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  • iPhone builder Foxconn will open factory in Wisconsin

    iPhone builder Foxconn will open factory in Wisconsin

    Foxconn, the Taiwanese maker of Apple Inc.’s iPhone, will build its first American factory in Wisconsin, a sprawling campus to produce liquid-crystal display panels that would represent one of the largest investments by a foreign company in the United States, officials said Wednesday. The factory...

  • Stocks edge up, lifted by corporate earnings and falling Treasury yields

    Stocks edge up, lifted by corporate earnings and falling Treasury yields

    U.S. stock indexes inched further into record territory Wednesday after AT&T, Boeing and others joined the parade of big companies reporting stronger profits than analysts expected. Stocks that pay big dividends were particularly strong after the Federal Reserve took a pause in its slow-moving...

  • Amazon announces U.S. hiring spree as labor market tightens

    Amazon announces U.S. hiring spree as labor market tightens

    Amazon.com Inc. has some job openings. Lots of them. The Seattle e-commerce giant said Wednesday that it's looking to fill more than 50,000 positions across the United States. The announcement comes at a time when the labor market is growing tight with back-to-school and holiday shopping around...

  • Molina Healthcare, under pressure to boost margins, will lay off 1,400 workers

    Molina Healthcare, under pressure to boost margins, will lay off 1,400 workers

    Health insurer Molina Healthcare Inc. will lay off about 1,400 employees as the Long Beach company looks to cut costs and increase profitability. The layoffs will hit 10% of staff in the company’s corporate and health-plans units, from senior leaders to “front line staff,” interim Chief Executive...

  • Coke Zero is vanishing. Instead we get Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, with a new recipe

    Coke Zero is vanishing. Instead we get Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, with a new recipe

    Goodbye, Coke Zero. Coca-Cola Co. announced Wednesday that it will stop selling that no-calorie soda in the United States and replace it with a different calorie-free offering: Coca-Cola Zero Sugar. The new soda is scheduled to start hitting shelves in August. Its rollout comes as the company says...

  • Fed leaves interest rates unchanged amid concerns about low inflation

    Fed leaves interest rates unchanged amid concerns about low inflation

    The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged Wednesday and conveyed a tad more concern about recent inflation trends, clouding the prospects for when the next rate hike might come. At the same time, the central bank said after its two-day meeting that U.S. economic conditions looked good,...

  • Airbnb partners with NAACP to recruit minority hosts

    Airbnb partners with NAACP to recruit minority hosts

    The National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People announced Wednesday that it has teamed up with Airbnb, the short-term rental company beleaguered by discrimination complaints, to expand the service to more minority communities. The century-old civil rights organization touted the move as...

  • Disney shuts down its vacation savings program

    Disney shuts down its vacation savings program

    Walt Disney Co. plans to shut down its vacation savings program because of low participation. The Disney Vacation Account program, which started in 2013, allowed travelers to store money in an account to save up for a Disney vacation. Disney granted users a $20 bonus for every $1,000 stored in...

  • Winter is finally coming to an end at California ski resorts

    Winter is finally coming to an end at California ski resorts

    Last winter dumped so much snow on California’s peaks that at least one resort raised the possibility of staying open all summer, allowing skiers to ride the lifts until next winter’s snowfall. But the hot weather during the last few weeks is finally putting an end to California’s extra-long ski...

  • New TSA rule for screening electronics will apply at all U.S. airports

    New TSA rule for screening electronics will apply at all U.S. airports

    Responding to the possibility that terrorists may be able to hide explosives in electronic devices, the Transportation Security Administration is about to start new screening procedures for carry-on luggage at airports nationwide. In the next few weeks, passengers traveling through every U.S. airport...

  • Former Fox News executive files $48-million lawsuit over sexual assault scandal

    Former Fox News executive files $48-million lawsuit over sexual assault scandal

    A former Fox News executive fired after he was accused of sexually assaulting a female on-air commentator is suing parent company 21st Century Fox for going public with the matter. Francisco Cortes, who ran Fox News Latino, was fired in February after Tamara Holder, a Fox News on-air contributor,...

  • Corporate earnings lift stocks to more record highs

    Corporate earnings lift stocks to more record highs

    U.S. stock indexes returned to record highs Tuesday as corporate profits continued to come in better than analysts expected. McDonald's and Caterpillar were among the big companies that reported healthier-than-forecast results. Jumps in prices for oil, metals and other commodities helped lift companies...

  • During Hollywood blackout, domestic films dominate China's box office

    During Hollywood blackout, domestic films dominate China's box office

    Chinese domestic films once again dominated the country's box office amid an annual summer ban on Hollywood titles. China's government, intent on building a domestic film industry to rival Hollywood's, typically bans imported releases during peak moviegoing periods, such as national holidays and...

  • Celgene agrees to pay $280 million to settle cancer drug fraud suit

    The pharmaceutical company Celgene Corp. has agreed to pay $280 million to settle a federal lawsuit alleging it committed fraud promoting two cancer drugs for unapproved purposes. The settlement with Celgene was announced Tuesday by federal prosecutors in Los Angeles. The lawsuit filed in federal...

  • Uber's latest bid to win over drivers: 24/7 phone support

    Uber's latest bid to win over drivers: 24/7 phone support

    Uber added a 24-hour phone help line and a slew of new features and policy changes Tuesday in an attempt to appease drivers, who have long complained the San Francisco ride-hailing company doesn’t do enough to support them. The move is part of what Uber is calling its “180 Days of Change” — a campaign...

  • VW exec plans to plead guilty in diesel emissions cheating scandal

    VW exec plans to plead guilty in diesel emissions cheating scandal

    A Volkswagen official at the heart of the German automaker's wide-ranging diesel emissions cheating scandal plans to plead guilty in the criminal case. Oliver Schmidt’s agreement was announced during a 20-minute status conference, according to a Tuesday statement from the U.S. district court in...

  • Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg clash over the future of artificial intelligence

    Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg clash over the future of artificial intelligence

    Two of the technology industry’s most powerful leaders are at odds when it comes to artificial intelligence. Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has a pessimistic view of the risks associated with such technology. “I keep sounding the alarm bell,” Musk told the National Governors Assn. in June. “But until...

  • Sony Pictures picks a new television team

    Sony Pictures picks a new television team

    Sony Pictures Entertainment on Monday named new leaders for its U.S.-based television operations, elevating three longtime executives to serve in a newly created office overseeing television production and programming. Veteran business affairs executive Jeff Frost was tapped to lead the team as...

  • Canceling a hotel reservation is getting tougher at Hilton and Marriott

    Canceling a hotel reservation is getting tougher at Hilton and Marriott

    Two of the world’s biggest hotel companies are cracking down on travelers prone to last-minute cancellations. Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Marriott International will penalize people who cancel reservations within 48 hours of the planned stay, up from 24 hours. In most cases, the penalty is the...

  • Europe's antitrust fine against Google takes a big bite out of Alphabet's profit

    Europe's antitrust fine against Google takes a big bite out of Alphabet's profit

    Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc., can easily afford the $2.7-billion write-down it's taking to cover a big antitrust fine in Europe. But the company might find it harder to shrug off the rest of the European regulatory assault headed its way. In June, a European Commission ruling slapped...

  • Bush's Baked Beans recalled because of defective cans

    Bush's Baked Beans recalled because of defective cans

    Certain cans of Bush’s Best Baked Beans — Brown Sugar Hickory Baked Beans, Country Style Baked Beans and Original Baked Beans — are being recalled because of a potential problem with a seam on the cans. People should get rid of the recalled beans even if the food does not seem to be spoiled, Bush...

  • Microsoft Paint is marked for death

    Microsoft Paint is marked for death

    Microsoft Paint, the beloved Windows graphic editing program, has been marked for death. Thirty-two years after including a Paint program in its inaugural Windows 1.0, Microsoft Corp. put Paint on its list of “features that are removed or deprecated” in the new Windows 10 Fall Creators Update,...

  • 'Captain Marvel' will receive a $20-million tax credit to shoot in California

    'Captain Marvel' will receive a $20-million tax credit to shoot in California

    “Captain Marvel,” the upcoming superhero movie starring Brie Larson as the title character, will receive more than $20 million in tax credits to film in California, making it the first Marvel Comics movie to shoot primarily in-state since 2014’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Eight studio...

  • Hulu hires a marketing officer from Google

    Hulu hires a marketing officer from Google

    Taking another step to transform itself into a more formidable competitor to Netflix and Amazon.com, streaming service Hulu on Monday said it has hired a former Google executive, Kelly Campbell, to become chief marketing officer of the Santa Monica company. In her new role, Campbell will direct...

  • Freedom of speech doesn't end once you enter a homeowner association

    Freedom of speech doesn't end once you enter a homeowner association

    Question: I live in a common interest development with a homeowner association board that aggressively stifles residents’ freedom of speech. During association elections, the board makes ample use of newsletters, meetings and minutes, association media, the recreation room and other channels to...

  • Qatar Airways CEO apologizes for 'grandmothers' comment, but rivals aren't forgiving

    Qatar Airways CEO apologizes for 'grandmothers' comment, but rivals aren't forgiving

    The chief executive of Qatar Airways has never minced words when talking about his U.S.-based rivals. But Akbar Al Baker admits he went too far earlier this month when he compared the crews on his airline with those of U.S.-based carriers. “By the way, the average age of my cabin crew is only 26...

  • SpaceX may have canceled Red Dragon Mars mission

    SpaceX may have canceled Red Dragon Mars mission

    SpaceX may have canceled its mission to Mars with a Red Dragon capsule that was set for 2020. Company Chief Executive Elon Musk retweeted a story late Friday afternoon titled “SpaceX skipping Red Dragon for ‘vastly bigger ships’ on Mars” that was published on Tesla enthusiasts blog Teslarati. The...

  • Vice Media lays off about 60 staffers as it refocuses on video

    Vice Media lays off about 60 staffers as it refocuses on video

    Vice Media laid off about 60 employees Friday in what the edgy news outlet described as a way to place a greater emphasis on video. The layoffs — which affect multiple departments and represent a 2% cut of Vice’s roughly 3,000 employees — come a month after Vice announced it had secured $450 million...

  • Disneyland brings back attractions that were closed for Star Wars land construction

    Disneyland brings back attractions that were closed for Star Wars land construction

    A year and a half after they were closed to make way for construction of a new Star Wars land, four Disneyland attractions along the Rivers of America are set to reopen. The Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia, Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes and the Disneyland Railroad will relaunch July...

  • Stocks slip as energy prices fall and 10-day tech rally ends

    Stocks slip as energy prices fall and 10-day tech rally ends

    U.S. stocks finished slightly lower Friday as energy companies fell with oil prices and a 10-day rally for technology companies came to an end. But Wall Street mostly avoided the sharp losses that hit European stocks. The price of U.S. crude oil fell 2.5% and pulled energy stocks lower. Technology...

  • Gender discrimination controversy grows at fabled Salk Institute

    Gender discrimination controversy grows at fabled Salk Institute

    Accusations of gender discrimination are growing at the Salk Institute, where a third female professor has sued the La Jolla science center for allegedly giving preference to men in pay, promotions, grant funding and leadership positions. Beverly Emerson, a prominent biochemist who studies how...

  • O.J. Simpson's parole hearing is a ratings dud with 13.5 million viewers

    O.J. Simpson's parole hearing is a ratings dud with 13.5 million viewers

    TV ratings aren't as big as they used to be, even for O.J. Simpson. Based on preliminary Nielsen data provided by various networks that carried the hearing, around 13.5 million TV viewers watched the Thursday hearing in which the former football star, actor and pitchman was granted parole after...

  • United Airlines says it's bumping fewer passengers since dragging scandal

    United Airlines says it's bumping fewer passengers since dragging scandal

    United Airline’s image took a beating in April because of an ugly incident caught on video involving a passenger who was dragged from his seat. Since an initial defensive response, the carrier has been working overtime to rebound from the scandal. The Chicago-based carrier this week reported that...

  • Lyft forms an autonomous vehicle unit

    Lyft forms an autonomous vehicle unit

    Lyft said Friday that it is setting up its own unit to develop autonomous vehicle technology, but its approach will be different from other companies and partnerships working on self-driving cars. The San Francisco-based ride-hailing service says it will open its network, inviting automakers and...

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  • 5 big changes for today's small businesses

    5 big changes for today's small businesses

    A generation ago, the notion of a small business owner meant something very different. You pictured a person who owned their own storefront, often named after themselves, and every day they were the first to arrive and the last to leave. They worked tirelessly for their customers, and their reward...

  • 5 steps to creating happiness in your workplace

    5 steps to creating happiness in your workplace

    Each workday, the average American spends 8.8 hours at work or on work-related activities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s even more time than people spend sleeping. And because we spend so much time at work, it's in your and your employer’s best interest to make workplaces...

  • 6 pet-related businesses you can start today

    6 pet-related businesses you can start today

    Starting your own business can nurture your entrepreneurial spirit, earn you some money and give you the opportunity to spend more time with your family — including your pets. So what job can you do that doesn't necessarily require a degree, affords you time flexibility, is in a growing industry...

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