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  • Amazon's new convenience store has no cash registers and no checkout lines

    Amazon's new convenience store has no cash registers and no checkout lines

    Amazon.com Inc. has built a convenience store that deploys a gaggle of technologies to allow shoppers to come in, grab items and walk out without going through a register. The 1,800-square-foot store in downtown Seattle, officially dubbed Amazon Go, is the latest foray in bricks-and-mortar retail...

  • The rise of sports TV costs and why your cable bill keeps going up

    The rise of sports TV costs and why your cable bill keeps going up

    Last year, Americans collectively spent 31 billion hours watching sports on TV —  a 40% increase from a decade ago.  They watched football, baseball, basketball, hockey, horse racing, NASCAR, rowing, rugby, soccer and volleyball — even Little League championships and poker games. “Live sports is...

  • California Inc.: Your chance to buy a piece of Disney's legacy

    California Inc.: Your chance to buy a piece of Disney's legacy

    Welcome to California Inc., the weekly newsletter of the L.A. Times Business Section. I’m Business columnist David Lazarus, and here’s a rundown of upcoming stories this week and the highlights of last week. The stock market’s post-election rally ran out of steam last week, but there was some milestone...

  • From teenage science project to Nasdaq

    From teenage science project to Nasdaq

    The gig: Andrew Ritter, the 34-year-old founder of Ritter Pharmaceuticals in Los Angeles, created the original form of the firm’s lead experimental drug by testing it on himself when he was in eighth grade.  Ritter has been working on the project — which he says could be the first government-approved...

  • Degrees of debt: The downside of federal student loans

    Degrees of debt: The downside of federal student loans

    Dear Liz: Are federal student loans turned over to a collection agency still collectible after 20 years? Answer: Yes. Very much so. There is no statute of limitations on federal student loans, which means collectors can come after you until you pay or die, whichever comes first. Statutes of limitations...

  • When taking a commercial flight, leave 'Lucille' at home

    When taking a commercial flight, leave 'Lucille' at home

    Negan, the homicidal villain who wields a bat wrapped with barbed wire, was introduced only a few weeks ago in the AMC series “The Walking Dead” and already he has become a headache for airport security officers. The Transportation Security Administration said officers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International...

  • Supersonic passenger planes may begin test flights next year

    Supersonic passenger planes may begin test flights next year

    The time it takes to fly from New York to London may be cut by more than half if Virgin Group founder Richard Branson and a Denver start-up are successful in their effort to create a new supersonic passenger plane. The manufacturing team for Branson’s Virgin Galactic company is working with Boom...

  • What does it take to get banned for life by an airline? Ask this Trump supporter

    What does it take to get banned for life by an airline? Ask this Trump supporter

    Delta Air Lines’ lifetime ban of a profane supporter of President-elect Donald Trump highlights a little-known but growing club of travelers who have earned the ultimate airline punishment. As the Trump fan discovered, airline tolerance only goes so far. The unnamed man whose loud pronouncements...

  • Having a younger boss could hurt job performance

    Having a younger boss could hurt job performance

    It's an awkward experience so relatable — the older employee who works for a younger boss — that Hollywood has made movies about it. Remember Dennis Quaid's incredulous look at the much younger Topher Grace in the 2004 film "In Good Company," when the middle-aged ad exec finds his new corporate...

  • The drought doesn't mean your HOA has to look like a wasteland

    The drought doesn't mean your HOA has to look like a wasteland

    Question: Our homeowner association near Santa Clarita has a problem that most of the other associations around us don’t seem to share. Our association board appears to go out of its way not to approve drought-resistant landscaping or makes it difficult for owners to pick out plants. Several dozen...

  • Medfly quarantine expands in San Fernando Valley

    Medfly quarantine expands in San Fernando Valley

    Agricultural officials have imposed a 101-square-mile quarantine that will restrict the movement of fruit, produce and ornamental plants in the San Fernando Valley, after Mediterranean fruit flies were detected near Panorama City. Properties within 657 feet of the site will be treated with Spinosad,...

  • Norwegian Air International gets final approval for flights to U.S., despite opposition

    Norwegian Air International gets final approval for flights to U.S., despite opposition

    Despite opposition from American carriers, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a final permit Friday to allow Norwegian Air International to fly in and out of the U.S. from a base in Ireland. Opponents, including major U.S. carriers and airline labor groups, say Norwegian Air International is...

  • What November's solid jobs report means for interest rates and Donald Trump

    What November's solid jobs report means for interest rates and Donald Trump

    Solid job gains and a nine-year low unemployment rate in November put the Federal Reserve on track for an interest rate hike this month and indicate that President-elect Donald Trump will inherit a steadily growing labor market — although one that still needs some key improvements. The U.S. economy...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

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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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