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First U.S.-Cuba commercial flight in more than 50 years touches down

The first commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than half a century landed in the central city of Santa Clara on Wednesday, re-establishing regular air service severed at the height of the Cold War. Cheers broke out in the cabin of JetBlue flight 387 as the plane touched...

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    Legislation would restrict H-1B visas

    Companies that depend on H-1B visas for a substantial part of their workforce may soon have a tougher time hiring: Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) has introduced legislation to restrict loopholes in their application process. His proposal comes after Southern California Edison Co. laid off about 400...

  • On-demand laundry start-up Washio shuts down

    On-demand laundry start-up Washio shuts down

    On-demand laundry and dry cleaning app Washio announced Monday it is shutting down, becoming the latest service-oriented start-up to wash out. The Santa Monica company expanded quickly to six cities after its launch in 2013, attracting time-crunched customers who wanted their laundry picked up,...

  • Stocks edge down as investors await jobs report

    Stocks edge down as investors await jobs report

    Stocks fell slightly Tuesday in another quiet day on Wall Street. Hesitant investors remained on the sidelines as a slow summer winds down. Shares of the candy company Hershey plunged after it walked away from a merger proposal, and Apple slipped after the company was hit with a large tax bill...

  • Apple's $14.5 billion EU tax bill highlights overseas earnings hoard

    Apple's $14.5 billion EU tax bill highlights overseas earnings hoard

    European regulators have given Apple Inc. a new moniker to accompany its hard-earned titles of computer pioneer, high-tech design icon and world’s most valuable company: multibillion-dollar tax cheat. The European Union on Tuesday ordered Ireland to send the Cupertino, Calif., company a bill for...

  • Tensions mount as Uber eyes self-driving cars and Google tests ride-hailing

    Tensions mount as Uber eyes self-driving cars and Google tests ride-hailing

    Uber Technologies Inc. and Google were seen as allies after the search giant invested $258 million in the ride-hailing firm in 2013. But the companies are starting to act more like competitors. A top Google executive who held a seat on Uber’s board announced his resignation this week after Uber...

  • Beats wins in case that accused Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine of double-crossing investor

    Beats wins in case that accused Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine of double-crossing investor

    A judge has dismissed the key claims in a lawsuit alleging that headphone maker Beats Electronics duped one of its early partners before negotiating its $3-billion sale to Apple Inc. two years ago. The summary judgment issued late Monday by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge William Fahey...

  • Cisco and others slash a combined 1,500 jobs in Silicon Valley

    Cisco and others slash a combined 1,500 jobs in Silicon Valley

    Despite record levels of tech employment fueled by a hiring boom, employment cutbacks have jolted workers at Cisco Systems Inc. and other tech firms in Silicon Valley, reductions that combined would erase about 1,500 jobs. Cisco confirmed Monday evening that it has formally notified state labor...

  • Apple must pay $14.5 billion in back taxes to Ireland, the EU says

    The European Union on Tuesday ordered Ireland to collect up to $14.5 billion in back taxes, plus interest, from Apple Inc., after ruling that the technology giant cut an illegal deal that allowed it to pay almost no taxes from 2003 to 2014 on profits for sales throughout the 28-nation region. The...

  • Lyft and Uber launch programs to cater to seniors

    Lyft and Uber launch programs to cater to seniors

    Uber and Lyft spent the last four years cornering the millennial market. Now they’re going after a new demographic: senior citizens.  Both ride-hailing companies recently announced partnerships with service providers that allow older customers to book rides through a phone operator, bypassing...

  • The key to Vizio founder William Wang's $2-billion business? Trust in his employees

    The key to Vizio founder William Wang's $2-billion business? Trust in his employees

    William Wang, founder and chairman of TV maker Vizio Inc., had receded into the background at the Irvine company in recent years. So even though it was him at a media event announcing LeEco’s acquisition of Vizio for $2 billion last month, he quickly turned the attention to a group seated directly...

  • Same drug, different insurance tiers, crazy-high co-pays

    Same drug, different insurance tiers, crazy-high co-pays

    As sky-high EpiPen costs show, price gouging of patients by greedy drug companies is one part of our dysfunctional healthcare system. Another is what may appear to be the arbitrary way that insurers decide what co-pay to charge. Santa Ana residents William and Phyllis Stevens encountered this recently...

  • SpaceX signs first customer for launch of a reused rocket

    SpaceX signs first customer for launch of a reused rocket

    Now that SpaceX has proved that its rocket boosters can land back on Earth, the company has signed its first customer to launch a satellite on one of those reused rockets. Luxembourg satellite operator SES reached an agreement with Hawthorne-based SpaceX to launch a SES-10 communications satellite...

  • California's Inland Empire reels after losing hundreds of blue-collar jobs

    California's Inland Empire reels after losing hundreds of blue-collar jobs

    Southern California is losing another manufacturing stalwart. In two months, Ashley Furniture HomeStore will close two plants in Colton and lay off about 840 workers. The company said it would transfer the San Bernardino County production to its facilities in Wisconsin and North Carolina, citing...

  • American Airlines president jumps to a top spot at rival United

    American Airlines president jumps to a top spot at rival United

    United Airlines hired its chief competitor American Airlines’ No. 2 executive Monday. Scott Kirby, 49, will fill a newly created role as president of United Continental Holdings Inc., responsible for operations, marketing, sales, alliances, network planning and revenue management, the Chicago-based...

  • San Diego's Scripps Health partners with MD Anderson to expand cancer network's reach

    San Diego's Scripps Health partners with MD Anderson to expand cancer network's reach

    In a bid to increase its reach throughout Southern California, the San Diego-based Scripps Health system on Monday finalized a partnership with the internationally known MD Anderson Cancer Network. The deal makes Scripps the only direct collaborator with Houston-based MD Anderson in an eight-county...

  • Mylan to launch a cheaper, generic version of EpiPen

    Mylan to launch a cheaper, generic version of EpiPen

    The maker of EpiPens will start selling a cheaper, generic version of the emergency allergy shots as the furor over repeated U.S. price hikes continues — and looming competition threatens its near-monopoly. Despite its second move in five days to make EpiPens more affordable for consumers, England-based...

  • Fitbit's new Adventures feature virtually transports users to Yosemite

    Fitbit's new Adventures feature virtually transports users to Yosemite

    Fitbit Inc. unveiled a series of virtual “adventures” to pair with its fitness-tracking wristbands Monday as the company tries to maintain its sales momentum. Fitbit Adventures, a new feature on the San Francisco company’s mobile app, allows users to virtually experience such “challenges” as hiking...

  • Stocks rise, led by bank shares, on hopes for higher interest rates

    Stocks rise, led by bank shares, on hopes for higher interest rates

    Banks led the stock market higher Monday as investors anticipate that the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates this year from their historically low levels. That could help banks recover from a long slump by making lending more profitable. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 107.59 points,...

  • New rules on small drones: What you need to know

    New rules on small drones: What you need to know

    For companies that want to use small drones, a new era began Monday. That’s when rules kicked in that free them from having to request special permission from the federal government for any commercial drone endeavor — a waiver process that often took months. Although industry experts say the Federal...

  • Building furniture and community

    Building furniture and community

    The gig: Francisco Pinedo, 53, is chief executive of Cisco Bros., a fast-growing manufacturer known for environmentally friendly design and practices in its home furnishings business. Carrying the Cisco nickname that Pinedo has answered to since his childhood in Mexico, six Cisco Home stores operate...

  • What can we do about incompetent management companies that waste money?

    What can we do about incompetent management companies that waste money?

    Question:  Our homeowners association is going on our third manager and management company in four years — an experience that has wasted countless hours and money. The work we need to be done gets hijacked by managers who want to do things their way and are adept enough to manipulate situations...

  • Ashley Furniture slashes production in Inland Empire, lays off 840 workers

    Ashley Furniture slashes production in Inland Empire, lays off 840 workers

    A furniture manufacturer is cutting hundreds of jobs in Southern California as it shifts production to plants in North Carolina, Mississippi and Wisconsin. The San Bernardino County Sun reported Saturday that about 840 workers at an Ashley Furniture HomeStore factory and warehouse in Colton were...

  • Trader Joe's lawsuit over Canadian store Pirate Joe's can proceed

    Trader Joe's lawsuit over Canadian store Pirate Joe's can proceed

     A U.S. court has the authority to hear a trademark lawsuit by grocery chain Trader Joe's against a man who bought the company's products and resold them in Canada at Pirate Joe's, a store designed to mimic Trader Joe's, a federal appeals court said Friday.  The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

  • Delta criticized for deleting same-sex love scene from in-flight movie 'Carol'

    Delta criticized for deleting same-sex love scene from in-flight movie 'Carol'

    It’s been a bad month for Delta Air Lines. While passengers were cursing the nation’s second largest carrier for a computer outage that grounded hundreds of flights this month, the Atlanta-based airline was also taking heat on social media for showing an in-flight movie that edited out a love scene...

  • Flights between U.S. and Mexico to soar under bilateral agreement

    Flights between U.S. and Mexico to soar under bilateral agreement

    If you’re planning a trip south of the border, you can expect to save a little on your flight to Mexico. An agreement between the U.S. and Mexico that took effect Aug. 21 will drop restrictions on the number of airlines that can fly between the two countries, thus increasing competition and lowering...

  • Labor Day weekend airfares expected to drop from recent years

    Labor Day weekend airfares expected to drop from recent years

    Airfares typically soar for travel around Labor Day weekend. This year is no exception. From Aug. 16 until the start of the Labor Day weekend, domestic airfares will shoot up nearly 30%, according to an analysis by the travel site CheapOAir. After all, everybody wants to get away for the last holiday...

  • Bijan property on Rodeo Drive sells for $19,000 a square foot

    Bijan property on Rodeo Drive sells for $19,000 a square foot

    The demand for $5,000 handbags and $25,000 suits is slipping amid global turmoil. But enthusiasm for real estate on Rodeo Drive, where such high-end goods are sold, isn’t hurting. Instead it’s setting records. The parent company of Louis Vuitton recently paid $122 million, or $19,405 a square foot,...

  • California bans ITT tech from accepting new students

    California bans ITT tech from accepting new students

    The for-profit college chain ITT Educational Services has been banned from accepting new students at its 15 California locations under an emergency decision issued Friday by the state Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. The state will also seek to revoke...

  • Four airlines fined for giving inaccurate compensation information

    Four airlines fined for giving inaccurate compensation information

    Four of the nation’s largest airlines were fined by the Federal Aviation Administration for giving passengers inaccurate information about how much compensation they should get for being kicked off an overbooked flight or having their luggage lost or damaged. Alaska Airlines was fined $40,000; American...

  • California's new climate bill may dampen growth but it won't cripple the economy

    California's new climate bill may dampen growth but it won't cripple the economy

    California’s landmark climate bill, passed by the Assembly this week, has earned the ire of business groups that say it will cripple their industries. The law will not be a moneymaker for everyone, but it probably won’t wreak havoc on the economy either, research shows. The new legislation, SB...

  • Stocks end mostly lower after Fed’s Janet Yellen speaks

    Stocks end mostly lower after Fed’s Janet Yellen speaks

    Stocks ended mostly lower Friday after Federal Reserve officials said the case has strengthened for raising interest rates above the super-low levels that have helped fuel a seven-year bull market. Major U.S. indexes initially climbed after a speech by Fed chief Janet Yellen that was bullish on...

  • Make big trucks and buses physically unable to speed, regulators suggest

    Make big trucks and buses physically unable to speed, regulators suggest

    Two safety regulators are seeking to forcibly limit how fast trucks, buses and other large vehicles can travel on the nation's highways. A new proposal Friday would impose a nationwide by using an electronic device to cap speeds of newly made U.S. vehicles that weigh more than 26,000 pounds. Regulators...

  • Carl Icahn buys more Herbalife shares, flouting Bill Ackman

    Carl Icahn buys more Herbalife shares, flouting Bill Ackman

    A long-running feud over Herbalife Ltd. between billionaire hedge fund managers Carl Icahn and Bill Ackman heated up Friday, with Ackman saying that Icahn was looking to sell his stake in the Los Angeles maker of nutritional supplements and Icahn saying that's not the case. Ackman, confirming an...

  • Talbott Motorcycle Museum opens in Carmel Valley

    Talbott Motorcycle Museum opens in Carmel Valley

    It’s official. Robb Talbott’s motorcycle museum is open. The former wine and necktie magnate’s personal bike collection, housed inside a 5,000-square-foot space in Carmel Valley, received the last of its needed permits and is open to the public. Motorcycle analysts have said the non-profit museum...

  • Claremont wants to kick its private water company out of town. Good idea

    Claremont wants to kick its private water company out of town. Good idea

    The citizens of Claremont, fed up with the private company that provides their water, voted overwhelmingly in 2014 to seize its water system by eminent domain and convert it to a municipal utility. A Los Angeles state judge has just wrapped up a trial over whether that’s legal and is expected to...

  • Fed Chair Janet Yellen: The case for another interest rate hike 'has strengthened in recent months'

    Fed Chair Janet Yellen: The case for another interest rate hike 'has strengthened in recent months'

    Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen signaled Friday that an increase in a key interest rate was on the table at the central bank’s next meeting in September but that a hike was far from a sure thing. In her first public comments in two months, Yellen said the economy was improving to the...

  • How to calculate the 'magic number' for college savings

    How to calculate the 'magic number' for college savings

    Many new parents want to pay for their child’s college education, but it’s hard to know how much money they’ll need 18 or 19 years in the future. With some thoughtful planning, you can come up with a reasonable estimate of your “magic number” for college savings. Following are some important considerations...

  • Driving the 2017 Ferrari California T HS

    Driving the 2017 Ferrari California T HS

    One of the many delights of the just-concluded annual Monterey Car Week is Casa Ferrari. Every year, the luxury Italian car maker takes over a vintage filling station north of Big Sur, now home to the Carmel Highlands General Store, and dresses it up like a Tuscan villa. Ferrari owners and prospects...

  • Anti-gas drops may increase infection risk with medical scopes, study says

    Anti-gas drops may increase infection risk with medical scopes, study says

    A surprising ingredient — abdominal gas relief drops for infants — may be contributing to the contamination of medical scopes nationwide and putting more patients at risk of infection, according to a small but provocative study. Researchers in Minnesota unexpectedly found cloudy, white fluid inside...

  • Healthcare companies pull stocks lower

    Healthcare companies pull stocks lower

    Stocks fell in light trading Thursday for a second day as investors sifted through a mix of earnings reports. The major indexes wavered between small gains and losses in the morning, then moved lower in the afternoon as investors dumped healthcare stocks. Disappointing earnings from a few retailers...

  • Apple boosts iPhone security after powerful spyware targets an activist

    Apple boosts iPhone security after powerful spyware targets an activist

    A botched attempt to break into an activist's iPhone using hitherto unknown espionage software has triggered a global upgrade of Apple's mobile operating system, researchers said Thursday. The spyware took advantage of three previously undisclosed weaknesses in Apple's mobile operating system to...

  • VW and dealers reach tentative settlement in emissions-cheating scandal

    VW and dealers reach tentative settlement in emissions-cheating scandal

    Volkswagen continues to make amends, reaching a tentative agreement with its U.S. dealers to compensate them for losses they suffered as a result of the automaker’s emissions cheating scandal, attorneys for VW and dealers told a federal judge Thursday. The value of the settlement with the roughly...

  • Cars are ready to talk to one another — unless we use their airwaves for Wi-Fi

    Cars are ready to talk to one another — unless we use their airwaves for Wi-Fi

    Cars that wirelessly talk to one another are finally ready for the road, creating the potential to dramatically reduce traffic deaths, improve the safety of self-driving cars and, perhaps, someday help solve traffic jams, automakers and government officials say. But there’s a big catch. The cable...

  • Uber reportedly lost $1.3 billion in this year's first half

    Uber reportedly lost $1.3 billion in this year's first half

    Uber may be gaining riders. It may be on the cutting edge of developing self-driving car technology.  But it's a money-loser. That's according to details given by Gautam Gupta, Uber Technologies Inc.'s finance head, who in a recent conference call with Uber investors said the ride-hailing giant...

  • Will Hyundai's eco-friendly Ioniq woo hearts away from Prius?

    Will Hyundai's eco-friendly Ioniq woo hearts away from Prius?

    Hyundai Motors, South Korea’s flagship automaker, transformed itself over the decades from bit player to global dynamo. In 1998, the company sold a mere 90,000 cheap and tinny cars to U.S. customers. But that same year, it bought Kia Motors out of bankruptcy. And last year, the two combined sold...

  • EpiPen maker boosts discount programs but holds price steady, despite outrage

    EpiPen maker boosts discount programs but holds price steady, despite outrage

    Mylan is bulking up programs that help patients pay for its EpiPen emergency allergy treatment after weathering heated criticism about an average cost that has climbed more than 500% over the last decade. But the drugmaker didn't budge on its price, which has drawn ire both in Congress and from...

  • WhatsApp is going to share your phone number with Facebook

    WhatsApp is going to share your phone number with Facebook

    Global messaging service WhatsApp says it will start sharing the phone numbers of its users with Facebook, its parent company. That means WhatsApp users could soon start seeing more targeted ads on Facebook — although not on the messaging service itself. The move is a subtle but significant shift...

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    A strong market for financial advisors

    For LPL Financial Chief Executive Mark Casady, one key to success is not losing sight of your game plan in the midst of distractions. It’s advice that can be applied to investing or to running a business. Over the last couple of years, there have been more than a few distractions for LPL Financial,...

  • Bill to protect widows from foreclosure passes in the Senate and heads to Gov. Jerry Brown

    Bill to protect widows from foreclosure passes in the Senate and heads to Gov. Jerry Brown

    A bill that would grant California widows and widowers greater protections against foreclosure heads to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk after passing the state Senate on Wednesday. The proposal is geared at giving surviving spouses who own their home but are not on its mortgage note a better shot at obtaining...

  • Insurer pays $13.5 million to resolve federal claims over defunct Marinello beauty school

    Insurer pays $13.5 million to resolve federal claims over defunct Marinello beauty school

    An insurer for the shuttered Marinello Schools of Beauty has agreed to pay $13.5 million to settle allegations that the cosmetology school ripped off the federal student loan program, the U.S. attorney’s office said Wednesday. The federal government had alleged B&H Education of Beverly Hills, the...

  • Young kids love YouTube more than Disney and Oreo, study finds

    Young kids love YouTube more than Disney and Oreo, study finds

    A new study has determined something most astute parents already know: YouTube is the most-loved brand among young kids. The digital video service, owned by Alphabet Inc., scored highest among children 6 to 12 for the first time in market research firm Smarty Pants’ eighth annual “Brand Love” study....

  • Uber drivers' new option: Start a retirement account through the app

    Uber drivers' new option: Start a retirement account through the app

    Uber has a new tool in its arsenal to attract and retain drivers: retirement savings accounts. The San Francisco ride-hailing company announced Wednesday that it teamed up with automated investor service Betterment to offer its drivers a way to set up retirement accounts through the ride-hailing...

  • Photographer seeking $1 billion from Getty Images

    Photographer seeking $1 billion from Getty Images

    An accomplished photographer who lets the public use thousands of her images of America for free has sued the Getty Images photo agency for more than $1 billion, saying it is improperly selling her work to customers and threatening those who don't pay. The photographer, Carol Highsmith, whose work...

  • Stocks fall as EpiPen pricing questions pull down healthcare companies

    Stocks fall as EpiPen pricing questions pull down healthcare companies

    Stocks closed lower Wednesday, led by sharp declines in healthcare companies as outrage escalates over the steep price hikes for Mylan's EpiPens. Trading remained quiet overall, with many investors on vacation. It was another below-average day of trading volume on the New York Stock Exchange. The...

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