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  • More hotels are checking out of the Bible business

    More hotels are checking out of the Bible business

    When the ultra-hip Moxy Hotel opens in San Diego next year, the rooms will be stocked with the usual amenities — an alarm clock, hair dryer, writing desk and flat-screen TV. But you won’t find a Bible in the bedside nightstand. Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel company, supplies...

  • AT&T and Verizon shouldn't exempt their own apps from data caps, FCC says

    AT&T and Verizon shouldn't exempt their own apps from data caps, FCC says

    U.S. regulators are calling out AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. for exempting their own video apps from data caps on customers' cellphones. This may not result in any changes in how the wireless carriers operate, however, because agency leaders appointed by President-elect Donald Trump...

  • Stocks little changed as investors seek safety

    Stocks little changed as investors seek safety

    Investors made a small move back to safer assets Friday afternoon after the government's November jobs report showed continued hiring but weak wage growth. Stock indexes finished little changed after real estate and household goods companies rose, but banks, which have soared since the presidential...

  • Why a hacker is giving away code that turns cars into self-driving machines

    Why a hacker is giving away code that turns cars into self-driving machines

    Here is a strategy for start-ups dealing with regulators who might shut down your product: Make it free. Scrappy self-driving-car start-up Comma.ai released a free software kit this week to help developers learn to build a device that can turn any car into an autonomous vehicle. The year-old company,...

  • Supreme Court to decide whether church-affiliated hospitals can underfund pensions

    Supreme Court to decide whether church-affiliated hospitals can underfund pensions

    The Supreme Court will decide whether some of the nation's largest healthcare providers can rely on their church affiliations to avoid complying with federal laws covering pension benefits for workers. The justices agreed Friday to take up cases involving three nonprofit hospital systems being...

  • What to buy (and skip) in December

    What to buy (and skip) in December

    If you’re like many Americans, you got a lot of holiday shopping done between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. But despite a drawer stuffed with receipts and more than a few bags full of gifts by the time December arrived, you probably didn’t finish. Before you set out on additional bargain-hunting...

  • Transamerica to close L.A. and Folsom offices, cutting hundreds of jobs

    Transamerica to close L.A. and Folsom offices, cutting hundreds of jobs

    Financial services and insurance company Transamerica said Thursday that it will close its office in Los Angeles, cutting about 315 jobs. The Baltimore company will also close its office in Folsom, where 30 employees will be affected. Transamerica will no longer have operations in California, though...

  • The five best ways to invest $10,000

    The five best ways to invest $10,000

    Your definition of windfall may vary, but there’s little argument that $10,000 is a healthy chunk of cash — certainly enough to give you cold feet when deciding how to invest it. The good news is there are a lot of options: That amount is more than enough to meet most online broker minimums. We’ve...

  • Ford recalls 680,000 cars; seat belts may not hold in crash

    Ford recalls 680,000 cars; seat belts may not hold in crash

    Ford is recalling more than 680,000 midsize sedans mainly in North America because the front seat belts may not hold people in a crash. The recall covers certain 2013 to 2016 Ford Fusion, 2013 to 2015 Lincoln MKZ and 2015 and 2016 Ford Mondeo cars. Ford says heat generated when the seat belt pre-tensioners...

  • Falling in love again — maybe: The 2017 Subaru Outback

    Falling in love again — maybe: The 2017 Subaru Outback

    The first cut is the deepest, they say. You never get over your first love. So it is with me and Subaru. The 2005 Outback was the first car I ever bought new off the dealer floor. And it broke my heart. The Subaru capped a succession of well-preserved, low-mileage used cars, diamonds in the rust,...

  • The never-ending election: How to stop recurring campaign donations

    The never-ending election: How to stop recurring campaign donations

    Terry Hendricks supports Hillary Clinton — up to a point. The Fullerton resident thinks that point was reached Nov. 8 when Clinton lost the presidential election to Donald Trump. Hendricks, 69, reckons that her recurring $10 monthly contributions to the Hillary Victory Fund should have come to...

  • Got no credit? PayJoy will finance your phone — but turn it into a brick if you don't pay

    Got no credit? PayJoy will finance your phone — but turn it into a brick if you don't pay

    What you earn, how much you owe, where you went to college, what you do for a living — they’re all variables that online lenders and credit start-ups think are predictors of whether you will repay. But Doug Ricket thinks there’s another, more powerful factor: the fear of missing out. He’s the founder...

  • Wells Fargo customers harmed by fake accounts would get to sue under proposed legislation

    Wells Fargo customers harmed by fake accounts would get to sue under proposed legislation

    Wells Fargo & Co. customers who learned that bank employees opened accounts without their consent later discovered another problem when they tried to sue to recover lost fees and for other damages. They couldn’t. The San Francisco-based bank says that clauses in contracts the customers signed when...

  • Starbucks' Howard Schultz is stepping down as CEO

    Starbucks' Howard Schultz is stepping down as CEO

    Starbucks Corp. Chief Executive Howard Schultz, who transformed the chain into a global coffee brand, is stepping down from that role at the company he joined more than 30 years ago.  The Seattle-based company announced Thursday that Kevin Johnson, who was named president and chief operating officer...

  • Breitbart News sees advertisers exit, calls Kellogg's decision 'un-American'

    Breitbart News sees advertisers exit, calls Kellogg's decision 'un-American'

    The Breitbart News Network is seeing some of its advertisers head for the exit doors and is responding in typical Breitbart fashion: by going on the counteroffensive, labeling one of them as “un-American” and calling it a war on conservatism. Since Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election,...

  • Stocks end mostly lower, despite gains in banks, oil

    Stocks end mostly lower, despite gains in banks, oil

    Stocks moved mostly lower Wednesday as gains in blue-chip energy companies and banks were not enough to make up for losses in the broader market.  The bond market took heavy losses, with the 10-year U.S. Treasury note rising to its highest level in a year and a half. The higher yields sent bond...

  • GoPro to cut more than 200 jobs

    GoPro to cut more than 200 jobs

    GoPro Inc. will cut more than 200 full-time positions and close its entertainment division in a company-wide restructuring that comes as the San Mateo firm struggles to establish itself as more than just an action camera maker. GoPro said Wednesday it will cut back on its facilities and cancel...

  • Higher prices at the pump may be looming after OPEC agrees to cut output to push up oil prices

    Higher prices at the pump may be looming after OPEC agrees to cut output to push up oil prices

    OPEC ministers have agreed to cut production of crude oil for the first time in eight years, a move that may produce ripple effects from global financial markets to the U.S. economy and trickling all the way down to the corner gas station. “I think it is a good day for the oil markets, it is a...

  • Onetime home of 'Laura' director Otto Preminger is for sale in Sherman Oaks

    Onetime home of 'Laura' director Otto Preminger is for sale in Sherman Oaks

    A former home of film noir director Otto Preminger, known for the movie mysteries “Laura” (1944) and “Fallen Angel” (1945), is for sale in Sherman Oaks for $2.195 million. Preminger isn’t the only Hollywood tie to the property. Previous residents of the Spanish-style house include “Return of the...

  • HBO's 'Ballers' plans to relocate filming to California from Florida

    HBO's 'Ballers' plans to relocate filming to California from Florida

    “Ballers,” the HBO series starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as a former NFL athlete trying to score a touchdown as a financial manager, will be the latest TV series relocating to California to take advantage of the state’s expanded tax incentive program. The series will move to the Los Angeles...

  • EPA moves fast on mpg regs as inauguration draws near

    EPA moves fast on mpg regs as inauguration draws near

    Despite protests from the auto industry, the Environmental Protection Agency wants to keep strict gas mileage targets in place and is trying to fast-track those standards before President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January. In a proposal on Wednesday, the agency said it continues to want...

  • No WiFi? Low on data? On a plane? Netflix offers downloads of some shows, movies

    No WiFi? Low on data? On a plane? Netflix offers downloads of some shows, movies

    Netflix Inc. will now allow users to download shows and movies to their smartphones and tablets to watch when they’re offline, the company said Wednesday. The Los Gatos, Calif., video streaming firm said the download function is available for both iOS and Android operating systems, for a mix of...

  • Matt Lauer signs on for more 'Today' through 2018

    Matt Lauer signs on for more 'Today' through 2018

    Matt Lauer has quietly signed on for two more years as co-anchor on NBC’s “Today.” Citing unnamed sources, the New York Post said late Tuesday that Lauer agreed to extend his commitment to the morning program through 2018. An NBC News representative is not officially commenting on the report. But...

  • Survey: U.S. businesses add 216,000 jobs, most in 5 months

    Survey: U.S. businesses add 216,000 jobs, most in 5 months

    Companies in the U.S. added a solid 216,000 jobs in November, the most since June and evidence that the incoming Trump administration is inheriting a solid economy.  Payroll provider ADP said Wednesday that nearly all the gains occurred in service sectors such as retail, hotels and restaurants,...

  • Consumer spending and incomes rose in October

    Consumer spending and incomes rose in October

    Consumers boosted their spending again in October, while their incomes increased at the fastest clip in six months. A key gauge of inflation watched by the Federal Reserve posted the fastest 12-month gain in two years.  Consumer spending increased 0.3% in October after a revised 0.7% jump in September,...

  • Trump taps Wall Street executive and Hollywood producer Steven Mnuchin for Treasury secretary

    Trump taps Wall Street executive and Hollywood producer Steven Mnuchin for Treasury secretary

    President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Steven Mnuchin, a wealthy Wall Street executive and Hollywood movie producer who served as his campaign finance chairman, to be the next Treasury secretary. Although there was no official announcement, Mnuchin confirmed the appointment Wednesday morning during...

  • Consumer group alleges that California refiners are manipulating gasoline prices

    Consumer group alleges that California refiners are manipulating gasoline prices

    A consumer advocacy group contends that California refiners are holding down gasoline production to inflate prices at the pump. California gasoline prices remain at least 50 cents a gallon higher than in other areas of the country even though a major Southern California refinery that was mostly...

  • Stocks close higher, helped by healthcare companies

    Stocks close higher, helped by healthcare companies

    Stocks closed slightly higher Tuesday, boosted by UnitedHealth Group and other healthcare companies, which helped outweigh steep declines in energy companies.  Tiffany jumped after it reported better quarterly results than analysts expected.  The Dow Jones industrial average rose 23.70 points,...

  • 'Fantastic Beasts' tops China's box office, opening with $41.2 million

    'Fantastic Beasts' tops China's box office, opening with $41.2 million

    The Harry Potter spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” topped China’s box office last week, racking up $41.2 million in three days.  The Warner Bros. fantasy film, produced and written by J.K. Rowling, was released in China on Nov. 25, more than two weeks after its New York City premiere....

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  • Growing up with elevators and escalators (Infographic)

    Just as the urban spaces we live in today have changed dramatically in the past 30 years, the cities of tomorrow will look very different than the cities of today. Buildings are rising taller than ever to accommodate growing urban population.

  • Boost home office productivity with a pre-holiday freshening

    Boost home office productivity with a pre-holiday freshening

    You engaged in spring cleaning and organization earlier this year, but with the holidays approaching, your home office could probably stand a bit of freshening up. Fall is the perfect time to make sure your office is a well-equipped and appealing workspace that boosts your efficiency and productivity....

  • Co-working trend shows working from home isn't right for every small business person

    Co-working trend shows working from home isn't right for every small business person

    Working from home seems like a professional dream for many, but sometimes your home isn't the optimum place to do business. Perhaps you've outgrown your home office or your startup requires a more professional atmosphere for client meetings. Maybe you crave the kind of personal interaction that's...

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