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  • Are the president's policies hurting the Trump hotels?

    Are the president's policies hurting the Trump hotels?

    Since President Trump took office, controversy over some of his policies has triggered noisy protests and rallies in front of hotels emblazoned with the Trump name. It is uncertain if the rallies and protests have hurt business at Trump hotels but online travel sites that book Trump hotels have...

  • Can an HOA palm off responsibility for maintaining common-area greenery?

    Can an HOA palm off responsibility for maintaining common-area greenery?

    Question: We own a detached single-family home in a common interest development and are in a difficult situation with the board.  Our water bills have been going way up over the years and we just discovered that the association’s shrubs outside our property walls are being watered from our home...

  • 4 credit card trends for 2017 and what they mean for you

    4 credit card trends for 2017 and what they mean for you

    In 2016, high-end credit cards attracted a lot of attention with generous rewards and perks. But this year, issuers are going back to basics — and perhaps charging you more in the process. Here are four credit card industry trends taking shape for 2017. 1. More bread-and-butter rewards Instead...

  • Why Snapchat's unprecedented real estate strategy in Venice could be tech's new standard

    Why Snapchat's unprecedented real estate strategy in Venice could be tech's new standard

    A tech start-up based in Los Angeles rather than Silicon Valley. A mobile app that built its appeal by deleting photos and messages. Vertical video in a widescreen world. Snapchat, the popular photo and video messaging app, has broken the mold in many ways. Now, with parent company Snap Inc.’s...

  • Universal Studios Hollywood raises gate ticket prices

    Universal Studios Hollywood raises gate ticket prices

    About a week after Disneyland raised its ticket prices, Universal Studios Hollywood hiked attendance prices an extra $5 per visitor. The daily ticket price at the gate rose to $120 from $115, on top of increases adopted last year of up to 20%. Universal Orlando also raised prices over the weekend...

  • Uber's bad month keeps getting worse

    Uber's bad month keeps getting worse

    Nobody wants to be Uber right now. In the past month, the San Francisco ride-hailing firm faced a customer boycott and sexual harassment allegations, which have devastated employee morale and steered users away from the service. Then it was slapped with a lawsuit Thursday, in which Waymo — Google’s...

  • Oscars red carpet:`The gravy train is over' for TV stations and networks

    Oscars red carpet:`The gravy train is over' for TV stations and networks

    A spot on the Oscars’ red carpet now comes with a price. For the first time, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is charging a license fee to TV stations and networks that broadcast live shows with interviews of movie stars on the red carpet before Sunday’s 89th Academy Awards telecast....

  • Big new convention center hotel proposed for downtown L.A.

    Big new convention center hotel proposed for downtown L.A.

    A towering 1,024-room hotel will rise next to the Los Angeles Convention Center a few years from now if developer TriCal Construction Inc. gets its way. TriCal filed a development application with city officials Thursday to build a 53-story skyscraper across Figueroa Street from the convention...

  • U.S. stocks rally to set another record after slow start due to investor jitters

    U.S. stocks rally to set another record after slow start due to investor jitters

    A late push helped U.S. stocks finish higher Friday after indexes spent most of the day lower. There was far more selling than buying on Wall Street overall, but the Dow Jones industrial average managed to extend its winning streak to an 11th day and set another all-time high. Energy companies...

  • The luxury housing that Measure S would stop doesn’t actually require many evictions

    The luxury housing that Measure S would stop doesn’t actually require many evictions

    Eve Hars, undergoing chemotherapy for Stage 3 breast cancer, was facing eviction. A developer had purchased her rent-controlled Echo Park bungalow to level it and build new housing. Hars recounted her story in a recent campaign ad paid for by supporters of Measure S, the March 7 ballot measure...

  • Lockheed will move 650 missile jobs away from Sunnyvale

    Lockheed will move 650 missile jobs away from Sunnyvale

    Lockheed Martin will move 650 jobs in the legendary Trident missile program from Sunnyvale, Calif., to other states, the defense contractor said Thursday. The affected employees work for the Fleet Ballistic Missile Program, which designs and engineers nuclear missiles for the nation's submarine...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Ghosn steps aside as Nissan CEO to focus on 3-automaker alliance

    Ghosn steps aside as Nissan CEO to focus on 3-automaker alliance

    Carlos Ghosn, who leads the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance, is handing over the helm at Nissan Motor Co. to Hiroto Saikawa, a veteran Japanese executive at Nissan, but Ghosn is staying on as the automaker’s chairman. Saikawa will become chief executive at Nissan — based in Yokohama, Japan —...

  • Qualcomm, Microsoft and Airbus invest in Santa Monica drone software start-up AirMap

    Qualcomm, Microsoft and Airbus invest in Santa Monica drone software start-up AirMap

    The venture capital arms of Qualcomm Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Airbus have led a $26-million investment in AirMap, the builder of drone air traffic management software announced Thursday. The Santa Monica start-up, which opened its first office in 2015, builds technology that tracks air traffic,...

  • 'Expendables' producer Millennium Films sells majority stake to Chinese company for $100 million

    'Expendables' producer Millennium Films sells majority stake to Chinese company for $100 million

    Millennium Films, the producer of the “Expendables” movies and the most recent “Rambo” sequel, has agreed to sell a 51% stake to Chinese conglomerate Recon Group for $100 million. Recon, known for owning the Aston Villa Football Club in Britain, will acquire a majority ownership of Los Angeles-based...

  • Beauty companies hustle to keep up with faster trends

    Beauty companies hustle to keep up with faster trends

    When reality TV star Kylie Jenner introduced her first cosmetics products to the Internet in late 2015, the Kylie Lip Kits — matte liquid lipstick and lip liner combos — sold out in minutes. Competing brands were paying attention. Companies quickly started promoting their own matte lipsticks as...

  • 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...

  • China's clampdown on foreign investments raises questions for Hollywood as Wanda's Dick Clark deal stalls

    China's clampdown on foreign investments raises questions for Hollywood as Wanda's Dick Clark deal stalls

    The Chinese government’s recent clampdown on money leaving the country has broad repercussions for industries like mining and real estate. Now the crackdown may have reached Hollywood’s doorstep. Dalian Wanda Group’s agreement to buy Dick Clark Productions, producer of the Golden Globe Awards, for...

  • 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...

  • Burger King's parent is buying the Popeyes chicken chain for $1.8 billion

    Burger King's parent is buying the Popeyes chicken chain for $1.8 billion

    Restaurant Brands International Inc. said it's buying Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc. for $1.8 billion, bringing the fried chicken chain under the same corporate umbrella as Burger King and Tim Hortons. The move fits with Restaurant Brands' approach of taking over well-known fast-food chains it...

  • Two new venture capital funds in L.A.: One for gaming. One for business software

    Two new venture capital funds in L.A.: One for gaming. One for business software

    Investing in start-ups trying to make video games has fallen out of favor in much of the venture capital community. They’re difficult-to-predict businesses, driven more by characters and animation than by novel technology and often have limited potential buyers if they don’t work out as well as...

  • Tesla earnings preview: Analysts want details on Model 3 and Gigafactory

    Tesla earnings preview: Analysts want details on Model 3 and Gigafactory

    Tesla bull or Tesla bear, it doesn’t matter.  When the company reports earnings Wednesday, hard-core investors and analysts of all persuasions are likely to shrug off the specific results. “The numbers mean nothing right now,” said Trip Chowdry, managing director at Global Equities Research and...

  • 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...

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