company's smartphones

    To get a better sense of why Chinese technology company LeEco is buying Irvine TV maker Vizio for $2 billion, have a look at one of LeEco’s smartphones. The company’s Le 2 pro handset retails for just $166 in China, but if you pay about $15 extra, you get a one-year subscription to the company’s...

  • Sisters Ride: 100 years later, motorcycle sisters ride again

    Sisters Ride: 100 years later, motorcycle sisters ride again

    On July 4 exactly a century ago, sisters Augusta and Adeline Van Buren left Brooklyn, N.Y., headed for San Francisco on a pair of 1000cc Indian “moto-cycles.” Politically inclined and media savvy, the young suffragettes hoped that their coast-to-coast ride would convince the American military brass...

  • Lawmaker calls for more scrutiny of scope maker after emails are disclosed

    Lawmaker calls for more scrutiny of scope maker after emails are disclosed

    A U.S. lawmaker is renewing his push for Congress to toughen requirements on medical-device warnings, calling Olympus Corp.’s 2013 decision against issuing a broad alert to U.S. hospitals about scope-related superbug outbreaks “despicable.” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) said internal Olympus emails...

  • Covered California insurance doesn't guarantee the doctor will see you, study says

    Covered California insurance doesn't guarantee the doctor will see you, study says

    The recent announcement that Covered California premiums will rise by double digits in 2017 is only part of the challenge for the nation’s largest health exchange. A newly released study found that 4.38% of Covered California policyholders enrolled in Blue Shield or Blue Cross plans were rejected...

  • What to expect from the Fed's first meeting since 'Brexit'

    What to expect from the Fed's first meeting since 'Brexit'

    Federal Reserve policymakers meet this week for the first time since Britain voted to leave the European Union, and the referendum’s effects on financial markets and economic growth are likely to be a hot topic during the two-day gathering. After all, central bank officials were so concerned about...

  • Twitter user growth lags despite effort to drum up interest

    Twitter user growth lags despite effort to drum up interest

    Despite tweaks to its micro-blogging service intended to win over new users, Twitter Inc. recorded just a slight increase in user growth in the second quarter. The San Francisco company Tuesday reported an average of 313 million monthly active users, up just 3% from the same quarter in 2015. Since...

  • Apple reports sales decline for second straight quarter

    Apple reports sales decline for second straight quarter

    Apple announced Tuesday that quarterly sales fell in consecutive quarters for the first time since 2002 as demand slows for its smartphone lineup.  The world’s most valuable company sold 40.4 million iPhones, down from 47.5 million devices during the same period last year. That decline contributed...

  • Domestic airfares drop to lowest level since 2010

    Domestic airfares drop to lowest level since 2010

    Lower fuel costs and increased competition from low-cost airlines have pushed the price of domestic airline tickets to the lowest level since 2010, according to federal data. The average domestic airline ticket sold in the first three months of the year was $361, down 7.8% from the first quarter...

  • Stocks finish mixed; Gilead and McDonald's fall as Texas Instruments jumps

    Stocks finish mixed; Gilead and McDonald's fall as Texas Instruments jumps

    Stocks had a muddled session Tuesday, as investors worked through a large batch of corporate earnings from a range of companies including Gilead Sciences, McDonald's and Texas Instruments. McDonald's shares had their biggest one-day percentage decline since the financial crisis, weighing heavily...

  • Automotive tech firm Mobileye will end its partnership with Tesla

    Automotive tech firm Mobileye will end its partnership with Tesla

    Tech firm Mobileye, which makes chips and software for driver-assistance systems such as Tesla Motors Inc.’s autopilot feature, will end its partnership with the electric car maker. In a call with analysts Tuesday, Mobileye co-founder Amnon Shashua said the Israeli company’s work with Tesla would...

  • Tesla car mangled in fatal crash was on Autopilot and speeding, NTSB says

    Tesla car mangled in fatal crash was on Autopilot and speeding, NTSB says

    The Tesla car involved in a fatal crash in Florida this spring was in Autopilot mode and going about 10 miles faster than the speed limit, according to safety regulators, who also released a picture of the mangled vehicle. Earlier reports had stated the Tesla Model S struck a big rig while traveling...

  • EHarmony's new CEO vows to make the app simpler as founder retires for second time

    EHarmony's new CEO vows to make the app simpler as founder retires for second time

    EHarmony founder Neil Clark Warren left retirement four years ago to bring the struggling dating website back to relevance. Mission accomplished. The Los Angeles company announced Tuesday that Warren, 81, will step down as chief executive and return to retirement, though he’s likely to remain the...

  • Volkswagen's $15-billion settlement over emissions cheating gets preliminary OK

    Volkswagen's $15-billion settlement over emissions cheating gets preliminary OK

    A $15-billion settlement over Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal cleared a key hurdle Tuesday, with a federal judge in San Francisco giving preliminary approval to a deal that includes an option for owners to have the carmaker buy back their vehicles. Attorneys for Volkswagen owners sought...

  • U.S. new-home sales climb to more than 8-year high

    U.S. new-home sales climb to more than 8-year high

    Americans bought new homes in June at the fastest pace in more than eight years, a sign that a solid job market and low mortgage rates are bolstering the broader U.S. economy. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that new-home sales rose 3.5% last month to a seasonally adjusted rate of 592,000,...

  • Scopely, Kite & Lightning and Masterclass among week's L.A. tech highlights

    Scopely, Kite & Lightning and Masterclass among week's L.A. tech highlights

    Scopely, the video game company that has ridden mobile versions of Yahtzee and zombie horror franchise “The Walking Dead” to recent success, announced $55 million in new funding Tuesday. The financing comes on the back of a sixfold increase in quarterly revenue compared with 18 months ago, Chief...

  • Westlake's Park Wilshire apartments to get a makeover

    Westlake's Park Wilshire apartments to get a makeover

    A Sherman Oaks real estate firm plans to revamp an aging 1920s apartment building near MacArthur Park, the latest investment in a neighborhood that big investors long shunned because of high crime rates. MWest Holdings acquired the Park Wilshire apartments in Westlake this month for an undisclosed...

  • Solar-powered plane completes around-the-world journey

    Solar-powered plane completes around-the-world journey

    After 16 months and a 17-leg journey, a solar-powered plane finally completed its around-the-world flight attempt Monday evening when it touched down in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The plane, called Solar Impulse 2, landed at Al Bateen Executive Airport a few minutes after 5 p.m. Pacific time,...

  • Verizon buys Yahoo for $4.8 billion, and it's giving Yahoo's brand another chance

    Verizon buys Yahoo for $4.8 billion, and it's giving Yahoo's brand another chance

    Verizon Communications Inc. built its business on pipes and antennae. Now the nation’s biggest telecommunications company is assembling a different kind of network — one centered around eyeballs and advertisements. With its $4.83-billion acquisition of Yahoo Inc.’s core business on Monday, Verizon...

  • Nintendo stock tanks after 'Pokemon Go' investors realize company doesn't own game

    Nintendo stock tanks after 'Pokemon Go' investors realize company doesn't own game

    In response to the ubiquity of “Pokemon Go,” investors immediately began snatching up Nintendo stock like, well, Pokemon, probably because the company is most closely associated with the game from its original conception as a cartridge game for Game Boy. Since July 6, when the game was released...

  • Stocks fall as investors assess four weeks of gains, high valuations

    Stocks fall as investors assess four weeks of gains, high valuations

    Stocks fell moderately on Monday as investors took a break after four weeks of gains that brought the market to record highs. Energy companies fell more than the rest of the market as the price of oil took another turn lower. Yahoo’s share price dropped $1.06, or 2.7%, to $38.32 after Verizon Communications...

  • Macy's tests artificial intelligence as a way to improve sales

    Macy's tests artificial intelligence as a way to improve sales

    Macy’s is testing a mobile tool using artificial intelligence that lets shoppers get answers customized to the store they’re in — such as where a particular brand is located or what’s in stock — that they would normally ask a sales associate face-to-face.  The tool, which the nation's largest department...

  • Verizon to buy Yahoo for roughly $5 billion

    Verizon to buy Yahoo for roughly $5 billion

    Verizon has agreed to buy online portal Yahoo Inc. for roughly $5 billion, according to multiple media reports, each citing a single unnamed source. The deal is expected to be formally  announced  Monday before markets open, the reports said. Verizon had emerged in recent days as the front-runner...

  • Limited success of Chinese tire tariffs shows why Donald Trump's trade prescription may not work

    Limited success of Chinese tire tariffs shows why Donald Trump's trade prescription may not work

    A key plank in Donald Trump’s economic platform is to get tough on trade, especially with imported Chinese goods, which the Republican presidential nominee wants to slap with a 45% tariff. Economists of all stripes have denounced the proposal as tinder for a trade war that would be devastating...

  • Older, female and singled out for a pay cut

    Older, female and singled out for a pay cut

    Question: Our board is looking to expand our nonprofit organization, which is having a record revenue year. I am an executive and the second-highest-paid person in our office. I have been asked to take a pay cut, unrelated to my performance, which will make me the third- or fourth-highest-paid...

  • Desert Trip to nearly double the economic impact in Coachella Valley

    Desert Trip to nearly double the economic impact in Coachella Valley

    The annual Coachella music blowout in Indio has become big business for the Palm Springs area, growing even bigger with the addition of the Stagecoach country music weekend in 2007. But now a third music festival, targeting baby boomers and classic rock fans, is expected to nearly double the spending...

  • In Monterey, a battle for historic Laguna Seca raceway

    In Monterey, a battle for historic Laguna Seca raceway

    A bitter fight to take control of one of the world’s most iconic racetracks will come to a head next week when three competing teams of auto sports enthusiasts make their cases to a ruling panel.  At stake is the management of the Laguna Seca racing venue, host for almost 60 years to some of the...

  • Stocks creep up, setting another record high

    Stocks creep up, setting another record high

    Another day, another lazy drift higher for stocks and another record high. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 9.86 points, or 0.5%, to 2,175.03 on Friday. It surpassed its prior record set Wednesday by 0.09%, the latest nudge higher for a market that has taken a slow and steady path to all-time...

  • Verizon reportedly close to acquiring Yahoo for around $5 billion

    Verizon reportedly close to acquiring Yahoo for around $5 billion

    Verizon is reportedly nearing a deal to purchase Yahoo for close to $5 billion, bringing to an end a months-long bidding process for a now-ailing company that was once an Internet trailblazer. The sale of Yahoo’s core business is still being deliberated but could be announced early next week, according...

  • California to levy fee on rail cars carrying dangerous chemicals

    California to levy fee on rail cars carrying dangerous chemicals

    California plans to levy a fee on rail cars carrying dangerous chemicals across the state, starting later this year. The move follows several oil train derailments around the country, including in neighboring Oregon. A recent analysis conducted by the Office of Emergency Services found gaps in...

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