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The slow-but-steady improvement of California's job market helped nudge 47,700 people into the labor force last month. Above, job seekers line up at a career fair in Carson this week.

Payrolls in California grow by 11,800

California's employers added 11,800 jobs in March, a modest increase but one that nevertheless kept momentum going in the job market.

The unemployment rate, meanwhile, held steady...

SAN FRANCISCO — With venture capital funding reaching levels not seen since the days of the dot-com bubble, analysts say the question of whether...

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Friday and sped through a cloud-covered sky on its way to deliver...

The healthier housing market and a slew of city towers going up are brightening job prospects for construction workers in California.

WASHINGTON — Lowe's Cos., the home-improvement retail giant, has agreed to pay a $500,000 civil penalty and roll out a new record-keeping policy...

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Silicon Valley satire nails the culture, geeks say

Silicon Valley satire nails the culture, geeks say

Going for laughs but devoted to accuracy, a TV satire gets high marks from Bay Area techie savants.

Simple Internet-connected devices can end up in complex online crimes

Simple Internet-connected devices can end up in complex online crimes

Routers, computers, TVs, even refrigerators are being commandeered by hackers to steal, send spam or help shut down networks.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1927-2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 1927-2014

No literary experience is rarer than reading a book that changes the way you see the world. "War and Peace" will change the way you look at the...

When health insurers play games, patients lose

When health insurers play games, patients lose

Dr. Theodore Corwin, a plastic surgeon in Thousand Oaks for the last 30 years, has had run-ins with insurers before, but never one so aggravating...

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For branding, many places adopt signature scents

For branding, many places adopt signature scents

Between the bouncy music and the stacks of colorful jeans, visitors to the Benetton store on Chicago's Michigan Avenue might catch a whiff...

American Airlines' bid to end benefits for many retirees is rejected

DALLAS — A federal judge has rejected an attempt by American Airlines to quickly cut off benefits for many of its retirees.

Google offering try-before-you-buy kits to those interested in Glass

Google offering try-before-you-buy kits to those interested in Glass

Google has begun contacting customers and offering them the chance to try out the company's Glass wearable device before committing to pay...

California adds 11,800 jobs, unemployment rate holds at 8.1%

California adds 11,800 jobs, unemployment rate holds at 8.1%

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Bill to let retailers keep selling alligator products advances

Bill to let retailers keep selling alligator products advances

  Rodeo Drive's high-fashion boutiques are making fast progress persuading California lawmakers to let them keep selling luxury goods...

Shares of Weibo soar on debut

Shares of Weibo soar on debut

Shares of microblogging site Weibo surged as much as 44% on its first day of trading, a robust start for the first of three major Chinese...

 Obamacare enrollments hit 8 million

Obamacare enrollments hit 8 million

WASHINGTON — Driven by a last-minute flood of enrollments, particularly in California, sign-ups for health insurance through the...

Gasoline prices jump in California as refineries encounter trouble

Gasoline prices jump in California as refineries encounter trouble

Problems at some of the state's fuel refineries have sent gasoline prices soaring in California just in time for the kickoff of the busy...

Jobless claims edge up, but 4-week average falls to prerecession level

Jobless claims edge up, but 4-week average falls to prerecession level

Initial jobless claims over the previous month hit their lowest level since the start of the Great Recession, indicating the labor market...

Canadian police arrest 19-year-old in alleged Heartbleed attack

Canadian police arrest 19-year-old in alleged Heartbleed attack

Canadian police this week made what is believed to be the first arrest related to Heartbleed, a recently discovered bug that left...

Healthcare costs in U.S. far exceed costs in other countries, report says

Healthcare costs in U.S. far exceed costs in other countries, report says

An average one-day hospital stay in the United States cost $4,293 last year, six times more than it did in Argentina and nearly 10 times the...

 Office tower to rise next to historic Hollywood studio

Office tower to rise next to historic Hollywood studio

One of Hollywood's biggest landlords is setting the stage for another expansion as the historic heart of the film and broadcast business...

Warner Bros. picks Dee Dee Myers for top communications job

Warner Bros. picks Dee Dee Myers for top communications job

Former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers is taking her West Wing experience to the West Coast.

Obama, Biden tout job-training grants

Obama, Biden tout job-training grants

President Obama promoted his latest attempt to help U.S. workers compete in the global "skills race," announcing $600 million in grants...

Alibaba plans IPO in U.S., not Hong Kong

Alibaba plans IPO in U.S., not Hong Kong

The largest tech IPO of the year — and perhaps of all time — isn't coming from Silicon Valley.

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